The Untold Stories of Communist Bucharest


14 EUR

The story goes that Bucharest was called the little Paris of the East, fancy shops and luxurious hotels, a place where art, social life and culture were flourishing. Everything changed after 1947 when monarchy was replaced by communism: new ideas, new life style, new architecture.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish
Tour by Catalina

I am born and raised in Bucharest, so I love the city and know everything about it, good and bad, therefore being a guide suited me perfectely, also because I like to tell stories, legends and jokes. I am a former teacher and trainer and decided to change my professional life after becoming a divorced mother. I was travelling quite a lot in the past, but now, due to my son, it's a bit more difficult so listening to tourists telling stories about their countries or cities is my way of "mental travelling". I also started to run professional tours for Unbelievable Bucharest.

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  • Find out amazing facts about the Palace of Parliament
  • Learn the story of how thw Romanian Revolution developed and visit the place where it started in Bucharest
  • See communist buildings, not as the ones you would expect
  • Taste a popular sweet from the communist era
  • Get to visit churches that were saved from demolition by using an inovative method.
  • See, touch and take pictures with communist objects
  • Listen to personal stories of the guide, who spent part of the childhood in communism

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A journey through the communist history of Romania is a must do in Bucharest, the place of rise and fall of the well known dictator Ceausescu.

Based on storytelling and personal experiences of the guide who lived during communist times, our tour lets you discover the stories and myths behind well-known landmarks and also shows you hidden places strongly connected to our red past. Besides that, you will also get the chance to taste Romanian snacks, get free counselling and online support and take pictures with communist relics.

If you don't enjoy our tour, you will immediately get refunded.

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What’s included & not included

  • Taste popular communist snacks
  • Receive an authentic souvenir as a present
  • Get recommendations and help – free access to an online infopoint
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • drinks

Meeting point

In front of Social 1 restaurant on the Unirii Boulevard (Social 1)

Reviews from travellers (3)


Excellent and personal Tour
Catalina gives an excellent and informative tour. She puts her passion into the journey through the dark communist times to the revolution and democracy. She is very personable and will answer any question about Rumania from past to the present. We thoroughly enjoyed the three hours “time travel”,
A very intimate and emotional tour
My girlfriend and I booked this tour, and we met Catalina in the meeting point in the Unirii Boulevard, just to see that we were the only ones on the tour! So, it became the most intimate walking tour we had ever had! Catalina was charming and interesting all the time, showing us al the pros and cons of the communist regime of Nicolae Ceaucescu. We learned a lot! We also tasted typical chocolate bars from that time, and even we took photos with the handkerchief that children wore at school as members of the Pioneers.

I f you have time to spend on Bucharest, and you are eager to know about the life under the Ceaucescu regime and the Revolution of 1989, do not hesitate and book this tour.
Excellent tour!
Very in depth and thorough tour. It was a great history lesson!

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Interesting ghost stories and more historical information
for Catalina’s tour (Ghosts and Vampires Tour)
We made the tour with Catalina and 9 colleagues.
Catalina is a very good storyteller.
We learned a lot about old and still used customs in Romanian culture.
Catalina also explained a lot about the communist period and the difficult period afterwards.
This tour was very interesting and we highly recommend it.
Thank you Catalina!
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