Experience the Communist Dictatorship

Bucharest, Romania

Experience hosted by Marius

3 hours, Hosted in English, Spanish and French
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Up to 10 people
Includes food

What you'll do

In this 3-hour journey, you will learn about the major landmarks and events in the Communist history of Bucharest, the violent beginnings of the Communist regime, the nationalization and forced demolition of thousands of houses, the People's House (currently, the Palace of the Parliament), dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his megalomania, and the bloody anti-Communist revolution of 1989.

The experience tells the story of the conflict between two worlds -- a brutalized Bucharest under the Communist regime, and the peaceful and prosperous Bucharest of the interwar period. You will learn about why Bucharest is such a striking mix of very different architectural styles, how each regime has left its mark on the city, how the city looked, and what its inhabitants went through in their daily lives under Communism. You will re-live the emotions of the anti-Communist Revolution and the fall of the Iron Curtain.

We'll explore:
> The magnificent Bragadiru Palace, and the abandoned Bragadiru Brewery
> Historic Cosbuc and Uranus neighborhoods
> Antim Monastery, the Nuns' Convent
> The Palace of the Parliament
> The former Boulevard of the Victory of Socialism
> Former headquarters of Securitate
In this 3-hour journey, you will learn about the major landmarks and events in the Communist history of Bucharest, the violent beginnings of the Communist regime, the nationalization and forced demolition of thousands of houses, the People's House (currently, the Palace of the Parliament), dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his megalomania, and the bloody anti-Communist revolution of 1989.

The experience tells the story of the conflict bet…

What's included

  • Food
    Communist-era snacks

Meet your host, Marius

Host on Airbnb since 2011
  • 115 Reviews
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We are a group of friends who are passionate about our city: Marius, Claudia, Andreea & Cristina. Together, we will help you get lost in Bucharest! We've started guiding in 2013, after having traveled extensively. We are doing this because we truly believe Bucharest is misunderstood and insufficiently promoted as a tourist destination, but also because we genuinely love learning new things about this city every day. Our favorite past-time is getting lost in the city, exploring streets, buildings, historic events and personal stories of its residents, and trying to make sense of everything for you, the traveler.
We are a group of friends who are passionate about our city: Marius, Claudia, Andreea & Cristina. Together, we will help you get lost in Bucharest! We've started guiding in 2013, after having traveled extensively. We are doing this because we truly believe Bucharest is misunderstood and insufficiently promoted as a tourist destination, but also because we genuinely love learning new things about this city every day. Our favorite past-time is getting lost in the city, exploring streets, buildings…
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Where you'll be

> The Patriarchy Hill, and the violent beginning of Communism
> The magnificent Bragadiru Palace, and the abandoned Bragadiru Brewery
> The former House of Science and Technology
> Historic Cosbuc and Uranus neighborhoods
> The Palace of the Parliament, and its real story
> former headquarters of Securitate (Communist secret police), and their interrogation methods
> Revolution Square and the violent fall of Romanian Communism

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 115 reviews.

Prokopfa
September 2021
Diese Tour öffnet wirklich Perspektiven auf eine in vielen Bereichen noch lebendige Vergangenheit. Besonders gut: Ser konkrete Bezug auf Menschen, Gebäude, Topografie!
Amanda
August 2021
Absolutely great overview of communist Rumania and not to be missed! Andrea knew her subject and was entertaining as well as informative. Hugely recommended!
Peter
August 2021
This is a must. Don’t double think it, just book this tour, it will bring you back to communist romania. Andrea was amazing, she has a lot of knowledge and insights to share with us. We had learned about Ceausescu in school, but nothing compared to what we learned on this tour. The tour starts and ends in strategic locations that help with the story telling. The communist era snacks are a great plus! I recommend 100% this tour.
Antoine
August 2021
Une plongée dans le Bucarest des années communistes. Andrea nous a guidé durant cette belle balade complète avec de nombreuses explications, anecdotes et attentions. Nous recommandons vivement. Merci
Lion
August 2021
Very good tour with Andreea. The tour really added value to my trip in Bucharest, raising and answering various questions about the lifestyle and vibe of the city. Feels way shorter than 3h - definitely recommended.
Megan
August 2021
Andreea was a fantastic tour guide! Highly recommended for traveling to Bucharest. The tour was extremely informative and appreciated hearing about her personal/family's experience.

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  • Sat., Sep. 18
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Join 4 other guests
    $30 per person
  • Sun., Sep. 19
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Join 1 other guest
    $30 per person
  • Sat., Sep. 25
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    $30 per person
  • Sun., Sep. 26
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $30 per person
  • Sat., Oct. 2
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Join 1 other guest
    $24 per person, previously $30
  • Sun., Oct. 3
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $24 per person, previously $30
  • Sun., Oct. 3
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    $24 per person, previously $30
  • Tue., Oct. 5
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    $24 per person, previously $30

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 14 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes.

Face and nose masks for protection against Covid-19