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Experience the Communist Dictatorship

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 93 reviews.Bucharest, Romania

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Experience hosted by Marius

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

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
From £15
/ person
Wed, 15 Jul
15:00 - 18:00
£19 per person
£19 per person
Thu, 16 Jul
10:00 - 13:00
£19 per person
£19 per person
Thu, 16 Jul
15:00 - 18:00
£19 per person
£19 per person

Meet your host, Marius

Host on Airbnb since 2011
  • 93 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 4.95 out of 5 from 93 reviews.

Erika
February 2020
Very interesting! Tour guide had lived in the system which added another dimension. Happy to answer questions, and we had many. Tour got extended almost an hour! Highly recommended.
Gianni
February 2020
Cristina was an absolutely fantastic guide. Super friendly and had a lot of knowledge of this subject. A perfect tour. She seemed to know everything about the matter and she could bring it with such passion. I loved the tour that, if I'd come back to Bucharest. I'd want to do this tour again!!! This tour is highly recommended to everybody.
Cristina was an absolutely fantastic guide. Super friendly and had a lot of knowledge of this subject. A perfect tour. She seemed to know everything about the matter and she could…
Abbie
February 2020
The tour with Andreaa was fantastic! She told personal stories, had loads of knowledge, and made us laugh! Excellent value for money, had a great afternoon, even ate some Romanian snacks.
Kyle
February 2020
My partner and I were shown around the city by Andreea along with approx. 6 others. Andreea made everyone seem welcome and had a fantastic level of knowledge of both the city and life under communism. This was fantastic value for money and we had a great afternoon.
My partner and I were shown around the city by Andreea along with approx. 6 others. Andreea made everyone seem welcome and had a fantastic level of knowledge of both the city and…
Anca
February 2020
It was a great tour and gave good insight into the communism era in Romania. If you are interested in this topic it is worthwhile!
Gorazd
February 2020
Take this tour, if you want to learn about totalitarianism and a cult of personality. The tour was thoughtfully planned, we walked through parts of Bucharest which still bear scars of Ceaușescu's policies. You will learn about the brutal conditions the population had to endure, particularly during the 1980s, the shortages, the power cuts, food rationing, fear, spying, oppression and regime total lack of humanity. This tour will help you understand the country as it is today and it puts into the perspective how far has Romania progressed since the fall of communism.
Take this tour, if you want to learn about totalitarianism and a cult of personality. The tour was thoughtfully planned, we walked through parts of Bucharest which still bear scars…

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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.