The Communist Heritage: Megalomania & Weird NamesWith: Stefan 2
What you need to know
- This is a shared walking tour for small groups. Duration: 2-3 hours and starts daily at 10:00 AM
- You will be joined by an English-speaking guide and go for a walk to see some of the main landmarks representative for communist times
- We will also talk about the 1989 revolution that violently overthrew Nicolae Ceausescu's regime and led to his execution
- No visits included; this is a general orientation-introduction tour in the communist history of Romania
Lots of urban walking involved so please wear comfortable shoes.
You might want to bring a bottle of water, but we can pick up one along the way.
We will start from Unirii Square, next to the old clock across the fountains.
Moments to expect
The massive Palace of Parliament and Unirii Boulevard
After the earthquake of 1977, Ceausescu decided to "rebuild" his capital. Learn how the 3rd largest building in the world was built and how architecture and city planning were used to change Bucharest and its people's minds and hearts.
Note: interior visit NOT included
Get behind the Communist "curtain"
Behind the tall apartment buildings, common to all cities in Romania and other Eastern European countries, there are still traces of Old Bucharest. See some landmarks from Old Bucharest and find out how churches were moved to make way for the regime's urbanisation plan.
Education, mass-media and religion vs Communism
Ceausescu's regime had a strong personality cult, which influenced all aspects of Romanian society. I'll tell you how far the regime's reach extended, the massive parades that were organised and how pictures of Ceausescu were literally everywhere.
Revolution Square: the beginning of the end for the Ceausescu regime
In Revolution square lies the former Communist Party HQ and the balcony where Ceausescu gave his last speech. It is also where violence took place and people died. To remember those events, a weird but towering memorial was built and I will tell you more about it.
- Starting point: Bucharest
- Nearest airport: Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport
- Nearest train station: Bucharest North Railway Station
- Landscape: Urban
Reviews from travellers
Romanian Friend made it possible to book a tour in Bukarest for me and my two oscillating kids with only a few hours short notice! So we had a great time with our guide Elena to the important points of Communist Walking Tour of Bucharest in Bukarest! She shared all her accumulated background knowledge about the revolution in 1989 and the former communistic regime and answered patiently all our questions. Our tour through Bukarest was much longer than planned because of the interesting facts she told us. Thanks for supporting us in such an uncomplicated way!
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