Today, Bucharest is a nice city to live in, yet until the late 1980’s, Romania was a communist state and Bucharest was a troubled place. Anything related to the west was forbidden to the extent that even talking to a westerner on the street could mean a trip to a Police station for an interview with a Securitate (secret police) officer. That era left its marks on Bucharest, a city once known as ‘Little Paris’. Communism meant small dark apartments stacked on top of each other in crowded workers’ neighborhoods. It also meant razing hundreds of beautiful houses in order to build one huge eye-sore, the People’s Palace. It meant interrogation dungeons that everyone knew about and elegant neighborhoods dedicated to the top brass. This tour is done by car and covers all major Communist landmarks in the city centre as well as a visit to a worker’s neighborhood, for a true perspective into life in communist times. The grand finale is in Primaverii quarter, a forbidden area in the 1980s, in front of Ceausescu’s former residence.
This tour includes:
English speaking local guide — Communism era — History — Communist landmarks — Primaverii quater
“Bucharest — an amazing treasure trove of history and culture unveiled magnificently by Anita our guide.”
Reviewed on May 30, 2016
We had a couple of days in Bucharest at the end of our holiday and decided to explore this wonderful city with our guide Anita. The "Communism Tour" was a remarkable insight into the recent past…
“The Alternative tour was definitely worth the time and money”
Reviewed on May 11, 2016
I only had a couple days in Bucharest. I had taken a basic city tour and was looking for something different.I emailed Interesting Times to ask if they had any tours in the afternoon today (it was…
“we had three tours — all of them excellent!”
Reviewed on May 10, 2016
We spent a couple of days in Bucharest and had three tours: — Communist History — Beautiful decay — Hidden gemsAnita was our guide for the "communist" and "hidden gems" tour. She has such a lot of…
Revolution Square, in front of the horse statue (the only one).
Things to note
Booking for this tour is recommended to reserve your space specially during high season. This helps us to guarantee you’ll receive a top quality tour!