Explore Bucharest and learn about the communist past of this city thanks to your knowledgeable guide.
What to Expect
Bucharest has changed a lot during the last 24 years since the revolution and the fall of communism. But many places in Romania’s capital still remind you that for more than 40 years Bucharest was the capital of perhaps the cruelest communist regime outside the Soviet Union. Big quarters of communist blocks of flats were built and an immense area in the center of the city was demolished in order to make place for the Ceausescu palace (nowadays the Romanian Parliament and one of the biggest buildings in the world). The area demolished equals approximately the area of the whole city of Venice!
You will start your tour in the Union Square. First talk about the life and political path of Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena. Discover further how at the beginning of the 1980s a huge area of Bucharest was demolished. With the help of old photos, you will see how the quarter used to look like.
You will walk on the main boulevard of the new civic center, called during communist times “The Victory of Socialism” boulevard. Before reaching the huge building at the end of the boulevard, you will explore also the areas behind the blocks of flats bordering it. There you can still see what the area used to look like before the it was destroyed. On the Constitution Square in front of the Ceausescu Palace, the nowadays Parliament Palace, you will discuss about the construction and architecture of this building.
- English-speaking professional tour leader
At Piata Unirii (Union Square), in front of Hanul lui Manuc (there's also a Starbucks there).
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