Private Bucharest Communist Tour | Entree fees included
Explore the traces of Ceausescu's regime in Romania in a Bucharest Communist Tour. During the communist tour of Bucharest, you will visit the Palace of the Parliament and Ceausescu's Residential Palace, two of the most important buildings of communism in Bucharest, and see what life looked like in a neighborhood built especially for the working class.
Learn more about the Ceausescu Family while discovering a different side of Bucharest, all on a private cultural tour.
Visit communist-era highlights and the distinctive architectural style.
Find out stories about the daily life of the Romanians and how they survived during the communist period
The communist regime left a powerful mark on the whole Eastern Bloc, even after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and on this day in Bucharest, you will have the chance to observe it. Even though Europe's last dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, was taken down from power 30 years ago, the traces of the communism in Bucharest are still clearly visible throughout the city. Our Bucharest communist tour will take you through the most striking remnants of the heyday of Romanian communism and help you see new details about life from our recent history. You will visit neighborhoods that were built for the working class, walk through the Revolution Square (Piața Revoluției) & University Square, discover the grandeur of the Palace of the Parliament, and take a tour of the Spring Palace (Primaverii Palace), the place where the Ceausescu family lived their luxurious life.
Find out more about the fascinating communist era in Bucharest
Get a glimpse of the former dictator's life, Nicolae Ceausescu
Discover interesting stories about communism on a lovely walking tour
Starting time: 10.00 AM
Destroying almost 6 square kilometers (4 miles) of buildings in the heart of the city , taking down the statues of the Romanian Kings and removing their stone-carved portraits from the Arch of Triomphe, these are just a few of the decisions that reshaped Bucharest and transformed it during the Communist Era, called the Golden Era by the fanatics. Communist period is related with the Romanian Communist Party that gain the power in 1944 and finished with the anticomunist revolution from 1989, and the fall of the Iron Curtain.
The former communist regime left a powerful mark on the whole Eastern Bloc, even though one of Europe’s last dictators, Nicolae Ceausescu was taken down from power more than 30 years ago. The traces of communism are still clearly visible throughout the city.
Our communist tour in Bucharest will take you through the most striking remnants of the heyday of Romanian communism and help you discover the modern architecture that is trying to give a nice touch to the capital city.
You’ll see areas built for the working class and metro stations designed in partnership with the dictator. The highlights of the tour are the Palace of the Parliament and the Spring Palace – the second being the dictator’s residential palace.
You’ll start the city tour at 10 AM after our tour guide picks you up from your hotel. Your first stop is at the metro stations built starting with 1979. These new underground terminals were not designed only to hold a big number of industry workers but painted in the party’s common colors: red, white, and grey.
The Old Town
Bucharest is known as the ‘city of contrasts,’ especially for the different architectural styles awkwardly blended. In the first years of communism, starting with the 1950s, Bucharest’s old town survived, and the party didn’t want to modify it. Later on, the architecture was used as a propaganda weapon for Romania to identify with other communist countries, like North Korea or China.The communist heritage in Romania probably will never be part of the Unesco sites and as will see during the Bucharest walking tour the contrast is very powerful.
The architecture of Bucharest started to change, especially during the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, after he and his wife Elena visited North Korea and China in the early 1970s. The dictator, passionate about architecture but without any talent, mutilated the capital-city. To build the Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest lost historical buildings by the size of Venice (in Italy).
The Palace of the Parliament
The next stop of the tour is at the Palace of the Parliament – the second largest administrative building and the heaviest in the world. Originally named the House of the Republic, it is the most spectacular project of Ceausescu. The architect that designed and built the palace was only 28 at that time, and some say that the main reason why she won the contest is that her design was the grandest.
But the dictator never had the chance to see the palace finished nor to speak from its balcony, and the only personality that was ever seen at the balcony is Michael Jackson, during his visit Romania in 1996.
The Revolution Square
After the visit at the Palace of the Parliament, you will head to Revolution Square, the place where the fall of Ceausescu and the communism in Romania have fallen. The communist party gathered the factory workers in the square for a meeting for the party, but unfortunately for them, this is the moment when the anticommunist revolution has started.
The Spring Palace
The final landmark of your tour is at the Spring Palace (Primaverii Palace) – Ceausescu’s residencial palace. This luxurious estate was finished in 1965, the year when he became the First Secretary of the party. After the fall of the communist regime, the Spring Palace was used as a residence for the official delegations and presidents, and in 2016 it was transformed in a museum.
Your tour of communism will come to an end after the visit to the Spring Palace. Your tour guide will transfer you back to your hotel.
Transportation with a modern vehicle
Professional English-speaking guide
Entrance fees for (Palace of the Parliament and Ceausescu Residence)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
What's not included
Lunch (approx. €13/person)
Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
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Tour duration - approximately 8 hours.
Please bring your passport with you, as it is required when visiting the Palace of the Parliament.
This is a walking tour and driving tour mixed.
If any attraction cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control, the attraction will be replaced on-site.
You will be picked up at 10:00 AM.
Although Romania has a unique beauty in each season, for this tour we recommend:
Private Bucharest Communist Tour | Entree fees included