It has been 30 years since the reign of the former communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu has ended and communism in Romania has collapsed, yet the marks of the cruel regime are still visible throughout the capital city of Romania. Embark on a full-day city tour of Bucharest and step back in time for a history lesson filled with dreams of glory built on the oppression and manipulation.
Your tour guide will pick you from your hotel and start the Communist Bucharest tour with a trip to the metro stations built under the Ceausescu regime. The first line was opened in 1979, and the metro network is completely different from other systems in Eastern Europe, having been built with two purposes in mind: speed of transit and practicality.
The different architectural styles of Bucharest from the communist past makes it a city of contrasts. You will visit a communist neighborhood that was built especially for the working class and catch a glimpse of what the day-to-day lives of common people looked like under the rule of the communist party. This walking tour is also a perfect opportunity to spot some of the street art that was strictly prohibited during Ceausescu's reign.
Next, you will visit the most famous tourist attraction in Bucharest, the Palace of the Parliament. Originally named "House of the Republic", it was one of the most spectacular projects carried under the rule of Ceausescu. It was built between 1984 and 1997, and it holds the Guinness World Record for the largest administrative building in the world, measuring 240 meters in length, 270 in width, and 84 in height. The building is also known as the House of the People.
Fun fact: Due to its enormous weight, the Palace of the Parliament sinks by 6mm each year.
Your communist tour also includes a walking tour through Piata Revolutiei (Revolution Square), a place that played an important role in the fall of the communist era, and one of the starting points of the anti-communist revolution.
The final landmark of your tour is the home of the Ceausescu couple, the Ceausescu Residential Palace (Spring Palace). This luxurious estate was built between and 1964 and 1965, and it hosted Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu from 1965 until their death in 1989. After the fall of the communist regime, the Spring Palace was used as a VIP residence for official delegations and foreign presidents, and in 2016 it became a museum.
After visiting the Ceausescu Residential Palace, your communist tour of Bucharest will come to an end, and we will drop you off at your hotel.
The Residential Palace can only be visited from Wednesday to Sunday between 10:00 and 18:00, so take that into consideration when booking your trip.