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Learn more about the Ceausescu Family while discovering a different side of Bucharest, all on a private communist tour.

Bucharest Communist Tour

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 communist 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, discover the grandeur of the Palace of the Parliament, and take a tour of the Spring Palace (Palatul Primaverii), the place where the Ceausescu family lived their luxurious life.

Trip Activities

history

Find out more about the fascinating communist era in Bucharest

museums

Get a glimpse of the former dictator's life, Nicolae Ceausescu

walking tour

Discover interesting stories about communism on a lovely walking tour 

Itinerary

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.


 

What's included

  •   Transportation with a modern vehicle
  •   Professional English-speaking guide
  •   Entrance fees for (Palace of the Parliament - standard tour 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
  •   Photography Fees

Good to know

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  • Special notes

    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.

  • Departure

    You will be picked up at 10:00 AM.

We recommend

Although Romania has a unique beauty in each season, for this tour we recommend:

Private Bucharest Communist Tour | Tickets for the Palace of the Parliament and Ceausescu House

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