Life in Communist Bucharest Free Tour

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on August 10, 2018

Walkabout Free Tours are the perfect choice to make the most of your time in Bucharest! We are the first free tour in town. With more than 10 years experience in the guiding industry, we will show you all the must-see-sites and hidden gems of our wonderful and exciting city while having fun. Join us for a memorable tour of Bucharest history, culture, and attractions.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Discover the main landmarks of communist history in Bucharest with our passionate local guides. We will start the tour in the Revolution Square by the former headquarter of the Romanian Communist Party and continue off the beaten path to see another face of Bucharest that we do not show on the other tours we offer.

 During the walking tour we will share stories of communism in Romania, pros and cons of the period, the relation between the communist regime and religion, industry, labor, economy, culture and everyday life of the people.

We try to be objective in presentation but share true family stories and bring “nostalgic” items of the period.

 We’ll walk from the Revolution square to the Jewish quarter and end the tour in front of Parliament Palace. Be prepared to explore the city in a 3 hour long walk while exploring life under the socialist regime and visiting sites that played a role in communist days.
On the tour, we cover sights and attractions such as:

  • Revolution Square
  • Former Headquarters of the Communist Party
  • University of Architecture 
  • Coral Synagogue
  • Bucharest Court of Appeal
  • Palace of Parliament 

...and MANY more hidden gems and curiosities that most locals don't even know!

  • This tour is organized by Walkabout Free Tours, the first free tour in town.  
  • Please wear comfortable shoes as we are going to walk around 3 hours
  • Cost: the tours are tip-based so you can pay whatever you think is appropriate at the end of the tour.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Piața Revoluției, București, Romania
    Piața Revoluției, București, Romania
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    We meet by the Rebirth Memorial in the Revolution Square. Look for our orange umbrella!

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Revolution Square
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Piata 21 Decembrie 1989
  • 3
    Outside visit
    "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Colțea Hospital
  • 5
    Outside visit
    The Choral Temple
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Palace of Justice
  • 7
    Outside visit
    "Michael the Voivode" Church
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Palace of Parliament

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Monika 09 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Daniel had fantastic English, all the important and interesting facts, made it easy to understand and kept us captivated by the stories he told. Was friendly and welcoming. Thanks again!
Pushkar 04 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
Wonderful, informative tour with excellent information guidance provided by a very patient and knowledgeable guide viz. Julian. I would highly recommend this tour. Wish you all the best, Julian!
Luciano 21 Jul 2023

Anca is a great guide! She had a lot of information, and the tours (both I made with her) was really fantastic! Highly recomended if you want to know more about Bucharest / Romania and comunism.
Ellen 15 Jul 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2023
What a fascinating tour! History came alive with our tour guide Mara. She was objective and insightful about her country’s history, so very different from ours as Americans. Definitely recommend this tour if you are in Bucharest.
Christine 08 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Outstanding. A story the west needs to hear and heed.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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