This tour is also available as
a Private Tour.
Romania is usually associated only with Transylvania and the bloody Vlad the Impaler, the prototype of Dracula from Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel. The sound of the city’s name, however, should be associated with something completely different… Rome!!! Much of southern Romania was once under Roman rule, and although millennia have passed since then, it can still be heard today in the beautiful Romanian language, and Romania calls itself a Latin island surrounded by a slavic sea. It is also a country at an eternal crossroads, with each historical part gravitating toward different cultures. Situated in the south, Wallachia gravitates toward the Balkans, Transylvania follows the west, and eastern Moldova looks fearfully to the east… Bucharest is at the very centre of this unusual mix.
Our tour will be a wonderful introduction to the history of the “Paris of the East,” as its residents proudly call the city. Bucharest can resemble Frankenstein’s monster in some places – beautiful 19th century palaces stand here right next to colossal communist edifices, silent witnesses of 20th century history. The city has been constantly changing over the centuries, which has been “facilitated” by numerous fires and earthquakes. After the catastrophic earthquake in 1977, much of Bucharest had to be built from scratch. An indelible mark was left here by the hubris and megalomania of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, who ordered the demolition of thousands of buildings in order to build a new communist city.
Take a walk with us to explore 500 years of the city’s history, starting with its founding in the 15th century and the reign of Vlad the Impaler, ending with the Romanian Revolution and the fall of the communist dictatorship. We will see the most important buildings of downtown Bucharest, beautiful Orthodox churches, 19th century palaces and buildings that survived only because they managed to be… moved to another location. We will see Bucharest’s “Champs Elysees” and the second largest public building in the world (after the US Pentagon) – the famous Romanian Parliament! Of course, there will be no shortage of recommendations on where and what to eat – today’s Bucharest is an energetic city with fantastic cafes and delicious restaurants just waiting to be discovered!
During the walk we will see and explore:
This tour is organized in cooperation with our local partner, Bucharest Walkabout Free Tours!
Thank you for choosing Walkative & Bucharest Walkabout Free Tours! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Tudor was a great guide – his storytelling was authentic and lively. Lots of knowledge imparted in an accessible way. He answered every question of the participants, including those not directly related to the tour. He pointed out the post office, a shop with authentic handcrafts and a place with the best papanasi in town (unfortunately, that’s where I ended up and will be frying in dietary hell – he was right). Thank you
We really enjoyed the tour and got a lot of great tips where to go, where to eat and also how to get around the country, not just Bucharest. She also gave us great tips for the mountains.
Elena is an excellent tour guide with a great sense of humour! We’ve learned a lot about the city and would recommend this to anyone.
We definitely recommend this tour! It’s a great way to get to know the city and the history of Bucharest/Romania. Elena is a wonderful guide – funny, knowledgeable and open-minded. We had a wonderful time!
Elena is an amazing local tour guide. She is very knowledgeable about her city and country. Elena mentioned fun facts and details. Otherwise, I would have missed if I didn’t make the tour. 100% recommended!