From Monarchy to Communism

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Basic Information
English, (check the calendar for availabilities)
Total time
2 hours
Meeting point
In front of Cercul Militar National, at the intersection between Calea Victoriei and Regina Elisabeta Boulevard. Look for our distinctive orange outfit or orange umbrella.
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When thinking about Romania, few people remember that the country was once a monarchy. For centuries, Romania’s major historical lands were under foreign rule, often ruled by several states simultaneously. The Ottoman Empire occupied the south, Russia the east, and Austria-Hungary the northwest. In the mid-19th century, however, Romania was reborn as an independent country, reaching its largest territorial size after World War I in the form of the so-called Greater Romania. The young state was a constitutional monarchy with a king descended from the German Hohenzollern dynasty and named Carol I.

Romanian rulers did not have an easy task – before World War II, the fascist Iron Guard movement was gaining ground in the country, and communists were also picking up. History teaches us that monarchies often sympathised with right-wing movements that legitimised their existence – but not here! Romania is perhaps the only country where the monarchy, while fighting fascism, made an alliance with… communists. Which led to its own destruction – after World War II, Romania became a communist country with no place for crowned heads. So how did this happen? 

Join a tour that will prove that nothing is as it seems at first glance here in Romania. Learn how Romanian monarchs lived, what their duties were, and what happens to their descendants today. See with us the northern districts of the city with royal buildings on Victory Avenue built in the 19th century, in a charming belle époque style. Join us to understand the crazy political galimatias that is Romanian history! 

During the tour we will see and discover:

  • Victory Avenue and the stories associated with Bucharest’s highlife

  • The Palace of the National Military Circle

  • English Passage

  • Telephone Palace

  • Stories related to the Romanian monarchy

  • Palace Hall

  • Histories of the world wars

  • Romanian Athenaeum

  • Royal Palace

  • Revolution Square

Additional Important Information
  • professional local guide 
Ticket Message

This tour is organized in cooperation with our local partner, Bucharest Walkabout Free Tours!

  • Meeting Point: In front of Cercul Militar National, at the intersection between Calea Victoriei and Regina Elisabeta Boulevard. Look for our distinctive orange outfit or orange umbrella.
  • Start Time: Participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation.

Thank you for choosing Walkative & Bucharest Walkabout Free Tours! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Meeting Point
In front of Cercul Militar National, at the intersection between Calea Victoriei and Regina Elisabeta Boulevard. Look for our distinctive orange outfit or orange umbrella.

Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

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Rated 5 out of 5
5 months ago

What an amazing experience! The guide shared a lot of informations and answered many question.

Life in Communist Bucharest takes you through the most important events in Romania recent history and makes you understand the struggle they have been through. Totally recommended!


Totally recommended!

Rated 5 out of 5
5 months ago

The tour is great. You can learn much about the history/city but it’s not overwhelming or boring at all 😉 Elena is a wonderful guide – funny, knowledgeable and open-minded. We remembered a lot after the tour and enjoyed it very much!

Piotr and Łukasz

Nice tour full of details!

Rated 5 out of 5
5 months ago

Super nice tour with Anca, it was amazing to listen stories and tips about the life in Communist period. I recommend to join this tour!


Amazing tour

Rated 5 out of 5
6 months ago

Elena was our tour guide. She was on time for the start of the meeting and made everyone feel welcome start away. Her knowledge and passion of her city is commendable and my friend and I enjoyed our tour. Would definitely recommend Elena and the tour to anyone


the tour didn't happen even if it was possible to book it online

Rated 1 out of 5
8 months ago

Best to just call them to ask whether the tour is happening or not, clearly the website is not updated. We were 4 people who came there for nothing..


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