The Communism vs Monarchy free tour is more than just “walking history”. It is a stroll full of intriguing stories and happenings. Ultimately they all left their mark on the architecture, streets and spectacular landmarks of Bucharest, making the city one of remarkable contrasts.
This free tour takes you to the most famous sights in Bucharest and tell you how the city witnessed the change of political regimes from Monarchy to Communism.
The period of the Romanian Kingdom from the 19th century led to the construction of splendid Belle Epoque structures. They are standing on the Victoria Avenue, the first street in the world illuminated with oil lamps and the street the free tour will explore. Thanks to these influences, Bucharest became known as “Little Paris”.
Unfortunately, Bucharest was heavily bombed in World War II, shaken by major earthquakes and finally came under the Iron Curtain for almost 50 years. In the second part of the 20th century “the city of joy” was surrounded by oppression, terror and hunger, under one of the strictest communist regimes in Europe.
In front of the intimidating Palace of the Parliament you will learn how the second largest administrative building in the world was built under communism and why. Then you will relive the Romanian Revolution by standing in the square where the most blood was shed in December 1989, which culminated with the death of a dictator that was streamed on National Television.
Travel like you mean it and don’t just see the city, live the city with BTrip Bucharest free walking tours.
Everything has a fascinating story, if it’s told by the right person.