Historical Tour in Romania, Bucharest
The Dark Side of Bucharest – Delve into the city’s intriguing history, you’ll learn all about the deepest, darkest secrets of Romania’s colourful capital.
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Tour Type ActivityTours Historical Tour
Trip Duration 3 hours
Group Size Small Group
Languages Spoken English
Age Range 18+
Every city has a dark side and Bucharest is no exception. On this tour that delves into the city’s intriguing history, you’ll learn all about the deepest, darkest secrets of Romania’s colourful capital. This is not your average history lesson and what you learn on this tour won’t likely be in your guidebook — so get ready to be shocked, awed, and entertained.
- Step back in time and discover the darker side of Bucharest’s past
- Learn about Bucharest’s very own Jack the Ripper, who terrorised the city between 1970 and 1971
- Visit one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Romania
- Hear the stories and legends of the famous prostitutes who stole the hearts of many men
- Get a better sense of the events that helped shape the Romania we know today
Please see full itinerary for further details.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Local English-speaking guide
- Traditional covrig street snack
- Additional food and drinks
- Souvenirs and personal shopping
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
3pm - Piata Romana
In front of the KFC Piata Romana, near Boulevard General Gheorghe Magheru 28-39, Bucuresti 010336
It’s not every day that you get a peek into the seedier side of a city’s past, but that’s just what you’ll do on this exciting tour through Bucharest’s fascinating history. And let’s face it, no city is without its secrets. Start your adventure in the city centre and travel back in time to the beginning of the 20th century, to discover all about the scandalous eras that Bucharest had before the communist regime, and about some of the dark times that followed.
Our Bucharest tour starts with a subway ride from Romana Square to beautiful Bellu Cemetery, the largest and most prestigious cemetery in Bucharest. This is where just about every great Romanian of note is buried, from writers and musicians to academics and poets. As you can imagine, this is a place filled with unique stories, some of which we’ll learn about when we visit the historic resting place.
After Bellu Cemetery we’ll stop at another noteworthy resting place, the Heroes of the Revolution Cemetery. Here we’ll delve into the events of the 1989 revolution and the many casualties suffered by the locals during that time, most of whom are buried here.
Next, we’ll make a short stop in a typical communist neighbourhood to learn what life was like during communist times.
After a quick subway ride we’ll find ourselves at University Square, where we’ll visit an area made famous for the violent anti-communist movements that occurred here in 1990. You’ll have the chance to see pictures from the protests and hear stories from those turbulent times.
Then, we’ll make our way to a former brothel to get a taste of yet another side of Bucharest’s colourful past. You might not know this, but in the late 1920s there were close to 12,000 prostitutes and escorts working in Romania, including famous ladies of the night like the beautiful gypsy dancer, Zaraza. On the tour, you’ll learn all about how she and others like her broke the hearts of many men all over Bucharest and beyond.
Along our way, we’ll stop to refuel with a traditional corvig, Romania’s version of a soft pretzel and one of the most popular street snacks in the city.
This tour is available all year.