Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

Communist walking tour in Bucharest

One of the coolest and amazing walking tours in Bucharest is the Communist Walking tour. The tour is a free tour that runs at 3 PM everyday Monday to Friday. But I did this walk on my own as I couldn’t get to the meeting place on time. The walk starts off at Romanian Athenaeum and ends at the Parliament Palace.

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For a personalised tour, this tour can also be booked using the Viator website.

Logistics of Communist Walking Tour

During the period of 1947 and 1989, Bucharest was under the communist government, and these landmarks are the witness to the protests and marches during that period. And this is the reason why it is called the Communist walking tour.

  • Total distance: 5 to 6 kilometres.
  • Time taken: 2 hours.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Landmarks covered:
    • Romanian Athenaeum – a concert hall opened in 1888.
    • Equestrian statue of King Carol – statue of the first king of Romania.
    • Telephone Palace – office building built between 1929 and 1934.
    • Revolution square – also known as Piata Revolutiei.
    • Victoria avenue.
    • Casa Capsa – a hotel built in 1852.
    • Military Circle.
    • Cismigiu Garden.
    • Regina Elisabeta Boulevard.
    • Parliament Palace – second largest administrative building in the World.

Landmarks covered

Romanian Athenaeum

Opened in 1888, Romanian Athenaeum is a concert hall in Bucharest. The building was designed by a French architect.

Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest
Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

Equestrian statue of King Carol

The Equestrian statue of King Carol I is a bronze statue dedicated to the first king of Romania. The statue is located on Calea Victoriei and is in the Revolution square (formerly known as Piata Palatului).

The Revolution square is a square in central Bucharest that is surrounded by historical buildings.

Equestrian statue of Carol I, Bucharest
Equestrian statue of Carol I, Bucharest

Telephone Palace

Owned by Telekom Romania, the Bucharest Telephone Palace is an art deco office building in the centre of Bucharest. Until 1956, the Bucharest Telephone Palace was the tallest building in Bucharest.

Casa Capsa

Established in 1852, Casa Capsa is a historic restaurant in Bucharest. The restaurant also includes a hotel with 61 rooms.

Cismigiu Garden

Built in 1847, Cismigiu Garden is a public park with an artificial lake. The garden is the oldest and largest in the city of Bucharest.

Regina Elisabeta Boulevard

The hotel of Regina Elisabeta Boulevard is one of the old buildings in Bucharest. With rich history, the hotel recently went through renovations.

Parliament Palace

The Palace of Parliament is the seat of Parliament of Romania. Designed by Anca Petrescu, the construction of the building took around 13 years. Being the heaviest building in the world, the Palace of Parliament is at a height of 84 metres. It is the second largest administrative building in the world.

Safety for solo female travelers

I had heard a lot of bad things about travels in Bucharest. And honestly speaking, I was scared at first. But I had an awesome time during my travels. I traveled throughout the city by myself and did not have any issues whatsoever. People were very friendly and they minded their own business. However, like any other city in the world, be cautious and know your surroundings, especially at nights.

Are you new to solo travels? Or do you have a lot of questions related to solo travels? Read frequently asked questions for solo traveling.

Closing Notes

I loved the Communist walking tour. The walk provides an opportunity to go through some of the historical monuments in Bucharest. Even though I did the walk by myself, I suggest taking the tour as one can hear the stories and history behind the buildings and landmarks from a guide.

If you loved the Communist walking tour, you will also love the Old town walking tour in Bucharest.

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