On this walking tour you will discover the most important landmarks of Bucharest's city centre, together with some hidden spots!
Your private tour starts in front of the Romanian Atheneum, in the Revolution Square, next to the Hilton hotel. We will first have a closer look at the buildings on the Revolution Square. Just across the equestrian statue of King Carol I, the first Romanian King, you will have a chance to glare at the former Royal Palace, now the National Arts Museum and learn about the history of the Romanian royal family. The Atheneum, a beautiful concert hall built 1888 is one of the symbols of the city. This is where the Bucharest Philarmonics "George Enescu" plays. Next continue the tour to see the Revolution Square which is, of course, connected to the anti-communist Revolution from December 1989. The former Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu held his last speech here. Witness the balcony from where on December, 21st 1989 he was trying to calm down the Romanian protesters (they didn't listen and stormed the building!). This is where one of the biggest riots of Romanian history took place. More than 1000 people left their lives on the streets of this Romanian cities! On some buildings, you can still see the bullet marks.
The tour continues along the the Victory Road, one of the well known avenues of Bucharest. We will admire beautiful buildings from different epochs, including Bele Epoque and Art Deco. We will pass by the Officer’s Club and the famous hotel and restaurant Capsa and reach the University Square.
We will then move on to the Old Town and have a stroll along the streets of this former merchants quarter. Many merchants of Bucharest were Armenian, Jewish and Greek, who left the city after the communists took over. Now, this whole area is full of street cafees and restaurants. You will visit the very fine 18th century Stavropoleos monastery and see also the ruins of the former princely court.
Our last stop is the impressive Manuc Inn, built in 1808, serving the caravans of merchants passing through Bucharest on their way to Transylvania, Budapest and Vienna.