When you first arrive in Bucharest, your attention is caught by the tall, grey, communist buildings. Crowded streets of busy people, traffic noise and the endless murmur may give you grounds for noticing the lack of color and peacefulness of the city. But behind those tall buildings there is a Bucharest that needs to be discovered even by the people who live in it. Streets and buildings tell tales of great people and past events, thus we would like to be their voices.
We have created this tour to take you on a short trip through history! A HIDDEN TREASURES tour in which you will hear about the capital’s first residence, school, hospital and university, about churches built by the country’s rulers and parks that were once ponds at the edge of a small city named Bucharest!
We will all meet at Piata Romana, the starting point of our journey. The tour will end in a cozy bistro, where we’ll share our impressions over a cup of coffee or cold drink.
As all good stories begin:
Once upon a time there was a shepherd who brought his sheep to drink and feed along the Dambovita bank. His name was Bucur (translated to English “Joy”) and he was a rich nobleman, with several herds and servants, with whom he built a settlement on that land. Many men have tried to do them harm, until one day, Bucur’s daughter was kidnapped. He managed to bring her back and ordered the servants to build a stronghold around the settlement and sheep hold.
This is only one of the legends that tell the origins of Bucharest, but what we know for sure is that it was archaeologically attested from the fourteenth century and documented in 1459 by Vlad Tepes, a character already familiar to most of you through the legend of Dracula but in reality the three-time Voivode of Wallachia.
Archeological research proves that the land was inhabited since the Paleolithic age and signs of settlements were found around all waters in the area, dating from the 5th to the 14th century. But since 1459 there is a long way to the Bucharest of today. In 1595 the city was occupied by the Ottoman Empire that robbed and burned the capital as they retreated. In 1655, the Seimeni Riot has left the city in ruins after exercising a rule of terror in Bucharest, capturing and executing several boyars, followed by the Tatars attack and 2 years of drought and hunger.
Starting with the 17th century, Bucharest is going through a continuous period of recovery and development. In the period between the two World Wars, the city’s elegant architecture earned Bucharest the nickname of “Little Paris“. Nowadays, it has become the 6th largest city in the European Union, a place where “The City’s Youth” is fed through a never-ending fight between the past and the future.
Price per person for a group of 3 people or larger.
For 1-2 persons group, the price is 45 €/group.
Remember that any tour can be tailor-made for your own preferences, duration and comfort!
- English speaking tour guide
- other services not mentioned
Please wear comfortable shoes! The schedule is subject of change, accordingly to the tourist's preferences or time!