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Darkside Tour of Bucharest
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Darkside Tour of Bucharest

By Interesting Times Bureau
Recommended by 98% of travelers
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About
Discover a part of Bucharest that you won’t find in any guidebook on a dark side tour of the capital. The walking excursion focuses on horrific acts committed in the 20th-century. Learn about the torture methods employed by the Communist regime, the gypsy dancer Zazara, and the Vampire of Bucharest serial killer. End the macabre tour at the Bellu Cemetery, which houses art and love stories, as well as the deceased.
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Ages 16-100, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3h
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Highlights
  • Discover a darker side of Bucharest's history
  • Enjoy a snack and a drink at a former brothel
  • Listen to stories you won't hear on other tours
  • Take a break from traditional sightseeing

  • Street Snack
  • 1 refreshment (summer) OR 1 hot drink (winter)
  • Local guide
  • Subway transportation
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Departure details
  • KFC, Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru 28-30, București 010336, Romania KFC Leonida, Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru, Bucharest
Return details
  • Revolution Square, Piața Revoluției, București, Romania

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7737P8

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 15 and under
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    KFC
    Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru 28-30, București 010336, Romania
    KFC Leonida, Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru, Bucharest
    See address & details
  • 1
    Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Interesting Times Bureau
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Bellu Cemetery (Cimitirul Serban Voda-Bellu)
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Revolution Square
    Piața Revoluției, București, Romania
    See address & details
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About the operator
Interesting Times Bureau
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Bucharest, Romania
Joined in June 2014
  • Dmitry K
    Dmitry K
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    great
    Andra is a great guide who gave me a great overview of Romanian history and culture. Highly recommend
  • rodneyq110
    rodneyq110
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    Great experience
    Wall art was fascinating because Elena provided a rich context. Also got to see interesting parts of the city and through Elena learnt a lot about the culture and history of Bucharest and Romania. Highly recommended.
  • 741jacquic
    741jacquic
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    Fantastic
    Bogdan was a very good guide.. informative and fun!!! And we were very lucky to have such a lovely person show us the architecture markets and tell us about the history and share lovely local food!! Thank you! Jacqui
  • 719dougg
    719dougg
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    Bogdan is the best!
    Bogdan was a fantastic host!! He’s very knowledgeable about Romania and Bucharest. Highly recommend if you are visiting.
  • Dahistorian99
    Dahistorian99
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    Wonderful tour with Ioana
    Ioana was a wonderful guide and extremely knowledgeable. If you like street art or would like to learn more, then this tour is definitely for you.
  • jansT1113VS
    jansT1113VS
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    Perfect art & history tour
    The tour was just perfect. The knowledge that i got was not only about the murals & art, but also about the history and architecture of Bucharest. The tour shows much bigger perspective over the murals. The tour guide is very friendly and pays a lot of attention to the questions.
  • 581glennisc
    581glennisc
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    Great Experience and Guide.
    A really enjoyable and informative experience. I learnt a lot about graffiti and murals. Plus saw different areas of the city I would never have known about,
  • Tomsii
    Tomsii
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    Excellent Tour - Highly Recommended
    Ioana was a really good guide and gave a very interesting and informative deep dive into the graffiti & street art scene of Bucharest. 5* - Highly recommended, we would do this again in a heartbeat.
  • H4300LHannek
    H4300LHannek
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    Five Star Street Art Experience
    I agree with all the five-star reviews! This is one of the best things to do in Bucharest. My advice is to do this tour early on your trip so you can enjoy spotting art throughout your stay. It is a great way to walk through the city, appreciating all the architecture and history of this fascinating place through the ever-changing lens of street art. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. The time just flew. It inspired me to get more familiar with the street art scene in my own hometown. A portion of the proceeds of your tour will go to the artist community. Do not hesitate.
  • Zehavi-Zack
    Zehavi-Zack
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    Interesting architectural sites
    Walking through hidden place with our lovely & most knowledgeable tour guide- Anita, we were enriched by the different architectural styles and their historical context.
  • The5MRanch
    The5MRanch
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    A True Hidden Gem of a Tour!
    This was a great tour where you really learned about the history of Romania and who Bucharest evolved into what it is today. There were some beautiful buildings that you would never see on any regular tour as well as interesting churches and cultural buildings. ANDRA was a FANTASTIC GUIDE!
  • 202catalinc
    202catalinc
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    Definitely a must!
    Awesome tour. It enables you to better see and understand your surroundings while in Bucharest by giving you a historical context. I would highly recommend this to anybody. Shout out to the tour guide: Andra!
  • 800mariono
    800mariono
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    Walking tour of Bucharest including snacks and a drink
    Had a really great time on our walking tour of Bucharest. We learned so much about the history of Romania and Bucharest. Dana was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting and fun. We saw off-the-beaten parts of Bucharest that we would never have seen on our own. Dana and her colleague made us feel comfortable during the entire tour. We would definitely do another tour with Urban Adventures again.
  • CaraBVA
    CaraBVA
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    Great tour of architecture
    The hidden gem tour was a great walking tour of the many types of architecture in Bucharest. Ionna was a wonderful tour guide and shared a great deal of history and knowledge.
  • Anita1973
    Anita1973
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    Excellent tour - informative and friendly
    My husband and I were collected from our hotel by English speaking Dana and taken around the city. We were shown many of the sites of historical importance in Romania’s recent Communist past, as well as told many anecdotal stories about life here. Highly recommend the trip and big thanks to Dana.
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Pablo
Eccles, UK232 contributions
Whilst visiting bucharest I wanted to do a tour that was bit different to the normal types.
It was interesting finding out about the dark history of bucharest,
Our guide Elena was good, her passion for her country and her city came through, she kept it knowledgeable and entertaining.
I would recommend this tour.
Written May 21, 2022
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hmlsmall
5 contributions
I absolutely recommend this tour if you’re interested in Romanian history (and dark history!). Our guide, Elena, was knowledgeable, patient, and had a contagious enthusiasm for everything on the tour - and when providing food/drink recommendations! She was happy to answer our many questions and was very engaging. The tour, while focusing on the macabre, provided plenty of general information, as well; the tour ended on a special, bright note. We can’t wait to return, take this tour again, and see how everything is evolving. Thank you, Elena! P.S. Currently at La Mama - terrific!
Written September 8, 2022
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Jenna P
6 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is a must do. We had a fantastic guide called Elena who went above and beyond to show us the beautiful and dark side of Romania culture and history. The tour was full of knowledge and humour. Elena explained everything in such depth we left knowing so much more about this beautiful country.. we will defiently be back

Thank you Elena
Written May 24, 2022
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Helen W
4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is the 5th walking tour I have done with Urban Adventures, and I think they are amazing. Such a great introduction to the sights, sounds and history of Romania's capital city.
We explored a few of the cemeteries, learning about the lives and times of various national poets, musicians and historical folk, intermingled with myths, legends and stories of Bucharest, the Revolution, the communist era, and the people.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
As always, wear comfortable shoes!
Written February 4, 2020
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Doru1980
"Hi Helen! Thank you for your feedback! I'm glad that you enjoyed the tour and we are looking forward to see you again next time you're in town! Greetings and hugs! Ioana"
Written February 6, 2020
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paulette d
Hixson, TN74 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed the sweet girl, Eliana, who did a great job. She was very enthusiastic and excited about the opportunity to explain the dark past. We did feel like a bit too much time for the cemetery but still she did a good job.
Written June 1, 2022
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Zachary N
Georgia4 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
This was an amazing tour and filled with so much history! Our guide made the whole experience memorable and light hearted. Dont make it a second though, book today! You're in for a unique afternoon Bucharest!
Written March 25, 2023
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rhyd78
Cardiff, UK316 contributions
Expected a group tour but due to cancellations it was just me! Andra did a fantastic job of running through the history of Bucharest and Romania and the stops were all interesting and informative. Highly recommended! Thanks v much.
Written December 30, 2019
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Doru1980
"Rhydian, thank you very very much for writing this! I was touched by your interest in my city, and your opened mind, so at the end of the day it was my pleasure to spend the evening with you. Thanks for that! Andra"
Written January 17, 2020
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Brian M
1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Couples
This was a fantastic tour to learn a lot more about Bucharest while visiting some places we wouldn't usually see or know anything about. Our guide Andra was amazing her knowledge and english language was excellent. You could see the passion she has about her city by the way she explained things to us.
Would highly recommed this tour to anyone visiting Bucharest.
Just fantastic all round.
Written September 26, 2019
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Doru1980
"Hey Brian! Thanks for taking the time to write, it means a lot! Let me also thank you for the infectious joy and curiosity that you guys brought. Made my job extremely easy and more than enjoyable. Big hugs, Andra"
Written October 17, 2019
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Nia G
Swansea, UK51 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
We had such a wonderful time on the darkside tour with Andra. She was fun, friendly and most of all incredibly knowledgeable. She taught us so many interesting facts about Bellu cemetery and the fall of the communist regime. The afternoon was our favourite of the time we spent in Bucharest, and this is all down to Andra’s amazing tour. I would recommend to everyone; whether you like the dark side of places or not. It was so so interesting and i am looking forward to learning more after my tour. Thank you again Andra!
Written July 9, 2019
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JOHN A
Ljubljana, Slovenia36 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
Another excellent tour from urban adventures. Bogdan was the guide a mine of information about historic and contemporary Bucharest very helpful and entertaining on all features of the city. The tour centered on the major cemetery and those who are buried there but also covered the 1989 revolution, the current situation, and the life of the young Romanian generation. If you are at all interested in this fascinating city you should take this tour
Written November 20, 2019
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