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Darkside Tour of Bucharest provided by Bucharest Urban Adventures

Darkside Tour of Bucharest
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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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
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
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7737P8
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Street Snack
  • 1 refreshment (summer) OR 1 hot drink (winter)
  • Local guide
  • Subway transportation
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • KFC Romană, Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru 28-30, București 010336, Romania KFC Leonida, Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru, Bucharest
  • Revolution Square, Piața Revoluției, București, Romania
Additional information
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Street Snack
  • 1 refreshment (summer) OR 1 hot drink (winter)
  • Local guide
  • Subway transportation
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • KFC Romană, Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru 28-30, București 010336, Romania KFC Leonida, Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru, Bucharest
  • Revolution Square, Piața Revoluției, București, Romania
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Revolution Square, Piața Revoluției, București, Romania
Additional information
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    KFC Romană
    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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Halle R.
Burrillville, RI8 contributions
Excellent Alternative Perspective of Bucharest
Sep 2021
Absolutely loved exploring the darker side of Bucharest, especially Bellu Cemetery. It was a great way to learn about some of Romania's most notable people, and to learn more about burial traditions that differ from what I know in the U.S. I make it a point to visit historic cemeteries wherever I travel and Bellu was one of the most beautiful and interesting I've ever been to! The tour was excellent and a great way to learn about some of the grittier histories of Bucharest. Definitely recommend!
Written October 4, 2021
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Owain M
7 contributions
An interesting look at the City's morbid history.
Jan 2021
My guide Bogdan was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the dark side of Bucharest. From the articulate tributes on the graves in Bella Cemetery to the more sombre resting places of the victims of the revolution. After that Bogdan took me on a walk around the sites of major turning points in the last days of Communism in the country. Even a bullet ridden snipers position not far from some of the Cities most spectacular buildings. The tales of Romania's only serial killer and the early 20th centuries vice trade both combined to help make this trip to the dark side more interesting. Highly recommended, I would use this companies for further tours.
Written September 19, 2021
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David Morgan
Perth, Australia53 contributions
Fabulous Alternative View Into Romanian History & Culture
A thoroughly insightful and wonderful insight into Romanian history and culture. This ‘quirky’ tour was a great alternative to so many other types of walking tours. My guide, Bogdan, was an excellent guide. He has a very good knowledge of Romanian history but what made this tour special was his ability to tie in so many personal stories and Romanian cultural insights that I would never be able to find on a website. The Bella Cemetery is quite unlike any other cemetery I’ve been to in terms of grave sites and and mausoleums. Bogdan, delightfully brings to life (or death) numerous facts and fiction surrounding famous and not so famous locals. About 2 hours is spent amongst the cemeteries and the last hour was around the city centre with several stories behind some of Bucharest’s shadier past. My three hours flew by. I wish I had more time in Bucharest to explore with other tours. Thank you.
Written March 10, 2020
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salma
1 contribution
Great Tour! :)
Jan 2020 • Solo
It was a great tour, I learned a lot about the history of the city and the visit to the cementera was super cool. I really recommend going on a trip with Bogdan :)
Written February 6, 2020
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Doru1980
"Thanks a lot for the kind feedback, Salma! Next time you're in the area you might want to check another of our more alternative tours, the Beautiful Decay Tour of Bucharest Tour, a Lonely Planet experience filled with stories &sights just as fascinating as the Darkside Tour! All the best, Bogdan"
Written February 28, 2020
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Helen W
3 contributions
Wonderful insights into the history and culture of Bucharest
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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rhyd78
Cardiff, UK315 contributions
Great tour with Andra!
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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Ori L
1 contribution
Good tour, great guide
The tour was nice and intimate, we learned a lot about the history and culture of bucharest and romania, stuff I wouldn't have ever known from a normal tour.
Overall we had a great experience and I highly recommend it :)
Written December 3, 2019
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Doru1980
"Dear Ori, thank you so much! I am glad to hear you stay busy and it is going well with your career! Keep up the good job! All the best, Bogdan"
Written January 16, 2020
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JOHN A
Ljubljana, Slovenia13 contributions
Dark side tour of Bucharest
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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Alban C
1 contribution
Excellent experience with our guide Dana!
The tour was very nice and our guide Dana was super cool and funny.
We learned a lot about Bucarest and Romania and its interesting history.
Thanks for the recommendations, the restaurant La Mama was excellent!
Written November 9, 2019
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Doru1980
"Hey Alban, thanks for your kind feedback! I'm really glad you enjoyed the tour and the restaurant! All the best, Dana"
Written November 12, 2019
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Carrie A
Omaha, NE1 contribution
Great tour!
Nov 2019 • Friends
We had a great day touring Bucarest with our awesome host Bogdan. He’s super fun and knowledgeable and taught us a lot about Romanian culture and history. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful cemetery and hearing all of the legends. He took us out for drinks in the old town afterwards and gave us some great suggestions for the rest of our trip! Ask for him as your guide!
Written November 7, 2019
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Doru1980
"Thanks a bunch for the positive feedback, Carrie! Hope to see you again on another tour in Bucharest, there's so much more to see :) All the best, Bogdan"
Written March 4, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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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
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 hist
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 Buch
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
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 ma
benjorgensen
benjorgensen
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Recommend
Really glad we did the tour! We had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the city! Our guide Bogdan was really frie
FleurPistache
FleurPistache
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Very interesting tour
I booked the discovery tour with Dana and I wasn't disappointed. We went to the major historical places in Buchares
David068
David068
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Highly Recommended
We booked this tour at short notice and it was absolutely brilliant. Dana is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, f
Al G
Al G
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Great historical and architectural tour
A walking tour about 3 hours long. Alex, our guide, was an architect. His knowledge of the building types and hist
Benjamin W
Benjamin W
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Bucharest Discovery Walking Tours
We did this tour as the first tour of Bucharest. It was a very good introduction of the city. It had a good cover
M1050
M1050
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It was a fantastic walking tour, extremely professionally guided by Andra!
The tour, guided by Andra, was very interesting. She is an energetic and very friendly person with a really impress
BiancaAH
BiancaAH
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We had an excellent tour with Andra today. She was a source of great knowledge!
We had an excellent tour with Andra today. She was a source of great knowledge and knew the answers to our many que
AndacAdana
AndacAdana
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Perfect introduction to the city
If you want to see the unknown Bucharest take this tour. Our guide helped us to understand the culture and know mor
ivan k
ivan k
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Educational and fun at the same time
Dana went way beyond and above the standards of traditional or alternative tours that you are used to. She was will
gchahal6
gchahal6
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Awesome and informative way to spend the day!
LOVED this tour. Seeing all of the murals across the city was a great way to spend the day, and you leave with some
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