Hidden Gems Architecture and Hidden Streets of Bucharest Tour
Welcome to a 3 hour walking tour exploration of Bucharest: architecture, picturesque streets and great stories
- quaint neighborhoods full of history
- landmark or strange buildings
- belle époque and modernist architecture
- the most romantic hang out places available in the city
- the oldest house in Bucharest
- art galleries and trendy local shops.
slow travel for fast people
What is slow tourism?
We believe very much in the slow movement: slow food, slow cities, slow design, slow living.
You are on holiday.You should never have a schedule in your holiday. That’s why we start with lemonade and a quick chat about what you’ll see on the tour.
Slow tourism also means:
- good connection with the local community
- support for the local artists
- enjoy the experience
- time to wonder and understand
- take plenty of photos.
visit places only 10% of ‘Bucharestians’ know about
Romantic neighborhoods full of history and charm ready to be explored
Off the proverbial beaten path
People’s Palace, Arc de Triumph , Village Museum, Calea Victoriei, Old Town. They’re all fine and dandy but that’s not what Bucharest is about and it’s not what we are about, here at Interesting Times Bureau.
If you really want to see a completely different city venture into the old neighborhoods. Accompanied by our professional guides you will discover the history, the architecture and charm of places most locals don’t even know exist.
To top it all off, we’ve also included some leisure time in Bucharest’s most beautiful summer gardens and teahouses, in true balcanic style.
The evolution of Bucharest is one of the best instances of the ambiguous relationship existing between the Romanian lands and the Ottoman Empire. Although it was not an Ottoman town, it shared many aspects with towns in the Ottoman area of influence.
One of these shared aspects was the division by Mahallas. Mahallas were small quarters of the town which arose around a religious building and which were often inhabited by a homogeneous community of people belonging to the same ethnic, social or religious groups.
As the town grew, mahallas fused with each other giving birth to wider neighborhoods that suffered through waves of modernization and demolitions (in communist times). This was the fate of places like Armeneasca, Mantuleasa, Old Jewish Quarter, Batistei.
But not all places are created equal. Some were purpose build by the powers that be for their acolytes and auxiliary personnel. This was the case of Cotroceni, Domenii or Primaverii. One gets a sense of order and of rules and regulations in these places. Which makes them more interesting in a city where there’s so little of them.
STOPS FOR REST & REFRESHMENTS
OPTIMAL GROUP SIZE
(for larger give us a message and we’ll try to accommodate)
The prices include one refreshment and one street food snack, the bus/metro fair and, of course, the guide. However they DO NOT include food and drink purchased at bars/cafes, so please bring some extra cash. How much you spend on refreshments is entirely up to you! (We suggest around 15 euros, although you may want to bring more for impulse purchases and souvenirs)