Welcome to

Beautiful Decay Tour

Welcome to

Beautiful Decay Tour


Strictly for the most adventurous of you!

Explore old abandoned historical buildings, learn their stories and relive the past. Explore the underground art culture of Bucharest and learn the history and aftermath of communism in Romania through direct contact.


  • rooftop panoramas
  • urban decay
  • historical buildings
  • street art / street food
  • post-industrial factories
  • tales of the old city
  • counterculture

After 50 years of Communism and 20 odd years of transition, Bucharest is never short of abandoned urban beauty.

The renovation of  19th or early 20th century  historical buildings – viewed a as symbol of upper class domination by socialist authorities – was never considered a priority by the governments of post-communist era. The lack of funds and high levels of corruption of state employees ‘helped’ the situation greatly.  And when Ceausescu’s planned, centralized industry collapsed in 1989, the same fate was to befall on in-city factories and other industrial landmarks.

“Breathtaking!  Literally. Lots of stairs!” – John Riley, British expat living in Bucharest

“Most beautiful sunsets this part of Europe.” – accidental tourist

Recommended gear: a proper outfit, comfortable footwear and, obviously, the camera.

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Upground, Underground, Middle Earth


4 hours tour


Must be over 18 years old!  Not recommended if you are claustrophobic or afraid of heights. Must be in reasonable physical condition.

Walking Distance: 7.1 km

Refreshments: 1

Heat warning

Make sure you cover your head as the sun gets pretty intense in summertime in Romania. Oh, and wear sunscreen if you feel like.

Max no. of people: 6

For larger groups give us a message and we’ll try to accommodate.

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The prices INCLUDE one refreshment and one street food snack, the subway fair and, of course, the guide. However they DO NOT INCLUDE food and drinks purchased at bars/pub, so please bring some extra cash. How much you spend on other stuff is entirely up to you!

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  • you must be over 18 years old for this tour
  • please wear comfortable shoes
  • operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • due to independent circumstances, even with our best efforts, some places will be closed for the day, in which case we will propose other alternative sites. Changes, if any, will be communicated at the tour briefing

Price per person: 35 EUR

If you require a different departure time, please let us know and we’ll try to accommodate.

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