We will greet you in front of the City Hall in Revolution Square (known by locals as Primaria), near the popular Roman she-wolf statue. Before we start, we’ll offer you a street food snack that will get our morning off to a delicious start!
Your expert local guide will then begin introducing you to the history of communism in the area. It was here, for instance, that the first anti-communist uprising occurred in Romania, two years before the violence of the 1989 Revolution, which ended both the communist regime and the lives of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife.
Close to our starting point was the local HQ/seat of the Romanian Communist Party. Bullet holes left in nearby buildings are still visible and the memorial graves of those killed indicate a bloody battle that changed the ideology of the country.
We’ll then move away from the Old Town and take public transport to discover some less visited neighbourhoods in Brasov, which still maintain the character of the communist era. Our first stop will be the former communist civic centre. The existence of this building provides a good example of how the communist regime used to implement and develop new projects, often demolishing entire neighbourhoods, showing no consideration to the communities’ traditional ways of life.
Next we will walk through a colourful passageway to see what a commercial enterprise used to look like, following the end of the centralised communist economy.
The next neighbourhood on our agenda offers examples of true socialist architecture and town planning. We will move from large boulevards, behind neatly arranged panelák buildings, to discover even older 1950s Stalin-era architecture. We will stop to visit a popular and traditional daily farmers’ market that hardly any tourists visit and chat to local farmers about life before the revolution. We’ll also witness a traditional shopping experience, circa 1965, that has changed little since communist times, when everybody shopped daily for fresh local products (but were often subjected to rationing).
After our visit to the market, your guide will offer you the most famous and typical of local snacks — at least for Romanians — to try, called mici, which translates as ‘little'. A kind of skinless sausage, it’s usually served with mustard and a cold beer and every Romanian has their opinion about where and how the best ones are made. In Brasov, the place we will take you to sample this delicious delicacy has been operating for more than 50 years and it’s certainly our favourite place to chow down on mici!
Next up, we’ll visit a former tractor factory which is a true symbol of the city’s industrial past. Your guide, who will certainly be your friend by now, will explain its significance while you walk around the grounds, seeing what has been saved of the old factory and witnessing its current transformation from a communist relic into the largest integrated urban regeneration project in the country. We will approach the former factory walking through the train station which is yet another positive example of 1960s communist architecture both inside and out.
Our penultimate stop will reveal a gem hidden within the nearby residential district which was built to house 35,000 workers and their families. Deep within this colourful district you will find an area that was built in the 1930s (preceding the communist regime) offering a chance to add yet another layer to an almost complete view of Brasov’s modern history. Here you will discover simple people, often almost as old as the buildings themselves, who are happy to talk with enthusiasm about life here in the mid to late 20th century.
The end of our tour is slowly approaching but not before we board another local bus to take us back to the Old Town with its medieval architecture and historic monuments, closing a circle which offers you the opportunity to travel through 700 years of city’s history in less than four hours. Phew!
Before you go, don’t forget to ask your friend/local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat in beguiling Brasov.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one street snack, one half-litre water bottle, one return bus ticket, one serving of mici (3 mici with 1 bread bun), one large beer drought (400 ml), two local cheese samplings (150g aprox.), plus various vegetables bought at the market.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Please let the guide know at the start of the tour if you suffer from epilepsy or epileptic episodes. In the train station we will pass through a passageway with flickering neon lights that might trigger it. If you let us know in advance, we can go around it.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.