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Bucharest’s Old Neighborhoods Private Walking Tour (3-4 hrs)

Characteristic 19th century middle class home Bucharest

Get off the beaten path, away from the big boulevards, and wander into the back streets to discover quaint old neighborhoods reminiscent of traditional, patriarchal Bucharest. Seek out hidden architectural gems from various eras and styles.

Tour type: culture, heritage

Tour Information 
Duration 3-4 hours 

Prices 80 EUR/tour/1-4 people

Included 
hotel pick-up and drop-off (for up to 4 people)

guide fee

Not included any food or drink you choose to buy

Meeting location I will pick you up from your hotel or we meet at a previously agreed upon place

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Highlights

  • • see two extremely rare illustrations of the 18th century local architecture, including inside visit of the oldest preserved home in Bucharest, today serving as a museum dedicated to the prominent Romanian artist Theodor Pallady 
  • • enjoy lunch or relax over a beer or cup of coffee to one of the little local restaurants
  • • visit beautiful old churches tucked away in the historical neighborhoods including the 18th c. Mantuleasa Church, monument of the local Brancovan style (Brancovenesc)

Description/Details

I warmly invite you to explore the historic residential neighborhoods Negustori (“Merchants”), Mantuleasa and Armenesc (Armenian quarter). They are former merchant neighborhoods, established as early as the 17th century in the vicinity of and eastward from the commercial heart of the city. The street network has been preserved ever since.

You will discover a unique ambiance made of period middle-class and upper-middle class houses or villas with gardens next to apartment buildings, a pre-modern street layout with small crossroads and a specific atmosphere.

Lovers of architecture will find a diversity of styles, ranging from the last decades of the 19th century to the period between the two World Wars, and charming details. Most of the homes boast features of the characteristic French Beaux Arts style, sometimes rendered in a peculiar way, but there are also Neo-Romanian style houses revealing regional Balkan and Oriental influences as well as International Modernist style additions from the period between the two World Wars, reflecting the complex cultural identity of Bucharest.

The neighborhoods are scattered with small 18th century churches, around which the former “mahalale” grew and developed (“mahalale”, sing. “mahala”, is a Turkish word, adopted in the territories of the former Ottoman Empire, meaning a neighborhood).

We will follow in the footsteps of one of the most eminent personalities of Romanian culture: we will pass an area that entered the local consciousness through the writings of the great Romanian historian of religion and writer Mircea Eliade, who in one of his most famous novels “Pe Strada Mantuleasa” (“On Mantuleasa Street”) transfigured his childhood neighborhood, turning it into a magical and mythical space.

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Bucharest, historical middle class residential district

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To request a guided tour or get more information, please use the form below. I will answer every message personally within the next 24 hours, providing details of availability, booking and payment. 
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