Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is a metropolis located in the south of the country, on the banks of the river Dâmboviţa. Come to discover Bucharest, with its streets full of old palaces and boyar houses. Stroll along the wide tree-lined boulevards and visit its famous parks. For a complete experience, get to know the noisy world of Bucharest’s nightlife and accommodate in one of the Capital’s boutique hotels.
History and Culture
Victory Avenue (Calea Victoriei), which spreads between the United Nations Square (Piaţa Naţiunilor Unite) and Victory Square (Piaţa Victoriei), is the main axis of the capital. Along this street you can visit Bucharest’s most beautiful museums and historical buildings, which have attracted the city’s nickname, “Little Paris”: CEC Headquarters (Palatul CEC), National History Museum (Muzeul Naţional de Istorie al României), Cantacuzino Palace (Palatul Cantacuzino), Romanian National Art Museum (Muzeul Naţional de Artă al României) – former royal palace, Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român), National Military Club (Cercul Militar Român), Kretzulescu Church (Biserica Kretzulescu).
Visit the imposing Parliament Palace (Palatul Parlamentului), the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. Currently, the building houses the Romanian Parliament.
This route can also be done with the tourist bus, which then continues its way to other points of interest in the Capital.
Don’t miss Bucharest’s Days, held annually in September, when you can participate in the carriages and vintage costumes’ parades.
Do not hesitate to go to the George Enescu Festival, an event with over 50 years of tradition, attended by personalities from all around the world.
Places to visit
At a closer look, Bucharest reveals its best kept secrets. Pay attention to Carol Park, where natural beauties are combined with the following attractions: Roman Arenas (Arenele Romane); the Mausoleum and Ţepeş Castle.
Stroll through the shaded alleys of Cişmigiu Garden, while listening to marching band music.
Spend your evening in the historic centre, where you can have dinner in the most famous inn, Hanul lui Manuc, or hang out in Bucharest’s oldest beer house, Caru’ cu Bere. Also, for a really fun night out, go to Count Dracula Club restaurant. In the city’s historic heart you can also find Hotel Capşa, which once housed Casa Capşa, a famous café dating from 1852, which was the meeting place of Romania’s eminent artists, literary figures and politicians of the 1930s.
Bucharest and Surroundings – Recommended itineraries
- Museums and Parks. Leaving Victory Square (Piaţa Victoriei) you can visit three museums which complement each other perfectly: Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum, Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul Ţăranului Român) and the Geological Museum. Then take the Kiseleff Road, where you will find a beautiful park with the same name, as well as the imposing Triumphal Arch (Arc de Triumf). A little to the left, the route brings you to Caşin Monastery, a sanctuary built in Neo – Byzantine style. Get back on the initial track to reach Village Museum (Muzeul Satului), where you will find 338 traditional households from all parts of Romania. Head directly to Herăstrău Park, where you can go for a row. From Charles de Gaulle Square (Piaţa Charles de Gaulle) enter Aviators’ Boulevard (Bulevardul Aviatorilor) and make a small detour to visit the important art collection of Zambaccian Museum. Return to Victory Square (Piaţa Victoriei) and complete the route with the Victoria Palace, headquarters of the Romanian Government.
- Snagov route. Save a day to visit Snagov, located 40 kilometres from Bucharest. Snagov Park welcomes you with its picturesque woods, but also with the lake where you can find a camping area with beaches and wharves. Enjoy the sun or go canoeing on Lake Snagov. Then go to Siliştea Snagovului village and cross the lake to the island where Snagov Monastery is situated. Here is supposed to have been buried Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Ţepeş), also known as Dracula.
- Mogoşoaia route. In a quiet, attractive place, close to Bucharest, you can visit Mogoşoaia Palace, Ştirbei Palace or Rebegeşti church. Mogoşoaia Palace was built by Constantin Brâncoveanu between 1698 and 1702, being representative for the brâncovenesc architectural style.