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Few places in Bucharest are as filled with historical importance and entertainment as Lipscani (Old Town). Art nouveau, Baroque and neoclassical buildings create a wonderful architectural landscape. See galleries near centuries-old monuments and street performers amusing passersby. Cafés spill out onto the pavement while pubs and nightclubs stay open until early morning.
Lipscani’s history dates back to the 1400s, when it was an important commercial and political center of Wallachia (later Romania). During the 17th century it blossomed into a district of blacksmiths, cobblers, jewelers and tanners, among other craftsmen. The area survived Ceaușescu’s socialist redevelopment but lay in tatters until after the 1989 Romanian Revolution. Today, see the cobblestone streets presenting a fine example of history and modernity, where opulence blends with fading grandeur.
Get an understanding of Lipscani’s history at the ruined Curtea Veche, the Old Princely Court at the district’s southern edge. This 15th-century royal court once served as the residence of Wallachian rulers including Vlad the Impaler. Nearby is the Church of St. Anthony, one of Bucharest’s oldest churches. Step inside to admire 16th-century frescoes.
Stroll along the labyrinthine streets spreading north from the Curtea Veche. Gaze up at striking 19th-century palaces, many with signs explaining their history. One example is the Savings Bank Palace on Calea Victoriei. Peek inside the serene Stavropoleos Church and spot Bronze Age statues and Romanian treasures at the National Museum of Romanian History.
Relax at one of the numerous cafés, especially in Strada Lipscani, where outdoor seating areas create a Parisian atmosphere. Sip coffee and watch the street performers. Alternatively, browse art galleries, antique stores and quirky boutiques.
After dark, nightlife options will keep you busy until sunrise. Choose between beerhouses, cabaret bars, chic lounges and raucous clubs.
Reach Lipscani easily by bus, tram or metro from most parts of Bucharest. Piața Unirii 2 and Universitate are the most convenient metro stations.
You can explore 107 different Lipscani accommodation options by browsing Expedia's easy-to-use Lipscani lodging guide.
The Carol Parc Hotel, 23-25 Aleea Suter, Sector 4, and the Alexander Hotel, at Soseaua Pipera Tunari, 1, are nice examples of premium Lipscani lodgings. Alternatively, in the budget range, you can check out the Hotel Sir Lujerului and the Sir Orhideea Hotel. The Hotel Sir Lujerului is located at Virtutii Avenue no 1A, while the Sir Orhideea Hotel is found at Soseaua Orhideelor 12B.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manuc's Inn, National Museum of Romanian History, and University Square. Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral and Cismigiu Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manuc's Inn and National Museum of Romanian History. Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral and University Square are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Old Town, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Curtea Veche and National Museum of Romanian History. University Square and Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Old Town, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National Bank of Romania and National Museum of Romanian History. University Square and Cismigiu Garden are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Curtea Veche, National Museum of Romanian History, and University Square. Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral and Cismigiu Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km).