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BucharestRomania

Explore Romania’s capital, a charming city with palaces, gardens, historic buildings, leafy squares and exciting nightlife.

With wide French-style boulevards, neoclassical palaces and large parks, Bucharest was known as the “Paris of the East” before the Communist era. Since the overthrow of Communism, it has been reclaiming its former glory. Today, visit this modern city with restored palaces, fresco-filled churches, open-air cafés, a thriving nightlife and rich cultural experiences.

Start with a tour of Bucharest’s architectural landmarks. Admire the sculptures and bas-reliefs of the Arch of Triumph. The large granite monument commemorates Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I. Explore the Palace of Parliament, one of the world’s largest parliament buildings.

The dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife fled from Revolution Square in 1989. Here see the former royal palace, now the National Museum of Art, and Kretzulescu Church. This 18th-century place of worship is an example of Brâncovenesc architecture, a mixture of Renaissance, Baroque, Byzantine and Ottoman styles.

Bucharest offers many green spaces for relaxation. Wander through the 43 acres (17.5 hectares) of the Bucharest Botanical Gardens. Row a boat across the lake at Cișmigiu Park. During winter, skate on its ice rink. Glimpse part of Romania’s past at the Village Museum inside Herăstrău Park. The open-air center features traditional homes from all regions of the country. The oldest dates back to the 17th century.

For eating, drinking, dancing and socializing, head for the old town. Find restaurants serving Romanian dishes of sausages and cabbage. Some clubs and cafés stay open until sunrise. For classical music performances, go to the Romanian Athenaeum, the city’s domed circular concert hall.

International flights land at Henri Coanda International Airport, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of the city. You can also arrive by train from several European countries. Experience Bucharest’s art, history, culture and cafés by using the extensive public transportation network. Rental cars are available and taxis are relatively cheap.

Bucharest is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) from the archeological sites at Constanta and 105 miles (170 kilometers) from the mountains, medieval towns and castles of Transylvania.

Where to stay in Bucharest

Carol Park which includes a monument

Bucharest City-Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(494 area reviews)

Museums, historic sites, and art galleries are just a few things travelers enjoy about Bucharest City-Centre. Check out Romanian Athenaeum or National Museum of Art of Romania while you're exploring the area.

Bucharest City-Centre
Bucharest Botanical Garden featuring flowers and a garden

Cotroceni

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Cotroceni is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Bucharest Botanical Garden and Cotroceni Palace.

Cotroceni
Herastrau Park featuring a garden

Kiseleff

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Kiseleff is noteworthy for its lake views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Herastrau Park and Arcul de Triumf.

Kiseleff
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Vitan

While Vitan might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like National Arena and Bucharest Mall.

Vitan

Top Hotels in Bucharest

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson BLU Bucharest
Radisson BLU Bucharest
5 out of 5
Calea Victoriei 63-81, Sector1, Bucharest
Free Cancellation
The price is $85 per night

Located in Bucharest City-Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from National Museum of Art of Romania and Romanian Athenaeum. Palace of the Parliament and Herastrau ...

4.4/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"Nice and lovely hotel in the heart of the city. Close and walking distance to attractions"…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Radisson BLU Bucharest
Epoque Hotel - Relais & Chateaux
Epoque Hotel - Relais & Chateaux
5 out of 5
17C Intrarea Aurora Street, Bucharest
The price is $110 per night

Located in Bucharest City-Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cismigiu Garden, Romanian Athenaeum, and Palace of the Parliament. Herastrau Park ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (536 reviews)

"Beautiful property in a great location. Staff were great, good balance of being attentive with over bearing. Room was lovely, facilities great. The restaurant was first class and not over priced."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Epoque Hotel - Relais & Chateaux
Grand Hotel Continental
Grand Hotel Continental
5 out of 5
56 Victoriei Avenue, Bucharest
The price is $70 per night

Located in Bucharest City-Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cretulescu Church and Romanian Athenaeum. Palace of the Parliament and Herastrau ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (549 reviews)

"Very good hotel. No buffet style breakfast due to ongoing covid scare but even better as the chef personally ask us what we would luke and he cooked it fresh for us. Fantastic."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Grand Hotel Continental

Popular places to visit in Bucharest

Palace of the Parliament
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Palace of the Parliament

4.5/5(185 reviews)

Wander through the extravagant and pompous rooms of this monstrous palace, which stands as a stark reminder of Romania’s troublesome communist years.

Romanian Athenaeum
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Romanian Athenaeum

4.5/5(130 reviews)

Watch a concert at this neoclassical theater, which owes its existence partly to financial donations from the citizens of Bucharest.

Herastrau Park
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Herastrau Park

4.5/5(68 reviews)

Spend some time at this attractive urban park, which has an adventure playground, aquarium, boating lake, open-air museum, restaurants and walking trails.

University Square
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University Square

4/5(79 reviews)

Find out about the history of Bucharest when you take a trip to University Square. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Cismigiu Garden
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Cismigiu Garden

4.5/5(65 reviews)

Discover a boating lake, children’s playground, flower gardens and sculpture park at this picturesque green space in Bucharest’s city center.

National Museum of Art of Romania
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National Museum of Art of Romania

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Explore the wonderful collections of European, Oriental and decorative arts hung on the walls of the rooms of a 19th-century neoclassical palace.

Top things to do in Bucharest

Small Group Tour Dracula & Peles Castles and Transylvania
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Small Group Tour Dracula & Peles Castles and Transylvania

$101
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Exclusive Tour of Draculas Castle and Brasov in Transylvania
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Exclusive Tour of Draculas Castle and Brasov in Transylvania

$73
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Excursion to Bulgaria from Bucharest
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Full-Day Excursion to Bulgaria from Bucharest

$92
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Bucharest City Tour Including Village Museum Admission
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Bucharest City Tour Including Village Museum Admission

$28
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner – 3 hours
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Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner – 3 hours

$67
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Museum of Senses Bucharest Entrance Ticket
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Museum of Senses Bucharest Entrance Ticket

$10
Per adult

Reviews of Bucharest

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
161
5 - Excellent 39.6551724137931%
4 - Good
176
4 - Good 43.34975369458128%
3 - Okay
60
3 - Okay 14.77832512315271%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.9704433497536946%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.24630541871921183%

5/5 - Excellent

Ahmednuur

May 30, 2020

Good Town unfortunately i come in the middle of the Coronvirus crisis and didn't explore anything but overall i think is good town and rich for the tourism hubs such museums and historic sites including the Cotreceni , the Parliament Building and NT

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2020

Great city with everithing in it !!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Nice city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 4, 2020

Great architecture and inexpensive

4/5 - Good

James

Jan 27, 2020

I love the city and the people. All very friendly.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

It was okay.

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