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Bucharest

Travel Guide
Palace of the Parliament featuring a fountain, street scenes and heritage architecture

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

Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Airport
4 out of 5
11 Bd. Aeroportului, Otopeni
The price is $60 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Water Park Otopeni and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Therme Bucharest. Herastrau Park and Piata Romana are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (252 reviews)
"Very close to departure terminal, clean and the rooms are very nice"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Airport
Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest
Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest
5 out of 5
1-3 Episcopiei Street, Sector 1, Bucharest
The price is $92 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Located in Bucharest City-Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from National Museum of Art of Romania and Romanian Athenaeum. Cismigiu Garden and National Museum ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (830 reviews)
"Beautiful building, spacious room, great location"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
5 out of 5
Calea 13 Septembrie 90, Bucharest
The price is $106 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Parliament and Romanian National Opera.
4.4/5Wonderful! (501 reviews)
"It is a huge hotel , with an impressive room vue . The stairs ,the boutiques , the restaurants .... everything is amazing."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Central Class Bucharest
Central Class Bucharest
3 out of 5
35a Bulevardul Nicolae Balcescu, Bucharest
The price is $30 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in Bucharest City-Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central University Library and Romanian Athenaeum. Palace of the Parliament ...
4.4/5Excellent! (25 reviews)
"Excellent location ! Very clean and well equiped !"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Central Class Bucharest
Bucharest Serviced Apartments
Bucharest Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
Downtown Bucharest, Bucharest
The price is $108 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Located in Bucharest City-Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of University Square, Kilometer Zero Monument, and National Theater Bucharest. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (42 reviews)
Great place, super clean, all rules are followed
"As advertised, the location of the apartment in the heart of city is perfect and can't be better. The metro is few meters as well, which is really good since it provides a quick link to the rest of the city. All shops were open, except restaurants. Still patios are open, with heaters. Food deliveries ..."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Bucharest Serviced Apartments
Parliament & River View Apartments
Parliament & River View Apartments
4 out of 5
58 Splaiul Independentei, Bucharest, Bucharest
Located in Bucharest City-Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cismigiu Garden, Romanian National Opera, and National Museum of Romanian ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (43 reviews)
"The apartment is located fairly close to the center. Although surrounded by many buildings that need renovations, this property is kept in excellent condition."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Parliament & River View Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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