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The "Little Paris" label may have been shredded by decades of war and oppression, but the Romanian capital's rich culture is thriving once again. Bucharest today is open and green – a place where tradition partners with modern life! Here's what to see and do.

Romanian Athenaeum

Inside and out, this spectacular concert hall makes for one of Bucharest's top sights. See the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra perform beneath its beautifully frescoed dome!

Palace of the Parliament

This controversial building was built under the tyrannical reign of Nicolae Ceaușescu to become the world's largest parliament complex. The Palace of the Parliament is as breathtaking as it is despised!

National Museum of Romanian History

Romania's premier collection of important artifacts spans all of history. If you have time, visit the eccentric postal museum, also located in the National Museum of Romanian History!

National Museum of Art of Romania

Though clumsily named, Romania's national gallery isn't limited to just the foremost collection of Romanian art. Situated in the old Royal Palace, it's one of the city's top cultural attractions!

Triumph Arch

Any tour of Bucharest should reveal plenty of aesthetic comparisons with Paris, but perhaps nowhere are the similarities more evident than at Romania's own Arc de Triomphe!

Herastrau Park

Come spring, summer, or fall, visit the Herastrau Park to ride old-fashioned fairground attractions, rent a boat, or simply wander through every beautifully landscaped corner!

Museum of the Romanian Peasant

With its carefully curated display of artifacts from Romanian peasant life, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, a former European Museum of the Year, is perhaps the city's most modest sightseeing essential.

Planning Your Bucharest Visit

How many days?

2 or 3 nights will probably be enough in Bucharest, but why not stay a little longer to enjoy day trips to Romania's nearby historic sites? Sinaia, Brasov, and Transylvannia are all unmissable!

Where to stay?

Most of Bucharest's tourist attractions and sights are located downtown, as are its best places to eat and drink. Of the 3 squares there, Universitatii is the most pleasant for visitors. There is also Unirii Square, which is the shopping district, and Romana Square is well-connected though more residential.

Good to know

  • Language
    Romanian
  • Currency
    Romanian leu (lei)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +40
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit from April through June, and also September and October, when you can avoid the hot, dry summer and cold winter, instead enjoying sightseeing in milder temperatures.

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What people are saying about Bucharest

Elena gave a great tour in -2 degree weather!

The photos helped, and I was so glad they did not cancel when I was the only one who showed that day. I flew in part for that tour, so it meant a lot they kept it. The emails prior were helpful as well. Good communication.

Relics of Communism in Bucharest: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 26/11/2018

Brilliant and super professional guide. He made our day.

Our guide, Florin saved our trip from colapse because he had to turn back to pickup one of our forgotten passports.

From Bucharest: Bulgaria 1-Day Tour Reviewed by Miguel, 04/11/2018

Excellent guide, knowledgeable, very patient, answered all Qs

Driver was very safe, guide very humble, knew her stuff, patient with all my questions. Highly recommend her and the driver.

Dracula’s Castle Full-Day Tour from Bucharest Reviewed by Ashok, 25/09/2018

Perfect to enjoy the Transylvania castles & scenery

Our tour guide was very nice and gave us enough time for picture taken at both two castles. The lunch time in Brasov was a bit short but enough to grab tasty Romanian food. The tour ended right in front of the Hilton hotel where we stayed at in Bucharest, so it was great.

Peles & Bran Small Group: 2 Transylvanian Castles in 1 Day Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 21/09/2018

An efficient way to become familiar with the city's history

A very enjoyable few hours seeing the city in the company of a very knowledgeable guide. The bikes were comfortable and the cycling easy. Many different aspects of the city were covered in a relatively short time and the tour gave us our bearings for subsequent exploratory walks. The tour was well organized and good value for money, I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Bucharest Bike Tour Reviewed by David, 16/09/2018