Top attractions in Bucharest
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
- CurrencyRomanian leu (lei)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+40
- Best time to visitIt'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
Driver was very safe, guide very humble, knew her stuff, patient with all my questions. Highly recommend her and the driver.
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.
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.
Special thanks to Mr Tripp our tour guide for this trip. He is very knowledgeable and friendly, and also the lunch is at the nice restaurant. Foods are excellent.
Easily one of the best day trips I've ever been on. Our guide Alex was very friendly and very entertaining. We had plenty of time in both Pele castle and Bran castle and over an hour in Brasov to eat and relax before a brief walking tour. Very good day! Money well spent! Highly reccomend!