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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

Excellent and knowledgeable guide, office staff could be better

It was nice that the guide knew the topic really well. As I am quite fluent in the topic (about Eastern Europe in general, but no about Romania in particular) myself, I appreciate that the guide was able to answer specific questions and speak about different issues. But the office staff made some mess at the evening before the tour. I was proposed another time for the tour but did not accept it. Luckily I was checking the email all the evening so it was possible to follow the proposals. However, some other people from the tour did not manage to read the final message so they joined the tour a half hour later (they were proposed the change of time to 15:00 but afterwards changed back to 14:30).

3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest Reviewed by Maris, 08/09/2019

I am glad that I saw Peles and Bran Castles

Peles Castle was amazing. I wish we had time to do the full tour instead of just the standard tour as I would have liked to have seen the bedrooms. I suggest that the tour give the participants the option of paying the difference in ticket price for the full tour, which I would have done. Those who do not want to do so would have free time there. It was the highlight of the tour. As our tour guide stated, Bran Castle was just an Instagram moment. However, I felt I had to see it. The information about the Romanian royal family was interesting. Brasov was fine for a late lunch.

75 percent of driving, 25 percent of sightseeing

The tour was nice and Sorin, our tour guide, who has over 20 years of experience in touring, provided insightful information about the history and some cultural aspects. We liked that we skipped the line in both castles, however, both of the castles were very crowded, which could be expected in high season. A warning for those who get car sick easily, this tour is mostly about riding in a car. If it was not a lot of driving, we would have given this tour a straight 5.

From Bucharest: Dracula's Castle and Brașov Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 07/29/2019

Knowledgeable guide and interesting toue

Really good tour - we saw exactly what we needed to see to understand the functioning of the city, the history and the current events The bikes were well functioning The guide knew what he was talking about and answered all our questions, we tasted Romanian treats from communist era which was a plus and we got a take home photo

Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour Reviewed by Charlotte, 08/10/2019

Highly recommend - great guide, great city

Our guide, Tony, was great. Really interesting, charismatic, perfect English - and just generally really fun to hang out with and hear all the information about Bucharest. Cycling was easy and generally on really quiet streets. Really interesting city and would HIGHLY recommend this tour.

Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour Reviewed by Victoria, 08/06/2019