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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

Wonderful time discovering this beautiful city

I had the chance to be alone with Alex, and it was a lovely morning. Bicycling is really a great way to discover Bucarest, its secrets & History. I totally recommand this journey with them, and you can also rent a bike for a fair price with them afterwords =).

Bucharest: Half Day Bike Tour Reviewed by Quentin, 06/17/2019

Alex was extremely knowledgeable,personable and a great guide.

Alex was intelligent and personable. The tour was dubbed as a graffiti tour but it was so much more. Alex, being an architect, added another dimension to the tour and his knowledge and creative mind made the day extremely informative and fun. Highly recommend this tour. I can’t say enough good things

Bucharest Alternative Walking Tour Reviewed by Robert, 06/14/2019

Get to see three major sites on a fantastic day trip from Bucharest!

We had a great experience on our Transylvania Day Trip. There was a lot of driving time, but definitely worth it to get to see multiple sites in one day, plus great local insights and information from a great tour guide. Highly recommend!

From Bucharest: Transylvania Day Trip Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/09/2019

BEST tour BEST guide (Razman) - MUST do in Romania!

Our highlight in Romania, and Eastern Europe! Seeing Dracula’s castle, another stunning castle and Braşov in one day Tour was amazing. Razman was a great guide and driver - safe and very knowledgeable, and spoke perfect English. He always made sure we had enough time to see the sights, relax and enjoy the scenery too along with all the history, he was always willing to answer any questions about Romania - he needs to get a promotion! Thanks guys for an awesome day tour!! Long day but worth every minute!

From Bucharest: Transylvania Day Trip Reviewed by Shirlee, 06/08/2019

If there's only one tour you can take: TAKE THIS ONE!

Serban, our tour guide, made this tour an unforgettable one! From morning to afternoon, the tour is jam-packed with amazing stories and jaw-dropping scenery. Having tickets in advance for both castles is a huge time saver which gave the group extra time to wander around both palaces. Serban is a highly entertaining tour guide who will make the trip worth your while. Make sure you ask for him. Highly recommended!