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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 day trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

This was an excellent day trip with only me on board. My tour guide was Andrei and he provided good commentary throughout as we moved from one location to next one. He also made sure I knew where to go in each city and gave me short tour in each location. In addition, which was important to me, I had answers to all my questions about history and local culture. We stayed on schedule throughout the day. The old town of Veliko was very interesting, beautiful old architecture and winding cobbled streets and stairs. The scenery was breathtaking and our lunch at the restaurant overlooking the surroundings was excellent (the food was so good and fresh).

The tour was perfect and Razvan was a fantastic guide

Razvan knows alot about Bucharest and the history of Romania. He is very very nice, the ride on the bikes is perfect and Razvan is careful and thoughtful. We saw a lot and enjoyed it very much. Very highly recommended

Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour Reviewed by udi, 03/09/2019

Fascinating and friendly - a great combination

Loved this walking tour. Learned so much. Nice small group so you could ask questions, amazing depth of knowledge known by our ever so patient guide. Couldn’t recommend more.

3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest Reviewed by Carrie, 02/04/2019

Fantastic tour of Transylvania thanks to our wonderful guide Sorin!

Sorin was constantly giving information on where we were and sites of interest even taking us to an incredible little restaurant in Braşov with excellent tasty food. It was a wonderful and unforgettable day out. Thank you so much!! Edward and Linzi (Wales, UK)

From Bucharest: Full-Day to Dracula's Castle Tour Reviewed by Edward, 01/30/2019

Excellent activity with excellent people

The great tour organization with great people. If your want to get something supreme about the local castles - that's probably not for you, because the castles are rather typical. But if you want to spend a great day, see wonderful places followed by knowledgeable tour guide and professional driver - that's a right choice. Personally I'm very satisfied with that and may advise to others.

Dracula’s Castle Full-Day Tour from Bucharest Reviewed by Nikolay, 01/27/2019