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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

Could have been a little better organized

The tour itself was really good and the guide was amazing. However, we went during the "off season" for tourism but the weather was still nice so we had to wait quite awhile at Peles Castle to get in. This took up a lot of time for our full day. I advise you to bring something to eat on the way (although they say you're not allowed to eat on the bus) because the first place you will stop that has food is at Bran Castle and we didn't get there until around 3pm. But even then, you have to hurry inside the castle and then hurry up and eat at one of the stalls or restaurants at the bottom of the castle. Brasov is so incredibly beautiful to just walk around and enjoy the scenery and you will have plenty of time to eat there. We ran into a LOT of traffic on the way home and didn't get back in to Bucharest until 11:30pm so be warned of that because it is a possibility. But, like I said, the guide was great - funny and very friendly.

From Bucharest: Dracula's Castle and Brașov Tour Reviewed by Brittany, 17/10/2019

Superb way to spend the day seeing the countryside & castles!

This day tour is absolutely superb, greatly exceeded my expectations. Tour guide Alene (Allen) was amazing, very personable, and shared a wealth of historical information. Logistically, I don’t know how else you could take in all three sights without a tour like this.., it is a full 12+ hours, the mountains are cooler and wetter than Bucharest, so dress appropriately, and recommend saving an appetite for a bistro in Bravos Square (look for locals). All round great day!

Fascinating introduction to Transylvania

We really enjoyed our 12 hour trip to Transylvania. Thevtwo castles were magnificant and Brasow is a lovely town. the scenary is magnificent. Our driver, Adrian, was very considerate and kept us all entertained on the journey. He was an excellent and careful driver. All the staff were very knowledgable about the areas and venues that we visited. I certanly recommend this tour which is great value for money.

From Bucharest: Dracula's Castle and Brașov Tour Reviewed by Josephine, 29/09/2019

Very entertaining guide and interesting tour.

The guide and his driver were on time and very organized. The whole trip he kept everyone entertained and made sure we were comfortable. It was quite early but the guide's energy level got to boost everyone else's. The driver was very good and safe and made sure we do not get carsick in the curves. It was a great tour and both castles had interesting features. I definitely recommend this tour.

All respect for Nico who does a great job there

Nico's mind is like books! he’s very detailed in her explanations about the history of place for what he does made the tour fabulous. We had a great tour in the mountains. Nico customized the trip so we had a fantastic day. He's an enthusiastic guide with a great personality. We would definitely recommend him as a guide in this area. He’s a great guide and we were lucky to have him!!