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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

Tour was informative and we were able to see the countryside

Our guide Mary was incredibly knowledgeable and provided a great historical and cultural overview of the region.

Dracula’s Castle Full-Day Tour from Bucharest Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/14/2019

Excellent insight into life in Bucharest during communist era

Just one sentence - Claudia was super guide! Full of informations and real facts for that time of communism in Romania. Thanks Claudia.

3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest Reviewed by Mario, 05/13/2019

Small Group Tour and Knowledgeable Guide.

Our guide made the difference and the tour was very informative thanks to Valentine, our guide with a delightful good sense of humour. We truly enjoyed our day touring UNESCO sites in Northern Bulgaria. When we stopped for lunch, our guide chose a family owned restaurant that served delicious meals. We had plenty of time to visit the places with and without the group and to take pictures.

Experience Bulgaria Shared Tour From Bucharest Reviewed by Anna, 05/12/2019

Excellent day tour to see many Transilvanian places on one day

Really nice and good tour to see so much in one day! Paul was excellent guide and told us widely the history and the stories of places.

From Bucharest: Transylvania Day Trip Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/05/2019

Excellent one day tour must see from Romania

Excellent tour Tour guide Sorine was so well versed and connects so well with everyone. Peles is a must see , spectacular. Thoroughly enjoyed Brasov , we ate at a local Romanian restaurant . Potatoes are delicious. This tour is a must see from Romania.

From Bucharest: Dracula's Castle and Brașov Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/05/2019