3/5 - Okay
Verified traveller15 Nov 2019
Felt safe, but found the rundown buildings, pavements and graffiti an eye opener to the post communist city.
Visit the capital of Romania, a charming city with grand palaces, gardens, historic buildings, squares full of greenery and a vibrant nightlife.
Thanks to the French style boulevards, neoclassical palaces and large parks, Bucharest was known as the 'Paris of the East' during the communist period. Since the fall of communism, they’ve tried to restore the city to the original state. Visit it today and you will find restored palaces, churches full of frescoes, restaurants, an exciting nightlife and rich cultural experiences.
Start your visit by walking along the architectural highlights of Bucharest. Visit this Arcul de Triumf and admire its sculptures and the large granite monument that honours the Romanian soldiers who fought during the First World War. Make sure you take in the Palatul Parlamentului (Parliament Palace), one of the largest parliament buildings in the world.
Visit Revolution Square and behold the former royal palace, house to the former royal rulers of the country. The palace is now the location of the Muzeul National de Arta al Romaniei. You will also find the Kretzulescu Church here: this prayer house from the 18th Century is an example of the Brancoveanu style, with architectural features from the Renaissance, Baroque and Byzantine and Ottoman style.
Bucharest has lots of beautiful green spaces to relax in. An example is the Gradina Botanica Bucuresti, which is no less than 17.5 hectares. In Cismigiu Garden you can rent a rowboat on the lake and, in the winter, you can skate on the ice rink.
Visit the old town if you want to drink, eat and be merry. Find a restaurant that serves typical Romanian dishes consisting of sausage and cabbage before hitting the bars. Most of the clubs and bars stay open until sunrise. If you’re looking for some high culture, catch a show at Ateneul Român, the domed concert hall putting on the best classical music and ballet performances in the region.
International flights arrive at Henri Coanda Aeroportul Internaţional, about 16 kilometres north of the city. The city can also be reached from several surrounding European countries by train. Explore the art, history, culture and cafes of Bucharest on foot, by taking an inexpensive taxi or rent your own car.
Museums, historical sites and art galleries are just a few things travellers enjoy about Bucharest City-Centre. Check out Romanian Athenaeum or National Museum of Art of Romania while you're exploring the area.
When in Vitan, you can plan a visit to Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral and Bucharest Mall, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.
Cotroceni is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Bucharest Botanical Garden and Cotroceni Palace.
Kiseleff is noteworthy for its lake views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Village Museum and Arcul de Triumf.
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Reviewed on 16 Nov 2019
Wander through the extravagant and pompous rooms of this monstrous palace, which stands as a stark reminder of Romania’s troublesome communist years.
Watch a concert at this neoclassical theater, which owes its existence partly to financial donations from the citizens of Bucharest.
Discover a boating lake, children’s playground, flower gardens and sculpture park at this picturesque green space in Bucharest’s city center.
Explore the wonderful collections of European, Oriental and decorative arts hung on the walls of the rooms of a 19th-century neoclassical palace.
Marvel at the Bronze Age statues and Romanian jewelry on display at this museum set inside a majestic neoclassical palace.
Escape the crowds and explore a picturesque garden, which has colorful flower displays, tree-lined paths and a museum of botanical history.
Home to one of the most famous counts in literary history, Transylvania is a must-see destination on any visit to Romania. On this full-day tour from Bucharest, you will visit the historic region exploring the influence of different cultures, including Romanian, Saxon, Turkish and Hungarian.
Treat your taste buds to a journey through time on this tour of Bucharest's landmarks. Scope out must-see sites, discover how Romania's history has shaped its culinary traditions, and share a delicious meal at a lovely local restaurant.
Romania has been a communist country for more than 40 years, between 1948 and December 1989. Nicolae Ceausescu became the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party in 1965 and the president of Socialist Republic of Romania in 1974.
Nijawr27 Oct 2019
A great place for a cheap city break!
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