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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

Two beautiful castles and a chance to see Brasov

Loved our experience on this tour! Got to see some of the biggest attractions near Bucharest in a day. Great value and we had an excellent time seeing and learning lots about Romania and it's history. Highly recommended. Transportation is a large van, with USB charging and wifi!

Good tour, guides and castles. Recommended.

Did the two castles tour in January 2017. The bus was modern and comfortable (USB charging and wifi), the guide was knowledgeable and welcoming. Both castles are worth seeing, Peles being the better one, but I especially enjoyed the 1.5 hour lunch in Bravos. We were giving time to ourselves to eat and explore. A good trip.

fabulous, The guide Tudor could not be any more knowledgeable.

The tour was fantastic. The guide Tudor was waiting to Greet me with a warm smile. He was very knowledgeable and backed verbal communications up with lots of pictures etc. He frequently checked if I had any questions and took time to answer if I did. Tour actually ran over by 30 mins such was Tudor,s enthusiasm to ensure you had a good tour. In summary fantastic tour and excellent value for money and Tudor is a credit to this company. Thank you

It was amazing and the guide had a lot of knowledge!

The tour was amazing! The guide knew a lot and it was very interesting to listen to him. Very good!

Best guided tour I've been on...EVER!!

Our guide was great from start to end. Plenty of time to enjoy each sight and he even took time out to let us capture the best photos. We skipped every queue and even got a little gift at the end. We loved this tour, plenty of variety and time to yourself to explore. Our guide Stephen was AMAZING, and he even booked us a table at his favourite restaurant on the way home. 5* service with a smile!!!


Bucharest
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