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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

An interesting tour of amazing ancient places

First we saw a beautiful palace in a peaceful country setting away from the Bucharest chaos. It was built by a remarkable man and is filled with furniture, paintings and things from that era, but has a very sad history. Then two very old monasteries at lakes further out in the countryside - amazing places with incredible iconography and carved woodwork. It was a great half-day trip.

An unmissable introduction to a fantastic city!

This tour packs so much value into its itinerary: friendly, knowledgeable guides with a passion for their city and its culture; an incredible hotchpotch of old/ancient buildings and churches down mazelike alleys; aging mansions converted to cosy cultural centre bistros, that only locals could find; rides on Communist-era trams; a visit to a huge local produce market, with free samples galore; an unbelievable Communist-era department store and a foodies' delight of Romanian specialties, beers and more! This is exceptional value for money.

Mr Rasem,our driver,have done his best with a lot of help to us.

Good minibus condition and comfortable for the whole day trip. The driver speaking good English in which he could suggest and clear some of our problems and also did rearrange our schedules during 6 days trip with him. Thank you for your help,Rasem.

The Guides were very informative and friendly. Great way to see OTP

Great guides and fun walk around Bucharest. Recommend this company highly. Saw history you would miss otherwise.

3-Hour Dark Side of Bucharest Tour Reviewed by Dalton, 11/13/2016

We had a wonderful tour on a bright sunny day!

Driver and guide did a great job and the weather turned out to be suuny and warm. Really enjoyed the day but we were tired when we got back!


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