Top Tours & Activities in Bucharest
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
- CurrencyRomanian leu (lei)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+40
- Best time to visitIt'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.
Things to Do in Bucharest
Top Attractions in Bucharest
- 1Revolution Square, Bucharest
- 2Romanian Athenaeum
- 3Bucharest Old Town
- 4Palace of the Parliament
- 5Mogoşoaia Palace
- 6Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum
- 8Triumph Arch
- 9National Museum of Art of Romania
- 10National Theatre Bucharest
- 11Patriarchal Cathedral
- 12House of the Free Press
- 13University Square (Piaţa Universitǎţii)
- 14Herastrau Park
- 15Bucharest Botanical Garden
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What People Are Saying About Bucharest
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
The tour was amazing! The guide knew a lot and it was very interesting to listen to him. Very good!
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!!!
The guide was prepared and friendly. The places that we've visited were beautiful and the snow created beautiful landscapes. The only problem was the traffic: of course isn't fault of the tour's organization, but we returned to Bucharest at 22:30 (two hours later than what we were expecting) and unfortunately we were forced to stay just an hour to Brasov.
Excellent tour - i learnt so much (while i expected that i'd know it all already) and it was a truly enjoyable experience. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and had a gift for story telling. The tour was well prepared, with pictures, items from the past...there were many details but none was boring! The information was abundant but well structured and not excessive. The theme was communist romania but he explained much more than that - history, economy, architecture, everyday life - before and after communism too...i can't wait to go back to bucharest to try their other tours!