Bucharest will definitely be the best start of your journey in Romania. Bucharest is alive, tentacular, kaleidoscopic, colorful and contradictory. It is the story of a city that has always left a strong impression on those who lived in it or just found themselves there and is full of twists, tragedies and heroic struggles.
It became the capital of the United Principalities in 1862. Since then it has undergone constant change, becoming center stage for art, culture and Romanian media. Elegant architecture and urban atmosphere brought in the Belle Époque the nickname "Little Paris".
Bucharest, Romania's capital, is the largest city and the main political, administrative, economic, financial, banking, educational, scientific and cultural center of the country. As a European Capital , it is the sixth largest in the European Union, Little Paris offers a multitude of options to spend your free time. Although known for its nightlife, Bucharest is a city to be discovered by foot, offering numerous tourist attractions, being also a shopping center.
It would be a waste to go through Bucharest without seeing at least some of what we propose below.
1. Old Town
Certainly, the old center will be the first place where you stop on your journey through Bucharest. Here you will find some of the oldest monuments in the capital, and dozens of streets with lively bars and clubs. These things make this small part of Bucharest transform your visit to Bucharest into a vibrant one . In recent years, Old Town became, as stated and journalists from BBC, "a charming district , there is enough entertainment to keep you busy during the day and enough bars and clubs to keep you awake all night. "
Address: Lipscani Street
2. Stavropoleos Church
This little church is one of the most beautiful in the city. It was built in 1724 by Ioanichie ,a Greek monk during the reign of Prince Nicholas Mavrocordatos Fanariote.
The church is representative for the Brancoveanu style that combines Ottoman and Western elements , with Romanian traditional architectural forms. The interior is just as beautiful, with sculptures and paintings on wood and stone and frescoes.
Address: Street Intersection. Postei with Stavropoleos Street
3. Villacrose and Macca Passages
Macca Villacrosse passages are two walkways covered with glass and wrought iron, home to shops, cafes and restaurants. They were built in late 19th century.
Address: Entrance from Calea Victoriei, viz-a-viz the Police and the E. Street Carada
4. Manuc's Inn
The Inn is the best preserved old inn in Bucharest. It was built around 1808 to house the traders who were passing by. The inn is also one of the historic buildings in Bucharest. Currently, the Inn is used as a hotel-restaurant and winecellar.
Address: French Street, no. 64
5. Baneasa Shopping City
Are you looking for the most fashionable place to do your shopping, dining or entertainment? You can go to Baneasa Shopping City, "the city" of fashion and fun in Bucharest. Over 300 of your favorite brands are waiting for you to enjoy the latest collections for women, men and children.
Address: Bucharest-Ploiesti Highway , no. 42D
6. Herastrau Park
Located in the north of the capital, Herastrau covers an area of almost 200 hectares, along the lake with the same name. It is the most beautiful park in Bucharest, with plenty of shaded walkways that invite you for a walk in nature, with numerous outdoor cafes and boats to ride on the lake. Herastrau has among its attractions: a summer theater, exhibition halls, clubs and water sports, cafes, clubs and restaurants, hotels and many other facilities. Herastrau lake is used for recreation, fishing, water sports and sailing. Herastrau Park is the place where you can practice almost any kind of sport and has areas for recreation and culture and areas for sports and entertainments.
7. Cismigiu Garden
Cismigiu Park is the oldest park in Bucharest and a great place to stroll and enjoy the tranquility that you need to feel from time to time, when you are in a busy city.
Address: Regina Elisabeta boulevard
8. National Village Museum "Dimitrie Gusti"
Village Museum was established in 1936 and contains more than 300 wooden houses, windmills, churches etc. across the country. If you do not plan to visit rural areas of Romania - and even if you do it - you should not miss this museum, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
Address: Kiseleff Street, no. 28-30
9. National Museum of the Romanian Peasant
The collection includes 18,000 pieces of pottery and 20,000 examples of national dresses all over the country and rugs, icons, furniture, photographs and documentaries about rural life habits. But what makes it special is how the collection is arranged; museum looks more like an art gallery than a museum.
Address: Kiseleff Street, no. 3
10. National Museum of Natural History "Grigore Antipa"
The museum heritage consists of over 2 million pieces, grouped in different zoological, palaeontological, ethnographic and minerals and rocks. Not being exposed all at once, some of them using alternative temporary exhibitions, most of them remaining in drawers to use as the basis for a broad range of research in the natural sciences.
Grigore Antipaa becomes director in 1893 and will lead the Museum for 51 years. After 1933, the institution will be named after him.
Address: Kiseleff Street, No.1
11. Arc de Triomphe
In northern Bucharest, along Kiseleff road is the Arch of Triumph. Shaped like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the structure was built in 1935-1936 to commemorate the creation of Greater Romania since 1918.
12. Palace Royal Hall
It was built in 1960. It is located behind the National Museum of Art (formerly the Royal Palace). The building was used to house the Communist Party Congress for 5 years. Today it is used to host major concerts and exhibitions.
Address: Ion Campineanu Street, No.28
13. Victory Square
It is, by far, the most famous street where you can make purchases in stores of major fashion houses. If you want to take a peek at new collections of some famous designers, Victory market is definitely the right place.
The first road in Bucharest, Wood Road, was actually the present Victory Square (Piata Victoriei). In the past, the street was paved with tree trunks.
14. University Square
In the past 15 years, the University Square proved to be a meeting point for people in crisis nationwide, but also in times of celebration: the people gathered here during the revolution of 1989 and the sad events of June 1990 and will continue to come here every time Romania national football team wins a big game or when the feel the need to address the state representatives.
15. Union Square
Union Square is where downtown Bucharest starts. Two of the largest metro line in Bucharest intersect here and the Square hosts one of the largest and oldest shops of the city, Unirea.
If you have the opportunity to attend a show at the Athenaeum, do not hesitate! With a stylish interior, the Athenaeum is one of the most precious architectural gems of the city.
Address: Franklin Street, no. 1-3
17. National Theatre
The building situated on one of the corners of University Square is the National Theatre. It was built in 1973 by a group of Romanian architects. The old building of the National Theatre was destroyed during the Second World War. Originally the building had a different facade, modeled after the architecture of the monasteries in Moldova, but in 1984 it was renovated and took the current form. The theater is composed of four auditoriums.
Bd. Nicolae Balcescu, no.2
18. Parliament Palace
You can not leave Bucharest without before making a visit to the Palace of Parliament, known also as the People's House. It is undoubtedly the most famous landmark of the communist period in Romania. It is one of the most impressive and controversial building in the world. The second largest building on the planet, after the Pentagon Parliament Palace covers an area of 370,000 square meters and has a height of 84 meters.
Over 1,000 rooms adorned with decorations made from the best and most expensive materials including rare metals and over 700 crystal chandeliers, not to mention hideouts and escape tunnels underground.
Opening times: daily between 10.00 and 16.00. You can not enter unless you have with you your ID card or passport.
Address: Izvor Street. 2-4
19. Cotroceni Palace
Cotroceni Palace dates back to the late 19th century and is the official residence of the president of Romania. Many rooms are open to visitors, but we advise you to call ahead to have a place in the tour. The palace has an illustrious place in Romanian history, especially as the residence of Queen Mary, wife of King Ferdinand I. Do not forget your passport at home.
Address: Avenue Corps, no. 2-4
20. Baneasa Zoo
Bucharest Zoo was founded in 1955 as a service of communal economy of the People's Council of the Capital. At that time, small livestock were scattered in parks Cismigiu, Carol I, Herastrau and Baneasa Forest.
Between 1955-1959 there is a gradual concentration of the animals in the Baneasa Zoological Corner, where on the 1st of May 1959 opened it's first season. Starting in 1962, the institution achieves the title of Bucharest Zoo and in the same year, was included in the International Yearbook of Zoos (International Zoo Yearbook, published by the Zoological Society of London).
The Zoo, with a total area of 5.85 ha, is a settlement that maintains public collections and exhibits of live animals, wild, native and exotic, in order to achieve the two main goals: conservation (with priority endangered species) and training, education and recreation for visitors.
Address: Vad Moldova Street, no. 4
21. Botanical Garden
It covers an area of 17.5 hectares (including 4,000 m² of greenhouses) and has over 10,000 plant species. Bucharest Botanical Garden Herbarium reached about 500,000 drawings, organized in two main sections.
Museum Botanical Garden is located at the entrance of the Garden, a building in Brancoveanu style. In this museum are exposed more than 5,000 species of plants, 1,000 species including exotic ones as well.
Old Botanical Garden greenhouse was built between 1889-1891, Greenhouse model of Liège (Belgium). The pavilion was restored in 2011, being thought of as a piece of rainforest and contains representatives of many families of exotic plants.
Address: Cotroceni Street, no. 32
Enjoy the city and take home a souvenir from our beautiful Bucharest!