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Bucharest City Guide

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.


Guide to Exploring Bucharest


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RIN Airport

RIN Airport

255 A Calea Bucurestilor, Otopeni
4.1
of 5, from 261 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Baneasa Shopping City, Arcul de Triumf, and Village Museum. Museum of the Romanian Peasant and Romanian Athenaeum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Avehotel Vila Parlament

Avehotel Vila Parlament

SIRENELOR,50, BUCAREST
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sector 5, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Romanian National Opera and Palace of the Parliament. Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral and Cismigiu Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km).

€87
Radisson BLU Bucharest

Radisson BLU Bucharest

Calea Victoriei 63-81, Sector1, Bucharest
4.5
of 5, from 191 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bucharest City-Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Casino Partouche - Athenee Palace Hilton, National Museum of Art of Romania, and Romanian Athenaeum. Cismigiu Garden and National Museum of Romanian History are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€104
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

Calea 13 Septembrie No 90, Bucharest
4.3
of 5, from 70 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sector 5, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Parliament and Romanian National Opera.

€91
Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest

Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest

1-3 Episcopiei Street, Bucharest
4.4
of 5, from 187 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bucharest City-Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Casino Partouche - Athenee Palace Hilton, Romanian Athenaeum, and National Museum of Art of Romania. Cismigiu Garden and National Museum of Romanian History are also within 15 minutes.

€64
Europa Royale Bucharest

Europa Royale Bucharest

Franceza St. 60, Bucharest
4.3
of 5, from 175 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Curtea Veche and National Museum of Romanian History. Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral and Cismigiu Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€61
Park Inn by Radisson Bucharest Hotel & Residence

Park Inn by Radisson Bucharest Hotel & Residence

Strada Luterana nr 2-4, Bucharest
4.2
of 5, from 29 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bucharest City-Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum of Art of Romania, Romanian Athenaeum, and Cismigiu Garden. National Museum of Romanian History and Museum of the Romanian Peasant are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€29
Hello Hotels

Hello Hotels

Grivitei Road, No. 143, Bucharest
4.1
of 5, from 54 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sector 1, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Military Museum, Museum of the Romanian Peasant, and Cismigiu Garden. Romanian Athenaeum and National Museum of Art of Romania are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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