The 10 Best Things to Do in Bucharest, Romania

August 12, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Vlad the Impaler stated his claim to Bucharest in 1459. His citadel on the Dambovita was the first of flotillas of palaces, many of which still stand. Four subway lines and a modern bus network transport visitors and commuters. Nicknamed "Little Paris", Bucharest's elegant early 20th-century architecture shows French influences. Don't miss the Village Museum, Romanian Athenaeum and the Peasant Museum. You can't miss the Palace of Parliament, the second-largest building in the world (after the Pentagon).
Restaurants in Bucharest

1. Bucharest Party ON

1 Coltei, Bucharest 61406, Romania +40 722 674 226
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5 based on 272 reviews

Bucharest Party ON

Party ON is the premier Bucharest nightlife service catering exclusively to foreigners.If you are in Bucharest just for a city break or new in town and you want to party and to make new friends, you are welcome to join Party ON! Whatever your will is in terms of music taste, drink and budget, we will find the best solutions for you to have a legendary night out in Bucharest. Party ON’s Mission is to offer you the right type of entertainment in a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere

Reviewed By bedtime7 - Epsom, United Kingdom

Top service and very accommodating. They made our trip fun and very easy going. Something valued when booking For a large group. I would defiantly use them again and I will recommend them. Thank you Tony

2. Ceausescu Mansion

Bulevardul Primaverii No.50 | District 1, Bucharest 011975, Romania +40 21 318 0989
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4.5 based on 290 reviews

Ceausescu Mansion

Fitting of a head of state of the former Soviet bloc, the palace stands out both in magnitude and in its luxurious interior garnished with beautiful design elements (furniture, carpets, mirrors, porcelain) manufactured in famous shops from the country and from abroad. We would like our visitors to see how Ceaușescu lived, not only as an internationally renowned head of state, but as a man in his own private life - the hobbies that he had, what his routine around the privacy of his home was, how he studied or what art collections he had in his house.

Reviewed By Howard G - New York City, New York

This palace is very interesting because it was the residence of Ceausescu during a period when the Romanian population had nothing, and he kept his own luxury secret from his people. Although it has many beautiful designs, furnishings and artifacts, the lack of overall style and professional taste shows. The guide was not shy in criticizing the communist regime, and most politicians in general. You must book a tour in your language in advance by computer or by telephone.

3. Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos)

Str. Stavropoleos nr.4, Bucharest, Romania +40 21 313 4747
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos)

Built in 1724, this beautiful church is one of Bucharest's oldest.

Reviewed By yiannos973 - Limassol, Cyprus

Right in the middle of the old town,next to restaurants and pubs is a great chance to relax,pray and light a candle.The church is very old with interesting byzantine architecture ,wonderful wood decorations(iconostasi) and impessive frescoes.Also there is an amzing yard with stones and carvings.
A must see full of history.

4. Herastrau Park

B-dul Aviatorilor, Bucharest, Romania +40 786 042 404
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Herastrau Park

Reviewed By cogema - Washington

Herastrau Park
This is a year round park very family friendly, also romantic, exceptionally beautiful in each season. Row your boat or take a short cruise across or around the lake, eat at restaurants, or admire art work throughout Gardens, they enrich this park. Good for walks, can walk around, for bikes - marked bike lanes, for jogging and more. Special events include live music, activity booths, exhibits, etc

5. Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History

Sos. Kiseleff nr. 1, Bucharest 011341, Romania +40 21 312 8826
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4.5 based on 647 reviews

Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History

“Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History is one of the oldest research institutions in the field of biodiversity and public education. It is in the same time one of the well-known and highly appreciated “databases” due to the Museum’s collections, some of them valuable assets of the worldwide thesaurus.

Reviewed By Diana N - Nuremberg, Germany

The permanent exhibits are really impressive - the way it is presented, the quantity and quality of the (many) exhibits. There are also temporary exhibits of all kinds - butterflies, tarantulas, scorpions, etc, etc. Excellent information, and also entertaining and pass-time for family.

6. The Art Collections Museum

111, Calea Victoriei, Bucharest, Romania +40 21 650 6132
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

The Art Collections Museum

Reviewed By Bogdan2005 - Bucharest, Romania

This museum is a must see for the art lovers. The lack of crowds compared with the famous European art museums might well deceive you but this museum is really a hidden gem which should not be missed - a variety of Romanian painters, rather unknown compared with the European big names, but so good, contributes significantly to the understanding of the Romanian art which gave the world Constantin Brancusi, Arthur Segal, Victor Brauner and a lot others. In addition, the entry fee is ridiculously cheap.

7. Parcul Alexandru Ioan Cuza

Titan area | Sector 3, Bucharest, Romania
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Parcul Alexandru Ioan Cuza

Reviewed By Duta V - Bucharest, Romania

In my opinion the best park în Bucharest.
Very clean. Many terraces and restaurants near it.
Many free Playgrounds. Also some inflatable slides and other fun stuff for kids.
You can make a tour by boat or rent a caiac.
It has a bike trail.
Many people jogging every time.
The small island makes it more interresting.
A special place for marching band.
Many parking places near it.

8. Romanian Kitsch Museum

Strada Covaci 6 | acces trough Strada Soarelui which is an adjacent street., Bucharest 030167, Romania +40 737 469 208
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Romanian Kitsch Museum

Hilarious museum, funny items, amusing experience. The best way to understand the Romanian (sub)culture. Romanian kitsch is authentic as we are creative, ridiculous and proud in the same time. There is no good or bad taste. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Reviewed By Irene H - London, United Kingdom

This is a small space but with a lot packed into it, divided into different sections of Kitsch (Dracula; religious; communist; gypsy; modern) with some more upstairs. Even the bathrooms continue the theme. Very funny, but also some sobering observations in the commentary. If traditional museums aren't your thing try this one!

9. Patriarchal Cathedral

Str Dealul Mitropoliei Piata Unirii, Bucharest, Romania
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Patriarchal Cathedral

Reviewed By Gabriel H - Bellaire, Texas, United States

This is a historical monument and the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Patriarch. It is also known as the Metropolitan Church and is a working church, with daily services and major religious events celebrated to the fullest. Built in 1659, it is a great example of the Brnacovenese architectural style, It was beautifully decorated by frescoes, scupltures, paintings and other art objects, most of which have suffered major damage during the various wars and invasions of the past couple of centuries. The only surviving original frescoes represent the cathedral's patron saints: Helen and Constantin. The currently viewed frescoes date back to 1923, and are attributed to the Romanian artis, Dimitrie Belizarie. The Cathedral is famous for its choir, which performs frequently

10. Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"

Kiseleff Road 28-30 | In Herastrau Park, Bucharest 011347, Romania +40 21 317 9103
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Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"

This outdoor museum includes more than 300 buildings representing the history of Romania's rural architecture.

Reviewed By A_Rantos - Athens, Greece

This is an outdoor museum which on a nice sunny day would be very interesting to everyone and especially to families with children!
On a snowy day it certainly was open (kudos to the people who worked hard to shovel the snow paths...) but is wasn't the best opportunity to admire village architecture - you can def. snap some very nice Instagram photos if that's your interest :)

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