5 Excellent Bucharest Attractions Not To Be Missed

It’s no secret I love Bucharest. The city was a surprise detour during my 2017 tour of Europe in the best of ways. Bucharest quickly grew on me because of it’s incredible people, amazing post-communism atmosphere, openness towards new things, and unique experiences. Bucharest attractions are pretty great! This Eastern European capital city is brimming with interesting things and fun activities to peak your interests and keep you entertained. Ya just have to give it a chance!

One of the things that makes Bucharest such an interesting place is its communist past. For much of its modern history Romania was ruled by an oppressive communist regime. The country suffered greatly under the communist government until the late 80s when the government was overthrown. As a result, the city is experiencing a renewal and the energy is palpable. Bucharest is already one of the go-to destinations for Eastern Europeans on holiday and it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world finds out how awesome this city is and it becomes a prime travel destination.

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Old Town Bucharest

My advice is to plan a trip to Bucharest to get a taste of a different Europe before it becomes too popular. The city is a rather affordable get away and you won’t be disappointed. It’s such a different experience than what you find in Western Europe and, yet, feels so familiar at the same time. From parks to churches to museums…here are some of my top picks of Bucharest attractions not to be missed during a trip to Bucharest.

Bucharest Attractions: Old Town 

No visit to Bucharest is complete without walking through the Old Town located at the center of the city. The architecture in this part of the city is much different than the communist era architecture of the rest. It’s beautiful and really reminds you of Western Europe. During the day, it’s fun to walk around and explore the Old Town, stopping in at cafes and shooting photographs. At night the atmosphere changes completely. Come sundown, it turns into party central as all the bars open and the area quickly becomes saturated with people having a good time!

Bucharest Attractions: Churches
5 Excellent Bucharest Attractions Not To Be Missed
Stavropoleos Monastery

Bucharest has many small churches though you can’t always see them easily. During the communist governments rule, churches were destroyed or moved because they were seen as symbols of resistance. As a result, you really have to look to find the churches of Bucharest. They’re usually hidden behind buildings in cramped quarters and are well-worth visiting. Many of the churches date back hundreds of years and are filled with artwork. My favorites are Stavropoleos Monastery and the Russian Church.

Bucharest Attractions: Parks/Street Art

Parks are the name of the game in Bucharest. There is so much green space in this city that you should have no problem finding a nice park to relax in. Gardens, hiking paths…even an urban wilderness are all waiting for you. My favorite park is Cișmigiu Park because it is quite large, beautiful, and just a great place to ride a bicycle. With parks come public art and there is no shortage in Bucharest. You can find all sorts of sculptures and monuments across the city. If you’re into street art, that’s something Bucharest excels at boasting graffiti art by some of the world’s most famous artists.

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Romulus and Remus
Bucharest Attractions: Museums

Museums are a great place to spend a rainy day and Bucharest has plenty to keep you entertained. Learn about communism, pre-communist Romania, or even take a stroll through a palace and gain a better understanding about the country. One of my favorite museums is the Art Collections Museum because it’s filled with art I’ve never seen before. The museum features many Romanian artists and is situated in the former royal palace of Romania. Stepping outside you’ll see the gigantic statue of Romania’s King Carol I and the Memorial of Rebirth (a controversial statue stained with red paint). Another great museum you should check out is the Museum of Records which houses Romania’s three world record collections of irons, trivets, and corkscrews. That’s right! Romania is home to the largest collection of these items in the world.

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Romanian House of Parliament- CC: https://goo.gl/cS2pV5
Bucharest Attractions: Palace of Parliament

This monstrous building, also known as the People’s House, is one of the largest buildings in the world and was a massive, yet controversial, undertaking to build. It was built by Romania’s fallen communist government at quite the expense to the Romanian people. Now, however, it is considered one of the ugliest and one of the most beautiful buildings in Romania while serving as the seat of the Parliament of Romania. It also is home to three museums and an international conference center. You can tour this massive building and visit the museums which include the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Communist Totalitarianism, and the Museum of the Palace.

 

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I hope these tips for Bucharest attractions are helpful!
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18 thoughts on “5 Excellent Bucharest Attractions Not To Be Missed

  • September 20, 2017 at 6:01 am
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    Bucharest is indeed a very lovely destination and we do not get to read many posts about the place. Your post comes with a fresh perspective of Bucharest. Bucharest too seems to posses the old world charm that is so typical of many European cities and towns. The street art and the Parliament building are special sources of fascination.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm
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    I would certainly consider a visit to Bucharest… you have done a great job of outlining a wonderful itinerary, too. Walking through Old Town and exploring the old churches would be wonderful! (I loved the tiny but intricately detailed Stavropoleos Monastery). I was wondering why there would be a statue of Romulus and Remus in Bucharest? I’ve seen that statue in Rome and thought it was particular to Italy. And the Museum of Records? How crazy that they have the world’s largest collection of corkscrews!

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  • August 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm
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    You have sold Bucharest to me. Communist past and a modern outlook is such a beautiful contrast. Also, it being less crowded and way more affordable than Western Europe makes it such a great city to experience. I am now definitely going to consider heading to Bucharest next year,

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    • August 28, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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      That’s fantastic! When you go, remember to approach the city with an open mind. Doing so we’ll greatly improve your experience!

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  • August 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm
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    Such a unique architecture. I am not missing out on those churches for sure.

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    • August 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm
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      I like to think the churches are an important part of the Bucharesti landscape…albeit a hidden factor!

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  • August 26, 2017 at 1:49 pm
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    Nice tip regarding the Stavropoleos Monastery, it looks so charming. 🙂 Didn’t get to Bucharest yet, but I will. It’s good to know that it’s affordable and yet you can enjoy so much.

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    • August 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm
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      Oh yeah, it’s such an interesting European city and definitely affordable!

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  • August 26, 2017 at 9:31 am
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    I would love to visit Bucharest – I’ve made my way through a little bit of Eastern Europe, and am dying to get back – as you said, I think that people are going to start finding out about these lesser known destinations, realize they’re affordable, less touristy, and really authentic, and the tourist gates will open to a flood of people. So I want to travel quickly!

    Even though I’m not a religious person myself I really love visiting places of worship, because they’re always (a) the most beautiful buildings and (b) have the most interesting history attached to them. Sad that the government destroyed many churches here during the communist era, but I’m glad that many survived. Sounds like a cool treasure hunt of sorts to go searching for the churches – thanks for the tip on Stavropoleos Monastery and the Russian Church. I find that those filled with artwork are often museums in their own right!

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    • August 28, 2017 at 3:12 pm
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      Exactly! I love visiting places of worship because they are intrinsically tied to the local history.

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    • August 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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      Haha! It really is! At one moment, I was thinking how beautiful it was and at the next I was thinking about what a huge monstrosity it was. Gotta love it!

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  • August 26, 2017 at 7:29 am
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    These are some real interesting places to see in Bucharest. Actually I never considered visiting the Parliament but that is a truly impressive building. I would love to go exploring in the Old Town

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    • August 28, 2017 at 3:27 pm
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      Yeah, the city is pretty fascinating. Parliament is a HUGE building and I am still not certain how I feel about it.

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  • August 26, 2017 at 7:11 am
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    I have been to Bucharest…a long time ago! Like you say the old town is worth seeing and exploring for a while. I love your pictures, they bring back memories!

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    • August 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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      It’s all worth investing a bit of time to explore!

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  • August 26, 2017 at 6:33 am
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    I’d love to visit Bucharest! Definitely thinking of heading to Eastern Europe next summer – I’ll definitely consult here for everything I need to do.

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    • August 28, 2017 at 3:28 pm
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      Aw thanks! I have a number of posts about Bucharest which you might find interesting and useful!

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