Top 10 Places to Visit in Bucharest 

Bucharest, the Paris of Eastern Europe and a buzzing city to add to your bucketlist. Like many I had heard of Bucharest but nothing past the communist times. It is a shame Romania hasn’t marketed Bucharest to the world as much as it should. So many misconceptions are heard about this city but what many known is something that happened years ago. Like the way people always associate Berlin with the Holocaust, Bucharest is marred by the communist troubles. I am here to put your fears at rest and show you top 10 places to visit in Bucharest.

Top 10 Places to visit in Bucharest 

Bucharest, Palace of Parliament

{1} Palace of the Parliament 

One of the most magnificent buildings ever in Bucharest and second largest government building in the world. It took me a good 15-20 minutes to walk from my hotel to the Palace and it was DEFINITELY worth it. Whilst I only saw the building from the outside I was totally amazed and next time I hope to book a tour of the inside.

Bucharest, National Theater

Bucharest, Nationa Theatre

{2} National Theatre Bucharest 

The outside of the national theatre truly speaks for itself in its beautiful and vibrancy. I was awe-struck looking at all the sculptures outside the theatre and wondered what inside looked like

Bucharest, Stavropoleos Church

{3} Stavropoleos Monastery {Stavropoleos Church}

I stumbled upon this monastery on my way to the palace of the parliament. The monastery is pretty tiny and it’s literally just on the corner in the old town. But the beauty and elegance it showed was second to none, courtyard is a must see place. The church was built in 1724 by Ioanichie Stratonikeas dedicated to the saints of St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

{4} Cismigiu Gardens (Park)

Bucharest is a green country with so many parks one can get lost in and enjoy the beauty of. If you’re ever in Bucharest, Cismigiu is one park or gardens that should be on your list to spend an afternoon in. It is very easy to access and offers so much, unique places for kids to place and a small river to paddle boat. I spent a good 20-30 minutes just sat in the park nibbling on my snacks people watching. No one was rushing anywhere unless in London and most places in the UK, everyone took the time to enjoy life.

Bucharest, Romanian Athenrum

{5} Romanian Atheneum

The Romania Atheneum or Ateneul Roman was designed by a French architect Albert Galleron and completed in 1888. The Ateneul Roman  was funded entirely by the general public, showing a true spirit of Romanians. It is one of Bucharest’s most prestigious concert hall and home of the Romanian George Enescu Philharmonic.

Bucharest, Arch de Triumph

{6} The Arch of Triumph

Bucharest is known as the little Paris because of the tree-lined boulevards but mostly Arch of Triumph. The Arch of Triumph was built to honor the fallen soldiers at the time and the building was made from wood. That has since been replaces and now visitors can go inside the arch for panoramic views of the city.

Bucharest, House of Free Press

{7} House of Free Press

Designed by architect Horia Maicu, the House of Free Press is located in the northern part of Bucharest. It is a replica of the Lomonosov University in Moskow in Russia but just smaller in size. House of Free Press still performs the same functions today as it did historically of printing all press in Bucharest. The only addition is that part of the building is now used as Bucharest Stock Exchange.

{8} The old town

This is one of the most important investments in the city that Bucharest has done for its people. A section of the city was cornered off, traffic reduced and cobblestones paved to make this area. It is a success because it is a place where people can enjoy filled with many restaurants and bars as well as cute alleyways. After a long day checking out the rest of Bucharest, the Old Town should be your relaxing place. Take a stroll in the area and appreciate the beautiful Romanian cafes and also your typical high street shops.

Bucharest, National Museum of Romanian History

{9} National Museum of Romanian History

One thing one will notice about Bucharest is just how many museums are in the city including the Village Museum. I managed to walk passed the National Museum of Romanian History and wow, I was in love. The beautiful statue outside in front of the museum is just beautiful to look at. Though I did not go inside I totally recommend checking this place out for yourself.

{10} Revolution Square

Located in the centre of Bucharest is one place filled with too much dark history about Romania. But the restoration has changed the look and feel of this place, now it’s a place of learning from the past.

Bucharest

Bucharest has so much more to offer than the 10 places I managed to visit during my recent visit. Many people are concerned about safety, I was able to travel alone as a female solo traveler and no one cared. Obviously there were stares from the people around but nothing intimidating or frightening. I traveled with my expensive camera and gadgets and still no one cared, it was just another day. I won’t say don’t be vigilant but that applies to all places we visit even at home.

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  • Bucharest looks like such an amazing place to visit, I really didn’t know much about it at all, so lovely to hear more about it.

  • Denice Joyce Diaz

    Bucharest looks like an interesting place to visit. I have limited knowledge on places we can drop by, so your list is super helpful!

  • Louise Smith

    Bucharest looks like such a great place to visit. I love anywhere that’s steeped in history 🙂

    Louise x

  • Jessica Dearnley

    Bucharest looks so beautiful – a friend recently visited there and said he had an amazing time.

  • There is so much to visit in Bucharest, I never knew there was also an Arch of Triumph! 🙂

  • Great selection of places to visit in Bucharest, I hope I make it there one day!

  • Sarah Tonner

    I didn’t know much about Romania but Bucharest looks breathtaking.

  • Cindy Nicoletti

    Looks like a beautiful place to visit. Would love to see it all one day. Amazing photos.

  • Romania has been on my hit list for SOOOOO long! I can just never find anyone else that wants to go there with me especially when the flights can often be more expensive compared to other countries. But I will go for sure.

  • Blair Villanueva

    I like these places. I seems like a perfect spot for city pre-nup photoshoot! They look romantic for me.

  • Your pictures make me want to start planning a trip there. It sounds like you had a great time.

  • Ana Ojha

    I’d love to explore the dark history of Romania by visiting Revolution Square and also stroll in Old town. The Cismigiu Gardens also look quite splendid! Thanks for this great comprehensive guide. Have bookmarked your post!

  • My hubby and I had our fair share of traveling … but we have never been to Bucharest before. I would love to go and thank you for sharing this beautiful escapade with us.

  • Team up Girl

    I feel so silly, I’ve lived in Europe for 23 years and I never really traveled that much. And now when I am in the U.S. I finally get it what people like about it… amazing pictures btw!

  • I have never thought of visiting Bucharest before. You are making me want to now.

  • bucharest never crossed my mind but i actually wouldnt mind visiting it! i’ve learnt some new things about the city and wouldnt mind visiting one day!

  • I’ve never thought about traveling to Bucharest before, although your post really highlights some places that make it special. It would be fun to visit the museum and the Arch of Triumph. It would also be fun to have lunch in Old Town. It’s wonderful when cities have taken care of or revived their downtowns!

  • KokosSecrets

    Wow it looks so beautiful. I’ve never thought about going here before but def i’m going to added to my bucket list

  • I have never seen pictures of Bucharest before…looks gorgeous! My grandparents went there about fifty years ago and always talked fondly of its culture and people.

  • Wow it looks so beautiful. I’ve never thought about going here before but I love the architecture. It looks stunning. x

  • Shannon Graham

    I’m amazed at all the gorgeous spots here. I’m definitely adding this one to the bucket list!

  • I have heard lots of great things about Bucharest and have added it on my places to visit in the World. Your photos are great, especially the sky on that one of the Arch of Triumph! Very ominous indeed

  • I never thought to visit Bucharest. I loved the Garden it looks absolutely whimsical!

  • Loved the Bucharest 10 places to visit list .Garden looks so pretty would love to visit one day!

  • Beach Hut Cook

    What a great showcase of the city. It does look a great place to visit. Elinor x

  • Chiara Lisbeth de Lisi

    Wow, I really would love to visit Bucarest one day! There are so many beautiful things to see!

  • chubskulit

    Such beautiful places to visit in BUcharest. The palace is so beautiful, I wish I could visit someday.

  • Laura Hutchins

    Bucharest is such a pretty city. I’ve not been yet.

  • Blair Villanueva

    They don’t market their places, maybe because Bucharest knows already that their city and cultures are beautiful. When the city is confidence and shows it, tourist will come in.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    Bucharest sounds like a great place to visit. I love history and so does my family. The Palace of the Parliament and the National Museum of Romanian History would be amazing to see. Thanks for sharing these awesome places.

  • Yousra Naeem

    Such beautiful places to visit 😍
    Would love to travel to Bucharest.
    Lovely post!

  • This is first time I come across an article about Bucharest and never heard of it before, neither was on my list of places to visit! Looks to be a very architectural place and filled with historical building! definitely saving your post for future reference.

  • I really want to go to Bucharest and then go out to Transylvania so this is really useful for when I get there x

  • Betty Boiron

    I have never heard of Bucharest but it looks like a beautiful place to visit. I love the beautiful sculptures and architectures in the city!

  • Neha Saini

    Apart from all the awesome places you’ve listed, the weather of the city too looks beautiful and lively in all the photos that you’ve posted!

  • Laura

    One of my friends lived in Bucharest for several years but shamefully I hadn’t heard of it until then! Looks really beautiful, especially the lovely historical buildings x

  • Kara

    It looks like a beautiful city. Have pinned your post for when we visit

  • Olujorby Chemqueen

    I wish to visit Bucharest someday. I will also keep all these in mind to plan ahead before visiting the place.

  • Perfect timing. We are planning a trip to Bucharest next month so your post is a perfect guide for us, thank you.

  • valmg

    I’ve always wanted to visit Bucharest, it’s on my travel bucket list. The architecture looks really interesting, particularly that of the church.

  • rika agustini

    Beautiful! I have never been to Bucharest, love the architecture.

  • Maurene Cab

    The Palace of the Parliament looks majestic! Ooh. I want to visit Bucharest. Thanks for sharing more information.

  • Sophie Beland

    I had never considered visiting Bucharest before! But there are some wonderful things on this list to
    Go see.

  • Mary Fitzgerald Edwards

    Wow! The architecture is beautiful. I bet there is so much history to be learned in that city

  • Christy Maurer

    I would love to visit the places where I could learn more about the history. It is so fascinating!

  • I would love to explore Europe sometime. Bucharest looks like an absolutely amazing place to visit!

  • Claudia Krusch

    I would love to go to the National Museum of Romanian History. Bucharest looks like a fantastic place to explore.

  • This looks like a nice place to visit. I’ve heard of Bucharest but didn’t know much about this country. I want to see that Arch of triumph.

  • Andrea Broom

    I would so love to go to Bucharest, I have a friend from Romania and his pictures always look awesome. the garden looks awesome.

  • fashion-mommy

    The National Theatre looks like a stunning building. I love the mixture of architecture.

  • Laura Dove

    Oh I would so love to go to Bucharest!! It looks amazing and I’ve heard great things about it!

  • I would love to visit Romania. I have relatives from Romania. The old town looks like a fabulous destination.

  • Bucharest sounds like such an awesome place to explore, I had no idea there was so many places to visit there – I would love to go one day.

  • I’d be happy to go to any of these places. Especially that garden. So pretty. The museum would be fun to explore too.

  • Lisa

    Bucharest is on my bucket list of places to visit. The history and architecture calls to me! I also have roots there and would love to see where my ancestors lived and worked.

  • Jessica Lynn Martin

    I had never heard of Bucharest before. You are right it is a shame Romania doesn’t market it more, because I never heard of it before. Wow, those places are beautiful. I especially love the gardens and the national theater.

  • Pam

    I had no idea there was so much to see in Bucharest. I would love to visit Revolution Square and several of the other places as well.

  • Bucharest sounds amazing! Your pictures are gorgeous! I have never been to Romania but i’d love to go! xx corinne

  • Jhilmil Mommyinme

    Wow, never really had a look at Bucharest! Loved the Romanian Atheneum, Arch of triumph! Good that we all get to know so many beautiful places in the world this way:)

  • FussFreeJen

    It’s really interesting to see your side of Bucharest, I wouldn’t have know what to expect; but it really does look like a wonderful city. It is hard to change people’s opinions once there is history, but The World changes all the time, and we really do need to see things in a totally different light. Looks wonderful, and a rather exciting place to visit.

  • Shevii McFarlane

    I’ve never heard of Bucharest but it looks gorgeous. The buildings have so much stories to tell.

  • Maro Akamatra

    I would love to visit if only for the old city and the gardens. That’s what attracts me to every city.

  • Khushboo Motihar

    Back in India, Bucharest is a little known destination. I loved seeing all the places especially the Romanian Atheneum. 🙂

  • Jessica Taylor

    I have never heard of Bucharest, but it looks like a beautiful city! So much to do there!

  • Gareth Torrance

    Bucharest is such an amazing city! I really need to go back there..

  • Donna

    Those gardens! Wow, looks like a fab city to visait – it’s going on my wish list!

  • I’ve heard one or two people mention they were looking at going to Bucharest for a short break I will have to tell them about this post. It looks a really nice place x

  • Shannon Patterson

    These all look like great places to visit in Bucharest! I’m a sucker for gardens so that would be #1 on my list.

  • Alli Smith

    Bucharest has never been on my bucket list of places I’d like to visit. Thanks for changing my mind. I’d love to take a stroll around Old Town.

  • T-Nicole Johnson

    This is such a great list. I’ve always wanted to visit Bucharest. I can’t wait to go!

  • This is a place I wouldn’t have thought of visiting, but it truly looks beautiful with so much to see x

    • I have to admit I’m not sure I would have thought about visiting myself either but it does seem like such a lovely place to go now.

  • Ania Ewelina

    I’ve been dying to go to Bucharest. I’ve heard nothing but lovely things about it and that it’s such a hidden gem. From your descriptions and images it totally feels like that as well.

  • Talya Stone

    I’ve never been to Romania and Bucharest looks like a lovely place to visit on a weekend break.

  • Robin Rue

    I would seriously love to go to Bucharest someday. It sounds like such an amazing city to visit.

  • I’ve never been to Bucharest before but it does look lovely. Another one to add to the bucket list x

  • I could have done with this post a decade ago! That’s when we stopped off there for a night while interrailing and we weren’t that fussed by the place. We didn’t really do any research as it was just a stopover but if we knew all these places were here we would have had a better time.

    • Hahahaha 😂
      I think it has changed incredibly for the last 10 years but I appreciate the sentiment. I barely researched the city myself but glad I found these things alone

  • Teona Mango

    I have never been to Bucharest. But, hopefully will go soon so great to read about it before xx

    • Hope you do, it’s amazing

  • Helen Jacob-Lloyd

    I’ve never been to Bucharest, but it looks like there’s so much to see and do!

    • There really is and much more

  • Lauren Porter

    I’ve never thought of visiting here – it looks wonderful! The church looks amazing & it’s great that they have made it more pedestrian friendly 🙂 x

    • I loved what they had done to the old town and how lovely they have made it. Definitely worth a visit