Things to Do in Bucharest

Activities to Do in Bucharest

The topmost things to do in Bucharest are all about exploring the city’s historical monuments, old towns, museums, art galleries, and enchanting countryside. Exploring the World’s heaviest building the “Palace of Parliament” is what Bucharest is known for. This beautiful building featured in the popular Conjuring franchise and has been known for pop star Michael Jackson’s visit. Considering the architectural beauty of Romanian buildings, the Old Town is the best place to witness the Neo-Classical and Neo-Baroque style buildings. Besides the architectural beauty, the Old Town is known for the city's most happening modern-day nightlife.

Taking guided tours of the museums is among the Best things to do in Bucharest for gaining knowledge about Romanian art and history. Such a place is Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum which spreads across a 100,000 m sq area of Romanian peasant houses. The Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History is one of the most prestigious places in Europe to witness 2 million specimens of animals and birds. Another popular museum is the Art Collection Museum which showcases the best works of top Romanian Artists. Besides the museums, visiting amusement parks like Divertiland Water Park and gardens like King Mihai I Park, Carol I Park, etc are the choices for Bucharest.
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Romanian Athenaeum

The Romanian Athenaeum is popular as the city’s most wonderful and prestigious concert halls, and is also home to the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. This spectacular building was designed by the wonderful French architect Albert Galleron, who based the elements of this structure on Ancient Greek temples. The most striking features of the structure are the 41 meter high dome and the peristyle ionic columns.

Bran Castle

Visiting this 14th-century castle is like a dream come true for anybody who is a fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A national monument and one of the biggest landmarks of the country, it is also among the best places to visit in Romania for its rich history, architecture, and folklore. It is also renowned for housing a famous museum exhibiting the collections of Queen Marie.

Palace Of Parliament

The palace of Parliament is among some of the best places to visit in Bucharest and is a major tourist attraction. This wonderful architectural masterpiece is known to be the second largest administrative building, and also houses the National Museum of Contemporary art for the art lovers amongst the visitors. The Neoclassical facade of the parliament is a site worth visiting and admiring during your sightseeing tours. 

King Mihai Park

This stunning park is the refuge for the city people and visitors to find green lush landscapes and peaceful quality time with their loved ones. The park also offers its visitors various activities to enjoy like sports, cultural activities, entertainment events and more. It was named King Mihai park after the last sovereign of Romania, carrying the footprints of all the city changed through. 

Cismigiu Gardens

A beautiful park, the Cismigiu Gardens are based on European style and are counted as one of the best places to visit in Bucharest for a relaxing time. A stunning escape from the bustling city atmosphere and a spot enjoying lush green landscapes, the park also features a good restaurant, cafe, and various kiosks for visitors.

Stavropoleos Monastery Church

This small yet stunning Stavropoleos Church is built in Brancovenesc style by a Greek monk Ioanikie Stratonikeas. The church is known as a unique landmark in the city, with intricate features like wood and stone carvings in its structure. It has elements of both Romanian and Byzantine architecture with 18th century tombstones.

Dimitrie Gusti National Village

Opened in the year 1936, the Dimitrie Gusti National Village is also known as the Village Museum. This should be on the places to visit in Bucharest along with the Herastrau Park, as both these amazing attractions are located on the banks of the Herastrau Lake. This open air museum features historical houses, and artifacts in their natural backdrop.

Merry Cemetery

Situated in a tiny town behind the Church of the Assumption, this is a one of a kind cemetery for its distinct feature. Locally known as the Cimitirul Vesel, the Merry Cemetery stands out because here, each tombstone is not marked by an austere looking cold stone but a more lively looking beautifully carved wooden cross painted in vibrant colours.

Arcul de Triumf

A major military site, the Arcul De Triumf was first constructed by wood and was a structure built in the remembrance of Romanian soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1. Upon its reconstruction this structure used granite to make it more permanent and strong compared to its predecessor. The most notable features of one of the best places to visit in Burchesta are its sculptures on the arch.

Piata Mare

Visit this famous square in the city which is also among the top Romania tourist places for travellers. The square is flanked by an 18th-century Brukenthal Palace, a baroque-style Roman Catholic Church, and much more. If you are on a walking tour in the nearby town, a stop at this square is a must to get a feel of the local vibe and soak in the historical richness.

Biertan Fortified

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site the fortified church of Biertan is located in the town of Biertan which is one of the oldest settlements in this region. The church holds special significance in the community for its cultural and administrative value. It was built in the 16th century in the Late Gothic style and boasts an imposing style of architecture.

Romanian National Museum Of Art

This amazing art Museum is housed in the previous Royal Palace, a majestic structure that was once home to Romania's dictator. This popular art Museum nestles within its walls the best collection of medieval and modern Romanian art. The Art Museum is also home to the Royal collection of Roaminanand European art that dates back to the 15th century.

Salina Turda

Discover one of the planet’s most spectacular underground formations that has been shaped by people by heading to one of the best places to visit in Romania. Located in one of Romania’s oldest and most important settlements, these underground formations have been created by people in a special natural environment in the depths of Transylvania. The salt mine has been recently transformed into an incredibly amazing amusement park.

Grigore Antipa Museum Of Natural History

This historic museum first opened its doors to visitors in the year 1834, and offers an in depth insight into the history of Romania. The museum features various collections in its 2000 exhibits, influencing but not limited to dinosaur fossils, native vegetation, wildlife, and minerals. Additionally the museum is also home to the world's largest butterfly collection.

National Museum Of Romanian History

Set in a neoclassical building that was built for the Romanian postal office, the National Museum of Romanian History has regularly hosted exhibits of the country's history. The museum has 60 rooms that have been open to visitors since 1970, and houses wonderful artifacts, and valuable treasures dating back to the 4th century.

Sucevita Monastery

Surrounded by high walls and well fortified towers, Sucevita is a great monastic complex that was founded in the late 16th century by Gheorghe Movila, Bishop of Radauti. You can witness an impressive structure with a steeple resting on a star shaped base and gigantic eaves protecting the outside frescoes that have been painted by local artists.

Museum Of Senses

This unique tourist attraction is counted amongst some of the best places to visit in Bucharest for a fun and adventurous experience. Everything in this interactive place feels like you have never seen before, making each activity like a first experience for your different senses. Various exhibits of the museum use different phenomenons and fascinating senses including odor, sounds and sights. 

Carol Park

The beautiful and wonderful public park is named after the late King of Romania, King Carol I. During the communist regime the park was renamed Liberty park and is nestled partially on the top of a hill in the zithers west parts of Bucharest. This French style garden was designed and crafted by renowned artist Edouard Redont. 

Art Collection Museum

The Art Collection Museum nestled inside the Royal palace is a part of the Museum of Art of Romania. The museum is home to around 44 collections that are donated to it by the various prominent families of Romania. Their esteemed collections include artifacts from Asia, Middle East, and Western Europe in addition to those belonging to the history and heritage of Romania.

Old Town

The Old Town is one of the oldest settlements of the city and houses many wonderful structures that date back to the 15th and 16th century. This part of the city is still a beautiful blend of the rustic history and post communism reconstruction. Its cobbled streets will welcome visitors as they explore the historical sites and theaters, restaurants and bookshops. 

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