Things to do in Bucharest

Romania’s capital is a chance to discover a vibrant culture, interesting history, and unique buildings.

Our most recommended things to do in Bucharest

Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș Castle & Brașov Day Trip

1. Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș Castle & Brașov Day Trip

Discover the sights and notable cities of Transylvania on this guided tour from Bucharest. Visit historic castles and a medieval town as you immerse yourself in this atmospheric region. Benefit from pickup from your accommodation, then set off to explore the historic castles of Transylvania, and the medieval city of Brașov. Stop in the small town of Sinaia and visit Peleș Castle to explore the former summer palace of the Romanian royals. Continue to Bran, famous for the imposing fortress connected to the legend of Count Dracula. Hear tales about the real-life Vlad the Impaler, said to have inspired Bram Stoker. Get panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the remains of the citadel. Enjoy some free time to find keepsakes in the souvenir market, and before taking a walking tour of Brașov's medieval Old Town with a local guide. Benefit from some time at leisure before traveling back to Bucharest, and drop-off at your accommodation.

From Bucharest: Peles Castle, Dracula (Bran) Castle and Brasov Full Day Tour with Transfer

2. From Bucharest: Peles Castle, Dracula (Bran) Castle and Brasov Full Day Tour with Transfer

Discover the sights and notable cities of Transylvania on this guided tour from Bucharest. Visit historic castles and a medieval town as you immerse yourself in this atmospheric region. After pickup from your accommodation in central Bucharest, set off to explore the historic castles of Transylvania, and the medieval city of Brașov. Stop in the small town of Sinaia and visit Peleș Castle to explore the former summer palace of the Romanian royals. Continue to Bran, famous for the imposing fortress connected to the legend of Count Dracula. Hear tales about the real-life Vlad the Impaler, said to have inspired Bram Stoker. Admire panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the remains of the citadel. Enjoy some free time to wander around the souvenir market, before taking a walking tour of Brașov's medieval Old Town with a local guide. Benefit from some time at leisure before traveling back to Bucharest, where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

From Bucharest: Peles, Bran Castle & Old Town Brasov Tour

3. From Bucharest: Peles, Bran Castle & Old Town Brasov Tour

Discover some of Romania's most famous castles on a guided tour from Bucharest. See Peles Castle and Bran Castle, and take some free time to stroll through the Old Town of Brasov. Following pickup from Bucharest by bus, leave the city for Sinaia. Visit Peles Castle, the former residence of the kings of Romania. Here, admire furniture, ornamental objects, carpets, tapestries, sculptures, paintings and collections of weapons from the 15th to 19th centuries. Continue to Bran with its famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Learn about the castle's history and how it had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Enjoy free time in Brasov and admire the town's houses built in the Renaissance, Baroque, Provincial and neo-Classic style. Explore the medieval fortress of Brasov, formerly one of Europe's most secure fortresses. See the preserved old wall, the Black and White Towers and the Weaver's Bastion. Also, learn about Catherine's Gate, situated near the Schei Gate in the western part of the fortress and its 4 little towers symbolizing the medieval right of life and death over the vassal's lives. Later, return to Bucharest with drop-off at your accommodation.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle, Peles and Brasov

4. Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle, Peles and Brasov

Depart Bucharest in the morning and travel by private air-conditioned vehicle to Transylvania, famed for its beautiful castles and the legend of Count Dracula. Stop in the small town of Sinaia in the Carpathian Mountains and take a guided tour of the former summer residence of the royal family of Romania at Peleș Castle. Continue over the mountains to medieval Bran Castle and learn about its links to the legend of Count Dracula with a private guided tour of the interior. Get some time to buy gifts at the souvenir market. Next, visit the town of Brasov and admire its medieval and Gothic architecture and attractions during a guided walking tour of the old city. Benefit from some free time to explore on your own before the return trip to Bucharest.

Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

5. Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

Experience one of the top attractions during your visit to Bucharest, with a planned visit to the Parliament Palace. The Palace was ordered by Nicolae Ceaușescu, the dictator of Communist Romania and it was constructed between 1984-1997. Started during the darkest period of communism, Ceausescu's mad dream became the largest building in Europe and the 2nd largest building in the world. Start the tour by skipping the line with your fast-access ticket. Meet the Bucharest Parliament Official Guide, and begin your exploration of the building's interiors. Immerse yourself in the history and contemporary realities of this unique building during a captivating tour that covers 3 levels of the building.  Begin on the ground floor where the entrance is located. Learn an array of mesmerizing facts including how the Palace has a height of 84 meters (276 ft), a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3,930,000 sq ft), and how it is the heaviest building in the world. Then, head up to the 1st level where the main meeting rooms are located together with the Ballroom.  As you admire the interiors and architecture, find out about how the building contains almost 500 chandeliers, over 1400 mirrors and ceiling lights, 35 million cubic feet of marble, and 32 million cubic feet of wood together with carpets and other decorations make this building a place like no other. Listen to other mind-boggling facts including how the building has 8 underground levels, the last one being a nuclear bunker, linked to the main state institutions by 20 km of catacombs.

Bucharest: Peles & Dracula's Castle and Brasov Full-Day Tour

6. Bucharest: Peles & Dracula's Castle and Brasov Full-Day Tour

Discover some of Romania's most famous castles on a guided day trip from Bucharest. See Peles Castle and Bran Castle and take some free time to go on a stroll through the Old Town of Brasov.  Following pickup from Bucharest by bus, leave the city for Sinaia. Relax on the drive to Peles Castle, the former residence of the kings of Romania. Here, admire furniture, ornamental objects, carpets, tapestries, sculptures, paintings and collections of weapons from the 15th to 19th centuries. Continue to Bran with its famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Learn about the castle's history and how it had a strategic mission due to its position on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Spend free time in Brasov and admire the town's houses built in the Renaissance, Baroque, Provincial, and Neoclassical style. Explore the medieval fortress of Brasov, formerly one of Europe's most secure fortresses. See the preserved old wall, the Black and White Towers, and the Weaver's Bastion. Learn about Catherine's Gate, situated near the Schei Gate in the western part of the fortress and its 4 little towers which symbolize the medieval right of life and death over the vassal's lives. Later, return to Bucharest for drop-off at your accommodation.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brașov

7. Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brașov

Immerse yourself in the legend of Vlad the Impaler, inspiration for Count Dracula, on this full-day tour of Transylvania. Discover some of the historic castles of the region, and visit the city of Brasov. Start your tour with pickup from certain pickup points in Bucharest and drive towards the region of Valahia. Discover Peles Castle situated in picturesque Sinaia, and known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Travel through the mountain scenery to Bran, where you will visit Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Learn the legend of the terrifying fictional Count. Move on to Brasov, located in the heart of Transylvania. Embark on a walking tour through the historical center. Encounter sights such as the Gothic church of Biserica Neagră, and the Medieval Catherine's Gate, the last remaining of the city’s defensive walls.

From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

8. From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles & Brasov Full-Day Trip

Escape the bustle of Bucharest and spend a day immersing yourself in the landscapes and landmarks of Transylvania. Encounter the historic castles, rich scenery, and evocative atmosphere of this unique region. Enjoy a pickup from nearby meeting points, and guided tours of these fascinating monuments. Start your day trip with a visit to Peles Castle, set in the scenic mountain resort of Sinaia, known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Tour the Romanian royal family’s former summer residence, which showcases a magnificent palace in the German Renaissance style. Next, enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Brasov. Start exploring this fascinating Transylvanian town from its main square, and stroll around its well-kept historical center as you see sights like the Gothic Black Church, old City Hall, and the narrowest street in Europe. Encounter Bran Castle for your final tour stop, also commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Take a walk inside its grandiose towers and down its winding narrow staircases and passages, and learn about the infamous Vlad the Impaler.

Bucharest: Therme Spa Bucharest Admission and Transfers

9. Bucharest: Therme Spa Bucharest Admission and Transfers

Indulge in a relaxing, hassle-free day at the spa during your trip to Bucharest. Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup and transfer to the Therme Spa Bucharest, located in the north of the city. This is the biggest indoor wellness center in Europe and is definitely a must-visit attraction during your stay.  Upon your arrival, benefit from your skip-the-line admission ticket. This pass will give you access to all the 3 areas of the Spa: Galaxy, the Palm, and Elysium. The spa complex boasts 10 thermally heated pools, 11 saunas, 16 water slides, and the biggest botanical garden in Romania. After this, book a massage session and take advantage of the curative infra-red effects while relaxing on the bed. Or, simply savor a cocktail at the pool bar. After you have replenished your energy, the driver will transfer you back to your hotel where you tour will end. Drop-off at Baneasa Shopping Mall or Otopeni Airport can be arranged upon request.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Brasov with Peles & Dracula's Castle

10. Bucharest: Day Trip to Brasov with Peles & Dracula's Castle

Enjoy a full-day car, van, or bus tour from Bucharest to the historic region of Transylvania. Uncover the influence of different cultures, including Romanian, Saxon, Turkish and Hungarian. See Dracula’s castle and Peles Castle and venture to Brasov for a guided walking tour.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel and sit back and relax on the drive to Sinaia in the Transylvanian Alps. Sinaia is known for its beautiful late 17th-Century Byzantine monastery. Visit the neo-classical Peles Castle, built on a medieval route that linked Transylvania to Wallachia. Continue to the medieval Bran Castle which is better known as Dracula’s Castle due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. Admire the castle's romantic setting on a forested hill. Gaze up at its imposing towers. Explore one of the largest in medieval town's in Romania on a walking tour of Brasov. Tour the historic streets and take in sights such as the Council Square, Black Tower and Black Church to get an idea what a typical old Transylvanian city looked like. Take in gorgeous mountain scenery as you drive back to Bucharest and are dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Bucharest

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6,371 reviews

Seeing this area of Romania was very worthwhile - we agreed we could have spent many days immersed in the area around Peles Castle. The Peles Castle was stunning, Brann disappointing, but we knew in advance it would be overcrowded and a bit kitschy. Brasov was also beautiful but overcrowded on the day we went….school holiday and leading up to halloween. Our guide, Emanuel, was great and did his best to get us around the crowds. We were literally the first into Peles Castle which was marvellous. The drive back to Bucharest was stupidly busy, but again, we were warned so took it all in stride. The van did not have big enough windows to truly appreciate the views unless you were seated in the front, and in our case, an older couple grabbed those seats and refused to give them up despite our practise of rotating seats in previous tours (even though they were too big to comfortably fit those seats and crowded the driver/guide the entire way). Overall I highly recommend this tour.

Everything was amazing. We really had the best guide ever, Ovi. Not only he knew all the history stuff, but he made our trip enjoyable. He gave us a tour around Peles Castle and in Brasov, as well as helped us get into Bran’s castle. We made everything on time even though it was Halloween and super crowded. Ovi, thank you for all!

Tour guide Cristina was phenomenal. One of the best walking tours we have ever taken. She explained this period of Romanian history in great detail and made it so interesting, relative and understandable. Everyone visiting Bucharest has to take this tour and if you are really lucky… you will get Cristina. Ian and Paul, Canada

If someone visit Romania this trip is a must do! Beautiful scenery, interesting local history with two castles and the city of Brasov that worth seeing. Having a nice, responsible, well informed about the history of Romania and pleasant guide like we did (Marius) made the trip even more pleasant. Defently recommended!

It was very cool, but I would prefer a smaller group , we were around 60, so was not possible to speak with everyone