Top Tours & Activities in Bucharest
The "Little Paris" label may have been shredded by decades of war and oppression, but the Romanian capital's rich culture is thriving once again. Bucharest today is open and green – a place where tradition partners with modern life! Here's what to see and do.
Inside and out, this spectacular concert hall makes for one of Bucharest's top sights. See the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra perform beneath its beautifully frescoed dome!
This controversial building was built under the tyrannical reign of Nicolae Ceaușescu to become the world's largest parliament complex. The Palace of the Parliament is as breathtaking as it is despised!
Romania's premier collection of important artifacts spans all of history. If you have time, visit the eccentric postal museum, also located in the National Museum of Romanian History!
Though clumsily named, Romania's national gallery isn't limited to just the foremost collection of Romanian art. Situated in the old Royal Palace, it's one of the city's top cultural attractions!
Any tour of Bucharest should reveal plenty of aesthetic comparisons with Paris, but perhaps nowhere are the similarities more evident than at Romania's own Arc de Triomphe!
Come spring, summer, or fall, visit the Herastrau Park to ride old-fashioned fairground attractions, rent a boat, or simply wander through every beautifully landscaped corner!
With its carefully curated display of artifacts from Romanian peasant life, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, a former European Museum of the Year, is perhaps the city's most modest sightseeing essential.
2 or 3 nights will probably be enough in Bucharest, but why not stay a little longer to enjoy day trips to Romania's nearby historic sites? Sinaia, Brasov, and Transylvannia are all unmissable!
Most of Bucharest's tourist attractions and sights are located downtown, as are its best places to eat and drink. Of the 3 squares there, Universitatii is the most pleasant for visitors. There is also Unirii Square, which is the shopping district, and Romana Square is well-connected though more residential.
- CurrencyRomanian leu (lei)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+40
- Best time to visitIt's best to visit from April through June, and also September and October, when you can avoid the hot, dry summer and cold winter, instead enjoying sightseeing in milder temperatures.
Things to Do in Bucharest
Top Attractions in Bucharest
- 1Revolution Square
- 2Romanian Athenaeum
- 3Bucharest Old Town
- 4Palace of the Parliament
- 6Triumph Arch
- 7Mogoşoaia Palace
- 8Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum
- 9National Museum of Art of Romania
- 10National Theatre Bucharest
- 11Patriarchal Cathedral
- 12House of the Free Press
- 13Herastrau Park
- 14Bucharest Botanical Garden
- 15University Square (Piaţa Universitǎţii)
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What People Are Saying About Bucharest
This tour packs so much value into its itinerary: friendly, knowledgeable guides with a passion for their city and its culture; an incredible hotchpotch of old/ancient buildings and churches down mazelike alleys; aging mansions converted to cosy cultural centre bistros, that only locals could find; rides on Communist-era trams; a visit to a huge local produce market, with free samples galore; an unbelievable Communist-era department store and a foodies' delight of Romanian specialties, beers and more! This is exceptional value for money.
Good minibus condition and comfortable for the whole day trip. The driver speaking good English in which he could suggest and clear some of our problems and also did rearrange our schedules during 6 days trip with him. Thank you for your help,Rasem.
Great guides and fun walk around Bucharest. Recommend this company highly. Saw history you would miss otherwise.
Driver and guide did a great job and the weather turned out to be suuny and warm. Really enjoyed the day but we were tired when we got back!
The guide was knowledgeable, interesting and willing to answer questions. Her friendly, happy approach really made us feel comfortable and helped us enjoy the tour. The driver was really safe - quite an achievement in Romania! Overall, a very good outing - highly recommended.