Bucharest tips for travellers
Welcome to Bucharest! You are now in Romania’s biggest city, a city with a population of 2 million and a true modern metropolis.
Why visit Bucharest.
Bucharest has a lot to offer to its visitors, regards of how long or short your stay is.
The city has had a very interesting and complicated history and that is why you will be surrounded by many impressive old and new buildings, rich museums, lush gardens, welcoming restaurants and a fabulous nightlife.
During its history, Bucharest has always stood at the border between the West and East of Europe and it has come under the influence of both sides. This city has gone from Kingdom to Communist country to Democracy in the last 70 years and evidence of these changes can be viewed everywhere in the city.
Over the last decade, the city has been experiencing a revival in terms of economy, culture and entertainment, so this is a place that has something great to offer to every single person and one where you will not get bored.
What to take with you in Bucharest
- Walking Shoes
- ID Card
- Travel bag
What to do in Bucharest. Travel tips
There are several sights that should be on your ‘must see’ list when visiting Bucharest.
When it comes to the old architecture of Bucharest, the Old Town offers a wonderful mix of houses, churches and narrow streets, while the Village Museum gives you a real glimpse into how life was like for Romanians over 100 hundred years ago.
For such a busy city, the central part of Bucharest is surprisingly green with many relaxing parks. The best choices are the Cismigiu or Herastrau Park given their scenic lakes, variety of sculptures and tall dense trees.
Here you will find the largest administrative building in Europe – the Palace of the Parliament, a superstructure from the Communist Era that has broken several Guinness world records.
Until 1989, Romania was ruled by one of the most infamous dictators in the world – Nicolae Ceausescu who lived in Bucharest most of his life in a luxurious home with over 40 rooms that is now open to the public. If you want to understand what the life of a communist dictator looked like, you should visit Palatul Primaverii.
For those who love classical music or admire the classical architecture, the Romanian Athenaeum building is the most celebrated structure in town. This concert hall is a feast for the eyes whether you view from the outside or inside and for the ears thanks to its acoustics. The good news is that tickets to concerts here are very affordable: around 15 EUR.
You cannot leave Bucharest without trying the local cuisine at the some of the great Romanian restaurants. We recommend you to try one of the traditional Romanian soups called ‘ciorba’, the skinless sausages with beef and sheep meat (‘mititei’), the cabbage rolls filled with minced pork meat (‘sarmale’), polenta with cottage cheese (‘mamaliga cu branza’) or the delicious dessert made of doughnuts, sour cream and jam (‘papanasi’).
These dishes are, of course, best paired with a typical drink made in Romania: beer or wine or the famous plum brandy – palinca.
Whichever you choose you will not regret it or forget this experience.
Do not Forget
If you travel in Bucharest and Romania
- Pack your photo camera or smartphone
- Don’t forget to take your sunglassest
- Sunblock cream
- Hat since the temperatures usually rise above 30 degrees Celsius.
- If it’s winter remember to pack warm clothes
- Winter shoes
- Coffee and warm tea
- Romanian money – “lei”
- ID or Passport