Known as ‘the new Berlin’, ‘the little Paris’ or simply Bucharest, Romania’s modern capital city is more than just a comparison. It’s a captivating place of contrasts, with trendy cafés and creative street art shining through the remnants of its bleak Communist history. Its recent past doesn’t define the city or its people, the locals are known for being the friendliest in Europe and the city’s thriving music scene continues to grow. 500+ years of history combined with modern twists makes it easy to find heart and soul around every corner.
Currency: Romanian leu/lei
Journey Time: 3hr 05m
Time Difference: UTC+2 (EET)
Summer (DST): UTC+3 (EEST)
Top 3 Picks
Whilst you are in Bucharest, make the most of your stay and check out our top 3 things to do and see!
Centru Vechi Bucuresti (Old Town, Bucharest)
Although Bucharest’s Old Town is probably the youngest in the world (Just 4 years old!), it still has plenty of historical attractions mixed with a lively, vibrant atmosphere – perfect for mingling with the locals. Originally a neglected area of the city after World War II, this Old Town has now had a revamp, boasting exquisite restored period buildings, cafés with romantic outdoor terraces and a variety of fantastic restaurants and bars – all housed in magnificently grand buildings! Be sure to check out ‘’Umbrella Alley” on Pasajul Victoriaget to catch the most photographed spot in Bucharest.
Sands of Therme beach
While perhaps a surprising suggestion for a visit to Bucharest, going to a real sandy beach – equipped with sun-beds, parasols and palm trees – is perfectly possible. In the summer you can head to ‘Sands of Therme’ to soak up some Vitamin D on the biggest urban beach in Europe. And likewise, in the Winter you can head the same way, to enjoy the covered thermal water pools Therme has to offer.
Bucharest's prettiest parks
Do as the locals do and chill in some of Bucharest’s best parks. The biggest park in the city is ‘Herăstrău Park’, which boasts a spectacular 187 hectares of land around the tranquil Herăstrău lake. You can enjoy a boat ride, visit the Village Museum or check out the many sculptures dotted around the wonderful scenery. Other green spaces include: Bucharest’s Botanical Gardens (Șoseaua Cotroceni 32), Cismigiu Gardens (Bulevardul Schitu Măgureanu) and the concrete Carol Park – all of which are free of charge and a great way to enjoy some time away from the bustling city centre.
The Parliament Palace in Bucharest is the heaviest building in the world. With a whopping 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze, a million square feet of marble, 3,500 tonnes of crystal and 900,000 square metres of wood.
Bucharest has its own Arcul de Triumf – inspired by the French Arc de Triomphe to celebrate the victorious troops after Romania gained independence in 1878.
Bucharest’s Bulevardul Unirii is the longest Boulevard in Europe, with a length of 3,500m. When constructed, its purpose was that of flamboyance, rarely used for transport unless a VIP was visiting.
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