Top 10 Places to visit while in Bucharest
Bucharest , the capital city of Romania is home to almost two million inhabitants and is a European tourism attraction for another million visitors every year. During the inter-war period, Bucharest was called “small Paris” due to the fact that it had the same Parisian charm but on a smaller scale. Today, Bucharest is a great city break idea for those who wish to taste a bit of Romanian culture and enjoy a great time. What exactly is it that you can do in Bucharest ? Well, here is what I think you can try while in Bucharest.
If you wish to see how Bucharest looked in its glory days, then I advise you to arm yourself up with a camera, a map and start an enjoyable walk on the Unirea – Lipscani – Calea Victoriei – Magheru – Romana – Dorobanti area. It would be much better if you would be taking this tour one day at time, because it will take you some time to see everything. You will absolutely love it.
2. Visit the Herăstrău Park
The largest and most beautiful park of Bucharest, Herăstrău is a must visit. You will recharge your batteries and enjoy the landscape by taking a cruise on the lake, going to the summer theatre, see some art exhibitions or even go fishing. And if you come along with your child,don’t worry because they have their own amusement park here. In the park you’ll also find the Michael Jackson Memorial stone monument.
3. Visit the Largest Building in Europe
According to the World Records Academy, The Romanian House of Parliament holds three world records for the largest administrative building in the world (by sq feet), the most expensive administrative building in the world, and the heaviest building in the world. Built during the communist period, the House of Parliament will amaze you.
4. Enjoy traditional Romanian Cuisine
Bucharest is the best location to try out traditional Romanian dishes and get to understand the Romanian culture and flavors. My own personal restaurant recommendation for you is definitely Caru’ cu bere that was inaugurated in 1879 and is still going strong. And just in case you want to experience more Romanian cuisine here are other great recommendations: Court brewers ( or Curtea berarilor), Divan , Tears and Saints (Lacrimi si sfinti) and City Grill.
5. Visit the George Enescu Museum
If you have an artistic bent of mind, then the George Enescu Museum is a must-visit destination for you. Opened by the mayor of Bucharest, Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino in the Cantacuzino Palace during 1901-1903, the museum is an example of Art Nouveau style. The museum was built to honor the most famous Romanian composer, and thus it houses an array of documents and personal items of the musician such as sculptures and the artist’s death mask etc.
6. Basarab Overpass
The Basarab Overpass, also known as Grozăvești Bridge links Nicolae Titulescu blvd. and Grozǎveşti Road, division of Bucharest’s inner city ring. The illuminated overpass looks abslolutely wonderful at night.
7. Victory Avenue, Halel’s city
The Victory Avenue is a delight for history lovers. Victory Avenue also called Calea Victoriei, is Bucharest’s oldest street. The avenue was constructed in 1692 to connect the Old Princely Court to Mogosoaia Palace. Following the triumph of the Romanians’ War of Independence in 1878, the street was named as Calea Victoriei. The avenue boasts of several important buildings including The Athenaeum built in 1889 by Albert Galleron; The Carol I Royal University Foundation built in 1895 by Paul Gottereau; and The Postal Palace built in 1900 by Alexandru Savulescu.
8. Romanian Athenaeum
Romanian Athenaeum, an ornate concert hall, a prominent architectural symbol of national culture built by French architect Albert Galleron, stands across the former Royal Palace. This place was designed to be a temple of Romanian arts, sciences and culture; and it fully served its purpose. The Athenaeum served as a place for delivering lectures, and a venue for art exhibitions. Many renowned Romanian scholars deliver lectures in this place. Several concerts of the Romanian Philharmonic Society were held here. Today, the Athenaeum houses the country’s most esteemed George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, and holds one of the most important events in Europe – the “George Enescu” Classical Music Festival.
Located in the proximity to the ruins of the old Princely Court built by Vlad III the Impaler, Lipscani has served as an important commercial area for the whole of Wallachia since the 19th century. The word lipscan was used to refer to a trader who brought wares from Western Europe. Today, it is popular for its restaurants and bars. A few reputable shops like Yves Rocher and Adidas, etc. are gradually turning Lipscani into a commercial shopping district.
10. The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant
Located on Șoseaua Kiseleff, near Piaţa Victoriei, the museum falls under the patronage of the Romanian Ministry of Culture. Its collection includes over 100,000 objects. First founded in 1906 by and originally managed by Alexandru Tzigara-Samurcaş, the museum was reopened February 5, 1990, a mere six weeks after the downfall and execution of Nicolae Ceauşescu. During the Communist era, the building housed a museum representing the country’s Communist party; the museum’s basement still contains a room devoted to an ironic display of some artifacts from that earlier museum. The building, which uses traditional Romanian architectural features, was built on the former site of the State Mint (Monetăria Statului).