Things to do & places to visit in Bucharest, Romania


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Vlad the Impaler stated his claim to Bucharest in 1459. His citadel on the Dambovita was the first of flotillas of palaces, many of which still stand. Four subway lines and a modern bus network transport visitors and commuters. Nicknamed "Little Paris", Bucharest's elegant early 20th-century architecture shows French influences. Don't miss the Village Museum, Romanian Athenaeum and the Peasant Museum. You can't miss the Palace of Parliament, the second-largest building in the world (after the Pentagon).

Bucharest #2 destination in Romania 2023. The average rating score is 4.25 based on 37.7k traveler reviews, of 30 attractions. Timezone: Europe/Bucharest, current date and time: Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 16:38.

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General weather summary in April

66°F - 43°F
Temperature Highs - Lows
Moderately chilly with a gentle breeze
Feels like
24%
Chance of rain
84.0 millimeters
Amount
12.5 mph
Wind speed
63%
Humidity
13.4
Daylight length
6:33 AM
Sunrise
7:58 PM
Sunset
49%
Cloud cover
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Top things to do (21)

Upcoming events in Bucharest 2

Date Event Location Price Category
Fri Apr 19 2024 at 10:30 pm to Mon Apr 22 2024 at 07:00 am (GMT+03:00) Bucharest Salsa Revolution Bucharest Dance
Wed Jun 12 2024 at 07:00 pm (GMT+03:00) Coldplay: Music Of The Spheres World Tour Bucharest Entertainment

Top places to visit (30 attractions) view more »

  1. 5.0 Football Museum Bucharest (98 reviews)
    - Modern museum dedicated to the football phenomen
    Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality Museums
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    Football Museum Bucharest is the first football museum in Eastern Europe and is located in the old town of Bucharest. Discover an amazing experience in a completely restored historical building of 1.500 sqm. A perfect mix between football history and interactive new media experiences spread on 8 levels which include 5 expo spaces, fan shop, bistro, caffe & bubble tea bar and an events room. With over 250 items displayed and always bringing new works of art to the collections, the first football museum in Romania shows not only local shirts, boots or old tickets, but also some amazing international pieces. The Romanian collection include jerseys worn by Gica Hagi or Gica Popescu and the international one brings to our visitors a shirt worn by Maradona when he played for Barcelona or two times Golden Ball winner Ronaldo's jersey from Brazil - worn and signed. Come and visit us and you can get the change to meet Romanian football legend Gica Popescu who is the museum Captain! See more..
  2. 5.0 Muzeul Micul Paris (41 reviews)
    - A Bit of Paris in the Heart of Bucharest
    Tuesday: Spent < 1 hour Art Galleries • Speciality Museums • Art Museums
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    I would never expect to encounter a museum like this in Bucharest and specifically in the Heart of the Old Town. Entering the museum, you travel back in time, where music, art and fashion thrived! I would highly recommend you visit, as the tour guide (I wish I could remember his name so I can suggest him to you) is higly knowledgable regarding the history of the city and its most prosperous time from which the exhibitions came from. Although the museum is actually small, it is a gem. See more..
  3. 4.5 Muzeul Naţional al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti" (4.404 reviews)
    - Super Open Air Museum
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Art Galleries • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
    Muzeul Naţional al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti" image
    This outdoor museum includes more than 300 buildings representing the history of Romania's rural architecture. See more..
  4. 4.5 Herăstrau Park (3.385 reviews)
    - Some nature in a big city
    Parks
    Herăstrau Park image
    The park is relatively big and has different opportunities, for very different kinds of people. If you like peace and you like to take a few steps, avoid the restaurants area and some zones nearby the lake, where a lot of bikers can disturb you. Also, in the same vein, it is better to visit it especially when the weather is NOT perfect, because of crowds. If you look carefully, you can see turtles, wild ducks, even snakes. If you like crowds, probably you should do exactly the opposite... A trip with the boat can be interesting. @Taverna Racilor is a very original experience, due to the menu. See more..
  5. 4.5 Stavropoleos Monastery (2.831 reviews)
    - A guided live-streamed tour
    Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
    Stavropoleos Monastery image
    Built in 1724, this beautiful church is one of Bucharest's oldest. See more..
  6. 4.5 Ateneul Român (2.070 reviews)
    - Stunning
    Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Theaters
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    We visited here as part of an organised walking tour. If you’re looking at the front of the building from the park, then there’s an entrance on the right hand side, just down the side street. For 10 lei you can go in when there isn’t a performance on to look at the grand staircases and up into the auditorium itself. The decoration is well worth the entry cost, particularly if you can’t see a show but still want to check the building out. See more..
  7. 4.5 Cismigiu Parc (1.747 reviews)
    - What a place!
    Tuesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Parks • Gardens
    Cismigiu Parc image
    I walked to the Parliament Building and found these beautiful gardens in the middle of the city. What a place! There were many people, all in masks and social distancing as well as others paddling small boats in a lake. It was beautiful and refreshing. See more..
  8. 4.5 Ceaușescu Mansion (827 reviews)
    - satisfied
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent < 1 hour Speciality Museums • History Museums
    Ceaușescu Mansion image
    Fitting of a head of state of the former Soviet bloc, the palace stands out both in magnitude and in its luxurious interior garnished with beautiful design elements (furniture, carpets, mirrors, porcelain) manufactured in famous shops from the country and from abroad. We would like our visitors to see how Ceaușescu lived, not only as an internationally renowned head of state, but as a man in his own private life - the hobbies that he had, what his routine around the privacy of his home was, how he studied or what art collections he had in his house. See more..
  9. 4.5 Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History (792 reviews)
    - A great experience
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Natural History Museums
    Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History image
    “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History is one of the oldest research institutions in the field of biodiversity and public education. It is in the same time one of the well-known and highly appreciated “databases” due to the Museum’s collections, some of them valuable assets of the worldwide thesaurus. See more..
  10. 4.5 AFI Cotroceni (543 reviews)
    - Best mall in Bucharest
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Shopping Malls
    AFI Cotroceni image
    Afi Cotroceni is the best shopping and entertainment mall in Bucharest. Easily accessible by metro or public transport this mall is max 10 min by taxi from piata Victoriei or old town, a 10-15 lei/trip. Very busy after 5 pm and in weekend this mall has beside hundreds of shops, professional ice skating, I Max, Multiplex, Laser Tag,Carting, mini rolec See more..
  11. 4.5 Romanian Kitsch Museum (491 reviews)
    - beautful roma
    Temporarily closed - Closed until further notice Spent < 1 hour Speciality Museums • Art Museums
    Romanian Kitsch Museum image
    The best way to understand the Romanian (sub)culture and traditions. Romanian KITSCH is authentic as we are creative, ridiculous and proud in the same time. Seven KITSCH areas presented (basically seven stories) – Kitsch from the Communism period, Dracula Kitsch, Gypsy Kitsch & more. Search for the flag with Ceausescu and when you are standing next to it, look for the rainbow themed museum doors, which are somewhat hidden fom view behind a couple of white umbrellas that belong to the restaurant next door. Very funny experience but real and educational in the same time. It's an interactive experience. You can take pictures inside and you can interact with the exponats.(touch them) Average visiting time: 33 minutes. Between 16th of July and 30 September 2021, the museum is located in the city center of Cluj Napoca - TIFF House, so it’s easy to get inside while you exploring the rest of the city. See more..
  12. 4.5 Catedrala Patriarhală (473 reviews)
    - This functioning religious & civic landmark hosts a popular Palm Sunday pilgrimage & other services
    Churches & Cathedrals
    Catedrala Patriarhală image
    The Romanian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral (also known as the Metropolitan Church) is a functioning religious and civic landmark, on Dealul Mitropoliei, in Bucharest, Romania. It is located near the Palace of the Chamber of Deputies of the Patriarchate of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Since it is a working cathedral, it is the site of many religious holidays and observances that take place for those who follow the Orthodox Christian faith in Bucharest, including a Palm Sunday pilgrimage. The Orthodox Divine Liturgy at the cathedral is known for its a cappella choir, a common practice shared by all the Orthodox churches, in both their prayer services and liturgical rites. The Romanian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral is a designated Historical monument—Monument istoric of Romania. See more..
  13. 4.5 Museum of Senses Bucharest (383 reviews)
    - Small but lot of variety
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality Museums • Children's Museums
    Museum of Senses Bucharest image
    Welcome to the Museum of Senses Bucharest in the new location with new exhibitions in shopping center AFI! Over 50 exhibitions for kids and adults are ready for you to explore and awaken all your senses. Dare to enter the biggest Mirror maze in Romania, walk through a spinning Vortex tunnel, lay on the Bed of Nails with over 1.200 nails, and try leave a footprint on the Pin Wall. The MUSEUM of SENSES is home to an unimaginable experience in a world of sensations and mind-blowing optical illusions for kids and adults. A place as fun as it is educational, as amazing as it is enigmatic and as crazy as it is rational. You will spend an hour exploring Museum and make for sure spectacular photos. See more..
  14. 4.5 Palatul CEC (358 reviews)
    - Gorgeous building
    Architectural Buildings
    Palatul CEC image
    Located on Victoriei street, which is famous for some of Bucharest most intricate buildings. The CEC palace I was told was once a bank by locals. It's a building you must stop and admire on passing. It is really eye catching and beautifully designed. A definitely must visit, when one is in Old Town. See more..
  15. 4.5 Carol Park (343 reviews)
    - Beautiful park
    Points of Interest & Landmarks • Parks
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    This is the third time that I have visited Carol Park. It's a beautiful park and you can get plenty of exercise walking around. During this visit it was still considered winter and most of the trees bare. During the spring and summer the park is absolutely gorgeous with many activities. The monument is absolutely stunning. There are always guards there to protect the tomb. See the attached photos. Carol Park is one of many parks in Bucharest and one of my favorites. Check it out. See more..
  16. 4.5 Cotroceni Palace (Palatul Cotroceni) (290 reviews)
    - Not to Be Missed History in Action
    Speciality Museums
    Cotroceni Palace (Palatul Cotroceni) image
    The Cotroceni Museum is excellent. Visitors must make appointments in advance and must have their passports in order to check in for the tour. The first time we went, we didn't have our passports but the clerk and security guard were exceedingly profession and nice. They were able to schedule us for the next day. Irina, our guide, spoke excellent, clear English loud enough for all 12 members of our group to hear. The historical information added a great deal to our understanding of Romania along with original furnishings and several temporary displays that Irina expertly explained. Because we had originally signed up for the tour of both the palace and the monastery, Irina made special arrangements for us to see the monastery - just the two of us. So the staff was very accommodating even though we had been in error. The museum had an excellent shop - we have been disappointed because none of the other museums we visited had authentic, interesting artifacts!! See more..
  17. 4.5 Opera Națională București (214 reviews)
    - Impressive show of culture!
    Operas
    Opera Națională București image
    Unfortunately I did not get to see a production here but did get to view the inside. The inside is pretty much what you expect, theater style, red velvet and opera boxes lining the upper level. This is always stately, striking and moving. This is however just one of the four National Romanian Opera Houses. There is a huge green space in front, close to the road is a statue of George Enescu, conductor of the first production. Directly across from the steps is a statue of George Stephanescu the founder of the first Romanian Opera Company. See more..
  18. 4.5 Baneasa Shopping City (210 reviews)
    - Pleasant Surprise
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Shopping Malls
    Baneasa Shopping City image
    Baneasa Shopping City is leading the shopping experience by offering an unique tenant mix of over 250 stores from well renowned high profile international exclusive brands, to Romanian designer stores, as well as a wide variety of refined restaurants and coffee shops, proven assets that this is the preferred location for premium retail in Romania. In these years, we have managed to create a community of customers who stand out from the crowd through their growing and demanding expectations, personal lifestyle, apparel choices and favorite entertainment. See more..
  19. 4.5 Muzeul Naţional al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti" (4.404 reviews)
    - Super Open Air Museum
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Art Galleries • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
    Muzeul Naţional al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti" image
    This outdoor museum includes more than 300 buildings representing the history of Romania's rural architecture. See more..
  20. 4.5 Herăstrau Park (3.385 reviews)
    - Some nature in a big city
    Parks
    Herăstrau Park image
    The park is relatively big and has different opportunities, for very different kinds of people. If you like peace and you like to take a few steps, avoid the restaurants area and some zones nearby the lake, where a lot of bikers can disturb you. Also, in the same vein, it is better to visit it especially when the weather is NOT perfect, because of crowds. If you look carefully, you can see turtles, wild ducks, even snakes. If you like crowds, probably you should do exactly the opposite... A trip with the boat can be interesting. @Taverna Racilor is a very original experience, due to the menu. See more..
  21. 4.5 Stavropoleos Monastery (2.831 reviews)
    - A guided live-streamed tour
    Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
    Stavropoleos Monastery image
    Built in 1724, this beautiful church is one of Bucharest's oldest. See more..
  22. 4.5 Ateneul Român (2.070 reviews)
    - Stunning
    Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Theaters
    Ateneul Român image
    We visited here as part of an organised walking tour. If you’re looking at the front of the building from the park, then there’s an entrance on the right hand side, just down the side street. For 10 lei you can go in when there isn’t a performance on to look at the grand staircases and up into the auditorium itself. The decoration is well worth the entry cost, particularly if you can’t see a show but still want to check the building out. See more..
  23. 4.5 Cismigiu Parc (1.747 reviews)
    - What a place!
    Tuesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Parks • Gardens
    Cismigiu Parc image
    I walked to the Parliament Building and found these beautiful gardens in the middle of the city. What a place! There were many people, all in masks and social distancing as well as others paddling small boats in a lake. It was beautiful and refreshing. See more..
  24. 4.5 Ceaușescu Mansion (827 reviews)
    - satisfied
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent < 1 hour Speciality Museums • History Museums
    Ceaușescu Mansion image
    Fitting of a head of state of the former Soviet bloc, the palace stands out both in magnitude and in its luxurious interior garnished with beautiful design elements (furniture, carpets, mirrors, porcelain) manufactured in famous shops from the country and from abroad. We would like our visitors to see how Ceaușescu lived, not only as an internationally renowned head of state, but as a man in his own private life - the hobbies that he had, what his routine around the privacy of his home was, how he studied or what art collections he had in his house. See more..
  25. 4.5 Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History (792 reviews)
    - A great experience
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Natural History Museums
    Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History image
    “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History is one of the oldest research institutions in the field of biodiversity and public education. It is in the same time one of the well-known and highly appreciated “databases” due to the Museum’s collections, some of them valuable assets of the worldwide thesaurus. See more..
  26. 4.5 AFI Cotroceni (543 reviews)
    - Best mall in Bucharest
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Shopping Malls
    AFI Cotroceni image
    Afi Cotroceni is the best shopping and entertainment mall in Bucharest. Easily accessible by metro or public transport this mall is max 10 min by taxi from piata Victoriei or old town, a 10-15 lei/trip. Very busy after 5 pm and in weekend this mall has beside hundreds of shops, professional ice skating, I Max, Multiplex, Laser Tag,Carting, mini rolec See more..
  27. 4.5 Romanian Kitsch Museum (491 reviews)
    - beautful roma
    Temporarily closed - Closed until further notice Spent < 1 hour Speciality Museums • Art Museums
    Romanian Kitsch Museum image
    The best way to understand the Romanian (sub)culture and traditions. Romanian KITSCH is authentic as we are creative, ridiculous and proud in the same time. Seven KITSCH areas presented (basically seven stories) – Kitsch from the Communism period, Dracula Kitsch, Gypsy Kitsch & more. Search for the flag with Ceausescu and when you are standing next to it, look for the rainbow themed museum doors, which are somewhat hidden fom view behind a couple of white umbrellas that belong to the restaurant next door. Very funny experience but real and educational in the same time. It's an interactive experience. You can take pictures inside and you can interact with the exponats.(touch them) Average visiting time: 33 minutes. Between 16th of July and 30 September 2021, the museum is located in the city center of Cluj Napoca - TIFF House, so it’s easy to get inside while you exploring the rest of the city. See more..
  28. 4.5 Catedrala Patriarhală (473 reviews)
    - This functioning religious & civic landmark hosts a popular Palm Sunday pilgrimage & other services
    Churches & Cathedrals
    Catedrala Patriarhală image
    The Romanian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral (also known as the Metropolitan Church) is a functioning religious and civic landmark, on Dealul Mitropoliei, in Bucharest, Romania. It is located near the Palace of the Chamber of Deputies of the Patriarchate of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Since it is a working cathedral, it is the site of many religious holidays and observances that take place for those who follow the Orthodox Christian faith in Bucharest, including a Palm Sunday pilgrimage. The Orthodox Divine Liturgy at the cathedral is known for its a cappella choir, a common practice shared by all the Orthodox churches, in both their prayer services and liturgical rites. The Romanian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral is a designated Historical monument—Monument istoric of Romania. See more..
  29. 4.0 Palace of Parliament (7.917 reviews)
    - A huge building
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Government Buildings
    Palace of Parliament image
    The world's second largest building was built as a palace for Nicolae Ceauşescu, who was overthrown and executed before it was completed. See more..
  30. 4.0 Old Town (4.091 reviews)
    - Clubbing center
    Neighborhoods • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
    Old Town image
    Most of the tourists come to the old town for the dozens of clubs, bars and restaurants. But there are also a number of old buildings, with beautiful architecture. Unfortunately, most of the buildings, including many of the above-mentioned clubs, are not well maintained at all of them present a high seismic risk. But who gives a f...penny, let's have some fun... See more..
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