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Bucharest. A sprawling capital city with over 500 years of fascinating history and culture, blending old crumbling buildings with new, hip cafes and shops. Wait, are you sure I didn’t mean Budapest? Yes, I’m sure. Wouldn’t want to mix up the two cities like Michael Jackson did during his visit in 1992. But to find these cool and unusual places in Bucharest, you have to break out your investigative skills. 

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After two days in Bucharest, I felt like Harriet the Spy. I had to research like crazy for interesting sights to see. I bought a few tour guide books. I spoke with a local travel blogger friend, Vlad from Eff It, I’m on Holiday and I made friends with the guy at our hotel. I wanted to see anything and everything. I wanted to fall in love with this beautiful city while on my two-week Balkan road trip honeymoon.

Visiting this massive, busy, chaotic and aesthetically pleasing city stunted by several decades under communist rule will be unlike many other European capitals which are polished, pretty and pompous. And what I discovered while exploring the city is that Bucharest is not for lazy tourists. Everything is spread so far out, many things are hidden in plain sight behind crumbling facades or narrow passages, giving it that cool, hipster feeling you might find in Berlin. And surprisingly, Bucharest is often nicknamed the “Paris of Eastern Europe” for it’s classical feel, lovely parks, cafes and nightlife as well as the fact that it was literally modeled after Paris. So, if you plan to visit Bucharest, I’ve got you covered for an extensive two days of sightseeing!

History of Bucharest

You simply can’t go to Bucharest without understanding a bit of history about the country beforehand. 

First mentioned in 1459, the Citadel of București” would become the residence of the infamous Wallachian prince Vlad III the Impaler, who might have been the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Fast forward to the 18th century and you have a city that had been rebuilt after several natural disasters and fires before being ping-ponged back and forth between the Habsburg Monarchy and Imperial Russia. By 1862, Bucharest would become the capital of of newly founded principality of Romania and by 1881 become the Kingdom of Romania under King Carol I. 

During the Second World War, Romania was part of the Axis Powers and therefore, suffered severe damage by Allied bombings. After the war, the country came under Communist rule. During Nicolae Ceaușescu‘s leadership, he traveled to China and North Korea where he became inspired to build a grand regime which included demolishing many historical buildings under the program of systematization.

In December 1989, anti-government uprisings took place in Timișoara where Ceaușescu ordered the military to open fire on people he deemed a political threat which eventually led to mass rioting and civil unrest. Little did he know, Ceaușescu and his wife would only to be captured, tried and convicted of sabotage and genocide. They were both executed and the following 30 years would see a slow but steady improvement in conditions. Today, Bucharest is very much a bustling up & coming city for anyone looking to explore beyond Western Europe. 

Day 1: Downtown and Old Town Bucharest

What to do in the Old Town of Bucharest

Piata Unirii (Union Square)

No place better to begin your sightseeing than in one of the largest squares in Bucharest. It is here in front of a historic looking clock, next to the fountains your free walking tour will begin. The square is a significant transport hub with the largest boulevard in Europe, even larger than the Champs-Élysées in Paris by 4 m long and 1 m wide. Don’t mind the occasional bather in the fountains which remain filled and on. From here you’ll head into the Old Town and begin sightseeing in Bucharest!

Hanul Lui Manuc

Built as an inn in 1808 by a wealthy Armenian, it has seen a plethora of transformations throughout its history. While it has always operated as a hotel and is Bucharest’s oldest hotel, it also housed a restaurant, a bar and a coffee house and today is one of the best restaurants in Bucharest for traditional cuisine!

  • Recommended: Stuffed Cabbage with Polenta or Cevapcici

Walking through the arched gateway into the inner courtyard will present you to a beautiful restaurant serving authentic Romanian cuisine. For a while, the hotel was shut for restoration as well as a disagreement with the city about the modernization of the building taking place once the Manuc family reclaimed the building after the fall of communism. Supposedly, within the next three years, the hotel will be open for overnight stays. Directly opposite the inn is the Old Court Church.

On the outer portion of Hanul Lui Manuc on the western side, you’ll find one of the coolest coffee shops in Bucharest, The Urbanist. Not only do they serve unique drinks, like a Rose or S’mores flavored milkshake but they also sell clothes and have a live DJ. Not being a hipster myself, I did feel slightly out of place, but anything rose flavored and I’m all over it!

Biserica Stravopoleos (Stavropoleos Monastery)

Located in the heart of the Old Town is a church that is well over three centuries old with a gorgeous facade that has an arabesque feel to it which is still used today. The inner stone built cloister is flanked by Neo-Roman columns dating back to 1904. You’ll likely still see a few nuns going about their business once the gates to the courtyard and church have been opened. Today, it’s one of the most important historical sights in Bucharest!

Caru’ cu Bere

Not far is the a tavern dating back to 1875, one of the best bars in Bucharest which is famous for its ornately decorated interior with Gothic vaulted ceilings. For most visitors to the city, this is generally their first stop, but if you’re like us and are early risers, the best time to go to avoid the long lines is early in the morning for breakfast, even if it is rather plain and simple. Perhaps the dinner is better and this is why there are ridiculously long lines.

The founder of the tavern had traveled to Germany to learn to make beer, came back and began selling beer from a wagon. But whatever you do, don’t say the German “Prost” as in Romanian, it means “stupid”. Not far is the National History Museum which is housed in the former Post Office building. Bucharest, Romania - The ESSENTIAL 2 Day Guide - California GlobetrotterBucharest, Romania - The ESSENTIAL 2 Day Guide - California Globetrotter

Carturesti Carousel

Inconspicuously hidden among a row of cafes and restaurants is one of the most elegant shops / bookstore you’ll find in the city center on Lipscani Street which was an important commercial street in the 19th century. The Carturesti Carousel bookstore is housed in the house of a family of bankers from 1903 which was later seized by the communists before finally being refurbished and transformed into the coolest spots in Bucharest! 

Pasajul Macca-Vilacrosse (Macca Villacrosse Passage)

A secret little passage way separating Lipscani Street from Calea Victoriei Avenue is the Macca-Villacrosse passage with its yellow glass ceiling illuminating several of the coolest cafes, bars and shisha hot spots where locals gather to catch up with friends. Built in 1891, the passage is one of the many reasons why Bucharest earned the nickname “Paris of the East”, although today the passage has significantly faded and needs some TLC. However, that certainly doesn’t stop people from coming and enjoying the atmosphere. It’s definitely a unique thing to see in Bucharest!

Where to Eat in Bucharest: 

Just feet from Hanul Lui Manuc is City Grill, a restaurant which came highly recommended by our tour guide which offers traditional Romanian cuisine and the most delicious dessert of my life. You cannot leave Bucharest without trying Papanash (Papanași) – a Romanian traditional fried round pastry, usually filled with a soft cheese such as urdă and any kind of sour jam such as blueberry jam. 

North from Old Town

Piata Revolutiei (Revolution Square)

Dominating the square is the former Communist Party Headquarters, a Stalinist monolith similar to Sofia. It is here on the balcony that Ceaușescu saw the rise and fall of his regime. Today, the square has two very contrasting memorials dedicated to those who perished during the revolution, Glory to Our Martyrs and the more controversial monument strangely named Monument of Rebirth which is a plain marble column with what looks like a bird’s nest. Locals jokingly call it the “Olive on a Stick”.  To the right is the University Library and just opposite is the Royal Palace

Ateneul Român (Romanian Atheneum)

With the title of being Bucharest’s finest building, you simply can’t pass up the opportunity to take a peak inside this magnificent Neoclassical concert hall. The outside is fronted by six elegant columns while the interior of the concert hall is immaculately designed in a deep red and gold while the surrounding walls depicts the most important moments of Romanian history. It is one of the few remaining circular auditoriums in Europe and was funded almost entirely by the citizens of Bucharest. We were able to purchase a ticket for a few lev to watch a rehearsal performance and escape from the heat and enjoy one of the top attractions in Bucharest!

Cantacuzino Palace (Muzeul National George Enescu)

If you’re looking for more unique things to see in Bucharest, then just north from the Romanian Atheneum is the former palace built for mayor and former prime minister,  Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino in 1901-03. His son inherited the house who later died prematurely. His wife would later remarry George Eneschu, Romania’s greatest composer. Today the house is a museum dedicated to the artist. The French Baroque/Art Nouveau palace was so beautiful, we went out of our way to find it simply for the picture. Not having the time nor the will, we didn’t visit the museum but simply admired the beautiful palace which needed some touching up.

West From the Old Town

Palatul Parlamentului (Palace of Parliament)

Dominating the entire Bulevardul Unirii is the megalomaniac brainchild of Ceaușescu – the Palace of Parliament which is 350,000 M² making it the heaviest building in the world as well as one of the largest. With 12 floors above and another 8 below ground, including a gigantic theater which can hold 600 people and has an impressively large chandelier while scattered throughout the palace are another 4,500 chandeliers out of the 11,000 that were planned. Can I say “chandelier paradise?” There are an unknown and uncharted amount of tunnels leading to every major building in the city and supposedly, after the revolution, three men explored the tunnels and were found 3 days later near the airport. Should you be able to do a tour, it’s considered to be the best thing to do in Bucharest and you’ll be one lucky duck!

By the time Ceaușescu was overthrown in 1989, the palace was only 70% finished and the citizens didn’t know what to do with it. Finally, in 1994 the new government decided that it would house the Senate and the Parliament. Today however, 70% of the building still remains empty. It is considered to be the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon with heating and lighting costing a whopping $6 million a year!! Now, I don’t think I’ll ever complain about my bills again! 

Visiting the Palace of Parliament

If you’re wondering how to visit the Palace of Parliament, portions of it are open to the public however, you must call 24 hours in advance to make a reservation. Unfortunately for us, when I called they weren’t accepting visitors. However, should you wish to visit, you’ll need to hand over your passport and go through strict security measures like at an airport. 

Opening Hours: 

  • March – October, daily between 09:00 – 17:00 (last tour at 16:30)
  • November – February, daily between 10:00 – 16:00 (last tour at 15:30)​

Admission:

  • There are several different tour options, but the Standard Tour is about 45 minutes – 35 LEI/person
    • Additional costs – Photo & Video camera: 30 LEI
    • Phone:  + 40 733 558 102 or +40 733 558 103.  E-mail: cic.vizite@cdep.ro

The Mihai Vodă Monastery 

Under the dictatorial rule of Ceaușescu, Bucharest faced radical redesign for his grandiose project to build the Palace of the People (Palace of Parliament). The existence of many important buildings were threatened which were deemed insignificant to the dictator. 30,000 people were forced from their homes and an entire historical district with around 9,000 homes, churches, synagogues and other buildings were demolished. 

To preserve almost a dozen churches as well as other important buildings, engineers were challenged to find a way to save them. While other countries would have simply dismantled the buildings and rebuilt them, engineers came up with the brilliant idea of transporting them hundreds of meters to safety by railway tracks. The ground around the buildings were dug out, a concrete support was made, tracks were laid and hydraulic levers and pulleys were used to slowly move the buildings.

The Mihai Vodă Monastery was the most impressive achievement of the engineers who not only moved the largest church, which is technically a monastery, in tandem with its standalone tower. They successfully moved the 9,000 ton monastery 24 meters (78 feet) from its original location not far from the Palace of Parliament. Sadly, most of the buildings which were moved were hidden behind large, Soviet style buildings, such is the case with the monastery which can be found in the courtyard making it for an interesting sight to see in Bucharest!

Day 2: The Northern Suburbs

Arc de Triumpf 

Located along Șoseaua Kiseleff which is a long, elegant avenue lined with lime trees is the Arc de Triumpf, which was built in 1878 for an independence parade. Originally built in wood, it was later replaced with stone between 1935-36 and built to look similar to the Arc de Triopmhe in Paris, displaying the Francophilia that swept through Romania’s upper class during the 19th century. Like the original, the arc is located in the middle of a hectic roundabout and visiting it is practically impossible.

Muzeul Satului (Village Museum)

One of two top rated museums in Bucharest is the Village Museum – a collection of indigenous houses and farms from around Romania founded by Royal Decree in 1936 covering 15 hectares along the shores of Lake Herăstrău. Far off the touristy sightseeing to-do list, this open air museum is fascinating to stroll through to admire the different variations in traditional architecture giving you a glimpse into the typical home of Romanians. With over 60 original houses, farmsteads, churches, watermills and windmills, it is one of the greatest outdoor museums in the Balkans. The museum is mostly visited by local school children out for a field trip to study Romanian history. 

Website: Muzeul Satului

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 19:00, Mon 09:00 – 17:00 (Museum is open, houses are not)

Admission:

  • Adults 10 lei
  • Seniors 5 lei
  • Students/Children 2,50 lei
    • Audio guides are available for 50 lei or 8 lei on your smartphone.
    • Guided tours in English, French, Spanish, Italian & Russian 300 lei, call in advance

How to Get Here: Take the M2 (blue line) from Universitatea Bucuresti (University Square) to Piata Charles de Gaulle (Aviatorilor). 

Herăstrău Park 

Originally full of marshes, the area was drained between 1930-35 to provide the city with a place of respite. Starting from the metro station Aviatorilor, walking in the direction of the Village Museum, you’ll walk through a lovely park with a few ponds with black swans (my first ever 20 ever), a European Union Founders’ Monument strangely designed with massive heads statues of the founders before coming to a small island known as the Island of Roses. Locals convene in this park for relaxing picnics and casual paddle boat rides on the lake. Just beyond is where you can find the Hard Rock Cafe Bucharest which we happily stumbled upon and went inside to cool off with a drink!

While visiting and walking through this park is farther out than many tourists will likely go, I was recommended to visit by Vlad from Eff It, I’m on Holiday as he is a local who knows best! And he was right, it was truly a lovely area!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Romania has been part of the EU since 2007, however they don’t use the Euro. It’s practically impossible to use your euros as you’ll be mostly using Romanian Lei (RON).
  • Conversion rates to RON are incredibly good, making everything AFFORDABLE and CHEAP! An average meal will set you back roughly 15-20 € for two.
  • Like Sofia, many buildings are on the brink of crumbling but I never got the impression were in an unsafe part of town. In fact, you can find a Beautiful Decay Free Walking Tour!
  • Bucharest is SAFE! However, we were recommended by our hotel to always take a taxi to and from the city, and, my friend Vlad said there are some areas he wouldn’t visit but these are off the tourist path. But, still watch your personal items.
  • One negative aspect was the amount of beggars which come up to tourists dining outside.
  • More on traveling to Romania 

How to Use the Public Transport in Bucharest

Using the Metro in Bucharest

The Metro, buses, trolleybuses and trams form Bucharest’s transportation network, which covers all of the city. We found the metro system to be pretty tourist-friendly and easy to navigate. There are four metro lines, and they cover most of the central part of the city, as well as residential areas of Bucharest. 

Metro tickets (cards) can be bought in every metro station. Two-journey tickets cost 5 lei (about 1.10 €), 10-journey – 20 lei (about 4.50 €) and 1-day pass costs only 8 lei (about 1.80 €).

Using Taxis in Bucharest

…are known to try to rob you for every penny if they know you’re a tourist. Our hotel recommended that we use the Clever Taxi app so as to avoid this. By using the app, you can request a taxi with the lowest price, generally you want a taxi that starts at 1.70 lev. The taxi picks you up right on location, will text you when approaching and afterwards, you can rate the driver. TRUST ME when I say, don’t take a taxi without using the app! Never hop in a taxi just hanging out waiting for a passenger because they will try to rip you off. Drivers barely speak any English. 

Where to Stay in Bucharest

⭐⭐⭐⭐  Hotel Boutique Lafayette – decorated in classy 19th century French decor, this hotel is just a 5 minute taxi drive away from the Old Town, offers a 24 hour front desk with super friendly employees who speak perfect English as well as free private parking on site. 

Though, if you’re looking for budget travel accommodation, there are plenty of hostels in Bucharest which won’t break the bank, all great recommendations and within easy reach of the city center.

I’ve recently discovered the incredibly thorough Rough Guides travel guide with expert advice, full coverage of the entire country which is easy to use. While visiting Romania, this was my main source of all information which I would have been lost without!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, I might make a little extra spending money, at no extra cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own and these products/services have been found useful during our travels and come highly recommended to you from yours truly!

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  1. Love this post, Lorelei! You would’ve convinced me to go visit Bucharest if I hadn’t lived here already! 😀 Hopefully next time we can meet as well 😉 I need to go to The Urbanist, I’ve always walked by and it looked very hipstery but I didn’t go in, even though they had a sign saying they have Fritz Kola, which is a guilty pleasure, haha.

  2. Bucharest is a place I need to go back to and give it another go. We visited 5.5 years ago and it was such hard work. I was 9 weeks pregnant with morning sickness, at the end of 8 months of travelling and it was cold (March). Plus, we couldn’t find any restaurants that weren’t thick with cigarette smoke. Your photos make me realise that my return visit should perhaps be in teh warmer moths! #citytripping

  3. I just loooove how you post about so many “unpopular” places (or maybe I just don’t appreciate them enough because I’ve lived in Europe my whole live and always focused on traveling overseas instead of exploring my own continent?) and show all of us how beautiful they are. This is such a great post about Bucharest and I’ll definitely add it to my list of places to visit asap! #CityTripping

  4. The architecture is so stunning! I have wanted to visit Romania since I was a teenager. I’m pinning this for when I finally get to plan my trip. #citytripping

  5. Wow this is such a great guide to the city, I love all the history and stories you’be uncovered – I only know a little about Romania so will be pining this for when I finally there. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  6. Your pictures are gorgeous and this just makes me want to go to Bucharest! I was in Europe earlier this year (blog posts coming up) and I wish I had had time to stop by there.

  7. Bucharest looks beautiful! I almost went there last spring for a travel blogger conference but I couldn’t find a decent flight. Now I’m seeing cheap flights to Bucharest everywhere, maybe your post is a sign!

  8. The Old Town looks absolutely gorgeous and my kind of place because I LOVE things that are rich in architectural heritage. And their restaurants and cafes look very inviting too – are the prices reasonable or expensive..or dirt cheap? 🙂 Thanks for the heads up on the taxi app – yeah, I really detest having to deal with unscrupulous taxi drivers 🙁 #citytripping

  9. You really make me want to head right over to Romania! It seems like such a magical place! This is such a complete guide with so much awesome info and something I’ll definitely be saving for later. I would love to visit that Carturesti Carousel one day! It reminds me a bit of a bookstore I visited in Buenos Aires! Absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Yum. Papanash sounds amazing! Your opening sentences made me laugh – as I skim-read the title of the post, I too read ‘Budapest’ not #Bucharest’….but what an amazin place. Full of history, elegance and culture. Now I really want to go! #citytripping

  11. Romania seriously looks like you took a time machine back in time. I love it! Bucharest looks like a photographer’s dream! Would love to visit just so I can capture all the unique beautiful architecture!

  12. I had no idea that Bucharest had so many hidden treasures! You had me at S’more milkshake and that tavern – oh my! It looks just like Paris, only of course, it’s much cheaper. I wish it wasn’t so far away (from me,) a weekend here would be just the ticket!

  13. What an inspiring guide, this is brilliant! I’m a huge fan of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and all former-behind-the-iron-curtain states, having lived in Prague during the 1980s and in Sofia during the revolution when the curtain came down. All I remember from a very short visit to Bucharest in 1991 is the Parliament Palace (hard to forget!), wild boulevards and the Arc de Triumph so it’s absolutely time to go back and explore properly. Romania is often on our short lists for summer road trips, so maybe next year, who knows…. #farawayfiles

  14. So funny, I didn’t know Bucharest has the nickname “Paris of the East”! Did you know that Tromsø is called “Paris of the North”? I wonder how many Paris nicknames there are in the world 😉 Anyway, the tavern and the palaces look absolutely stunning!! I think I could easily spend a whole day admiring them 🙂

  15. Wow! I love your photos in this post! Your description of really needing to uncover the city to find all of the sights, plus it being a hipster destinations seems so true with what you’ve described and shown with your photos. I’d love to go there.

  16. Dang! You got serious about visiting Bucharest! This year there have been a lot of initiatives which have given the city a bit of much needed light. I am interested in visiting (hopefully soon). It can not be denied ther eare a lot of architectural pleasing sights. Wow, and that cafe! So beautiful!

  17. I’ve loved seeing all your photos on Instagram and here. What a beautiful place and so sadly has a bit of a reputation from the cold war days. The barista at my favourite cafe is Romanian and tells me there are so many amazing places to see in his country. And he is exactly right. Thanks for sharing beautiful Bucharest with us on #FarawayFiles

  18. It’s so lovely! You clearly did excellent research since you got to visit so many beautiful and historic places! I would love to visit and use this guide. 🙂 #FarawayFiles

  19. I had not even thought about visiting Bucharest but it does look lovely and so nice that it is budget friendly. I would love to see the palace, but it’s a little weird you have to give them your passport? And boating on the lake in the park looks really nice too. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  20. I am very surprised by your article. I didn’t know nearly anything about Bucharest. Everybody told me that it’s huge but not interesting city. I know that there is huge Palace of Parliament but thanks to your pictures from Ateneul Român, Caru’ cu Bere or Biserica Stravopoleos you showed me, that I should underestimate Bucharest. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  21. Wow, you managed to see and do a lot in 2 days! Romania looks like a beautiful country (I think Anda is from there too), and while I’m definitely more drawn to the countryside, Bucharest looks like a great stop for a couple of days. can see why it’s called the Paris of Eastern Europe! I must say though that I cringed at the thought of the amount of carbon emissions from the Palace of Parliament – such a massive waste, considering it’s mostly empty.

  22. WoW! This is a very comprehensive guide! I’m wondering if you should consider going in to the guidebook writing business? Seriously! beautiful photos, and so informative, I would definitely feel comfortable following all your advice! Its so fascinating about how they moved the buildings. Thankfully they weren’t all demolished. #farawayfiles

  23. You packed so much into 2 days and all of it I want to do when I get to Bucharest. A brilliant, detailed guide for anyone wanting to see the regular and not so regular sights. Awesome, I’ve pinned this for my Bucharest adventure! 🙂

  24. I’m glad you liked my birth place, Lolo. Bucharest was indeed a beautiful, charming city, but 50 years of communism reduced it to a pile of rubble. Unfortunately, as you point out, you need to know a local in order to discover the few beautiful sites that survived. Although I realize the city is making some (slow!) progress in reviving its old charm, I don’t think there is much hope Bucharest will ever be the “Paris of Eastern Europe” again. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  25. I am hearing so many mixed reviews about Bucharest lately. some people are blown away by it and others say that as a tourist you are ripped off and other countries in the region, like Bulgaria and Hungary are a lot nicer. I guess we should visit to make up our own mind 🙂 Liked your post a lot will bookmark it.# theweeklypostcard

    1. I have written extensively about the Balkans and each place is different. They’re all equally amazing, but we really didn’t have a good experience in Sofia. However we were also ripped off by taxi drivers in Bucharest the one time my phone wasn’t working and we couldn’t use the app but luckily we knew exactly how much our trip could cost so we refused to pay the extra charge. But it’s a wonderful city to visit!

  26. wow! this is such a great guide of Bucharest!! You did really a lot. We would love to visit Bucharest, so I´m saving it for when we go.
    #theweeklypostcard

  27. You did such a great job researching and putting it all together! Your pictures are also so amazing! I´ve never seen more interesting and appealing post about this city! Goes to the top of my bucket list! I´ve never thought Bucharest was so charming, for sure “Paris of Eastern Europe”! pinned, tweeted, shared on FB 😉

  28. What a gorgeous city! I’ve loved Croatia and Montenegro so Romania looks right up my street too.. Always thought of it as the poorer, less interesting cousin to the other Balkan states but this is making me want to go 🙂 Thanks for sharing! #feetdotravel

  29. Love your stunning photos and Bucharest looks so beautiful! I expected Soviet-style architecture but there are so many beautiful buildings there! Definitely somewhere I need to visit and definitely a consideration for a city break right there! Thanks for sharing!

  30. What a jam-packed itinerary! I love all of the architecture, especially the concert hall. Love the taxi tips and avoiding the German “Prost”. That’s sounds like a mistake I would make!

  31. I’m impressed you photographed the palace in one frame, it’s so huge! I agree that you put the Arc de Triumpf in this itinerary. Everyone who visits should go see it, for me it is as interesting as the one in Paris.

  32. Such a variety of sights to see! I love the way you write what you did and mix in a fun history lesson as well. It’s great to hear the background of each beautiful spot. Fabulous post 😀

  33. This was such an informative and useful guide. I don’t know that much about Bucharest other than it was one of the cheaper European cities to visit. I love the architecture here especially the monasteries. You’ve definitely put this on my radar now.

  34. What a jam packed couple of days!! Makes me tired reading it, but great fun I’d imagine. I love the architecture and the cute cafes. We live in Ukraine now, so it’s not far for a visit. We could use your guide for what to do!

  35. Wow! A Romanian friend used to tell us, “Bucharest is okay.” Yeah… I don’t think we’ve ever seen a photo that didn’t make us want to pack up and go! Love the courtyard at Hanul Lui Manuc, and that Gothic tavern is everything you’d expect a Bucharest tavern to be! Just beautiful. As always, Lolo, great photos that are giving us serious travel envy! Thanks for sharing! #TheWeeklyPostcard #FeetDoTravel

  36. You managed to squeeze in so much in two days! I’m half-Romanian myself and despite visiting Bucharest numerous times, you’ve helped me discover some great places which I’ve never heard of or seen before. It’s such a vibrant city and I totally get what you mean by it being slightly hipster place like Berlin. I think it will be only a matter of time before it becomes a top travel destination – but for now we can enjoy it without the mass crowds!

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