Lives in Bucharest
Since May 2008
35-49 year old female
I love traveling. I hope some day I'll travel around the world. I love summer, beaches, sea, food and fun and I am in love with Greece! And although I keep going to Greece every year, there isn't a country in this world I wouldn't want to visit.
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Points of Interest & Landmarks
The old town is the most lively area of Bucharest. During the day you can walk the narrow streets, see the old architecture of 17th century buildings, visit the museums or relax at one of the many pubs, bars, restaurants or fast-foods here. When the night falls, this is one of the most entertaining areas in Europe! Almost every building here has at least one club in it. And they are all packed! For the history buffs and architecture lovers: start with the Old Court Palace & Church, built in the second part of the 15th-century by Vlad Ţepeş (The Impaler), the ruler who inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula. Just across, there is Hanul lui Manuc (Manuc's Inn), one of Europe's last remaining caravanserai, built in 1808. The National History Museum is also in this area and deserves a visit. Across the street there is the CEC Palace, built in 1900 and up to Lipscani street there is The National Bank (BNR), built by French architects between 1883-1885. There are lots of churches in the area worth visiting. You can end your journey at Caru cu Bere, one of the oldest breweries in Bucharest, with Romanian cuisine, gorgeous architecture and nice atmosphere. For foodies: I highly recommend Lacrimi si Sfinti and Caru cu Bere for Romanian cuisine, Bellini for Italian and Calif for Turkish fast-food and ice cream. For nightlife seekers: there are tons of clubs and bars in this area and most of them don't have an entry fee, so don't settle for anything less than what you absolutely love! The club life starts at about 10 pm and lasts until morning. Oh, and don't stay in the first one you enter just because it's filled with gorgeous girls. They are everywhere and they are known as Romanians ;)
Placed inside the Palace of Parliament, a must see in Bucharest, the National Museum of Contemporary Art is not just a museum, but also a high-class venue for fashion and music events. While there are always new art exhibitions here, there is also a nice bar and terrace on the top floor. If there are any events here when you come to Bucharest, don't miss them.
For the history buffs, this is a must-see! The National History Museum hosts temporary exhibitions as well as permanent ones. The entry fee is less than 10 lei, about 2 euro when there are no temporary exhibitions. The most interesting permanent exhibitions are the Treasure Chamber, with more than 3,000 outstanding items and the Lapidarium.
Walking on Victoriei Street from the National History Museum up to Piata Victoriei is a nice way to see many interesting places like the The CEC Palace, The Palace of the National Military Circle, Odeon Theatre, The Revolution Square, The National Museum of Art, The Romanian Athenaeum and George Enescu Museum. Once you reach Piata Victoriei, you can see the Romanian Government Building, Antipa Museum (awesome for kids), The National Geology Museum and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant which has a nice terrace and sometimes hosts rock and folk concerts. For the luxury traveler and shopping fanatic, between Hilton Hotel and George Enescu Museum there are some shops you will not want to miss like Gucci, Burberry, Max Mara and so on. For the nightlife seekers: there are some clubs and bars like Tribute (a bit more posh than the others), Terminus, Green Hours Jazz Bar or Eden Garden. Each one has different types of music.
The park where I spent my childhood, my teenage years and where I go whenever I need to charge my batteries. Cismigiu is a small park in the heart of Bucharest. I love it for its winding alleys, for the trees and the grass and the flowers, for the children's laughter and the sun caressing the wisteria at the pavilions. I love it in the daytime and I love it at night when I sit by the lake and I hear the frogs giving their concert. It isn't a fabulous park, but for me it is magic! Maybe it will be for you too. :)