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Bucharest Center Travel Guide

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Bucharest can accommodate almost all types of travelers. From luxury travelers to backpack hitchhikers, people of all ages can find something interesting here. Nightlife, museums, fashion, food, architecture, music, you can find anything in Bucharest. You just have to know where to look. For this guide I will focus on the Central part of this wonderful city.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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4 City Tips

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5 Places

Old Town

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas

National Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Museums

Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei

History Museums

Victoriei Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Cismigiu Gardens

Parks, Gardens

Cantecel's City Tips

  • When you are in a crowded place, be careful with your pockets. Never leave your belongings unattended.
  • Tips in restaurant and bars are commonly 10%.
  • Tipping the taxi driver is common in Bucharest. The tip should be somewhere around 5 Romanian lei. If the charge is under 5 lei, just round up the sum to 10 lei.
  • The best way to use cabs in Bucharest is ordering them on one of the free apps available (STAR TAXI or CLEVER TAXI). They include all major companies in Bucharest.
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    Old Town
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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    Cantecel Says:

    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 ;)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There is no dress code for this area. From t-shirts and jeans to evening dresses and high heels, you'll see them all here. Choose whatever you enjoy wearing! (Costumes are OK too)
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 349 things to do in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So much to see! 22/06/2018
    • Have a bear 21/06/2018
    • Old Town
    Phone:
    +40 723 205 959
    Other:
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    National Museum of Contemporary Art
    Art Museums
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    Cantecel Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #110 of 349 things to do in Bucharest
    • Worth the epic journey to find it! 20/02/2018
    • iWas there, a living art oasis 18/02/2018
    • National Museum of Contemporary Art
    Address:
    2-4 Izvor Street
    Palace of Parliament
    Bucharest 050563
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 21 318 9137
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Hours:
    Wed - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 20:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei
    History Museums
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    Cantecel Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Depending on the level of curiosity or passion for history, you can spend less than one hour or up to 2 hours here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 349 things to do in Bucharest
    • Fantastic Value With Great Exhibits 17/06/2018
    • Good in parts 08/06/2018
    • Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei
    Address:
    Calea Victoriei 12
    Sector 3
    Bucharest 030026
    Romania
    Phone:
    +40 21 315 8207
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Victoriei Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Cantecel Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 349 things to do in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crowded but interesting. 18/06/2018
    • awesome street to stroll along - bike path 14/06/2018
    • Victoriei Street
    Address:
    Victoriei Street
    Bucharest
    Romania
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    Cismigiu Gardens
    Parks, Gardens
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    Cantecel Says:

    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. :)

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 349 things to do in Bucharest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant place to relax 21/06/2018
    • Do the boats, be careful of tics 19/06/2018
    • Cismigiu Gardens
    Address:
    Intersection of Piata Revolutiei and B-dul Kogalniceanu
    Bucharest
    Romania
    Other:
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