Good to know
The legend says that the city’s name comes from Bucur (joy).
First time you can find a sign of the city in 1459 in an edict signed by Vlad Tepes (Dracula).
The best months to visit Bucharest: May, June, September and October.
City full of contrasts
Bucharest is a bridge between East and West. You will see that city is developing but not yet fully recovered from the trauma of the dictatorship. Restorers and builders have refurbished some of the old palaces and redrew streets, developers have built new glass buildings, but many things remain to be done.
The major attractions
I like to walk so for me it was the best option to see and feel the city by walking on foot. Maybe this is not the fastest solution but very convenient to meet some locals.
Palace of Parliament
This if for sure the biggest attraction of Bucharest. Many tourists start their trip from there. You can easily see this building from every corner of the city and with a reason it is a second largest building (after Pentagon) on the world.
After the terrible earthquake from 1977 Ceausescu wanted to reconstruct Bucharest and take down the famous Champs-Elysees from Paris by building Unirii Boulevard.
Don’t think this place has something to do with unification- It’s only a name!
Palace of Justice
It’s not necessary to go inside the building because the outside look will give you a beautiful image.
Princely Court Church
The church was built from interchangeable rock with bricks in byzantine style. You can’t miss it by going to the city center.
The old Princely Court Museum
The ruins of the old court definitely are worth a visit. It is a place with a historical significance.
You can find here everything what you need: good restaurants, historical buildings, clubs, bars, theaters, cinemas and stores. If you like a good quality food take a look in THIS restaurant.
National Bank of Romania
That’s an imposing building with an eclectic academic style. You can find there a great collection of national coins.
Some Greek monks built the Church in the 17th century in brancovenesc style.
The designer was inspired by French architecture borrowing specific elements. It is a first bank where Romanian people could borrow money.
Important pages were written in this square. Romania was the only country from Eastern Europe that moved to democracy within a violent revolution and in which the communist leaders were executed.
Not sure if you are aware that Romania was a monarchy in the past. Today in this palace you can find the Museum of Romanian art.
This is second symbol of Bucharest and surely it is a architecture gem. There were held unforgettable concerts of famous musicians.
It is one of the most beautiful building of Bucharest in Art Nouveau style with a luxurious entrance shaded by a giant dome.
Bucharest in underestimated destination with a lot of potential. In my opinion it is a perfect city for a short visit. You will find many quality deals, good food, cheap HOTEL‘s. If you go there in late spring, early summer the ideal weather is guaranteed. Don’t listen to skeptical people and just go to spend memorable time.