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Top 5: Things to Do and See in Bucharest

by Allie Moore

Sep 11, 2015

Bucharest, Romania © Mihocphoto | Dreamstime

Europe

Romania´s capital is considered an Eastern European gem for its history, architecture and charming yet obvious grit. For travelers who prefer their destinations have a bit of an edge, Bucharest is a great stop to add to your itinerary. Here are five items to get you started on your trip to Romania.

 

Palace of Parliamanet, Bucharest, Romania © Bogdan Carstina | Dreamstime 18888035

Palace of Parliament © Bogdan Carstina | Dreamstime

 

Palace of Parliament

During your inevitable visit to the Palace of Parliament, make it a point to ascend to the terrace where you´ll find some of the best views of Bucharest´s main thoroughfare, Boulevard Unirii.

 

Bran Castle, Romania © Vevesoran | Dreamstime 7576713

Bran Castle © Vevesoran | Dreamstime

 

Romanian Countryside

Although not located within the city limits of Bucharest, the Romanian countryside certainly warrants a visit as its majestic landscapes and picturesque castles capture your imagination. From Bran Castle to Peles Palace to the Sinaia Monastery, the variety and intricate details of these edifices, both inside and out, do not disappoint.

 

Old Town Bucharest, Romania © Viorel Dudau | Dreamstime 50704701

Old Town © Viorel Dudau | Dreamstime

 

Old Town

Bucharest´s Old Town is ideal for a quick stop or stroll down the pedestrian-only streets. Rest with a coffee at one of the countless cafés or browse the iconic sculptures in Revolution Square, one of which is Vlad the Impaler, a 13th-century prince on whom the character of Dracula was based.

 

Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest, Romania © Mbsstudio222 | Dreamstime 50752625

Romanian Athenaeum © Mbsstudio222 | Dreamstime

 

Romanian Athenaeum

Architecture and classical-music enthusiasts must visit the Romanian Athenaeum, a staple of Bucharest´s charm. Aim to catch a performance in this stunning concert hall or simply enjoy the architecture within and the manicured park in front.

 

Caru'Cu Bere, Bucharest, Romania © George Groutas | Flickr

Caru’Cu Bere © George Groutas | Flickr

 

Caru’cu Bere

As the day turns into night, head to the classic Eastern European beer house Caru’cu Bere, where singing and dancing hostesses lend themselves to an entertaining atmosphere with plates of authentic Romanian food.

 

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