For the avid, always curious traveller, there will always be hidden treasures and under the radar places to discover in a new city. If you’re planning on visiting Bucharest soon and you’re a fan of seeing places which are not so popular, then this article is for you.
This is not going to be your conventional Bucharest city guide. We’re going to uncover some secrets spots you shouldn’t miss.
Unconventional Bucharest’s attractions
1. The Xenofon stairway street
The Xenofon street is a 100 steps stairway and it’s the only one in Bucharest. It is 220 years old and it has less than 100 meters in length. To get here, you need to go to Cotroceni area, which is a quiet neighborhood with beautiful, old houses. This street will take you to the highest altitude point of the city.
Recently the steps have been painted by modern artists and they reflect Bucharest’s urban vibe.
2. Melik House
This house has been built back in 1750 and is currently the oldest one in Bucharest. You can visit the house because nowadays it hosts the Theodor Pallady Museum and it is open Wednesday through Sunday.
3. The Macca-Vilacrosse passage
This passage is a yellow glass covered arcaded street, which is located in central Bucharest and has the shape of a fork.
At the beginning of the 19th century, there was an inn built on what we call the Macca-Vilacrosse passage today. At the end of the 19th century, the inn was demolished and it was replaced by the structure we can admire today.
The narrow street hosts a few restaurants, bars, cafes and a wine bar, so you can stop for a little while longer to admire the passage.
4. Vlad the Impaler’s Fortress
Vlad the Impaler is also known as Dracula if you didn’t know. This fortress located in the city of Bucharest, close to Piata Unirii.
The construction dates back to the 14th century and nowadays it is known as a water reservoir. In fact, many locals pass by the fortress every single day and don’t know its history.
For safety issues, access is permitted inside the construction only two days per year: on October 25th and on Heroes Day.
5. Mița Biciclista House
Right in the city center, there’s a breath-taking art nouveau style house in which Mița Biciclista (Mița the bicyclist) lived.
Her real name was Maria Mihăescu. She got that nickname from a man whose advances she refused. Also because she was the first woman to ride her bike and wear pants, which was something unacceptable in the 20th century.
We hope our unconventional Bucharest city guide is going to help you get the most out of your trip. After all, you want to have some amazing stories when you return from vacation.
If you have a few more days to spare in Bucharest and want to see the popular places as well, then you can do so with our half-day tours.
On top of that, we recommend exploring the surroundings as well. It’s extremely easy to find an affordable tour and go on a short sightseeing trip near Bucharest.
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