Top beautiful attractions to include on your Bucharest trip in Romania

They will give you a glimpse of a city with a long and very beautiful history, with numerous architectural marvels that can’t wait to be discovered, and a vibrant culture.

Let’s embark on a journey through some of the enchanting attractions of Bucharest, each one promising to unveil a new perspective of the city’s vibrant and dynamic allure. So if you’d like to get the most out of your travel itinerary, keep reading the article.

You can explore Bucharest by yourself, but also during one of our carefully-planned tours, alongside a professional guide who will show you all the secrets of the city.

1. The Palace of the Parliament (Casa Poporului in Romanian)

With its 365,000 square meters and over 1,000 rooms with opulent decorations and marble, the Palace of the Parliament is the second-largest administrative building globally. It stands as a testament to the ambition of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s regime, that intended to build an opulent administrative centre here, revealing the might of the Romanian Communist Party.

The monumental building features a mixture of neoclassical elements (imposing columns or grand arches) and decorative motifs inspired by Romanian folklore. The opulent, luxurious interior decorations were meant to reflect the building’s status as a symbol of power and prestige.

Today, the Palace serves as the seat of the Romanian Parliament and hosts various events and exhibitions. Open to the public for guided tours, visitors can marvel at its monumental halls and lavish interiors while gaining insights into Romania’s recent history. The Palace of the Parliament remains a symbol of Romania’s complex past, showcasing both the ambition of its former regime and the resilience of its people in the face of change.

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2. Victoriei Avenue: a walk to remember

Bucharest’s historic Victoriei Avenue, is a testament to the city’s rich heritage and vibrant culture. Stretching from the bustling heart of the city to the serene edges of Herăstrău Park, the walk will offer you a glimpse of the architectural splendour, cultural landmarks, and urban charm of the city.

Maybe the most interesting part of Victoriei Avenue is between its southern end, near the centre of Bucharest (near Unirii metro station) and its intersection with Dacia Boulevard. This way, you will get to see a significant portion of the avenue’s historic and cultural attractions. We are talking about landmarks such as the Romanian Athenaeum, Revolution Square, or the National Museum of Art housed in the former Royal Palace.

You will get to discover here a lot of charming cafes, boutique shops, and lively squares and to feel the vibrant energy of Bucharest’s bustling streets. The Victoriei Avenue walk is a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike, and the boulevard is often a walking route during the warm season, featuring numerous events and people enjoying the sun and the vibrant city.

3. The Romanian Athenaeum

During your walk through Victorei Avenue, you will definitely notice the Romanian Athenaeum, one of the most iconic landmarks in Bucharest. This majestic concert hall will impress you with stunning neoclassical architecture. Its cultural significance is no less – and as a spicy detail – the money for the building was raised through public subscription.

Designed by architect Albert Galleron and completed in 1888, the building has an iconic dome and Corinthian columns that dominate the skyline. Visiting the Athenaeum, you will step into a world of classical elegance and artistic splendour.

The Athenaeum is the host of different cultural events, from classical music concerts to chamber music recitals and choral performances. If you just want to admire its classical elegance, the Romanian Athenaeum can be visited for a modest fee.


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4. Bucharest Old Town

Also known as the „Lipscani” area or the Historical Center of Bucharest, the Old Town is definitely one of the top attractions of our Capital! History, culture, architecture and a vibrant nightlife combine here and invite tourists and locals alike to exploration and discovery.

You will feel like on a treasure hunt discovering its numerous hidden jams and attractions! Take a walk along its cobblestone streets and just discover the mixture of architectural styles of the buildings ranging from medieval to baroque and reminding us of the bygone eras of the city. Step into one of the numerous charming cafes or take some time for a traditional Romanian meal. Choose a famous restaurant, such as Carul cu bere or Hanul lui Manuc (Manuc’s Inn), or just discover one of the delightfully inviting small restaurants in the area.

Here are some places not to miss while in the area: Stavropoleos Church, a masterpiece of Brâncovenesc style architecture, the Old Princely Court that was once the residence of Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, Lipscani Street, lined with charming cafes, restaurants, and shops. Among them, we recommend you the Carturesti Carusel – maybe the most beautiful bookstore in Bucharest and perfect for some Instagram shots!

Don’t miss the Macca-Vilacrosse Passage, featuring a variety of cafes and shops. You will be impressed by the beautiful architecture of the area! Other places to be discovered here: are National Bank of Romania Palace and the CEC Palace, the famous restaurants Manuc’s Inn, Hanul cu Tei (The Linden Tree Inn) and Caru’ cu Bere, or the Romanian Kitch Museum.

5. Garajul Ciclop

Once in Bucharest Old City town, don’t forget to step by „Garajul Ciclop”, a name that translates to “Cyclops Garage” in English. Located in a former car repair garage in Bucharest’s Old Town, the place is a historical monument that has become a popular venue for contemporary art and cultural activities in the city. You will be enchanted by the vibrant space that hosts various artistic events, exhibitions, workshops, and performances.

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6. The Village Museum

Established in 1936 by Dimitrie Gusti, a sociologist passionate about preserving Romania’s cultural heritage, the Village Museum is open-air museum that covers an area of 14 hectares within Herăstrău Park.

Here you can spend a very pleasant day admiring Romanian peasant houses, windmills, churches, and other buildings relocated from various regions of Romania.

Village Museum, TravelMaker

The Village Museum hosts numerous seasonal events and exhibitions, showcasing folk music, dance, or festivals or artisans that demonstrate traditional crafts such as weaving or pottery. Visiting the museum, you will get a glimpse into the Romanian traditions and rural life, but you’ll also have the opportunity to spend some pleasant hours in the nature, so close to the hustle and bustle of Bucharest and at the same time so far from it.

7. The Stavropoleos Monastery

You wouldn’t want to miss the small, exquisite Stavropoleos Monastery situated in Bucharest’s Old Town. The architectural style of the church, combining Byzantine, Brâncovenesc, and Baroque influences, is definitely impressive!

Admire the imposing stone columns, with oriental influences, but also the special character of the icons and interior paintings. A cherished symbol of faith and culture in Bucharest, the monastery is a host to various cultural activities. Regular church services, but also choir performances, and cultural events, attract visitors from far and wide who come to experience the Romanian spiritual and artistic heritage.

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8. The Carol Park

Among the numerous parks of Bucharest we have chosen to present the Carol Park a green oasis in the southern part of the city, that is rich in history, culture, and recreational opportunities. The Park’s name is after King Carol I of Romania, the place being one of the largest and most beloved green spaces in Bucharest. The park was officially open to the public in 1906, in the year that marked 25 years after the proclamation of the Kingdom of Romania.

Here you will get to discover numerous monuments and memorials, but also have an opportunity to enjoy the tranquillity of nature.

Here are some iconic landmarks of Bucharest to discover here: the Mausoleum of the Unknown Soldier, honouring Romanian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I, the elegant Art Deco-style monument Mausoleum of Queen Marie, the Japanese Garden, a meticulously landscaped garden featuring traditional Japanese elements such as pagodas or bonsai trees. During the warm season, you can rent paddleboats here to enjoy leisurely rides on the water.

9. The Romanian Peasant Museum

Situated in the heart of Bucharest, close to Piata Victoriei and the Romanian Government building, the Romanian Peasant Museum is an opportunity for you to find out more about Romania’s rich cultural heritage and rural traditions.

The National Museum of Romanian Peasant

The building itself, in Neo-Romanian style, is impressive. A visit to the museum is a comprehensive journey into the daily life, craftsmanship, and spirituality of Romania’s rural communities. You will discover here traditional costumes, household items, ceramics, and religious objects, all telling the story of the Romanian peasant. It is a story of resilience, creativity, hard work and enjoying the gift of a simple life.

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Four tourist attractions in Romania, near Bucharest

If you meticulously plan your trip, you will have time to see more of our beautiful city – even its most beautiful surroundings. We gathered here four beautiful places that are close to Bucharest and definitely worth paying a visit!

1. Mogoșoaia Palace

You will love this architectural gem that captures the charm and elegance of Romanian Renaissance style. You will love the blend of traditional Romanian architecture with Venetian and Ottoman influences, with a red-brick façade that creates a sense of grandeur and refinement – very instagrammable, too!

The palace is situated about 10 km from Bucharest, so you can get there pretty fast. It was built between 1698 and 1702, by Constantin Brâncoveanu, a voivode of Wallachia renowned for his patronage of the arts. In 1916, Mogoșoaia Palace was bombed by the German air forces. At that time, Prince George Bibesco bought the palace from Marie-Nicole and gave it to his wife, Martha Bibesco. She decided to spend her fortune on the reconstruction of the palace. In a few years, this had become the place where politicians and the members of the high live society would meet.

In 1957, the palace was transformed into the museum of Brâncoveanu Art and is now a popular tourist attraction.

Mogosoaia Palace – Romania, Bucharest excursions

Enjoy the lush gardens, lakes, and wooded areas – a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. The well preserved interior of the Palace will offer you a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of Romania’s noble families past lifestyle.

Spend a tranquil afternoon relaxing here and you will get to know more about the country and add beautiful memories to your Bucharest trip. As for your lunch and dinner, you can either enjoy a picnic or a meal at the restaurant that serves traditional Romanian cuisine.

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2. The Snagov Monastery

The Snagov Monastery is located on a serene island, on the tranquil waters of Snagov Lake, in Snagov commune. It’s a little bit further away than Mogosoaia, approximately 40 km from Bucharest.

The monastery’s history dates back to the early 15th century, as it was built by Mircea the Elder, a ruler of Wallachia. The monastery has been built in a Byzantine style with Romanian elements.

An intriguing story about the place is associated with the legendary Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula. According to the local folklore, the Wallachian ruler was buried within the monastery’s grounds. There is even a symbolic tomb of Vlad the Impaler here. The place is surrounded by lush forests and pristine waters, while the interior is adorned with beautiful frescoes and religious artifacts.

Nowadays, it’s one of the most beautiful attractions tourist can see close to Bucharest. A visit here will surely leave a lasting impression on you.

3. Căldărușani Monastery

There are approximately 30 km from Bucharest to the historical Căldărușani monastery. It is situated on the shore of the lake with the same name and it’s surrounded by a big, beautiful forest.

The monastery was built in the 17th century by Matei Basarab in 100 days, the monastery has served as a haven for monks and pilgrims seeking solace and reflection for centuries. It resembles more like a fortress because it has thick enclosing walls and narrow windows.

Inside the church, there is an impressive collection of Romanian Orthodox religious objects and books. The icons are special as well, especially because six of them have been painted by one of the most important Romanian painters, Nicolae Grigorescu. You will definitely enjoy the timeless beauty and spiritual serenity of this venerable site, so why not including it in your holiday itinerary?

4. Therme Spa Retreat

Therme is hands down the ultimate spa retreat in Eastern Europe and is located on the outskirts of Bucharest, within a 15-minute ride from Bucharest. The centerpiece of Therme Bucharest is its thermal pool area, with a variety of indoor and outdoor pools filled with warm, mineral-rich water sourced from natural springs. Here you can enjoy swimming, soaking, and hydrotherapy (the soothing waters, are believed to have numerous health benefits).

Ultimate Spa Bucharest

The complex also offers numerous wellness treatments and therapies, including massages, facials, and body wraps, provided by trained professionals.

This wellness and relaxation complex has three main different where you can hang out:

Elysium (with focus on exuberant saunas)

The Palm (large indoor pool with a bar, hydro massage areas and more than 500 palm trees)

Galaxy (this is where the fun happens: wave pool, waterslides and more).

Here is everything you need to know about Therme and the activities you can do there.

Why not discover Bucharest alongside a friendly group and a professional guide who will show you all the secrets of the city?

Here are some of our Bucharest tours for the enthusiastic, always curious traveller:

  • The Half-Day City Tour of Bucharest, in small groups. During this tour, you will discover most of the landmarks featured in this article, such as the Parliament Palace, the Village Museum, The Arch of Triumph, the Romanian Athenaeum, plus so many beautiful places!
  • Our Bucharest Evening Tour & Traditional Romanian food dinner that includes a 1.5 hours sundown drive through the city centre to discover Bucharest’s most interesting sites and hear the story of the “little Paris”, followed by dinner at a traditional Romanian restaurant.
  • For wine-lovers we have a special Bucharest City Tour – Romania Wine Tasting. Not only that you will get to discover Bucharest during a 1.5-hour drive through the city centre, but you’ll also have the opportunity to discover some exquisite wines and cheeses, presented by a friendly sommelier.

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