City Guide: Bucharest
Bucharest is one of the lesser touristic capitals in Eastern Europe. Romania is a comparable poor country which can also partly be seen in its capital Bucharest. Nevertheless, a city trip to Bucharest sounds right perfect, as not everything in Bucharest is just shiny like in Prague or in Budapest, but rather adequate and real. This city review of Bucharest shows Romania’s capital through the eyes of travelers!
The good thing about Eastern Europe is that transportation to and from the airport is definitely affordable, even cheap.
The not so good thing is that public transport is mostly not modern or very convenient, but at least exists and is safe.
Victory Square Bucharest
Surprisingly, there are very good hotels in Bucharest. As we chose the Athénée Palace Hilton, we started exploring Bucharest at the famous Victory Square.
Walking the rather big street down, there are many interesting things to see such as Ateneul Concert Hall Romania, the Galateca Gallery with a statue of Carol I, Romania’s first king, in front of it.
When strolling there, keep an eye out for small churches/chapels hidden between the regular buildings!
Architecture in Bucharest
Very important about architecture in Bucharest is the fact that most buildings are historic. However, it is not very common in Eastern Europe to practice maintenance.
While they must once have been very beautiful, some buildings are totally dilapidated. This is nothing special in just parts, but rather one well-maintained house right next to a ruin. Very interesting for sure!
Museums in Bucharest
Even if you have no idea about Romania’s past, let me tell you something: It is very rich. Accordingly, many museums focusing on different aspects can be found throughout the city.
Popular for being very interesting are the Village Museum as well as the Peasant Museum. But also the National Museum as well as the Olympic Museum are worth the time for sure.
Churches in Bucharest
As I already mentioned, there are many churches, chapels, basilicas and even synagogues spread throughout the city of Bucharest.
Here are some examples, but be sure that these are by far not all.
National Library Bucharest
About 13 million items are collected at the National Library of Romania in Bucharest.
When seeing the building itself, one might not think of it being over 150 years old, established in 1859!
Palace of the Parliament
Probably the most impressive building of the country. The Palace of the Parliament is just huge, a delusion of grandeur.
Built during one of the darkest times of Romania, the Palace houses nowadays – surprise! – Romania’s parliament. It is possible to get inside, but not for free.
Old Town and alleys
Old Town is basically the area where Bucharest is said to be founded in the Medieval Ages. Thus, the old town is not as clearly remarkable as in other cities.
Again, the mix of well-maintained houses and abandoned buildings is kind of fascinating. Just stroll around and don’t be afraid of going in the very small alleys.
Bucharest is a very safe city, don’t worry. Surely, Bucharest might not be as shiny as Prague for example, but in my opinion, it shows a way fairer image of Eastern Europe and how people live in the capital!