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City Guide Bucharest, Romania

Visiting Bucharest

Known at one time as the Paris of the East, Bucharest is Romania’s largest city and its capital. It is a city full of busy streets, amazing architecture and one too many apartment blocks. Today, Bucharest is one of Eastern Europe’s most thriving cities.

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Bucharest City Reviews

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    A Gem in Eastern Europe

    The city was lively and full of contrasting culture between its former occupation under communist rule and its emergence as a growing city. Getting around is pretty easy and the buses are quite reliable.

    Insider Tip:Take the free walking tours with Livia as your guide, explore Old Town especially the Cartuesti Book Store (gorgeous), a great combo to do is visiting the Athenaeum and national art museum right across the street from it!

  • 80%

    PDTomlinson

    Bucuresti: An Experience You Have to Work For

    Bucuresti is not an easy city. Still recovering from it's Communist days, Bucuresti is a fledging city in terms of tourism. It is a city that you must work at to truly enjoy. Peeling back the layers of this city is the only way to truly appreciate its beauty, but it is so damn worth it. A beautiful mixture of the old culture, the communist culture, and the new culture have boiled together to form a city that has a quiet, vibrant energy that can only be felt by those of us that go looking for it.

    Insider Tip:Take the Beautiful Decay Tour offered by Interesting Times. You get a tour of several abandoned areas of Bucuresti, and a huge amount of history to go along with them. I recommend it if you have ever been interesting in Urbex. For food I definitely recommend trying local pretzels, which are super cheap, and Negresa, a delicious pastry somewhere between a brownie and a cake. Definitely go on a random walk through the city, you'll get to see the layers of the old, communist, and new city.

  • 70%

    alexisleialoha

    Bucharest, Romania - A beautiful secret!

    Bucharest is a gorgeous city that is fun to explore and must be visited. The free walking tour is a must to see what the city has to offer. Value for money is quite good and going out is quite fun. If you have the time, make sure to take the day trip out to Transylvania and visit Dracula's castle...that's something I can check off my bucket list. Overall it's a beautiful city that you should go explore!

    Insider Tip:Take the free walking tour that is available in the morning and late afternoons to see all that you want to in the city!

  • 70%

    JONO5K1

    Bucharest; Not my cup of tea.

    I can't really add to much in all honesty, my opinion derives from walking around a sizable part of the city, and therefore sites etc.., I am unable to comment on.What I will say is that the city is a step below that of Sofia in neighbouring Bulgaria.It's expensive especially for a Balkan nation and it lacks spark & character.For sure there has been significant development & aesthetically they haven't done a bad job at all, but unfortunately, people haven't adapted & therefore it's seems fake.

    Insider Tip:Cycle the city & experience the parks.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Not a fan of Bucharest

    I really did not like the city. There's nothing genuine to it. There's almost nothing to see other than the city center full of restaurants and cafes- nothing you cannot find in any urban place. I spent 4 days there because I pre-booked, but I wouldn't give it more than 1 day if I knew it. Go to Transilvanian towns, especially Brasov instead.

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