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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

  • 70%

    FUNJONO

    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.

  • 80%

    heykiss01

    Bucharest

    This is not a particularly touristic city, and thus there are not that many things to see here- but I liked the atmosphere.

    Insider Tip:You NEED to go to a gastronomic restaurant called the Artist. The best value for money! I didn't pay more than 30e for a 7-course meal there (actually paid for only three courses, the rest was offered by the restaurant).

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    Not my kind of town

    The communist history is well represented in the capital of Romania. The streets are barren and the city at all not very welcoming. I do not recommend walking to the old city centre. We visited the parliament: not recommended. The staff and security were rude to us and awful to some eldery people in our tour group. I get that they are keen on security, but yelling at an old lady because "she was delaying the group" is not a very kind way to talk to an elder. I didn't feel safe either.

    Insider Tip:None.

  • 30%

    eduardolazzarotto5752

    Well...

    Bucharest was a bit disappointing. The rule of law is extremely weak and you can see people committing small crimes everywhere. It definitely doesn't look like an EU country. Anyway, apart from that, it is an interesting place to understand more about could war, transition to capitalism and former URSS culture.

    Insider Tip:Try to avoid cabs, the drivers will try to rob you taking the meter away and charging you 3, 4 or 5 times the correct price. It is very annoying but happened with me every single time I tried to use a cab there (and if you say something they will get 'angry' and fake that they don't speak English, so if it happens, just leave the cab). The city is full of tourist traps (mainly around the edges of the old town) and the service in restaurants is ridiculous, people are unfriendly and if you don't pay tips they

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