Home to museums and galleries aplenty, Bucharest has much to capture the interest of visitors.
The National History Museum and the National Museum of Contemporary Art are just two of the popular attractions here. The Village Museum, located in Herastrau Park, is one of the city’s most important and showcases many interesting Romanian artefacts.
Bucharest also has a great selection of green spaces. A large public park, the Cismigiu Gardens are home to an artificial lake known as Lake Cismigiu. These gardens are one of the oldest of its kind in Bucharest. Famous Romanian writers are remembered here with a tribute of stone busts in the Rondul Roman or Romanian Round.
Throughout the city you’ll find a great selection of shops selling items from famous international brands alongside local favourites. The boulevard area between Piata Romana and Piata Unirii is a good place to go if you want to spend some money. A lot of the side streets off this area are also filled with stores.
Keep an eye out for stores called ‘antichitati’. These tend to sell an eclectic mix or ornaments, antiques and other bits and pieces.
Calea 13 Septembrie 1, Intrarea A3, Bucharest, Romania
Second in size only to the Pentagon, the Parliament Palace is an extremely impressive sight. Twelve stories high with 3,100 rooms, it was built in 1984 by Nicolae Ceausescu. Tours can be taken around this vast building, starting every 45 minutes throughout the day.
Open Mon-Sun 10am-4pm.
Sos Kiseleff 28-30, Bucharest, Romania
Created in 1934, this open air museum displays an impressive selection of Romanian artefacts.
Open June-Sept Tues-Sun 9am-8pm, Tues-Sun 9am-7pm.
Sos. Kiseleff 3, Bucharest, Romania
This award-winning museum focuses on the traditional lives of Romanian peasants. It includes over 90,000 artefacts.
Open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm.
Calea 13 Septembrie 1, Bucharest, Romania
Also known as MNAC, this museum is housed in a modern structure that is part of the Palace of the Parliament. Here you’ll see works of art by Romanian artists in the permanent collections, with international artists often exhibiting their pieces temporarily.
Open Wed-Sun 10am-6pm.