City Information

About Bucharest

Bucharest (in Romanian called BucureČ™ti), located in the southeast of Romania on banks of the DâmboviČ›a River, is the capital and largest city of the country. Its population is estimated at 1.9 million residents, making it the 6th most populous city in the European Union. Prominent landmarks of the city include the Palace of the Parliament, which is considered the biggest Parliament building in the world, the Triumphal Arch, built in 1935, and the Memorial of Rebirth, a pillar that was unveiled in 2005 as a commemoration monument for the victims of the 1989 Romanian Revolution. Bucharest promises a unique experience to people who aim to explore the cultural scene of the city, with a range of attractions, including museums, orchestras and art galleries, which cover a wide scope of artistic styles and preferences.

Currency

1 RON = about 0,23 EUR (or about 0,3 USD)

Safety

In general Bucharest is a safe city where you are unlikely to have trouble. The Romanian police keeps a visual presence on the city’s streets. However like in most cities, when visiting bars and restaurants, make sure you know the price before ordering.

Dogs

There are still about more than 64,000 stray dogs on Bucharest streets even if the majority wander outside the city centre. Thus, we recommend you to stay downtown and not to approach any dogs in streets.

 

Things to see/do in Bucharest

To learn more about the below attractions as well as other cultural events, shopping, top gastronomic venues and sightseeing opportunities offered by the City of Bucharest, please visit the official Bucharest website: http://en.seebucharest.ro/

The tourist office is the ‘Bucharest Tourist Information Office’ located in Piata Universitatii underpass.
Tel: +40 021 305.5500, extension 1003
Email: turism@bucuresti-primaria.ro
 

Old Town

Begin your walk of the Old Town from Piata Universitatti, before heading to the Russian Church, and then the Museum of Bucharest. Take the Strada Lipscani that homes many art galleries, antique shops and coffee houses; its name is often used to call the whole Old Town area. Then, pass by Strada Stavropoleos to see its majestic Church and immerse yourself into the most charming street of Bucharest; Calea Victoriei to take a look at the Zlatari Church and the National History Museum. Finally, end your exploration by going into Strada Francesza where you will see the Sf. Dumitru Church and, at the far end, the Old Court Palace built in the 15th century by Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad Dracula. Just next to it, the Old Court Church, considered as the oldest church of Bucharest.

Two metro stations serve the area: Piata Universitatti to the north and Piata Unirii to the south.

 

Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului)

Initiated in 1984 by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, the prominent Parliament Palace
(formerly known as Casa Poporului) is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. Nowadays, it hosts the Romanian Parliament and Romania’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

 
             
                    
 

National Art Museum

The largest and most impressive art collection of Romania is housed in the neoclassical former Royal Palace. The museum permanently exhibits over 100,000 works divided into two major galleries; one dedicated to National Art and the other one to European Paintings and Sculpture.

Village Museum

Founded in 1936, this outdoor museum, which is the largest in Europe, covers 15 hectares on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herestrau Park. It features a collection of 60 buildings representing the history and design of Romania’s rural architecture.

Museum of the Romanian Peasant

Opened in 1906, the museum is home to the richest folk art collection in Romania, with over 90,000 artifacts that trace the fascinating and diverse cultural life of the Romanian people over the past four centuries.

Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum

This museum is the largest natural history museum in Romania, housing collections of reptiles, fish, birds and mammals. More than 300,000 artifacts and specimens are on display, including a dinosaur fossil.

 

Free Walking Tours

Visit places hardly discovered by foreigners and even locals with these tour guides.
Everyday at 10.30 am and 3 pm - Duration: about 2,5h
Meeting point: Unirii Square Park, in front of the Clock (next to the fountains)
More information: www.walkaboutfreetours.com