Bucharest Fast Facts

Location: Southern Romania
Elevation: 190 - 295 ft (55 - 90 m)
Size: 88 sq.miles (228 sq.km);
Metropolitan area: 590 sq.miles (1,530 sq.km)
Inhabited since: 500 BC
First documented: 1459 AD
Population: 1.921 milion

Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the early 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris"), Bucharest, Romania's largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.
Legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means "joy." His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local traders, who gave his name to the place.

Bucharest Sights and Landmarks

The Arch of Triumph

Arcul de Triumf
Address: Piata Arcul de Triumf
Built in 1922 to honor the Romanian soldiers who fought WWI, Bucharest's Arch of Triumph also symbolizes Romania's latin heritage and its strong ties with France. The monument was redecorated in 1936 with base-reliefs carved in marble brought from Rușchița - Transylvania. The sculptures were created by leading Romanian artists - including Ion Jalea, Constantin Medrea and Constantin Baraschi - and ten Italian sculptors. Every weekend, June through October, visitors can climb to the top of the 90 feet-high structure, via an interior staircase, for a panoramic view of the city.

Day-trip to Peles and Bran castles and Brasov
Itinerary: Bucharest — Sinaia — Bran — Brașov — Bucharest
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Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei (Victory Way) is Bucharest's oldest and arguably, most charming main street.
Designed in 1692 to connect the Old Princely Court to Mogosoaia Palace, Calea Victoriei (initially named Podul Mogoșoaiei) was originally paved with oak beams. In 1878, the street was renamed Calea Victoriei, to mark Romania's victory in its Independence War against the Ottoman Empire.
In early 1920's, Calea Victoriei became one of the most fashionable, vivid, streets in the city.
Stroll along Calea Victoriei starting at Piata Victoriei and go on till its end at Piata Natiunilor Unite.
Stunning buildings line Calea Victoriei, including the Cantacuzino Palace, the former Headquarters of the Romanian Communist Party, the Military Club, the Palace of the Savings Bank and the National History Museum.

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Cantacuzino Palace

Palatul Cantacuzino
Address: Calea Victoriei 141
Curently closed to visitors, ample preservation works in progress,
The former residence of Grigore Cantacuzino (nicknamed Nababul - the Nabab) is one of the most beautiful structures that line Calea Victoriei. A member of Cantacuzino princely family, former mayor of Bucharest, minister and Prime Minister, Grigore Cantacuzino was considered, in late 1800s, to be one of the wealthiest Romanians.
His desire to have the most elegant residence in all Bucharest became a reality in 1902. This beautiful Beaux Arts palace, designed by architect Ion Berindey, features superb wrought iron balconies, tall arched windows and a porte-cochere flanked by two lions.
Today, the palace houses the George Enescu Museum, dedicated to one of Romania's greatest musicians.

Revolution Square

Piata Revolutiei
One of Bucharest's ares most often associated with the 1989 unrest that lead to the demise of Romania's Communist Regime is Piata Revolutiei. Revolution Square gained international notoriety when TV stations around the globe broadcasted Romania's Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu's final moments in power, on December 21, 1989. From the balcony of the former Communist Party Headquarters, Nicolae Ceausescu stared in disbelief as the people gathered in the square, as his request, turned on him. He fled the angry crowd in his helicopter and his 34-years in power ended.
The square's importance stretches back long before the dramatic events of the 1989 Revolution. On the west side of the square stands the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Art Museum and the small, but beautiful, Kretzulescu Church. On the opposite side of the Royal Palace stands the stunning Romanian Athenaeum, an 1,000-seat music venue known for its excellent acoustics and huge frescoes that depict important moments in Romania's history.

The Royal Palace

Palatul Regal
Address: Calea Victoriei 49 - 53
Completed in 1937, in neoclassical style, Bucharest Royal Palace was home to King Carol II and to his son, King Mihai I, until 1947, when the monarchy was abolished in Romania. It was inside this palace that King Mihai, then aged 18, led a coup that displaced the pro-Nazi government during the World War II and put Romania on the Allies' side. Today, the former Royal palace houses Romania's National Art Museum.

The Romanian Athenaeum

Atheneul Roman
Address: Strada Benjamin Franklin 1
Tel: (+4) 021 315.00.26
The Romanian Athenauem was designed by Albert Galleron, the French architect who also designed the National Bank of Romania. The construction of the Athenaeum was financed almost entirely with money donated by the general public. When the original patrons ran out of funds the project was rescued by a successful fundraising campaign with the slogan Dati un leu pentru Ateneu (Give a penny for the Athenaeum). The Athenaeum was completed in 1888. Its high dome and Doric columns resemble an ancient temple. The lobby has a beautifully painted ceiling decorated in gold leaf, while curved balconies cascade in ringlets off a spiral staircase. A ring of pink marble columns is linked by flowing arches where elaborate brass lanterns hang like gems from a necklace. Inside the concert hall, voluptuous frescoes cover the ceiling and walls. Renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, it is Bucharest's most prestigious concert hall and home of the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Romanian Athenaeum is open to visitors - visit planning info

Kretzulescu Church

Biserica Cretulescu
Address: Calea Victoriei 47
Nestled amid the other historical buildings in Piata Revolutiei, this small red-brick Orthodox church was built in 1722 by the great chancellor Iordache Kretzulescu and his wife, Safta (a daughter of Constantin Brancoveanu) in the Brancovenesti architectural style. The interior frescoes were executed around 1860 by the famous Romanian painter Gheorghe Tattarescu.

Royal Palace Great Concert Hall

Sala Mare a Palatului
Address: Strada Ion Câmpineanu 28
Located next to the Royal Palace, the concave-roof structure was built in 1960 to accommodate the 3,000 Communist party members who every five years attended the communist party congress. It was on this stage that Nicolae Ceausescu would deliver his vision of a multilaterally developed socialist society. Today, the massive auditorium plays host to various conferences and events, including some of the George Enescu International Festival concerts.

The Army Club

Cercul Militar National (Casa Armatei)
Address: Strada Constantin Mile 1
Tel: (+4) 021 313.86.80
This neoclassical masterpiece, designed by Romanian architect Dimitrie Maimaroiu, was built in 1912 to serve the social, cultural and educational needs of the Romanian army. Banquets and official events are still hosted in the ballrooms, while the upstairs area is reserved for the army's library, as well as offices and classrooms for officer instruction. The main part of the building is off-limits to civilians, but the sumptuous restaurant and summer terrace is open to the public.

The Palace of the Savings Bank

Palatul CEC / Palatul Casei de Economii si Consemnatiuni
Address: Calea Victoriei 13
Boasting one of the most impressive neoclassical facades in the city, this structure was built in the 19th century to the design of French architect Paul Gottereanu (who between 1875 and 1900 designed more than 50 buildings in the city, to house the first Romanian Savings Bank. The square-shaped palace has a large central dome with metallic ribs separated by glass, which allows natural light to come in; there are also four smaller domes. The arch at the entrance, with its Corinthian columns, is a highlight of any architectural tour of the city.

Old Town Bucharest / Lipscani street Area

Centrul Vechi / strada Lipscani
At the beginning of 1400s, most merchants and craftsmen - Romanian, Austrian, Greek, Armenian and Jewish - established their stores and shops in this section of the city; a jumble of streets between Calea Victoriei, Blvd. Bratianu, Blvd. Regina Elisabeta and the Dambovita River.
Soon, the area became known as Lipscani, named for the many German traders from Lipsca or Leiptzig.
Other streets took on the names of various old craft communities and guilds, such as Blanari (furriers), Covaci (blacksmiths), Gabroveni (knife makers) and Cavafii Vechii (shoe-makers). The mix of nationalities and cultures is reflected in the mishmash of architectural styles, from baroque to neoclassical to art nouveau.
Today, the area is home to art galleries, antique shops, coffeehouses, restaurants and night-clubs.
While walking in the narrow cobblestone streets one can imagine the long-gone shopkeepers outside near their stores, inviting bypassers to buy their merchandise.
Old Town Bucharest map

Old Princely Court

Palatul si Biserica Curtea Veche
Address: Strada Franceza 25 - 31
Currently closed for restauration works.
Telephone: 021 314.03.75
The remains of the Old Princely Court (Curtea Veche) - commisioned in the 15th century by prince Vlad Tepes (or Vlad Draculea) - are located at southern edge of Bucharest Old Town. Historians believe that, Vlad the Impaler kept his prisoners in dungeons which beneath his Princely Court. The Old Court Museum was established in 1972 when an archaeological dig revealed the remains of the fortress, walls, arches, tombstones and a Corinthian column along with Dacian pottery and Roman coins and other evidence of Bucharest's earliest inhabitants. The oldest document attesting to the city's origin under the name of Bucuresti (Bucharest) was discovered here also; it was issued on September 20, 1459 and signed by Prince Vlad Tepes. Next to Bucharest Old Princely Court stands the Old Court Church (Biserica Curtea Veche), dating from 1559 - considered the oldest in Bucharest. Some of the original 16th century frescoes have been preserved. For two centuries, the church served as coronation venue for Romanian princes.

Manuc Inn

Hanul lui Manuc
Address: Strada Franceza 62 - 64
Tel: (+4) 021 313.14.11
Built in 1804 at the request of wealthy Armenian trader Emanuel Marzaian (called by the Turks "Manuc Bey"), the inn hosted the preliminary talks concerning the Peace Treaty that put an end to the Russian -Turkish War (1806-1812). A favorite meeting place for tradesmen, Manuc's Inn has preserved to this day its character and flavor. A restaurant, wine cellar and a pastry shop are now welcoming guests from all over the world.

The Beer Wagon Restaurant

Carul cu Bere
Address: Strada Stavropoleos 3 - 5
Tel: (+4) 021 313.75.60
The Beer Wagon restaurant/ beer house became, soon after the opening in 1879, one of the most popular meeting places for Bucharest's literati who would gather to discuss matters of their time. Its neo-gothic architectural style is reflected both in the façades and the interior decorations: columns, arches, chandeliers, a wooden staircase, furniture and murals on the walls and ceiling.

National Bank of Romania

Banca Nationala a Romaniei
Address: Strada Lipscani 25
The National Bank of Romania (BNR) stands on the site of the, well-known at its time, Serban Voda Inn (Hanul Serban Voda(, open in 1678. Two fires gutted the building and in 1883 the land was leveled and work to build a home for Romania's National Bank begun. The new structure, designed by French architects Cassien Bernard and Albert Galleron, was completed in 1885. Built in neoclassical French style, the building boasts a facade with Corinthian columns and an enormous central hall and is still a classic worthy of admiration.
The small, elegant - Museum of the National Bank of Romania - is open to visitors (appointment mandatory).

University Circle

Piata Universitatii
Buzzing with crowds and traffic from early morning until late at night, this area is one of the most popular meeting places in Bucharest. The square features remarkable architecture: Bucharest School of Architecture, the National Theatre, the neoclassical Coltea Hospital and its lovely church (1702 - 1794) and Sutu Palace, now home to the Bucharest History & Art Museum.
In the middle of the circle, on a little 'island', 10 stone crosses pay respect to those killed during the 1989 revolution. Below the circle there is an underground passage, with small shops, that offer pedestrians access to the one side of the circle and to University Circle (Piata Universitatii) subway station.

Bucharest University

Universitatea Bucuresti
Address: Blvd. Regina Elizabeta / University Circle
Bucharest is Romania's largest and foremost centre of higher education. The University of Bucharest was founded in 1864 by prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, ruler of the newly united principalities of Walachia and Moldova. The home of the university is a neoclassical building (completed in 1859) located in the heart of Romania's capital city.
In the small square next to the University building book merchants are offering anything from antique books to vinyl records, discontinued newspapers and illustrated broadsheets from another age.

House of the Free Press

Casa Presei Libere
Address: Piata Presei Libere 1
A masive edifice standing in the northern part of Bucharest, since 1956, Casa Scanteii (as it is still universally known) was designed by architect Horia Maicu. The building is a smaller replica of the Lomonosov University in Moscow - Russia Between 1956 and 1989, the House of the Free Press housed almost all of Romania's capital printing presses and headquarters of print media companies. Today, Casa Presei Libere carries out much the same function but the southern wing is now the home of the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

Coltea Hospital

Spitalul Coltea
Address: Blvd. I.C. Bratianu 1
The oldest hospital in Bucharest, dating from 1704, Coltea was built on land belonging to Vacaresti family, who at the time owned many great properities in the capital. The original building was destroyed by an earthquake in 1802 and replaced by a neoclassical building still standing today. Next to the hospital stands a church, built in 1701, known for its its spectacular murals.

Sutu Palace

Palatul Sutu
Address: Blvd. I. C. Bratianu 2
Famous for the grandiose balls held here in the 1900s, Sutu Palace was built in neogothic style between 1832 and 1834 by foreign minister Costache Sutu, to designs of architects Johann Veit and Konrad Schwinck. In 1862, the palace was redecorated by sculptor Karl Storck, who created three arcades and a monumental stairway; a huge Murano mirror was added in the hallway. Only the painted ceilings, the stucco, the parquet flooring and the tile stoves have been preserved.
In 1959, Sutu Palace became home to Bucharest History & Art Museum

Communist legacy

Parliament Palace

Palatul Parlamentului

Address: Strada Izvor 2 - 4
Tel: (+4) 021 311.36.11
Open to visitors: Mon. - Sun.
Bucharest Palace of Parliament Hours and Admission

Built at the special request of Nicolae Ceausescu, leader of Romania's Communist Party, the colossal Parliament Palace - formerly known as "People's House" ( Casa Poporului ) -is the world's second largest administrative building, after the U. S. Pentagon.
It took 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build this masive structure that boasts 12 stories above ground, 1,100 rooms, a 350-ft.-long lobby and eight underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker.

The Palace of Parliament it is the world's second-largest office building (floor area) and the third largest in volume (after Cape Canaveral Space Centre in the U.S. and the Great Pyramid in Egypt)
The crystal chandelier in the Human Rights Hall (Sala Drepturilor Omului) weighs 2.5 tons.
Some of the chandeliers have as many as 7,000 light bulbs.

When construction started on June 25, 1984, the building was intended it to be the headquarters of the country's Communist government. Today, it houses Romania's Parliament, Bucharest International Conference Centre and the Museum of Modern Art.
Built, furnished and decorated exclusively with materials sourced and made in Romania, the building reflects the work of the country's best artisans. A guided tour takes visitors through a small section of dazzling rooms, huge halls and quarters used by the Senate (when not in session). The interior is a luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, stained-glass windows and floors covered in rich carpets. Curtains in some rooms of the Parliament Palace rise to a whopping 54 feet.

Planing your visit to Bucharest Palace of Parliament:

Valid passport or national Identity Card is required to gain access to the Palace of Parliament.

Groups (10 or more visitors): reservations are mandatory.
Please E-mail a tour reservation request containing the following information:
- number of participants,
- exact date & approximate time of arrival,
- coach license plate,
- guide (English or French language)
- type of tour desired (standard, standard + terrace or standard + terrace + the underground).

Group tours need to be reconfirmed, on the day prior to the visit — please call (+4) 021 311.36.11

Palace of Parliament Visiting Rules and Regulations

Romania’s Parliament Palace, Bucharest
Facts and Figures:

1 mile southwest of Bucharest Old Town ( Centrul Vechi),
on the very place (once called Dealul Arsenalului – Armory Hill) on which, in 1935, king Carol II of Romania had planned to build Romania’s House of Representatives (Camera Deputatilor).

Public transportation
Nearest bus station: Pod Izvor (Bus # 104, 123, 124, 136, 385), 7 minutes walk
Nearest subway station: Izvor M1 (yellow) and M3 (red),
0.4 miles north of/10 minutes walk / to Visitor Entrance.

Height: 282 ft. (89 metres)
Width: 788 ft. (240 metres)
Length: 886 ft. (270 metres)
Number of stories: 12 above ground and 8 underground
Built-up area: 3.8 million sq. ft. (359,000 sq.m.)
Foot print: 7,1 million sq. ft. (66.000 sq.m.)
Volume: 90 million cu. ft. (2.55 million cu. metres)
The Palace of the Romanian Parliament is the world's Heaviest Building!

Quantities of construction materials used to build the Palace:
35.3 million ft³ (1,000,000 m³) of marble
31.8 million ft³ (900,000 m³) of different essences of wood
2.2 million ft³ (200,000 m³) of glass
4.4 billion lbs. (2 million tonnes) of sand
1.5 billion lbs. (700,000 metric tones) of steel and bronze
12.1 million lbs. (5,500 tonnes) of cement
2.2 million lbs. (1,000 de tonnes) of basalt stone
177 million ft³ (5,000,000 m³) of concrete

Materials used for finishes and decorations:
7.8 million lbs. (3,500 de tonnes) of crystal
2.4 million ft² (220.000 m²) of carpets
37,675 ft² (3,500 m²) of calf skin
2,800 chrystal chandeliers
1,409 ceiling light fixtures and mirrors

Other facts:
20.000 cars can be parked in the underground of the building,
The underground has two anti-atomic shelters with 5 ft. thick walls and radioactive radiation protection,
There are 1,100 rooms, 34 large function/ conference halls (fixed-seats or open-space),
four restaurants, three libraries, two underground parking and one concert hall.
All the materials used to build the palace have been produced or made in Romania, except:
- a small quantity of exotic wood that cannot be found in Romania,
- the doors of Nicolae Balcescu Conference Hall, a gift to Nicolae Ceausescu from Mobutu Sese Seko, at the time President of the Republic of Zaire (today Democratic Republic of Congo),
- ventilation pumps with special filters, imported from Sweden.

The National Cathedral

Catedrala Mântuirii Neamului
Address: Calea 13 Septembrie nr. 4 - 60
Telephone: (+4) 021 406.82.79
The National Cathedral (official name: Cathedral Church of Redemption) is the largest place or worship in Romania. Although innaugurated in 2018, interior decoration works, using marble, mosaics and stain glass, is still in progress. Besides ample worship space, the Cathedral - located just southwest of Romania's Parliament Building - is home to the Museum of Christianity in Romania, two large function rooms and a bookshop.

Romania National Cathedral facts and figures:
The National cathedral is 394 ft. high, 414 ft. long and 220 ft. wide
(60% larger than a football field).
Usable Square Footage: 172,340 sq. ft.
Floor area: 121,054 sq. ft.
First floor area: 44,845 sq. ft.
Worship space capacity: 5,000 people standing or 1,000 seating
28 bronze doors and 392 staine glass windows
# of elevators: 8
Several viewpoints to see the worship space are located 184 ft., above the main floor.
The open-air observation deck (300 ft.) wraps around the main bell tower and provides 360-degree views of Bucharest
The Cathedral is home to world's largest iconostasis (78 ft. wide and 56 ft. high),
45 Byzantine icons are depicted on 8,612 sq. ft. of colorful mosaics.
The indoor mosaics in the entire cathedral cover over 269,100 sq. ft.; the largest in the world.
Six bells call to worship; the largest (10 ft. high) weights 25 tons can be heard from 10 miles distance.
The names of over 350,000 heroes who lost their lives for Romania, at various times, are engraved on the altar.

The Civic Centre

Centrul Civic
Nicolae Ceausescu's building megalomania is perhaps best illustrated by with the construction of the Civic Centre, an area located at the south end of the Palace of Parliament along Bulevardul Unirii.
The redevelopment of the area was supervised by Romania's Communist leader himself.
More than three square miles ( eight square km. or 2,000 acres) of buildings in the old section of the city (including private residences, shops, two churches, a hospital and a noted Art Deco sports stadium) were leveled to make room for the construction of Stalinist apartment buildings topped with neoclassical follies.

Bucharest Historic Churches

Saint Apostles' Church

Biserica Sfintii Apostoli
Address: Str. Sfintii Apostoli 1
Tel: (+4) 021 336.07.84
One of the oldest churches in Bucharest (with parts dating back to the 16th century and a steeple built in 1715), the Apostles' Church is brimming with some rather strange portraits that are well worth seeing.

Patriarchal Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Helena

Catedrala Patriarhală Sfinții Împărați Constantin și Elena
Address: Aleea Dealul Mitropoliei 2
Set atop one of the city's few hills, known as "Dealul Mitropoliei", the Patriarchal Cathedral - the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Church - in has been the centerpiece of the Romanian Orthodox faith since the 17th century. The church was commisioned by Constantin Serban Basarab, voivode of the province of Walachia and completed 1658. Design of the structure was inspired by Curtea de Arges monastery. The Byzantine interior, containing the most dazzling of the city's iconostasis, as well as a couple of exquisitely carved side altars, bestows great beauty on the services presided over by the Romanian Patriarch. A huge crowd gathers here for the Easter midnight service. The outstanding bell-tower at the entrance was built in 1698 and restored in 1958. Next to the church, not open to the public, is the Patriarchal Palace (1708), residence of the Patriarhul Teoctist (Theoctistus), supreme leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Stavropoleos Church

Biserica Stavropoleos
Address: Str. Stavropoleos 4
Tel: (+4) 021 313.47.47
The Stavropoleos Church was built in 1724 by the Greek monk Ioanikie Stratonikeas. Featuring a combination of Romanian and Byzantine architecture, it has a beautiful façade and a delicately carved columned entrance. Surrounded by a peaceful garden, it is an architectural jewel, with beautiful frescoes and wood-painted icons. The mass (in Romanian) is worth viewing if you can find room in this small and cozy church.

St. Joseph's Cathedral

Catedrala Sfantul Iosif
Address: Str. General H M Berthelot 19
Tel: (+4) 021 312.12.08
The red brick Roman Catholic, innaugurated in 1884) combines Gothic and Roman elements.
Organ recitals are held every week.

St. Nicolas Church

Biserica Sfantul Nicolae
Address: Str. Ion Ghica 9
Tel: (+4) 021 314.64.50
Built in 1909 by the Russian Tsar Nicholas II for 600,000 gold rubles, this Orthodox Church has a wooden, gold-gilded iconostasis allegedly modeled after the altar in the Archangelskiy Cathedral in Moscow.

Jewish Bucharest

Bucharest is home to one of the oldest and most important Jewish communities in Romania. Sephardic Jews arrived here in the 16th century. Around the beginning of the 17th century, during the Cossack uprising, the first Ashkenazi Jews came from Ukraine and Poland. A sacred brotherhood, a charity box and a prayer house were registered in 1715.

Some of the synagogues built during the 18th and 19th century also featured ritual baths (mikve). By 1832, 10 holy houses had been established. Their number would increase significantly before the end of the century, almost every one having its own Rabbi and cult performers.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Jewish population in Bucharest numbered 40,000 people with 70 temples and synagogues. From this great number, only a few survived the brutality of history - fascism and communism - and two still serve the city's present Jewish community.

"Dr. Nicolae Cajal" Museum of the History and Culture of the Jewish Community in Romania

Muzeul de Istorie si Cultura a Evreilor din Romania "Dr. Nicolae Cajal"
Address: Strada Mamulari 3
Tel: (+4) 021 315.08.37
Mon. - Thu.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Closed: Fri., Sat., on Jewish holidays and on Romania national holidays.
Admission Charge
More info
Housed in the magnificently preserved Great Synagogue (1850) in the city's historic Jewish neighborhood, Bucharest's Museum of the History and Culture of the Jewish Community presents the history of Romania's Jewish population. The displays include a collection of books written, published, illustrated or translated by Romanian Jews, paintings of and by Romanian Jews (many of the same artists' works are exhibited in the National Museum of Art) and memorabilia from Jewish theatres including the State Jewish Theatre.
The museum also contains a large collection of Jewish ritual objects, collected by Rabbi Moses Rosen (1912-1994), the late Chief Rabbi of the Romanian Jewry.

Choral Temple

Templul Coral
Address: Strada Sfanta Vineri 9
Tel: (+4) 021 312.21.96
Resembling Vienna’s Leopoldstadt-Tempelgasse Great Synagogue, the Choral Temple in Bucharest was constructed in 1864 -- 1866, after plans by Enderle and Freiwald. It is the largest active synagogue in Bucharest, noted for its yellow and red arabesque-style bricks decorations, Moorish turrets, choir loft and organ. Other interesting features include the ladies’ galleries - two floors of seating for women. Choral Temple welcomes visitors, passport is required to access the building.

Yeshoah Tova Synagogue

Sinagoga Yeshoah Tova
Address: Strada Tache Ionescu 9
On a busy, narrow, street just off Magheru Bulevard (one of Bucharest's busiest) stands the only other functioning synagogue in the city, apart from the Choral Temple. Services take place at Sabbath hour on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bucharest Jewish Community

Comunitatea Evreilor din Bucuresti
Address: Strada Sfanta Vineri 9
Tel: (+4) 021 313.17.82

Bucharest Museums

Bucharest Art Collections Museum

Muzeul Colectiilor de Arta
Address: Calea Victoriei 111
Tel: (+4) 021 212.96.41
Admission charge
Founded in 1978, the Art Collections Museum, a branch of the National Art Museum, houses private collections donated over the course of time. Collections include European as well as Oriental art works.

Bucharest History & Art Museum

Muzeul Municipiului Bucuresti
Address: Blvd. I.C.Bratianu 2
Tel: (+4) 021 315.68.58
Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission charge
Housed in the neoclassical Sutu Palace (1834), the museum features some 300,000 artifacts, from coins, books, maps, engravings, paintings, arms and furniture to old traditional costumes. Among the most valuable exhibits are the document attesting for the first time the name of the city of Bucharest, issued by Vlad Tepes in 1459, and a sword set in precious stones that belonged to Prince Constantin Brancoveanu (1688-1714).

Communist Iconography Museum

Address: Sos. Kiseleff 3
A small, but fascinating, room is home to an interesting collection of communist-era bust sculptures (including that of Lenin), paintings and memorabilia.

Cotroceni Palace & Museum

Muzeul National Cotroceni
Bd. Geniului 1
Tel: (+4) 021 317.31.07
Open: Currently closed for maintenance and restauration works. (tentative re-opening date - December 1, 2023.
Admission charge (Guided tours are available in English)
Note: Visits by appointment only; please call for reservations.

A former royal residence built between 1679 and 1681 by Prince and ruler Serban Cantacuzino, the palace was home to King Carol I, who made important changes in its architecture. At the end of the 19th century, Heir-to-the-Crown Ferdinand ordered the partial demolition of the palace, which was later reconstructed by French architect Paul Gottereau in neoclassical style. In 1977, Nicolae Ceausescu transformed it into an official guesthouse with the addition of a new wing.
After 1990, the old wing of the palace became a museum. The Oriental Hall, the Norwegian Hall and the Queen's Chamber are almost unchanged from the original design and are worth visiting. Very important collection of medieval art also can be seen here. The new wing serves as the seat of the Romanian Presidency.

George Enescu Museum

Muzeul National George Enescu
Address: Calea Victoriei 141
Tel: (+4) 021 318.14.50
Open: Tue. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission charge
Housed in the Cantacuzino Palace, George Enescu museum displays documents and various objects that belonged to Romanian composer and violinist George Enescu (1881-1955). Among items exhibited there is a Bach music collection he received as a gift from Queen Elisabeta of Romania. A world-class violinist, Enescu studied at the Vienna Conservatory, where he met German composer Johannes Brahms and where he also gave his first concerts. In Paris, Enescu graduated from the French Conservatory in 1899. His best-known works, the Romanian Rhapsodies, earned him national and international fame. In 1936, his Oedipe tragic opera premiered in Paris and Enescu was awarded the French Legion of Honor award for the composition. A member of the Romanian Academy and corresponding member of the Institute of France, George Enescu was the teacher of renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Every two years, the Romanian Athenaeum celebrates the maestro by hosting the George Enescu International Festival.

Natural History Museum "Grigore Antipa"

Muzeul National de Istorie Naturala
Address: Sos. Kiseleff 1
Tel: (+4) 021 312.88.26
Open: Tue - Sun: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last admission 5 p.m.)
Admission charge
Natural History Museum "Grigore Antipa" is the largest of its kind in Romania, home to rich collections of reptiles, fish, birds and mammals as well as more than 300,000 artifacts and specimens are on display, including a dinosaur fossil. A whole floor is dedicated to sea life and features examples of whales, dolphins and seals. The museum also contains an unique collection of butterflies.

Dr. Nicolae Minovici Museum of Folk Art

Muzeul de Arta Populara
Address: Str. Dr. Minovici 1
Tel: (+4) 021 665.73.34
Admission charge
Dr. Nicolae Minovici Museum museum is home to the unique collection of folk art of Dr. Minovici - founder of the Legal Medicine Association of Romania and publisher of the Romanian journal of Legal Medicine.
Items on display include traditional garbs and carpets from Bucovina (NE Romania) and from Walachia (southern Romania), ceramic, glass-painted icons from Transylvania as well as early to mid-1900s works by Romanian artists Eustaţiu Stoenescu, Arthur Verona, Bednarik, Costin Petrescu.

Ing. Dumitru Furnica Minovici Western Old Art Museum

Muzeul de Arta Veche Apuseana
Address: Str. Dr. Minovici 3
Tel: (+4) 021 665.73.34
Admission charge
The Gothic - Tudor mansion of ing. Dumitru Minovici, who made a fortune in the oil business in the 1930s, is now a small but interesting museum that features a collection renaissance art as well as Belgian tapestries, Dutch furniture, Swiss stained glass, a rich collection of rare books and Italian paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Museum of the Romanian Peasant

Muzeul Taranului Roman
Address: Sos. Kiseleff 3
Tel: (+4) 021 317.96.60
Open: Tue. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission charge
Opened in 1906, the museum features the richest folk art collection in Romania, with over 90,000 artifacts that trace the colorful and diverse cultural life of the Romanian people. The Pottery Collection includes some 18,000 items, representative of the most important pottery centres in the country. The oldest ceramic item found in the museum bears the inscription 1746. Equally impressive, the Costume Collection comprises almost 20,000 traditional folk costumes, some dating from the beginning of the 19th century, giving visitors insight into the styles and traditions of the Romanian peasants.
The displays dip into all aspects of life in the Romanian countryside. Exhibits of agricultural tools, carpets, icons, furniture, photographs and films build up a complete picture of Romanian folk culture. In one of the galleries, you can see a wooden church and in another, a wooden peasant house. Four more wooden churches stand in the outdoor museum area. In 1996, the museum was named European Museum of the Year. Visitors can buy regional handcrafts and textiles in the museum's extensive gift shop.

National Art Museum

Muzeul National de Arta

Address: Calea Victoriei 49 - 53
Tel: (+4) 021 313.30.30
Open: Wed. – Sun.. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (May - September);
Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (October - April)
Admission charge (English guided available)

Romania's leading art museum was founded in 1948 to house the former Royal Collection, which included Romanian and European art dating from the 15th to the 20th century. Located in the neoclassical former Royal Palace, set amid a wealth of historic buildings such as the Romanian Athenaeum, Kretzulescu Church and the Hotel Athenee Palace-Hilton, the museum currently exhibits over 100,000 works divided into two major sections. Its National Gallery features the works of major Romanian artists, including Grigorescu, Aman and Andreescu. There is also a roomful of early Brancusi sculpture, such as you won't find anywhere else, demonstrating how he left his master, Rodin, behind in a more advanced form of expression. The European Gallery, comprising some 15 rooms, displays little-known art gems from the likes of El Greco, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Breughels (father and son) Cezanne and Rubens. If you only have time to visit one gallery, make it the Romanian one. It is the most complete collection of Romanian works of art in the country and quite possibly, the world.

National Geology Museum

Muzeul National de Geologie
Address: Sos. Kiseleff 2
Tel: (+4) 031 438.17.44
Open: Mon. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission charge
Impressive collections of minerals and quartz formations are on display at Bucharest Geology Museum, including a well-presented geological structure of Romania's territory.

 National History Museum

Muzeul National de Istorie al Romaniei
Address: Calea Victoriei 12
Tel: (+4) 021 315.82.07
Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Housed in a 1900s neoclassical building that once served as the city's main post office, the museum offers a great introduction to the exciting history of Romania. Spread throughout 41 rooms, the exhibits recount the country's development from prehistoric times to the 20th century. The highlight is the National Treasury Hall where visitors can enjoy a dazzling display of some 3,000 gold items, including jewelry and valuable Neolithic artifacts.
Among the displays are the 12 pieces of the 4th century Pietroasele Treasure Collection. First presented at the 1867 World's Fair in Paris, it was considered the most valuable treasure collection in the world (the tomb of Tutankamon had not yet been discovered). One year later, the collection was displayed at the Second Annual International Exhibition in London and in 1872, at the International Exhibition in Vienna.

National Military Museum

Muzeul Militar National "Regele Ferdinand I"
Address: Str. Mircea Vulcanescu 125 - 127
Tel: (+4) 021 638.76.30
Open: Tue. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission charge
Founded in 1972, the museum illustrates the most important battles for independence and freedom in Romanian history. The museum features collections of Oriental and Occidental weapons, Romanian and foreign uniforms, military medals and awards, trophies, artillery, canons and airplanes as well as a library of historical military documents.
The centerpiece is the 1989 Revolution exhibit, displaying mainly personal belongings donated by families of soldiers and civilians killed during the upheaval.

National Museum of Contemporary Art

Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana
Address: Calea 13 Septembrie 1, Intrarea E4
Tel: (+4) 021 411.10.40
Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission charge
Bucharest's newest museum, the MNAC, as it is often called by museum-goers, displays works of Romania's contemporary artists as well as many temporary exhibits by international artists. The museum is housed in a wing of the Palace of Parliament, the space which would have served as Nicolae and Ileana Ceausescu's private apartment (where just the bathroom occupied 680 square feet, while the adjoining boudoir was three times that size).

National Museum of Old Maps & Books

Muzeul National al Hartilor si Cartii Vechi
Address: Str. Londra 39
Tel: (+4) 021 230.44.68
Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission charge
A must visit museum for all visitors interested in old maps and books.

Residence of Romania’s former Communist leader
Nicolae Ceausescu

Muzeul Palatul Primaverii
Address: Bulevardul Primaverii 50
Telephone: (+4) 021 318.09.89
Open: Tue. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission charge, Reservations are recommended

For a quarter of a century (1965 - 1989) the “Spring Mansion” served as the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and their three children, Nicu, Zoia, and Valentin.
A variety of woods, both native (oak, sycamore, cherry, walnut) and exotic (mahogany, rosewood, African pear, Canadian cherry), have been used for building and decorations.
The residence is home to an impressive collection of paintings by Romanian painters: Octav Băncilă, Camil Ressu, Rudolf Cumpăna, Dumitru Ghiață, George Baron Lowendal, handmade tapestries and mosaics designed by Romanian artists Olga Porumbaru and Florin Pârvulescu.

Romanian Railways Museum - Bucharest

Muzeul Cailor Ferate Romane
Address: Calea Grivitei 193 B
Tel: (+4) 021 222.75.20
Access: Nord Train Terminal (Gara de Nord), track # 14.
Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission charge
The Railways Museum exibits include one of the largest train diorama in Europe, an 1869 Morse telegraph, railways memorabilia including pictures and Romanian Railways uniforms. Several passenger train wagons and engines are on display in the open-air section of the museum.

"Storck" Art Museum

Muzeul de Arta Frederic Storck si Cecilia Cutescu-Storck
Address: Str. Vasile Alecsandri 16
Telephone: (+4) 021 317 38 89
Open: Tue. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission charge
"Storck" Art Museum pays tribute to the works of sculptor Frederick Storck, founder of the Romanian school of architecture, and his wife, Cecelia Cutescu-Storck, an artist and a keen advocate of enhanced recognition for women in the arts. Some 150 paintings and 250 sculptures are exhibited in the elegant, former, residence of Storck family.

Bucharest Museum of Technology

Muzeul Tehnic
Address: Str. General Candiano Popescu 2 (Carol Park)(Carol Park)
Tel: (+4) 021 336.93.90
Open: Wed. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Admission charge
Bucharest Museum of Technology displays some 5,000 items covering a wide range of industrial models: turbines, compressors, steam engines, the cylinder from the first steam engine that was used in a Romanian factory, as well as antique cars and motorcycles.

Painter Theodor Pallady Museum

Muzeul Theodor Pallady
Address: Str. Spatarului 22
Tel: (+4) 021 211.49.79
Wed. – Sun.. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (May - September)
Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m (October - April)
Admission charge
Housed in the beautifully restored Melik house, built around 1750
by the rich Armenian businessman Hagi Kevork Nazaretoglu,
the museum features paintings and sketches by Romanian artist Theodor Pallady
as well as numerous other art objects.

Village Museum

Muzeul Satului
Address: Soseaua Kiseleff 28 - 30
Tel: (+4) 021 317.91.03
Open: Mon. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.;
Tue. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Founded by royal decree in 1936, this fascinating outdoor museum, the largest in Europe, covers some 30 acres on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herestrau Park. It features a collection of 50 buildings representing the history and design of Romania's rural architecture. Steep-roofed peasant homes, thatched barns, log cabins, churches and watermills from all regions of the country were carefully taken apart, shipped to the museum and rebuilt in order to recreate the village setting. Throughout the year, the Village Museum hosts special events where you will have a chance to witness folk artisans demonstrating traditional skills in weaving, pottery and other crafts. Folk arts and crafts are available at the museum gift shop.

"Zambaccian" Art Museum

Muzeul Zambaccian
Address: Str. Muzeul Zambaccian 21 A
Telephone: (+4) 021 230.19.20
Open: Wed. - Sun.: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (May - September);
Wed. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (October - April);
Admission charge
The museum exhibits the private art collection of art critic and collector Krikor Zambaccian (1889-1962). Works of Romanian painters: Ion Andreescu, Nicolae Grigorescu, Stefan Luchian, Theodor Pallady and Nicolae Tonitza, who have been inspired by the Impressionists, can be admired at the Zambacian Museum.
Although Zambaccian was a big patron of the art of his home country, during his studies in Belgium and France (1907 - 1913) he purchased numerous European works from artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Delacroix, Corot, Derain, Matisse, Pissaro, Bonnard, Utrillo and Picasso. The museum preserves the initial display as it was conceived by the art collector himself. There are also several beautiful small sculptures that complement the canvases.

Museum of Senses

Muzeul Simturilor
Address: Bulevardul Vasile Milea 4
(Cotroceni AFI Shopping Mall)
Telephone: (+4) 0757 070.073
Open: daily 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Romania’s equivalent of Ripley's Believe It or Not is a place for fun and entertainment and a bad weather ‘refuge’ for locals and visitors.

Parks & Gardens

Cismigiu Garden

Gradina Cismigiu
Address: Blvd. Regina Elisabeta
(across from Bucharest City Hall)
Designed in 1845 by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer, the garden opened to the public in 1860. The name, Cismigiu, comes from the Turkish cismea, meaning "public fountain." More than 30,000 trees and plants were brought from the Romanian mountains, while exotic plants were imported from the botanical gardens in Vienna. Cismigiu is Bucharest's oldest park and a great place to stroll and enjoy a break from the hectic city. Set amid green lush lawns and winding paths, the park offers a lake with rowboat rentals, a beer garden, a playground for children, a chess area for amateurs and plenty of park benches for relaxing and people-watching.

Botanical Garden

Gradina Botanica
Address: Sos. Cotroceni 32
(across from Cotroceni Palace)
Tel: (+4) 021 410.91.39
Open: Mon. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission charge
Opened in 1891, the garden features over 5,000 varieties of plants from Romania and around the world.
The garden is also home to the Botanical Garden Museum, housed in a beautiful "Brancovenesc-Style" building.
Here, you can peruse manuscripts, old botanical research devices and a collection of artifacts made of vegetal materials. Locals treat the gardens as a park, and on warm afternoons, you may see more young lovers than plants.
The huge greenhouses are open Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Carol I Park

Parcul Carol I
Address: Piata Libertatii
Carol I Park is one of the most beautiful in the city of Bucharest.
Designed by French landscape architect Eduard Redont in 1900s, the park is a great place for walks down tree-lined paths. In summertime, the aphiteatre "Arenele Romane" is a stage for open-air concerts. A massive monument dedicated to the unknown Soldier offers good views of the central area of Bucharest and plenty of photo opportunities.

King Michael I (Herastrau) Park

Parcul Regele Mihai I (Herastrau)
Address: Sos. Kiseleff 32
Spread over some 400 acres, from the Arch of Triumph to the Baneasa Bridge,
Herastrau park is home to numerous attractions and activities, including a boat rental complex, tennis courts, and a rather old-fashioned fairground.
In the summertime, terraces open up on the shores of the lake.
For an overview of the park, take a boat ride around the lake or rent your own row-boat or water-bike. The park is also home to the Village Museum.
The area surrounding the park, between Bulevardul Mircea Eliade and Soseaua Kisileff, features beautiful residences in different architectural styles ranging from 19th century neoclassical to 20th century art nouveau and modern luxury villas.

Bucharest - Hop On/ Off Sightseeing Bus Tours

Hop-on, hop-off bus tours are operated daily - during the warm season (May through October) - on a fleet of double-decker buses. Travelers can get an introduction to Bucharest's fascinating architectural mix
and get familiar with the city's central neighborhoods and places of interest, in less than one hour.

Bucharest - Hop On/ Off Sightseeing Bus Tours Facts

2023 Dates of operation: June 1 - October 31 (weather permitting)

Bucharest hop on/ off tours is suspended from late-fall until late-spring).

Hours of operation: 10 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Last departure from Piata Presei Libere to Piata Unirii at 9 p.m.
Last departure from Piata Unirii to Piata Presei Libere at 9:25 p.m.

Frequency: every 20 minutes

Total length of the route: 9.5 miles

Number of stops: 14 (see/print map)

24-Hour Ticket (card):
Adults: 25 lei (about $6.25)
Children (up to 7 years old): free
Youth (7 to 14 years old): 10 lei (about $2.75)

Note: Tickets can be purchased on board and at most hotels
and are valid for 24 hours from the time of validation.

Sights and major attractions along the route include:
Village Museum (Muzeul Satului), Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf),
Natural History Museum (Muzeul Antipa), Geology Museum (Muzeul de Geologie),
Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul Taranului Roman),
Headquarters of the Romanian Government (Palatul Victoria),
The Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman), National Museum of Art (Muzeul National de Arta),
Church Cretulescu (Biserica Cretulescu), The Savings Bank (Palatul CEC),
National History Museum (Muzeul National de Istorie), Parliament's Palace (Palatul Parlamentului),
Romanian Patriarchy (Patriarhia Romana), Manuc's Inn (Hanul lui Manuc),
Bucharest University (Universitatea), City of Bucharest Museum (Muzeul Municipiului Bucuresti),
The National Theatre (Teatrul National), Academy of Economic Studies (Academia de Studii Economice)

Bike Tours: Discover "Red Bucharest" with 'green' transportation ...

Ride a bicycle through some of Bucharest's parks and learn about the city's Communist architecture, including the massive Palace of Parliament and the House of the Free Press.
Your local guide will also take you to back streets and will offer information about little-known areas of the city.

When: every day at 3 p.m., reservations are mandatory
Tour starts: Charles de Gaulle Circus, at the entrance to Herastrau Park,
next to General Charles de Gaulle statue.
Staff wears a distinctive green outfit.
Tour ends: at Parcul Tineretului (Youth's Park)
Duration: three hours and 30 minutes(including one snack break).
Price: from 115 Lei ($29.00) / participant
(includes: Bike, guide, snack and bottle of water).
More Info and Reservations

Walking Tours

Free walking tour of Bucharest with a local guide

Discover Romania's capital city landmarks, the city's fascinating mix of architectural styles and learn more about Bucharest history and lifestyle.
More info and reservations

Bucharest Independent City Walks

This section is courtesy of Ms. Rosemary K. Rennon

The following walks are designed to guide you around the four main areas of Bucharest,
pointing out several unique sights.
Stray from the routes as you wish, as you're sure to find other interesting places along the way that are not mentioned here. Allow approximately three hours for each walk.

Walk # 1 North of Center

This beautiful walk takes you through the quiet area n orth of the city center. Begin at Piata Victoriei with the government's Victoria Palace (Palatul Victoria) on its east side. Cross the square and walk north along tree-lined Soseaua Kiseleff. On your left are the Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant; a little farther up on the right is the National Geological Museum.

After passing through Kiseleff Park, stroll northward along the grand old mansions that line the shaded avenue all the way up to the Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf). There begins Herestrau Park with its lake, gardens and outdoor restaurants. You will also pass the entrance to the wonderful open-air Muzeul Satului (Village Museum); take time to stop in and admire the numerous traditional rural architectural styles.

Ending at the north end of the park, off Piata Presei Libere you'll find the RomExpo exhibit center and the World Trade Center Plaza at Pullman (former Sofitel) Hotel. There's a fancy shopping arcade inside and a very nice coffee shop in the hotel where you can get a bite to eat. Catch bus # 335 back to Piata Charles de Gaulle for the Aviatorilor subway station (Metrou) or bus #331 to Piata Romana.

Walk # 2 West – Central

This walk follows the route of Bucharest's most famous historic avenue, Calea Victoriei, Beginning at Piata Victoriei, walk south along Calea Victoriei passing Casa Vernescu, the George Enescu Museum, housed in the beautiful Cantacuzino Palace, and the Art Collections Museum.

Two blocks south of Bulevardul Dacia, detour left onto Strada Piata Amzei where you'll come upon the colorful open-air produce market (Piata Amzei). Return to Calea Victoriei and turn left to resume the walk south, stopping in the shops along the way.

Upon reaching Piata Revolutiei you will find the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel, the Romanian Athenaeum (Atheneul Roman) concert house (ask for an inside tour), the National Art Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, the beautiful University Library, the former Communist Party Central Committee building, and finally, the Kretulescu Church built in 1725.

Continuing south on Calea Victoriei, you'll pass more shops and hotels; note the Odeon Theater, sitting back from the street on the left. On the right you'll come to The Military Club which has an outdoor café and an art gallery.

Turn west (right) at the corner onto Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta and follow it to Cismigiu Garden, the last stop on this walk. Stroll around the lake or just relax watching the rowboats. The boathouse café offers snacks and refreshments.

Walk # 3 East – Central

This walk takes you along Bucharest's busiest commercial and shopping area. The boulevard changes names five times, but here you will cover the length of only three of its five sections: General Magheru, Nicolae Balcescu and I.C. Bratianu.

Starting from Piata Romana, you might first walk east on Bulevardul Dacia for a look at some of the embassy mansions; then return to Piata Romana.

Next, head south on Bulevardul General Magheru. The street is filled with clothing stores, sidewalk vendors, pastry shops, cinemas, stationary stores (papeterie), and crystal shops.

On the east side of the Bulevardul Balcescu section you will find the Libraria Noi bookstore which has a good selection of American picture books and English novels. There are several art galleries along here, including two in the National Theater which is next to the high-rise Intercontinental Hotel. Behind the hotel are the American Consulate and the American Library. Reaching Piata Universitatii, on the west side of the street you will see Bucharest University and the sidewalk book and flower vendors; sit a moment at the fountain in the adjoining plaza and watch the activity. The underground subway (Metrou) concourse has shops, newsstands with American magazines, and several fast food eateries, including a pastry shop and pizzeria.
This underground passage is the easiest place to cross the boulevards, rather than deal with street traffic.
South of Piata Universitatii the street name changes to Bulevardul I.C. Bratianu. On your right is the Bucharest History & Art Museum, housed in the neoclassical Sutu Palace, built in 1835.

Farther down, across the boulevard will be Sfantul Gheorghe cel Nou Church, built in 1701. The eastern end of Strada Lipscani meets the boulevard on the west side.

Continuing south, you will end this walk at Piata Unirii where you will find department stores, a large grassy square with park benches to rest on and its enormous complex of fountains. Piata Unirii's two subway (Metrou) lines link with all other subway stops.

Walk # 4 South

This route weaves through a tangle of colorful side streets in Bucharest's old historic district. Be extra alert here, as you will do some backtracking. Begin at the crossroads of Calea Victoriei and Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta. Walk south on Calea Victoriei, along the east side of the street. Duck into Pasajul Villa Cross (also called Pasajul Bijuteria), a golden skylit arcade of boutiques. Follow its U-shape back to Calea Victoriei and walk south a block, to the beginning of Strada Lipscani.

Stroll Strada Lipscani to see the vendors and shops, then return to Calea Victoriei.

Heading south again on Calea Victoriei, next turn left onto Strada Stavropoleos to arrive at Caru cu Bere restaurant. If you can't stop in for a beer or snack, at least peek inside to see its magnificent interior. Farther down the street is the tiny Biserica Stavropoleos (church), built in 1724. Here you can either cut south via Strada Postei to Strada Iuliu Maniu, or return to Calea Victoriei and go south, past the National History Museum to reach Strada Iuliu Maniu. Following Strada Iuliu Maniu east, you will come to the remains of the Curtea Veche (Old Princely Court) of the real Prince Dracula and his Princely Church, the oldest in Bucharest.

Just across the road is the former caravansary Hanul lui Manuc, now a restaurant and inn (currently closed for renovations). Go inside the courtyard for a look at its timbered design, or stop there for some food and drink.

From this point, take the narrow side street south to exit the neighborhood at the Dambovita River.

Across the river you will see the 120-year-old Palace of Justice. Cross the boulevard to reach the broad, green Piata Unirii. Here you can rest while watching the fountains and the people.

From the south end you can see Nicolae Ceausescu's huge "House of the People", now Parliament Palace. When rested, head west along Bulevardul Unirii toward the Parliament Palace; this area is the Civic Center. When you reach the building, turn right, and walk north, back to the river.

Cross the Dambovita again at the Izvor Bridge. Walk in a block to Bulevardul Regina Elizabeta, then turn right and you'll wind up across the street from Cismigiu Garden.

To end this walk continue east on Bulevardul Elisabeta to Calea Victoriei; or go a little farther toward Piata Universitatii and its subway (Metrou) station.

Attractions Near Bucharest

Therme Bucharest

Relaxation, preventive health, physical activity, entertainment and gourmet food, under one roof!

Location: town of Balotesti
(15 miles north of Bucharest city-centre, 3 miles north of Bucharest International Airport)
Address: Calea Bucureşti 1K, Balotesti 077015

Therme Bucharest fast facts:
Total Area: 62 acres,
includes a 400,000 sq ft glass-and-steel structure,
Capacity: 4,000- guests,
# of Pools: 10 (total area 32,500 sq. ft.),
# of Saunas: 10 (6 dry and 4 wet),
~ Romania’s biggest sauna complex,
~ Europe’s biggest urban beach,
~ largest botanical garden in Romania
over 800,000 plants, more than 1,500 palm trees, countless orchids
and many other unique species including a Tree of Life (Ficus Religiosa).

Therme Bucharest features three distinct sections:
~ Galaxy, amenities for children & family fun,
(16 waterslides, indoor and outdoor pools and a beach for children;
saunas, whirlpool baths, hydromassage beds, infrared armchairs and a swim-up bar for parents).
~ the Palm, (adult-only) aimed for relaxation
(beach, three mineral pools, sauna rain forest, "Humboldt" fusion restaurant, lounge);
~ the Elysium, focus on spa and wellbeing treatments
(treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, pools, lounge, Mango Tree restaurant).

Nature documentaries are being featured, throughout the day, on a giant screen at Hollywood sauna.

The Therme can be easily reached by car or bus.
Free shuttle service from the city centre, eight times a day
(travel time: 40-minutes, normal traffic conditions.
Stops: Piata Romana -- Piata Victoriei -- Arcul de Triumf -- Piata Presei -- Otopeni -- Therme)

Hours: 10 a.m. -- 9 p.m., 365 days / year
Telephone: (+4) 031 108 88 88

Mogosoaia Palace & Brancovenesc Museum

Palatul Mogosoaia & Muzeul Brancovenesc
Where: 9 miles NW of Bucharest
Address: Str. Valea Parcului 1
Public transportation
From Bucharest train terminal:
subway M4 to Parc Bazilescu then metro-area bus 460 to Mogosoaia,
From downtown Bucharest:
bus # 331 to Damaroaia then metro-area bus 460 to Mogosoaia,
car, taxi
Tel: (+4) 0786 705.985
Tue. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (May 1 - October 31)
Tue. - Sun.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (November 1 - April 30)
Admission charge
Located in the village of the same name on the shore of Mogosoaia Lake, this palace reflects the Brancovenesc architectural style, featuring traditional Romanian staircase balconies, arcades and columns. Built by the Walachian prince Constantin Brancoveanu between 1698 and 1702 as a summer residence, the palace features a beautiful Venetian-style loggia on the facade facing the lake and a balcony with intricate Brancovenesc-style carvings overlooking the main courtyard. Today, the palace houses the Brancovenesc Museum with exhibits of valuable paintings, wood and stone sculptures, gold and silver embroideries, rare books and precious manuscripts.
Inside the complex, there is also a church built in 1688 and decorated by a team of Greek artists. The original interior murals have been well-preserved, including a painting showing Constantin Brancoveanu with his wife, Maria, and their four sons and seven daughters, all wearing royal dress.

Snagov Monastery

Manastirea Snagov
Where: 25 miles north of Bucharest
Map / Location
Access: car, bus, taxi
Snagov Monastery more info
In 1458 - more than one hundred years after Snagov church was built prince Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler / Dracula) added thick defending walls and a dungeon. A plaque on the floor inside the church marks the grave with the presumed remains of the world-known count.
The monastery is located on an island on lake Snagov, and can be accessed on a pedestrian bridge.

Day Trips

Bucharest is a good starting point to explore southern Transylvania, Dealu Mare wine region, the Black Sea coast or the city of Ruse in Bulgaria. Away from the buzz of the city, you will find a different side of Romania - life in the countryside moves more slowly, the air is crisp and hospitality natural.

Day trip to Peles and Bran castles and Brasov
Duration: 11 hours
Distance traveled: 265 miles
Itinerary: Bucharest — Sinaia — Bran — Brașov — Bucharest
Highlights: Peleș Castle - Sinaia, Bran (Dracula's) Castle - Bran, Brașov Old Town
More information and reservations

Here are some Bucharest day-trips ideas:

Peles Castle & Sinaia Monastery

Where: Town of Sinaia, 87 miles north of Bucharest
Access: car, bus, train
Peles Castle Info

Bran (Dracula's) Castle
& Bran Ethnographic Museum

Where: Village of Bran, 120 miles north of Bucharest
Access: car, train or bus to Predeal or to Brasov
Taxi from Predeal to Bran
Bus or taxi from Brasov to Bran

Old Town Brasov

Where: 115 miles north of Bucharest
Access: car, train or bus
Brasov Info

Targoviste - Curtea de Arges - Poenari Fortress

Where: northwest of Bucharest
Distance: Bucharest - Targoviste: 52 miles,
Targoviste - Gaesti - Curtea de Arges - Poenari: 89 miles
Poenari - Bucharest: 112 miles.
Access: car
In Targoviste, tour the 14th century Princely Court(Curtea Domneasca)
and Chindiei Watchtower (Turnul Chindiei).
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From Targoviste, continue to Curtea de Arges.
In Curtea de Arges, visit the 14th-century Princely Court and the 800 years old Princely Church.
Curtea de Arges was founded in the late 1200s by Prince Radu Negru (or Negru Voda).
From 1369 until 1431, Curtea de Arges was the capital of Wallachia, the southern part of Romania.
A stunning architectural gem of the town is the 16th century, Byzantine style, with Moorish arabesques, Curtea de Arges Monastery (Manastirea Curtea de Arges). All Romania's kings and queens rest in the monastery.

Acording to the legend, the master builder, Manole, had to sacrifice his wife by imprisoning/ placing her alive into the southern wall of the monastery in order to prevent the structure from falling apart.

Fifteen miles north of Curtea de Arges lay the ruins of Poenari Fortress,
the authentic stronghold of voivode Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) or Vlad Dracul.
Only the walls and towers still stand from the original fortress located near Poienari village,
just off the Transfagarasan highway over the Fagaras Mountains (Transylvanian Alps).
Access to fortress, perched on a cliff - high above the surrounding area, requires climbing of a 1,462-step stairway.

Hurezi Monastery & Horezu Pottery Centre

Where: 120 miles northwest of Bucharest
Access: car, bus
Fifty miles west of Curtea de Arges stands Horezu Monastery, the largest monastic settlement in Walachia, founded in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brancoveanu. A masterpiece of the Brancovenesti style and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Horezu is renowned for the richness of its sculptural detail, the treatment of its religious compositions and its painted decorative works. The monastery houses precious collections of frescoes and icons dating from the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century.

The nearby village of Horezu is home to one of the biggest pottery centres in Romania. Nearly a century ago, local nuns taught the villagers how to make hand-paint their pottery, and ever since, people have come from far and wide to see and purchase on Horezu ceramic.

Town of Targu Jiu

Where: 190 miles west of Bucharest
Access: car, bus, train
Targu Jiu more info
A visit to Targu Jiu is must for all art lovers, especially those interested in modern sculpture. This former market town is closely associated with Constantin Brancusi, considered by many to be the father of modern sculpture. While most of his works are on display in prestigious museums throughout the world, his trilogy of public sculptures, The Table of Silence (Masa Tacerii), The Gate of the Kiss (Poarta Sarutului) and The Endless Column (Coloana Infinitului) can be admired at the Constantin Brancusi sculptural complex in downtown Targu Jiu.

Nearby in Hobita, the birthplace of Constantin Brancusi, you can visit the house in which the sculptor spent his childhood; it now houses a small museum dedicated to the master. The house preserves the original architecture and accessories (the bed, the cellar and the well). The village is also home to the national sculpture camp "Brancusiana".

Performing Arts

Bucharest has numeros drama theatre and concert venues.
Tickets can be purchased on-line or directly at the venue's box office.

Opera & Ballet

National Opera & Ballet

Opera Nationala Romana
Address: Blvd. Mihail Kogalniceanu 70 - 72
Tel: (+4) 021 313.18.57
Box office hours:
Mon. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The city's artistic life stood up to its Parisian nickname in the 1930s and today, is as vibrant as ever. The Opera House, completed in 1953, is worth visiting, not only for its brilliant performances but also for the lavish interior design. The world-renowned Romanian Opera performs in Romanian as well as Italian and German. You will be able to enjoy the classic repertoire - Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Mozart -, innovative staging, lavish costumes, seasoned performers and choreographers. The Romanian National Ballet also performs in this theatre. Performances are held Wednesday through Sunday evenings, except during July and August.

National Operetta Theatre

Teatrul National de Opereta 'Ioan Dacian'
Address: Bd. Nicoale Balcescu 2
Tel: (+4) 021 313.63.48
Box office hours:
Tue. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun.: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Comic plots, extravagant staging, lavish costumes, high caliber singers and orchestra are all part of the charm of the light, frothy performances at the Ion Dacian Operetta.

Symphonic Music

George Enescu Philharmonic at Romanian Athenaeum

Filarmonica George Enescu
Address: Str. Benjamin Franklin 1   
Tel: (+4) 021 315.00.26 or 315.25.67
Box office hours: Tue. - Fri.: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.;
Sat. & Sun.: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.;
The Romanian Athenaeum is the main venue of the biennial classical music festival "George Enescu"
Festivalul de Muzica Clasica "George Enescu"
Famous artists and conductors have performed here throughout the years.
Among them: Erich Kleiber, Sergiu Celibidache, Ionel Perlea, Herbert von Karajan, Dinu Lipatti, Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals and Yehudi Menuhin.

National Radio Orchestra and National Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra Națională Radio
Address: Str. General Berthelot 60-64 (Sala Radio)
Tel: (+4) 021 303.12.11 or (+4) 303.14.28
The National Radio Orchestra, one of the best in the country, presents frequent classical chamber music performances at the music hall in the radio building.


Theatre performances are very popular in Romania and for most shows tickets sell-out within hours.
While most theatre productions are performed in Romanian, sometimes, it is possible to find performances in German or English at various small theatres.
There are 16 major theatres in Bucharest offering performances for all ages.
The theatre season closes during the summer, from July to September, although some small student and underground theatres do remain open.

National Theatre

Teatrul National Bucuresti
Address: Blvd Nicolae Balcescu 2
Tel: (+4) 021 314.71.71
Three auditoriums host professional domestic and foreign plays by a broad selection of both classical and contemporary Romanian playwrights. The theatre's Great Hall (Sala Mare), hosts the grand productions, while the Amphitheatre (Sala Amfiteatru) shows smaller productions and TV shows, and the Studio Hall (Sala Atelier) gets a mix of lower-key shows and presentations.

National Jewish Theatre

Teatrul Evreiesc de Stat
Address: Str. Dr. Iuliu Barasch 15
Tel: (+4) 021 323.39.70
The Jewish Theatre offers performances in Yiddish, Hebrew and Romanian (translation into Yiddish and Hebrew available).

Circus Shows

Bucharest Circus
(Circul Globus Bucuresti)
Address: Aleea Circului 1
Tel: (+4) 021 210.24.19
Built in 1960, the enormous, permanent big-top circus is the centerpiece of the small park called Circus Park.
With seating for more than 3,500 spectators, Bucharest's circus continues to host excellent performances, put on by both local and touring circus companies.


In recent years, several casinos have opened up in Bucharest, one of the few cities in east-central Europe offering gambling opportunities.
Many 18th and 19th century palaces and mansions now house elegant beaux-arts casinos, where guests can play blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, baccarat and other games of chance, dine on sumptuous buffets and dance all night to live music.

Bucharest Casino
(Inter-Continental Hotel)
Address: Blvd. Nicolae Balcescu 4
Tel: (+4) 021 310.20.20

Grand Casino
(J.W. Marriott Grand Hotel)
Address: Calea 13 Septembrie 90
Tel: (+4) 021 403.08.01

Havana Princess Casino
Address: Blvd. Elisabeta 13
Tel: (+4) 021 313.98.23
Open: 24 hours

Mirage Casino
Address: Blvd. Magheru 8-10
Tel: (+4) 021 313.89.52
Open: 24 hours

Palace Casino
Address: Calea Victoriei 133
Tel: (+4) 021 311.97.44
More info
Open: 24 hours

Partouche Casino
(Hotel Athenee-Palace Hilton)
Address: Str. Episcopiei 1-3
Tel: (+4) 021 314.72.00
Open: 24 hours

Plaza Casino Club
Address: Calea Victoriei 163
Tel: (+4) 021 310.24.80
Open: Mon. - Sun. 2 p.m. - 7 a.m.



Public Transportation

Bucharest's public transportation network includes:
bus (autobuz), tram (tramvai), trolley-bus (troilebuz) and subway (Metrou).

Bucharest Public Transport Tourist Card ("Card Călătorie Turist") is available to visitors and residents.
This 'combo ticket' offers unlimited rides for:
~ the train from Bucharest International Airport to Gara de Nord Train Terminal
~ bus 783 from Bucharest International Airport to Downtown
~ all urban, above-ground, transport: bus, tram and trolleybus
~ Bucharest Metro (subway)
Cost: 20 lei / 24-hours card and 40 lei / 72-hours card.

Buses, trams and trolley buses operate - between 5 a.m. and 11:55 p.m.

The subway operates - from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Tickets/cards must be purchased beforehand and validated upon boarding.
Travelers may be asked to show the validated ticket/card during the trip.
Travelers without a validated ticket must pay a 500 Lei ($120.00) penalty (Suprataxa).

Tickets or passes can be purchased at any kiosk displaying the STB logo.

STB maps can be found at kiosks near bus and tram stops or you can print one here.

Bucharest Public Transport Route Planner.

Bucharest above-ground local transportation
(bus / tram / trolley bus) fares and passes:

  • magnetic travel card (electronic wallet): 4 Lei (approx. $0.95)
  • one-trip ticket (90 minutes): 3 Lei (approx. $0.75)
  • 10-trips (90 minutes each trip): 25 Lei (approx. $6.25)
  • day-pass: 8 Lei (approx. $1.95)
  • three-day pass: 20 Lei (approx. $5.25)
  • seven-day pass: 30 Lei (approx. $7.50);
  • above-ground month pass: 80 Lei (approx. $19.50)
  • one trip with any public transport means (above-ground and subway): 5 Lei (approx. $1.20)
    (one subway ride and 90-minutes trip with any above-ground transport means)
  • all public transport month pass: 140 Lei (approx. $33.50)
    (unlimited above-ground transportation and subway rides)

Tickets are interchangeable for the bus, tram and trolley bus, with the exception of express buses.

Express Bus 783
connects Bucharest International Airport with downtown Bucharest
(bus 783 operates 24 hours a day).
Two or 10-journey tickets, as well as monthly passes, are available for all express buses.
There is direct train service from the city's main train terminal (Gara de Nord) to Bucharest international airport.

Above-ground & Subway 'combo' fares:

  • one-trip (bus/ tramway and metro - unlimited validations within 120 minutes): 5 Lei (approx. $1.25)
  • 10-trips (bus/ tramway and metro - unlimited validations within 120 minutes): 34 Lei (approx. $8.50)
  • Day Pass unlimited: 14 Lei (approx. $4.00) - unlimited rides for one day
  • 3-Day Pass unlimited: 35 Lei (approx. $8.50) - unlimited rides for one day
  • 7-Day Pass unlimited: 50 Lei (approx. $12.00) - unlimited rides for one day

Bucharest Subway (Metrou) connects the outskirts of the city
with the downtown and the main train terminal (Gara de Nord);
subway operates - from 5 am to 11 pm.

There are five subway lines (Metrou) in operation: M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5.
Subway stations are indicated with the letter "M" (blue, on a white board).

Click here to print a Bucharest Metro.
The final destination is indicated on the front of the train. Each stop is announced as the train nears the station.
Trains arrive every four to seven minutes during peak times and every 15-20 minutes off-peak times.
The average distance between subway stops is about one mile.

Subway fares:

  • one-trip metro card: 3 Lei (approx. $0.75)
  • two-trips metro card: 6 Lei (approx. $1.45)
  • 10-trip metro card: 25 Lei (approx. $6.00)
  • Day Pass unlimited: 8 Lei (approx. $2.00) - unlimited rides for one day
  • 3-day pass unlimited: 20 Lei (approx. $5.00)
  • 7-day pass unlimited: 30 Lei (approx. $7.50) - unlimited rides for seven days
  • month-pass unlimited: 80 Lei (approx. $20) - unlimited rides / calendar month

Airport Transportation

Henri Coanda International Airport / Otopeni (OTP)
Address: Calea Bucurestilor 224
Tel: (+4) 021 204.12.00 or (+4) 021 204.12.10
Distance from Bucharest airport to downtown: 18 km (11 miles).

Most international flights arrive at Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport.
Airport facilities include ATM, currency exchange office, Taxi Desk and cell phone rentals.
All major car rental companies have offices located in the airport.


Domestic Flights:

Scheduled domestic flights from/to Cluj-Napoca (CLJ), Iasi (IAS), Oradea (OMR), Satu Mare (SUJ),
Sibiu (SBZ), Suceava (SCV), Timisoara (TSR) also depart from/ arrive to Henri Coanda Airport.

Airlines offering flights from Bucharest to major cities in Romania include:
Tarom (flights to all destinations above)
Air Connect(flights to Baia Mare, Sibiu, Suceava, Targu Mures)
Ryan Air (flights to/ from Timisoara)
Wizz Air (flights from Bucharest to Cluj)

Transportation between Henri Coanda International Airport and city centre:

Several Taxi companies operate in Bucharest, and their rates vary.
Taxis can be called by using the touch screen taxi dispatch (Dispecerat Automatizat Taxi) located in the arrivals terminal, next to the Taxi Desk (Taxi la Comanda).
There is no flat-rate taxi fare from the airport to Bucharest downtown however, all licensed taxis are metered.

Rate / km: 2.39 lei to 4.00 lei ($0.50 -- $0.90).
There is no extra-charge for luggage.
The average fare from the airport to downton Bucharest is about 70 Lei (equivalent of $16.00).
Accepting rides from drivers who might approach you inside or in front of the terminal is not good idea; the risk of being overcharged is significant.
If you will run into a problem with any taxi in Bucharest – or if you are suspecting that you have met a dishonest driver - ask for a receipt and if possible try to write down the vehicle's license plate #.
To file a Bucharest Taxi complaint please call:
(+4) 021 201 3242 or (+4) 021 311.62.09 (Transportation Bureau of the Police Department) and/or
021 9844 (Bucharest City Hall - Complaints) and/or
021 9551 (Consumer Protection Authority).

Bucharest airport Shuttle service:
Shuttle Direct
Shuttle Bucharest

Express Bus 783 takes travelers from the airport to the city centre,
with stops at Baneasa Airport, Piata Presei Libere, Piata Victoriei, Piata Romana, Piata Universitatii and Piata Unirii.
Bus 783 departs from the Arrivals terminal every 15 to 20 minutes
(every 40 minutes between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.).
The journey to Bucharest downtown takes approximately 40 minutes.

Note: Before boarding the bus, please purchase a public transportation card ("Activ Card")
available from at the 'STB' ticket booth in the arrivals terminal or next to the bus stop.
The bus ticket booth is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.).
One 'Activ Card' costs 3.70 Lei (about $0.85).
To ride the bus you will also need to add the cost of the trip(s) to your card (add 7 Lei for two trips from / to the airport or 3.50 Lei for one trip). Your Activ card must be validated as you board the bus.

Transportation between Henri Coanda International Airport and Bucharest main train terminal (Gara de Nord):

Henri Coanda Express Train to Bucharest main train terminal (Gara de Nord)
The journey from the airport to the train station takes about 22 minutes.
One-way ticket costs 5 Lei ($1.25) for Adults
3 Lei ($0.75) for Childrens (up to 10 y.o.).
Tickets can be purchased at the CFR kiosk International Arrivals Terminal.
Train Schedules and Reservations

Baneasa Airport
Address: Sos. Bucuresti-Ploiesti 40
Tel: (+4) 021 232.00.20
Baneasa Airport Website
Baneasa Airport, located five miles north of Bucharest downtown , is mostly used for private planes and budget airlines.

Public transportation between Baneasa airport and city centre:
Bus #131 and #783 to downtown Bucharest
Bus #205 to the main train terminal (Gara de Nord)
Taxi - $12.00 (average fare to downtown)

Baneasa airport (5 miles N of Bucharest city-centre) is the world's fourth oldest, still in operation; its arrivals/ departures terminal is the first, in the world, to be built in the shape of an airplane propeller.
First take-offs and landings Baneasa airfield has witnessed were those performed by aviation pioneers Louis Bleriot (1909) and Aurel Vlaicu (1910). Baneasa became an aerodrome in 1912 and an airport in 1919.


Getting to Bucharest by car

Highway 1 connects Bucharest with the town of Bascov/ Pitesti (the beginning of TransFagarasan scenic road over the Carpathian mountains. A highway that connects Pitesti to Sibiu in scheduled to open in 2026.
Highway 3 (A3) links Bucharest with Constanta and the Black Sea Coast.

Road Distance from/to Bucharest:
City Distance
Arad 360 miles
Baia Mare 380 miles
Brasov 120 miles
Budapest (Hungary) 520 miles
Cluj-Napoca 290 miles
Constanta 145 miles
Craiova 160 miles
Iasi 245 miles
Oradea 380 miles
Ruse (Bulgaria) 50 miles
Sibiu 200 miles
Suceava 285 miles
Timisoara 345 miles
Vienna (Austria) 670 miles


Train Transportation

Bucuresti North - main train terminal
Gara de Nord
Address: Blvd. Garii de Nord 2
Tel: 021 95.21
Bucharest's main train terminal, Gara de Nord, is located 2 miles northwest of Bucharest downtown.

The original Orient Express ran from Paris to Istanbul with several stops in Romania.

International trains

There are daily or seasonal direct trains from/to Athens, Budapest, Istanbul, Sofia and Vienna.
Trains from/to Western European cities run via Budapest.

Getting to Romania / By Train
To check international trains schedule to/ from Bucharest please visit:
RomaniaTourism International Transportation section.

To check schedules and fares for domestic trains please check
RomaniaTourism Domestic Transportation section.

SNCFR Train Ticket Offices:

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR - Griviţa
Address: Calea Griviţei, 139
Telephone: (+4) 021 313.26.42
Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR - Unirii
Address: Piata Naţiunilor Unite – Postal Office #5
Telephone: (+4) 0752 504.262
Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR – Berceni
Address: Bd. Obregia 25 B, - Posta Office # 82)
Telephone: (+4) 021 460.03.30
Open: Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. -- 7 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m. -- 1 p.m.

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR – Titan Mall
Address: Str. Liviu Rebreanu 6A
Telephone: (+4) 021 460.03.30
Open: Mon. - Sat: 9 a.m. -- 9 p.m.
Sun.: 9 a.m. -- 6 p.m.

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR – Militari
Address: Bd. Iuliu Maniu 88 - 92, Postal Office # 16)
Telephone: (+4) 0725 504.263
Open: Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. -- 7 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m. -- 1 p.m.

The SNCFR ticket offices offer train schedules information and ce tickets for future travel.
Tickets for same-day travel can only be purchased at the train station.

Inter-City Bus Transportation

International Bus Companies serving Bucharest:

Tel: (+4) 021 222.47.35
Destinations: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden
Departures from: Soseaua Alexandriei 164

Autotrans Calatori Filaret
Tel: (+4) 021 335.95.83
Destinations: Bulgaria
Departures from: Piata Garii Filaret 1

Tel: (+4) 0723 450.475
Destinations: Denmark, Sweden
Departures from: Str. Buzesti 44

Tel: (+4) 021 313.36.42
Destinations: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Departures from: Calea Victoriei 2

Eurolines Touring
Tel: (+4) 021 210.08.90
Destinations: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland
Departures from: Str. Buzesti 44

Flix Bus
Destinations: All major cities in Europe
Departures from: Strada Valea Cascadelor 1,   Calea Griviței 193B,  Șoseaua Orhideelor 49,;br /: Strada Doctor Constantin Istrati 1   and Bucharest International Airport.

Nordic Tours
Tel: (+4) 021 305.60.06
Destinations: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Departures from: Piata Garii Filaret 1


Bucharest Taxi

Bucharest Taxis can be summoned by telephone, on-line or hailed on the street. Initial fee and rate per km are posted on driver's and passenger's doors.
Bucharest Taxi fares (average minimum):
Initial Fee: 1.99 Lei ($0.50) and higher for luxury cars
plus 2 Lei / km ($0.75 / mile) and higher.
Some taxi companies may charge up to five times the fares indicated above, especially those that are providing luxury cars or larger sedans. Before boarding a taxi, please do pay attention to the fares posted on passenger door and confirm with the driver the approximate cost of the ride.

Bucharest Taxi Companies include:
NamePhone #
Cris Taxi (+4) 0766.499.466
Cobalcescu (+4) 0788 009.451
Leone (+4) 0766 229.425
Meridian(+4) 021 94.44
Mondial (+4) 021 322.29.55
Speed Taxi (+4) 0722 109.488
Taxi 2000 (+4) 0722 94.94.94


Accepting rides from drivers who might approach you at the airport, train station or in the street is not a good idea;
the risk of being overcharged is significant.
If you will run into a problem with any taxi in Bucharest – or if you are suspecting that you have met a dishonest driver -
ask for a receipt and if possible try to write down the vehicle's license plate #.
To file a Bucharest Taxi complaint please call:
021 201 3242 (Transportation Bureau of the Police Department) and/or
021 9844 (Bucharest City Hall - Complaints) and/or
021 9551 (Consumer Protection Authority).

Car Rental

All major international and local car rental companies are represented in Romania's capital city.
Contact us if you need a list of all car rental companies in Bucharest.

Bicycle Rental

Bucharest bicycle rental centers include:

Teo Bikes

Zebra Bike
Contact Form

Bate Saua
More info

I Velo


Bucharest Shopping

Since the early 1990s, brand names and high-end stores have opened shops in Romania. From high fashion boutiques to art galleries, shopping in Bucharest can fit any taste or budget. Stroll down Calea Victoriei or Blvd. Magheru to shop designer clothing or shoes or visit one of the many shopping malls, some located not far from Bucharest city centre and easily accessible by public transport.

Popular Romanian handicrafts (Artizanat) in Romanian include: embroidered clothing and linen, painted or beaded eggs, carpets, pottery, woodcarvings and icons. Wonderful hand embroidered blouses and skirts (cotton, wool or flax fabric) or leather jackets, traditional rugs, tablecloths and lacework, icons painted on glass or on wood as well as many other gifts and souvenirs can be found at shop of the Romanian Peasant Museum, the Village Museum and specialized shops called Artizanat allover Bucharest.

Bucharest Shopping Malls

Mall Name Address Telephone
Baneasa Shopping City Sos. Bucuresti – Ploiesti 42 Tel: (+4) 021 306.06.58
AFI Palace Cotroceni Mall Blvd. Timisoara (+4) 031 425.75.10
Bucuresti Mall Calea Vitan 55-59 (+4) 021 327.67.00
Grand Arena Mall Blvd. Metalurgiei 12-18 (+4) 031 425.75.14
Mario Plaza Calea Dorobantilor 172 (+4) 021 230.47.71
Plaza Romania Mall Blvd. Timisoara 26 (+4) 021 407.84.16
Unirea Shopping Center Address: Piata Unirii 1< (+4) 021 303.03.07


Bucharest Art Galleries

Galeria 23
Address: Str. Lipscani 63 - 65
Tel: (+4) 0740.819.826

Galeria Galateca
Address: Str. C. A. Rosetti 2-4
Tel: (+4) 0787 777.878

Galeria Hanul Cu Tei
Address: Str. Blanari 5-7
Tel: (+4) 021 313.01.81

Galeria Nemtoi
Address: Calea Victoriei 126
Tel: (+4) 021 312.98.00

Galeria Noua
Address: Str. Academiei 15
Tel: (+4) 021 322.81.59

Galeria Orizont
Address: Blvd. Nicolae Balcescu 23 A
Tel: (+4) 021 315.89.22

Galeria Simeza
Address: Blvd. Magheru 20
Tel: (+4) 021 659.38.25

Galeria 2 / 3
Address: Str. Franceza 4
Tel: (+4) 0740 103.909

Address: Calea Dorobanti 202
Tel: (+4) 0726 152.156

Address: Calea Victoriei 132
Tel: (+4) 0745 355.941

Anaid Art
Address: Str. Slobozia 34
Tel: (+4) 0744 496.175

Gaep Gallery
Address: Str. Plantelor 50
Tel: (+4) 031 101.69.42

Galeria Nicodim
Address: Str. Băiculeşti 29
Tel: (+4) 0 721 109.487

Bucharest Antique Shops

Bucharest has quite a few Shops that offer antique furniture, porcelain, decorative objects as well as rare books and maps. Most Bucharest Abtique shops are locates along Calea Victoriei and in the Old Town (Lipscani street area).

Thomas Antiques
Str. Covaci 19 (Bucharest Old Town)

Amadeus Antiques
Address: Str. Quinet 3
Tel: (+4) 021 315.10.83

Craii de Curtea Veche
Address: Str. Covaci 14
Tel: (+4) 021 314.83.04

Da Vinci
Address: Calea Victoriei 118
Tel: (+4) 021 210.40.94

Galeria de Arta Dorobanti
Address: Str. Tudor Stefan 13
Tel: (+4) 021 231.49.53

Hanul cu Tei
Address: Str. Lipscani 63
Tel: (+4) 021 315.56.63

Quasar Antiques
Address: Calea Victoriei 63-81
Tel: (+4) 021 313.47.26

Book Stores

Libraria Carturesti Carusel
Strada Lipscani 55
Tel: (+4) 0728 828.922
Books (quite a few in English), tea and coffe, CDs, DVDs and Vinyl Records.

Antic ExLibris
Strada Doamnei 23 - 25
Tel: (+4) 021 315.30.59

Humanitas Cismigiu
Bd. Regina Elisabeta 38
Tel: (+4) 021 311.40.01

Librarium - Books and Souvenirs
Sun Plaza Mall Calea Vacaresti 391
Tel: (+4) 0754 096.244

Kyralina French Bookstore
Strada Biserica Amzei 10
Tel: (+4) 021 367.28.67

Bucharest Music Stores

Visitors interested in Romanian music can find pop and traditional music recordings as well as musical instruments at:

Magazinul Muzica
Address: Calea Victoriei 41- 43
Tel: (+4) 0733 108.275

Music Box
Address: Calea Floreasca 242, Vila O
Tel: (+4) 0722 626.888

Music Shop
Address: Strada Ion Câmpineanu
Tel: (+4) 0752 112.405

M C Music
Address: Strada Ion Câmpineanu 5
Tel: (+4) 0722 633.308

Music Vinyl
Address: Intrarea Camil Petrescu 1
Tel: (+4) 0720 507.080

Fresh Produce Markets

Fresh produce and farmer markets are called Piata. Bucharest Piatas include:

Piata Amzei
Address: Str. Christian Tell 6
Tel: (+4) 021 211.67.26
Centrally located outdoor market surrounded by butcheries, cheese, flower and medicinal plant shops.

Piata Dorobantilor
Address: Blvd. Radu Beller 3 - 5
Tel: (+4) 021 231.92.99
Upscale neighborhood market with a good selection of fresh produce and flowers

Piata 1 Mai
Address: Blvd. Ion Mihalache 123
Tel: (+4) 021 317.14.63

Piata Obor
Address: Campul Mosilor 5
Tel: (+4) 021 252.69.54
Bucharest's largest outdoor food market and "Bazaar". This is the place to find everything from fresh cheese and eggs, fruits and vegetables, to flowers and household items.


Hotels and other Accommodations in Bucharest

If, while in Romania, you are interested to stay in a historic, distinctive hotel please visit RomaniaTourism Distinctive Hotels section.

Tourist Info

Bucharest Tourist Information Office
Address: Piata Universitatii underpass
(Pasajul Universitatii)
Telephone: (+4) 021 305.55.00 extension 1003

Bucharest is safe and hospitable ; violent crime is almost non-existent.
As in any large city visitors are advised to take usual safety precautions.
Do not draw unnecessary attention to your person, money or jewelry and be aware of pickpockets and scam artists.
Never accept taxi/ car rides, tours or guide services from strangers who approach you on the street,
no matter how presentable or fluent in English.


Bucharest has a four-season climate. In the spring, the weather can quickly alternate between rain and sunshine.
July and August are the hottest months.
Autumns are usually long and not cold.
Winters can be quite cold with moderate snowfall.

Average temperatures (Fahrenheit)

Postal Services & Telephone

Post offices display a postal horn symbol and the word Posta.

Main Post & Telephone Office
Address: Str. Matei Millo 10 (off Calea Victoriei)
Open: Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat.: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Telephoning Bucharest from Abroad
International Access Code +4 (country code) + 021 or 031 (area code) + seven-digit telephone number

Pharmacies & Hospitals

Pharmacies in Bucharest are well stocked
and pharmacists are authorized to recommend medication for most (minor) ailments.
There are several pharmacies (Farmacie) open 24 hours a day.

Bucharest Emergency Hospital "Floreasca"
Spitalul de Urgenta Floreasca
Address: Calea Floreasca 8
Tel: (+4) 021-599.23.00 or (+4) 021 317.01.71

Bucharest General emergency phone number: 112

Bucharest Archives
Arhivele Nationale - Directia Municipiului Bucuresti
Address: Calea Văcăreşti 470
Telephone: (+4) 021 332.07.71

Bucharest City Hall
Primăria Capitalei
Address: Bd. Regina Elisabeta 47
Telephone: (+4) 021 490.00.33

Consumer Protection Agency
Comisariatul pentru Protecţia Consumatorilor al Municipiului Bucureşti
Address: Sos. Vitan-Barzesti 11 B
Telephone: (+4) 021 95.51

Festivals & Events

A compilation of Romania’s main events is available at RomaniaTourism Events section

Events that take place every year in Bucharest include:

  • Easter Gifts - Arts & Crafts Fair (April)
  • 'Next' International Film Festival (June)
  • Bucucuresti International Film Festival (B-EST IFF)
  • International Music Festival 'Jeunesses Musicales' (May)
  • Bucharest International Jazz Festival (July)
  • Bucharest International Music Festival 'EuropaFest' (May)
  • Gay Pride Festival (June)
  • Saga International Music Festival (June)
  • Craftsmen's Fair at the Village Museum in Bucharest (May - July)
  • B'ESTFEST top international dance, indie and world music acts (July)
  • Bucharest Street Theatre Festival (July)
  • International Festival of Radio Ensembles "RadiRo" (September)
  • George Enescu Music Festival (September- biennial, every odd year)
  • Autumn Fair at Bucharest's Village Museum (October)
  • Romanian National Theatre Festival (October)
  • St Nicholas Fair at Bucharest's Museum of The Romanian Peasant (December)
  • Winter Gifts Arts & Crafts Fair - Museum of the Romanian Peasant (December)


Bucharest City Map (Harta orasului Bucuresti)
Bucharest Subway Map (Harta Metroului Bucuresti)
Bucharest Public Transportation map