More and more people are beginning to discover Bucharest as a destination for a weekend. And we are not surprised. Here you will find everything from excellent restaurants and unique bars to great shopping and historical attractions. Go here before everyone else does and take part in our eight recommendations that you need to do in the Romanian capital.
1. Enjoy One of Europe’s Fastest Growing Party Circles
The nights in Romanian capital becoming one of the hottest in Europe in terms of nightlife quality. Thousands of satisfied bachelors who returned from famous Bucharest stag do weekends claim that when it comes to partying at night there is hardly better choice if you don’t want to spend a lot. In fact, on average Romania is 30-50% more affordable than the rest of the EU.
That information will surely be of great use once you start calling for another round at the bar. Everywhere from the urban city center to the cities outskirts are nightclubs and bars stacked around every corner and every soul who comes there will find just the right thing suited for its taste.
2. Experience One of the World’s Largest Buildings
The Parliament Palace in Bucharest was built by Romania’s former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, a few years before he was executed in connection with the 1989 revolution. It is a huge and spectacular palace and is the world’s second largest administrative building. Only The Pentagon in the United States is bigger. It is said that the building cost over 1 billion dollars!
We definitely think you should come here when you travel to Bucharest. The Parliament Palace is twelve floors and is 340,000 square meters in size. It is an awesome experience to see such a large building that was built to show power and impress foreigners.
3. Shop Local Crafts
In Bucharest, there is a large selection of traditional crafts such as ceramics, wool products, hand-embroidered tablecloths, and wood carvings. The quality is often high and the price is relatively low. Therefore, look into the local markets and department stores where these things are sold and bring you unique souvenirs home.
In general, other kinds of shopping in Romania are cheaper than what you can find in the rest of Europe. For example, the range of designer clothes is very diverse, but watch out for pirate copies.
4. Explore Bucharest on Foot
Romania’s capital is a very historic, old town and here you will find interesting sights around every street corner. One of the best ways to get to know and experience the city is, therefore, to walk around in the different districts and stop when you find interesting things that you want to study closer. If at the same time you want to learn something about the city and its history, we recommend you to hop on a guided tour through the city with a local guide. Many of them are free.
5. Find the Tranquility of the Herăstrău Park
In northern Bucharest, there is a lake called Herăstrău. Around it lies a beautiful park with the same name which has beautiful trees, flowers, historical monuments, and fine fountains to show off. This is an excellent place for a picnic in the summer and for those who want to find some peace and quiet and greenery in the middle of the big city.
6. Let Yourself be Charmed by the Old Town
That said, Bucharest is a very old and historic city and the oldest quarters are really charming to see and visit. Head to the old town and enjoy a coffee shop and admire the beautiful buildings. Also, the restaurants in the area are really good and in the shops here also find the city’s best local crafts.
7. Welcome to Dracula at Bran Castle
The castle Bran in the village of the same name appoints itself to be the castle of Dracula itself and with its high peaks and towers, we must admit that it looks fabulous. If Dracula lived here or not, maybe nobody knows, but it is exciting to go around here and imagine blood-thirsty vampires everywhere. In addition, the castle itself is beautiful and nice to watch.
8. Enjoy the Beautiful Stavropoleos Church
Definitely the most beautiful church in Bucharest, so if you like peaceful and beautiful places you should definitely go here and sit down in the benches and just admire and enjoy all these great surroundings. The Stavropol church was built in the early 18th century and has many sacred relics to display.
In addition to these seven things you need to know that Romania has some of the best wines that Europe can offer, they are affordable and available at nearly every restaurant. Moreover, Romanian national cuisine is simply delicious and trying some national delicacy like (sarmale or tocanita) is something that you definitely need to do once you arrive. It is a favorite travel spot for many around the globe.
Also, remember to visit one of the largest indoor beach complexes and after tiring walks around the city take a rest in one of many paradise-like parks that are scattered all over. Enjoy your stay in this amazing historical place and let it live with your mind forever.
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