Bucharest is among the most beautiful European capitals and we have plenty of good reasons to say this. A true urban center that invites you to let yourself captivated by museums with rich collections, by the great vibe that reigns in the historical center, the multitude of buildings with beautiful architecture and many attractions for free. If you’re planning a city break in Bucharest you will be amazed by the quality of hotels and the beauty of the Romanian capital, too little known among international tourists. Moreover, regarding visiting hours, Bucharest can compete for the status of one of the cheapest capitals because most sightseeing and touristic attractions are free; among the many beautiful and interesting spots, we will name a few.
The Historical Center aka Old Town is one of the most chic and crowded places in Bucharest. It’s the heart of the capital – a place studded with elegant buildings built in Baroque and neoclassical style. Downstairs, visitors can delight in one of the numerous terraces, restaurants, pubs or cafes with coffee, juice, tasty and cheap beer and delicious meals from all over the world. Walking around the historical center of Bucharest will give you the feeling that you are back in time, in the Bucharest of yore, when it was nicknamed “Little Paris”, due to its elegant atmosphere, and that feeling will be overwhelming especially when crossing the Lipscani Street.
Manuc’s Inn is one of the best-known and appreciated attractions in the Old Town. It is worth going and admire this historical building with wooden beams, with a huge patio which once was the most loved meeting and negotiations place among the bigwigs back in the old days. Do not forget to pay a visit to the café; there you will admire the classic style of the old time cafés, with velvet sofas and big chandeliers.
You have surely heard of the castle of Vlad Tepes in Bucharest. If the figure of Vlad the Imparels fascinates you, then you surely know about the town of Poenari and the house in which it is said that Vlad was born. Besides that, there is a castle of Vlad the Impaler in the Romanian capital, as well. This castle is located near Carol Park and acquired this name because it is the faithful replica of the fortress in Poenari.
“Caru cu Bere” (the Beer Cart) and “Hanul cu Tei” (the Linden Inn) are two taprooms and historical sites in Bucharest that should not be missed. The entry is free, you can look, take pictures of the beautiful exquisite architecture and leave, but it would be a shame not to stay for a beer and why not, a copious traditional meal, especially as prices are acceptable and the atmosphere is delirious!? However, you’d rather make a reservation, as it might get crowded, especially in the second part of the day.
Stavropoleos Church is definitely worth seeing. Part of UNESCO heritage, it is an architectural gem built in 1724 in Brancoveanu style and it is one of the oldest monuments in Bucharest. It’s very small and very easy to find, near “Caru cu Bere” and Lipscani.
Cismigiu Park is a lovely green oasis in the middle of a crowded metropolis. You will be thrilled when they discover this corner of of tranquility with beautiful tall trees and wide shadowed alleys, where the nobles of the past centuries used to stroll around. In hot summer days, Cismigiu is ideal for walking and relaxation, so why not ride a water bicycle on the lake!
If you want to admire Bucharest from 137 m above, go to Sky Tower. The entry is also free and the elevator will take you to the 34th floor.
Herastrau Park. If you walking outdoors becomes you, if you enjoy being surrounded by nature, then put Herastrau Park on the must-see list of sights in Bucharest. It was built on the lake with the same name sometime in 1936. You don’t have the “chance” to get bored here: boat trips on pedal boat or on the ship, tennis parties, admiring the Arch of Triumph, the Japanese Garden and the Herastrau Aquarium; and these are only a few of the park’s attractions.
Free tour of Bucharest: every day, the visitors of the capital receive a free guided tour on double-deckers for about two hours. It starts at Piata Unirii (the Union Square) any time of the day.
Another objective that is also obligatory to visit is the National Military Museum, whose exhibits are divided into various collections such as: Romanian uniforms throughout time, white and fire arms, carriages and harnesses, cosmology and aviation. Exhibits include valuable items such as the sword owned by King Carol I of Romania or the Mannlicher gun belonging to King Ferdinand I.
Do not miss the collection of uniforms which include those of King Carol I, Ferdinand I and Carol II, and also gowns of the Queens Elizabeth and Mary or the Princesses Elizabeth, Mary and Ileana of Romania. The Military national Museum also preserves the largest collection of orders, medals, plaques and badges and comprises over 10 500 exhibits from 53 countries.
And these are only a few of the many interesting places to see and great experiences you can have. To be continued…
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