Bucharest is a fascinating city to explore during a Romania
short break or on an extended holiday tour. It is a city with
a rich and at times tragic past, which adds to the spirit and
resolve of its people. It is a city of contrast and fast
development. Getting around the capital is easy, as the transit
system combines buses, trams and subways, which covers virtually all
the tourist areas of the city. There is an abundance of museums,
opera houses, concert halls, art galleries and other sights of
cultural, historic or architectural interest to explore on your
holidays. There are also some achievable day trips outside the
capital such as Bran Castle, Dracula tours, Transylvania
holidays, Peles Palace and Snagov Lake to name but a few. The
capital has so much to offer; for discerning travellers and even
Bucharest Stag do’s; right through to choir groups and Bucharest
Opera break lovers; Romania will find a special place for you.
What ever type of holiday you book with us, whether luxury city
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|A – Z of the best tourist attractions in Bucharest
There is an abundance of landmark attractions to explore on your
break away. In this section, you will read about the most
interesting tourism landmarks, which all have there own unique
history and magical culture. Read on, to find out what you can
discover in Romania’s amazing capital on a weekend breaks holiday
there. If you would like a private guide at your disposal, to gain a
deeper insight into Bucharest and to guarantee a fabulous
sightseeing adventure then we suggest you add this to your enquiry
form and contact Vamos Travel today. Please don’t forget about our
day excursions to: Transylvania, Bran Castle day tours, in search of
Dracula holidays and monastery trails.
Arcul de Triumf is as the name suggests a copy of the Arc
de Triumph in Paris. The original structure was actually made from
wood and was later reconstructed in concrete in 1935. The Arc was
created to commemorate those who died in Romania’s great war. It
stands proudly at a height of 25m and marks the start of the
majestic Soseaua Kiseleff boulevard. Visitors can actually walk up
stairs inside the Arc and enjoy a nice vantage point, for those
Kodak magic Romania holidays photo moments.
Although there are plenty of communist style flats and tower
blocks in the city there are also some architectural gems. The
Ateneul Roman is a must-see for anyone visiting. The Ateneul
Roman stands proudly on the city’s busiest square along side the
Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel and the Royal Palace. Its majestic
baroque cupola is a grand design and a feast for the eyes and
imagination for anyone sightseeing in Bucharest. After tremendous
support and investment from Bucharest’s citizens the building was up
kept and now acts as the proud home of the Romanian George Enescu
Philarmonic. The auditorium can easily seat 1,000 spectators and
plays host to some of the most prestigious musicals, ballets and
operas in Bucharest. It is renowned worldwide for its tremendous
acoustics. Make an enquiry to our knowledgeable staff about
designing a suitable package that includes concert tickets.
We’ll be happy to tailor make a luxury holiday break in Romania that
coincides with classical concert performances.
The Banca Romana pentru Dezvoltare or BRD is a functioning
bank worthy of visiting on your city break in Bucharest. It was
built in the early 20th century and is one of the grandest buildings
in the city.
The Casa Centrala a Armatei is an interesting sightseeing
attraction for those on a short break in Bucharest. It is an
impressive neo-classical masterpiece built in 1912 to host the
social and cultural needs of Romania’s army. Now it is the army’s
library, offices and training centre for officers. Most of the areas
are out of bounds for civilians but you can enjoy the views from the
lovely terrace, which is open to all guests and holiday makers.
The Dominus Art Gallery is one of 18 galleries in Romania.
It is next door to the National Theatre and houses collections of
sculptures and paintings to enjoy.
To escape the hustle and bustle of the city make your way to
Gradina Cismigiu; the cities most prestigious gardens and park.
Here you will find over 30,000 trees and plants shipped especially
from surrounding areas of Romania. The park which was designer by
the German Meyer in 1830 offers a number of special holiday
attractions such as the Roman garden with its collection of Bust’s
depicting famous Romanian poets, artists and writers. Also the lake
is a local attraction and great idea for something fun to do in
The George Enescu Museum is considered an essential
Bucharest city break attraction. The art-nouveau building has three
museum rooms dedicated to Romania’s most famous composer. The
building was also his former residence.
Heroes’ Cemetery (Cimitirul Eroii RevoluAliei)
commemorates the 281 protestors killed during the revolution in
1989. The graves are guarded by the Romanian honour guard. It is a
stark reminder of Romania’s not so distant history and is an
important sightseeing point for tourism in Romania.
The Jewish History Museum is housed within an old
synagogue. The main piece is a monument to the 150,000 Jews who were
sent to the hard labour camp in Transdniestr (now in Moldova) as
well as the 200,000 victims of Auschwitz who were sent from
their Jewish communities in Transylvania. Elie Wiesel was a late
deportation and one of the few survivors. She went on to win the
Nobel prize. It’s an important historical museum to investigate,
make it part of your Bucharest break.
A curious spot to visit on your Bucharest holidays is
Kilometre-0, which marks the point where all of the distances to
other Romanian cities are measured.
The historic centre where in days gone by the Romanian Bourgeois
would stroll now plays host to an area most commonly known as
Lipscani, which is a pedestrianized market area. A must visit
place on your explorations to buy handicrafts, food, clothes and
enjoy the hustle and bustle of the surrounding restaurants and
The Military History Museum is quite an intriguing place
to explore. Here you can learn more about the military’s role in
Romania’s history and during the time of the revolution. You can see
first hand missiles, tanks and helicopters and you can also see the
space capsule which took a Romanian astronaut into space in 1981.
The National Art Museum offers a wonderful collection of
art from Romania’s finest artists and sculptors. The museum is
housed within the former royal palace and is a lovely place to
explore and have some cultural fun.
Next to the ruins of Vlad Tepes citadel lies the 1559 Old
Court Church (Biserica Curtea Veche). It is famed for its unique
architecture and ancient frescoes inside; an essential site for any
One of the most visited sights on a short break to Bucharest is
the Parliament Palace. Built by order of Ceausescu it was
supposed to be the largest building in the world; in-fact it is the
second after the pentagon. Nowadays you can explore many of the
ornately decorated conference halls and rooms. You can also visit
the Piata Revolutiei where the first significant movements of
revolution against Ceausescu regime took place. Bullet holes have
been preserved where the army was ordered to open fire. It is a
stark reminder of the not so distant past and makes for a
fascinating bit of modern history for foreign travellers.
On your Romania holidays you can experience some of the icons of
the Soviet ruled period such as the second largest building in the
world after the Pentagon: known as the ‘House of the People’. It was
constructed under orders of Ceausescu and nowadays houses the Senate
and the lower Chamber of the Deputies and is called the ‘Parliament
Palace’. On a guided tour during your city break in Bucharest
you will have chance to explore the richly decorated meeting and
Patriarhia Cathedral is located on the area above the city
known as Mitropoliei. The majority of the 17th century construction
remains in tact and the Cathedral still acts as the fulcrum of the
Romanian Orthodox church.
The Peasant Museum in Bucharest won the best museum of the
year award in 1996 and is considered by many as the best museum in
Bucharest. It is well laid out and offers attractions such as wooden
churches, hand painted Easter eggs, fabrics, agricultural tools,
terracotta pottery and much more. For discerning clients that love
folklore, Eastern European culture and history, don’t miss this
weekend break museum.
One of the most beautiful day excursions outside of Bucharest
that we would recommend during your holiday in Romania is a trip too
Peles Palace. The Palace is wonderfully preserved and set
amidst an enchanting woodland. Inside it houses a tremendous
collection of artefacts, armoury, clothing and tapestries. En-route
to Peles Palace you will also have chance to travel through Poiana
Brasov, the picturesque Romanian skiing and hiking resort. Here you
can stop for lunch in an authentic tavern restaurant and enjoy the
generous hospitality that the Romanian’s are so well renowned for.
Peles Palace presents an amazing journey out of Bucharest, where
you’ll discover a place of unforgettable style and be calmed by the
quiet of the historical monuments and exhibitions. Peles Palace is a
carefully preserved Bucharest tourist attraction that is one of the
finest excursions one could wish for.
A replica of the Romulus & Remus statue was given to the
city by the Italian president to mark Romania’s Latin origins. It
can be found to the north of Piata Romana in the middle of the road.
Mark it on your tourist trails, to get a deeper insight to this
amazing capital. This wonderful country offers intrigue, magic and
ancient history. Keep discovering with the Romania Travel experts.
The elegant Soseaua Kiseleff boulevard is the main
thoroughfare in Bucharest. This boulevard is in fact longer than
Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees and was constructed in the 19th century.
The red-bricked Saint Joseph’s Cathedral is the most
famous for its Organ recitals, which can be enjoyed on Sunday
Teatrul National or National Theatre was constructed by
three Romanian architects in a style designed to honour Moldova’s
famous monasteries. It was badly damaged however and the
reconstruction was via an ugly concrete casing. Theatre, Opera and
ballet is a major cultural landmark in the capital. Why not base a
Bucharest break package around a scheduled performance.
Tickets do sell very quickly, so plan your citybreaks in advance to
avoid disappointment. We offer the full range of opera & ballet
ticket types, from best category to standard. Come to the Bucharest
opera house and have one of the most wonderful experiences in
Romania you can possibly have.
Another Bucharest sightseeing attraction is the Universitate.
It was built over a 12 year period from 1857 – 1869 during the time
of Prince Alexandru Cuza.