Top Things to Do in Bucharest - Romania Vacations!

Top Things to Do in Bucharest - Romania Vacations!

The city is witnessing a construction boom with high-rise towers making their way everywhere. It looks all decked up with modish glass facades and this is all multiplying magically every year. Read More

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Bucharest dubbed “the little Paris” for its Beaux-Arts-style museums, buildings & churches gives ardent travelers every reason to plan a vacation here. With a huge number of Romania vacation packages that are specifically designed for a Bucharest exploration, it’s quite difficult to decide what to consider. And, this 8-days travel spree through the capital city of Bucharest is amazing. It takes you through the most admired parts of the city helping you with the story lying behind. 

Bucharest has seen a turbulent past ~ be it the natural disasters like earthquakes or human-created disasters like war, the city had always been under the state of flux. Today, the city is witnessing a construction boom with high-rise towers making their way everywhere. It looks all decked up with modish glass facades and this is all multiplying magically every year. In addition to that, there are surprises waiting for you everywhere - hiding behind the communist apartment blocks, you will find fresco-coated churches. Unlike many other Romania vacation packages, this 3-days exploration will take you through every hidden nook & cranny of the city.

Let’s begin this journey and discover this sweetly modish city of Bucharest in Romania:

Vacation at a Glance

Day 1: Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, Parliament Palace & Romanian Athenaeum

Day 2: Lipscani (Old Town), Romanian Peasant Museum & Herăstrău Park

Day 3: Stavropoleos Church, National Museum of Art of Romania & Dealul Mitropoliei

Vacation Highlights

  • The journey will begin from the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum.

  • Parliament Palace Exploration. This is one of the largest administrative buildings in the world covering an area of 365,000 square meters and it houses the Parliament of Romania. 

  • Visit the Romanian Athenaeum, an outstanding performance venue.

  • Begin day 2 with Lipscani (Old Town), where you will get to see the Bucharest before WWII.

  • Romanian Peasant Museum: The immensely admired folk museum was opened in 1906, which saw an interruption by the Communist regime.

  • Stavropoleos Church: Unquestionably, this is one of the most decorated and finely designed religious buildings in Bucharest.

  • Visit the National  Museum of Art of Romania.

  • Visit Dealul Mitropoliei. In the southern part of Union Square is where the incredibly designed Romania’s Orthodox religious institutions are located.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, Parliament Palace & Romanian Athenaeum

Taking reference from ample Romania vacation packages, with long hours of contemplation & after many one-to-one discussion with the interested travelers, this trip has been designed. You start your first day in Romania with great excitement. Today you will cover three of the admired tourist spots of Bucharest -  Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, Parliament Palace & Romanian Athenaeum.

Spot 1_Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum: The journey will begin from the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum. Built-in the west side of Her?str?u Park, this museum has 270 ancient buildings. Built with stone or wood, these buildings represent different parts of the country. It was the popular sociologist Dimitrie Gusti who thought of building this museum in 1936. The oldest of these houses contained here belong to the 18th century. 

Spot 2_Parliament Palace: The next spot of the day is Parliament Palace. This is one of the largest administrative buildings in the world covering an area of 365,000 square meters and it houses the Parliament of Romania. There are reception halls, government offices, and museums in the building and you will see that quarter half is still empty. Here, you have got to visit the Museum of Communist Totalitarianism, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of the Palace. 

Spot 3_Romanian Athenaeum: At the end of the day, you are going to visit the Romanian Athenaeum, an outstanding performance venue. This beautiful structure that is all covered with gardens was completed in 1888. To sink in the best of this place look for Romania vacation packages in September. It’s when the George Enescu Festival happens, which is the biggest classical event in Europe. 

Day 2: Lipscani (Old Town), Romanian Peasant Museum & Her?str?u Park

This is the second day of this Romania vacation! Today you are again going to cover three other important tourist attractions including Lipscani (Old Town), Romanian Peasant Museum & Her?str?u Park. Lipscani was the center for business & trade during the middle ages. 

Spot 1_Lipscani (Old Town): Beginning with Lipscani (Old Town), where you will get to see the Bucharest before WWII. Some of the streets like ?elari (Saddlers’ Street) and Bl?nari (Furriers’ Street) are a clear representation of the association. You will see plenty of restaurants, buildings & bars today in the stylish pedestrian zone.

Spot 2_Romanian Peasant Museum: The immensely admired folk museum was opened in 1906, which saw an interruption by the Communist regime. But, just after the death of Ceau?escu, it was reopened in 1990. It used to be a museum to communism and in the basement, you can still see a tiny exhibition on collectivization. In the other parts of the museum, there’s a representation of the 400 years old Romanian history & culture.

Spot 3_ Her?str?u Park: Located in the northern part of the Bucharest, a huge part of the Her?str?u Park is occupied by Her?str?u Lake (74 hectares). The lake has a perimeter path of about six km. If you are traveling during summers, you get an opportunity to rent a bike or can also take a boat trip across the lake. Must see parts of the park include the Japanese Garden and the Insula Trandafirilor (Rose Island). 

Day 3: Stavropoleos Church, National Museum of Art of Romania & Dealul Mitropoliei

On the third day of this Romania vacation, you will cover another three important top tourist spots in Bucharest - Stavropoleos Church, National Museum of Art of Romania & Dealul Mitropoliei. 

Spot 1_Stavropoleos Church: Unquestionably, this is one of the most decorated and finely designed religious buildings in Bucharest. With spectacular facade painted in tendril patterns and arabesque foliate, it looks absolutely gorgeous. The church belongs to the 1720s era with its architecture resembling that of the Brâncovenesc style of România. You will also feel the blend of Baroque, Ottoman, Byzantine, and Renaissance style in its architecture. 

Spot 2_National Museum of Art of Romania: The next spot of the day is going to be the National  Museum of Art of Romania. After WWII, since the time when King Michael I was abdicated, the Neoclassical Royal Palace has been the headquarters of the National Museum of Art Romania. Although during the 1989 revolution, a part of the collection got damaged, still there are a host of artifacts for art lovers depicting Modern Romanian Art, European Art, and Romanian Medieval Art. And, travelers get a chance here to discover some of the greatest artists like surrealist Victor Brauner & Nicolae Tonitza. 

Spot 3_ Dealul Mitropoliei: With this, you will move on to the third spot of the day that is Dealul Mitropoliei. In the southern part of Union Square is where the incredibly designed Romania’s Orthodox religious institutions are located - the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral, the Palace of the Patriarchate and more. Get ready for a hectic walk around!

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