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For details and addresses for Bucharest's attractions, architecture, monuments, parks, hotels, restaurants, pubs, nightlife, concerts, theatre, casinos, the best shopping spots plus four city walks, get the new
Language and Travel Guide to Romania
published by
Hippocrene Books.


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BUCHAREST - Romania's Capital City

Museums, concerts, theatre, opera, jazz clubs, casinos, monuments, shopping, restaurants, pubs, dance clubs, parks, lakes, sports and architectural gems — Bucharest has everything!
Here are a few of the city's best sights to take in.  

    City Sights Museums Parks Maps    

City Sights

Arcul de Triumf - Replica of Paris' Arc de Triumf, honoring Romania's World War I dead.

Atheneul Roman - Concert hall of the George Enescu Philharmonic.

Cercul Militar - Military officers' club, with art gallery and outdoor cafe.

Curtea Veche - Ruins of Prince Vlad the Impaler's palace (1456-1462), next to the 1546 Princely Church, the oldest church in Bucharest,.

Hanul lui Manuc - An 1808 caravansary for traveling merchants built by Armenian trader Manuc-Bey; now a courtyard cafe, restaurant and hotel.

Kretulescu Church - Tiny Brincovean style Orthodox church built in 1725.

Lens-Vernescu House 1820 mansion housing the Casa Vernescu restaurant and Palace Casino.

National Theatre - City's main theatrical hall, and home to the Opereta Theatre, Artexpo and Dominus art galeries, and Lapteria Enache jazz cafe.

Opera Romana - City's classical opera house.

Palace of Justice - Built 1890-1895 on the bank of the Dambovita river.

Parliament Palace - Nicolae Ceausescu's "House of
the People" intended as headquarters for communist government; the second largest building in the world,
after the U.S. Pentagon.

Patriarchal Cathedral and Palace - Built in 1655-1968, remains of Bucharest's patron saint St. Dumitru are kept here. Next door is the Chamber of Deputies, a house of Parliament.

Piata Revolutiei - Setting of the 1989 uprising; the University Library; the former Royal Palace, now National Art Museum; Athenee Palace hotel, Atheneul Roman and Kretulescu church.

Piata Unirii - A flat, open park with magnificent fountains at south end.

Piata Universitatii - Intersection of University of Bucharest, the National Theatre and the Intercontinental Hotel.

RomExpo - Bucharest's domed exhibition hall, next to the World Trade Center and Sofitel Hotel.

Royal Palace - Erected in 1927-1937, home to King Carol II and son King Mihai I until 1947, when the monarchy was abolished; now the National Art Museum.

Stavropoleos Church - Built in 1724-1930 in the Brancovenesc style

Village Museum(Muzeul Satului) - Outdoor exhibition of rural buildings brought from all regions of the country in a village setting.


Arcul de Triumph

Hanul lui Manuc

Dambovita River

Ateneul Roman

University Library, Piata Revolutiei

Orthodox church

Piata Unirii

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Muzeul Satului/Village Museum

National Art Museum/Royal Palace


Bucharest History & Arts Museum - History Section

Ceramics and Glass Museum

Cotroceni Palace and Museum

Dimitrie Leonida Technical Museum

Geological Museum

George Enescu Museum/Cantacuzino Palace

History Museum of the Jewish Community in Romania

Museum of Natural History "Grigore Antipa"

Muzeul Taranului Roman
  (Museum of the Romanian Peasant)

National Art Museum

National History Museum of Romania

National Military Museum

Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)


Gradina Cismigiu (Cismigiu Garden) - manicured gardens, rowboat lake and beer garden

Parcul Herestrau - gardens, sculptures, fountains, lakeside cafes, and Village Museum.

Parcul Carol I - tree-lined paths, a lake, plus the "eternal flame".

Bucharest Botanical Gardens - 42 acres with
10,000 plants.

Baneasa Forest - home of the city zoo and picnic grounds.

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© 2005 Rosemary Rennon
All photos were taken by Rosemary Rennon, unless otherwise noted.