Romania’s capital is a dynamic, energetic and charming place, where still-unreconstructed communism meets unbridled capitalism. Bucharest is at the crossroads between Eastern Europe (Balkans) and Middle East. Bucharest is elegance layered with history.
Facts & Figures
Bucharest (in Romanian București) is the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania. It is the largest city in Romania and a primate city, located in the southeast of the country, was first mentioned in documents in 1459. It became the capital of Romania in 1862 and is the centre of Romanian media, culture and art. Its architecture is a mix of historical (neo-classical), interbellum (Bauhaus and art deco), communist-era and modern.
-Buildings with unique architecture and museums
-A rewarding place to explore is the Old Town/Lipscani, which in the past two years has turned what was very much a no-go area with almost nothing to offer into the Romanian capital’s liveliest entertainment district.
-People's Palace -Built by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, the colossal Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People's Palace) is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. It took 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build. The palace boasts 12 stories, 1,100 rooms, a 328-ft-long lobby and four underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker.
-The Village Museum (Muzeul Satului in Romanian) is an open-air ethnographic museum located in the Herăstrău Park (Bucharest, Romania), showcasing traditional Romanian village life. The museum extends to over 100,000 m2, and contains 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania.
You still want architecture? You won't be disappointed!
Head to the National Art Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Romanian Athenaeum or Museum of the Romanian Peasant. The Cismigiu Garden and Herastrau Park are musts as well
Time to spend
Minimum 2-3 days.
Many travellers give the city just a night or two before heading off to Transylvania, but that’s clearly not enough. Allow at least a few days to take in the good museums, stroll the parks and hang out at trendy cafes. Bucharest can keep you busy for days. In order to explore a large part of the city's attractions: museums, parks, shopping malls, tourist areas, the old town, you need at least 2 full days in Bucharest.
With a population of about 2 million inhabitants, Bucharest has a size of urban area of 285 square km (0.8% of Romania's surface, of which built area is 70%).
The city itself lies at a height between 58 m and 90 m.
The best time to travel to Bucharest is in: April, May, June, July, August, September and October.
Bucharest has a humid continental climate. Winters can get windy and temperatures often dip below 0 °Celsius, even dropping to -20 °C. In summer, the average temperature is approximately 27 °C, but frequently reach 35 °C (95 °F) to 40 °C (104 °F) Although average precipitation and humidity during summer are low, there are occasional heavy storms. During spring and autumn, average daytime temperatures vary between 17 °C (63 °F) to 25 °C (72 °F).