Bucharest Vacations

During the last century, Bucharest suffered under the Axis and Soviet regimes, but now serves as Romania’s capital and as one of the central industrial and transportation hub of Eastern Europe. With such a checkered history, Bucharest has been much maligned as one of the least interesting capitals of Europe, but visitors willing to give it a chance ... Read more
will discover impressive cultural riches. In one city block there can be a 300-year-old church, a bleak gray Communist-era structure and a glass skyscraper. A modern architectural marvel is the Parliament Palace, built in 1984 and currently the second largest building in the world behind the Pentagon. For a taste of historical Romania, walk the cobblestone streets of the old center, where shops, hotels and restaurants are interspersed with ruins of Wallachian princes’ palaces. Visit Piaţa Revoluţiei (Revolution Square) to pay respects to the revolutionaries who gave their lives to stand up to Communist rule in 1989. Romanians are proud of their agrarian roots, and museums such as the Village Museum and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant offer unique insight into Romanian society.

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Not safe . Calling 112 in Romania it's take for emergency services to attend long time !!! If you don't know the location where you are it's impossible for them to find you.


Literally one of the worst places I've been in my entire life. Run down, dirty, poverty stricken, literally falling to pieces. a tragic waste of time and money. awful food, and awful attitudes from people, terrible accommodation. I cannot talk poorly enough about this city. zero stars, if it were possible.

Foster City, California, USA

Bucharest is an interesting city, a crossroads of many empires which ruled here before to post war communism to modern day revolution. French architecture, Slavic food, Gypsy culture, Ceausescu's communism, and don't forget Vlad the Impaler.

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Huntington Beach, California, USA

#Bucharest exceeded my expectations in every way! An amazing destination that was interesting, historical and absolutely someplace I would return to!

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Orinda, California

Interesting and very walkable city. Don't miss strolling in the parks , People's Palace or the pedestrian shopping area. Very reasonable prices. Actually cheap city. Enjoy!

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Local from Bucharest

The capital of Romania. Had a lot of interesting places to visit. Museum, clubs, restaurants, monuments, churches, etc.

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Local from Bucharest, Romania

The contrasts in Bucharest are amazing. It has many hidden jems, you just need to look for them.

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Longmont, Colorado, USA

Among European capitals, Bucharest has not recovered quite as well from the 20th Century. There are still large sections that were demolished by the communists and never rebuilt. There are also many very poor neighborhoods. However, there are a number of good reasons to see the city. The Parliament Building is the largest office building in Europe. There are many tiny, dark yet fascinating Orthodox and Catholic Churches. The Museum of the Romanian Peasant is one of the best museums in Europe and includes a small wooden chapel imported from Transylvania.

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Truly a lovely city when you get out of the train station, Bucharest is filled with contradictions, history, beauty, and great night life!

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

At the turn of the 20 century, Bucharest was often called the Paris of the Balkans, and it is still possible to see why, at least in part - the broad, tree-lined avenues and the buildings designed by French Beaux-Arts architects make Bucharest one of the handsomest cities in Eastern Europe.