Bucharest is packed full of history and incredibly stylish buildings, both old and new. Top of any list to visit should be the Nicolae Ceau?escu’s Palace of Parliament which measures in at 330,000 square metres and is the most expensive building in Europe.
Walk the halls and hear tales its history. A guided tour of around 1 hour (costs about 5 euros). The last one leaves at 4pm so get there early. You will need to bring your passport. The city is also studded with gorgeously decorated (both inside and outside) historic churches dating back from the 1400s.
Romanian food is a force to be reckoned with. It’s not highly-spiced and fairly straight-forward with lots of good-quality meats. Try local specialty, Sarmale cu Mamaliguta. This tasty dish is cabbage or vine leaf rolls filled with rice and pork served with polenta, a big spoon of sour cream and some green chili on the side. Delicious!
If you find it’s not to your tastes then there’s the level of choice available you expect from any modern European city. from pizza, You can find anything from pizza to Lebanese in the busy Old Town.The historical part of town is also a beautiful place to stay and there’s plenty of stylish Old City Bucharest accommodation for a really good price.
Parks and playgrounds
This city is planned with people in mind and you will find it’s surprisingly green. There are lots of public park spaces that are a great visit in the summer sunshine. If you are travelling with kids then don’t miss the brilliant (and absolutely huge) Cismigiu park which sits adjacent to the Palace of Parliament. Take a picnic lunch and drop by after your guided tour for a great summer afternoon.
If you believe the buzz Bucharest has some of the best nightlife in Europe thanks to the many, many bars, restaurants and clubs clustered around in the Lipscani area. Locals go in for the home bres of tuica and palinca, and there’s a good selection of crisp Romanian beers. Give Ursus, Ciuc and Timisoreana a try. For a lighter refreshment give the sweet non-alcoholic natural lemonades a try. They are flavoured with mint, honey and fruit and really hit the spot after a long day on the tourist trail. There are also delightful pine bark based cordial drinks to tickle your palette.
It’s quiet (for now)
Compared to other tourist hotspots in the east of Europe Bucharest doesn’t get a huge amount of tourists. Many of the sites and streets are still uncrowded with overseas visitors despite the fact it’s not far at all from Budapest, Croatia, Greece and Istanbul. By comparison it’s a very affordable destination, and there’s plenty to see and do. It’s off the tourist track for now; but that won’t last long.