Snagov Monastery, linked to Dracula legend, is not worth the effort to go there, as there are far more interesting places to see in Bucharest alone. The monastery church itself, set up in Byzantine style, is interesting, but it is easier to visit other churches which bear more interesting and richer decorations, such as Caldarusani Monastery, Cozieni Monastery, Samurcasesti Monastery...
My Italian best friend was told by her guide while visiting Casa Poporului that Unirii blvd is Bucharest Champs Elysees. So here she goes, the poor girl, walking for one hour into a deserted blvd, a kind of no man's land.
Constructed with the intention of providing visitors to Romania's capital with the illusion that all in the garden was rosy, B-dul Unrii, just 15 or so years after it was constructed, is a dilapidated reminder of socialist folly. While the part of the boulevard east of Piata Unirii flourishes a bit, there are at least enough banks, insurance companies and passing traffic to make the place look lived in. The western end, however, is a surreal, film set-like peek into a never world of megalomania with just one or two shops surviving ...
Unique Suggestions: Town planners from all over the world should visit B-dul Unirii. It is decaying proof that towns, cities and communities cannot be designed and created.
Fun Alternatives: This could be an alternative from Casa Poporului, u could stroll along Dambovita in the opposite direction
even the rate is not so high , would be better to exchange money in hotel, you may loose 3 $ or 4 Euros.
Unique Suggestions: If you are changing on main boulevard in Bucharest - Magheru, choose the exchange offices from the side with Intercontinental Hotel , there are good rates
Please please please be wary of Taxi Drivers here. They are undoubtedly the worst I have ever used. On about 3 occasions me and my friend were ripped off, on one occasion 2 million lei for 1 km. When we protested the driver said he would have to take us to see his boss, and wouldn't stop the car.
Others can be ok, but they will stick to you like glue if they think you have some money and often wait outside your hotel for more work.
Unique Suggestions: Please agree a price before setting off. Don't trust the meters, even if they have the price written on the exterior of the taxi (usually 5990 lei/km) they have a different setting for foreigners.
Fun Alternatives: Walk!
only for cars with number plate from abroad and rentacar drivers!
driving in this city,as in the whole country,means you can easily be listed in the guiness book of records!
police sees serious mistakes everywhere!
Unique Suggestions: don't forget to discuss the way and the amount to pay...
It’s sad to see how often and in how many places it happens. If you arrive by night, make sure that the counter of the taxi starts. If not, try to negotiate the fare (it should never be more than 20$ to Bucharest downtown).
Be very careful when changing money in Bucharest. A couple of girls I was working with got ripped off by a guy actually inside a 'casa de schimb'. He was wearing a suit and spoke perfect English, so they just asumed that he worked there. However he handed them a wad of bits of paper wedged between a few real notes, then made a swift exit. So, only change money with the person behind the counter. Changing money on the street hoping to get a better rate is not a good idea.
I expected more traps when I went there first time but if you take care of valuaties and don't get confident with everybody, I am not sure it's more risky here than anywhere else.
In many places you will be asked for money by children, Don't give them and better buy them some food.Sure they will never buy anything with money.
Palace of Parliament is still the tallest building in Bucharest and is the second largest building in the world. Ceausescu wanted to build in Bucharest the 'Victory of Socialism Centre'. The Unirea Boulevard is the former Victory of Socialism boulevard. The biggest palace in the world, having 84m high, a number of unknown storey on underground (anti-atomic) the second biggest building in the world by area (330,000m2) was to be the central element of Ceausescu's Communist Bucharest. It was build for Presidency, Parliament and Government. Today it serves as the seat of the Romanian Deputies Chamber Parliament.
Ceausescu tried to escape in 22-Dec-1989 using a helicpoter that took off from the Royal Palace on actual Revolution Plaza crowded with anger Romanian Revolutionaries. Ceausescu was captured by the people and army forces and was executed on Christmas Day, 1989. At that time only the outside facade and three interior rooms had been completed. The Union hall's 1,000 m2, 14-ton carpet was woven with special machines. 3,500 tons of crystal were used for the chandeliers. The heftiest chandelier in the small parliament hall weighs three tons (6000 lbs) and has 7,000 light bulbs. Romanians are proud that the building was designed solely by Romanian architects using purely Romanian materials.
If u have any other choice , don't use the buses.
Theese are full of burglers , old people who talk a lot , smelly people and other 'bad elements'.
They're usually extremely loaded.
Use the subway instead , it's much safer , pleasent , and a little bit faster.
Hanul lui Manuc. All the guidebooks mention it and you should see it, I suppose, as a historic landmark. But don't get your hopes up and don't plan on a long visit: it will take about five or ten minutes. (And that's assuming you like architecture.) It is a centuries-old caravanserai (inn) (and still a working hotel, I should add) and the architecture is wonderful once you enter the courtyard: exquisite wood-carving and the place has the feel of times past and wild celebrations. But that's it. There's no 'there' there. Eating there was a mistake--not bad, just remarkably mediocre. Allot fifteen minutes for looking around (it's a functioning hotel, so you can't see much except exteriors) and taking pictures. That's it.
The address is strada Franceza 62-64 (it's near the Curtea Veche); the exterior facing the street is large but unprepossessing. Walk through the gateway and into the courtyard.