Bucharest Travel Guide

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Bucharest Highlights

  • Pro
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     nice people, quite safe, some interesting sites 

  • Con
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     no lights on the street, crowded, polluted, chaotic, dirty 

  • In a nutshell
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     One can never get bored here 

Bucharest Things to Do

  • Parliament Palace - Casa Poporului

    There are several claims about the size of this building, some say it's the second largest, some the third. It doesn't change the fact that this is a monster of a building - and surely one of the highlights of your Bucharest trips.   Parliament Palace can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Though a reservation is not compulsory, places are...

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  • Revolution Square - Piata Revolutiei

    Today's senate building was once the building of the Central Committee of the Communist party. The first uprisings against the communist regime have started in Timisoara in mid-December 1989. Ceaucescu intended to talk down the revolution by a pro-Ceaucescu rally in Bucharest. He held a speech on December 21st from here - his last speech. The mood...

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  • Village Museum

    The Village Museum borders Herastrau Park, but its entrance is on Soseaua Kiseleff. You cannot enter it from the park. Entrance is 6Ron. It is open on Mon 9-5, Tues to Sun 9-7. The museum contains buildings from all over Romania including different styles of houses, windmills, farms, water mills, fisheries, churches and even an old merry go round....

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Bucharest Restaurants

  • Traditional food

    This old-style beer hall is one of Bucharest's most celebrated restaurant. Once notorious for bad service, it has earned a good reputation and has become popular with tourists and locals alike. There are regularly small events like staff parades and traditional live music. The basement has frescoes depicting brewery in different cultures while the...

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  • Popular places

    Upon recommendation of the “Lonely Planet” guide, I went to eat and expected some kitschy, funny atmosphere. None of this could be further from truth. I was the only customer and had the most annoying waiter I ever met. Together with the bill, he was the only scary thing that evening. The waiter came back every couple of minutes and tried to sell...

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  • Pubs (bars)

    The place is known for rock music and a good selection of beers. It was a punk club in the early 2000s, but has shifted a little more to mainstream rock. It looks like your alternative student club with a red brick wall, however some plastic has found its way into the club as well. Undoubtly, some of the original atmosphere has been lost with the...

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Bucharest Nightlife

  • always a party going on

    this place is chill and unpretentious but what i liked most about it is that i went on a monday and there was dancing. i had tried several other places but they were closed. i talked to a bartender and he said there are parties every day, even on weekdays. monday way fun so i returned the following saturday and sure enough the atmosphere was off...

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  • Fancy nightlife

    Wanna go to a fancy place? Salt Restaurant at Parc is just all that. At daytime it's an open-air restaurant but at night it's a club where you certainly need to dress to impress. There are many lounge area's, some on a glassplate with water flowing beneath you.. and yes there is a pool.Though be advised, it's a relatively expensive place.

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  • Old Town

    The old-town used to be a sad collection of dillapidated buildings and parked cars on narrow streets... But now it's a proud collection of bustling nightlife, it contains several blocks of restaurants, bars and excellent nightlife. If you want to go out on a weekday. this is the place to be , it's busy every night (at least when it's warm outside)...

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Bucharest Transportation

  • Otopeni Airport

    Bucharest is well served by Henri Coanda International airport with connections to the most important European destinations. TAROM and Wizz are the two largest airlines. Baneasa Airport, which was once the stronghold of low-cost airlines such as Wizz, has been closed for scheduled traffic and now handles private and business aircraft only.   The...

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  • Taxies

    First of all, the pictures posted here are very old, some of them even 10 years old, Bucharest doesn't look like this anymore in most of the parts. As a simple rule to follow with the taxies, use only certified companies, like MERIDIAN TAXI, MONDIAL TAXI, COBALCESCU TAXI, SPEED TAXI, TAXI 2000, CRISTAXI, NEXT, GRANT, CONFORT, D'ARTEX, TAXI LEONE,...

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  • Trains & train stations

    Official taxi In February this year Dave Mooney and I flew Easy Jet to the lightly snow covered Bucharest Otopeni Airport. First lesson of the day was how not to be conned by the official taxis having first been warned about taxi touts. The tourist information agent told us to use the ‘yellow’ coloured official taxis, which we did. What they...

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Bucharest Shopping

  • A friendly beauty studio

    There are lots of beauty salons in Bucharest and every lady has her favourite. If you are near Gara de Nord, the my wife says that this is the best place for a facial and pedicure. It is in the Ibis hotel. You do not need to stay at the Ibis to have your nails done. You could go across the road to the Euro Hotel, but she was not impressed. Nor was...

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  • Unique Handmade Luxury Gifts in...

    The shop is one of the most famous ones in Bucharest. All products are hand painted by Beba, and it has become quite the attraction in the city center. With famous clients like Bill Paxton, the place is welcoming to everyone who is looking for something one-of-a-kind.The place is petite, but the gems you can find in it will be priceless. Plus you...

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  • outlet in Bucharest

    I just discovered yesterday... I couldn't believe it how I always passed by it and never entered at least to see what is in...There are a lot of beautiful brand clothes at small prices. I couldn’t resist and not buy anything… I left from the shop with some awesome jeans from Pepe Jeans… and it coasted only 22 E.Just go and see...

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Bucharest Local Customs

  • 1st of March is Martisor Day

    "Mărţisor" is a traditional celebration taking place every year on March 1st and marking the arrival of spring. Its name comes from the name of the month of March (martie in Romanian) and literally it means “little” March. On this day the custom is to give small objects as a gift to those close to you, all this objects having one thing in...

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  • Greetings

    People here shake hands when they first meet, and after that a kiss on each cheek is acceptable.always greet a stranger formally, and use the polite form of you 'vu'.if you are familiar with the person you can be as informal as you like!!!!

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  • Christmas lights in Piaţa Unirii

    Bucharest's Christmas lights are switched on on December 1st, Romania's National Day and are switched off on January 6th. The opening ceremony in Piaţa Unirii is accompanied by a firework display. The centrepiece of the illuminations is a giant artificial tree, said to be the tallest in Europe. The tree is 76 metres high, as high as a...

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Bucharest Warnings and Dangers

  • Busy traffic!

    Cars and drivers may be a constant problem in central Bucharest. Traffic signs and rules may exist but noone seem to follow them. People seem to drive on everywhere when possible. Cars often park on pavements and block other cars from getting around.

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  • No danger, you can go safely

    No problems in Bucharest, we were drinking beer in the street until midnight, there where homless people around, some drunk people, but not problem at, all, kebaps are open and you have free and clean bathrooms in metro station, all very calm, good ambiance.The only problem is the dogs in the street, there are big groups of them, otherwise all is...

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  • Taxis in Bucharest

    Thanks to VT members, I read that the passengers should ask the drivers to put down the meter to save us from high taxi fares. That helped somehow. BUT, the lewd taxi drivers, although they put down the meter, they drive you round and round before arriving to your destination. From the airport to our hotel, we were charged 80 Leis. This is too much...

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Bucharest Tourist Traps

  • Prepaid cards for your mobile

    This is not a scam but a tip to have cheaper calls while in Romania.During the trip you might want to call a number in Romania, to make a reservation to a hotel, to a restaurant, to inquire something at a museum, to order a pizza or a taxi.The solution for this is a prepay card from any of those mobile operators: Vodafone, Orange or Cosmote. For an...

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  • Taxi driver scam

    Most common scam is the taxi driver asking more than the normal fare. To avoid this you have to:Never accept taxi rides from drivers waiting in airport, train or bus arrivals (outside their cars)! They are 90% non-official drivers and you'll be scammed. Just walk outside the arrivals and look for the taxis waiting for clients (with the driver...

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  • Money exchange

    Today Aug 26th 2011 the exchange rates are:1 EUR = 4.3 RON1 USD = 3 RONThis can vary up or down 10% over one year period but you can use this to calculate the price of an item from RON in EUR/USD.IMPORTANT TIP! Don't exchange in the airport the whole amount of money needed for the trip. Exchange rates there are 10-20% worse for you than in the city...

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Bucharest What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Tak your usual airplane travel luggage. You might to prepare ahead some space in case you like something bulgy like some traditional pottery, that will take space in your return luggage. June-August: is very hot. As temperature might get over 35 degrees Celsius, wear t-Shirts, easy pants and light shoes with air vents. Sunglasses.March-May and...

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  • Minimum you should pack

    one suitcase or expandable duffel bag (you will need the extra room for taking back home all the things you will buy) and one small backpack Comfortable shoes (1 pair of sneakers and 1 pair of nice shoes with a flat sole for going to a nice restaurant or a show in the evening), 2 pairs of pants (1 nice black pair will do just fine to wear at a...

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  • Packing list for late August

    Generally unless it rains, you should expect sunny weather in Bucharest in late August - for the first two days of my trip it was 32°C (90°F) and T-shirts and lightweight trousers were definitely recommended. If you intend to go into churches then long trousers are a must. On the shoe front, I would have to recommend trainers and sturdy shoes -...

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Bucharest Off The Beaten Path

  • Arc De Triumph

    or Arch of Triumph, Arcul De Triumf. Marble Arch in the UK. Originaly made from wood. A nice photo opertunity.it is on Kiseleff Road, the northern part of Bucharest,

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  • Best fast food near Gara de Nord

    Probably too late now, but the best mittiei are in Piata Matache, about 5 mins walk from Gara de Nord - Leave the station by the main entrance - walk along the left side of the Park in front of the Ministry of Transport - You'll find a short street on your left between two apartment blocks. walk along the street until you hit the school wall, turn...

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  • watch bears and wolves, and go off road...

    if you are the adventurous type, check out a company called roving romania. its run by an englishman called colin who acts as your guide, translator and driver (if you choose 4x4). he can offer photo safaris, find you some of the country's elusive wildlife and take you on walking tours thru the mountains or you can rattle your way to the most...

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Bucharest Sports & Outdoors

  • Keep in shape

    Keep in shape while in Bucharest:- take a jog in the park - Herastrau park has a 4km run around the lake - many joggers have their morning runs, some in the evening;- rent a bike and take one the bike lanes that goes around Herastrau Park and from there to downtown - be careful with the pedestrians and with the traffic when you're driving on the...

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  • Fencing Club in Bucharest

    Where to fence in Bucharest? Well, try Spada Fencing Club. I meet there many quality people, I enjoied the trainings, the bouts. The atmosphere is special there, the trainers there take care off that.It is realy nice to experiment a trainig as different as mine was at this club. About the adress, there is a map on their website. You can also talk...

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  • Skating until late at night

    From November till late January several skating rinks are opened across the city. They're not huge (except for the one in Cismigiu Park) but they're fun to go to around Christmas time. Concerts, contests and skating classes (in the morning) are organized by the administrators. And, of course, you can warm up with a cup (or maybe more) of hot wine...

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Bucharest Favorites

  • Useful Information

    To find a post office in central Bucharest is not that easy – you should know where they are, if you intend to send a picture of the Parliament Palace to your friends. The fact that stamps are only for sale at the post office does not make it easy to write postcards. The central post office is located at Matei Millo Street (Number 10), close to...

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  • Other buildings in Bucharest

    If you feel that you can't have enough of the communist architecture, here is another gem that you can admire. I hope that you can sense the sarcasm in my tone; if not, I want it to make it clear. This one was built in the 1960. You can find it behind the National Art Museum (former Royal Palace). The building was used to host the five-yearly...

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  • Village Museum

    A pic from the Village Museum. If I remember well, this interior was in one of the houses from the area close to the border with Bulgaria. I really got a kick out of this - the little table and stools were for the whole family, not just for kids. It must have been customary for that region for I saw a similar type of furniture in another house...

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