What to see in Bucharest and surroundings in 7 days

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Martí Micolau

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Bucharest, the capital of Romania, has undergone enormous development in recent decades, becoming one populous and busy European capital.
After the harsh wars and dictatorships, the city is showing its most dynamic side, which points to progress and which takes care of the needs of tourists. The numerous historical museums, the beautiful Orthodox churches, the parks, the most hidden places in the center: spending a few days in the Romanian capital means discovering an interesting and sometimes underestimated reality.
Here is a 7 days itinerary on what to see in Bucharest and surroundings.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Bucharest
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start with the building symbol of the city: the Parliament Building. It is one of the largest buildings in the world, 84 meters high and with more than 1.000 rooms. Today it is the seat of the Chamber and Senate of Romania and it is possible to make visits inside, at a cost of 24 LEU - € 5,00. In the immediate vicinity there is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) which collects 30.000 works from 1920 to today and hosts exhibitions of new artists, ticket cost 16 LEU - € 3,40.

For lunch walk for 10 minutes to Locanta Jariştea, where you can eat something typical and listen to traditional live music, spending around 191 LEU - € 40,00. A few minutes you will find the Patriarchal Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Elena, built in 1600 on a hill, characterized by mosaics on the outside and beautiful frescoes on the inside. Also part of this religious complex are the Palazzo del Patriarcato and the Patriarch's Residence.

At 5 minutes you will find Saint Spyridon the New Church, an Orthodox church with frescoes by the Romanian master Gheorghe Tattarescu, in Renaissance style and numerous representations and ornaments in gold. Now walk towards Uniri Square, considered by many to be the true center of the city and witness the beauty of the fountains in the park, which entertain tourists with water games and colored lights. For price stop by Fabrica de Mâncare and spend about 143,42 LEU - € 30,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,3 km / 44 min
  • Places visited: Palace of the Parliament (€ 5,00), Museum of Contemporary Art (€ 3,40), Patriarchal Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Elena (free), Saint Spyridon the New Church (free), Piazza Uniri (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 78,00
  • Palace of the Parliament: priority ticket
  • Lunch at Locanta Jariştea (Get directions), Dinner at Fabrica de Mâncare (Get directions)

2 day

Today dedicate yourself to the discovery of the old city and start walking along it Lipscani, the nerve center full of shops, shops, hotels and buildings with the most varied architectures. Now continue towards the Piata Revolutiei, a symbol of history more recent, and where the Renaissance memorial stands. Here you can also enter the National Museum of Romanian Art, which preserves paintings dating back to the Middle Ages (ticket 15 LEU - € 3,00).

A stone's throw from the museum is theAteneul Roman, a symbol of Romanian musical culture, in which orchestra concerts are still organized. The cost for the visit is 10 LEU - € 2,00. For lunch stop at the Trattoria il Calcio Ateneu nearby, spending around 120 LEU - € 25,00. Continue for 5 minutes and you will find yourself in front of the Cathedral of San Giuseppe, a building dating back to the late th century and built in the Romanesque style with Gothic elements.

Spend the rest of the day relaxing in the neighbor Cișmigiu Gardens, the park with the navigable lake, where you can rent pedal boats or rowing boats at low prices. For price stop at the tables with lake view of the Monte Carlo restaurant, spending around 240 LEU - € 50,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,0 km / 38 min
  • Places visited: Lpiscani (free), Piata Revolutiei (free), National Museum of Romanian Art (€ 3,00), Ateneul Roman 10 LEU (€ 2,00), St. Joseph's Cathedral (free), Cișmigiu Gardens (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Alternative walking tour
  • Lunch at Trattoria Il Calcio Ateneu (Get directions), Dinner at Monte Carlo (Get directions)

3 day

Morning dedicated to purchases in Obor market, the largest in the city. There are multiple floors, lots of colorful fruit, spices, cafes and various kinds of objects. It could be an opportunity to taste the typical cake, the Chimney cake, or the sweet of the holidays, the Kozonac, both at very low prices, between 9 and 10 LEU - € 2,00 / € 3,00.

For lunch eat meatballs at Mici cu Bere la Obo, for 29 LEU - € 6,00.
After lunch, go to the Bucur Obor stop, get on the 335 Complex Comercial Baneasa bus (ticket cost 1,43 LEU - € 0,30), and after about 15 minutes get off at the Piaţa Charles de Gaulle stop. You will find yourself in front of Casa Ceausescu, the opulent home of one of the most recent dictators. The complete guided tour of the house costs 50 LEU - € 10,00.

Walk up toArch of Triumph, the monument that celebrates the independence of Romania, and then immerse yourself in the huge gardens of the Herăstrău Park. At sunset enjoy a boat ride on the lake of Herăstrău Park, costing 10 LEU - approximately € 2,00, and then sit down for a price lake view, at the tables of the Restaurant Pescăruş, spending about 263 LEU - € 55,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 12,8 km / 39 min (by bus)
  • Places visited: Obor Market (free), Casa Ceausescu (€ 10,00), Arc de Triomphe (free), Herăstrău Park (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 76,00
  • Lunch at Mici cu Bere la Obo (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurant Pescăruş (Get directions)

4 day

Start this day with a visit to Stavropoleos Monastery, whose interiors are an explosion of colors, frescoes and iconostasis. Keep walking through the center and enjoy the passage under the Macca-Villacrosse, a particular glass roof which unites some buildings. Head to University Square, on the edge of the old town. As in the past, this square is still known today as the scene of some protests.

Pe lunch stop and eat grilled meat at La Plăcinte, spending 40 LEU - € 8,50. Now you can take the opportunity to visit the nearby one church dedicated to San Giorgio, rebuilt in modern times, but with an ancient charm, with white arcades, frescoes and floral ornaments. Nearby is the Piata Sfantul Gheorghe stop, reach it and get on the 381 Piata Resita bus (ticket cost 1,43 LEU - € 0,30).

Get off after 20 minutes and you will be at Tineretului Park, also known as the Park of Youth. Here you can indulge in various activities, stroll through the gardens, take a ride on the lake, practice some sports. For price eat something traditional surrounded by greenery, at Casa Oprescu, dinner cost about 50,00 LEU - € 10,50.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,7 km / 1 h 14 min
  • Places visited: Stavropoleos Monastery (free), Macca-Villacrosse (free), University Pizza (free), Church of San Giorgo (free), Tineretului Park (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 25,00
  • Wine tasting and tour of the historic center
  • Lunch at La Plăcinte (Get directions), Dinner at Casa Oprescu (Get directions)

5 day

Romania is known for its eerie looking castles set in the most remote hills. Then take the IR 1633 Brasov train from Bucharest North Station (ticket cost 24 LEU - € 5,00) and after 2 h and 30 m get off at Brasov city. From here you can reach the Peleș Castle taking the train R 16341 Zărneşti, ticket cost 3,90 LEU - € 0,82.

To visit all the beautiful rooms of the castle costs 60 LEU - € 13,00. After stop at lunch at the tables of La Tunuri, 55 LEU - € 11,50).
Once refreshed it's time to visit the famous Bran Castle, known as Dracula's Castle. To get there as quickly as possible, take a taxi, which will cost you around 144 LEU - € 30,00, which will last almost an hour.

The castle is famous for the legend about Count Dracula, and visiting its interior is really very impressive. The guided tour costs 40 LEU - € 8,40 and lasts more than 90 minutes. From here you can admire the characteristic landscape of Transylvania, and for price enjoy some traditional food in the Galeria Bran restaurant, right next to the castle (50 LEU - € 10,50).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 378 km / 5 h 49 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Peleș Castle (€ 13,00), Bran Castle (€ 8,40)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Dracula's Castle and Brasov Tour of Peles, Bran Castle and Brasov
  • Lunch at La Tunuri (Get directions), Dinner at Galeria Bran (Get directions)

6 day

Take the opportunity to take a trip out of town to Constance, on the Black Sea.
Take the IR 1585 Constanta train from Bucharest (ticket cost 33 LEU - € 7,00, 2 h and 45 m).

From the station, walk to Piazza Ovidio, you will get there in 30 minutes. In the square is the archaeological Museum, which preserves historical artifacts from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. The cost for the visit is 20 LEU - € 4,00.

For lunch stop and eat some good fish from Pizzico, spending 40 LEU - € 8,40. Continue your visit of the historic center, pass in front of theHome of Lions, an imposing building but unfortunately in a state of neglect. Walking you will notice the church of Sant'Antonio da Padova, in Roman style preserves inside frescoes and paintings of rare beauty.

At sunset, head to the Konstanz waterfront, with historic buildings, clubs and a casino close to the Black Sea. price in the elegant location of the Queen Elisabeth restaurant in the villa, spending around 45 LEU - € 9,50. After dinner, enjoy the seascape again and make your way up to Genevose Lighthouse, 8 meters high and built by Genoese traders around 1300.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 459 km / 5 h 10 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Costanza (free), Piazza Ovidio (free), Archaeological Museum (€ 4,00), House of Lions (free), church of Sant'Antonio da Padova (free), seafront (free), Genoese lighthouse (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00
  • Constance: full day tour
  • Lunch at Pizzico (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurant Queen Elisabeth (Get directions)

7 day

The day begins with Cotroceni district, located in the western part of Bucharest. The first stop is the Cotroceni Palace, once a monastery and currently the seat of the Presidency of the Republic and a museum. For the guided tour in your language it is necessary to book in advance and show up with an identity card or passport. The cost of the visit is 45 LEU - € 9,40. The tour lasts 100 minutes.

In the immediate vicinity of the building, you can relax at the Botanical Garden (10 LEU - € 2,00), inside you will find greenhouses, plants, flowers and turtles and ducks swimming in the lake. For lunch you can stop by Jolie d'Iris, outside the park (with about 30 LEU - € 6,30).

If you feel like taking a stroll in this quiet neighborhood, you can take advantage of a stop at the apartment of the poet Ion Minulescu: Ion Minulescu and Claudia Millian, where you will find a collection of letters, manuscripts, photographs, sculptures and paintings by famous Romanian artists ( admission 10 LEU - € 2,00). For price eat a tasty sandwich at Hot Stuff, right outside the museum, for around 20 LEU - € 4,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,2 km / 27 min
  • Places visited: Cotroceni Palace (€ 9,40), Botanical Garden (€ 2,00), "Ion Minulescu and Claudia Millian" memorial house (€ 2,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 24,00
  • Culinary tour
  • Lunch at Jolie d'Iris (Get directions), Dinner at Hot Stuff (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Bucharest

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

A week in Bucharest is more than enough time to enjoy this city. Staying in the center gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself every day in the most historic streets, discovering monuments, museums and churches of rare beauty.
Those who want to save can choose accommodations that are located in more residential neighborhoods, but within which they can discover small jewels worthy of being seen. Transportation is fairly cheap and functional, so it's easy to get around to the large parks and attractions located on the edge of the city.
A great way to better organize some visits is to book them well in advance, especially when it comes to out-of-town places, such as the fascinating castles of Transylvania.

  • starting from € 18,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Walking tour of the main sites of the city Palace of the Parliament of Bucharest Tour of Peles, Bran Castle and Brasov
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 511,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Bucharest: the summit is continental, winter gives the Christmas atmosphere, but temperatures are around 0 °, while spring and summer are ideal times, given the long sunny days - find out more
  • Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport is located in Otopeni, 8 km north of the city. Two bus lines connect the airport to the city center, the ride takes 45 minutes and the cost of the ticket is 3,5 LEU - € 0,73
  • the most touristic and therefore livelier area is the historic center. Those who prefer quieter and more residential neighborhoods can opt for some accommodation in Cotroceni and Baneasa
  • Getting around: to visit the center, on foot. For more peripheral areas you can use the metro, the cost of the ticket is 1,91 LEU - € 0,40, and buses, ticket cost 1,43 LEU - € 0,30 - find out more
  • Local currency: it is part of the European Union, but it is not included in the euro zone, its currency is the leu. € 1,00 = 4,78 LEU

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