What to see in Bucharest in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Bucharest is the capital of Romania and one of the jewels of Eastern Europe. Thanks to its intense cultural and artistic life, its fin de siècle architecture and its magnificent buildings it is also called "Little Paris of the East". With its 37 museums and 22 theaters, numerous churches of Byzantine art and the baths (the largest in Europe), Bucharest is ideal for a relaxing weekend in the name of art and fun.


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  4. How much does a weekend in Bucharest cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Palace of the Parliament, Patriarchal Cathedral

Start the day sipping coffee at Queen Mery, a little hidden gem close to the Palace of the Parliament, the most visited attraction in Romania and the second largest building in the world, so the visit will take some time. The palace was wanted by Ceausescu, the last president of the Socialist Republic of Romania, to celebrate his career, his power and, above all, to show it off. To build this huge palace, everything around it was destroyed, including houses, hospitals, churches and a stadium. Consisting of 12 floors, 4 basements and more than 3.000 rooms, it cost about 3 billion. Open from 10:00 to 16:00, it is absolutely one of the must-sees in Bucharest. The admission price is 24 LEI (approximately € 5,00). Not far away is the Patriarchal Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Elena, an Orthodox church full of frescoes and mosaics always open and with free admission.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Plata Unirii, Old Town

From the Cathedral, heading towards Plata Unirri, is Alouette, an ideal place for lunch, with a wide choice and typical Central European cuisine, with options for vegetarians and vegans too. Prices range from soups at 16 LEI (around € 3,00) to main courses at 35 LEI (around € 7,00). Plata Unirri is one of the largest squares in the capital and it took its present name in 1919, when the Romanian troops entered Timisoara (initially it was called Losonczy square from the name of Count Stefan Losonczy, killed by the Turks in 1552). In the square you will find the Roman-Catholic Cathedral, the Baroque Palace and the Serbian Orthodox Episcopal Cathedral. Continuing north, you arrive near Viale Lipscali, around which all the historical center with the ruins of the Court of the Princess, built in the th century by Vlad Tepes, better known as Dracula. Then get lost among the narrow streets, the Orthodox churches, the stately palaces and the art nouveau houses.

3 - Evening: Dinner, bars and clubs

Treat yourself to a typical dinner at Caru 'cu Bere, a characteristic and well-known restaurant, it is always advisable to book. The prices of the soups are around 16 LEI (about € 3,00), those of the main courses from 25 to 50 LEI (about € 5,00 to € 10,00). Bucharest nightlife is very lively and the city, even the historic center is full of bars, pubs and clubs in which to spend the evening, according to your needs.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,7 km / 1 h 3 min
  • Places visited: Palace of the Parliament (€ 5,00), Patriarchal Cathedral (free), Plata Unirii (free), Old Town (free)
  • Bucharest: Palace of the Parliament Tour Bucharest: Private Old Town Walking Tour Bucharest: 3-Hour Hidden Gems Walking Tour
  • Breakfast at Queen Mery (Get directions), Lunch at Alouette (Get directions), Dinner at Caru 'cu Bere (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Ateneul Roman, Piata Revolutiei

Start your second day in Bucharest with a delicious breakfast at Creamier, a café right next to the first pearl to visit, theAteneul Roman ,one of the most beautiful architectural works of Bucharest and the most prestigious concert hall in Romania. Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 20:00, Saturdays from 8:00 to 18:00 and Sunday from 8:00 to 16:00, Ateneul is the symbol of the Romanian musical culture of the nineteenth century and still hosts numerous orchestral concerts. The visit can continue Piata Revolutiei, one of the symbolic places of the revolution, the place where, in 1921, the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu began to crumble.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, National Museum of Romanian Art and former Royal Palace

Right next to Piata Revolutiei is the Excalibur restaurant, where you can immerse yourself in a real medieval atmosphere. Prices are in line with those of most of Bucharest: soups cost around 16 LEI (about € 3,00), while main courses range from 25 (about € 5,00) up to 65 LEI (for two. people, about € 13,00). You can dedicate the afternoon to National Museum of Romanian Art and to the building that houses it, the former Royal Palace. This museum is absolutely a must to include on your trip to Bucharest. Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00 in summer and from 10:00 to 18:00 in winter, it allows you to create your own visit to your liking: the museum hosts various exhibitions (the ticket for each single exhibition costs 15 HER, about € 3,00), but it is also possible to buy combo tickets (all information can be found at the following official website)

3 - Evening: Dinner, Green Hours Jazz Cafe

To recharge your batteries after a day spent among exhibitions and museums, a dinner at the Salon Golescu is the right choice for you. With a refined and welcoming restaurant and a wide and varied menu, you can satisfy your every desire. Also in this restaurant, the prices of the main courses range from 25 (about € 5,00) up to 65 LEI (about € 13,00). To end the evening you could move to the Green Hours Jazz Cafe, a 5-minute walk from the Salon Golescu. This venue, open until 4:00 in the morning, has an excellent bistro and a full program of events.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 22 min
  • Places visited: Ateneul Roman (€ 3,00), Piata Revolutiei (free), National Museum of Romanian Art and Former Royal Palace (€ 3,00)
  • Bucharest: half day sightseeing tour
  • Breakfast at Creamier (Get directions), Lunch at the medieval restaurant Excalibur (Get directions), Dinner at Salon Golescu (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Arcul de Triumf, "Dimitrie Gusti" National Museum

For this last day in the Romanian capital we move to the northernmost districts. Start your morning pampering yourself with a good breakfast at ARC Bakery, a place a few steps fromArch of Triumph, the Arc de Triomphe built to celebrate the independence of Romania. Then continue towards Șoseaua Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff alongside the park and you will arrive at National Museum "Dimitrie Gusti", one of the most visited attractions which will allow you to fully immerse yourself in traditional Romanian life. The museum is open every day and the ticket costs 15 LEI (approximately € 3,50).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Herastrau Park and activities

To have a 360 ° experience of Romanian culture, stop for lunch at the Muzeul Satului restaurant inside the "Dimitrie Gusti" museum. Here you can taste typical dishes of Romanian cuisine wrapped in an atmosphere that will take you back in time. But now it's time to go back to reality and you can do it by spending the afternoon walking in the immense Herastrau park: relax in the shade of the trees, take a boat ride, relax with an ice cream.

3 - Evening: Dinner

On your last evening enjoy a dinner in one of the many restaurants on the lake shore, the choice is really wide. An excellent restaurant is the Pescarus Restaurant, with a great variety of dishes and a unique and refined atmosphere. Here the price of dinner will be a little higher than the other restaurants proposed so far, but it deserves to spend that little bit more especially for the beautiful location in which it is located.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 36 min
  • Places visited: Arcul de Triumf (free), National Museum "Dimitrie Gusti" (€ 3,50), Herastrau Park (free)
  • Breakfast at ARC Bakery (Get directions), Lunch at Muzeul Satului restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurant Pescarus (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Bucharest cost

Compared to other European capitals, Bucharest is an affordable and affordable city for everyone. It does not matter what kind of holiday you would like to do, whether in the name of savings or looking for the most luxurious places, you will still be able to meet your needs while staying within your budget. But now let's see specifically how much a weekend in Bucharest costs:

  • Costs to eat: about € 30,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 15,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • TransportationThere is no single ticket for the metro, but you can buy a ticket for two (5,00 LEI, about € 1,00) or ten trips (20 LEI, about € 4,00). For buses the cost of a single ticket is 1,30 LEI (approximately € 0,27). The cost of a day ticket costs 8,00 LEI (approximately € 1,68). All ticket costs are for one person only.
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 50,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 40,00 per person
  • Total cost of a weekend in Bucharest: from € 250,00 per person (flights excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Bucharest: from April to September, temperatures are more pleasant, with highs of 30 °. Winters are cold and windy, with lows down to -5 ° in January and February. In spring and autumn the temperature fluctuates between 15 and 23 degrees - more info on the best time to visit Bucharest
  • Bucharest has two airports. Henri Coanda airport is 18 km (about 35 min by car) from the center, reachable by express bus line 783 or by train from Bucharest Gara de Nord station, reachable by bus 780. The second airport, also used by airlines low-cost, is the Aurel Vlaicu and is 15 km (about 50 min by car) from the center, to which it is connected by bus lines 131, 335, 148, 112, 301, the express line 781 and by tram line 5.
    Flights starting from € 39,00 -
  • the city is very large and divided into districts. All the main attractions are located in the historic center, where you can move around on foot. A good alternative is the Unirii district, one of the most famous and full of services near the center. If, on the other hand, you prefer to stay away from the tourist area, a good solution is the Beneasa district, very quiet and full of green areas.
    Hotel and b & b starting from € 19,90 per room -
  • Getting around: The fastest transport is the metro, but there are also numerous buses, trams and trolleybuses, all operating from 5:00 in the morning until 23:00. There is no single ticket for the metro, but you can buy a ticket for two rides (5,00 LEI, about € 1,00) or ten rides (20 LEI, about € 4,00). For buses the cost of a single ticket is 1,30 LEI (approximately € 0,27). The cost of a day ticket costs 8,00 LEI (approximately € 1,68) - more info on how to get around Bucharest
  • Other: to enter Romania, European citizens only need an identity card with an expiry date of more than 6 months. The national currency is the Romanian LEU (RON; 1 euro corresponds to approximately 4,7495 Romanian Lei).

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