What to see in Bucharest in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Thinking about the Romania as a tourist destination, what immediately comes to mind are the events of Count Dracula, from Transylvania and the female beauties that characterize the countries of Eastern Europe.

Despite Bucharest is not considered one of the most interesting European destinations, it turns out instead an amazing city, with a thousand different aspects to be discovered. It is perfectly suited to a one day visit, which is why we have decided to offer you an itinerary here what to see in Bucharest in one day.


  1. One day itinerary in Bucharest: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Bucharest: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Bucharest: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Bucharest: Morning

1 - Palace of the parliament

Since your exploration of the city will be entirely on foot, you need the energy to face the day. for breakfast we recommend Dolce Bacio Caffe Cismigiu, a modern café located in Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta 61, for an average cost of around 8 Euros. After breakfast, you can go to visit the first attraction of the city, which is the Palace of the Parliament. It is located on the right bank of the Dambovita River and represents the second largest administrative building in the world, just after the Pentagon. Built during the Communist Empire, it dates back to 1984 and is a 12-storey building, overlooked by 3.000 rooms, for an area of ​​340 square meters.

2 - Centrul Vechi and Curtea Veche

Proceeding north, across the river, you will find yourself in the heart of the city, which is the historic center (Centrul Vechi). Also known as the Lipscani district, named after one of its main streets, it is a tangle of streets where there are shops, clubs, art galleries but also luxury homes and ancient ruins. There is one that deserves a special mention, the bane of Old Princely Court who had Vlad Tepes built in the th century, the prince of Wallachia who is identified with the literary character of Dracula. At the center of the court stands the statue of the emperor who, perhaps due to his terrible fame, seems to observe visitors with a look that is anything but benevolent. Next to the remains of the palace there is also the beautiful church of Curtea Veche, which can be visited.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,9 km / 1 h 3 min
  • Places visited: Parliament Building (around € 3,50 Euro), Curtea Veche (around € 1,00)
  • tour of the Palace of the Parliament and transfer private walking tour in the Old Town
  • Where to have breakfast: Dolce Bacio Caffe Cismigiu, Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta 61

One day itinerary in Bucharest: Afternoon

1 - Stavropoleos Church

With a 5-minute walk, you will reach the Stavropoleos Church, a small but charming orthodox church which has withstood several earthquakes and the Ceausescu regime over time. It's time for lunch and how not to choose the famous Caru cu Bere, in Strada Stavropoleos 5, a very characteristic nineteenth-century brewery. Lunch at this venue can cost, on average, around 18 Euros.

2 - Crețulescu Church and National Theater of Bucharest

Always remaining in the historic center, you can go to the Crețulescu church, located in the corner of Revolution Square. It consists of bricks of a characteristic reddish color and dates back to the eighteenth century. It has undergone numerous restorations, renovations and even threats of demolition in the communist period, as well as at least two earthquakes! A short distance away you will find the National Theater of Bucharest, one of the largest in Europe, which took the place of the old theater, which was destroyed during the Second World War. In front of the theater entrance you will find a curious group of statues called Caragealiana, ideal for taking some creative photography.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,3 km / 30 min
  • Places visited: Stavropoleos Church (free), Crețulescu Church (free), Bucharest National Theater (free)
  • Where to have lunch: Caru cu Bere, Stavropoleos Street 5

One day itinerary in Bucharest: Evening

Before looking for a place for dinner, and ending your visit to the city, there is one last attraction not to be missed. We are talking about the Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Helen, or Patriarchal Cathedral (Catedrala Patriarhală). It stands on a small hill in a complex that also includes the Palazzo del Patriarcato and the Patriarchal Residence, home of the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, or the "Patriarch". Of seventeenth-century origin, it represents one of the most interesting attractions in Bucharest, with its mosaics on the external facade and internal frescoes. For dinner, we recommend the Vatra restaurant, in Strada actor Brezoianu Ion 19, for an average cost of about 25 Euros.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,6 km / 47 min
  • Places visited: Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Helen, Palace and Patriarchal Residence (free)
  • Tour of the best night clubs in Bucharest
  • Where to dine: Vatra restaurant, Strada actor Brezoianu Ion 19

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Weather: it is of the humid continental type, the winters are cold and windy, the summers are hot with occasional and strong thunderstorms. The best time to visit the city is from May to September, thanks to the pleasant temperatures and often moderated by summer storms.
  • Prices: the currency in use in Romania is the Leu (in Romanian "lion"). Prices in Bucharest are quite low.
  • If you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our offers for accommodation in Bucharest

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

In Bucharest there are some museums, including the National Museum of Art of Romania, with over 70 thousand works attributable to artists such as Domenico Veneziano, Tintoretto and Rembrandt, or the National History Museum, which contains evidence of the country's history. They are interesting but do not fit, for reasons of time, in the one-day itinerary.

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