Travel Guide: Romania’s Bucharest

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I couldn’t help but write about Bucharest after travelling there … it is such a wondrous place.

This beautiful place was dubbed ‘Little Paris’ in the 1900s because of the Belle Époque buildings and of course the vibe of living in a metropolis. Bucharest is a busy capital and a magnificent place to roam, with history and modern glory combined in one place. It is also a photographer’s paradise!

Bucharest is believed to have been founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a humble shepherd called Bucur – a name that once translated means ‘joy’. He was so skilful with the flute, evoking a sense of romance, that it captured the hearts of whoever heard it. He was also a winemaker of talent and so with such attributes was influential in ensuring the name Bucharest would honour his contribution to its development.

Like most of Romania, Bucharest is a city of beauty, with its ancient stories captured through both its ruins and architecture that represents its evolving modern history.

Ideal months. I was aiming to flaunt my winter clothes abroad, so January was a perfect month for me as it actually drops down to freezing -2°C, making it the coldest month in Bucharest. I would highly suggest the months of April, May, and June though, when it’s comfortably cold with some warmer days woven through, making it a perfect way to spend your vacation. Plus, this is a truly ideal city to see by foot, so these months are ideal for being outdoors.

What to expect. Bucharest is the perfect city for cycling and walking as you visit iconic places such as The Arch of Triumph, Kretzulescu Church and Palatul si Biserica Curtea Veche. The food, parks, and museums also burst with flavour, culture and splendour.

What to do. Here are a few of the best tours you can enjoy while in Bucharest:

  • Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Walking Food Tour – Aside from trying the best cuisine only known in Bucharest, you can also visit artisan markets offering cultural goods and authentic souvenirs. An English-speaking tour guide can also wax lyrical on Bucharest’s historic highlights.
  • Guided Walking Tour of Historical Bucharest – There’s nothing more educational than taking a tour of the city’s historical sites. Find out more about how Ceausescu’s dictatorship and the Cold War forever shaped and changed this city.
  • Bucharest Old Town Walking Tour – You will have the chance to see all the old architecture of Bucharest – a beautiful combination of Gothic and Neo-Baroque. Visit the notorious Vlad the Impaler’s medieval castle called the Old Princely Court or the Palatul si Biserica Curtea Veche.
  • Highlights Walking Tour of Bucharest – This tour takes you to some of Bucharest’s highlights of Bucharest, with fascinating tales of Ottoman pashas and Transylvanian princes. You can also go to Kretulescu and be amazed by its stunning architectural style, plus learn more about Revolution Square.
  • Private Bucharest Walking Tour – In a small group tour, see the Revolution Square and understand more of its cultural evolution.

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