Discover Bucharest

Bucharest is one of the most important industrial and commercial centre of Romania, being the most populated city of the country. It is very well known for its wide boulevards, its old belle epoque buildings from the Old Town and architectures dating for two or three centuries.

Here are some idea of what you should visit in our city:

1. Ateneul Roman (The Romanian Athenaeum)

The building of Athenaeum is a concert hall in the centre of Bucharest and it was finished around 1888, mostly with money coming from general public. The architecture of the Romanian Athenaeum is a different one from what you will see in Bucharest, resembling with an ancient temple through its Doric styled columns and high dome. Worldwide known for its outstanding acoustics, it is the host of “George Enescu” festival.

2. Palatul ParlamentuluiPalace of the Parliament)

Built at the orders of Nicolae Ceausescu, the las communist leader or Romania, the construction of the Palace of the Parliament( or former known as People’s Palace) began in 1984. It is known for being the second largest administrative building in the world after The Pentagon in the United States, and the third biggest building in the world after the Vehicle Ssembly Building in Kennedy Space Center from Florida. It is a very good late interpretation of neoclassical architecture, with 1,100 rooms and 12 floors.

3. Palatul RegalThe Royal Palace)

The Palace was build in the XIXth century by Dinicu Golescu. It was home to many succedors, rulers of Romania like Alexandru Ioan Cuza or Carol I. An important part of the building was destroyed in 1927 by a fire, right before King Ferdinand’s death. The reconstruction of the building was happening between 1930- 1937. The Royal Palace was also the home of King Carol IInd and his son, Mihai I. Finished in 1937 with the help of the architect, Nicolaie Nenciulescu, the building has a lot of history behind, as for example, the coup against Germany in the IInd World War was led from this palace, by king Mihai I, 18 at that time.
The Royal Palace currently hosts the National Art Museum.

4. Casa Presei LibereHouse of Free Press)

An important building of the history of Bucharest, House of the Free Press was built with the purpose of housing all of Bucharest printing presses and newspapers and the staff. It represented a new level of architecture at the time, in 1956, when the construction was completed, a symbol of the ’50s. The building was designed by Horia Maicu in the style of Soviet Socialist realism, wanting to be a replica of the well known Moscow State University.

5. Calea VictorieiVictory Avenue)

Piata Revolutiei (Revoultion Square)
It’s one of the most famous streets of Bucharest, being a main avenue in the central part of the town. It was named so in 1878, after the victory of Romania in the War of Independence. Full of fashion boutiques and restaurants, take a walk down this street to find also more beautiful places and buildings like the CEC Palace( headquarter of the CEC Bank), National Museum of the Romanina History, Museum of Art Colletions, Revolution Square and more.

6. Centrul Vechi- LipscaniOld Town)

Once a residencial area, now the home of many art gallery, fashion shops, restaurants and more especially, coffeehouses. At it’s young ages, it was known as a commercial place. Many merchants and traders would sell their merchendise here. It god the name of ”Lipscani” from the many german traders from Leiptzig or Lipsca. The area still keeps it’s old architecture through it’s old buildings that cand be found on the paved streets of Lipscani.

7. Bucharest City Tour

Designed especially for tourists, Bucharest City Tour is a line that covers the main attraction of the city in just one hour. The bus has an audio guide that speaks romanian, french, english and italian, and it stops at 14 stations, including the one from Piata Romana. The bus leaves from Piata Unirii and leads to Piata Presei Libere, the time between one bus and another being around 15 minutes. You can buy the tickets directly from the bus.