10 days in Bucharest: a vibrant city full of history, culture and Romanian gastronomy

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Embrace the spirit of adventure with a fascinating 10-day tour through the heart of Bucharest, a city where history meets modernity, and where Romanian traditions blend harmoniously with cosmopolitan influences. This trip promises to be an in-depth exploration of culture, history, gastronomy and art, giving you a unique insight into life in Romania's capital;

Start your adventure in the vibrant Old Town, a maze of cobbled streets, historic buildings, old churches and lively terraces, where every corner hides fascinating stories. The first day invites you to immerse yourself in the city's bohemian atmosphere, enjoying a traditional breakfast in a specialty café, followed by a walk through the historic heart of Bucharest. In the evening, Romanian culinary delights await you at Caru' cu Bere, an emblematic restaurant that combines history and gastronomy.

As the journey progresses, you will discover the grandeur of the Palace of Parliament, a building that defies superlatives in size and opulence, and admire the valuable art collections of the National Art Museum of Romania. The itinerary will take you through the city's green parks, such as Herăstrău and Cișmigiu, oases of tranquillity and beauty, where you can take a deep breath and enjoy moments of peace in the bustling urban heart.

Your cultural adventure continues with visits to the Village Museum and the National Museum of Romanian History, where you will learn about the diversity and richness of Romanian heritage. In addition to historical and cultural explorations, your journey through Bucharest is enriched by authentic culinary experiences, from traditional meals in historic inns to modern reinterpretations of Romanian cuisine in contemporary restaurants.

Half of the tour brings you closer to nature and art, with a trip to Mogoșoaia Palace, where you will discover the beauty of the Brancovenești architecture, and a day dedicated to street art and contemporary galleries in the Bucharest Citadel. Each day is a new opportunity to discover different facets of the city, from its cultural and historical richness to the dynamism and creativity of the local art scene.

As the trip draws to a close, you will have the opportunity to relax in the parks of Bucharest, explore the museum dedicated to George Enescu and participate in a wine tasting, discovering the unique tastes of Romania. The last day gives you the freedom to revisit your favourite places or discover new hidden treasures, ending your adventure with a farewell dinner in the city where you can reflect on your experiences and memories.

This 10-day tour of Bucharest is not just a journey through Romania's capital, but an immersion into a way of life, a celebration of history, culture, art and gastronomy. It is an opportunity to experience the city, to feel it pulsating, to connect with its vibrant spirit and let your soul be captivated by its unique charm. With a balanced mix of exploration, relaxation and adventure, this tour promises to be an unforgettable experience, giving you not just a holiday but a journey of personal discovery.

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Visiting suggestions for the main cultural and historical attractions
Daily activity descriptions
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Tips for navigating the city by public transport
Tips for tasting traditional Romanian dishes
Leisure options including parks, museums and shopping areas
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Travel Styles

Independent

Budget

700 - 799 euro
>800 euro

Trip duration

Medium (6 - 10 days)
Long (more than 10 days)

Season

Spring
Summer
Winter
Whenever
Autumn

Group type

Families with children's
Couples
Solo
Friends
Seniors

Topic

Cultural
Historical
Gastronomy
Adventure
Wellness/Spa

Exploring type

Walk
Optional going by car
Itinerary

Hunting: We start with budget-friendly accommodation. I recommend Hostel Miorița or Podstel Doors, both in the city centre, close to most attractions and with prices around 30-40 euro/night.
Exploration: Walk around the Old Centre, the pulsating heart of Bucharest, where you will discover the impressive architecture and feel the pulse of the city.

Morning: Arrival in Bucharest. After checking in, start your day with a traditional Romanian breakfast at Origo, prized for its specialty coffee and savory pastries.
Afternoon: Stroll through the Old Town, where you'll admire the eclectic architecture and visit historic churches such as the Stavropoleos Church, an architectural gem.
Evening: Dinner at Caru' cu Bere, one of the oldest restaurants in Bucharest, where you can enjoy traditional dishes in an impressive architectural setting.

Visits: The Palace of Parliament - one of the largest and most impressive administrative buildings in the world. Then visit the National Art Museum of Romania.
Transport: By foot or by bus for longer distances.

Morning: Visit the Palace of Parliament. Schedule a guided tour to explore the grandeur of the interiors and understand the complex history of this building.
Afternoon: Go to the National Art Museum of Romania, where you'll discover impressive collections of Romanian and European art.
Evening: Relax in the Cișmigiu Garden and dine at La Plăcinte restaurant, where you can try traditional Moldovan pies.

Visits: Herăstrău Park for a morning stroll, followed by the Village Museum, an incursion into Romanian traditions.
Lunch: Romanian lunch at Manuc's Inn.

Morning: Start the day with a walk in Herăstrău Park (King Michael I Park), the largest park in Bucharest, where you can rent a boat for a walk on the lake.
Afternoon: Visit the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum, an open-air museum showcasing traditional houses from all regions of Romania.
Evening: Dinner at Manuc's Inn, where you'll have the chance to indulge in authentic Romanian cuisine in an inner courtyard steeped in history.

Visits: National Museum of Romanian History and Stavropoleos Church.
Evening: Dinner at Caru' cu Bere, an iconic restaurant.

Morning: Explore the National Museum of Romanian History to see the Treasury and learn about the country's rich history.
Afternoon: Walk through the Cotroceni district, visiting the Cotroceni (Presidential) Palace and possibly a tour of it. This is a good opportunity to admire one of the city's most beautiful residential areas.
Evening: Experience modern Romanian cuisine at Kane restaurant, known for its innovative approach to local ingredients.

Visits: The creative and colourful district of Cetatea București. Explore street art and local shops.
Evening: Experience modern Romanian cuisine at Kane Restaurant.

Morning: Start the day in the creative and vibrant Cetatea București neighbourhood. Here you'll find impressive street art and contemporary art galleries
Afternoon: Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), located in a wing of the Palace of Parliament, for a modern perspective on the Romanian art scene.
Evening: Dine at one of the Old Town restaurants, such as The Artist, where the menu is a work of art in itself, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Visits: One day at Mogoșoaia Palace, about 15km from Bucharest, by public transport or bus.

Morning: Departure to Mogoșoaia Palace, about 15km from Bucharest. You can get there by bus or taxi/Uber. The palace, built in the Brâncovenesc style, is surrounded by a vast and beautiful park, ideal for walks.
Afternoon: Explore the grounds, including the art exhibitions inside the palace and the outdoor gardens. Don't miss St George's Church in the palace courtyard.
Evening: Return to Bucharest. Dinner at Tears and Saints, where you can try modern reinterpretations of traditional Romanian dishes.

Relaxation in Cișmigiu Park, followed by a visit to the George Enescu Museum.

Morning: Visit to Cișmigiu Park, the oldest public park in Bucharest. It's the perfect place for a morning stroll or to rent a boat on the lake.
Afternoon: Explore the George Enescu Museum, dedicated to the famous Romanian composer, located in an impressive neoclassical palace.
OR
Relaxation at Therme Bucharest - requires transport and reservation (if you want to save time waiting in line) (4 hours).
We recommend at Therme to have towel, slippers and read the rules. Please note that electronic devices will be left in the locker/dressing room. Therme has 3 zones and 3 intervals. 3 hours, 4.5 hours or full day.
A simpler option would be Bolt/Uber, where the cost will be around 100 lei.

Evening: Dinner at Zexe Zahana restaurant, where you can enjoy culinary dishes inspired by traditional Romanian recipes in an authentic atmosphere.

Visits: The People's House and a walk through the historic quarters.
Evening: Dinner at La Plăcinte or La Vatra, to enjoy traditional dishes.

Morning: Exploring the Old Court, the ruins of Vlad the Impaler's (Dracula's) palace, located in the heart of the Old Town. Learn more about its fascinating history.
Afternoon: Visit the National Bank of Romania Museum to discover the history of Romanian coins and the building's imposing architecture.
Evening: Experience contemporary Romanian cuisine at Mahala, a restaurant that combines tradition with innovation, offering a creative menu.

Visits: Romanian Peasant Museum, followed by a wine tasting at a local winery.
Evening: Discover innovative cuisine at a local bistro.

Morning: Visit the Romanian Peasant Museum, where you can learn about traditional rural life and Romanian folk art. The museum houses impressive collections of textiles, icons and other artefacts.
Afternoon: Free time for souvenir shopping at the museum shop or in nearby craft shops.
Evening: Wine tasting at one of the local wineries, where you'll have the opportunity to try Romanian wine varieties and learn more about the country's winemaking tradition.

Free exploration: Use this day to explore any corners of the city you want to revisit or discover.
Sources: Don't miss the souvenir shops to take home a little piece of the spirit of Bucharest.

Morning: Use this day to explore any corners of the city you didn't manage to see in the previous days. It can be a good opportunity to visit the Armenian Quarter to discover an often overlooked part of the city's history.
Afternoon: Walk through the Botanical Garden, a quiet and verdant place ideal for relaxation and contemplation.
Evening: Farewell dinner at a restaurant chosen on the basis of the experiences gained during your stay, perhaps a place you would like to return to or a new one, to close the circle of your culinary and cultural journey through Bucharest.

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FAQs

10 days, an ideal time to explore the depth and diversity of Bucharest without rushing.

This tour focuses exclusively on Bucharest, with a day trip to the surrounding area, the Mogoșoaia Palace.

A mix of cultural and explorative, with occasional relaxing moments in city parks and local cafes. This tour is ideal for those who want to discover the city's history, architecture, gastronomy and vibrant culture.

Mild to moderate. Most activities and visits are accessible on foot or by public transport, making this tour suitable for most travellers.

The estimate is €100/day/person, covering accommodation, transport, food and activities. This is an estimate that may vary depending on personal preferences and actual expenditure.

On foot, metro and bus are the most recommended ways to get around Bucharest. They are convenient and economical, covering the whole city and its accessible surroundings.

They range from affordable hostels such as Hostel Miorița and Podstel Doors to cosy Airbnbs, offering options for all budgets.

You can taste sarmale with mămăligă, mici, belly soup, pies and many other delicacies in traditional restaurants like Manuc's Inn and Caru' cu Bere.

The Palace of Parliament, the Old Centre, the National Museum of Art, the Herastrau Park, the Village Museum, the National Museum of Romanian History, the Stavropoleos Church, the Romanian Peasant Museum, and the street art in the Bucharest Citadel.

It's good to greet with "Hello" (day) or "Good evening" (evening) and to thank with "Thank you". Romanians appreciate politeness. In places of worship, it is advisable to dress modestly. In restaurants, it is customary to leave a tip of 10-15% of the bill if you are satisfied with the service.

English is widely spoken among young people and in tourist areas. Basic knowledge of French can also be useful.

For EU citizens and those from many other countries, no visa is required to enter Romania.

There are no specific health risks or mandatory vaccinations for visitors to most countries, but it is recommended that you check the latest travel advice from your country.

No special vaccinations are required, but check standard travel recommendations.

There are numerous online reviews on platforms such as TripAdvisor, Google Reviews and Lonely Planet.

This itinerary is self-guided. For guided tours, you can check reputable local operators on review sites.

As a self-guided tour, you have the flexibility to tailor it to your liking, choosing which attractions to visit and when.

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