It bears the nickname “Paris of the East” and fascinates with gigantic architecture, wide boulevards, great parks, and a beautifully restored, historic old town. The capital of Romania and one of the largest cities in Europe, Bucharest, is the cultural center of Wallachia and several universities’ seats. Not far from the Parliament Palace in the city center, the Romanian Orthodox Church is currently building a gigantic cathedral – planned as the largest church in the world. The city is changing. Everywhere is built, hammered, and restored. It is tremendously exciting to go on a discovery tour here; just let yourself drift and develop a feeling for the metropolis and its inhabitants.
One of the most important reasons to visit Bucharest is the city’s mix of architectural styles. The contrast between the cozy little streets of the old town and the huge palaces in the confectioner’s style of the Stalin era could hardly be greater. It is precisely these contrasts that make up the distinctive character of the Romanian capital.
There is the French-looking triumphal arch from the period after the First World War, the neoclassical royal palace, which now houses the National Art Museum, and the Athenaeum, Bucharest’s most famous concert hall. The historically significant caravanserai Hanul lui Manuc from the 19th century is just as worth seeing as the imposing university library in the style of eclecticism. In addition to the large Patriarchal Cathedral, often hidden in the side streets between other buildings, there are countless smaller places of worship, such as the artistically decorated Stavropoleus church or the Kretzulescu church.
Ideas for romantic trips in Bucharest
Even in a busy metropolis such as Bucharest, there are attractive excursion destinations for romantics. Here is a small selection of ideas:
- Open air museum Muzeul SatuluiThe Muzeul Na? Ional al Satului “Dimitrie Gusti” is one of the most interesting attractions in Bucharest. It is laid out like a traditional Romanian village and provides interesting insights into the rural life of different regions and times on over 100,000 square meters.
- Macca Villarosse PassageThe glass-covered arcade street in the city center invites you to stroll. Find a cozy spot in one of the many cafés, enjoy your time together and watch the hustle and bustle around you.
- Boulevard Unirii at night The Boulevard Unirii is modeled on the Parisian Champs-Elysées and has its charms, especially at night. Passing colorfully lit fountains and lively blinking billboards, you walk towards the famous, also illuminated Parliament Palace. The closer you get, the better you will understand the dimensions of this truly gigantic building.
- Romanian delicacies in the Caru ‘cu bere The traditional restaurant has been a permanent fixture in the center of Bucharest for over 130 years. Tourists and locals alike like to come to the famous beer palace with its wood carvings, frescoes, marble columns, and colorful glass windows. Treat yourself to an evening for two in this cult restaurant and try delicious Romanian dishes.
- Peles Castle in Sinaia A day trip to Peles Castle, 130 km away, takes you deep into the landscape of the Transylvanian Carpathians. The summer residence of the first Romanian king contains elements of a half-timbered house and splendid wood paneling.
- In the footsteps of Count Dracula, Romantic excursions in Bucharest are eerily beautiful if you follow in the footsteps of Count Dracula. The Count Dracula Club even offers a special event on Valentine’s Day.
Put your flights and hotels in Bucharest together online and get to know the capital of Romania from its romantic side!