Even though you may be tempted to remain nature-bound for your entire visit, don’t miss all the great things to do in the capital city of Bucharest. Plan on spending at least a full day exploring this ancient and unique city, filled with stunning sights. Take a city tour to see the most interesting museums, parks and attractions, or simply explore on your own.
Walk through rewritten history
Built by ousted Communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu, the Parliament Palace was intended to be the center of his government. Now, it’s the house of Parliament, and a conference center. The palace sprawls over 3.76 million square feet, and is the largest parliamentary building in the world. The inside is just as stunning, and boasts entirely Romanian design, decoration and furnishings, including a 2½-ton chandelier.
Admire the views
Built in 1922, originally out of wood, Bucharest's version of the Arc de Triomphe (Arcul de Triumf) was created in honor of the Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I. It is 85-feet high and has been finished in Deva granite. Unique decorative sculptures by famous Romanian artists are combined with an interior staircase that you can climb to the top. Don’t miss the glorious views of the city from atop the Arc!
Stroll the street of Victory
The beautiful Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) is the oldest street in Bucharest. Built in the late 17th century, it was originally paved with oak beams. Today, it is one of the most celebrated avenues in all of Romania. Feast your eyes on stunning buildings, including the Palatul Cantacuzino, the National History Museum and other historically and architecturally interesting constructions.
Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei) became famous worldwide during the dramatic televised revolution in 1989, but it has a history far beyond that. In the square is the former Royal Palace, which is now the National Art Museum, as well as the Romanian Athenaeum, lovely Kretzulescu Church and the historic Athenee Palace Hotel.
See how the other half lives
Cantacuzino Palace (Palatul Cantacuzino) was home to Grigore Cantacuzino, former Prime Minister of Romania. He built it in his desire to have ‘the most elegant residence in Romania’. It features a mix of neoclassical and art nouveau elements. From its ornate wrought-iron doorway, guarded by two lions, to its lovely arched windows and iron balconies, this residence-turned-museum is a must-see during your Romania rail getaway.