Book flights to Bucharest and discover the heart of Romania! When you think of a taking city break, Bucharest might not be the first destination that pops into your head, but for intrepid travellers who like to really experience something new and different Bucharest is a great choice of city and a real adventure. One thing you really must do is visit the incredible Palace of Parliament, one of the biggest buildings in the world, and well worth seeing with your own eyes, just to understand its size! Book flights to Bucharest with Ryanair.
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Bucharest has many different, beautiful landmarks and the most prominent one is Palace of Parliament. To get a sense of Romanian history, visit the Museum of the Romanian Peasant or if you feel like a stroll in the outdoors go to the gorgeous Parcul Carol 1.
Palatul Parlamentului (Palace of Parliament)

Built during Ceausescu’s regime, the Palace of Parliament is Romania’s most famous building. The public tour of the opulent staircases and chandelier-filled rooms offers a fascinating insight.

​Address: Strada Izvor 2-4, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 316 0300​Website: www.parlament.ro
Arcul de Triumf (Triumphal Arch)

Similar to its Paris namesake, Bucharest’s Triumphal Arch remembers Romania’s Great War soldiers and its reunification in 1918. Initially, the arc was built of wood in 1922, and was then finished in Deva granite in 1936.

​Address: Piața Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Lipscani District

Lipscani, Bucharest’s historical centre, retains an old town charm which is almost irresistible. It is located between Calea Victoriei, Blvd. Bratianu, Blvd. Regina Elisabeta and the Dambovita River. Its collection of winding streets boasts antique markets, bric-a-brac spilling out from tiny boutiques and some of the city’s most appealing restaurants and bars.

​Address: Lipscani, Bucharest
National Art Museum

Romania’s most impressive art collection is displayed in this sprawling royal palace (Muzeul National de Arta). Here you can see works by Rembrandt and El Greco, among a collection of European art works.

​Address: Calea Victoriei 49-53, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 313 30 30​Website: www.mnar.arts.ro
University of Bucharest

In addition to being the centre for Bucharest’s intellectual and political events and the most popular meeting place in Bucharest, the University of Bucharest has a dramatic history. During the 1989 Revolution, some of Romania’s fiercest fighting took place here. Close by you can find the University of Bucharest’s School of Architecture, the National Theatre, the Coltea Hospital and the Sutu Palace (History Museum).

​Address: Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta 4-12, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 315 9249​Website: www.unibuc.ro
Filarmonica George Enescu

The superb Filarmonica George Enescu is the hub of Bucharest’s musical activity. Exquisite mosaics and historical frescoes adorn the 19th-century circular building, which hosts impressive orchestral concerts.

​Address: Str. Benjamin Franklin 1, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 315 2567​Website: www.fge.org.ro
Museum of the Romanian Peasant

This delightful museum opened in 1906 and is widely regarded as Romania’s best. A veritable treasure trove of pottery, icons and clothing. It also houses the fascinating Communism Exhibition and the ruins of an 18th-century Transylvanian wooden church.

​Address: Soseaua Kiseleff 3, Sector 1, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 212 9661​Website: www.muzeultaranuluiroman.ro
Jewish History Museum

This museum, situated in a stunning synagogue built in 1850, tells the story of Romania’s Jewish population up until 1937. Make sure to catch the moving tour to get the best experience.

​Address: Str Mămulari 3, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 311 0870​Website: www.romanianjewish.org
Old Princely Court & Church

The Old Princely Court (Curtea Veche) was built in the 15th century by Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad Dracula. According to the legend, he kept his prisoners right beneath the court. What remains today are a few walls, arches, tombstones and a Corinthian column. Here you can also find Bucharest’s 16th-century Old Princely Church (Biserica Curtea Veche), the city’s oldest church. Original frescoes and Wallachia architecture are among the star features in this ancient Romanian veteran.

​Address: Strada Franceza 25-31, Bucharest
Revolution Square - Piaţa Revoluţiei

Whilst the University of Bucharest saw some of the darkest days of Ceausescu’s regime, events at the Revolution Square heralded the beginning of a new age. This building now houses the Senate. Close by is the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Art Museum, the Romanian Athenaeum and the Athenee Palace Hotel. Also the Kretzulescu Church.

​Address: Revolution Square, Bucharest
Carol Park

This is one of the most beautiful parks in Bucharest, designed by the French landscape architect, Eduard Redont. Here you can find plenty of open-air concerts in the summer at Arenele Romane.

​Address: Calea Serban Vodá, Sector 4, Bucharest
Bucharest offers a fantastic selection of international dishes. French, Spanish and Italian cuisines are all available, though sampling local fare is a must. Traditional restaurants are inspiring and offer top-notch food in lively surroundings. Here are a few international and local choices.
Casa Doina

Casa Doina is a terrace garden that draws Bucharest’s most influential diners. Politicians and executives talk business over superb Romanian dishes.

​Address: Şos Kiseleff 4, Sector 1, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 222 6717​Website: www.casadoina.ro
Caru’ Cu Bere

Beer connoisseurs will be in their element at Caru’ cu Bere. Bucharest’s oldest beer hall dates from 1875 and sports a Dracula-esque, Gothic-style interior.

​Address: Str Stavropoleos 3-5, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 313 7560​Website: www.carucubere.ro
Burebista Vanatoresc

Tuck into wild boar, venison steaks and meatballs in this rustic, cheerful tavern. A hearty folk band adds to the country atmosphere.

​Address: Str Batistei 14, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 211 8929​Website: www.restaurantvanatoresc.ro
De Gustibus

De Gustibus is an Italian gem that has got everyone talking. They serve simple but exquisite Tuscan fare that will leave you longing for more.

​Address: Str Marcel Iancu 10, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 211 1449​Website: www.degustibus.ro
Divan

This is not just a restaurant but a meeting place in an oriental environment. Divan serves great food along with live entertainment, making this a night to remember.

​Address: Strada Franceza 46-48, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 312 30 34​Website: www.thedivan.ro
Bucharest offers many different types of cafes with lovely coffee and even better pastries. Relax your feet and enjoy a refreshing drink.
Café & Latte

Cafe & Latte is a Bucharest old-timer! It is a popular choice among locals, students and tourists for their many coffee choices.

​Address: Schitu Magureanu nr.35, Bucharest​Phone: +40 2131 415 8551​Website: www.caffe-latte.ro
Cafeneaua Actorilor

As the name suggests, this bar is frequented visited by next door’s National Theatre actors. Intimate and cosy, thespians whisper dramatically in dark corners.

​Address: Adresa Nicolae Balcescu, nr 2, Bucharest​Phone: +40 724 147 432​Website: www.cafeneauaactorilor.ro
Doncafe Brasserie

Come here for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this café is well-known for its cosy atmosphere. The cheesecake comes highly recommended!

​Address: Strada Ankara nr. 7, Bucharest​Phone: +40 746 222 444​Website: www.doncafe-brasserie.ro
Ramayana Cafe

Ramayana might not be situated in the best neighbourhood, but once you get there you will find a lovely decor and waitresses dressed in Indian dresses. They have great tea and coffee.

​Address: Strada Baldovin Parcalabul Nr. 11, Sector 1, Bucharest​Phone: +40 788 595 595​Website: www.ramayana.ro
Arcade Cafe

This Italian inspired café is located in the heart of Bucharest. There is sometimes a crowd here but the place is big so you will always find a seat.

​Address: Smardan, nr. 30, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 314 5066​Website: www.arcadecafe.ro
Bucharest’s bars are scattered around the city and searching for the best venues is all part of the fun. Here you will find cosy pubs, chic lounges and trendy bars that all add to the city’s nightclub scene. There are enough top nightspots here to cater to everyone’s taste, whether you want to dance the night away or chill out in one of the more mellow venues.
Deja-vu

Order Deja-vu’s most exotic cocktail to make the most of the extensive drinks menu. On Wednesdays you can enjoy live music here and on Thursdays you can play the gangster game Mafia!

​Address: Str. Nicolae Bălcescu nr.25, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 311 23 22​Website: www.dejavu-club.ro
Salsa III

Salsa III is perfect for a seductive taste of Latino dance and great tasting Sangria. It does not matter if you are new at Salsa or if you have been dancing for years, everyone is welcome!

​Address: Str Mihai Eminescu 89, Bucharest​Phone: +40 21 723 531 841​Website: www.salsagroup.ro
Kristal Glam Club

Kristal Glam Club is claimed to be one of the best and most popular clubs in Bucharest. Here you will find some of Europe’s top DJ´s.

​Address: Bvd. Regina Elisabeta nr. 34, Bucharest​Phone: +40 722 795 184​Website: www.clubkristal.ro
Barletto Club

Barletto Club is the city´s most expensive and exclusive club. The DJ´s are hot and so are the dancers and the people inside. Enjoy a drink by the pool and get into the Barletto Club atmosphere.

​Address: Strada Oltetului nr 30, sector 2, Bucharest​Phone: +40 752 307 302​Website: www.barletto.ro
In Bucharest you can easily stock up on designer wear like you could in Paris, Milan or London. Equally, if you are hunting down souvenirs, there is an endless range of little shops that sell Romanian knick-knacks, some more authentic than others. There are several shopping centres in Bucharest that cater to all needs, such as the World Trade Plaza, the Unirea Shopping Centre and the Plaza Romania house departments for fashion, electronics, housewares, food, cosmetics, antiques and souvenirs. Mario Plaza is also worth a look. There are also plenty of intimate places to look for more home-grown goods. For hand-woven rugs, painted eggs, pottery and Romanian costumes, spend some time looking through the wares at the folk art shop of the Peasant Museum. Elsewhere, Pasajul Villacross along Calea Victoriei is a stretch of funky boutiques. Art galleries and antique shops can also be found throughout the area. If you are looking for antiques, there are plenty and can easily be found in the art galleries along Calea Victoriei and around the Old Historical Centre. Piata Obor, at Campul Moslior 5, is Bucharest’s largest outdoor market with all sorts of food and a mini bazaar. Piata 1 Mai, at Blvd. Ion Mihalache 123, is an Oriental bazaar where you can find everything from fresh cheese, fruits, and vegetables to flowers and household items.
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Otopeni Airport

Otopeni is located 17km from central Bucharest (40 mins), and most international and domestic flights leave regularly from here. Buses run to/from Otopeni – catch bus no. 131 or 783 from the city centre (Piaţa Unirii) and get off at Otopeni’s departures/arrivals hall. This works in exactly the same way for the opposite journey.

​Phone: +40 21 204 1000​Website: http://www.bucharestairports.ro
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