Before our trip to Bucharest, we knew very little about the city or the vast amount of culture it played host to. However, getting off the coach we were quickly surprised with the cities beauty and many things to see and do.
Bucharest is the capital of Romania, so it comes as no surprise that it’s a hotspot for activity and sightseeing. These four things to do in Bucharest, Romania can be easily completed over two days but if you really want to experience the beauty and culture of the city I would suggest staying up to a week.
Village Museum – Muzeul Satului
The Village Museum is located in Herastrau Park just outside of the city it’s easy to get to on the metro, bike or taxi. The museum is host to many beautiful and intriguing wooden huts and houses from over the centuries, each having its own unique flare.
The houses don’t just differ from century to century but from region to region within Romania. Some of the huts are open for you to look at the interior and each was decorated with heavy embroidered cloths and handmade woven rugs. The museum is open Monday 9-5 and Tuesday to Sunday 9-7, there is a cafe nestled within the park for a drink or bite to eat.
What I found most enjoyable during our time here was the outdoor element. Providing us with the ability to make the most of the beautiful weather and soak up the Romanian culture was a great way to spend an afternoon.
The National Museum Of Art
Like many of the buildings here in Bucharest, The National Museum of Art is of great beauty and size. There’s currently two exhibitions open European art and the Romanian modern art.
Tickets for adults are 10 leu, however, if you are a student you can go for 4 leu or 8 leu for both exhibitions.
We chose only the one exhibition, the European Art exhibition, we were kindly directed by the lovely staff and were told which way around was best to go. The museum itself has beautiful architecture, even if the art doesn’t catch your eye the design of the building will.
The National History Museum Of Romania
One of the many museums in Bucharest but to me one of the more interesting. The building itself is beautiful on the exterior but once inside you forget where you have entered.
The museum is open from Wednesday until Sunday, 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Prices are 20 leu for adults and 2.50 leu for students.
It has the first exhibition which is different artefacts and statues through time, this is located as soon as you walk in on the ground floor. The second is located through an open doorway instantly showcasing parts of Trajan’s column forming a story around the room. The last exhibit was the vast collection of gold artefacts from over time including crowns from Queen Elizabeth. This was interesting to see the column but would have liked to see more about the Romanian history.
The name of the church comes from the Greek names Stavros and Polios and translates to “The City of the Cross”. The church itself was built in 1724 and is one of the oldest standing churches in Bucharest.
We visited this church during the free walking tour and sat within the small courtyard behind. The church is tucked away behind taller buildings sat in the beautiful location of Old Town. Still used today and open to the public it’s beautiful interior and exterior.
There we have it. My favourite four things to do in Bucharest, Romania. As always, I’d love to know what you’ve been doing in Bucharest. Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to add the very best to this guide. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out our daily vlogs from our time in Bucharest.