Top Bucharest attractions | Private jet charter
Bucharest has become a beautiful jewel in Eastern Europe offering visitors eclectic architecture, relaxing parks and gardens, fascinating museums, and a vibrant international nightlife and restaurant scene. Here are 5 of Bucharest’s top attractions:
Bucharest Old District
Party central, as well as a fascinating rabbit warren of bars, terraces and restaurants housed in period buildings, make Bucharest’s Centrul vechi a fascinating place to spend an afternoon or evening. Stroll around the 17th-century buildings, stop for a local beer and people watch from a roof-top bar. Many of the buildings here have not been restored, giving the whole area a slightly decadent atmosphere. The Old Court Church and Museum on Strada Franceza are all that remains of a former 15th-century palace.
Sands of Therme
The biggest urban beach in Europe, Sands of Therme, is just 10 minutes from the centre of Bucharest. This summer playground consists of 30,000m² of sandy beach, a 720m² tropical pool and around 1500 sunloungers, all awaiting visitors from June onwards. Refreshments and meals are available at the Barbeque Bar and the VINO wine bar.
The Romanian capital boasts more than 60 equally fascinating museums. The main three to aim for are the National Museum of Art at the Neoclassical former Royal Palace, the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the wonderful open-air Village Museum – a historical guide to Romanian rural life. Elsewhere visit Casa Melik, Bucharest’s charming oldest house; the Storck Museum is a highlight for its murals, and the National Museum of Maps and Old Books with its eclectic collection is housed in an elegant 1930s villa.
High quality local provenance is the highlight at Romania’s largest market. Visitors will find a selection of handicrafts in wood and wicker and pottery, an infinite selection of local meat cuts and sausages, together with cheese and honey delicacies and even mushrooms and wild berries across this 26,000m² site. If you visit in winter, then don’t miss the delicious grape juice known as ‘must’. For the best flea market excursion head to Valea Cascadelor, a short drive west of the city centre off the Bulevardul Iuliu Maniu.
Bucharest Parks and Gardens
Bucharest is blessed with many green spaces in which to escape the hustle of the city. Its oldest garden is Grădina Cişmigiu, right in the centre. Relax in its 16 beautifully planted and landscaped acres with more than 30,000 trees, before heading to Herastrau Park or Tineretului Park. The stunning Botanical Gardens in Cotroceni neighbourhood is highly recommended and boasts 10,000 plant species.
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