Romania exceeded expectations – what a beautiful and varied country! Cristi was a great guide and all in all I would highly recommend this trip.
Holidays to Bucharest
Top 5 Things to Do on Bucharest Trips
Visit the Old Town: Dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, Bucharest’s Old Town is one of the earliest settlements in Romania and is home to some of the most impressive buildings in the city. Throughout the centuries it has been a place of significance where princes, tradesmen and travellers have gathered. Since the communist age, the Old Town has been re-established with many of the ancient buildings having undergone restoration. Trips to Bucharest never cease to amaze you with its captivating contrasts of ancient and modern. While one moment you’re ambling through cobbled streets lined with restaurants and cafes, the next you could be staring up at the magnificent palace.
Take a tour of the Palace of the Parliament: A vital piece of Romanian history and a must-see site on holidays to Bucharest is the Palace of the Parliament. Built between 1984 and 1997, the palace is the second largest administrative building in the world with over 3,000 rooms, and once housed the family of dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu. In order to construct the palace, he cruelly destroyed local neighbourhoods and even parts of the Old Town. Still today the building remains incomplete and is a harsh reminder of Bucharest’s communist past.
Visit the Romanian Athenaeum: A building of pure elegance and beauty, the Romanian Athenaeum is one of the most prestigious landmarks in the city and is well worth visiting on trips to Bucharest. Taking pride of place in the heart of the city, this domed concert hall opened in 1888 and is home to the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. Inside this almost Greek temple-like building you’ll find the most ornate gold-leaf ceiling, marble staircases and a circular fresco depicting the history of Romania.
Explore the Old Princely Court: Standing inside the Old City, the Old Princely Court, known locally as Curtea Veche, has played host to several noteworthy residents, including a Wallachian princess and Vlad the Impaler. The latter was a brutal leader famous for torturing his enemies and was also the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This is the oldest of the city’s medieval monuments, dating back to the 15th century and houses ancient artefacts and 13th century testimonies. If you want to uncover some of the darker history of the city on Bucharest holidays, this is a fascinating place to visit.
Visit the National Museum of Art of Romania: Housed in the city’s former Royal Palace, the National Museum of Art of Romania boasts an incredible collection of medieval and modern art as well as the Royal Collection. Spread throughout various rooms are over 100,000 pieces with art from famous Romanian artists such as Gheorghe Tattarescu, Theodor Aman, and Nicolae Grigorescu. Adjacent to the museum is the European Gallery, where you can admire art by Monet, Rubens, El Greco, Renoir and Rembrandt. Art lovers should definitely pay the museum a visit during trips to Bucharest.
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