A City Guide to Bucharest, Romania

bucharestThe complete “where, what, and how” City Guide to Bucharest

Before going to Bucharest, I must admit that I felt completely and utterly lost. I knew absolutely nothing about Bucharest. Or even Romania, for that sake. To me, Romania simply appeared as a rather big, blank space on the map, and the only associations it gave me was fragmented words like “Dracula” and “communism”. Sadly enough. However, it quickly turned out that Romania is so much more than that… So here is my quick, “don’t-panic” city guide to Bucharest!

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Where? Bucharest, Romania. The country share borders with Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary (in other words – it is located in Southeast Europe).

Closest airport? Aeroportul International Henri Coanda Bucuresti (wow! Try saying that after a few glasses of wine!), the city can be reached within 25 minutes by taxi.

Flight time? 3.5 hours from Glasgow, app. the same from London Heathrow.

Time Zone? + 2 hours (London time, +1 hour Scandi time)

Currency? Romanian Leu.

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bucharestWhat to see? Stavropoleos Monastery, the Village Museum, the Parliament, the Old Town. If you are there for a longer period of time, a day trip to Dracula’s castle is highly recommended.

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The Stavropoleos Monastery

Where to eat? Hanul Hanuc (in the Old Town) is famous for its traditional Romanian cuisine (which is highly inspired by the Ottoman culture). La Mamma (in the Old Town) serves cheap and wonderful food that will keep you both happy and fed for days.

Where to stay? No Doubt – Umbrella Hostel. This is the best hostel I have ever stayed at (and I swear, no one is paying me to say this, I simply just love it). The comfiest bunk beds ever, the softest pillow I have ever rested my head on (at a hostel, that is), and free coffee all day and all night. And it certainly didn’t hurt that the cutest Englishman EVER was sleeping in the bunk bed next to me.  Ah, the life of a single girl, eh?

However, not all of us are looking for dorm rooms – here’s a good place to find good hotels in Bucharest.

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bucharestSo the final question is “Should you go?” Well, I would definitely say “Yes!” to that. Bucharest is a strange city indeed, but I quite unexpectedly found myself liking it (and not just because of the cute Englishman or My Very Fake Hen Do, I simply just liked it).

 

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A City Guide to Bucharest

Christina
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Christina Sunneklep (b.1992) is a rather snap-happy Norwegian travel blogger. For the past few years, she's been winging it in Rome - now she's doing her best to conquer Glasgow, Scotland.

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18 Comments

  1. Anne Riley March 16, 2016

    beautiful photos dear xxx

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  2. Romania frister veldig, kanskje mest på grunn av fjellene og byer som Sighisoara, men når jeg forhåpentligvis kommer meg til landet må jeg jo utforske Bucuresti også :-)

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    • Christina March 28, 2016

      Jeg angrer definitivt på at vi ikke fikk planlagt nok tid til å utforske fjellene og landsbygden! Satser på at jeg får det til ved neste anledning :)

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  3. Yvonne March 17, 2016

    I never visited Bucharest before, but would love to. Love the photos you made, it makes me want to visit it even more!

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    • Christina March 28, 2016

      I would definitely recommend a visit! It’s a wonderful city :)

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    • Justice May 2, 2016

      That’s the thkining of a creative mind

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  4. Renates Reiser March 18, 2016

    Interessant å lese! Jeg var bare innom Bucuresti i sånn 1 time for å bytte fra buss til tog, samt ta ut penger og vase rundt på måfå for deretter nesten miste toget (..), så jeg fikk ikke sett noe særlig av byen. Det får jeg derimot gjort her! Ser jo ut som et trivelig sted :D

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    • Christina March 28, 2016

      Bucuresti er veldig annerledes enn f.eks. andre sentral-Europeiske byer, det var en ekstrem stor kontrast mellom posh høykultur og fattig østblokk. Men det var en utrolig morsom opplevelse, og menneskene var helt herlige (og maten var fantastisk!)

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      • Tiger May 2, 2016

        I read your potnisg and was jealous

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  5. Maria's Adventure March 23, 2016

    For en flott by! Jeg har ikke besøkt Romania enda, men jeg har veldig lyst :-)

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    • Christina March 28, 2016

      Det burde du! Det var virkelig en helt fantastisk opplevelse :)

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  6. Hamaca Reiseblogg May 19, 2016

    Åh, jeg har hørt mye fint om Bucuresti, men har enda ikke fått besøkt hverken byen eller landet selv. Må ta meg en tur dit kjenner jeg! Takk for inspirasjon =)

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  7. Inchirieri Autocare August 25, 2016

    How long did you stay in Bucharest? Also you could visit many more other places: Palace of Parliament (or the House of People), Romanian Athenaeum, Dimitri Gusti National Village, Grigore Antipa National Museum, Cotroceni Palace, CEC Palace (we have lots of Palaces as you can see :)) )etc.
    Also you have a little typo: Hanul Hanuc is actually Hanul Manuc or “Hanul lui Manuc”. We hope you’ll visit us again :)

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    • Christina August 25, 2016

      Hello! I was unfortunately only in Bucharest for a few days, but hopefully I’ll have the chance to return again sometime soon – there’s still SO MUCH to discover in Romania! Thank you for all your suggestions – I’ll definitely bookmark them for my next visit xx

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  8. Inchirieri Autocare August 26, 2016

    For your next visit in Romania I’d suggest you to visit Transfagarasan (it’s worth it – check it on google or this video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DUfYjGtQZE).

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    • Christina August 26, 2016

      Thank you so much! I wish I knew about all of this before I went the first time – but I reckon it means that I simply have to go back soon xx

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