What to See
Bucharest's museums are a destination in themselves,
especially the open-air Muzeul Satului (Village Museum) in the
Herastrau Park near the Arcul de Triumf. Here you will find village
architecture and crafts from all over Romania, including wooden
churches from Maramures.
Other "musts" include the National Museum of Art, once the
Royal Palace; the National History Museum on Calea Victoriei, housing
the superb silverware of the Treasury; and Curtea Veche with its
decorated little 16th century church.
Nearby stands the magnificent Church of the Patriarchate,
built in 1657 and preserved amongst the contrasting modernity of the
Centrul Civic. And don't miss Stavropoleos Church near Curtea Veche, a
real jewel of Romanian Orthodox architecture. If you are lucky to be in
one of these churches during a christening or wedding ceremony you will
witness an unforgettable ritual.
La Boheme in Bucharest
The city's artistic life stood up to its Parisian nickname
and today is as vibrant as ever. A classic repertoire - Puccini, Verdi,
Rossini, Mozart - is maintained at the Opera House.
The splendid neo-classical building of the Atheneul Roman
(Romanian Athenaeum) lends grace to international-standard concerts by
the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. Yet the cost of tickets is
only a fraction of the price you would pay elsewhere.
All tourists like shopping and you will find department
stores around Piata Unirii and on the main boulevards. Alternatively
you can take a walk in a bazaar district of small traders on the narrow
streets around Strada Lipscani, close to Curtea Veche.
Specialities to look for include local pottery, glassware,
linen and woodcarvings. As an alternative, you may go to the thronging
Talcioc Sunday morning flea market along the Dambovita river for a
The capital's restaurants are regaining their vigour;
grilled beef, chicken or pork are the basis of many dishes, followed by
a variety of pastries for dessert. Enliven your meals with Romanian
wines and with plum brandy (Tuica), the national drink, as an
Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere in bars,
restaurants and night clubs is welcoming, often refined by the rhythms
of gypsy music. Romanians are warm-hearted people who like to enjoy
themselves. Why not join them and have fun.
The Outskirts of the City
Bucharest is surrounded by forests and lakes; ancient
Palaces and Monasteries are set amongst them. The towered Snagov
Monastery, dating from 1408, is popular among the inhabitants who go
canoeing on the lake.
Why not visit the elegant 18th century Mogosoaia palace,
only 14 km (9 miles) north of Lake Mogosoaia. There are many other