Holidays to Bucharest
Visit bustling Bucharest for a lively getaway
As Romania’s capital, Bucharest is a vibrant location that never seems to rest. The city is separated into six distinct sectors that give the area its own unique personality. By simply walking around any of these districts you are likely to stumble across something of interest, whether it is a conventional sight or not. Bucharest holidays offer something different, but are no less memorable than trips taken further west.
Of all the areas of interest, the Old Fortress of Bucharest is one of the most popular among visitors. It was once the home of Vlad the Impaler, the ruler of Wallachia and the figure that inspired the legend of Dracula. One less eerie point of interest is The Arch of Triumph, originally built of wood in 1922 to honour the Romanian soldiers that fought during World War I. It was rebuilt in granite in 1936 and offers a fantastic view of the city by climbing a staircase to the top. Revolution Square is a notable area of the city for the part it has played in Romania’s history. On one side is the Royal Palace, and at the south end you can explore the distinctive Kretzulescu Church.
Parks and gardens
Providing an escape from the busy main streets are Bucharest’s various parks and gardens. The Botanical Garden located to the north-west includes over 5,000 varieties of plants as well as the Botanical Garden Museum. Carol I Park is among the largest in the city and contains a striking monument for those who fought for freedom and socialism. It also features the eternal flame that marks the grave of the Unknown Soldier. Herastrau Park stretches over 400 acres and is where you can rent a boat, play tennis or explore the old-fashioned fairground. The park’s surroundings give a glimpse of Bucharest’s élite, as this is where many of them live in stunning houses.
Over the past few decades the world’s biggest brands have headed to Bucharest to tempt the area’s residents and visitors. Today you will find high-end labels and other leading names at destinations including Baneasa Shopping Centre, Mario Plaza and the Liberty Centre. The various market stalls supply fresh produce for the city’s residents alongside an array of plants and flowers.
Performing arts, live music, casinos and more cater for the entertainment needs of Bucharest’s diverse collection of visitors. The Opera House stages classical performances in stunning surroundings in addition to the revered Romanian Opera. The National Theatre is the go-to destination for productions from the nation’s playwrights, and boasts three auditoriums. Families routinely head to the Bucharest Globus Circus during their stay to take in the spectacle under the big top.