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Bucharest, the little Paris

On New Year’s Day in 2017, we decided to dare to make a rebellion abroad. If you think about it then you read the appropriate article. We searched for about a week to find the destination. Many options such as Budapest, Vienna, Prague (again, because it was perfect) and much more. Finally, we ended up doing something different, visit the Paris of the Balkans, in Bucharest.

So we arrived on Ryanair flight and since it was so cold we called an UBER (here you will find a discount from us) and we went straight to our hotel.

Our stay

We chose Hotel Christina for our stay. This particular accommodation is the No. 1 hotel among other 169 in all of Bucharest. Do not be afraid of this. We strongly recommend this as well as being financially superior to quality. Do not forget the calendar shows December 28 of 2016 and the prices had to be prohibitive. However, the price of 60 euros with breakfast per night was a super deal.

Hotel Christina Room

Our room at Hotel Christina

Sightseeings and Museums

Walking along the streets of Bucharest you will meet a lot of beautiful places worth to stand. Let’s go around …

Herastau Park

Bucharest has too many parks. We will talk many times about these in our next articles. If you are a nature lover, this is your destination. A lively park all year round. It’s the biggest in Bucharest, so be ready to walk.

Πάρκο Herastrau

Herastrau Park

National Museum Dimitrie Gusti

Once you’re here, do not miss the opportunity to see the National Museum Dimitrie Gusti. This place represents the villages just as they were back in the days. It was built in 1936 and contains 300 wooden houses, windmills and churches. Approved Tip: Do not miss it and the ticket costs only 15 Lei (4 euros).

Museum Dimitrie Gusti

Traditional house at Herastrau Park

Arc de Triomphe

And of course from little Paris could not miss the Arch? Identical to the homonymous in France, a major attraction for Bucharest. Take the necessary photos and let’s go to the center.

Arc de Triomphe in Bucharest

Arc de Triomphe in Bucharest

We arrived in the city center

The Palace of the Parliament

The Palace of Parliament or Parliament is one of the top attractions in Bucharest. It is a magnificent 360,000 m² building. It is truly the “epitome of luxury” as it consists of 12 floors, 1,100 rooms decorated with marbles, crystal chandeliers, handmade carpets, and curtains. With an entrance of 40 Lei (9 €), you can visit it and enjoy its interior.

The Palace of the Parliament

The Palace of the Parliament

Cismigiu Gardens

Another park worth visiting. Inside the green (and white for us) you will enjoy pure oxygen and a clean atmosphere. We were lucky we saw the lake frozen and white in December and green in June on our second trip to Romania. Those who see it frozen, try skating and feel like children again.

Cismigiu Gardens

Cismigiu Gardens

Unirii Square

Unirii Square is located almost in front of the Parliament Palace. Here you will see the big fountains in the city center. Approved Tip: Both times we visited they did not have water so when you go send us your photos.

Stavropoleos Church

A visit to the church of Stavropoleos is required. The temple was built by a Greek monk and is a protected as a UNESCO Monument.

Food and coffee choices in Bucharest!

We arrived at my favorite spot, food. Let’s see what good to eat in Bucharest and where!

Of course, we’ll start with our favorite Caru cu Bere. A traditional building, which houses one of the most famous restaurants. It serves traditional food, it has fast service and you can see live traditional music! Approved Tip: Book for a table in advance, because you will never find it empty. Try the menu which is cheap and do not forget the papanaci!
Another favorite restaurant is Beca’s Kitchen. Book at Beca’s Kitchen and enjoy homemade food.

The dessert Papanaci

The dessert Papanaci

Time for our coffee

The Camera din Fata and Origo offer excellent quality coffee in a warm setting. Both are a home of the locals. You will rarely see tourists there. We also suggest that to try for coffee or relaxed cocktail Μ60. This is an awesome discovery. Self-service order with fine cocktails and fresh pastries. We did not resist if you were wondering.

Other things to do in Bucarest:

  1. Try a day-trip like us at Brasov – Bran and see Dracula Castle nearby. Wonderful train ride.
  2. Organize your visit to Therme Bucharest to enjoy a unique experience with indoor swimming pools, saunas, steam baths, palm trees and water slides for children.

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