Hey folks, here I am to tell you more things to do in Bucharest. Have you read the first part already? If not, please have a look on my post Things to do in Bucharest – part I.
Romania is one of those countries that makes me wonder why isn’t on everybody’s top list. Romania has great people, it is one of the cheapest destinations in Europe, it is full of history, the cultural side is huge, is the home of Dracula and has the Latino vibe I miss so much in 3 years of Germany.
In other words, visit Romania. Visit Bucharest. You need to spend a few days of your life contemplating how life can be amazing inside Bucharest.
Things to do in Bucharest
Like I promised, this time I will try to show you more parks and historial sites, ok?
For sure, the Grădina Cişmigiu is of the prettiest gardens of Bucharest. Also known as Parcul Cișmigiu, this 17 hectares area is the largest garden in the city’s central area.
This place can only be described as a haven of flowers, lakes, lawns and trees. Usually mistakenly referred to as a park, Cișmigiu is actually a large garden, first designed and laid out in 1847 by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer.
But it was not completed until 1860 back when Bucharest was the capital of Wallachia on the same place where Lacul lui Dura neguțătorul (the “Lake of Dura the merchant”) was. It is worth to mention that Wallachia (or Walachia) is basically how Romania used to be called. It is the historical and geographical region of Romania.
The wonderful and peaceful scape from the fast pace city of Bucharest has more than 30,000 trees, flowers and plants the were brought in from the Romanian mountains and countless exotic plants that were fetched from the several botanical gardens in Vienna.
Allow yourself a few hours to breath the fresh air and feel the calm and relaxing vibe of Cișmigiu.
Palace of Parliament in Bucharest
It is for sure a mandatory item on every list of things to do in Bucharest. The Palace of Parliament, in Romanian Palatul Parlamentului, is the largest building in Europe.
Speaking about records it holds only ok? This will be a long list:
- Largest building in Europe,
- It also holds the second position when we are talking about world losing only to the Pentagon,
- But it is the largest in the world if we are talking about the civilian building with an administrative function, ok?
- It is the most expensive administrative building ever made
- It is the heaviest building of the world.
It is not just that, when I was there walking around and taking tons of photos of its 1100 rooms and 3,7 million square meters, I heard that not long ago there was a research to see what it was the most ugly and the most building in Bucharest. Can you guess which one the Palace of Parliament won?
You’re wrong! It was considered the most beautiful and the most ugly! 2 more records for its list! Want to know why?
It was voted the most beautiful because it is god-damn-chin-dropping-breath-taking imposing and beautiful, no doubt about that. But it was voted also the most ugly because of its history.
This magnificent construction was built by the communists back in the 80’s, and if you know a tiny bit of Romania’s history with its dictator, you would understand why it was voted the most ugly building in Bucharest.
If you like history, I suggest that you watch The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu.
If you ever been to Paris, you will understand perfectly when I describe this avenue as the Champs–Élysées of Bucharest. It could be the Champs Elysee or it could be the big North Korean avenues as well.
This large boulevard build by Ceausescu, the “communist” dictator, had complete neighborhood blocks, synagogues and churches. Everything was destroyed to fulfill this crazy and cruel man’s dreams. To build it more than 70, 000 people lost their homes and many historic buildings were destroyed, but he got what he wanted: Bucharest gain the title of “Paris in Balkan”.
Today the Boulevard Unirii, or Unification Boulevard is a must go point in any trip to Bucharest. It connects the Palace of Parliament all the way to the Alba Iulia Square, passing by the beautiful Piața Unirii.
The Romanian Athenaeum, or Ateneul Român in Romanian, is a splendid and insanely alluring concert hall in the center of Bucharest. It is a very important landmark of the Romanian capital city and you can verify this information checking out the 5 Lei bill. It features the majestic Athanaeum in one side.
Opened in 1888, the ornate, circular and domed architecture is the city’s main concert hall and home of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic and of the George Enescu annual international music festival.
It was forbidden to take pictures inside but they only told me that way after I clicked several images, and since nobody told me to delete my photos, here are they.
Bucharest’s Revolution Square
The Revolution Square was one of the places in Bucharest where I felt the young generation vibe stronger. The place was full of skateboarders doing some sort of Skate Documentary, plenty of teens hanging around the beautiful and strong art pieces around the whole site and speaking of art, the explicit message behind every single work of art is something else. The whole square is infused by both a cultural and a historical charge.
Revolution Square, or Piaţa Revoluţiei, is called the way it is because it is the place where the 1989 revolution started. Without a doubt this fact makes it the most important and representative square of Bucharest as you can imagine. It is a great landmark marking one of the greatest moments for the history of the city and of the entire country, for that matter.
Remember to take a photo of Nicolae Ceauşescu’s balcony once you’re there! And the entire section of it since it’s there where his attempt of fleeing the city by helicopter happened.
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