Easily one of the most criminally underrated and under-traveled cities in Europe has to be Romania’s Bucharest. The architecture alone is worth the trip, but the culture, storied history, and warm and welcoming people make this a city that calls out to us anytime there’s a little free time to spend traveling through Europe. The city is extremely travel-friendly and features multiple airports and train access from many European cities.
Listing all the reasons you need to see Bucharest ise nearly impossible, so here are 3 big highlights
- The first thing you should know about Bucharest is that the city is filled with breathtaking architecture with a diverse range of styles. While some of the more recent historical buildings were heavily influenced by the communist occupation of the early to mid 1900s, such as the Palace of Parliament and Casa Presei Libere, which are no less beautiful and unique in their own ways, our favorite landmarks are the George Enescu Museum, Stavropoleos Monastery, and the Romanian Athenaeum. These historical sights are all quite unlike anything else we’ve seen in other cities and offer a blend of Eastern and Western styling that you could spend weeks exploring.
- As with many of the major cities around the world, the art scene is layered and complex. While street art is not quite as prominent as it is in some of the other cities we’ve shared with you, the rooftops of several buildings are covered in intricate murals which breathe new life into the aging architecture. Bucharest is home to several art museums and a wealth of galleries which feature both contemporary and historical works from the region. The Bellu Cemetery hosts many spectacular sculptures memorializing historical figures that helped shape the area’s culture and history.
- Bucharest is home to so many exquisite restaurants that vary in all of the classic styles, such as French, Italian, and Mediterranean, that we’re sure no one will have trouble finding something to suit their tastes, but the region has a mouth-watering cuisine of its own that you should definitely try while you have the chance. Noua is an easy recommendation for anyone wanting to get a taste of Bucharest while Restaurant Casa Doina is more focused on Eastern European dishes. There are also plenty of cafes around the city serving sarmale and mititei, which are two of the regions most popular dishes.