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How to Spend 1 Day in Bucharest

How to Spend 1 Day in Bucharest

Romania’s capital city is renowned for its grand architecture, Communist history, and buzzing nightlife, and with some forward planning, it’s possible squeeze all off its highlights into 24 hours. Here’s how to spend one day in Bucharest.

Morning: Explore the Old Town

A walking or bike tour of the Old Town is the perfect introduction to the city, as exploring with a guide provides historical context that brings city landmarks to life. Start with a visit to the 20th-century Palace of Parliament, built by Communist ruler Nicolae Ceaușescu, then stop to admire Bucharest symbols that include the Stavropoleos Monastery, the Old Courthouse, and the National Bank of Romania.

Pass through the grand University Square and stroll down Pasajul Victoria, a popular photo spot due to its canopy of colorful umbrellas, and then arrive at Revolution Square, an important site in Romania’s Communist history.

Afternoon: Lunch by the Lake

Head north to the vast Herăstrău Park and take a moment to marvel at the Arch de Triumph (Arcul de Triumf), which heralds the southern entrance to the park. Bucharest’s green lung is filled with scenic walkways, all of which wind their way to the lakeside—settle into one of the waterfront restaurants for lunch and sample Romanian specialties such as chiftele (meatballs) or sarmale (stuffed cabbage) as you enjoy views of Herăstrău Lake.

After lunch, choose between taking a stroll along the lakefront promenade, setting sail on a romantic cruise around the lake, or visiting the Japanese-style gardens. Also worth a visit is the Village Museum (Muzeul Satului), an open-air museum that offers a glimpse into life in the Romanian countryside.

Night: Bar-hopping in Bucharest

Bucharest knows how to party and the Old Town is the place to head after dark. Kick off the evening at Caru' cu Bere, Bucharest’s oldest beer house, which is famed for its Art Nouveau interiors, Romanian cuisine, and beer that’s brewed on-site.

For those who want to drink and dance into the early hours, a guided pub crawl—which takes you to some of the coolest bars, pubs, and nightclubs in Bucharest, and ensures you make it safely back to your hotel—is the best way to discover the city’s nightlife.

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Wine Tasting in Bucharest

Wine Tasting in Bucharest

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Boasting over 6,000 years of viticulture, Romania is one of Europe’s oldest wine hubs. But most travelers overlook the region’s tastiest legacy. During this wine-tasting, you’ll discover Romania’s standout reds, rosés, and whites—all from the comfort of Bucharest. In an authentic winery, listen to legends of Romanian vineyards and the stories surrounding wine production. You’ll also have a chance to taste wines from around the world, with over 100 labels on the menu.
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  • 2 hours
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$35.00
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$35.00

Guided Walking Tour of Historical Bucharest

Guided Walking Tour of Historical Bucharest

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Discover the diverse and layered history of Bucharest on a 3-hour walking tour. Stroll with a knowledgeable guide through the capital’s most interesting neighborhoods, stopping along the way to hear local legends and historical anecdotes. See landmarks like the stunning Palace of Parliament, University Square and the Kretzulescu Church, and learn how the Cold War shaped the city’s landscape.
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  • 3 hours
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$22.14
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Private Bucharest Airport Transfer

Private Bucharest Airport Transfer

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This is a fast transfer from/to the Bucharest Otopeni Airport to/from any address in Bucharest or vice-versa, this offer is the perfect solution. An English speaking driver will be waiting with signboards at the airport or in front of the hotel.
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  • 45 minutes
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$16.65
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$16.65
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Private Bucharest city tour visit the Palace of the Parliament & Village Museum

Private Bucharest city tour visit the Palace of the Parliament & Village Museum

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Experience Bucharest from an insider’s perspective on a private, full-day tour of the intriguing capital’s highlights. Visit the city’s most interesting landmarks and neighbourhoods, from the bohemian-chic quarters of old town to the Stalinist-inspired grandeur of the Palace of Parliament. Stand in Revolution Square, get a sense of Romanian country life at the outdoor Village Museum and savour regional cuisine at a popular local restaurant. Throughout the day, learn about the city’s multilayered history and enjoy the personalised attention of a private guide.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Bucharest Pub Crawl in the Old Town

Bucharest Pub Crawl in the Old Town

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Join in Bucharest’s thriving nightlife scene with a group pub crawl that takes you to four or five of Old Town's most exciting bars and clubs. Meet other travelers and and learn to party like a Romanian while a friendly guide handpicks the venues and arranges all the details to ensure a safe and memorable night out. Enjoy a welcome shot at each bar plus a few fun surprises along the way like karaoke or bar games, and capture every crazy moment with the help of your guide’s photography skills.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Bucharest Guided City Tour with Entrance to the Village Museum
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Bucharest Guided City Tour with Entrance to the Village Museum

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Explore Bucharest’s bohemian charm, oversized structures, and Communist legacy on a half-day city sightseeing tour. Get a taste for Romanian peasant life at the impressive, open-air Village Museum and stroll down charming Old World streets in the historic city center. Learn about Bucharest’s tumultuous modern history and see the lasting marks of Communism at Revolution Square and the world record–setting Palace of Parliament, built by former dictator Ceausescu.
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  • 3 hours
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Bucharest Highlights Bike Tour

Bucharest Highlights Bike Tour

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Bucharest boasts many significant landmarks, but appreciating them all on a self-led tour can be difficult. Zip between highlights including the Old Court Palace & Church, Cișmigiu Gardens, and Palace of the Parliament on a bike tour, covering more distance in less time than possible by foot. Orientate yourself in the city and learn about its varied history from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Full Day Tour of Bucharest

Private Full Day Tour of Bucharest

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Romania’s sprawling, modern capital can be intimidating to explore on your own, so let a licensed guide reveal the city’s most interesting landmarks and turbulent history on a private tour of Bucharest. A dedicated vehicle take the stress out of navigating the city so you can simply hop out at top sights like Parliament Palace, Revolution Square, and the Village Museum.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Bucharest City Tour

Full-Day Bucharest City Tour

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See the best of Bucharest from private transportation on a 7-hour private tour. You’ll cover more ground and do so comfortably with complimentary bottled water and wifi. This is a great options for visitors with limited time or mobility. Beginning with hotel pickup, you and your guide will discover top attractions such as the Village Museum and Palace of the Parliament.  You’ll also breeze past long lines with included admission to each attraction.
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  • 7 hours
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$109.30
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Private Walking Tour of Communist Bucharest

Private Walking Tour of Communist Bucharest

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Explore the Communist legacy of Bucharest on a private full-day tour led by a guide with degrees in political science and tourism. Learn about the rise and fall of the Communist Party and its effect on Romania as you visit major points of political interest including the massive House of the People, Revolution Square, Heroes’ Mausoleum and Scanteia House. Take a break for lunch midday at a city center restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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$92.07
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Bucharest Old Town Walking Tour

Bucharest Old Town Walking Tour

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Explore the buildings and avenues that earned Bucharest the nickname ‘Paris of the East’ on a walking tour of Old Town. In this most charming section of the Romanian capital, uncover centuries of history through monuments like Stavropoleos Church, Victory Avenue, and the Old Princely Court, former home of Dracula inspiration Vlad the Impaler. You’ll also stop in at historic Manuc’s Inn and sip a refreshing lemonade at one of Old Town’s lovely terraces near Lipscani Street.
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  • 3 hours
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Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Bucharest and its Surroundings Package

Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Bucharest and its Surroundings Package

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Experience the best of Budapest and its environs in just six hours on a private tour. Give your feet a break and enjoy private transportation from beginning to end. Stop occasionally for immersive walking tours in the most important areas.  Save time and skip the lines at the Village Museum and Mogosoaia Palace. In both locations, you set the pace while your private guide narrates. 
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  • 6 hours
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$109.19
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