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Best Things To Do in Bucharest

Bucharest can keep you busy for days. You want art? Head to the National Art Museum or the National Museum of Contemporary Art. You want architecture? The Parliament Palace and the Romanian Athenaeum won't disappoint. How about anthropology? If so, swing by the Museum of the Romanian Peasant and the Village Museum. When you get tired of museums and old buildings, recharge with a walk through the city's many parks -- the Cismigiu Garden and Herastrau Park are musts. And should you want to let loose, Bucharest hosts a booming (and very inexpensive) nightlife plus a surprisingly popular jazz scene in the Lipscani district, the historic center.

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How We Rank Things to Do
#1
Calea Victoriei Free attraction
Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Walk up and down the Calea Victoriei, or "Victory Avenue," and you could very well fill up an entire memory ... read more»

#2
Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român)
Entertainment and Nightlife, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The country's most prestigious concert hall, the Romanian Athenaeum stands as a national monument to the arts -- built almost ... read more»

#3
Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)
Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: An outdoor museum? Many struggle to conceive of the idea, but the Village Museum defies any preconceived notions. In this ... read more»

#4
Parliament Palace (Palatul Poporului)
Castles/Palaces, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The second-largest administrative building in the world (after the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.), this mega-palace has stirred controversy since ... read more»

#5
Jewish History Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Bucharest possessed a thriving Jewish community of 40,000 plus at the beginning of the 20th century. But most fled ... read more»

#6
Museum of the Romanian Peasant
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: At Bucharest's most unique museum, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, artifacts are not behind glass or a velvet ... read more»

#7
Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos) Free attraction
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Built in 1724, the Stavropoleos Church is the only surviving portion of the original monastery by the same name. The ... read more»

#8
National Art Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Housed in the former Royal Palace along Calea Victoriei, the National Art Museum caters to non-discerning art lovers. With more ... read more»

#9
Bran Castle
Castles/Palaces, Museums, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Although this remarkable fortress has weathered centuries of war, poverty and multiple political empires, Bran Castle is most famous for ... read more»

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