Top 10 Things to do in Bucharest in Spring/Summer
Bucharest (București) is a busy and vibrant city with so many things to do. Its history offers all the highlights of a great European tale, but even more so with its recent history. If it hasn’t been on your travel bucket list I urge you to add it and prioritize it now! You will not be disappointed. Bucharest offers unique experiences an events year-round. Here is a list of must-do activities you should add to your itinerary for Spring/Summer.
1. Bike King Mihal I park (previously Herăstrău Park)
One of the best places is to bike in Bucharest is through the 187 hectares of King Mihai I Park Renamed in 2017 to honor the death of King Mihai, Herăstrău is a getaway in the center of the city. And lucky for you, I’Velo Relex bike sharing make it easy and convenient with a rental at the Charles de Gaulle/Aviatorilor entrance of the park. Starting at 6 lei an hour, bikes can be easily rented with our ID during working hours. The park offers many unique gardens within it, and if you get hungry a number of top restaurants line the lake including the Hard Rock Café, Pescarus, and Biutiful by the Lake to name a few.
2. Travel back in time across Romania at the Village Museum
The Dimitre Gusti National Village Museum (Muzeul Naţional al Satului “Dimitrie Gusti”) often referred to just as Muzeul Satului is located within King MIhal I park (Herastrau Park) and accessible from a few entrances from the park, but the main being off of Kiseleff Av.. It offers a unique view of the diverse regional cultures of Romania through an outdoor museum enabling to walk from house to house, region to region, across Romania.
3. Take an iconic picture Arcul de Triumf
Your trip would not be complete without visiting Romania’s iconic homage of the Arc de Triumph: Arcul de Triumf. Romania also offers its own version of the Champs- Elysées, Bulevadul Unirii leading up to the Parliament Palace build 32 feet wider and about 300 feet longer than its Parisian counterpart to please at the direction of Ceausescu himself.
4. Check out the architecture and enjoy a beer on the terrace Old Town
Bucharest’s Old Town, also referred to as Lipscani is a pedestrian area accessible from many main streets such as Calea Victoriei and the Unirii metro. Take a wander through the intersecting paths and don’t forget to look up and check out some of the different architectural elements. Offering a bustling nightlife, the old town (or Centrul Vechi) is also a great spot for a meal or just a casual coffee or beer on the patio, at street level or a rooftop. Let the people watching begin!
5. Row a boat in Cismisgu Park
Cismigiu park offers a fantastic break from the hot summer sun with its greenery and a small lake. A nice breeze always seems to sweep through at the right times. There are lots of different paths and areas to find with statues or outdoor chess to be found, and lots of benches. Here I recommend taking a rowboat out to enjoy the park from a different angle.
6. See the grand size and take a tour at the Parliament Palace
Even if you are not looking for it, you will see the Parliament Palace (Palatul Parlimentului) due to its vast size and over the top architecture. Also known as Casa Poporului, it is the world’s heaviest building, and second largest administrative building in the world to the Pentagon, the If you have time, definitely do one of the scheduled tours. Tours need to be booked in advance and the schedule changes often due to events. Make sure to bring your ID along. While you’ll only be able to see a few of the hundreds of rooms you will walk away amazed. Plus everyone needs a picture looking on from the balcony onto Bulevadul Unirii.
7. Watch the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Carol Park
There are many fantastic parks in Bucharest that you can venture out to, many accessible by metro or bus. Carol Park (Parcul Carol) offers a unique experience to also reflect while watching the changing of the guard at Carol Park Mausoleum (Mausoleul din Parcul Carol).
8. Take a walking tour
One of my favorite ways to see a city is through a walking tour. Bucharest boasts two companies that offer free walking tours and I would recommend them all! Walkabout Free Tour offers a Story of Bucharest city tour as well as a Royal Century Tour, while BTrip Bucharest Free Walking Tours offers an Old Town Legends and Stories and a Monarchy vs. Communism Tour.
9. Get some rest and relaxation away from the city at Therme
Therme is a wellness spa resort offering pools, saunas and water slides, located just outside of Bucharest. I recommend a stop here to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Prices start at around 10 Euro and free shuttle buses offer pick up from Piata Romana.
10. Check out a local event or festival
One of my favorite things about Bucharest is that there is ALWAYS something going on. From a market to an art exhibition to a cultural event to a concert. And many of them are free! My favorite is coming across them just wandering the city, and trust me this happens because they are so frequent. But if you want to put some planning in, Romania Insider is a great place to start.
If you have a little extra time to spend in Romania, there is so much more to be seen. From the seaside and beaches in Constanța to the Carpathian mountains of Brașov and beyond: Timișoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Sighișoara, Iași, Alba Iulia, Oradea and only just a few that top my recommendation list. Check out internal flight deals with local airlines: Tarom or Blue Air or CFR train schedules.
I’d love to hear about our experiences at these places or learn about our favorite places as well!