Every season has its best areas to go on a Bucharest sightseeing walk or tour. While winter is the season to go explore the close surroundings of Hotel Cișmigiu, because the cold weather is not the best time to wander too far away from the comfort of your room, spring is a milder season, a time when you can go explore beyond a one kilometer radius. That being said, get your spring coat and comfortable shoes and get ready to discover Bucharest during a pleasant spring weekend!

You simply must check out the Old City Center

Located nearby the hotel, the Old City Center or Old Town is one of the most visited areas in Bucharest. Old and stylish architecture from the nineteenth century and hip pubs and bars with an always active nightlife blend together perfectly and form a hotspot in the city. Tourists and locals alike cross the cobblestone streets of the Old Town daily, as it is a unique pedestrian place in Bucharest and great for leisure activities, during a Bucharest sightseeing tour on foot.

You might be surprised to learn that Vlad the Impaler – who inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula – ruled the Southern part of Romania, called Wallachia (as opposed to Transylvania which is West Romania). Archaeologists believe that Vlad the Impaler’s father, Mircea cel Bătrân (Mircea the Elder), had built the Princely Court at the end of the fourteenth century/beginning of the fifteenth century. In the fifteenth century, Vlad consolidated the fortress built by his father and raised it to the rank of domineering residence of Wallachia.

Nowadays, you can admire the ruins of Vlad the Impaler’s medieval court, with its old stone arches. A bust statue of our old ruler sits outside the site, as if it were guarding it. You simply must go check out this authentic piece of Romanian history during your Bucharest sightseeing adventure!

Bucharest sightseeing in spring time: an urban tour of rural Romania and a boat ride

Another important must see attraction in Bucharest is the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum. This is an outdoor museum, located in the Northern part of Bucharest. Spring is the perfect season to go visit it, as the weather is just fine: not to chilly, not too sunny. The Village Museum consists of permanent exhibitions of vernacular architecture from different regions of Romania. By visiting this museum, you will be taking a trip throughout the country! The museum hosts many exhibitions, such as a contemporary folk art gallery, workshops for children, temporary exhibitions in partnership with prestigious museums and cultural institutions. This March, until April 14th, at the temporary exhibition you can discover the life story of Vasile Stoica, a Romanian diplomat who played an important role in the Romanian society of the 20th century. This temporary exhibition can be visited from Wednesday to Sunday, from 09.00 AM to 5 PM in H.H. Stahl hall,  30 Kiseleff Road.

This special museum has a beautiful view of lake Herăstrău, part of the nearby park – the largest in Bucharest. If your energy level is high, after visiting the houses of the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum, you can stroll through Herăstrău Park – which was recently renamed King Michael the 1st Park – and maybe go on a boat ride on the lake. This Bucharest sightseeing activity is loved by children and parents alike, and many locals have childhood memories of going on boat rides with their folks or grandparents on Herăstrău lake. Taste the local culture and enjoy the boat ride! While strolling through the park, you will encounter many kiosks selling the usual snacks – popcorn, candy, cotton candy, chips, pretzels and corn puffs – pufuleți – which are a typical Romanian snack. In the park you will find restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a delicious meal with a view of the park or of the lake.

Things to see in Bucharest: The Ceaușescu Mansion

Recently added on the list of Bucharest sightseeing destinations, as it was opened in 2016, Ceaușescu’s mansion was, back in the day, one of the best kept secrets of the socialist regime. While the people of Romania struggled every day to pay the country’s debts, the Ceaușescu family lived in unbelievable opulence and luxury. Now, Ceaușescu’s old residence is open to the public and can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM. It is recommended that you book your visit online. The mansion is located nearby King Michael the 1st (Herăstrău) Park, so if you’re in the area and wish to learn more about Bucharest and Romania’s history, do not hesitate to book your visit!

This wraps up a weekend’s worth of Bucharest sightseeing. The city is expecting your visit with a warm smile and 4 star comfort at Hotel Cișmigiu. With a modern and tasteful design, and spacious rooms that can accommodate up to 3 people comfortably, right in the heart of the city and a couple hundred steps away from the popular Old City, Hotel Cișmigiu is probably the most important destinations on your Bucharest sightseeing itinerary. Start spring on the right foot by booking your perfect accommodation for an exciting city break!

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