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Things to see in Bucharest on your first visit

Published on 06 December 2018

The holiday month transforms the city in a cool and colorful place, with Christmas markets and festive lights on the main streets and boulevards. Are you ready for the trip?

Bucharest became the capital city of Romania in 1862, and for 156 years since obtaining the title, it has been through many changes - as you will easily see when you’ll admire the buildings throughout the city. These last 156 years also include the creation of the building now housing Hotel Cișmigiu.

The hotel went through many transformations and renovations of its own, so now, when you will grant us the pleasure of having you as a guest when you’re coming to visit Bucharest, you will be accommodated in a historical building that, although has been modernized and equipped with all the comfort, style and safety of the 21st century, still has that charming atmosphere of times past. After leaving your comfortable room, head for the first place on the list of things to see in Bucharest:


Things to see in Bucharest: The Museum of Bucharest (Șuțu Palace)

Located at Universitate Square, or a 5 minute walk away from the hotel, this museum is a landmark for the cultural communities in Bucharest and for the academic and scientific environment. Here, you can enjoy exhibitions (permanent and thematic), as well as live concerts with classical or Romanian folk music. Plus, you can shop for special souvenirs in the gift shop and learn about the other museums in Bucharest - they are something to see!

The Christmas Market  at Universitate

On your way to Șuțu Palace, you will pass through one of the Bucharest Christmas markets - the Universitate Christmas market! Enjoy a stroll through the market that is filled with tiny cottages selling Romanian specialities, from food and drinks to clothing and art. An hour spent here will fill you with positive energy! This Christmas market is definitely on the list of things to see in Bucharest.

Things to see in Bucharest​: The beautiful Russian Church

At a few meters away from Universitate, the Old City Center starts. As you walk the streets, you will pass by the Russian Church (on 3 Ion Ghica street), which was finished in 1909. The church has recently been rehabilitated and it is a gorgeous building, meant to be admired from the inside, as well as the outside. Enjoy a moment of meditation and prayer in this wonderful church, then continue your itinerary of things to see in Bucharest.

Right next to the church, you will discover the Czech Center and Embassy in Bucharest. The Czech Center has weekly cultural programs, free of charge, for anyone who is interested. See exhibitions by Czech artists or film screenings in the evening.

Things to see in Bucharest​: The Old City Center

The beautiful Old City Center in Bucharest is a top destination for tourists and locals alike. And since cars are not allowed in the area, you will be able to walk around and enjoy the surroundings. The Old City is filled with cafes, pubs and restaurants, as well as beautiful buildings and sites from many centuries ago.

For instance, the Old Princely Court, which was built as a palace or residence during the rule of Vlad III Dracula in 1459, is definitely one of the things to see in Bucharest. Right across from the Princely Court, go have lunch at Hanul lui Manuc - Manuc’s Inn. This is the oldest operating hotel building in Bucharest, as it was built in 1808. While the hotel is being renovated, the restaurant is open to everybody. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a meal in a historical setting, make sure to visit this restaurant!

Cărturești Carusel

On 55 Lipscani street, an old commercial street in the heart of Bucharest, also part of the Old Town, Cărturești Carusel opened in 2015. The bookstore has six floors, making it probably the biggest and most exciting bookstore in Bucharest. Here, you will find a space for reading, socializing and artistic exploration of the heart of the city. Make sure to visit!

For more lists and tips about Bucharest, make sure to visit our blog. If you are preparing for a great trip to Bucharest, make sure to book a room! We are expecting you!


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