If you’re excited to explore some one-of-a-kind sights of Bucharest, Romania’s capital has some delightful surprises waiting for those of you passionate about history and urban architecture. From enchanting Brâncovenesc-style monasteries and churches to Art Nouveau or neo-Gothic palaces from the interwar period, and even stunning villas showcasing Neo-Romanian architecture, Bucharest is like a hidden treasure trove filled with incredibly beautiful architectural wonders and some lesser known tourist attractions.

Let’s discover some historic buildings that definitely deserve a spot on your must-visit list for the next time you travel to Bucharest!

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Old tourist attractions in Bucharest, built in Brancovenesc style

Following a chronological order, the Brâncovenesc style is the first and, probably, the most renowned of them all. It appeared in the 17th century, during the reign of Constantin Brâncoveanu, and features characteristic elements such as exterior stairs, pavilions, semispherical vaults, columns, and open spaces on terraces and porches.

Crețulescu Church

Built between 1720-1722 by Iordache Crețulescu and his wife Safta, one of the daughters of the ruler Constantin Brâncoveanu, it is considered one of the most valuable architectural monuments of the city from the end of the Brâncoveanu period. The church is one of the most interesting things to see in Bucharest and it is located in one of the corners of Revolution Square, on Calea Victoriei No. 47, near the Romanian Art Museum.

Mogoșoaia Palace

Located 15 km from Bucharest, Mogoșoaia Palace is a must-visit location, being one of the most appreciated tourist attractions near Bucharest. Built by Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu himself and in his family’s possession for over 100 years, the building suffered repeated destruction following numerous conflicts – the Russo-Turkish War, the 1821 revolution, or the German bombardments of the First World War. 

It experienced a period of glory after being renovated by Martha Bibescu and became a meeting place for some of the most illustrious personalities of the interwar period, such as Charles de Gaulle, Marcel Proust, Nicolae Iorga, King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King Carol I of Romania, Queen Marie of Romania, King Ferdinand I of Romania, or Winston Churchill. The Brâncovenesc Art Museum in the palace exhibits silverware, sculpture, old textiles, and embroideries in gold and silver thread, as well as rare prints with highly valuable original miniatures from that period.

palatul mogosoaia

Architectural Buildings in Neo-Gothic Style

The Neo-Gothic style was a prominent artistic movement in Western Europe of the 19th century, characterized by the reinterpretation of Gothic elements in modern constructions, through the use of decorative and construction elements, tall and narrow windows, pointed roofs, and stone arches. Travel to Bucharest and discover several architectural gems of the Neo-Gothic style, among which the most famous are the University Palace, Caru’ cu Bere restaurant, and Suțu Palace.

Caru’ cu Bere

Built in 1899 by the Sibiu native Mircea Nicolae, who came to Bucharest to do business with beer, the impressive building on Stavropoleos Street No. 5 was a meeting place for personalities of the time such as writers George Coșbuc, Octavian Goga, or Barbu Delavrancea, as well as for students who received a free meal per day. Built in the Neo-Gothic style by architects Zigfrid Z. Kofczinski and Al. Pesch, the building features modern steel interior vaults, interior balconies, and balustrades, and the interior is decorated with mural painting and stained glass, decorative paneling, chandeliers, and Gothic-style furniture. 

Caru’ cu Bere is a very popular tourist attraction in the Old Town and one of the best restaurants in the city. So make sure to book a table in advance, in order to avoid waiting, and indulge in some Romanian culinary delights, while admiring the spectacular interior design of the place.

Suțu Palace

In 1959, on the occasion of celebrating one hundred years since the Union of the Principalities, Suțu Palace became the headquarters of the Bucharest Municipality Museum. It was, for many years, the headquarters of several administrative institutions, including the Bucharest City Hall (1928) and the place where peace treaties were negotiated during the First World War. It was built in the Neo-Gothic style by Viennese architects, and it is open for you to admire at any time. Discover the impressive building, as its rooms feature over 400,000 exhibits documenting the history of the capital. For more information about the museum’s schedule, visit www.muzeulbucurestiului.ro.

palatul sutu

Places To See in Bucharest, Built in the Eclectic Style

The eclectic style describes the combination of elements from various historical styles into a single work. Numerous architects in early 19th-century created some of the most beautiful and appreciated tourist attractions in Bucharest, including the National Bank Palace, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Savings and Consignments Bank (CEC Palace), the Cantacuzino Palace (George Enescu Museum), the Cișmigiu Hotel, the Cesianu-Racovita Palace (Artmark headquarters), and the Kretzulescu Palace – all on the list of Bucharest sightseeing attractions. 

CEC Palace

Although not open to the public for regular visits, occasional tours of this impressive building are organized, which we recommend not to miss. It is one of the few buildings in Bucharest that has never been rehabilitated, being unaffected by both the bombings of the two World Wars and the 1977 earthquake. It was built by the architect Paul Gottereau in an eclectic style with Renaissance influences, specific to French architecture at the end of the 19th century, and was opened in 1900. 

The domes of the building – one central, made of glass and metal, and four others in the corners of the building – are the most easily recognizable architectural elements. Besides their aesthetic role, they also have a functional one, as they create a special acoustics of the space, in which sound propagates vertically, not horizontally, so that conversations from this space where the bank counters were located would not be heard by other people.

Cișmigiu Hotel

Just steps away from these tourist attractions in the capital is Cișmigiu Hotel. A symbol for Bucharest, it is renowned for its history of over 100 years, monumental appearance, and the bohemian life it hosted. Built in an eclectic style with elements of neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, and French academicism, Cișmigiu Hotel is a case study for the building’s restoration process, through the facade-fitting process. Now the building houses a 4-star accommodation hotel, Gambrinus Brewery and the Cervantes Cultural Institute. 

Through the massive wrought iron gate, you enter the hotel’s lobby, which preserves the geometry and decorations of the original space. We invite you to discover Cișmigiu Hotel, a point of attraction to visit in the capital and one of the most appreciated 4-star hotels in Bucharest! To book an accommodation with us, visit our website for best rates. 

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National Bank Palace

Described by architect Ion Mincu as “the most beautiful building in Bucharest,” the National Bank Palace of Romania on Lipscani Street was designed in an eclectic style with neoclassical influences and opened in 1890. It is now the headquarters of the National Bank of Romania Museum and has one of the most valuable numismatic collections in Romania, covering a period of over two and a half millennia. It can be visited in organized tours.

Cantacuzino Palace (George Enescu Museum)

Built according to the plans of architect Ion D. Berindey in an eclectic style with French Baroque influences, the palace belonged to the politician Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, a former prime minister of Romania. The grand entrance with an immense Art Nouveau-style awning of the George Enescu Museum, mural paintings, sculptures, and sumptuous interior decorations make this space a unique place to visit in Bucharest. The museum’s exhibition includes photographs, manuscripts, musical instruments, and objects that belonged to the great musician George Enescu, who lived here. 

Authentic Architectural gems in Neo-Romanian Style

Appearing at the end of the 19th century and promoted by the renowned architect Ion Mincu, this native style is created through a blend of elements from French architecture, Art Nouveau, and Brâncovenesc architecture of Byzantine inspiration. Some of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest built in the Neo-Romanian style include Dr. N. Minovici Folk Art Museum, Doctor Atanasie House (now the Lowendal Foundation), Doina House (Bufetul de la Șosea), and Vernescu House.

Dr. N. Minovici Folk Art Museum

One of the remarkable architectural monuments for the Neo-Romanian style, Dr. Minovici’s house, was built by architect Cristofi Cerchez in 1905. “The villa with bells,” as the building is also known, was built after the model of a mansion in Oltenia and is decorated with elements inspired by folklore, at the initiative of Dr. Nicolae Minovici. Discover a unique architectural style and a unique collection of costumes, ceramic objects, traditional furniture, glass and wood icons in a visit to Dr. Nicolae Minovici Street, No. 1.

“Casa Doina” Restaurant

Created to be the Pavilion of Romania at the 1889 Paris Exhibition, “Bufetul de la Șosea,” as it was known before being called “Casa Doina,” is another remarkable monument of Neo-Romanian architecture. Designed by architects disciples of Ion Mincu, the initiator of this architectural style, the house is now a restaurant with Romanian cuisine, located at Kisseleff Road No. 4.

casa doina

Would you like to visit these tourist attractions? There are some incredibly beautiful things to do in Bucharest and visiting them is one of them. Reserve a room at Cișmigiu Hotel, located within walking distance of these attractions!

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