Start your day with a stroll through the "Dimitrie Gusti" National Village Museum, an open-air museum that has more than 300 buildings representing the history of Romania's rural architecture. With indoor and outdoor exhibitions, this museum will keep you occupied for at least a few hours and it’s a great opportunity to get some fresh air earlier in the day. This is a great place for families and the perfect choice if you want to relax at the beginning of your trip. The museum also has a nice bistro, where you can drink your morning coffee or stop for a snack.
When you get hungry, you can stop for lunch at Hard Rock Café, a favorite amongst locals and tourists. Situated just a few steps away from the National Village Museum, this pub has impressive music memorabilia, great food and an amazing atmosphere that will make you feel good for the rest of the day.
After you’re done with your meal, you can head towards the Triumph Arch by walking through Herastrau Park, one of the biggest and loveliest parks in Bucharest. Whether you choose to climb the Arch for free to enjoy one of the best views over Bucharest or you just admire it from the street, this famous landmark it’s definitely a must-see.
The next attraction on your list should be the Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, located a 25 minutes’ walk from the Triumph Arch. Named after Romania's most renowned biologist, this fantastic museum features multiple exhibits from worldwide locations and it’s a great place for kids and adults to learn new facts about evolution and take lots of pictures. With interactive boards and tons of information, chances are you’ll spend at least an hour here.
You can end your first day in Bucharest with a walk along Victory Avenue, Bucharest's most famous avenue.
Kick-start your second day in Bucharest with a two-for-one package visiting the Palace of the Parliament and its in-house art venue, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, known as MNAC.
Recognized as the third-largest administrative building and the heaviest in the world, the Palace of the Parliament is definitely a must-see when visiting the city. Also known as the “People’s House”, this building was the dream of the Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and it is sure to leave you speechless!
While you’re there, you can also visit the Museum of Contemporary Art located in the glass wing of the Palace. Being the largest space dedicated to contemporary art in Romania, MNAC will certainly keep you entertained for at least an hour while you admire what’s only a small part of their patrimony of over thirty thousand works of art, documentary files, photos and negatives.
After going through the four-story tall museum, it’s finally time to take a break, drink something and grab a bite at the cosy MNAC Terrace where you can also enjoy a nice panoramic view of the city.
If spending more time in nature sounds good to you, Cismigiu Park (also known as Cismigiu Gardens) should definitely be your next stop. Whether you choose to take a leisure walk through its vast English-style gardens or you just want to take a boat and relax on the lake, this charming park will keep you away from the noise of the city and also offer you some great photo opportunities.
The end of the day is near and it’s time to celebrate the end of your trip and have a nice dinner. The famous Old Town is just ten minutes away and it’s the place where you’ll find everything from nice bars and restaurants to nightclubs and interesting monuments.