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Palatul Patriarhiei
Palace of the Patriarchate
#About the Metropolitan Church

It is not the most beautiful and not the oldest in Bucharest, but it is alive, kicking and active to this day. This is the Palace of the Patriarchate (Palatul Patriarhiei), located on the patriarchal hill in the city.

The Palace of the Patriarchate was founded by Prince Constantine and his wife between 1654-1658. Since then it has been reconstructed quite a few times and therefore the building has not preserved its original shape, mainly due to the additions added to it and the various adjustments made over the years.

This church is the heart of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Notice the beautiful frescoes in the front of the building. Enter through the arches of the entrance and observe the decorated altar.

Inside the church, you will find beautiful Byzantine icons and altars. If you visit around Easter, you should come to hear the midnight mass sung by the famous choir of the church.

To this day, the church is included in the list of historical monuments in Romania.

A Closer Look:

Muzeul National de Istorie a Romniei
National Museum of Romanian History
#About National Museum of Romanian History

About 50,000 valuable items from Romanian history are displayed here, one of the most important museums in Romania.

The museum has sat in the old post office building since 1909, where there is also the Philatelic Museum. The museum has about 41 rooms that spread across 8,000 square meters. There are many different exhibits here having to do with the development of Romania.

The displays of the museum begin from the prehistoric Stone Age, and goes through the Roman period, until the 21st century. You can see many fascinating items here, starting with a lot of gold from the time of the Romanian kings, bedazzled crowns, royal jewelry and swords that belonged to the nobility.

In 1864 more historical items were donated by general Nichlae Mavros. And so the museum received an edge, and began its journey as a museum for antiques and science of nature. Many cultural figures got on board to continue the enriching and preservation of the museum. In 1970 the city decided to make the museum the National Museum of Romanian History, and in 1972 it was reopened to visitors.

Part of the museum is dedicated to a permanent exhibit having to do with the Holocaust of the Bucharest Jewish community.

Notice that a visit to the museum is great for history lovers. Like other museums around Bucharest, the building here will also impressive visitors, maybe more than the items on display themselves.

A Closer at the Museum:

Muzeul Militar
National Military Museum
#About the Museum for Weapons

The National Military Museum in Bucharest displays the development of weapons and war materials, starting from 5,000 AD, until today. In the museum there are 5 floors and courtyards, full of tanks, cannons, airplanes, and other heavy weapons. The path for visitors goes in chronological order - ancient times, with sharpened stones made by cavemen found in Romania. There are modern weapons of the Romanian military - each floor deals with a different historical period.

At the airport terminal you can see space equipment, and even a spaceship that was flown by a Communist Romanian astronaut. There are also early planes made of wood, designed by Romanian engineers, and other flight equipment.

Beyond the maintenance of the exhibits, the harshest criticism about this place is the fact that there is no information in English.

A Closer Look :

Muzeul National de Arta
National Museum of Art of Romania
#About the National Museum of Art

The National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul National de Arta) was opened in 1948. It is small and not very prominent, but is a point of interest for people who are interested in fascinating art from around Romania, and the world. Like many others, this museum is made of exhibits that are both permanent and temporary. There are about 70,000 different works of art, from all different artistic styles, periods, and artists.

The items in the gallery are divided into 3 sections: Middle Age Romanian art, modern Romanian art, and Lapidarium - an entire section that displays archeological finds. There are paintings, statues, prints, documents, decorative art, Oriental art, Islamic art, as well as Chinese and Japanese art.

In the museum you can see art pieces by artists like Bruegel, Renoir, and Dimitrie Paciurea. There is a great statue collection by the known Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși. The Royal Romanian family transferred to the museum their private art collection.

Want something interesting? Notice the gallery in the Throne Room. There are extraordinary ceiling decorations, and portraits of the royal family from earlier periods. Very interesting.

An Impressive Light Show on the Building:


Bucharest in Winter

Templul Coral
Choral Temple
#About the Stylish Central Jewish Synagogue of Romania

The Choral Temple (Templul Coral) was built more than 150 years ago. Until today, it is used as the largest and central synagogue of Romania's Jews. This synagogue is considered a reform synagogue. This synagogue is very old, it was built in the middle of the 19th century, between 1855- 1858.

The opening of the church was delayed because of destruction caused by vandals. These were Romanian nationalists, who violently protested Jews. It went through a serious renovation and then opened to the public. The first stone was laid in 1965. To the opening ceremony many important people came, members of the Founders Association, the Jews of Bucharest, as well as many Christian guests. In this ceremony, large donations were collected, used to pay the loan for the building of the synagogue, and continuing construction work.

Today, the building is still impressive and has a prominent presence. It has an old and ancient feeling to it, and it blends in well with the different buildings of the area. It is considered a Jewish historical site, an exact replica of the Tempelgasse synagogue in Vienna. Like it, it was also built by two Viennese architects.

The Choral Temple has two upper floors where the choir and organ are located. At the time, bringing the organ to the synagogue made many of the community upset, however, the organ remained.

During protests in Bucharest in 1941, the synagogue was severely damaged. A harsh and cruel massacre was carried out against the worshipers who were present at the time. After World War II, the synagogue was renovated with the help of donations from organizations. In the street in front of the synagogue is a statue of a Menorah in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

A Closer Look at the Synagogue, Part of a Tour of Jewish Sites in the City:


Inside the Synagogue:

Teatrul Evreiesc de Stat
State Jewish Theater
#Aboute Romania's Jewish Theater

The State Jewish Theater (Teatrul Evreiesc de Stat) is a relic from the past, but is a living and breathing establishment, that puts up shows and performances to this very day in Yiddish, and attracts a rather large crowd from the city's Jewish community. The Bucharest State Jewish Theater was established in 1948, and is a direct continuation of a long tradition of Yiddish theaters.

The roots of the Bucharest Jewish community begin somewhere in the 16th century. This community knew harsh realities throughout the years. The height of cruelty was the hunting by the Nazis in World War II, as well as tough rules set by Communist rulers. And with that, to this day there are a few thousand Jewish families still living in the city, who continue to seek culture and entertainment.

The theater is located next to the Jewish Museum of Bucharest. It is worth a chance to see a show here. Those who don't speak Yiddish, there are translated options with headphones that are given to those interested.

#History of the State Jewish Theater

The State Jewish Theater of Bucharest has been operating since 1948, however, its roots are much deeper than that. It can be said that the theater represents a tradition of more than 100 years of Yiddish theater in Romania, since the evolvement of the theater troop by Abraham Goldfaden in Laşi.

In 1944, after the fall of the Militant-Fascist rule of Antonescu, Yiddish performances were once again allowed in Romania. A year later, in 1945, the first Yiddish troop was established, called Ikuf Theater. The troop began performing in an old building that used to host another theater troop (Teatru Evreiesc Baraşeum).

Three years later, in 1948, the Communist rule ordered all private cultural establishment to close, including theaters. This is when, with the Jewish Democratic Committee (which enjoyed the perks of the government) the theatre was established.

A Closer Look at the Theater During a Performance:

Therme Bucureti
Therme Bucharest
#About Bucharest's Special Baths

Balotesti, a 10-minute drive from Bucharest, has Thermal Baths (Therme Bucureşti). This is a huge and exotic paradise, a pampering and enjoyable place where you can wash and swim in 8 pools of thermal water, which is constantly heated to 33 degrees Celsius.

Apart from the water experiences, you can stroll through the huge gardens, internal and external, one of the largest in Romania, with hundreds of thousands of plants and trees.

In 3 spa areas, you will get a relaxing experience, spa, and entertainment. The first is called the Center, which has the largest swimming pool in Romania, with a bar within the pool and toboggan slides. The large pool has a revolving door that can be passed through to the outside of the pool. In winter, the experience is stunning, when you are in the cold and the snow, immersed in the hot water.

In the Elysium complex you will find a pampering spa with thermal saunas and massages, while in the palm area, the third one, you will discover the 500 palm trees, the relaxation and meditation experience.


Bring your own towels, otherwise, you will need to buy some here.

A Closer Look:


Swirl Pool:

Crama Domneasca
Crama Domneasca
#Traditional Romanian Restaurant in the Old City

The traditional Romanian restaurant will provide you with an authentic culinary experience. It is located at the heart of the old city and has a historic and mysterious atmosphere.

We recommend trying some of the traditional dishes here: lamb chops, steaks, bread, and more.

A Closer Look:


Torna Fratre
Torna Fratre
#About the Romanian Restuarant with the Seafood

Torna Fratre is known for great and fresh seafood that it has been offering for years, as well as traditional Romanian food it excels in.

This is a place to enjoy typical Romanian dishes, like Mititei, the rice and meat rolled into cabbage leaves called Sarmale, eggplant salad, and great Ciorbă soup.

On weekends, from Wednesdays to Sundays, there are folk dancing performances with Romanian music.


Phone: +40-784-111-890
#About the Popular Restaurant with Big Dishes

Vatra restaurant is a restaurant for traditional Romanian food, located near Cișmigiu Gardens, and serving large and delicious dishes.

This is one of the best Romanian restaurants in Bucharest. This delicious restaurant is not noisy like the other more tourist-oriented restaurants in the city.

The meals here are great and should not be missed. For anyone not familiar with the Romanian kitchen, we recommend starting with Ciorbă soup, and then ordering Mititei - a fantastic Romanian kebab, and Sarmale, stuffed cabbage.

Address: Vatra, Brezoianu 23, phone: +40-21-315-8375.


We recommend ordering a table in advance.

On the weekends there are performances of Romanian folk dances.
Palace of Parliament
#About the Pompous Palace of Ceaușescu

The Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) is the largest palace in the world, after the Pentagon in the United States. This is no coincidence. The palace is a symbol for the known extravagance of the dictator and Communist Party leader Nicolae Ceaușescu. He did not live to see the end of the construction, since he was executed during the revolution before the building was completed.

After the revolution and his death, the democratic Romanian government decided to keep the impressive building, instead of paying the large amount for its destruction.

The palace is located in the center of Bucharest, and has no less than 16 floors, 1,100 rooms, and 4 underground levels, as well as a bunker.

The construction broke 3 world records. This was the second largest administrative building ever built in history, the most expensive, and the heaviest. Inside you will see a wide variety of decorations and furniture, who hold an entire history in themselves.

#About the History of the Palace

The building was built in 1984, and was originally planned to be the new police headquarters. 20,000 workers, and 700 architects worked on this building, under the management of architect Anca Petrescu, who was only 28 when he designed the palace. The palace is made from 8 palaces, and you can see here hundreds of offices, event halls and conference rooms. For its construction 7,000 houses were demolished.

The construction was completed in 1997, and cost 3 billion euros. 20,000 workers were involved in the construction. This palace tells the pride-filled story of Ceaușescu, with his photo scattered around everywhere in the large palace. He spent a lot of the resources that he withheld from the people, and spent them on golden decorations, tiles, marble, velvet curtains, and huge crystal chandeliers.

Today the building holds the Romanian Parliament, and is an International Conference Center.

Not many know this, but under the palace there are many surprises. Tunnels and escape routes from the city, a huge bunker, ammunition room, and secret rooms - all these were discovered and filmed by the TV after the Romanian revolution. The media does not provide evidence, and even tour guides refrain from talking about this.


Bring your passport with you when going to tour the palace, you will not be able to enter without it.

The Palace offers an organized tour of about 50 minutes, this might be a good idea considering the size of the building.

A Closer Look at the House of Parliament:

Bucharest Botanical Garden
#About the Bucharest Botanical Garden

In northwest Bucharest there is a huge botanical garden called Bucharest Botanical Garden. It is 17,000 kilometers square, with about 4 kilometers square of greenhouses. The Bucharest Botanical Garden opened in 1891, and has been a tourist attraction for many years, to take a relaxing break from the bustling city.

At the Botanical Garden you can see over 10,000 species of plants and flowers. While wandering around the different areas, try to get to the greenhouses. You can see rare plants from far away countries that can be grown only by controlling the climate in the greenhouse.

The plants in the greenhouses are divided by different climate needs and their origins. Notice the colors, textures, and shapes of the different plants. For lovers of plants, flowers, and beauty - the beauty here is endless!

At the center of the park there is a big botanical museum where about 5,000 plant species are displayed, there are about 1,000 exotic plants from around the world.

A Closer Look at the Garden:

Museum of the Romanian Peasant
#About the Romanian Farmer Museum

The Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul Taranului Roman) is entirely dedicated to the culture and lives of farmers, who lived village lives around the green lands of Romania. It will pass on the intriguing stories of the farmers in an interesting way, more than any book or text. In every room you can feel the authentic air of the Romanian village, the school, church, and homes.

In this museum you will find traditional clothes, old table cloths, hand-made embroidery, decorated ceramics, old houses and agriculture tools. This museum is one of the leading in Europe, and has won many awards and prizes for the fascinating exhibits it displays.

More in the museum is a library and movie theater, with a variety of relevant movies to watch, mostly about themes having to do with village life and the farmers who lived there.

A Closer Look at the Museum:


Museum Building:

#About the Club

The Bambo Club is considered one of the five best and most prestigious clubs in Bucharest. It has tables, standing areas, a stage with performances and a large - a turbulent and exciting atmosphere. On the electric stage most of the performances of dancers are amazing.

The high prices are intended for wealthy non-Bucharest partiers, who come here a lot, which means high-level people come here, and on the other hand - the cost and value-for-money, in the form of great sound, great design and pleasure.

The Bamboo brand, by the way, is huge. There are several clubs in Romania that carry the name and even one in Miami.

In early 2017 an unpleasant event occurred in the popular club. On the night between Friday and Saturday a fire broke out, during the building to the ground, and causing dozens of people to go to the hospital.


Keep an elegant dress code - do not try to come here with T-shirts, shorts or sneakers.

Bring a passport - good clubs ask for ID.

Book a place - ask for a hotel to book a spot for you. This will make it easier to enter the club.
Carul cu Bere
#About the Ancient Restaurant with the Special Dishes

Carul cu Bere looks like just a traditional beer house in the city center, but in fact it's a famous restaurant, which also offers great beer. Since it was founded in 1879 Carul is one of the most popular places among the city's local residents.

This is a very old and well-established institution that, in the 19th century, hosted the intellectuals of Bucharest, who used to sit here, think about ideas and opinions, and exchange opinions about the times, while sipping beer and eating good food.

Even today it is a pub-restaurant decorated with delicate gold decorations made of wood. The design here is neo-Gothic. Every detail here pleases the eye, from the arches and pillars of the building, through the wooden stairs, the beautiful furniture and chandeliers to the frescoes and the ceiling.

Along with the excellent beer, you can devour excellent Romanian food here, such as the stuffed cabbage and the excellent melon.

The pub-restaurant, by the way its name means "beer cart" or "beer carriage," is considered a very recommended restaurant in Bucharest. Usually there is a folk orchestra in it, which makes the stay even more pleasant.

A Closer Look:

Artist Resaurant
#About the Romanian Chef Restuarant with the Molecular Twist

The Artist restaurant is a popular place in Bucharest. The restaurant is lead by Dutch chef Paul Oppenkamp, who married a Romanian woman. The chef found himself in a country with one of the most fascination and traditional kitchens there are. He decided to open his own restaurant, right on the ground floor of a historic stone hose in Bucharest.

Today, the Artist is one of the best restaurants in Bucharest, and some would say all of Romania. Chef Paul combines traditional recipes from the Romanian kitchen with his passion - molecular cooking.

Try to let everyone try the different flavors, there is a tasting menu on small spoons. The dishes are great and colorful, and the plating has long ago become legendary in the city. And the flavors? Go and find out!


The restaurant is rather small, so reserve a spot in advance. Phone: +44-728-318-871

A Closer Look at the Restaurant:

#About the Cafe

Magellan's restaurant in the old city is located in a beautiful building, well designed. Above all, this is one of the best restaurants in Bucharest.

What's good here? It begins with the great food by the creative and professional chef, as well as the fair prices, wonderful service, that knows to recommend especially good dishes, for vegetarians if needed, and give a general atmosphere of a pampering place.

This restaurant has rightly won the highest reviews from diners (from sites like TripAdvisor) and is just wonderful.

Phone: +40-749-288-588


A Closer Look:


Antipa Museum
#About the Museum of Nature and National History

One of the oldest museums and research institutes in Europe in the natural sciences is the Museum of Nature and History of Bucharest. It was founded in 1834 and is located in the north of the city, near the train station. In the museum you will find a large and impressive collection of exhibits, of about 2 million exhibits in the field of biology and zoology.

In the various permanent exhibits you will see models and exhibits of the different oceans in the world, the Black Sea and its seals, the variety of animals in the jungles of Malaysia, an exhibition of birds of paradise and more. In between, in temporary exhibitions, the museum's collection of artifacts - zoological collections, paleontology, minerals, rocks and ethnographic collections - are exposed to the museum.

The zoological collections teach about biodiversity in Romania and abroad. The geological and paleontological collections on the continuous changes in the earth's crust and the climate and ethnographic collections show the cultural and social diversity of the world.

The museum has 3 main objectives:

1. Preserve, rehabilitate, and display the collections - to researchers, teachers, students and more- to anyone who is interested and wants to learn.

2. Scientific expeditions, taxidermy, scientific works in the fields of history and nature, and acceptance of advertising.

3. Education, higher education, doctoral studies, conferences, public relations, publication of documents, books, booklets, CDs and websites in the various natural areas.

Between the stuffed animals and models, your children and probably you too, will spend a couple hours of interest and curiosity.

A Closer Look at the Museum:

Big Mamou
#About Bucharest's Lively Jazz Club

The jazz scene in Bucharest is full of action, artists and successful groups. In this scene, the Big Mamou club is a great jazz club, offering jazz and blues performances, in all different styles, and unique combinations, with accordions or other cultural or makeshift instruments.

In the audience you will find many young students, local jazz musicians, jazz lovers and more. If you like jazz yourself - feel at home.
Romanian Athenaeum
#About the Concert Hall that Must be Visited

The magnificent building in front of you, with the pink marble pillars, is the home of the Philharmonic Orchestra. It is called the Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român). Its magnificent stairways, frescoes and domes of golden leaves all create a magnificent aesthetic play, making it one of the iconic symbols of Bucharest.

This hall houses the important concerts of the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra. It is known for its amazing acoustics, which are mainly responsible for the well-designed round room. The hall opened to the public in 1888 and can accommodate up to 800 spectators.

If you enter the concert hall, pay attention to the giant fresco painting on the ceiling, which describes important moments in Romanian history. If you decide to stay outside, try to catch a few moments of tranquility in the little park in front of the building, under a statue by Mihai Aminescu, Romania's greatest poet.


If you like classical music and want to listen to a concert, the tickets to the front lines are very cheap. Enjoy!

A Closer Look:


A Concert:


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