One day in Bucharest: best attractions to include on your travel itinerary

updated 2019

One day in Bucharest: what are the best attractions to include on your travel itinerary? Let me tell you and help you plan the perfect visit to my hometown in a new article from the free travel guides series.

Bucharest, capital of Romania, has become a popular attraction in Eastern Europe over the last few years. The Henri Coandă Airport was included in top 5 European airports with the greatest increase in air traffic a few years back, while Bucharest is the cheapest city to visit, according to a study.

There are many attractions in Bucharest waiting to be discovered, so you need to have a travel itinerary already compiled in order to make the most of your visit in this city.

As I am from Bucharest and I have showed the city to many friends from across the world, I created a travel itinerary for one day in Bucharest including the best attractions to see and where to eat! And with the abundance of cheap flights to Bucharest, you should think about visiting Romania’s capital as soon as possible.

I hope this travel itinerary for Bucharest will help you make the most of your visit here. As a side note, this is an itinerary for late spring-late autumn. You can use it for the winter as well, without the city bus tour.

One day in Bucharest, Romania: best attractions to include on your travel itinerary

Start the day at the Village Museum

The Village Museum in Bucharest is a must-see in my opinion. It is a great way to spend some time outdoor and to find out interesting things about Romania, to see how Romanians lived. The museum is located inside the Herastrau Park and has an impressive collection of old houses from all over the country.

Some are open and you can enter and admire them. Each house that a presentation at the gate – Romanian and English.

You will be charmed by the beauty of the houses – some are rich, some are painted in strong colors, and you’ll even see half-buried houses, something unique in the area.

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The New Village Museum is a section recently opened with interesting and lovely houses and a place that will give you the chance to see live animals – feed sheeps and goats and have even more fun!

Expect many cats – friendly cats 😉 – in the park as well. You don’t have to pet them if you don’t want to, but don’t hurt them either. They are natural defenders agains rats 😉

If you can afford it, buy the guided tour. You’ll definitely find out a lot of interesting things about the country and the houses.

The Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania. Read this 1-day itinerary for Bucharest
The Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania

Continue with the Herastrau Park and take a boat ride

After 2 hours of walking through the park (hopefully that will be enough for you to see all the houses), it’s time for a break. Exit into the Herastrau Park – and then walk a little, admire the view.

I’m also recommending a short boat ride – the ride takes about 20 minutes. You’ll relax a little and see the whole park from the boat. Of course, you can go for the budget option, and just stroll the alleys of the park, enjoying the nice landscape. Herastrau Park is one of the top things to see in Bucharest and it simply has to be included on a 1-day itinerary for Bucharest.

Herastrau Park is one of the best places to visit in Bucharest in a 1-day trip to Bucharest.
Herastrau Park

Eat lunch at La Mama

One of the best places to have lunch – affordable price, nice decor, great food, both traditional and international – is La Mama on Episcopiei 9 Street. It’s just a few minutes walk from the Romana Square – reachable by bus, direct line from the Village Museum.

Visit the Spring Palace

Continue your one day in Bucharest itinerary with a visit at the Spring Palace.

Opened in 2016 for the public, the Spring Palace – Palatul Primaverii – is the official residence of Nicolae Ceausescu. I truly recommend this place to visit in Bucharest as you’ll learn a lot about our past and you’ll get to visit an interesting palace.

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There are tours available in English – but call ahead and make a reservation. Attention: it is only open from Wednesday to Sunday. The tour is 45 lei – approximately 10 euro – so not enough, and it is definitely worth it (photos allowed without blitz).

You’ll see how Ceausescu lived, you’ll find out interesting things about him, but also a lot of historical information about Romania. I’ve been here a few times already, once with a guide in Romanian, and the rest of the times with different friends, from other countries, and took the guided tour in English. Didn’t get bored!

Zoe Ceausescu's office - Spring Palace, Bucharest. The Spring Palace is a must-visit place in Bucharest. Discover what to do in Bucharest in one day
Zoe Ceausescu’s office – Spring Palace, Bucharest

Hop on the Bucharest City Tour

As it’s already afternoon, if you don’t like to go somewhere else and you are tired, in order to see many other attractions in Bucharest – but from the comfort of a bus, take the bus Bucharest City Tour.

Actually, depending on where your hotel is, you could use this line as a transportation for the entire day (check the map on the Bucharest City Tour’s website to see if your stay is near its route. Admire the attractions on the route and take a lot of pictures.

You can hop off if you want to take more photos of a place – and then just hop on the next bus (there are a few minutes away).

You’ll see the famous Palace of Parliament (known as the People’s House as well), the University, some museums, parks, and more. And you’ll see most of the commercial and touristy area of Bucharest.

You can also choose to stop near the old city’s centre and take a long walk – or stop by for a coffee somewhere – and then hop on again.

If you have more time in the city, then you should definitely include these 5 must see places in Bucharest on your travel itinerary.

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Check out the Vlad Tepes castle in Bucharest and this article with the top 3 must to visit museums in Bucharest, Romania.

I also recommend you the article focusing on the top art and history museums in Bucharest.

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One day in Bucharest, Romania: best attractions to include on your travel itinerary

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14 thoughts on “One day in Bucharest: best attractions to include on your travel itinerary

  1. These are great tips! I would love to see the Spring Palace! It looks amazing! I also wouldn’t mind the bus tour. Sometimes in a new place I like to sit back and let someone else show me around.

  2. I had never heard of Bucharest before! It looks very enjoyable and I like the pictures you took.

  3. It’s truly incredible how many places are on the planet that I never would have thought to add to a travel bucket list. After this post, I would definitely consider Bucharest now too!

  4. What a wonderful place! I have never been in bucharest, I wish I could add it on my bucket list before end of year.

  5. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this place. I definitely want to read more about it and possibly add it to my travel list. Thanks for the great post.

  6. Wow!!! This looks amazing! I have never actually heard of it before but it looks like a beautiful place x

  7. What a great guide. i’m definitely pinning this for future reference. Bucharest is somewhere we’d like to visit so this will definitely come in handy when planning our visit. Thanks!

  8. Bucharest sounds like a really lovely place to visit! It sounds and looks as thought it’s full of culture! Spring Palace sounds great! Lovely post and photos. xx

  9. Great guide. I’ve never thought of visiting, but looks beautiful. Out if interest, what is the local cuisine like?

  10. Well anywhere that has the chance to pet cats is a yes in my book . I really like the look of the palace as well it is beautiful x x

  11. I already have this destination on my bucket list for when I finally get to travel Europe. I Cant’ wait to see what it has to offer:)

  12. Beautiful pictures with a great recommendation of where to visit for a day. I will have to keep this page bookmarked so I can refer back to it when I make the visit to Bucharest, Romania.

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