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About Bucharest

Romania's capital is one of the largest cities in the whole of south-east Europe, a sprawling metropolis with a huge population and a lively atmosphere that is also home to many of the country's major industrial and commercial businesses. Bucharest was built on the banks of the Dambovita River, a waterway which flows into one of the tributaries of the Danube, the Arges River. Bucharest is not a staple of all Danube River cruises, but a number of itineraries which explore it do choose to focus on more of the eastern parts of the river, which is when Bucharest becomes a major port of choice and a focal point of your river voyage.

Exploring Bucharest

The most unmissable landmark in the city, in every sense, is the huge Parliament Palace, which is none other than the second-largest building in the entire world. There’s no need to worry about finding your way around, as walking tours showcase the parts of this epic building which holds over a thousand rooms. Other celebrated architectural attractions include the Romanian Athenaeum, which is one of Romania’s most celebrated concert halls and Stavropoleos Church, which boasts some splendid architecture and dates back to 1724.

Elsewhere in the city, Revolution Square is another popular place to visit, being the focus of a number of attractions including the former Royal Palace which is nowadays the museum of Art, and the Atheneum – a statue of Romania’s first king. The square though is an attraction in itself and a historical place of pilgrimage, being the scene of revolution in 1989 and of the communist-liberal clashes of the 1940s. When it comes to landmarks, the Triumph Arch is one of the most recognisable, being a tribute to those returning to the city alive after the First World War and resembling its more famous counterpart, Paris’ Arc de Triumph.

The city is also home to a great number of museums, so if you have an interest in the history of the region itself, the arts, geology, transport among other subjects, you'll find Bucharest to be a thoroughly absorbing and fascinating destination. One of the most unique however, is the Village Museum, a fascinating and informative open air site with over 300 traditional buildings which tells the story of Romania’s history in full scale.

If you simply want to get away from the crowds, then there are plenty of delightful parks in or close by the city, including Cismigiu Garden which lies conveniently in the centre. With lake boat rental and its own bars, it’s the perfect place to relax during your visit.

Bucharest tips

For a taste of Bucharest on the go, try Shaorma, which is a kind of kebab-like meat sandwich and the go-to fast food of choice in the city. If you've time to shop, head to the city's main boulevard which runs from Piaţa Romană to Piaţa Unir. Bucharest has various shopping centres with a mix of chain and independent stores, meaning you’ll always find interesting souvenirs to take home with you. There’s also a good choice of bars and restaurants in which you can find a number of locally-brewed, high quality beers.

Bucharest Itineraries

Nuremberg

Grand European Cruise - Eastbound

4 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
23 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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Bucharest

Black Sea to Budapest - Westbound

3 sailing dates July 2019 to August 2019
11 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Iron Gates

Budapest to the Black Sea - Eastbound

1 sailing date August 2019
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Vidin

Passage to Eastern Europe - Budapest to Bucharest

32 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Passage to Eastern Europe - Bucharest to Budapest

29 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
10 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Bucharest

Danube Delta Discovery

1 sailing date April 2019
16 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna, Austria
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Budapest

Transylvania and the Danube

1 sailing date June 2019
11 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Bucharest

Contrasts of the Danube Bucharest to Budapest

1 sailing date May 2019
9 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Linz

From the Danube Delta to Prague

1 sailing date July 2019
18 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Prague
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Budapest

Black Sea Explorer - Budapest to Bucharest

2 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Bucharest

Grand European - Westbound

1 sailing date May 2019
23 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Grand European - Westbound

4 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
23 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Kiev

Kiev to Bucharest

1 sailing date September 2019
13 Nights From Kiev, Ukraine to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Splendours of the Danube

3 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Splendours of the Danube

3 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Passau

Voyage Across the Continent Tulcea to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
23 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Bamberg

Voyage Across the Continent Amsterdam to Tulcea

3 sailing dates April 2019 to August 2019
23 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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Vienna

From the Iron Gates to Vienna

5 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
11 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Vienna
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Iron Gates

Contrasts of the Danube

3 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Amsterdam

European Sojourn - Amsterdam to Bucharest

22 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2020
22 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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