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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

Budapest

Danube Splendours for Solo Travellers

1 sailing date August 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Scenic Transylvania and the Danube

1 sailing date June 2022
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer - Budapest to Bucharest

8 sailing dates September 2021 to October 2022
8 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer - Bucharest to Budapest

8 sailing dates October 2021 to October 2022
8 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Great European Odyssey: To Bulgaria

1 sailing date July 2022
20 Nights From Trier, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
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Bucharest

From Vienna to the Balkan Mountains

1 sailing date July 2022
9 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Danube Splendours from Budapest

2 sailing dates April 2022 to August 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Bucharest

Birdwatching on the Danube Delta

1 sailing date June 2022
7 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Bucharest
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Bucharest

The Carpathian Mountains to the Land of the Bears

2 sailing dates April 2022 to August 2022
12 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Bukovina
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Vienna

The Iconic Iron Gates to Vienna

2 sailing dates April 2022 to August 2022
10 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna
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Budapest

Captivating Contrasts of the Danube from Budapest

1 sailing date September 2022
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Vienna

Balkan Explorer with Vienna & Turkey

1 sailing date June 2021
13 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Istanbul
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Budapest

Balkans Explorer With Vienna And Transylvania

1 sailing date June 2021
13 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Romania , Bucharest
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Amsterdam

Grand Voyage of Europe from Bucharest & Transylvan

4 sailing dates June 2021 to June 2022
25 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Bonn

Grand Voyage of Europe Amsterdam to Bucharest

5 sailing dates June 2021 to May 2022
21 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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Bamberg

From Bucharest & Transylvania & Paris

3 sailing dates October 2021 to June 2022
28 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Paris
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Bamberg

Grand Voyage of Europe Bucharest to Amsterdam

4 sailing dates June 2021 to June 2022
21 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Melk

Europe with Paris, Transylvania & Bucharest

3 sailing dates September 2021 to May 2022
28 Nights From Paris, to Romania , Bucharest
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Kalocsa

Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania

2 sailing dates September 2021 to October 2021
12 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Nessebar

Black Sea Explorer Turkey Budapest to Bucharest

1 sailing date September 2021
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Istanbul
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