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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

Bucharest

Enchantment of Eastern Europe with Transylvania

3 sailing dates June 2023 to September 2023
12 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Vienna

Danube Delta Discovery - Istanbul to Vienna

2 sailing dates October 2023 to April 2024
22 Nights From Istanbul, to Austria , Vienna
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Kalocsa

Danube Delta Discovery from Vienna - Istanbul

2 sailing dates March 2023 to September 2024
22 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Istanbul
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Budapest

Enchantment of Eastern Europe with Transylvania

4 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2023
12 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Enchantment of Eastern Europe from Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2024
8 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest

Includes flights and overseas transfers

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Bratislava

Danube Delta Discovery with Transylvania

4 sailing dates March 2023 to September 2024
19 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Black Sea Explorer - Budapest to Bucharest

6 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2023
12 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Bucharest

Danube Delta Discovery with Transylvania

4 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2024
19 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna
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Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania from Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Bucharest

Danube Splendours from Budapest

1 sailing date June 2023
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Bucharest

The Carpathian Mountains to the Land of the Bears

1 sailing date June 2023
12 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Bukovina
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Belgrade

Captivating Contrasts of the Danube from Budapest

2 sailing dates April 2023 to July 2023
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Bucharest

Danube Delta Discovery - Bucharest to Vienna

4 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
15 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna
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Bucharest

Danube Delta Discovery - Vienna to Bucharest

4 sailing dates March 2023 to September 2024
15 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Serbia , Donji Milanovac
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Belgrade

Black Sea Explorer - Bucharest to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
8 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Black Sea Explorer - Budapest to Bucharest

12 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
8 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3279pp
Belogradchik

Legends of the Balkans - Bucharest to Budapest

2 sailing dates March 2023 to November 2023
7 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Balkan Adventure - Budapest to Bucharest

3 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Balkan Gems With Transylvania & Bucharest

2 sailing dates March 2023 to April 2023
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Best of Balkans

3 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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