You want to go to Bucharest? Here are 5 places that you need to visit.

Often mistaken for Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, Bucharest is it's neighboring country's capital, Romania. So just to make this clear for those often confused, like Michael Jackson in his concert in Bucharest, Budapest is in Hungary. Bucharest is in Romania.

Now that we've got that out of the way, here are five things that you need to visit if you find yourself in the capital city of Romania.

1. Indulge yourself in lush greenery

Parcul Herăstrău, Foursquare.com

Parcul Herăstrău, Foursquare.com

Parcul Herăstrău, Foursquare.com

Bucharest has traffic. Although not as bad as the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia and the Philippines, you can get a bit annoyed. So if you know it's the rush hour, try to avoid it and stay in one of Bucharest's biggest park, Herestrau.

Herestrau park or Parcul Herăstrău is so named because of the river beside it, which is of the same name. The name Herestrau comes from ferăstrău, which means saw or sawmill.

Name:
Parcul Herăstrău
Address:
Bd. Aviatorilor/Șos. Nordului (Șos. Kiseleff/Șos. București-Ploiești), Bucharest, Romania
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Travel back in time in the Old City

Centrul Istoric (Historical City Centre), Foursquare.com

Centrul Istoric (Historical City Centre), Foursquare.com

One of the charms of the city can be found in the old city of Bucharest. Walk in cobble-stoned paths and reminisce what it's like to live in medieval Europe. But of course, you're surrounded by modern amenities such as cafes, stores, and bookstores.

Name:
Centrul Istoric (Historical City Centre)
Address:
Bucharest, Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Be amazed in one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world

Cărturești Carusel, Foursquare.com

Cărturești Carusel, Foursquare.com

Cărturești Carusel, Foursquare.com

If this isn't the prettiest bookstore you've ever seen, I don't know what else can be considered pretty. And grand. It's nestled in Buchahrest's old city so you'd actually be surrounded by culture the moment you step out of Carturesti Carusel.

Name:
Cărturești Carusel
Address:
Str. Lipscani nr. 55, Bucharest, Romania
TEL:
+40 728 828 922
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Visit one of the biggest palaces in the country

Palatul Parlamentului, Foursquare.com

Palatul Parlamentului, Foursquare.com

Palatul Parlamentului, Foursquare.com

This palace was built with an administrative function, and is the second largest building in the whole world after the Pentagon in the United States. This was constructed when the country was under the regime of dictator Ceaușescu.

Name:
Palatul Parlamentului
Address:
Str. Izvor nr. 2-4, Bucharest, Romania
TEL:
+40 21 316 0300
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Get to know Romanian history

Muzeul Național de Istorie a României, Foursquare.com

Muzeul Național de Istorie a României, Foursquare.com

Muzeul Național de Istorie a României, Foursquare.com

If you want to see the whole Trajan's Column, the Romanian Crown Jewels, and the Pietroasele treasure, then this is the place to go to.

Name:
Muzeul Național de Istorie a României
Address:
Palatul Poștelor (Calea Victoriei nr. 12), Bucharest, Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Often called Little Paris, Bucharest has it's own charms. Perhaps its so-called because of their own Arc de Triomph, which is currently under renovation right now. But whatever alias Bucharest has, don't get deceived by what people are saying. Sure, Bucharest is no Prague nor Rome, but it's not far away from having it's own European ambiance.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?