Romanian Athenaeum Bucharest
The Romanian Athenaeum is Bucharest's leading concert hall. The idea for a building serving as a temple of the arts and sciences arose among the most illustrious minds of Bucharest's cultural and scientific circles in the 2nd half of the 19th-century. Donations financed the buildings' construction.
The donation campaign lasted for 18 years. Its slogan - “Give a penny for the Athenaeum” - became part of the city's mythology. Building finished in 1888 and, with its high domed roof and columns, it does look like a temple.
The concert hall is famous not only for the ornate frescoes on its ceilings and walls but also for its outstanding acoustics. Damaged during World War II, the building was later restored.
|Address||Strada Benjamin Franklin 1, Bucharest|
Enjoy The Green Oasis Cismigiu Park
This park, the largest in Bucharest, is more than 150 years old. It covers 17 hectares and offers a home to an incredible diversity of plants and trees.
In the middle of the city, the broad lanes and beautiful flower beds invite visitors to take long walks. The park also features a restaurant and two lakes, where you can hire boats. The lakes are popular with ice skaters during the winter.
|Address||Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta, Bucharest|
Athenee Palace Hotel Bucharest
Across from the Athenaeum is another multi-story building, the Athenee Palace Hotel, which is now a part of the Hilton network of hotels. Designed by French architect Theophile Bradeau and built in 1914, it comes from the period when Bucharest was also known as "Little Paris".
The building's more recent fame has comes from Olivia Manning's Balkan Trilogy. Here the hotel serves as the setting for World War II spies and intrigue.
Click here for more information and reservations: Athenee Palace Hotel
|Address||Epidcopiei 1-3, Bucharest|
Cantacuzino Palace Bucharest
An exciting building along the Calea Victoriei is the splendid Cantacuzino Palace. It now houses a museum dedicated to the famous Romanian composer George Enescu of Romanian Rhapsody fame.
Commissioned by former Romanian Prime Minister Grigore Cantacuzino and built in 1898-1900, it's one of the city's most extravagant buildings. As one of the wealthiest people in the country, Cantacuzino wished to be remembered for owning the most elegant house in the city.
The building is a true example of French Eclecticism. It unites Neoclassic architecture with Art Nouveau elements. Two majestic lions guard the palace's massive wrought-iron door.
|Address||Calea Victoriei 141, Bucharest|
Casa Doina Bucharest
One of the most prominent examples of Neo-Romanian architecture is Casa Doina. It's the city's oldest and best-known restaurant in the northern part of the city. The building was originally intended as Romania's pavilion at the 1889 Paris Exhibition.
For various reasons, the project was never realized. But the building's construction started in 1892 in Bucharest instead. In Casa Doina, elements from the folkloric style combine with a patriarchal aristocratic villa.
The names of Romania's most famous vineyards are in colorful ceramic tiles under the roof cornice. Scenes from Romanian folklore cover the veranda's wooden pillars.
|Address||Soseaua Kiseleff, Bucharest|
Shop Regional Products At The Amzei Market
This is one of the best known markets in Bucharest and a fantastic destination for an outing. Dealers from far around Bucharest make the trip to hawk their wares.
You'll find a huge selection of produce, meats, cheese and flowers as well. The market is popular and half of it has a roof. This part of the city is also a great place to see the well-preserved old Bucharest.
|Address||Strada Piața Amzei, Bucharest|
Visit a Bookstore
Like a magician makes small children squeal with excitement, Carturesti Carusel, one of the world’s most stunning bookstores will make fans of the printed word jump for joy.
Waltz into this renovated Old Town building and you’ll discover a bright space, with undulating balconies that wrap around a soaring, six-story atrium.
You’ll find tens of thousands of titles and plenty of spaces to plop down and browse away. On the top floor there's a bistro, should you need to fuel more than your intellect.
|Address||Strada Lipscani 55, Bucharest|
Fun things to do in Bucharest
Tired of walking the streets and need some rest from all that sightseeing? Take a rest and relax at Therme just outside the city. They have a lot to offer, so you can spend an entire day here. The place has three main areas:
- Elysium, where you can have a sauna (they have 6) and enjoy a selenium enriched pool with a panoramic sight
- The Palm, with aroma therapy pools and Jacuzzi's hidden among the palms
- Galaxy, a place to enjoy indoor water slides and go wild in the wave pool