Smile bright in Romania!

The city of Bucharest provides touristic sights which are representative for our history and national culture of Romania: national museums, art galleries, memorial houses, churches and monasteries, statues and monuments, sport and exhibition complex, parks and lakes. Bucharest has been documentary certified in a 1459 document belonging to Vlad Ţepeş, it is the capital of Romania since 1862, it holds a population of over 2 million inhabitants and it is situated in the South, at a medium altitude of 85 m, on the banks of Dâmboviţa River. It is 415 km away from Sofia, 720 km away from Belgrad, 890 km away from Budapest and 440 km away from Chişinãu.

Information Bucharest: ; post code 7000.

Access: - by air – the international airport Otopeni

- by roads – on the European roads:- E 60 – from Constanþa Port, Black Sea; - E 85 – from Buzãu, Bacãu, Iaşi, Republic of Moldavia, Ucraina; - E 60 – from Ploieşti, Braşov, Târgu Mureş, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea, Hungary; - E 70 – from Piteşti, Sibiu, Arad, Hungary;- E 70 – from Piteşti, Craiova, Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Iugoslavia; - E 70/E 65 – from Giurgiu, Bulgaria;

- by railways – from all directions; it is the most important junction rail in Romania.

Accommodation: most of the hotels are situated in the central zone, by the boulevards: G. Magheru, N. Bãlcescu and Victoria Way: “Intercontinental” Hotel ; “Continental” Hotel – phone: 021/6144894; “Boulevard” Hotel ; “Sofitel” Hotel; “Erbaş” Hotel – phone: 021/2326856; “Manuc’s Inn”  and many other hotels and boarding houses.

Touristic sights:

Out of a total number of over 40 museums, we suggest: the National Museum of History (Victoria Way 12, ) where the national gold, silver and precious stones treasure can be admired (“Cloşca cu puii de aur”); the Art Museum National  ( Victoria Way 49-53, ); the National Cotroceni Museum (Cotroceni Road, ); the Village Museum (Kiseleff Road 28-30, ) - the largest ethnographical museum in Europe; the Museum of Romanian Peasant (Kiseleff Road 3, ); “Grigore Antipa” Museum (Kiseleff Road 1, ) where a huge skeleton of a Dinotherium gigantissimum, unearthed in Romania, can be seen; the Museum of Art Collections (Victoria Way 111,); “George Enescu”Museum (Victoria Way 141,  ); “Prof. Dimitrie Leonida” Technical Museum (Candiana Popescu Street 2) where “Henri Coanda”( the father of the reaction aviation) collection can be found; the Romanian Atheneum (Franklin Street 1), the symbol of Bucharest; Palace of Parliament, a huge building, which is 84 m high and it has an area of 265,000 square meters, built during N. Ceauşescu’s ruling - then called People’s House; World Trade Center (Expoziţiei Boulevard 2) - built after 1990, by a French group named Bouique.

Monasteries and churches: the Patriarchal Orthodox Romanian Cathedral (Patriarhiei Alley 21); the Cotroceni Monastery -which shelters Cotroceni Museum; Stavropoleos Church (Poºtei Street 6); Plumbuita Monastery (Plumbuita Street 58); Mihai Vodã Church (Sapienţei Street); Antim Monastery (Antim Street 29); “Curtea Veche” Church (Francezã Street); Colţea Church and Hospital (I. C. Brãtianu Boulevard).There are over 30 churches of touristic interest in Bucharest. Out of the most interesting touristic sights, we mention: Cişmigiu Garden (in the central zone), Bãneasa Park with the Zoological Garden - the largest in Romania.

Bucharest is surrounded by forests and lakes, where monasteries can be found: in the North - Mogoşoaia Palace (13 km), Snagov Lake and Monastery (30 km), Cãldãruşani Monastery  (40 km); in the East - Pasãrea Lake and Monastery and Cernica Monastery (25-30 km).

Fishing lakes: Scroviştea Lake (near Bãlteni), Buftea Lake, Afumaţi (fishponds), Pasãrea Lake (Brâneşti), Cernica Lake - 360 ha, Cãldãruşani Lake, Mogoşoaia Lake, Snagov Lake, Comana Lake.

Pheasant areas (fauna reservations): Bãneasa Forest, Pustnicul Forest (Pasãrea Monastery), Cernica Forest (Cernica Monastery), Cioplani Forest, Cãldãruşani Forest.

From Bucharest we have fast enough access to other important touristic sights: Danube River (145 km away on DN 3A), Danube-Black Sea Canal, Black Seacoast, Danube Delta (Bucharest-Constanţa-250 km; Constanţa-Tulcea-125 km).

The municipality of Ploieşti is situated 60 km towards North, on E 60 and here some unique museums can be visited: the National Oil Museum (Dr. Bagdasar Street 8, ); “Clocks along the time” Museum (Nicolae Simache Street 1,); “Romanian Carpet” Museum (Palace of Culture); the Racecourse Ploieşti (Bucharest Way,). Driving 40 km North, on DN 1A, you arrive at Slãnic where you can visit the Salt Museum, a salt mountain which is 100 m high (natural reservation) and a former salt mine which is now arranged as a museum and sanatorium for treatments, functioning at a depth of 200 m. We go back to Ploieşti where there is Ghighiu Monastery (about 8 km South from Ploieşti) which keeps a working miracles icon made of santal wood. From Ploieşti towards North, on E 60, we reach Prahovei Valley, where there are the most famous mountain spas that lie in Romania: Sinaia, where we can visit Sinaia Monastery, Peleş and Pelişor Castels (both having a great artistique value), then Buşteni, Azuga and Predeal Spas. These spas provide a variety of accommodation places (hotels, chalets, boarding houses, camping) and the posibility of practising mountain and winter sports. On the left side, in Bucegi Mountains, Bucegi Natural Mixed Reservation lies (almost 7000 hectares). Driving on E 60 towards North, we reach the touristic zone number 4 (Braşov). From Braşov towards East, on DN 10, we head Buzãu, passing Curvature Carpathians, in an  incredible mountain landscape. Not far away from Pâtârlagele, in Colþi Village, the Amber Museum, unique in the country, is arranged. Keeping on driving on DN 10, we reach Mãgura, where we go to the right towards Tisãu, where we can visit Ciolanu Monastery and “Magura” Contemporary Sculpture Camp. Along DN 10, after about  10 km, we turn left, heading Berca, where there are Berca Monastery and “Pâclele Mari ºi Pâclele Mici-the muddy volcanoes” Natural Reservation, formed by an emanation of gases and water vapours from a claying soil. 15 km towards East the municipality of Buzãu is situated, where among others, the Town Hall and the Episcopal Palace  can be visited. 20 km South-West from Buzãu there is a famous vineyard: Pietroasele Vineyard with its famous wines. Then, on E 85 we drive back to Bucharest (112 km from Buzãu).

Another attractive route to follow is that which drives you towards Râmnicu-Vâlcea touristic zone (number 3). Along Bucharest-Piteşti A1 Highway, after 114 km, we reach Piteşti-the city of Romanian automobiles – “Dacia” and “Aro”. Here we can visit the Exhibition of Pharmaceutics History (Banatului Street), the Church made of lime wood (Doamna Bãlaşa Street 2) or Trivale Monastery from Trivale Forest. In the East of the municipality (about 10 km), at Ştefãneşti and Ştefãneştii Noi, there are a vineyard and a vinification factory.

Leaving Piteşti, on E 81, 61 km away , we enter Râmnicu-Vâlcea, which means the touristic zone number 3. From Râmnicu-Vâlcea we drive along DN 73C and after 35 km we reach Curtea de Argeş where the famous Curtea de Argeş Monastery lies, that which is said to be built only after Master Manole has built his own wife in one of the church walls. From Curtea de Argeş we can go and visit Poienari Citadel (built by Vlad Ţepeş also called Dracula), Vidraru Lake and Fãgãraş Mountains, along DN 7C. We go back to Curtea de Argeş and on DN 73C (40 km) and on E 574 (12 km) towards North we reach Câmpulung which holds many remarkable churches (for ex. Negru Vodã Monastery). From Câmpulung we move South. 18 km away, on DN 72A, Cetãţeni is situated where we can visit an ancient church at Cetãţuia Monastery which is full of misteries.


After 43 km more (on DN 72A), we stop in Târgovişte – here we have the Romanian Old Book Museum (Justiţiei Street 7, ), the National Complex of Museums of Princely Court (dating the period when Târgovişte was the capital of Ţara Româneascã) – here it is also the Chindia Tower built by Vlad Ţepeş, in the 15th century and inside of it an exhibition called “Vlad Ţepeş-Dracula, legend and historical truth” (Calea Domneascã 17, ). From Târgovişte to Bucharest we have only 85 km more (DN 71/DN7)