Romania

50 Bucharest Pictures that Will Inspire You to Travel to Bucharest

(Last Updated On: 10/10/2020)

Bucharest, Romania isn’t often listed among the beautiful capitals in Europe. You will more likely find descriptions of grey, uninteresting city, and when I see those I keep wondering if the author actually had a chance to visit Bucharest.

I personally believe the capital of Romania is one of the most underrated places in Europe. The city that offers so much, for each taste.

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I’ve been there twice and it was not enough to enjoy all the great things to do in Bucharest, there are so many of them! This city is like a matryoshka, once you scratch the surface and uncover one layer there are so many more Bucharest attractions that it seems at first!

But today, instead of telling you what to see in Bucharest, I just want to show you how pretty this city is and share some of my favorite Bucharest pictures I took during my trips there. Because this city really is pretty!

Why you should travel to Bucharest

Bucharest reminds me of Warsaw and Belgrade a bit. Many people claim those cities are uninteresting and ugly which is not true.

They all are a peculiar mix of architecture, from beautiful to ugliful that only connoisseurs (like me) would appreciate. Those three capitals are difficult to define and that’s what makes them so special.

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You might have heard that Bucharest is often referred to as “the little Paris”. This title was given to the city around 1900 mostly for its elegant, Paris-alike architecture that you can find in Bucharest still today.

There are plenty of beautiful buildings and palaces around the Old Town and central Bucharest, you can find them randomly when wandering around the city. There is even the Arch of Triumph similar to the one in Paris!

Bucharest pictures

Bucharest pictures

At the same time, there are also many interesting buildings in other styles. My favorite ones are those in what I call Romanian style – I haven’t seen it anywhere else and it somehow reminds me of the monasteries that you can find in the country (even if these are just regular buildings, not religious ones).

Bucharest pictures

Bucharest is also home to the Romanian Palace of the Parliament – the World’s largest civilian building with an administrative function. It is really enormous and no picture can show how grand it is. While it looks impressive from the outside, the interior is simply mind-blowing with all the marble and rich decoration.

There is a tragic story behind the building – it was the creation of a madman, Nicolae Ceaușescu who ferociously ruled Romania for during the communist times. A big part of the central Bucharest had to be demolished to make space for the Palace of the Parliament, destroying the beautiful cityscape.

Still, the building itself is a good reason to visit Bucharest as this is a real architectural and design masterpiece.

Bucharest pictures

Bucharest pictures

But there are more stunning interiors in Bucharest that will make your jaw drop. You can find so much beauty hidden from the street view! Some of the buildings, like my absolutely favorite Romanian Athenaeum, are even used as the filming locations – I was so surprised when I saw it in “Killing Eve”!

Bucharest pictures

If you are looking for Instagrammable places in Bucharest there are plenty of them too, including the umbrella lane that is popular all over the world (and it sure looks cute!).

And then there is a very cool ethnographic museum near the center! Yet another reason to visit Bucharest!

Bucharest pictures

Bucharest pictures

Best Bucharest photo locations

Now, if you want to take some good pictures of Bucharest here are some of my favorite Bucharest photo locations (that will surely look good on Instagram too!):

  • Palace of the Parliament, both inside and outside
  • Old Bucharest
  • Embankment between Piata Unirii and Calea Victoriei
  • Romanian Athenaeum, especially inside
  • Macca – Vilacrosse Passage
  • Umrella lane at Victoria Passage
  • Museum of Bucharest, especially inside
  • Cărturești Carusel bookstore at Strada Lipscani and at Strada Verona
  • Cișmigiu Gardens
  • “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum

But there are so many more picturesque spots in Bucharest! Sometimes a random street view or a building can intrigue and impress you – that’s why I enjoy taking pictures in Bucharest so much!

Bucharest pictures

Bucharest pictures

Bucharest pictures

And here is a bunch of Bucharest pictures to show you how pretty and diverse this city is. You will quickly see that you should visit Bucharest too!

Bucharest pictures

Romanian Athenaeum



Bucharest pictures

Central University Library



Bucharest pictures

Macca – Vilacrosse Passage



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National Bank of Romania



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Details of Stavropoleos Monastery



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Streets of the Old Town



Bucharest pictures

Streets of the Old Town



Bucharest pictures

Streets of the Old Town



Bucharest pictures

Palace of the Parliament



Bucharest pictures

Cișmigiu Gardens



Bucharest pictures

Cișmigiu Gardens



Bucharest pictures

Cișmigiu Gardens



Bucharest pictures

Cișmigiu Gardens



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Bucharest street view



Bucharest pictures

At the embankment



Bucharest pictures

At the embankment



Bucharest pictures

Streets of the Old Town



Bucharest pictures

Streets of the Old Town



Bucharest pictures

Stavropoleos Monastery



Bucharest pictures

Stavropoleos Monastery



Bucharest pictures

Macca – Vilacrosse Passage



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University



Bucharest pictures

Museum of Bucharest



Bucharest pictures

Cărturești Carusel bookstore



Bucharest pictures

Streets of the Old Town



Bucharest pictures

Streets of the Old Town



Bucharest pictures

Palace of the Parliament



Bucharest pictures

Palace of the Parliament inside



Bucharest pictures

George Enescu National Museum



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Museum of Art Collections



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One of the beautiful palaces



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Romanian Athenaeum inside



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Herăstrău Lake



Bucharest pictures

“Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum



Bucharest pictures

“Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum



Bucharest pictures

Streets of the Old Town



Bucharest pictures

Stavropoleos Monastery



Bucharest pictures

CEC Palace

Further reading

If you are planning a trip to Bucharest and Romania here are more articles I wrote about the country. Hopefully, you will find them interesting too!

Travel Resources

Revolut bank card is the best way to save money when traveling. It’s a pre-paid service that offers very good exchange rates and no fees for ATM’s use. Click here to learn more and order your Revolut card.

You can find the best accommodation options at Booking. They have many discounts and excellent customer service. Click here to look for the place to stay in Bucharest

Never travel without travel insurance, you never know what might happen and better safe than sorry. You can check the insurance policy for Romania here.

I recommend joining organized tours to get to know the place better and to visit more places during your trip. You can find a great selection of tours at Get Your Guide – click here.

Make sure to have the offline map always installed on your phone, they can save you so many troubles. I always use the free app Maps.Me.


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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Dan
    11/10/2020 at 19:09

    How beautiful, marvelous city!!

    • Reply
      kami
      12/10/2020 at 20:54

      It really is!

  • Reply
    Teddy
    11/10/2020 at 22:15

    I agree with you, Bucharest is lovely and very underrated. It offers an incredible number of tourist attractions. It’s a must go. On top of what you already mentioned, I loved also the Calea Victoriei Avenue and the Magheru Avenue (for it’s Bauhaus architecture), the Terme Bucharest (one of the largest Thermal Baths in Europe, they are just stunning and the quality of the thermal baths exquisite), the incredible national park within the city (Vacaresti Delta, it’s like a small wild delta surrounded by modern buildings, an incredible contrast), the national History Museum (especially the treasure room, I have not seen so much gold outside of Latin America) and the stunning National Museum of Art and the wonderful Zambaccian collection (Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Pallady, Andreescu etc.).

    • Reply
      kami
      12/10/2020 at 21:01

      Now I so want to return to Bucharest again! I was supposed to visit the city again this summer but we know how crazy this year is and I had to cancel the trip. But I’m sure I will be back in Bucharest again and then I will definitely check out your recommendations.

  • Reply
    Bernadette
    12/10/2020 at 13:14

    I have been to Romania several times, but never in Bucharest. Your pictures are amazing, I wish I could visit the city.

    • Reply
      kami
      12/10/2020 at 21:03

      Many people skip Bucharest, focusing on Transylvania mostly (which is a great place to visit too!). I hope you will go to Bucharest one day, this is such a great city!

  • Reply
    Estera
    12/10/2020 at 18:13

    I love the Bucharest Christmas Market which is just in front of the Palace of Parliament, it’s just beautiful. I am going there every second year around the Christmas period. Thank you for sharing the great pictures.

    • Reply
      kami
      12/10/2020 at 21:03

      I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. I only heard about this Christmas Market and saw some photos online, hopefully I will be able to see it one day too :)

  • Reply
    Barry Maguire
    12/10/2020 at 20:39

    Dear Kami,
    I am so excited to hear from you. Your photographs are exquisite. The glorious architecture in the grand streets seems to be in the Beaux Arts style. Several of the embassies here in the District of Columbia are in that style as well. Architectural detail is one of my passions. I am not sure if I will travel again out of the United States, but if I do, it will definitely be to Bucharest. I have to go now, but I will write to you again. You are a treasure, indeed, Kami. You are so incredibly generous and thoughtful..
    Barry

    • Reply
      kami
      12/10/2020 at 21:05

      Thank you for your comment, Barry. I’m glad you liked the pictures from Bucharest. I truly hope you will travel internationally again but these are such crazy times. Stay safe and all the best!

  • Reply
    Harshal J
    15/10/2020 at 13:38

    Wow!! Beautiful city. I must admit Kami you are a good photographer. I really liked all the pics and you have captured it beautifully. I wish I could get some tips from you.
    I have become a big fan of yours. Keep on posting these pics.

    • Reply
      kami
      16/10/2020 at 11:20

      Thank you so much! All the best!

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