Bucharest is the ultimate destination for travelers on a budget, as well as being a super affordable city, there are an abundance of things to do, completely free!
– Free walking tours
With Walkabout Tours you can see centuries of history with a knowledgable local guide. Visit famous churches, see ruins and learn about Bucharest’s colourful history in a fascinating 2.5 hour tour. Tours leave every day at 15:00 from Unirii square.
– Casa Popolurui (Parliament Palace)
Visit the second largest municipal building in the world, and the heaviest building in the world. You can enter the building for a fee, however it is worth the visit just to walk the perimeter and see the sheer size of Nicolae Ceausescu’s ill-fated ‘Project Bucharesti’.
– Stavropoleos Monastery
Located in the lively Old Town amongst vibrant bars and restaurants, this tiny church built in 1724 is home to stunning wood and stone carvings and has a courtyard with tombstones dating back to the 18th century. Opening hours are 07:00-20:00.
– Cismigiu Gardens
These expansive and picturesque gardens were opened in 1860 and are home to a huge artificial lake, over 30,000 trees as well as exotic plants brought in from Vienna. Those with children will enjoy the large playgrounds, and there are plenty of small kiosks and cafes selling ice cream, drinks and snacks to enjoy on one of the hundred of seats around the park. On the weekends and when the weather is nice you will find the gardens bustling with people young and old playing and relaxing in the sunshine.
– Jewish History Museum
Over 800,000 Jewish citizens lived in Romania before they fled or were forced to leave during WWII. For those interested in some of Bucharest’s more somber and moving history, the Jewish History Museum shows off many of the Jewish contributions that shaped Romania into the vibrant and cultural country it is today. This museum is free to enter but donations are always appreciated.