Written by Corina Chirileasa
Early summer is one of the best times to discover Bucharest. The city, more than 500 years old, is an eclectic mix of new and old, which unfolds under the bright summer sun.
Bucharest is the gateway to discovering the whole of Romania: it will give you a taste of the country and make you want to uncover more.
Set out for a stroll, a run, or a bike ride in Bucharest’s largest and most vibrant park, Herastrau, in the north of the city. Sail on the Herastrau lake, or try flyboarding, one of the newest extreme water sports. In the evening, watch the sunset at one of the many terraces overlooking the lake, or take in the view from 18 Lounge restaurant in Free Press Square.
From the green north, head downtown to find the vibrating heart of the city – the newly refurbished Old Town. Stroll its pedestrianised streets to discover the old merchant houses, now home to creative restaurants, themed pubs, original gardens, and terraces.
Book a cultural interlude on the famous Lipscani street, at the new Carturesti Carusel bookshop, housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century building called the Carousel of Lights. For the best view of the building’s interior, head to the café on the top floor.
Close by is a famous restaurant – Caru’ cu bere – a favourite among tourists. Ever busy and lively, the place offers tantalising Romanian food and will take you back in time with its 19th-century architecture.
Then head for a stroll along Victoriei avenue to find elegant old buildings, such as the Romanian Athenaeum or the former Royal Palace.
The Village Museum
Northern Bucharest hosts a small piece of rural Romania. Adjoining Herastrau park and lake, the outdoor Village Museum has gathered together over 70 rural houses from all over Romania. The old furniture, traditional carpets, tools, costumes, and icons that can be found inside the houses will help you understand the essence of the Romanian people while you take an afternoon stroll.