Why Evening is the Best Time to Sightsee in Bucharest, Romania

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When you think of beautiful cities, Bucharest, the capital of Romania is likely not the first one to come to mind! And that’s why I love this city – it’s full of surprises!

Bucharest is a contrast of beautiful historic architecture, along with bland functional buildings left over from its communist days and modern-day office buildings! Often all on the same block!

You’ll notice while sightseeing in Bucharest that no two streets look the same! It reminds me of a patchwork quilt. I’ve previously taken you on a photo journey through Bucharest during the day, but I absolutely love sightseeing at night, that’s when it really comes alive. Or should I say lights up (pun intended)!

Bucharest is famed for its nightlife, or so I keep hearing. Truth be told, I’m a party pooper who is usually in bed before midnight. But that didn’t keep me from exploring this ever-changing city in the evening – before midnight of course ;).

Here are some of my favourite discoveries, along with some from other travel bloggers and a Romanian photographer. It’s sure to get your evening sightseeing off to a great start!

bucharest sighseeing view from the Intercontinental HotelAdmittedly, I didn’t have to go far for my first view over Bucharest at sunset.  I just walked out from my balcony at the Intercontinental Hotel Bucharest and was rewarded with an incredible view!

Bucharest sightseeing National bank of RomaniaThe National Bank of Romania makes for an impressive site at night. It’s located in the Old Town. I passed the bank several times while searching for a restaurant in the evenings.

Bucharest sighseeing Romanian AcademyThe Romanian Academy is not the easiest building in the world to photograph, as it’s surrounded by a high gate.  I was walking to a restaurant one night with a Romanian friend and snuck my camera through the iron gates to get this photo. He nervously waited for the alarm to be triggered.

It didn’t fortunately, but I wish I could have gotten closer.  The main goals of the academy are the cultivation of the Romanian language and Romanian literature.

And for another perspective on Bucharest sightseeing at night, check out these photos:

bucharest sightseeing in Cismigiu park
Photo courtesy of travel blogger, Fran Soler.

Fran Soler from myguiadeviajes.com reports: It was getting dark and Cismigiu Park was so busy, with lots of people listening to a traditional music group.

I think I was also here at the same time as Fran and loved Cismigiu Park as well. Being at the festival made me feel like a true Bucharester!


When sightseeing in Bucharest, the Palace of the Parliament is a must-see. It's the world's 2nd largest public office building after the Pentagon!
Photo courtesy of photographer, Andrei Zdetovețchi.

Andrei Zdetovețchi, of Andrei Zdetovețchi Photography a Romanian photographer, took this incredible photo of the Palace of the People from the Sky Tower. It’s the 2nd largest public building in the world.

Only the Pentagon located in the U.S is larger! I’ve only seen it during the day, and am now kicking myself for not going back to see it lit up at night. When I go back to Bucharest, this is at the top of my nighttime sightseeing list!

bucharest sightseeing in the Old Town at night
Photo courtesy of travel blogger, Raphael Alexander Zoren.

Raphael Alexander Zoren of Journey Wonders also enjoyed the Old Town:  The night illumination of the Old Town area are truly a sight to behold, especially during the spring when the colours of the flowers start to bloom all around the river. 


Bucharest sightseeing Cismigiu Park
Photo courtesy of travel blogger, Iñigo Pedrueza.

Iñigo Pedrueza of La Rumania also checked out the festival in Cismigiu Park. It really is a happening spot, and it’s located in the city centre!

And finally, our nighttime Bucharest sightseeing journey comes back full circle, to where it all started. Another gorgeous view over Bucharest from the Intercontinental Hotel Bucharest – which I enjoyed with a glass of wine!

I may not be into the party scene, but I’m not a teetotaler either :).
Bucharest sighseeing view at dusk from Intercontinental Hotel
I visited Bucharest to speak at the Romanian Digital Travel Conference. I flew to Bucharest from Stuttgart, Germany with Blue Air and received transportation to and from the airport courtesy of CDI Transport. It was my second visit and I hope to visit again soon!

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel. She's passionate about getting outdoors as often as possible and helping travellers do the same on their vacation in a sustainable way. She's Canadian and grew up in the Canadian Rockies but now lives in Munich, Germany. You can find her skiing or hiking in the mountains most weekends, hanging out with her cat or with her nose in a good book.


April 21, 2015
This looks like a great city. It seems to be one that has fallen under the radar.
April 28, 2015
@De'Jav - I think it falls under a lot of people's radar, but it's definitely worthy of a visit.
April 22, 2015
Definitely not the image I had in mind and definitely worth a visit, Laurel!
April 28, 2015
@Marcia - It surprised me as well - in a good way!
April 25, 2015
It's very nice city, i wish i''ll be there. but i set my family tour to go there just another exiting experience :) thanks for this sharing informative information. Keep it Great! ;)
April 27, 2015
I'd love to visit - especially after seeing the photos. I can't get over the size of the government building. What on earth happens in there?
April 28, 2015
@Leigh - I know, it's huge! Besides tours, it's used by the Romanian Parliament and you rent event space there.
May 5, 2015
Hi Laurel really this is a beautiful city, especially your beautiful images have made this post lively. Great post...
May 6, 2015
Laurel, thanks for share my thoughts and my picture! Bucharest is a great and surprising city!! Best regards from south spain!!
Carlo Cretaro
May 17, 2015
Hi Laurel, Stumbled upon this post as myself and my g.friend are debating whether to have Budapest of Bucharest as our base next year. I heard the WiFi is super fast in Bucharest? What's the cost of living like? Carlo
May 18, 2015
@Carlo, Both Budapest and Bucharest are great cities! The WiFi is great in Bucharest and you can find it in most restaurants and cafes. I'm not sure about the exact cost of living there, but I've heard it's very reasonable.
May 18, 2015
The Palace of the People is such a massive building ... cool to see it lit up at night!
June 19, 2015
Last year, I stayed at Intercontinental Bucharest for business. Honestly, the view from the upper floors over the city is spectacular. The location is great right in the University Square.T he hotel is near to many attractive places in the city. I'll probably come back to Bucharest
August 10, 2015
@Hanaoi Food Tasting Tour - So glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay!
September 30, 2015
I've been reading several articles about Bucharest o different travel blogs, just to see what tourists think of this city and yours is the fisrt one that captures the beauty of Bucharest by night. I saw someon asking about the cost of living here. It depends, it's mostly very affordable, but of course, there some more "fancy" places that charge more than they should for rooms or for food. That's why it's important to do your research beforehand, or to travel with a guide.
October 28, 2017
nice post, this is one of those cities where you just start walking around and hours later realize how awesome it is

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