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Anyone been to Bucharest?

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Waitingforgodot Thu 15-Sep-16 19:41:56

If so, what did you enjoy most?

Artandco Thu 15-Sep-16 19:44:46

Yes, love the island in the river, the castle district, the spa, and the hidden restaurants down tiny alleyways

Waitingforgodot Thu 15-Sep-16 21:40:13

Thanks Artandco !

whataboutbob Thu 29-Sep-16 21:36:04

I lived there for 4 months in 1993 and then again in 2002.
It takes a bit of getting used to! Lots of north Korea style concrete buildings, sullen locals, on street poverty. But also quite a lot of fascinating old buildings, some quality built socialist architecture, very colourful local markets and great produce. Of course things must have changed since i was there. I ended up loving Romania and being sad to leave. There will also be good places to eat, especially in spring and summer. And wine's cheap! try and avoid high summer if you;re thinming of going, the heat is stiffling.

Artandco Thu 29-Sep-16 21:42:04

^^ I just realised my comment is about Budapest, not Bucarest!

I have been to Bucarest also, but it's is as above more communisty in vibe. However I have been in 2004, 2008 and 2011. It def changed a lot between each trip so I assume it's changed hugely since also

whataboutbob Fri 30-Sep-16 08:03:11

Haha Artandco I was trying to picture an island in the river and a spa in bucharest!

campervan07 Fri 30-Sep-16 08:14:10

I have been a few times with work. I initially hated it but then ended up quite liking it. Feels very different to other European cities I have visited because of the communist history. It's not very pretty but is interesting.

I don't think there is loads to do. Every time we asked we just got sent to old town which is just a small part with restaurants and strip joints. You can still smoke everywhere which was strange for me (non smoker). Realised how much I hate people smoking when I am eating or my hotel room smelling of smoke.

They also pushed the day trips out to dracula's castle which is a few hours away. I think that might be interesting more to see some traditional Romania towns than the whole dracula thing.

whataboutbob Sat 01-Oct-16 11:21:43

With Bucharest it's often about what's under the surface, taking time to understand the place. I was lucky in that I learnt the language fairly easily as it has strong latin roots and I already spoke french and spanish. Here are a few places i'd go to if I went back:
state yiddish theatre for a play
concert at the national concert hall (they used to be v cheap, they might still be)
peasant museum and maybe buy a beautiful traditional embroidered blouse
look for the orthodox church with the felled statues of lenin in the back yard in the norther outer suburb. Great photo ops.
bucur obor market for sheer gypsy energy
traditional meal of stuffed vine leaves, aubergine caviar. not sure where's good now but i'd check it out on tripadvisor. traditional cuisine is v nice.
To get away from bucharest a day trip to Sinaia in transylvania is good.

Cherryminx Sat 01-Oct-16 11:32:15

Went a while ago so has probably changed a lot but the main attractions are the village museum and a big park. National museum and Ceaucescus palace. Bucharest suffered a lot from a) earthquake & b) ceaucescus grand plan which got rid of a lot of the old parts of the city.

I would recommend going to another city such as Brasov (for Bran Castle) or Sigisoara in Transylvania for a more traditional Romanian feel.

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