A fascinating mix of past and present, Bucharest is continuing to redefine itself and is becoming recognised as a burgeoning holiday hotspot. On the face of it, Bucharest is a busy, modern city. But behind the bustling streets, you'll find architecture from the Art Nouveau period, ostentatious Gothic churches, lush parks and the atmospheric Old Town. There's plenty to see and do: museums are packed with superb examples of the city's past, theatres regularly stage spectacular shows, and the many markets are a treasure-trove for bargain-hunters.
Package holidays to Bucharest with Qatar Airways Holidays are a superb way to become familiar with Romania’s capital, which is slowly reclaiming its nickname of the ‘Paris of the East.’
- Deep in the Romanian countryside, a short trip from Bucharest, you’ll find Bran Castle. A jagged arrangement of clawing spires and imposing stonework, you’ll quickly understand why Bram Stoker chose it as the inspiration for Count Dracula’s castle.
- Covering almost 4 million square feet and boasting 1,000 rooms, the huge Palace of the Parliament is the biggest building in Europe and the heaviest building in the world.
- To find out more about Romania’s past and how the locals used to live, pay a visit to the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum. Here, you can explore more than 300 rustic buildings, including peasant dwellings, mills and churches – all of which have been brought here from villages and towns across the country.
- To see the prettiest of Bucharest’s parks, head to Carol Park, hire a boat and spend an hour or two rowing across the lake. A perfect picnic spot for families.
Bucharest Holiday Packages
As Bucharest has grown in popularity, the number of tourists has risen to just over 1 million each year. Still relatively undiscovered, the city hasn’t become overwhelmed by the demands of the tourist industry and still provides visitors with an entirely authentic experience. Rummage through market stalls or buy big-name brands in some of the city’s sleek and chic shopping malls. There are some beautiful hotels housed in historic buildings to add a little luxury to your package holidays to Bucharest with Qatar Airways Holidays. For families, there are plenty of attractions designed with younger visitors in mind.
Food is an important part of the Romanian culture, and culinary packages to Bucharest will introduce you to a cuisine that draws its influences from across the globe, including Turkey, Greece and Russia. Sample simple chiftele meatballs from a street-side stall, or enjoy an exquisite seven-course banquet in an elegant restaurant.
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GMT+2 hours, Summer GMT+3 hours
Romanian,Hungarian,German with English spoken in main tourist areas
Bucharest Holidays Experiences
- See the city’s sites from the seat of a bicycle. There are plenty of bike-hire outlets and guided tours to take you through places such as Charles de Gaulle Square and Herastrau Park, where you can stop at cafés along the way.
- The National Art Museum of Romania is an ideal destination for culture lovers. Along the walls, you’ll see a fantastic collection of works from medieval Romanian artists, right through to the modern era.
- Bibliophiles will be pleased to find that Bucharest has more than its fair share of bookshops. Ranging from small, independent stores with their own cafés, to vast, sprawling literary cathedrals housed in 19th Century buildings, you won’t be short of something to read on your holiday packages to Bucharest with Qatar Airways Holidays.
- There are some outstanding churches and monasteries to visit. Among the best is the Zlatari Church, which has an incredible mural painted onto its domed ceiling.