Discovering the Capital of Contrasts: Bucharest Old Town

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour

Bucharest Old Town has been on my bucket list for years and I am really happy I finally managed to visit it last May. As we were coming home from a long weekend of exploring the Kavarna Region of Bulgaria, we decided to spend the night in the capital city and explore the highlights of Bucharest the morning after.

Since we only had a very limited amount of time of 3-4 hours, I reached out to Alexandra of Roaring Romania to see if she could give us a short tour of Bucharest Old Town. Instead of scrambling around such a big city we know nothing of, I decided a local’s perspective and guidance would be much more suitable for us. We were very lucky to find that she could fit us into her tight schedule and I was very happy to finally meet her in person after following her fabulous account religiously on Instagram.

We rendezvoused in front of the beautiful National Bank Palace built in Neo-Classical Style in 1890. Since it was raining, we headed over to Cărturești Carusel for a hot cup of coffee while chit-chatting about the latest trends in travel and social media. After the weather cleared up a bit, we explored some of the most renowned landmarks in the capital, like the magical Stavropoleos Monastery, University Square, the Romanian Athenaeum and the iconic Caru’ cu Bere restaurant.

But instead of going into the details of the buildings’ history, I thought I’d just take you on a short photo tour of my favorite architectural gems of the Bucharest Old Town. Some are well-known administrative seats, others are famous religious sites and some are just run-down remains of a once-fabulous era.

(If you’re looking for further info on these places, I honestly recommend reserving a private tour with Alexandra. Her wit, humor and amazing storytelling will make your exploration fun and insightful)

But for now, let’s take a short walk around some of the finest landmarks in Bucharest Old Town:

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, National Bank

BNR – National Bank of Romania Palace

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Carturesti Carusel

Carturesti Carusel

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, CEC Bank

CEC Bank

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Stavropoleos Monastery

Stavropoleos Monastery

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Stavropoleos Monastery

Stavropoleos Monastery

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Stavropoleos Monastery

Stavropoleos Monastery

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Stavropoleos Monastery

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Caru' cu Bere

Caru’ cu Bere

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Central University Library

Central University Library

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Grand Hotel du Boulevard

Grand Hotel du Boulevard

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Italian Church

Italian Church

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Italian Church

Italian Church

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour

Stunning Details

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Novotel Hotel

Novotel Hotel

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, University of Architecture

University of Architecture

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Kretzulescu Church

Kretzulescu Church

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, University

University

Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour, Romanian Athenaeum

Romanian Athenaeum

So how do you like Bucharest? Have you been?

Which is YOUR favorite place in the Capital of Contrasts? 

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Discovering the Capital of Contrasts: Bucharest Old Town Photo Tour

Note: I was in no way compensated for recommending Alexandra of Roaring Romania. I just simply think that she’s the perfect guide if you’re looking to explore Bucharest (or Romania) on a private tour. I recommend her wholeheartedly and hope you’ll be as satisfied with her awesome guiding style as we were!

2 Responses to “Discovering the Capital of Contrasts: Bucharest Old Town

  • Wow, wow, wow!
    Now I feel cheated because everyone in Targu Mures kept telling me: “Don’t bother going to Bucharest. It’s just big and noisy and crowded. There is nothing much to see there. Just stay in Transylvania!”

    • Hey Andreas!
      I actually loved these buildings in the Old Town and the contrast with these new glass constructions.
      People kept telling me the same thing, but I thought a few hours wouldn’t hurt. 🙂 Bucharest actually surprised me in the most positive of ways. It was so beautiful even in the grey, rainy weather we caught during our short visit. And even though I personally prefer smaller cities rather than huge capitals, but Bucharest’s Old Town is definitely worth a short stop (at least).
      By the way, there’s plenty more of Romania you still haven’t seen, so time to plan another trip here! I bet you’re missing our fast internet 😉

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