3 Free Things to Do in Bucharest

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Bucharest is a fun, crazy, hectic destination in Romania with a lot of things to do! It’s also pretty cheap, but as with any destination it’s always good to save some extra cash while you’re there. For that reason I thought it would be useful to share 3 things you can do for free in the city!

Free Bucharest Walking Tour

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‘Guided Bucharest’ currently run free walking tours of Bucharest at 10am and 6pm daily. Tours start in Unirii Square Park in front of the clock next to the fountains. Look out for the distinctive orange outfits when trying to locate your guide! Highlights of the tour include Revolution Square, the Ruins of Vlad’s Citadel, and the Palace of Parliament. As with all of these free tours, guides work on a ‘tips only’ basis, so although the tour is free most people do pay a tip – something you may want to be aware of!

Visit the Jewish History Museum

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At the beginning of the 20th Century Bucharest had a local Jewish community of around 40,000 people. Most of these people fled during the preceding years of Communism and then fascist regimes. Now the Jewish History Museum (Str. Mamulari, 3, Bucuresti-Sector 3, Bucuresti, 30771), housed in The Great Synagogue, acts as a memorial. It is also free to enter.

Visit Stavropoleos Church

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Photo credit; Dave Simmer

Stavropoleos Church (Str. Stavropoleos nr.4, Bucharesti, sector 3, PO1) was built in 1724 and is the only surviving part of the original monastery of the same name. It’s an Eastern Orthodox church which collects ancients texts and sacred objects which are restored by the nuns who run the place. It’s also free to enter (although donations are welcomed). Opening times are typically 8.30am to 6pm.

– Where to stay?

Cozyness Downtown Hostel Bucharest

On a side note, if you’re looking for a place to stay in Bucharest I can recommend The Cozyness Downtown Hostel situated on Domnita Anastasia street (just 2 minutes walk to the Old Town.) It’s one of those hostels that looks like someone’s flat from the outside, but inside it has a really chilled, laid back, cosy hostel vibe. It was really easy to meet people here. There are great views of the Palace of Parliament from the kitchen balcony, and we also had a balcony we could sit out on in our room – which was rather awesome! The staff were also just extremely helpful and you really couldn’t get a better location in town. Beds usually go for around €11 per night at the current exchange rate.

– If you liked this article you may also be interested in reading about my time in the Romanian town of Brasov, a beautiful town in the heart of Transylvania.

7 Responses to “3 Free Things to Do in Bucharest”

  1. Mark McDonald says:

    Great list! Bucharest is an awesome city! You should write about the city’s nightlife also! Some of the best in Europe!

  2. nicole says:

    that’s such amazing architecture. =)

  3. Roni Faida says:

    I have never been here, it looks lovely. I think architecture is so interesting!

  4. Debra says:

    Having free things to do, wherever you go, is always a welcome addition. Having them be so great is definitely a bonus! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kenza says:

    This is all true, I can confirm! 😀
    I stayed in the Cozyness hostel and it is AMAZING! I didn’t want to leave! The staff is superb: they help you with EVERYTHING: from shopping to guiding, renting bikes, cooking, trips in the mountains…

    Also the free walking tour was superb!
    Best thing!

  6. Ross says:

    Wow Jane, I am so jealous of how well your site works, I cannot do any of that sh..
    Great stuff

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