Top 10 fun things to do with kids in Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest is a place one should definitely visit once in their life. It is situated on the banks of the Dambovita River. It is the capital of vibrant Romania which attracts many tourists who are seeking some adventure and experience.
If you are planning to visit Bucharest for the first time then don’t forget to explore its historical monuments with a modern feel.
It was once known as “Little Paris of the east” in the 1900s because of its fascinating architecture and history. Visit the Palace of the Parliament also called People’s House.
It is one of the famous landmarks of old Romanian period. Victoriei Avenue is one of the cultural and historical sites in Romania. You can explore military palace, the national museum of art and Revolutionary Square in this avenue.
If you are planning to visit Bucharest in summers then don’t forget to add Old town to your day trip list which has some vibrant spots and restaurants with a touch of tradition. You can take your kids to museums, city parks, historical centers, magnificent gardens, art galleries and also explore the charming old traditional city of Bucharest.
If you travel down to Calea Victoriei, you can discover various monuments and city’s magnificent Belle Époque buildings. Your kids can learn about the history by showing a way to the modern culture where the past meets present.
This city gets millions of visitors every year and gets to know something really new about this place. Bucharest not only has Cultural heritage but also natural spots which are the main reasons people get attracted to Romania.
There are many things to do and see for a tourist in a Bucharest sightseeing excursion that meets the eye. No need to worry about budget because you can find hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and transportation facilities at budget-friendly costs.
It is pretty cheap which can be a great advantage for tourists traveling with budgets. Keep in mind that the city is big so you will need a public transportation to travel each attraction located in the city. In this capital city of Romania, there is so much more you can explore with your family.
It is a less known city, but a true gem where you can enjoy highlights of it. It is a home to some beautiful landmarks which had amazing architectures. You can start your tour from the morning at your hotel and end with watching interesting sights like Parliament Palace, The Village Museum, Piata Presei Libere, Piata Unirii, Arcul de Triumf and
Piata Romana. Here are some handpicked lists of places you should visit in Bucharest:
Palace of the Parliament
Situated in Delul Arsenalului, it is the biggest administrative building in the world. It weighs around 4,098,500,000 kg. It was formerly known as “People’s house” and “House of the Republic”. The Neoclassical architectural style makes it unique and it is the most visited spot of tourists.
It has 12 floors with 1,100 numbers of rooms. National Museum of contemporary art is located inside the complex. The complex has 8 underground floors which have bunkers. While constructing the building tonnes of crystals, steel, wood, and bronze were used.
Your kids can explore Union Boulevard, the interior of the palace of the Parliament, Isvor park and conference halls. It has a very impressive construction which comes second after the largest building of Pentagon. You can explore a handmade decoration that includes rarest objects like 700 chandeliers and secret underground tunnels.
Dimitrie Gusti National Village
Muzeul Satului, also known as Village Museum is an ethnographic museum which contains 272 peasants’ farms and homes. It is situated in Herastrau Park which was created in 2936 by three famous artists.
Arcul De Triumf is an island located in the village. Take your kids to La Barreira, Maramures, Buzau house, Dragomiresti church and Herastrau Lake.
It is the biggest concert hall complex situated in Bucharest, Romania. Music festivals are held yearly in the main concert hall in the memory of George Enescu.
It has domes, circular buildings, which romanticizes everyone away from its neoclassical architectures. You will find a small park which has a statue of Mihai Eminescu, the famous poet Romania. There is an auditorium which contains 600 seats.
The walls of the complex are designed in a fresco style which tells us the history about Romania. Till 2007 it was considered as one of the European Heritage sites.
Arcul de Triumf
The wooden triumphal arch was built after Independence for the remembrance of heroes in World War I. You can explore famous Romanian sculptures such as Ion Jalea and Dimitrie Paciurea. You should visit with your kids to enjoy the Parades on every 1st of December which is also considered as the National Holiday in that country.
The beauty of Arcul De Triumf increases ten times more during nights which is a beautiful view for the visitors. You will find an effigy of King Ferdinand I, Queen Marie of Romania, Royal coat of arms and Royal cipher situated on each side of the walls.
It is a public park located in Bucharest, Romania which is considered as the largest and one of the oldest parks in the city. It contains artificial lakes and 16 hectares of gardens. Don’t forget to take your kids to Romanian Rounds which is a circular alley made of stones.
You will find the monuments and sculptures made of Marbles of French heroes who died during World War I. Visitors mainly visit Cismigiu Garden during the winter season which attracts many tourists for its flora.
Your kids can explore fountains, statues, bridges and row boats while enjoying the serene view of the lake and black swans.
It is the largest Romanian public park which can be visited at any time of the year. Established in 1974 and designed by Valentin Donose, the park contains playgrounds and lakes.
The park has a huge hall mainly used for concerts and hosting sports events. Your kids can enjoy with other kids in Oraselul Copiilor which means “Children’s Mini town” which contains roller coasters, mini trains and other cool rides suitable for all ages.
National Museum of Art of Romania
The national museum of art is located inside the Royal Palace in Bucharest. It contains the collection of modern as well as medieval arts and also some collection of Royal families of Romania.
Established in 1948, it has the collection of 70,000 artworks done by famous artists and 77 exhibits of paintings done by famous painters such as Picasso, Braque, Matisse and many more. Famous arts like Adoration of shepherds, Hercules fight with the Nemean lion are found in this art museum.
Some monasteries which were destroyed in 1989 have been restored in 2002 and displayed in the halls of the Museum. It also contains famous Romanian artwork made by Theodor Pallady, Dimitrie Paciurea, Theodor Aman and Constantin Brancusi. Your kids can gain a good knowledge of the rich history of the Roman culture.
Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History
This national museum was established on 3rd November 1834 which was named after Grigore Antipa, who studied biology and flow. He was the director of the National Museum.
It is one of the oldest research institutions and kids can acquire a great knowledge of biodiversity which contains the collection of mineral, fossils, mollusks, fishes, mammals, rocks and many more. It also includes the collection of Byzantine, Greek, and Roman coins.
It is one of the oldest museums in Romania which contains the skeleton of prehistoric Elephants, Deinotherium gigantissimum. Your kids will love it for sure because of various fossils and other collections.
It is a tropical paradise for kids and adults who can enjoy in theme water parks as well as amusement parks. It has just opened in January 2016 which contains 4 to 8 heated pools. Apart from pools, you can also visit spa center and have a relaxing time.
Your kids can play in the garden and discover new species of plants. The garden contains 800,000 plants and 100 species of trees. Kids can also enjoy in hot pools under adult supervision.
It has already started attracting many tourists as it becomes a paradise during nights. You can have a massage therapy or simply enjoy thermal saunas. Kids can enjoy in wave pools and various untiring slides.
Romanian Peasant Museum
It has a huge collection of icons, textiles, ceramics, and artifacts of peasant culture. The museum is built in Neoclassical Romania style which attracts many tourists due to its architecture.
If your kids are art lovers, then they will enjoy in the museum which is famous for its arts and traditions. It has a collection of 100,000 monuments and objects. You will find an earlier display of old artifacts in the basement of the museum.
While visiting this Museum, don’t forget to explore Tzigara Samurcas, which means “The house in the house”. Explore the halls and complexes which have beautifully carved architecture and learn new things about old peasant life.