Bucharest, not to be confused with Budapest, is the lively capital of Romania. Early this past Saturday morning, I found myself sitting in the regional train from Alexanderplatz going to Schönefeld airport. I was off to Bucharest for an insanely short trip of 1 day and 1 night.
Admittedly, I didn’t have much time to plan for my quick city-trip. On Wednesday, I booked a central room on Airbnb. My host Diana turned out to me the best ever and showed me around the town! Also, on the plus side, the weather was to-die-for! It was 16°C and sunny, so pretty much the first spring day of the year. Before going, the only thing I planned on doing was checking out several art museums and galleries, however, I quickly changed my plans to focus on sight seeing.
Art museums I planned on going to and will have to check out next time:
- National Museum of Contemporary Art
- 418 Contemporary Art Gallery
- Aiurart Gallery
- Art Yourself Gallery
- H’Art Gallery
- Galateca Gallery
After arriving at the airport, I took the 783 bus to the city center. Be warned that you do need cash, Romanian leu, to purchase a bus ticket. Make sure to get a window seat, as you will pass by lots of big landmarks on your way!
Tip 1: Go on a walk and have ice cream in the city park Parcul Cismigiu
Tip 2: Go to local antique markets
Tip 3: Explore the old town
Tip 4: Check out the street art
Tip 5: Try some delicious pastries
The first of March, Mărțișor, is celebrated in Romania. Mărțișor is a diminutive of March (Martie in Romanian) and I think it is fair enough to dub it a classy version of Valentine’s Day. To celebrate Romanians buy silky red-white threads (șnur) which they tie into a bow and attach to a small trinket. All women regardless of age or relationship are given this little brooches, as well as flowers. My lovely AirBnb host, Diana, was so lovely and gave me a yellow duck.
Parts of the town reminded me of Berlin’s urban edge with crumbling buildings, tagged walls, and the large scale Soviet architecture just like Karl-Marx-Allee.
My short visit to Bucharest left quite an impression on me. I’ve never been to any place in Europe like it. I was touched by the lovely people I met along my journey, including two older ladies who gave me life advice and Diana, my great hostess with the mostest.
La revedere Bucharest!