With Easter on its way, you have the perfect opportunity to come on an extended stay in Bucharest. The city has a lot to offer and so do the surroundings, so make sure to put aside some time to explore the main attractions nearby Bucharest. Take a look at our selection of day-trip ideas and pick the one that suits you best. You are in for a treat!
A spa day: Therme
Located just outside of Bucharest, up north, Therme is a great choice if you’re looking for more than just a relaxing spa day. No matter the weather outside, the hot thermal water and palm trees will make you feel like you are at the Tropics! There’s something here to suit everyone’s tastes: jacuzzi, swimming pools (one with waves!), slides, saunas, so there is no chance that you will get bored. Therme is open all week round.
Palaces around Bucharest: Mogoșoaia, Știrbey
Late spring weather will be perfect for spending a day outside enjoying the warm weather and taking in the beautiful sights at Mogoșoaia and Știrbey Palace.
The best way to make the most of these places is to organise a picnic day either at Mogoșoaia or Știrbey. Sitting on the grass in the vast yards of the palaces, eating, having fun with your loved ones and basking in the sun is the recipe for a memorable trip. On top of that, you can immerse yourself in the history of the domains and discover more about architecture in Romania.
Here’s what to know about the two palaces: Știrbey Palace was built in the middle of the 19th century in Tudor architectural style along with the beautiful neo-gothic Trinity Chapter. Mogoșoaia Palace has been around for longer, having been built at the beginning of the 18th century. You will see this in the unique architectural style, a specific local one called Romanian Renaissance.
Mountain castles: Peleș, Bran
You’ve undoubtedly heard of the famous Peleș and Bran Castle. When visiting Bucharest, you can easily add them on your list of to do things – in about 2 hours you are there!
Peleș Castle used to be the summer residence of the royal family and now it is one of the most visited museums in Romania. Located at the the end of a forest path, set atop a hill among the mountains, Peleș will fascinate you. It was built more than 100 years ago in Sinaia mountain resort.
Bran Castle is a picturesque fortress perched on top of a hill, dating back to the 14th century. Bran is most famously associated nowadays with the legend of Dracula, but if you want to find out more about this the best thing to do is to visit Bran and discover for yourself where myth ends and reality begins.
Exploring another city: Brașov
For those of you who can’t stay away from the hustle and bustle of a city, then Brașov is the way to go for a day trip outside of Bucharest. Brașov is perfect for discovering what a typical Transylvanian old town looks like. Keep in mind to visit the main square, the impressive Black Church and the narrowest street in the city, symbolically named the Rope Street (Strada Sforii) – here you’ll have the perfect opportunity for taking funny pictures!
A Day in Nature: Bucegi, Piatra Craiului
If you are looking for a way to truly disconnect from the city life and get in touch with nature, make the most of this one day trip and spend in the Carpathian Mountains. Bring with you mountain boots, comfortable clothes and a backpack and go hiking! Even though making it all the way to the top of the mountains is not the easiest task, the scenery on top will be so rewarding you will not regret coming here!
As you can see, there are so many options to choose from, you’ll surely find the perfect choice for you. All that you have to do now is start planning your trip to Bucharest!