First of all, you are not at work so can I hear a Hallelujah?!! That is why we prepared for you a number of options to enjoy your holiday in any season here in Bucharest. Since the weekends are the busiest so they must be opened, museums and other attractions tend to be closed the first two days of the week, Monday and sometimes Tuesday. But no worries we are here to help! Check out our suggestions, come to Bucharest and enjoy!:)

1. MUSEUMS

Palace of Parliament
Impossible to come in Bucharest and have not visited the mighty Palace of Parliament! The construction that marked the time of communism in Romania and ,still looks over all the city. To find out all the cool details about it and walk around the huge rooms inside of the palace, go and visit! There are some things to keep in mind: make a reservation 24h before by email or phone, have your passport/ID card with you (you will need a valid ID card, ex: driving license will not be accepted) which is asked because the palace is used by parliamentarians and other officials, the entrance for the palace is from the right side!
For fees and opening hours make sure to check their webpage here. The schedule differs from summer to winter.

Museum of Collections of Art
A beautiful museum where you can get lost around all the hallways filled with amazing art, the Museum of Collections of Art is part of the National Art Museum and is located in the beautiful Romanov Palace.
Opening hours: Saturday-Wednesday from 10:00-18:00

Museum of the National Theater of Bucharest
A new initiative of the National Theater of Bucharest is the weekly visits inside the main rooms and behind the scenes of the theater. Very unique experience that ends with an amazing view from the top! The guided tours take place every Monday from 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 and last for about 1 hour.
Admission fee: 10 lei
Address: Bd. Nicolae Balcescu no.2
Contact for more details: 021 314.71.71

Artmark
Artmark, a peek inside the aristocrat life of the 19th century, a gallery of art and objects out for auction by private owners give us a chance to imagine the bohemian life of people from the past until present days. It is located just across the Library of University in the Cesianu-Racovita Palace, one of the most beautiful houses to be visited in Bucharest. The gallery opens their arms for free visits everyday from 10:00 to 20:00. A place that shouldn’t be missed!

Museum of senses
Colors and mind tricks, lines and dots, explore and have fun! The Museum of senses is not a classic museum, but more if an initiation inside a world of art, a loop hole to dive into just like in Alice of Wonderland! We will let you explore forward..
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday &Sunday from 10:00-22:00, Friday &Saturday from 10:00-23:00

Kitsch Museum
Hmmm, what is the kitsch museum? Hard to define, but really interesting to find out! Get a pot and put inside: Dracula, communism, religion, gypsy, top edge design, hip hop and anything else you can think of and make your own kitsch!
Opening hours: Everyday from 12:00 to 23:00

Geology Museum
Diamonds are a girl`s best friend!…We all know the song, who can go against Marilyn Monroe`s lyrics? But it doesn’t matter, boy or girl we are all passionate to spend our time around rocks and diamonds, discover their stories, their secrets and magic at the exhibitions from the museum of geology from Bucharest!
Opening hours: Everyday from 10:00-18:00

Museum of Recent Art (mARE)
A new and modern museum of Bucharest that gathers both classic and contemporary art, it is a new approach that brings art closer to the people. Check out the exhibitions and get ready to fall in love with art!
Opening hours: Every day except Tuesday from 11:00-19:00

2. FUN

Movies
Why not have a movie night with your friends in Bucharest? Locals are crazy about movie festivals, independent movies or the premieres of the new ones! If you feel like Netflix and Chill, you can find the cinemas in all the shopping centers that you will read about below. Another one that we can recommend has with easier access being in the center of Bucharest is Cinema Elvire Popesco, near the French Institute.
Website to check the movie projections: https://eventbook.ro/hall/cinema-elvire-popesco

Atheneum
You have seen it on all the postcards is the Greek like temple for music from Bucharest, The Romanian Atheneum! Besides getting overwhelmed by the beauty of the construction and interior french design, you can always experience the acoustic of the Philharmonic Orchestra room by going to a concert. It is a peerless experience to have so with no more words added, if you find tickets don’t wait a second!
Website to check concert schedule: https://www.fge.org.ro/calendar/

Therme
Palm trees, thermal baths, cocktails in the water…need more to convince you to go? If you feel like getting a break from all the walking, the solution to this is probably spending a day in a pool with some drinks! What is special about Therme besides being open on a Monday is the exotic feeling that you get when arriving there, the soothing thermals and all the variety of things you can do there: slides for children, massages, saunas and even face masks for a complete relaxation process! Here is the way to go there and other details you might need:
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday from 9:30 to 23:30; Friday 9:30-24:00; Saturday& Sunday from 8:00-24:00
Address: Calea Bucureşti 1K, Balotești- Therme is located outside Bucharest, close to the airport
The ways to arrive there are: personal car, taxi (cost around 50 Lei) or the free bus Therme! You can get the bus that runs around 8 times a day from Piata Romana in the center of Bucharest. Check the schedule of the buses on their website.
Contact: https://therme.ro/

Ice skating
It is always fun! And if you haven`t learnt so far it is never too late! In the fairy winters of Romania you can find lots of ice skating ring open air especially in the parks. But in the summer time there is also an indoor ring inside Afi shopping center! Go, go, go!
Opening hours: Everyday from 10:00!
Contact: https://www.patinoarafi.ro/

Escape rooms
We all dream of being Sherlock Holmes even for a few hours! Test your detective skills and try to escape from rooms with different themes depending on what you like most: from Prison break to Harry Potter to Pirates of the Caribbean you can find all these escape rooms in Bucharest! Try Troll Escape room with our discount card that you receive at the Walkabout Free tour and enjoy!

3. SHOPPING

Afi Cotroceni Mall
Opening hours: Everyday from 10:00-22:00
Address: Bd.Vasile Milea, No.4
Easy access with the metro, arriving to the metro station Politehnica on M3

Promenada
Opening hours: Everyday from 10:00-22:00
Address: Calea Floreasca Nr. 246B
Easy access with the metro, arriving to the metro station xxx on Aurel Vlaicu on M1

Park lake
Opening hours: Everyday from 10:00-22:00
Acces with metro, arriving to the metro station Dristor from M1, M2 or M3 plus 15 minutes walk. Close you also have IOR park with a beautiful lake (hence the name of the shopping center!)
Address: Str. Liviu Rebreanu nr. 4

Baneasa Shopping City
Another big shopping center inside a complex with more things to find like: Ikea (hotdoooooogs!!!), Decathlon (for any type of sports equipments), Carrefour (shopping center for groceries) and other centers for constructions equipments (probably not going to need it but its always good to know where to find things!)
Opening hours: Everyday from 10:00-22:00
Address: Șoseaua București-Ploiești 42D. Located on the way towards the Airport, you can arrive there with personal car, taxi or with the bus: 131 from Piata Romana

Sunplaza
Opening hours: Everyday from 10:00-22:00
Address: Calea Văcărești nr. 391
Easy acces with metro, arriving to the metro station Piata Sudului on M1. Entrance directly from the metro station inside the shopping center!

Carrefour
For your groceries if you need a bigger shopping center or market close to the center of Bucharest, that will be Carrefour market from Piata Unirii (Unirii Square).
Opening hours: Everyday from 7:00-1:00! Almost non-stop!
Address: Bd-ul Corneliu Coposu, Nr. 2 (Piata Unirii)
Easy acces by foot or metro, arriving to the metro station Piata Unirii on M1, M2 or M3.

Obor Market
Last but not least from our list! If you want to see and experience how a true local market looks like, go to Obor! It is the biggest market in Bucharest with fresh local products. Tip for everyone: Try the “mici” (the skinless sausages) the best barbecue ever! You will see the smoke from far away..Careful not to get lost!
Opening hours: Everyday from 7:00-20:00
Address: Strada Ziduri Moși 4 (Piata Obor)
Easy access with the metro, arriving to the metro station Obor on M1

4. OPEN AIR

Private tours
It is always nice to explore the cities you are traveling from the local perspectives and besides joining the Walkabout Free tours, there are also lost of areas of Bucharest worth discovering thoroughly! These are a few examples:

Communist tour – lots of passionate people about the topic of communism and trust us, Bucharest has a lot of it! You can even go inside a typical communist apartment so prepare to go back in time and have a full experience of communist life.

Alternative tour – Street art, graffiti and cool places to hang out in Bucharest which nowadays some people call it “New Berlin” a very present and vibrant city. Get a taste of youth expression through art, festivals and their messages and actions for the community!

Jewish Heritage tour – Bucharest has a long history regarding the Jewish community and their history so if you are interested join and visit the Coral Temple, the Synagogues, the Jewish Theater and find out the stories of the old Jewish neighborhood

Rroma culture tour – Ever wanted to see a Rroma neighborhood, learn more about their culture and find out their history? Here is your chance!
For the private tour please contact the Opendoors agency through phone or email and establish together a day and time for the tour. We are sure you are going to love these experiences!

Contact: office@opendoorstravel.com or +40752111188
Website: www.opendoorstravel.com

Botanical garden
The botanical garden of Bucharest opens its arms for you anytime you want to discover nature, local plants and beautiful surroundings. Learn more about flowers and their environment here in Romania and sometimes check out the periodical exhibitions and the interesting greenhouses!
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (October to March); 8:00-20:00 (March to October)
Admission fee: 5 Lei from October to March and 10 lei March to October
Address: Șoseaua Cotroceni 32

Herastrau Park (Michael I Park)
The biggest and the most impressive park of Bucharest with an area of more than 180 hectares it guards inside the Herastrau Lake of 74ha. If you look for the best view for you morning jogging hours that’s the spot! Tons of alleys, bike lanes, the Japanese garden, fountains, ducks and peacocks and many, many terraces to have a cold (or warm) beverages all around the lake!

Cycling or Renting a scooter
Seeing the city from the height of a bike has a totally different and more freedomly perspective. Try to rent a bike/ lime scooter and go through parks and streets of Bucharest without minding the crazy traffic of the capital. It is the perfect activity for the summer but much harder to accomplish in the icy, snowy winters!