Bucharest is famous for its communist history and as being the capital of Romania. But Bucharest has undergone massive transformations in the last three decades and is now a popular destination for budget travellers. Speaking of budget, wouldn’t you like to know some of the most Instagrammable places in Bucharest, that are also free to visit?
I know I would.
That’s why, as a long time inhabitant of Bucharest, I want to share with you the ultimate list of Instagrammable places in Bucharest. Most of these places are free to visit, and those which have an entry fee are usually only a few LEI (the Romanian currency).
I can guarantee that at the present moment, July 2020, there isn’t any other list as complete a this one as for prettiest places in Bucharest for photos!
As your friend and a local of Bucharest, here’s the only list you’ll ever need (until new places emerge) of the Most Instagrammable Places in Bucharest!
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How many of these Instagrammable places in Bucharest did you know about?
I will organise these places into Buildings & Museums, Street art & Stairs and Parks, so it will be easier for you to choose what kind of place you want with one of the most Instagrammable places in Bucharest.
Most Instagrammable Buildings and Museums in Bucharest
1 Palace of Parliament
Address: Piața Constituției, București – where this photo was taken
Probably one of the most famous buildings in Romania and for architects around the world, is the Romanian Palace of Parliament, or the House of the People (Ro: Casa Poporului). It’s the second-largest building in the world and the heaviest! Although the parliament works there, there have organised tours every day, both in Romanian and English.
But you don’t need to visit it for a great shot! You just need to go in front of it (or on one of its four sides – all designed to look the same).
I also included the Palace of Parliament on the list of amazing things you can do in Bucharest.
2 Romanian Athenaeum
Address: Strada Benjamin Franklin 1-3
3 Arcul de Triumf (The Arch of Triumph)
Address: Piața Arcul de Triumf
4 Muzeul Satului (Village Museum)
Address: Şoseaua Pavel D. Kiseleff 28, there is a small entrance fee
5 CEC Palace
Address: Calea Victoriei 13
6 Palatul Cantacuzino (George Enescu Museum)
Address: Calea Victoriei 141
7 Mogoşoaia Palace
Address: Strada Valea Parcului 1, Mogoșoaia
8 Carturesti Carusel Bookstore
Address: Strada Lipscani 55
9 Stavropoleos Church
Address: Strada Stavropoleos 4
10 National Bank of Romania
Address: Strada Doamnei 8
For visiting you need to check these conditions 2 days before.
11 Grand Hotel Continental
Address: Calea Victoriei 56
12 National Museum of Romanian History
Address: Calea Victoriei 12
13 Caru’ cu Bere
Address: Strada Stavropoleos 5
14 Odeon Theatre
Address: Calea Victoriei 40-4
15 Casa Capșa
Address: Calea Victoriei 36
16 Sutu Palace (Museum of Bucharest)
Address: Bulevardul Ion C. Brătianu 2
17 Metropolis Centre
Address: Strada Grigore Alexandrescu 89-97
18 Macca House
Address: Strada Henri Coandă 11
19 Coltea Hospital
Address: Bulevardul Ion C. Brătianu 1
20 Biblioteca Nationala a Romaniei (National Library of Romania)
Address: Bulevardul Unirii 22
View from the National Library of Romania
21 House of the Free Press (Casa Presei)
Address: Piața Presei Libere 1
22 Capitol Hotel
Address: Calea Victoriei 29
23 Sky tower
Address: Str. Barbu Văcărescu 201
24 Globalworth Campus
Address: Bulevardul Dimitrie Pompeiu nr. 4- 6
25 Building on Vasile Conta street
Address: Strada Vasile Conta 7
The building resembles the famous Yik Cheong building photo spot and it has become increasingly with local creators for the past few years.
26 Kretzulescu Church & Revolution Square
Address: Calea Victoriei 45
Revolution Square is the place where the fall of the Communist regime began. This is a place of immense meaning for the Romanian people. Here you will find Kretzulescu Church, the National Art Museum (The Royal Palace), the statue of Carol I, the first king of Romania and the Central Library.
27 Linea / Closer To The Moon
Address: Strada Lipscani 17
28 Gara de Nord
Address: Piața Gării de Nord
Although the train stations are the fanciest in Romania, they do keep a strong memory of the communist era. I find that somehow fascinating and it’s a bit like time travelling. The building itself isn’t the most photogenic, and the people you will meet inside the train station are of dubious origin. But the tracks offer many opportunities for those willing to explore their creativity.
29 Obor Market
Address: Strada Ziduri Moși 4
Enjoy a tradition Romanian market, observe the locals and take the ultimate Instagram photo where nobody else is thinking about photos.
The most Instagrammable Street Art and Stairs in Bucharest
30 Unirii fountains
Address: Bulevardul Unirii 14
31 Pasajul Englez (English Passage)
Address: Calea Victoriei nr.52
32 Paris Street (and the surrounding streets)
Address: Strada Paris
33 Arthur Verona street
Address: Strada Pictor Arthur Verona
Each year, there is a fest going on, called Street delivery, when the entire streets gets repainted, and artists and local craftsman show up in a celebration of bohemian urban life.
34 Pasajul Victoria (aka Umbrella Alley)
Address: Calea Victoriei 48-50
35 Pasajul Macca-Vilacrosse
Address: Calea Victoriei 16-20
36 Rembrandt Art Centre
Address: Strada Lipscani nr. 63-65
37 Izvor Bridge
Address: 44.43363, 26.08435
38 Victoriei Passage
Address: Șoseaua Nicolae Titulescu 1
The view from above the passage towards the glass-windowed office buildings during the sunset is magical and deserves a spot on the list of the most Instagrammable places in Bucharest.
39 Mural on Banu Andronache
Address: Banu Andronache 52
40 Cotroceni Stairs
Address: Strada Doctor Grigore Romniceanu 7
While the entire Cotroceni neighborhood is wonderful, and many local photographers love it as part of their photoshoots, there stairs in particular are splendid background for an Instagram photo. The stairs have been recently (re)painted.
41 The Stairs near Carol Park
Address: Strada Xenofon, București
42 Dâmbovița pier (Cheiul Dâmboviței)
Address: 44.43056, 26.09563
43 Podul Basarab (Basarab Bridge, in the tram station)
Address: 44.45003, 26.06882
44 Basarab Passage
Under the Basarab Bridge
The Most Instagrammable Parks in Bucharest
45 Carol Park
Address: 44.41522, 26.09592
48 Lacul Morii (the island)
Address: 44.4592688, 26.0273083
49 The Botanical Garden’s Greenhouses
Address: Șoseaua Cotroceni 32
50 Herastrau lake
Address: In Mihai I park (former Herastrau park)
51 Tineretului Park
Address: Bulevardul Gheorghe Șincai 2
The park is huge and you can enter it from multiple boulevards. You need one afternoon to see it all. The lake area is my favourite part.
So these are the 51 Most Instagrammable places in Bucharest and I hope you are more inspired to visit Bucharest and to create wonderful memories in all these places.
And to make it easier for you, here are all these places I mentioned pinned on the map, so you can save this for later!
But, just judging from the photos, do you have a favourite one? Or maybe a top 3?