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3 Days in Bucharest

3 Days in Bucharest

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3 Days in Bucharest

68 pages
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Jan 1, 2020


Save time and energy, and find what's worthy in Bucharest!

Worthy Go itineraries are complete, step-by-step three-day itineraries to the very best places in Bucharest. 

See Bucharest with an experienced travel writer by your side! 

Whether this is your first time abroad or you've been traveling for years, Worthy Go itineraries have three goals: 

  • Make the most of your time, money, and energy while traveling

  • Help you go your own way but still provide some guidance

  • Curate the very best places to enjoy in the city

The Bucharest itinerary has been completely updated for 2020, and includes:

  • No affiliate links, no ads, no fluff, and no BS.

  • A complete three-day itinerary combining Bucharest's well-known and off-the-beaten-path places. 

  • Detailed, step-by-step directions from one place to the next. 

  • Succinct descriptions, exact addresses, and GPS coordinates for every place.

  • First-hand knowledge and advice: where to stay, what to bring, safety and scam warnings, and more.

  • All the basics you'll need to know: do you tip? Can you drink the tap water? What SIM card should you get? What public transportation tickets do you need?

  • Advice on being a considerate, respectful, and sensitive traveler.

Itineraries are carefully formatted to display well on any device, and links take you to Google Maps (internet connection required).

About the author: Chris Backe (rhymes with hockey) has written about travel since 2008 and has been around the world a couple of times. He's written over 30 books, and has been seen in Atlas Obscura, io9, Mental Floss, Everything Everywhere, Perceptive Travel, Travel Wire Asia, and many other publications. When not traveling, he loves tabletop games and a glass of white wine.

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Warning / Disclaimer

Although the author has made every effort to ensure that the information in this book was correct at publication time (© January 2020), the author does not assume and hereby disclaims any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

Be aware that traveling in a foreign country has inherent risks, and seemingly anything can change overnight. Places may close, admission fees may rise, drivers will drive crazy, and public transportation routes can be altered. Stay aware of your surroundings, employ street smarts and common sense, and in general be suspicious of locals that approach you speaking English.

Unless otherwise noted, all material in this book is the legal property of the author and may not be reprinted or republished without the author's express written consent, with the exception of short quotes for academic or review purposes.


It's a near-perfect time to visit Bucharest.

Bucharest is still recovering from a legacy of Communism, which was violently overthrown in a televised revolution in 1989. Since then, progress has come in fits and starts — far too slow in some ways, but surprisingly quick in others. First impressions are not kind, as the gray Communist-era buildings imply a lack of progress, but underneath that there is a spirit to the city. The public transportation system works well despite a lack of signage, prices are on the cheap side for Europe, and there's more offerings for tourists every passing day. It isn't at the same level as Western Europe, but it's coming soon.

To fully appreciate where Bucharest is today, you have to understand what it's been. The cosmopolitan city began to thrive in the late 19th century after Romania declared independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1878. The building spree and influx of people helped the city became known as the 'Paris of the East'. That all changed decades later when Romania fought with Nazi Germany during World War II (at least until 1944, when it joined the Allied side). Romania's legacy includes the oppression and genocide of Jews, killing hundreds of thousands of Jews, second only to Nazi Germany. While Germany was taken to task for its actions, Romania arguably wasn't. The country faced no public international reckoning, and today the Jewish population is a scant fraction of what it was.

After World War II, Soviet-occupied Romania called for elections in 1946, which installed a Communist government under a fraudulent vote.

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