Surreal places in Bucharest

What are some of the most surreal places in Bucharest?

Bucharest will unveil many wonderful places to those who want to truly discover it. Even though many know Bucharest as the city that never sleeps or a place where food and drinks are really cheap, there’s much more to it than just that. So here are some of the most surreal places in Bucharest, so beautiful and unique that you will regret not having explored them sooner!

When it comes to public places, such as restaurants, bars or cafes, Bucharest has a lot to offer. All tourists know about the Old Town because here there’s bar after bar and club after club and there are parties and places to eat everywhere. But Bucharest also has a very artistic side which is reflected in the unique design many places here have. Here are some of the most beautiful venues in Bucharest that you should not miss:

Upstairs Rooftop is a colorful and cozy place with a great view over the city. This is the perfect place to watch the sunset while enjoying a cocktail. Also a plus: it is close to Victory Square.

Shift Pub is another must-see place in Bucharest with a minimalist yet unique design. You’ll see green moss at the bar, a fury yet really cool attic and a cozy quiet terrace that will make you forget about all the city noise and chaos.

Eden Garden is situated on Calea Victoriei, behind the Stirbei Palace. But you won’t believe what you will find there! The garden is huge and filled with trees and it is like a piece of heaven in the heart of the city. The ideal place to get cozy in a hot summer day, chat over drinks after work or for gatherings with friends. It should definitely be on your list if you are visiting Bucharest during spring or summer.

But there are many other beautiful terraces and gardens in Bucharest where you can relax and enjoy a cold drink on a hot summer day. Also worth mentioning: Oar Garden, Journey Pub, Verona Garden, Plastilina, which is actually inside a heritage building with a very interesting story and Acuarela, a place known for its many colorful umbrellas that hang over the terrace. Just a few of the cool and out of the ordinary places in Bucharest where you can escape from stress, meet nice people and genuinely enjoy your time.

Infinitea is a lovely tea house in Bucharest with a wonderful garden and tasty cookies that go along perfectly with their delicious teas. Infinitea is situated in Cotroceni neighborhood, one of the most select neighborhoods in Bucharest. It is cozy and usually very quiet, which makes it perfect for a romantic date.

Another surreal place in Bucharest is Carturesti Carusel, a magical bookshop where you’ll want to get lost for hours. This breathtaking concept bookstore that is also known as “The Carousel of Light” is at the very heart of the city, on Lipscani street and it is located inside a restored 19th century building. The impressive 1,000 sq. m bookstore has six floors, including a top floor bistro, a contemporary art gallery and media space. This is more than a place to buy books; Carturesti Carousel is a unique experience on its own and you shouldn’t miss it if you come to Bucharest!

While exploring Bucharest on foot, you should make sure you don’t miss Xenofon street and there’s a very good reason for that. This is the only stair street in Bucharest and it was also beautifully painted by artist Eva Radu. The steps were first embellished with paintings of the most important buildings in Bucharest: Romanian Opera, Romanian Athenaeum, Arch of Triumph, National Art Museum, the monument in Carol Park, National Theatre, Romanian Peasant Museum and Parliament Palace but when the painting started deteriorating, the project initiators decided to do a remake. Now you will see a painting of a beautiful waterfall surrounded by greenery instead of the eight representative buildings in Bucharest.

In 2015 Xenofon street was voted among the most beautiful streets in the world by a site that promotes street art. Definitely a surreal and magical place in Bucharest that deserves to be seen and explored.

Palace of Parliament

This is probably a surprise to no one since every Bucharest tourist attractions guide mentions it. But the truth is that you simply can’t visit Bucharest and not see this communist relic. Most Romanians hate this building because it reminds them of Ceausescu’s megalomania and the communist era but this doesn’t change how impressive this building is. It is the second largest administrative building in the world in terms of surface (after the Pentagon), which is surprising to say the least. Bucharest is a city of great contrasts and the Palace of Parliament is the best proof for that.

Bucharest will constantly surprise you but in a good way! So leave all your prejudices behind and indulge yourself in a fascinating experience. A good idea would be to rent apartment in Bucharest short term because it’s quite affordable, comfortable, cozy and also really close to almost everything worth seeing in Bucharest.

Wedding Destinations Around the World: Things to Know and Ideas

A wedding is a special day wherever the ceremony and party is held, but let’s be honest here: the church/party venue combination can get a little old, can’t it? If you agree, you may want to look further afield. The world is a big place with many superb destinations, and the other good news is that the world has also never been as small as it has now, with affordable air travel making even the most far flung destinations within reach for your wedding. Your friends and family might just appreciate combining your special day with a little holiday of their own, too…

Before You Go

A lot of people love the idea of getting married somewhere exotic, but there are certain aspects you’ll have to consider that are added on top of the many stresses of getting married at home. There may be legal complications of being married in one country and having it honoured in your home nation. It can also be difficult to organise everything when the event is taking hundreds of miles away and you’re trying to organise with someone who may not natively speak your own language. Make sure you understand well in advance what your wedding package includes and does not include. Also make sure your wedding is properly covered against things that could affect your special day, including cancellation, flight delays, date clashes, and forth. Finally, be sensitive when inviting people to your wedding overseas – it will be an expensive trip for them and not everyone will be able to afford it.

Las Vegas

The City of Sin is the ultimate wedding destination, but we’re not going to pretend it’s a conventional wedding destination, because it’s anything but.

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You probably won’t have that dream sunset or quaint ceremony if you decide to head to the gambling centre of the world for your wedding. You might not even be able to convince some family members and friends to make the trip with you. What’s in Las Vegas? Fun! If you and your fiance love each other’s company and want to get married a place that will allow you to create special memories for the two of you, then Las Vegas might just be the place. You can have an extra party when you back home for the people who couldn’t make it – make your wedding about you and the people who really want to be there. Just make sure you’re sober!

Greek Islands

The Greek Islands are a world away from Las Vegas, but they’re just as memorable. Say goodbye to neon lights and nights at the roulette table and hello to the world’s best sunsets, special nights surrounded by your closest friends and family, and a destination wedding that will be the envy of your social circles.

Go Big

Want your wedding to be a truly once in a lifetime event? Host it at one of the world’s most iconic areas. If you have enough cash, you can get hitched just about anywhere. How about getting married not only in the city of love, but also in front of its most famous structure? For around 900 euros, you can exchange your vows in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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Did you and your future spouse backpack Australia in the early days of your love? Then Ayer’s Rock could be the right place – it’s yours for little more than 2000 euros. The Great Wall of China, Great Barrier Reef, and the Magic Kingdom at Disney World are also options. Book worms can even get married at New York Public Library – it’s a bit of an odd choice, sure, but I bet the guests won’t forget it. An all out bargain can be had at Stonehenge in England, where you can get married the truly traditional way for around 500 euros.

But Also…

Don’t feel pressured to get married somewhere exotic or places that seem objectively “special”. Do whatever feels right for you – that could be a lavish wedding in the Maldives, or it could be a simple ceremony in a beautiful of woods that you care deeply about. Remember – it’s a celebration of your love, not a chance to show off!

6 outdoor adventure ideas to try in your life

Are you tired of the usual tourist activities like taking photos of historical sites? Do you wish that you can engage in something more exciting like going on an outdoor adventure?

If you’re interested in doing a more thrilling activity as a tourist, get your adventure activities travel insurance, and try the following outdoor activities:

  1. Diving

Have you always dreamed of meeting a dazzling array of fish and marine animals? Then you should try scuba diving, or even deep sea diving.

A common misconception is that this mode of underwater diving is an extreme sport. But in reality, it is not hard as it seems. You only need to be good at swimming and breathing. During your first dive, there will be an instructor who will be guiding you.


Aside from seeing sea creatures that you only saw on National Geographic, another benefit of diving is that you’ll be able to relax down there. The underwater world is so peaceful and quiet that the only sound you’ll hear is your own breathing.

But before you go diving, make sure you have scuba diving insurance to protect you should anything disastrous happens to you.

  1. Bungee Jumping

If you’re not scared of heights, then you must try bungee jumping. This is one of the most popular adventure sports in the world. It’s fun and exciting. Plus, the adrenaline rush that you will experience would be off the charts.

  1. Mountaineering

Climbing a mountain will not test your physical endurance. Simply put it, you should be in the best shape of your life in order to climb a mountain. Aside from testing your physical endurance, it can harden you mentally. You’ll be able to determine how capable you are of absorbing and enduring punishment brought about by the cold, exhaustion, altitude sickness, and other dangers.


  1. Hang Gliding

Have you ever dreamed of flying like a bird? You can make that dream come true even for a few minutes by trying hang gliding. Aside from the adrenaline rush that you will experience, hang gliding lets you enjoy the thrilling sensation of moving effortless through the air like a bird. And of course, it lets you fulfill a childhood fantasy.

  1. Dog Sledding

You don’t even have to love dogs to enjoy this activity. However, having an innate fondness for canines should convince you to try this outdoor activity.

Dog Sledding

For one, you’ll be able to see a lot of breathtaking sights when you engage in dog sledding. You will also meet cute and friendly dogs. And you’ll be able to enjoy your winter vacation.

  1. Zip lining

Finally, you should try zip lining. This activity can help you conquer your fear of heights. You don’t have to worry though as firms or groups offering zip lining have safety features. Zip lining can also help you enjoy the great outdoors, as you will be able to see stunning panoramas of the mountains and forests. Moreover, zip lining provides an adrenaline rush that only a few outdoor activities can provide.

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