Destinations near Bucharest
Mogoşoaia Palace is situated about 10 kilometers from Bucharest. It was built between 1698-1702 by Constantin Brâncoveanu in what is called the Romanian Renaissance style or Brâncovenesc style, a combination of Venetian and Ottoman elements. The palace bears the name of the widow of the Romanian boyar Mogoş, who owned the land it was built on. The Palace was to a large extent rebuilt in the 1920s by Marthe Bibesco. Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 AM to 6 PM (May to November) 9 AM to 5 PM (December – April)
Peleş Castle, a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near the town of Sinaia, is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. By form and function, Peleş is a palace, but it is consistently called a castle. Its architectural style is a romantically inspired blend Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival similar to Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. A Saxon influence can be observed in the interior courtyard facades. Interior decoration is mostly Baroque influenced, with heavy carved woods and exquisite fabrics. The most notable grand rooms are: The Honor Hall, The Imperial Suite, The Grand and the Small Armory Halls, The Playhouse, The Florentine Room, The Moorish Saloon and the Turkish Parlor. Winter schedule: Thursday to Sunday: 9 AM to 5 PM. Summer schedule: Wednesday to Sunday: 9 AM to 5 PM.
Bran Castle, situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Braşov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Commonly known as "Dracula's Castle”, it is marketed as the home of the titular character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. At the bottom of the hill there is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country. Winter schedule: Tuesday – Sunday: 9 AM – 4 PM Summer schedule: Tuesday – Sunday: 9 AM – 6 PM.
Cernica Monastery is an Orthodox monastery located 12 kilometers east of Bucharest. The monastic complex covers two of the islands of Cernica Lake and 3 churches were built within the complex. Cernica Monastery offers its visitors the opportunity to meet the spiritual, artistic and historical values presented by the churches and museum collections.
Snagov Lake & Monastery
Snagov Monastery is an ancient Orthodox monastery, situated on 45 kilometers north of Bucharest, on an island, on Snagov Lake . The monastery of Snagov island was an important spiritual and cultural center of Wallachia, in the feudal era.