There is a saying – “a photo is worth a thousand words” and it might be just true when it comes to eternalize a day, a moment, a feeling or a place. A photo is so relevant and representative, it can motivate and be a reason in itself to visit a certain place. It often happens for people to have a preconceived idea about the capital city of Romania – a city of communist apartment buildings, all grey and unappealing – only to see a picture of the place and understand that Bucharest is an amazing metropolis in the heart of Europe very much worth discovering.
There are many special places in Bucharest, and just looking at pictures of them can make many world travelers say “I really need to get there.” There is no question about it, Bucharest has a certain appeal that is visible for some from the first glance while others can take longer to feel it.
Before starting your photo tour in Bucharest, maybe you take a few hours to wonder on the streets of the city, just to get the vibe and see what works for you and what angle you want to follow. Bucharest is amazing for different types of pictures, including nature, urban chic, architecture, and renaissance glamour.
A good place to start your photo tour in Bucharest is the old city center with its cobbled streets, fascinating buildings, restaurants, and cafes. Curtea Veche is the area where new artists exhibit their work, so it's a good spot for spectacular artsy photos. The Macca Villacrosse passage is another place in Bucharest worth adding to your photo tour. The passage is covered in glass and creates an intimate atmosphere with amazing decorations. The passage connects Calea Victoriei with Lipscani street. And since we mentioned Calea Victoriei, this street alone can take you more than two days to discover and photograph all the landmarks. Make sure not to miss Casa Capsa – it used to be a famous bakery in the old days – and the CEC palace. The Romanian Athenaeum is another impressive landmark, and you can easily reach it from Calea Victoriei. Le Boutique Hotel Moxa is perfectly situated to explore this area, as it is located on Calea Victoriei, one of the most charming avenues in Bucharest.
What is important to do when getting ready for a photo tour in Bucharest is to understand that the city has many different layers and the perspective changes depending on the time of day, season and even the height from where you are taking the photo from. This is why you should not hesitate to take the hop on- hop off bus, but also walk to discover the best places to take pictures.
It is also important to mention that there might be a few places where you won’t be allowed to take pictures. Usually, these places are strategic or military objectives, and there will be a sign saying taking pictures is not allowed. Also, keep in mind that some restaurant or club owners might have the same policy for their venue, but again, there will be a sign. Taking pictures of people on the streets can be considered rude, even if you are in a public place.