Whether you are a tourist or a resident of Bucharest, after thoroughly exploring the Capital, it's time to also discover the places around it. Attractions within a two-hour drive of Bucharest include palaces, equestrian centers, adventure parks, quaint corners in the midst of nature ideal for relaxation, or nature reserves suitable for day trips. So, join us on this adventure in which we show you what to do or what to see near Bucharest.
Nature & adventure north of Bucharest
A great start is a riding lesson at one of the equestrian clubs near Lake Snagov or even Mogoșoaia. Although this is not an intense activity, the connection that forms between horses and both adults and children is a refreshing one.
Extend your day on the Mogoșoaia estate for a history lesson and a few relaxing hours in the vast gardens or in the huge park. Here, on the fresh grass, you can play a game of badminton or a board game in the shade of secular trees. The most adventurous can go kayaking on the lake.
How about a pottery lesson? Or even lino printing? Or a lesson about the herbs we find almost everywhere in the meadows around us? You can find all this at the Piscu School Museum-Workshop. The children are delighted with the things they create with their own hands, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the history of this village of pottery makers. A warm recommendation: don't leave your bike at home! The roads in and around the village are easy and idyllic.
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Dealu Mare vineyard region, located just over an hour's walk from Bucharest, is a great day-trip choice in any season. Along the Prahova wine road, you will taste the best wines from this region, you will learn more about wine production, and you will enjoy cycling tours on hills strewn with vines as far you can see.
Pustnicu Forest is one of the wildest places that you can quickly reach from Bucharest. Beyond the crowds swarming near grills, the area is preferred for cycling or running. The wild alley by the lake can become a real exploration ground for parents with children.
A little further on, the Argova Valley with its chain of ponds and vast lakes and fields is a delight for the eyes, especially in spring, when rapeseed blooms. Otherwise, here you can spend a day in complete peace, on the green grass in a place specially designed for fishing.
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For a full experience, take your bike and ride along the road that connects the lakes to the Mostiștea Valley. It's a fairly easy walk, with wide views, also suitable for children. Don't forget about sunscreen on hot days, as shade is less common.
A day's trip south of Bucharest
If you are planning a day with friends or family in the south of Bucharest, you can hardly avoid the Comana Natural Park (unless you have already tried all possible activities). It is understandable why the park is so popular among Bucharestians: in addition to the incredible range of activities - adventure park, boating, kayaking, sports fields, picnic areas, wildlife observatories, photography opportunities, wild trails for MTB enthusiasts - you will find opportunities for creative workshops, restaurants, and even accommodation.
On the other hand, the Greaca Domainis a resort-style guest house, located on the site of a former aristocratic estate; it should make for the perfect day trip for those who want a slightly more adrenaline-free day, by swimming pool, in an elegant setting. Our recommendation is to take advantage of the bike rental service and ride to the Udriște Năsturel Stone House from Herăști (15 km).
Get inspired from history & folklore West of Bucharest
The city of Targoviste is one of the places to see west of Bucharest. Make a morning stop at the Bucșani Bison Reserve. Inhale the fresh air and admire bisons from near or far - depending on their mood! The Princely Court in the former capital of Wallachia includes several buildings and museums, so you will spend a few good hours here, during which time you will learn some history.
You don't have to be passionate about history to run west of Bucharest to the few exemplary restored mansions. Whether you follow the wine route through Oltenia, or you choose the highway, you might not see them all in one go (although it would be possible). And the children will surely see their curiosity sparked, especially at the open-air museum from Golești.