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Bucharest: from the Armenian district to Victoriei Sq.

City Walking · Muntenia
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  • Colțea Hospital, the starting point
    Colțea Hospital, the starting point
    Photo: Pelayo Arbues, CC0, Unsplash

A walk through two old Bucharest districts - Armenian and Ioanid - that is perfect for discovering fin de siècle, neo-Mudejar or Art Deco architecture, and modern street art. You'll catch your breath in some of the most beautiful Bucharest parks. The final hunt for Little-Paris-like details ends on Lascăr Catargiu Bld, which might seem like a stadium compared to the back streets at the start of your walk.

easy
Distance 6.2 km
5:00 h
3 m
5 m
90 m
81 m

This is a completely different type of cultural-historical-architectural route than the one in the Old Town; tour guides almost never bring you here.

This is your chance to step into the heart of one of the most prosperous shopping districts of the interwar period, eat on elegant and quiet terraces, and stroll through elegant gardens. Some highlights from the route:

  • The narrow, somewhat quaint streets behind the Coltea Hospital - the old Scaune slum, where butchers were displaying their meat in the 19th century
  • The houses or blocks in the Armenian quarter, built in the neo-Mudejar style. This style became fashionable in the prosperous years of the interwar period after Romanians began to go on holidays to exotic countries at the time, such as Spain and Portugal (More such houses can be found in Dorobanti)
  • Melik House, circa 1760; the oldest house in Bucharest. Today the Theodor Pallady Museum
  • Central School (previously Central School for Girls), an excellent example of the neo-Romanian style, architect Ion Mincu
  • Ioanid allotment (Ioanid park and surrounding villas)
  • Street art on Arthur Verona Str.
  • Astronomical Observatory

Author’s recommendation

If the sky is clear, try to catch the golden hour close to the Observatory and visit it for a planet-watching session.

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Sînziana Mihalache 
Update: October 14, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
90 m
Lowest point
81 m
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Track types

Asphalt 64.61%Dirt road 5.26%Forested/wild trail 2.77%Path 6.65%Road 20.69%
Asphalt
4 km
Dirt road
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
0.2 km
Path
0.4 km
Road
1.3 km
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Rest stops

Lente Arcului
Grădina Olari

Tips and hints

The Melik House and the Observatory are official museums. Besides these, you can try and visit the Armenian church (for their documents and photo collection), Central School, Casa Oamenilor de Știință, or any Art Deco-style block you might have access to.

Start

Colțea Hospital (84 m)
Coordinates:
DD
44.433700, 26.103314
DMS
44°26'01.3"N 26°06'11.9"E
UTM
35T 428634 4920435
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Destination

Victoriei Square

Coordinates

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44.433700, 26.103314
DMS
44°26'01.3"N 26°06'11.9"E
UTM
35T 428634 4920435
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.2 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
3 m
Descent
5 m
Highest point
90 m
Lowest point
81 m
Out and back Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Insider tip Dog-friendly

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