Area description: Calea Victoriei was Bucharest’s showpiece street in the Interbelic years. After roughly half a century of decline, it has recently been returning to its role.
From Piata Victoriei starts Calea Victoriei , and runs to Splaiul Independentei, next to Dambovita River.
Safety Factor, Day: 10 Tourism: 10
Safety Factor, Night: 10 Traffic: 6
Average Price: 5 Nightlife: 7
Measured on a scale of 1-10 (1 = bad, 10 = good)
Short history: In 1692, ruler Constantin Brancoveanu paved the road with wood and partly regularized it and named it Podul Mogosoaia.
Most roads in the Balkans at that time became muddy in the spring and autumn, and the wood prevented this. Consequently the road was one of the most important construction works of the area and a source of pride to Bucharest. The area surrounding the road became the most fashionable part of Bucharest: 35 boyar houses were located on the road itself in 1775.
In 1842 the road was paved with cobblestone. It was later upgraded to asphalt.
The road was renamed “Calea Victoriei” on October 12, 1878, following the Romanian victory in the Independence War of 1877-1878.
*Tip: Situated in the center of Bucharest, close to major public institutions, shopping and museums.
Today, it hosts a lot of luxury brands like Rolex, Gucci, Burberry, Prada, Hugo Boss, Armani, Ellie Saab, Ermeneglido Zegna and many others witch makes it the boulevard with the most expensive shops in Bucharest.
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Transportation: There are 3Metro stations on the length of the boulevard; Piata Victoriei and Piata Universitatii or Piata Unirii.
The Vibe: Lined with fine houses, palaces, churches, hotels, upmarket shops and museums, it remains perhaps the most prestigious address in the city
Full list of the best restaurants, bars and clubs:The best restaurants, bars and cafes around Calea Victoriei.
Highlights and tips: Irecommend to start the walk on the North part of Calea Victoriei were its fine houses and palaces will amaze you. Stroll down to the south part, were the commercial bustle, hotels, shops, banks, restaurants will make you feel that you are on a city that never sleeps. At the end of Calea Victoriei, you will end up in the Old Town ( Centru Vechi)
Attractions: Piata Revolutiei (or Piata George Enescu ) has many important buildings to show off. The Romanian Atheneum, the Former Royal Palace, the University Library, the statue of Carol I, the Former Central Committee Building, the Revolution Monumentand the Cretulescu Church. Further along the street is the most famous of Bucharest’s 19 Th century arcades, Pasajul Villacrosse.
Cercul Militar was constructed in 1912, on the site of the former Sarindari Monastery.
Zlatari Church, built in the 1850s and famous for the interior frescoes. Just past the church and you will find the National History Museum while the Old Town area is behind the History Museum.