Football is the country's most watched, but not most practiced, sport, even though performances at international levels are disappointing lately. Steaua, Dinamo, and Rapid are the three biggest football clubs in Bucharest, each having wide and devoted fan bases. Do your homework carefully before going to a football match, and dress neutrally if you want to avoid being the target of stadium violence.
Sports in which Romania has qualified well in competitions are tennis, gymnastics, handball and fencing. However, the sports and activities practiced by the majority of people are not necessarily those where international medals are won. Bucharest offers many options for athletics, swimming, tennis, basketball as well as well-equipped gyms.
Built in 2011, with a capacity of over 55.000 places, it is the main stadium of the Steaua football club and for the Romanian national team. It is probably the only stadium in the city ready for a major sporting event.
The home stadium of the Rapid club, it has a capacity of 19.000 seats and it is one of the oldest in the country, functioning since 1939. It is currently closed for renovation.
Ștefan cel Mare Stadium
Home to the Dinamo club, this stadium located in the eastern part of Bucharest can host 15.000 people. It is scheduled to close soon for re-construction.
Previously one of the most important stadiums in Bucharest and the home stadium of the Steaua team, it is currently in reconstruction and due to re-open in 2020.
Bucharest is rarely the host of major sporting events, as it lacks an appropriate infrastructure and transportation options.
The most important events are the matches of the local football leagues (Cupa României), held from August to December every year.
The Bucharest Marathon takes place annually since 2008, and has been engaging an increasing number of participants from year to year.
The Bucharest Open is a women's professional tennis championship that has been held since 2014, organized by the Romanian Tennis Federation. It generally takes place in July.
Most public parks in residential neighborhoods have specifically designated areas where people can play team sports. Courts exist in the AL. I Cuza, Titan, Tineretului, Văcărești, Plumbuita, Tei and Obor parks, and they can be used for free.
There are also private courts scattered throughout the city, and they can generally be rented for a fee.
Rollerblading and cycling have become increasingly popular, especially among teens and young people. There are no areas specifically for rollerblading, but it can be practiced in most parks. Cycling in Bucharest is less easy than in other European capitals due to the unavailability of biking lanes. However, there are a number of easy cycling routes in the outskirts of the city, making for an attractive week-end escapade.
There are many swimming pools around the city, and most of them are open year-round. Prices range from 7 to 15 euros, depending on the day of the week and the facilities, but many have subscriptions available.
Bucharest is not near any hiking routes, but the Carpathian Mountains are only two hours away. There is a large community of mountain climbers and trekkers, and week-end trips are common, especially from April to October. You may go by yourself, or you may join one of the many mountaineering groups that are active in the Romanian capital.
There is a plethora of gyms and fitness studios all over Bucharest, making up for the relative lack of exercising options during the cold months. Many have world-class facilities and highly qualified trainers, and some even offer alternative classes (e.g. zumba, aerobics, martial arts lessons, pilates, cross-fit etc.).
Payment can be per session, but monthly subscriptions are more common. You may pay anywhere between 20 to 200 euros a month, depending on the location and the quality of the facilities. However, most gyms charge around 50-60 euros for a full-time subscription.
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Str. Durau 104
A modern gym in the Bucurestii Noi area. Step, zumba, aerobics, kempo and body workout classes available.
Șos. N. Titulescu 171
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Str. Moise Constantin 5C
Modern fitness center that offers a variety of activities, cycling, dance classes, kangoo jumps. Open daily.
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Str. Rotunda 6A
Fitness center offering cardio sessions, indoor cycling and recovery. One of the more affordable options around.