Bacau is situated in the historical region of Moldavia, at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, and on the Bistrita River. Similarly to most urban centers in Moldavia, Bacau emerged on a ford that allowed water passage. The town was first mentioned in 1408 when Prince Alexander the Good of Moldavia (1400–1432) listed the customs points in the principality in his privilege for Polish merchants. Bacau has a public university and several colleges. The “Mihail Jora” Athenaeum and a Philharmonic Orchestra are located here, as well as the “G. Bacovia” Dramatic Theater and a Puppet Theater. Around Christmas every year, a Festival of Moldavian Winter Traditions takes place, reuniting folk artists from all the surrounding regions. The exhibition “Saloanel Moldovei” and the International Painting Camp at Tescani, near Bacau, reunite important plastic artists from Romania and from abroad. The local History Museum, part of the Museum Complex “Iulian Antunesco” has an important collection of antique objects from ancient Dacia. The city also has an astronomical observatory, The Victor Eftimiu Astronomical Observatory.
To stay in Bacau you can choose from various hotels. Some of them are the 4 stars Helen Hotel Bacau or the President Hotel Bacau.
Theaters, galleries and museums are popular with visitors, particularly to make the most of the indoors during the cold weather in the winter.
Among the theaters, the G. Bacovia Dramatic Theater is worth a visit as it is known not only for its shows and events, but for its history and architecture. The Puppet Theater is also noteworthy and well worth a visit. Furthermore, the Philharmonic Orchestra is located here that is a must-see for music lovers.
The most notable museum is the History Museum. The Ethnographic Museum is also worth a visit, as is the International Painting Camp at Tescani, and the George Bacovia Memorial House which houses a collection of manuscripts, original editions of poem volumes, photographs and furniture from the famous Symbolist poet George Bacovia.
However if you’re looking for relaxing activities you will find some spas in Bacau. The city offers you beautiful spas like the Modella Spa Center or the Therapeutics Spa.
For restaurants or entertainment you may choose for the Restaurant Hanovra, The Restaurant Latin or the Restaurant Classic. What refers to entertainment you have the new Cinema City or if you prefer a drink you can go to de Natura Club or the Hemeiusi Winery and the Nasoesti Winery, or the city Theaters and Museums.
Otherwise if you’re looking for design shops you can find in Bacau the Art Ambience, the AttiCreative store, the Home Design Center, the Sacks Fifth Avenue, the Central Plaza Bacau that is a commercial gallery and the Arena Mall Bacau.
Other points of interest in Bacau are the Bacau Business Center, the Bacau Business and Exhibition Center, the Precista Church, the Modern Art Roman-Catholic Cathedral and the Ethnographic Museum.