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Bucharest City Guide
Bucharest is an intriguing, changeable city; its many different phases of history are reflected in the city walls. From the Parisian-style Cretulescu Palace to Communist Era buildings like the Centrul Civic, you can tell that Bucharest has seen it all. Bucharest is the capital of Romania, and one of the largest cities in South-eastern Europe. Due to this Bucharest has metropolitan blood running through its veins. You just have to look in a Bucharest tourist information guide to see that it is a bustling cultural and financial hub. Any Bucharest city guide will tell you that there is much to enjoy within the city. Residents make full use of Bucharest’s famous opera and concert houses, as well as its beautiful open air bars in Universitate Square. A visit to Bucharest is a fascinating chance to witness a city that has been challenged by difficult times and overcome them with zeal.
Things to do in Bucharest
There are so many varied museums and landmarks in Bucharest that you will feel as if you are seeing its history merge together in front of your eyes. The Palace of Parliament is a must-see attraction. It is the second largest building in the world and the expense that went into its creation is mind-blowing and controversial. One of the key things to do in Bucharest is visit the past home of Romania’s monarchy, the Royal Palace, which is now home to the Romanian National Art Museum. This beautiful neoclassical building is set in Revolution Square, the site where Romania’s communist regime symbolically came to an end. If you have the chance, catch a concert at the stunning Romanian Athenaeum, you won’t be disappointed!
Things to see in Bucharest
Away from the main grand buildings of Revolution Square there are still plenty of things to see in Bucharest. The Metropolitan Church has a fascinating Byzantine interior and is an insight into the Romanian Orthodox faith. The Museum of the Romanian Peasant is a fascinating look at Romanian culture outside the hustle and bustle of the city, filled with many beautiful folk artefacts. If you fancy some greenery, Cismigiu Gardens is one of Bucharest’s oldest parks and is a great place to stroll around on a sunny afternoon. It’s also well worth a look at the Curtea Veche, the old princely court of Romania and supposed residence of the legendary Dracula, Vlad III.
Travel to Bucharest is fairly easy by plane as Bucharest is served by Henri Coandă International Airport, sometimes referred to as Otopeni airport. From the airport there is an express bus that runs every 20 minutes to Bucharest city centre. The main station for trains to other European cities is Gara de Nord. Once you’re in the city centre Bucharest transport is fairly easy to master. The metro is affordable, simple to use and will take you to most parts of the city. There is also a network of buses and trams.
Bucharest is an inspiring centre for music, with many Bucharest events based around this art form. There is the George Enescu Music Festival takes place every two years in September, celebrating the pride of Romanian classical music. There’s also EuropaFest in May; it’s a full powered display of excellent live music, including jazz, blues and pop music. The Bucharest Street Music Festival is a week-long street carnival in June, with folk dancers, musicians and street theatre. If you’re looking for something other than music, the Craftsman’s Fair is held by the National Village Museum every May to June.
Restaurants in Bucharest
Romanian food is generally a warm and hearty affair. The restaurants are often filled with delicious grilled meats and toe-tapping Romanian folk music. It’s well worth trying some Ciorbă, traditional Romanian sour soup, for a new taste sensation. Romanian wine is usually of very high quality so it's definitely worth sampling on your visit. There are many restaurants in Bucharest city centre often with eclectic cuisine. If you’re looking for something traditional to eat a visit to any of the old beer houses is a good bet. Caru’ cu Bere is a notable example, as Bucharest’s oldest beer house.