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Bucharest - The Capital of Romania

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Bucharest is a really beautiful city, featuring impossible mixture of different architecture styles. You can meet Gothic type and Stalin-period-style buildings neighboring at the same street with post-modern hotel tower of concrete and glass. Unlike NY or Chicago, the street structure is not square-parallel, but rather star-like, so streets go like star beams from round circuses, thus forming blocks of different shapes - three, five, six-corner blocks, but not rectangular.

During the 50's, Bucharest was known as The Little Paris because of the similarities in boulevards and architecture. Also, Bucharest has a Triumphal Arch very similar to the one in Paris. Erudites in that period was known to study in Paris, the Romanian language is related to French, so the two cities were somehow linked.

The Tourism Office info about Bucharest

Up to date and very informative, with city landmarks, museums, parks&gardens, attractions, walks, day trips, transportation, shopping, accomodation and other tourist info on The Tourism Office info about Bucharest

Downtown of Bucharest is comprised by the space between the Victoriei Square - where the Romanian Government is and the Unirii Square - in which south east end starts the grand (but not so interesting) boulevard to the Parliament Palace. Near Unirii Square there is also the old city center, the Old Princely Court and oldest streets like Lipscani, Selari, Covaci, Gabroveni, between National Bank of Romania and the geographical center of Bucharest, Sf. Gheorghe Square - considered km.0 of Romania.

The Revolution square is a double square that hosts to the north the Romanian Athenaeum (see first picture of the page) and the Hilton hotel, and the south part, with the National Library, the Senate building and the old Royal Palace that is now the Museum of Art. The newest landmark in town is a white marble spear with something like a squashed earth on the top - I really don't know yet the explanation :)

I guess it is nice to discover the old boulevards and buildings, old hotels from the time of "Little Paris", lots of churches (hidden behind blocks of flats by the communist regime) and the palaces like the one in the side picture, which is located near the Cismigiu Park - oldest park of Bucharest.

The farther from the downtown, the more territory is covered by beautiful parks. Herastrau, I think, is the biggest one and I think it's at least twice as large as Manhattan's Central Park. Again, in parks they mix French 'civilized' style with English wildlife simulation. There is also the Tineretului Park, more to the south, and a lot of other smaller parks.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Architecture, people, shops, food, nighclubs
  • Cons:Crowded, not very clean
  • In a nutshell:Formerly known as Little Paris .. now it's Bucharest day&night :)
  • Intro Updated Aug 26, 2011
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    I returned to view more tips and data on the city. One day I had planned to visit, and if time does not runout, will still like to see the fabulous sites

  • Pomocub's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Interesting page. Bucharest looks like a lovely city.

    • codrutz's Profile Photo
      Feb 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Thanks, it's our capital, biggest, would recommend other smaller though:) Maybe put Romania on your wishlist if you like travelling and sports:)

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    thank you this was such a helpful page for my visit last week

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    Thank you for the nice tips, will spend half a day in Bucharest tomorrow and I hope to see some of these places. Greetings from Sofia

  • Florida999's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Nice page! We were going to visit Romania this summer, but it was just too far from where my relatives live in Europe , so we'll have to do this on another trip. I really wanted to see Transylvania and hike there

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Excellent page!! So much great information and helpful advice as well as nice photos! Thanks for sharing -- I can't wait to visit Bucharest!!

  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Very interesting and helpful page. i hope to visit Bucharest this summer. irene

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    You have a fabulous presentation of your wonderful city. Be proud of the heritage of this historical city, and for all its struggles. I hope to get that way someday.

  • mirchica's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    You have a great ciry and page about it.I've always wanted to visit it and I'll do it soon.Only about the girls...Bulgarians are more beautiful,hehe ;)I love the "don't forget me" flowers,we call them 'nezabravka' :)))

  • nomad7890's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Love all the flowers! -Martha

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