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Bucharest is a mixture of grand buildings and grim tenement blocks. Walk around the northern half of the city and you can start to see why it earned the nickname, "Little Paris"; walk around the south side and you'll be put more in mind of a Little Bronx.

Anway, the central area, where most of the tourist attractions are, is perfectly safe - safer than most big cities, in fact, and it has sights well worth seeing, including some wonderful museums.

The city developed on the banks of the River Dāmboviţa, around the Princely Court of Vlad Ţepeş, from 1459 onwards. There are still some beautiful old buildings, including the eighteenth century Stavropoleos Church and Antim Monastery.

Bucharest doesn't have the medieval charm of Sibiu, Braşov or Sighişoara but it has grand avenues and buildings, like the People's Palace, the second biggest building in the world.

Today Bucharest has a population of more than 2 million and since Romania joined the European Union, it has rapidly caught up with western European cities in terms of both facilities and prices.

  • Last visit to Bucharest: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Vatra sure is a good restaurant. Good tips here.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2009 at 6:23 AM

    MrL 's off to Bucharest later this month - now I gave some idea of what he will find. He's a church architecture fan so will definitely enjoy that aspect of the city. leyle

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2008 at 5:28 AM

    Ian, gorgeous updates here. I have been twice to Romania and really lovely the country. Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2009 from Germany.

  • 11dana's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    thank you Jan,for a real,clever and fair overlooking of Bucharest!

  • Feb 1, 2008 at 7:38 AM

    cool pics over here! for me it'd be jeddah-riyadh road:D

  • Franklennrocha's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2008 at 7:53 AM

    Fantastic photos of Bucharest. Your page very nice.

  • Dialing's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2008 at 4:35 AM

    Privet Ian! WISHING YOU SUPER-MEGA-GOOD and AWESOME YEAR! :) S NOVYM GODOM! :) Sunshine & smiles, Anna

  • Delia_Madalina's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:12 AM

    Chapeau! You did a great job in getting to know Bucharest. Your page is amazing !

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Nice coverage of one of my next destination towns. I don't care for the Soviet style architecture, but I'm looking forward to trying the Romanian cuisine.

  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2007 at 1:03 AM

    Very nice page! Good tips and great pictures.

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