Bucharest, formerly nicknamed "Little Paris", is the capital and largest city of Romania. It is home to more than 2 million inhabitants and also an important center of industry and commerce. Bucharest covers an area of 226 km2 in the southeast of the country towards the Bulgarian border. The river Dambovita flows through the city, this river then flows into the river Arges, which is a tributary of the Danube.
Accommodation in Bucharest
Accommodation in Bucharest is cheap compared to other European capitals. Prices in four-star hotels range from as low as 50 Euro per night in a double room. Even cheaper accommodation options are offered by bed and breakfasts, hostels or apartments. If you are traveling to Bucharest for historical sights, we recommend accommodation near Revolution Square (Piața Revoluției).
History of Bucharest
The first mention of Bucharest comes from 1459, where it became the residence of Prince Vlad III. Since then, the city has gone through a period of prosperity and subsequent decline. Since 1862, Bucharest has been the capital of independent Romania. After World War II, the city was rebuilt in the socialist spirit, including prefabricated buildings. The revolution in 1989 also brought about the overthrow of dictator Nicolae Ceausscu and the beginning of a new era. After 2000, the historic center was restored and the whole city is further modernized.
Transport in Bucharest
The Bucharest airport is called Otopeni Airport, it is located about 18 km north of the city center. There are buses that link airport with a city centre, the journey takes approximately 40 minutes. It is possible to move around the city by public transport: metro, buses and trams.
Landmarks of Bucharest
The most important landmark of Bucharest is the Parliament Building in the city center. This building is the second largest in the world after the American Pentagon. The Palace of Parliament was built in 1980 during the reign of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Parliament tours take place every half hour and last about 30-40 minutes. The original open-air museum is definitely worth a visit. Here you can see around 300 folk buildings, including furniture, ceramics and clothing from all over Romania.
Sport in Bucharest
The most widespread sport in Bucharest is a football. Probably the most famous club on the international scene is Steaua Bucuresti. Her home stadium is Arena Nationala, which hosted the Europe League final in 2012.