Bucharest

Bucharest

Things to do - general

The capital of Romania, Bucharest, has been named one of the coolest cities in Europe by a French website.  It might sound surprising to you, as Romania has escaped communism only 22 years ago, but “Little Paris” can be one of the best places to party till dawn, take long walks across the river Dambovita, meet beautiful women or wander the streets in the Old Centre. The French website Slate stated that Bucharest is the second coolest city in Europe, after Vienna. They reached this conclusion based on the night life, beer prices and the number of students located there.

Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means “joy.”In 1900, Bucharest earned the nickname of “Little Paris” because of its glorious Belle Époque buildings, tree-lined boulevards and the high life. Many of the buildings constructed in the early 1900s were modeled after existing buildings in Paris, and even the city lay-outs of Bucharest and Paris were similar.

Nowadays the city is a bustling metropolis, very urban and modern, although you can still see the scars left by the communist era and its leader – Nicolae Ceausescu. It has become a very interesting mix of old and new that has little to do with its initial reputation. Finding a 300 year old church near a steel-and-glass building that both sit next to a communist style building is commonplace in Bucharest. Bucharest offers some excellent attractions, and has, in recent years, cultivated a sophisticated, trendy, and modern sensibility that many have come to expect from a European capital.

There’s a say that Bucharest has grown into a city of contrasts, that is probably why you only have two choices when it comes to it – love it or not.

Sports and nature

Sports and nature If you are not into historical buildings, Bucharest has some wonderful parks and gardens where you can walk, relax and enjoy the nature. For example, Cismigiu Garden, oldest park in Bucharest, was opened to the public in 1860, after it was designed in 1845 by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer. Heading over towards the northern part of Bucharest will lead you to one of the larger, most well known parks in Bucharest, Herastrau Park. Herastrau Park sits around Lake Herastrau which is nearly three-quarters of a square kilometer in area. On the shores of Lake Herastrau, The Village Museum was established in 1936 and it contains over 300 wooden houses, windmills, churches etc. from all over the country. A visit to Bucharest would not be complete without a day excursion to Snagov Lake. This is the most important leisure lake around the capital city, and the most picturesque tourist attraction in the area, its beauty being completed by the surrounding forests. The main attraction here is the Monastery situated on an isolated island in the middle of the lake This is the supposed burial place of the Legendary Dracula, Vlad Tepes.

Nightlife

Nightlife Bucharest is the undiscovered pearl of eastern Europe. Of all the wonderful things that Bucharest has to offer, nightlife is not the least of them. There is something for everyone in this town: from trendy bars to Irish pubs, lounge clubs and jazz clubs. The Old Town of Bucharest, once only a pedestrian zone with old houses built in 1920?s architecture, is now literally an open party, with pubs, bars, small clubs and party-goers-know-what-else every other step you take. You can eat on the street, on the steps of the Romanian National Bank, have a beer, party,dance… What makes it so special? Probably most of the people around you will cheer you on.Lipscani is bustling with activity even at 4 or 5 am when usually everyone takes off for home. The same concept applies here as well – the people make it worth it, so don’t be afraid to dance on the bar. You will get cheered on if you’re doing a good job!

Culture and history

Culture & history Romania’s capital city is home to 37 museums, 22 theaters, 2 opera houses, 3 concert halls, 18 art galleries and a wealth of libraries and bookstores. Parliament Palace (Palatul Parlamentului) is the world’s second-largest office building in surface (after the Pentagon) and the third largest in volume (after Cape Canaveral in the U.S. and the Great Pyramid in Egypt). It took 20,000 Bucharest workers and 700 architects to build. The palace boasts 12 stories, 1,100 rooms, a 328-ft-long lobby and four underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker. The Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) was completed in 1888, financed almost entirely with money donated by the general public. One of the preeminent public fundraising campaigns ever in Romania, the “Give a penny for the Athenaeum” campaign saved the project after the original patrons ran out of funds. With its high dome and Doric columns, the Athenaeum resembles an ancient temple. The Arch of Triumph – This objective was initially built of wood, in 1922, to honour the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I. Only in 1936 the granite Arch de Triumph was finished. An interior staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city. Calea Victoriei is Bucharest's oldest and arguably, most charming street. Built in 1692 to link the Old Princely Court to Mogosoaia Palace, it was initially paved with oak beams. The street became Calea Victoriei in 1878, after the Romanian War of Independence victory. Between the two world wars, Calea Victoriei developed into one of the most fashionable streets in the city. Stroll along this street from Piata Victoriei to Piata Natiunilor Unite to discover some of the most stunning buildings in the city, including the Cantacuzino Palace, the historical Revolution Square, the Military Club, the CEC Headquarters and the National History Museum. George Enescu Museum, housed in the Cantacuzino Palace, displays documents and various objects that belonged to the great Romanian composer and violinist George Enescu (1881-1955), including a Bach music collection he received as a gift from Queen Elisabeta of Romania. A world-class violinist, Enescu studied at the Vienna Conservatory, being later was awarded the French Legion of Honor award for the composition. He was the teacher of renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

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