Romania has a lot of delight to offer to its visitors with its charm, style and authenticity. We all have heard about the country Romania but it is not the most famous country among visitors but it has been attracting a lot of them because of its exotic locations, tasty food, smiley people and scenic beauty. It has some really famous places like Palace of the Parliament, Romanian Athenaeum, Museum of the Romanian Peasant, National Museum of Art of Romania, Bran Castle and CEC Palace. Romania is the place where insulin, Hyper CD-ROM, first car with the wheels inside aerodynamic line, fountain pen, parachuted chair were invented. This country has also given some great people to the world like Henri Coanda, Aurel Vlaicu, Elie Wiesel and John Houseman. This is a country with 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and heaviest & most expensive administrative building named the Palace of the Parliament. It is a great mixture of some stylish & advanced cities like Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj, Timisoara, Sibiu, Sinaia, Constanta, Sighisoara, Bran, Mamaia, Iasi, Oradea, Predeal and Poiana Brasov. Lets dig more deeply about the city of Bucharest, the capital of Romania and most visited city too. Bucharest is the largest city in Romania and located in the southeast of the country. It is also one of the most populated cities in the country with almost 3 million people. It is a place of rich history, unique culture, modern architectures and outdoor fun. It is the city that gave the world lamp oil, house driven omnibuses, cinematographic projection and has the oldest station of the country. Bucharest is sometimes mentioned as ‘Little Paris’, because of its romantic environment, tree covered boulevards and rich nightlife. It was named after a shepherd called Dambovita Bucur which means Joy. It has a history of over 600 years and the name ‘Bucharest’ was heard in 1459. It was designated as capital city of Wallachia in 1569.
Bucharest has a humid continental climate with fairly hot summers. The temperature varies from 12 F to 93 F throughout the year and there are no dry seasons. July is the warmest month whereas January is the coolest one. You can easily expect around 300 days of sunshine per year. The precipitation reaches its highest during June and most rainfall is experienced during this period. Snowfall is rarely seen during January. The best time to visit Bucharest is between March and July.
How to get here?
Bucharest is well served by two international airports that receive both domestic and international flights from all major carriers. First one is Bucharest Baneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport, located just 10 km from the city center and another one is Henri Coanda International Airport, located just 18 km from the city downtown. Mostly preferred one is Henri Coanda because it receives major international airlines whereas Baneasa airport receives some charter and low cost airlines. You can easily reach downtown by airport shuttles facility available at both airports. You can get around the city easily via taxi, cabs, rental cars, train or bus services.
Accommodation and Food
Although the prices are a bit on higher side in this country than others because of its focus on business people but you will easily get a lot of lodging options around the city fitting your budget and requirements. There are more than 200 small and big hotel, apartments and villas in Bucharest. If you wish to enjoy a luxurious stay then the best option is Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest, featuring over 200 luxury rooms with amazing interior, spa, bar, pool, free parking and free internet and another one is Intercontinental Hotel, featuring 283 rooms with cranberry carpets & padded walls. Some other luxurious options include Christina Hotel, Duke Hotel, Hotel Opera, Hotel Pullman Bucharest World Trade Center, Rin Grand Hotel, Double Tree By Hilton, Rin Central and Capital Plaza Hotel. Some budget hostels include The Funky Chicken Hostel, Hotel Carpati Imparatul Romanilor, Liad Accommodation, Pier Commercial Area, Hotel Papion, Hotel Mic, Hotel Green Forum Bucharest, Puzzle Hostel, Byzanthin Hostel, Peaches Hostel and The Midland Hostel.
Bucharest has quite tasty food with a wide selection from more than 500 restaurants around the city. Some of the best choices include Beros & Van Schaik Wine Traders offering Tapas & Wine Bar, The Artist offering contemporary food, The London Street Atelier & Bistro offering international cuisine, Hard Rock Cafe with its American & European cuisine, Cucina di Casa offering delicious Italian and traditional Romanian food, Restaurant hotel Christina offering great fusion, Vacamuuu with its Steakhouse, Cantina Verde offering nice Italian food, Joseph offering continental and 5Elemente offering exotic Asian & Chinese cuisine.
Palace of the Parliament
The Palace of the Parliament is a huge building housing both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. The palace is located at Strada Lzvor in Bucharest and is the most expensive administrative building of the world. It is the most important landmark of the city because of its great physical and historic stature. You must visit this place if you want to take a look at the best display of Romanian wealth by stone, marbles and wood.
Museum of the Romanian Peasant
The Museum of the Romanian Peasant is located at Soseaua Pavel Dimtrievici Kiseleff in Bucharest and house a wide collection of textiles, ceramics, icons and other artifacts representing Romanian peasant life. You will be amazed to see this architectural masterpiece and its handpainted Easter eggs and Terrocotta pottery. It has also received numerous awards including the award for The best European Museum of the year in 1996.