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What you should know about Bucharest

If you plan to visit our country, most probably you will take your first Romanian steps in Bucharest, the capital and the biggest city of Romania. Also known as ‘Little Paris’, the label was coined between the two world wars, thanks to its beautiful belle époque architecture.
Today’s Bucharest is a mixture of styles and cultures. From beautiful boulevards to stroll down, to impressive museums to visit, vast parks to relax in, sophisticated restaurants to delight your palate, and modern malls to shop in, the city has it all.
No matter how you discover the city, and whatever your tastes, make sure you take enough time to soak up its unique atmosphere.
  1. Wander the narrow streets of the Old Town and discover its charming contrasts and rich heritage, particularly the French-inspired architecture which gave this part of the city the nickname “Little Paris”.
  2. If museums are on your must-do list, make sure you stop at the Romanian Peasant Museum, which holds a huge collection of Romanian traditional items. There’s also the Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum, with over two million artefacts, and the Village Museum, an open-air display with traditional houses, churches and inns, from various regions of the country.
  3. Visit the Ceausescu Mansion, the private residence of the former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. You’ll get to see how he and his family lived behind closed doors, while also having the opportunity to admire a large collection of paintings, tapestries and impressive furniture.
  4. Even if you only drive by or are curious enough to take a tour, the Palace of Parliament is hard to miss, since it is the largest, most expensive and heaviest administrative building in the world – according to Guinness World Records.
  5. Take different themed tour to discover the city from several perspectives. Communism, Beautiful decay, Alternative, Hidden Bucharest, and Night Hunters are only a few options of walking tours that you can enjoy here.
  6. For more adventurous experiences book a car racing or shooting session, try skydiving or even an exhilarating air balloon flight.