Bucharest, Romania's capital, the nation's centre of cultural and economic life, was founded more than 500 years ago and is a natural starting point for visits to the country. During the 1930's its tree-lined boulevards and "fin de siecle" architecture gave it the nickname "Little Paris". There is even an Arc de Triomphe on the impressive Soseaua Kisseleff which is longer than the Champs Elysees and has ranges of trees which flower beautifully in the spring. Despite the massive reconstruction of the 1980s, Bucharest remains a Garden City, leafy and pleasant, with cafes open on sidewalks in the summer, and with boats on its lakes and rivers. In Bucharest you will find majestic public buildings like the National History Museum and the main Post Office, whereas close to its Southern end there is the lovely Parcul Cismigiu (Cismigiu Park). Bulevardul (Boulevard) Magheru is parallel to Calea Victoriei and it hosts tourist and airline offices, cinemas and hotels. You will be intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of architecture, from Curtea Veche, the remains of Prince Vlad Tepes 15th century palace – he was the city's founder as well as the inspiration for "Dracula" – to Orthodox Churches, Second Empire mansions, the stolid Stalinist architecture of the communist years and the colossal 6,000 room Parliament House, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.

Bucharest is the largest city in Romania, located in the southeast of the country on the banks of the Dambovita River. Bucharest was first mentioned in documents as early as 1459. Since then it has gone through a variety of changes, becoming the state capital of Romania in 1862 and steadily consolidating its position as the centre of the Romanian mass media, culture and arts. Its eclectic architecture is a mix of historical (neo–classical), interbellum (Bauhaus and Art Deco), Communist–era and modern. In recent years, the city has been experiencing an economic and cultural boom.

Parliament Palace

Located on Arsenal Hill, the building has a maximum size of 275 on the ground 235 meters, height of 84 meters (above zero) and the ground floor building area covers about 66,000 square meters. The palace has 12 stories, about 1,000 rooms, and the developed area is approximately 365,000 hectares. Parliament House is included in the "Guinness Book of Records" under "Administrative Building", in second place in the world after the Pentagon. To achieve the construction and interior fittings were used approximately one million cubic meters of marble Ruschita, 5500 tons of cement, 7,000 tons of steel, 200,000 cubic meters of glass and 220,000 square meters of carpet. The building can be seen from anywhere in Bucharest and the roof you can see the Carpathians and the Danube.

National Museum of Art of Romania

The National Museum of Art of Romania hosts three art galleries and has a short, but impressive royal past. The European Art Gallery, the Romanian Medieval Art Gallery and the Romanian Modern Art Gallery bring together art works exhibited in an attractive, modern manner, thus turning a visit to the museum into an enjoyable and instructive way of spending time.


Symbolic edifice of the national culture, the Romanian Atheneum, built in the heart of Bucharest 120 years ago (1886–1888), has become the architectural and spiritual landmark of a whole nation, not just of a Capital city. It was here that great Romanian personalities and scientists have lectured, that both established and young professional musicians have given concerts, numerous orchestras and soloists of international level have performed, it was from here that masterpieces of the national music literature have been launched; the first ample exhibits were organized here, great painting and sculpture exhibits by the national masters of fine arts; kings and queens, as well as political personalities and important guest from abroad have walked through its halls in order to participate in events of national and international importance in one word, moments of historical importance, which have found their place in the golden book of the Romanian people, have taken place at the Romanian Atheneum.

National Museum "George Enescu"

The National Museum "George Enescu" was opened in the Cantacuzino Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest, a historical monument and one of the European Heritage Label buildings. The permanent exhibition of the museum includes three rooms of the palace, displaying photographs, manuscripts, various documents, diplomas, medals, drawings, sculptures, musical instruments, costumes, furniture, decorative art, personal objects, a casting of the artist's hands and his mortuary mask. The originary atmosphere has been recreated in the intimacy of the austere memorial house, which is also opened for visitors. Situated in a unique location, The National Museum "George Enescu" holds an important historical, cultural, artistic and touristic value. The museum heritage offers the opportunity of recomposing an exceptional life and work dedicated to the Romanian music and to its recognition within the world's culture.

Village Museum

"Dimitrie Gusti" Village Museum is located in Herastrau Park and it is one of the largest open-air ethnographic museums in Europe. It houses buildings and peasant households from different ethnographic areas. Opened in 1936, at the initiative of the famous Romanian sociologist Dimitrie Gusti, the museum comprises today 121 authentic peasant facilities (houses, windmills, churches, inns), including 338 different constructions. A walk in the museum village is in fact a short journey through Romania's provinces. The viewer is thus able to see the evolution of the peasant architecture since the 17–th century up to the beginning of the 20–th century. The rich cultural patrimony is highlighted by different events organized here periodically such as: thematic exhibitions, folklore shows, music and poetry recitals, displays of products from different ethnographic areas, demos of various craftships (pottery, weaving, wood carpentry, and leather craft) as well as folk–art markets.

In May, average temperature in Bucharest is around 23 degrees Celsius.

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