According to legend, Bucharest was founded by a shepherd boy named ‘Bucur’ whose name meant joy. He spread joy all around the place by playing his flute and the local traders were impressed with his wine and therefore Bucharest was named after Bucur.
Bucharest is the capital of Romania as well as its industrial and commercial center. Established around 1459, it’s not a terribly old city in comparison to other European cities. However, that doesn’t stop Bucharest from being home to many fabulous tourist attractions.
Bucharest sits on the banks of the Dambovita River and contains many lakes, including the small, man-made lake called Lake Cismigiu at the center of the capital. Near the lake are the Cismigiu Gardens, which opened in 1847 and have been visited by many famous poets and authors. The gardens are the main recreational facility in the city’s center.
Also known as „Little Paris” due to its boulevards filled with trees and beautiful buildings with many 18th and 19th century palaces and mansions now home to elegant casinos. The city has a reputation for high life, so tourists are bound to dine on a sumptuous dinner and dance all night to live music.
The Cismigiu Gardens aren’t the only green space within Bucharest. In fact, it is home to many gardens and parks, such as Herastrau Park and the Botanical Garden.
Bucharest is also home to an impressive cultural scene. Its cultural attractions include a wide array of activities, like visual arts, performing arts, and nightlife. There’s really no defined style to Bucharest’s culture, so there’s something for everyone.
Bucharest has been called „The Paris of the East” and „Little Paris” because its architecture was heavily influenced by the French. Its buildings include everything from traditional Romanian to those created in the French style.
Imagine a melange of old buildings with an interesting and wonderful architecture with new and modern ones. Imagine strolling down the alleys of a park and then at night going crazy in clubs that play great music and create an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re floating.
Or you might be more of a studious type of person, in which case you are lucky. Why? Because Bucharest has so many Museums you can visit, where you can interrelate with Romanian culture, learn interesting things and also spend a great time. The Botanical Garden, The Opera and all the theatres are also objectives you cannot miss because of their cultural but also entertaining character.
If you want to feel the breath of the past, go to the central part of Bucharest where the old Curtea Veche (the Old Court of the King) is located. Built in the 16th century, it is adorned with well-preserved frescos. George Enescu museum displays the musician’s manuscripts and personal belongings. There is also the Palace Athenee hotel located in Bucharest, where the characters of the Balkan Trilogy book by Olivia Manning meet. It took about 50 million dollars to restore this building and now it is one of the most prestigious and expensive city hotels.
Even though the city itself is not seen as an old city by European standards, it still upholds a sense of history with its tree ined boulevards and glorious Belle Eque buildings. It was remodelled in the later half of the 19th century in which the city features the Triumphal Arch on the Soseaua Kiseleff which is a boulevard longer than the famous Champs lysees in Paris.
Romania has the wonderful opportunity of offering visitors priceless treasures like the Danube Delta. It is also renowned as an important destination at world level in what concerns the bathing treatment tourism. In addition, we recommend the trips to the monasteries .Romania is the country of Dracula. The famous character, known all around the world, has Romanian roots and a history that attracts many visitors yearly to Romania.
What is special about Bucharest? It’s a modern Capital City that has preserved somewhere deep down inside, the values, the magic and in some parts, the look of what the world once knew as „The Little Paris”. „Lipscani”, the old City is a place full of magic. It brings you back in time, with the help of the wonderful architecture, the nice pavement, and the ruins of a roman building, recently found.
And the food…One thing is for sure. You cannot go hungry in Bucharest Starting with restaurants that serve traditional dishes such as the well-known „sarmalute cu mamaliga” all the way to Chinese food, Indian, or any other exotic type or restaurants you may think of.