Europe still remains the most visited continent on our planet. With such diversity of cultures and nations, it’s no wonder that people from all sides of the planet arrive every day to witness all the faces that the “old continent” has. And as it is with the people, not all faces are just as attractive for everyone to call them the most impressive yet all of them have a beautiful smile that you can fall in love with. Such is the case with Romania.
A fairly large country in the Eastern part of Europe that annually attracts around 15 million foreign visitors and the number just keeps increasing. Now, you might be wondering why the number keeps increasing when you rarely, if ever, hear anything about this country. That’s because modern-day Romania has a new attractive face that adventurous travellers love to enjoy with such low cost and interesting places to see and remember forever. Prepare to fall in love with its capital city and maybe plan your weekend in Romanian capital sometime soon.
Cultural Diversity And Stunning Landmarks
Eastern Europe is covered with western tourists these days. Its low cost on nearly anything you set your eyes on along with all the riches that you can enjoy is just too hard to resist. That must be the prime reason why thousands of bachelors from all around the world are coming for some of the top party options in Bucharest. But its not just that the low cost attracts them.
It’s the beautiful smiling people, their hospitality and mouthwatering cuisine as well as landmarks that thrive with the culture you won’t find anywhere else. First and fundamental stage of any trip to Bucharest is a visit to the Palace of the Romanian Parliament. Of course, you won’t be able to visit everything. And how could you? With 365,000 square meters on twenty floors, it would take you a couple of days just to see every corner of it!
Visit the Palace of the Romanian Parliament
Huge, ostentatious, even skimming kitsch on many occasions. Ceauşescu wanted to impress with the construction of the second largest administrative building in the world and a single biggest piece of concrete construction ever made.
Construction began in 1984 and in 1999, with the fall of Ceauşescu, it was still unfinished. It was thought to be demolished, but the initial construction cost was so big that the demolition cost would possibly be even higher. There are still tiny parts that are remained unfinished.
The same thing that happened with the Palace of Culture and the Science of Warsaw with the independence of Poland. The style of building? Eclectic, that is, a little bit of everything! Elements of traditional Romanian architecture, Renaissance and Baroque are added to the general Brutalism of Communistic architecture.
It was built with marbles, wood and other noble materials from all corners of the country. Colors, combinations, sizes… everything is exaggerated in the way that can perfectly paint the picture of lavish Balkan soul.
Lovers Of Art, Prepare To Fall In Love With The “Paris Of The East”
Not far away from the gigantic palace, you will find headquarters of ARCUB, Cultural Center at Municipiului Bucureşti. A cultural center with different exhibition halls and a place where art workshops are held. You will always find a very interesting exhibition of photos of the city along with other works of art that will gradually increase your knowledge of the city in just a few minutes.
The building is very curious, although from the outside it is a bit unnoticed so asking locals for directions might do the trick. Neighborhoods where charming open cafes and restaurants will unfold in front of you. Picking the right one for your taste won’t be a problem since the selection of dining places is so large and all of them serve magnificent traditional cuisine.
Do not miss a chance to enjoy a meal in one of them while making pauses from all the sightseeing. On a tour of the historic center of Bucharest, you should not miss a chance to visit its heart: the Curtea Veche. It’s the first Romanian royal court from the 14th century and on this site, there was already a fortified citadel. A citadel that a certain Vlad Tepes, Prince of Romania, fortified and converted into a royal residence in the fifteenth century.
Does that name sound familiar to you? Yes, that one, the one that inspired the character of Dracula! There is a statue dedicated to him, of course! He is the superstar of Romania and landmarks dedicated to his heritage are found in abundance. In the eighteenth century, as a result of a great fire and an earthquake that destroyed almost the entire city, the old court was abandoned and a new royal court, the Curtea Nouă, or “New court” was built.
Each Gigantic Plaza and Boulevard Tells A Different Story
Today, in the archaeological site that occupies the ruins of the old court, there is a museum: the Muzeul Palatul Voievodal Curtea Veche that will provide you with a unique cultural experience for just a few euros. There you can walk through centuries of Romanian history in just a few hours. From there, it is worth visiting the church of San Antón, or Curtea Veche Church, and the Hanul Manuc, the Manuc inn, the oldest hotel in Bucharest. You can enter the patio and eat at its restaurant.
Another one of the most emblematic historical buildings of the city is the Romanian Athenaeum. Concert hall inaugurated at the end of the 19th century and currently the headquarters of the George Enescu Philharmonic. The building, of neoclassical style, is by the same French architect who designed the National Bank of Romania, another obligatory stop in the center of Bucharest. Its Ionic columns and circular floor resemble a classical temple.
Yes, pure neoclassical style, and in the lobby, there are ceilings decorated with frescoes and gold leaf, pink marble columns, and all kinds of decoration created in an attempt to show off the top final frontiers of Romanian artistic creation.
There is so much to discover in Bucharest. The life of its great squares, like the Plaza de la Revolución, where the moments to the fall of Ceauşescu are dedicated. Huge and chaotic Plaza of the United Nations and the largest Plaza de la Unión or Plaza de la Universidad with the contemporary national theater.
Its museums, such as the National Museum of Romanian Art or the Satului Museum just to name a few can also be of great interest for all travelers who are in love with art and culture. The only real way to get in touch with all the attractions of the city and the unrepeatable hospitality of its residents is to come and feel it for yourself. Start planning your weekend to this amazing city today and let it live with your mind forever.