Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is the largest city and the main political, administrative, economic, financial, banking, educational, scientific and cultural center of the country.
It is located in the SE of Romania, at an altitude of 60-90 m, on the rivers Dambovita and Colentina, at latitude 44 ° 25’50 ” North (as Belgrade, Geneva, Bordeaux, Minneapolis) and longitude 26 ° 06’50” East (like Helsinki or Johannesburg). It is also located about 60 km far from the Danube, 100 km far from the Carpathians Mountains and 250 km far from the Black Sea. The city is divided into six administrative urban areas and measures about 22 km between the northern and the southern extremities and 20 km between the eastern and western extremities.
As the largest city of Romania, with a population of over 2.3 million inhabitants, Bucharest is full of green areas, parks and lakes such as: Herastrau Park, Cişmigiu Garden, Carol Park, Bordei Park, Icon’s and Ioanid Parks; the main hydrographic artery that runs through Bucharest is Dambovita river.
Although many areas of Bucharest were demolished in the Communist period, to make way for the monocolor neighborhoods that had the same architecture, it still retains the old charm that attracted tourists after the First World War (1914-1918), when it was called “Little Paris” due to the brightness of its cultural life and its social atmosphere and thanks to its architecture, it was becoming one of the most beautiful European capitals.
Surrounded by wide avenues, Ceausescu’s megalomaniacal Palace of Parliament sprawls in the south. The majestic Romanian Athenaeum music hall and the world-class National Art Museum cluster just north of the old quarter. Follow the tree-lined Kiseleff boulevard to the Arcul de Triumf. You must also visit the historical center of Bucharest, a place still caught in the time trap, which features a contrast between past and present that will surely astonish you.
Today the city is a mix of old and new, a mix of traditional and modern, East and West, which gives the first appearance of an eclectic city but the neoclassical style is showing originality and charm.
Arrive in March when Romanians celebrate the coming of the spring by handing a Martisor (a brooch with a red an d white thread attached to it) to every woman or girl they know. Also is perfect if you arrive in May for music and theatre spectacle like Europe Fest and B-FIT in the STREET (Street Theatre Festival), in June for the Street Music Festival Bucharest Music Film Festival when troubadours roam the city. Watch professional tennis at the BCR Open Romania, discover the best in domestic design at the International Furniture Fair, celebrate Bucharest City Days or relax and enjoy the music of some world’s finest musicians at The George Enescu Festival in September. Find a special Christmas present when local artists present hand-made pottery at the Winter Gifts Festival in December.