Romania’s capital city puts one foot before the other, steadily moving forward as re-building takes place.
Moldavia, Transylvania, the Danube, the Black Forest… the tourism-related itinerary highlights that may lead to a night spent in Bucharest. Or, a business trip to the capital city of Romania in the stages of a fledgling democracy since 1989.
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Bucharest Positions Itself for the Future
The former presidential palace is one of the largest, not the most beautiful, buildings on earth. Built as a place to himself by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, it is now known as the House of the People, Casa Poporului. But, the heart and soul of Old Town, Lipscani, were ripped apart to make way for this structure. Bucharest has a big recovery task on its plate and there is a lot of work in progress, some of it stalled.
Out-of-towners flock to the most recognizable brands in lodging: JW Marriott, Hilton, InterContinental, Radisson, Novotel, Ramada.
Prices are moderate in the city, which is being dubbed as the smoking room of Europe, since none of the bans legislated by most other European cities are in effect here. Casinos are part of the scene; the one most frequented by overseas visitors being Casino Bucharest at the InterContinental Hotel.
For food, we suggest City Grill or even historic Caru’ cu Bere for Hungarian goulash in the Old Town. Str. Smardan is a good pedestrian street for cafés and restaurants. are good at Gyros Thessaloniki. With a tip of the chapeau to the old days when Bucarest was nicknamed “Little Paris,” there’s French cuisine courtesy of La Bonne Bouche, Escargot Bistrot and Bon.
Cultural highlights inlcude the impressive Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History, the Peasant Museum, the National Art Museum housed in a former royal palace and the charming Village Museum on Lake Herăstrău. Stop in the gift shop for the sweets and cakes or visit the restaurant, La Francu.