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BUCHAREST , The Capital of Romania

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Location: Southern of Romania

Nowdays, the capital of medieval Wallachia is Bucharest. Bucharest was the first city in the world illuminated by oil lamps (1895). The first screening of projected motion pictures  took place in Bucharest in 1896, shortly after the world premiere in Paris? One of the Lumière brothers projected several films for Bucharest’s high society, among them a documentary called "The Russian Tsar and Empress in Paris"

The legend says that Bucharest was founded by a shepherd named Bucur ("Joy"). It is more likely that Bucur was the noble who owned the land, because Bucuresti (Bucharest) has a suffix which was usually added to the owner's name of the land or to founder's name to name the settlements.

You can combine travel and work in a city break in our capital.

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Did you Know ?

The name "Romania" comes from the Latin word "Romanus" which means "citizen of the Roman Empire."

Romanian is the only latin language which has developed in the Eastern part of Europe, the rest of them being slavic

The modern jet engine was invented by the Romanian inventor Henri Coanda in 1910.

On 18th of March 1906, the Romanian inventor Traian Vuia was the first European to build and fly a fully self-propelled, fixed-wing ‘automobile airplane.

The insulin was discovered by the Romanian scientist Nicolae Paulescu. He originally called it pancreine.

The fountain pen was invented by the Romanian Petrache Poenaru and was patented in May 1827.

In 1938 Romanian Stefan Odobleja published in Puris his work "Psychology consonantiste". His work appeared ten years before Norbert Wiener’s ideas were printed. Stefan Odobleja is considered to be the "Father of Cybernetics".

The earliest Homo sapiens fossils were discovered in south-western Romania, in the Cave of Bones, in 2002 . The fossil’s age is estimated at 37,800 to 42,000 years old.

The statue of Dacian king Decebal, carved in the rocky bank of the Danube'sCauldron, is the tallest rock sculpture in Europe (135 feet tall).

Europe’s second largest underground glacier, the Scarisoara glacier, is found underneath the Bihor Mountains in Romania. It has a volume of 75,000 cubic meters and more than 3,500 years.

Herastrau Park  is Europe’s largest park within a city. It covers stretching over 270 acres (110 ha),

Bucharest was the first city in the world illuminated by oil lamps (1895).

Timisoara became the first city of Europe with electric street lighting in 1889.

Timisoara was also the first European city to introduce horse-drawn trams, also in 1869.

Arch of Triumph

If you have already visited Paris, you will have a pleasant surprise in Bucharest. You will discover a smaller version of Arch of Triumph. This touristic objective  was built to honor the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I. It has an interior staircase which allows tourists to climb to the top for a panoramic view of Bucharest. The military parades for the Romania's National Day (1 December) are held here. It is a special occasion when you can see an impressive show of the Romanian military troops marching beneath the arch and the president of Romania who always participates at this event. If you visit the Arch of Triumph in summer, during Saturdays nights, you will be surprised to see tens of brides in their white gowns dancing and taking pictures. This is a tradition for Romanian brides from Bucharest.

Arch of Triumph Bucharest
comparison between Arches of Triumph from Bucharest and Paris
House of Free Press front view

House of The Free Press

If you have already visited Moskow, you will have another nice surprise in Bucharest. The House of the Free Press is a smaller replica of the Russian Lomonosov University. It was built to house all of Bucharest's main printing presses and it still has the same role, many print media companies having their headquarters here.

This building was the tallest in Bucharest between 1956 and 2007. Its total constructed surface is 32,000 square meters. The House of the Free Press is at short distance from Romexpo Exhibition Center the leader of the Romanian fair and exhibition industry.

comparision between Romanian House of Free Press from Bucharest and Russian Lomonosov University

You can also visit over 40 parks and gardens, including a beautiful botanical garden, impressive palaces and churches, clubs, restaurants (like Manuc's Inn and The Beer Cart), pubs and fairs and you can visit plenty of museums.

The Palace of the Parliament (People's Palace)

Besides of buildings which resambles well-known edifices from other countries, Bucharest has also unique landmarks. The Palace of the Parliament is an impressive, giant edifice built by Nicolae Ceausescu, the last Communist Party Leader in Romania. It is the second largest office building in the world after Pentagon.
The visitors are guided in the luxurious halls and galleries decorated with crystal chandeliers, monumental sculptures, marble, golden plaster, oak paneling, laced ceilings, brocharts, tapestries and rich heavy carpets. Today, the building houses the Parliament of Romania and an International Conference Centre.

Old Historical Center of Bucharest

The old historical center of Bucharest, known as Lipscani District, preserves the unique charm of an unusual mixture of architectural styles, from baroque to neoclassical or art nouveau, that reflects the variety of nationalities and cultures that have lived in this area over the years. The old town spoils the tourist of any age and satisfies the most various tastes. Why? Because besides the old architecture that makes it a cultural highlight, it is a lively place with lots of restaurants, antique shops, clubs, pubs, bohemian coffee houses, fast-foods and art galleries.

The Village Museum

The Village Museum is the largest outdoor museum in Europe. It is situated on the shores of Lake Herastrau, so that you can visit it and then you can go for a walk and lunch in this beautiful Herastrau Park, the Europe's largest park located within a city.

You will discover an impressive collection of rural houses, watermills, log cabins, thatched barns and charches brought from all regions of Romania. You can buy folk arts, pottery and other crafts from the gift shop of the museum.

You can also visit over 40 parks and gardens, including a beautiful botanical garden, impressive palaces and churches, clubs, restaurants (like Manuc's Inn and The Beer Cart), pubs and fairs and you can visit plenty of museums.

Whatever you choose, a tailor made tour or a city brake, we will offer you all necessary information regarding means of transportation (if you choose an unguided trip), shedules of turistic objectives you decide to visit and other details we consider important for you to have a safe and pleasant holiday. < back ... read more >

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