A lot of tourists choose Paris and Rome when they travel to Europe, but the cities of Eastern Europe have a lot for visitors to enjoy. Today we’ll talk about Bucharest (Romania) and its best attractions.
1.) Palace of the Parliament
It’s the largest building in Europe and the second-largest in the world after the U.S. Pentagon.
During the 1980s, this was the seat of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s government. Now it holds both the Romanian legislative offices and several museums.
Guards outside the Parliament building are sometimes edgy about photography, so try to get your photos from a distance.
2.) Palatul Curtea Veche (Old Princely Court)
The Old Princely Court is now in ruins. In the 15th century, it was home to a prince of Wallachia by the name of Vlad. Vlad is the Romanian word for “spike” or “impaler,” so it’s a little more polite to call him Vlad III Dracula.
Unfortunately, the Old Princely Court is currently closed for renovations and restorations. However, it doesn’t hurt to stop by and take a peek at the architecture of one of the oldest medieval monument in Bucharest.
3.) Piata Unirii, Bulevardul Unirii
The highlights of the Piata Unirii are the huge pools that form a concentric circle around the traffic roundabout and the fountain in the middle. If you walk through the plaza at the right time, it seems as though you’re going straight through the water.
During the communist era, Unirea was the largest department store in Romania.
4.) Arcul de Triumf (Arch of Triumph)
Romania has its a unique culture, history, and architecture that gives it an entirely different energy. You can feel it when you walk down the street.
The Bucharest Arch strongly resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but it’s not a carbon copy.
For one thing, the Bucharest arch is about a century younger than its Parisian sister. For another thing, it doesn’t have the same number of entrances. It does have an observation deck, so you can climb to the top and peer out over Bucharest.