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Welcome to Bucharest!
Bucharest is undoubtedly Europeís best kept secret. Restaurants, bars, art galleries and museums are now springing up on every corner. Travellers are steadily discovering this little gem of a city and seeking out Bucharestís hidden character. Its treasures are well worth hunting for and visitors will find in their quest a place of warmth and spirit.
As one of Europeís most up and coming destinations, Bucharest has had to react quickly to its new found status. As a result, there are a bevy of recently opened venues to eat, drink, shop, club and sleep. Not only this, but standards are high and local residents have come to expect the best.
From Piata Universitatii most sights of interest are easily accessible and equally the nearby Calea Victoriei is a great starting point for shopping particularly. These two landmarks constitute the central Bucharest area where many of the most well-known restaurants and bars are situated. Walking in this part of the city is the best way to see Bucharest.
Built during Ceausescuís regime, the Palace of Parliament is Romaniaís most famous building. A public tour of the opulent staircases and chandelier-filled rooms offers a fascinating insight.
Arch of Triumph
Similar to its Paris namesake, Bucharestís Triumphal Arch remembers Romaniaís Great War soldiers and its reunification in 1918. Initially the arch was built of wood in 1922, and then finished in Deva granite in 1936.
Lipscani, Bucharestís historic centre, retains an old town charm which is almost irresistible! It is located between Calea Victoriei, Blvd. Bratianu, Blvd. Regina Elisabeta and the Dambovita River and its collection of winding streets boasts antique markets, bric-a-brac spilling out from tiny boutiques and some of the cityís most appealing restaurants and bars.
National Art Museum
Romaniaís most impressive art collection is displayed in this sprawling Royal Palace (National Art Museum). Take in works by Rembrandt and El Greco, among a host of European works.
In addition to being the centre for Bucharestís intellectual and political events and the most popular meeting place in Bucharest, the University Sqare has a dramatic history. During the 1989 revolution some of Romaniaís fiercest fighting took place here. Close by are also the University of Bucharestís School of Architecture, the National Theatre, the Coltea Hospital and the Sutu Palace (History Museum).