Romania’s capital is a happy combination of ages that it crossed: breathe the bohemian scent of the Little Paris, as it was once called, exhibit buildings of modern architecture, including signs of former communist regime (1945-1989) and develop attributes of a real new metropolis.
The lesson of what was once called Little Paris of Eastern Europe sounds in your ears since landing on the international airport situated at 17 kilometers from Bucharest, is named Henri Coanda, after the great Romanian inventor, which was born in Bucharest, his mother have French origin. While Coanda invented the first jet in Paris in 1910, in Bucharest was invented by French architects, the reputation of Little Paris. After you pass by the Arc de Triomphe and Kiseleff boulevard, landmarks reminiscent of the French capital, remain surprised by the series of monumental Belle Epoque buildings, which are found scattered throughout the city, but especially on Calea Victoriei. This main artery is among the oldest in the city. A leisurely stroll on foot, on Calea Victoriei have an impressive and elegant buildings like Cantacuzino Palace, George Enescu Museum, CEC Palace, the seat of state-owned bank, and cool bars with terraces, where live jazz makes place up the street, and shops of the famous brands.
Calea Victoriei in Bucharest ends its route at the meeting with the Dambovita River, the river that crosses the capital. Not far away is the huge Palace of Parliament. In front of his vast open avenue of Unification and homonymous market. Face to face, two eras give their reply, because here you can find the Hanul lui Manuc, which masks the entrance on the Old Town. On streets that seem to gather as a ball, find the land of paradoxes. Bars, clubs, restaurants, and people always eager for fun, but also some of the most important churches in the city. Visit Royal Church of Curtea Veche, the oldest church in Bucharest, founded in the mid-sixteenth century, with exceptional decoration, in the romanian Brancovenesc style .
The city captures by the buildings, but breathe through by its parks. Herastrau is the most extensive, arranged along a natural lake. In the heart of the capital, you discover an oasis of greenery, Cismigiu Park, the oldest public garden with varied vegetation, relief and artificial lake which becomes skating rink in winter. Carol Park, located on a hill covered by vineyards in the past, is dominated by the huge mausoleum dedicated to the romanian Heroes.
The city conquers the traveler, willing to listen carefully, to feel and see, with a new face every change of light, from sunrise to sunset and again at dawn, thanks to each layer of the past and present that shake hands to compose it.
The village of the capital
The Village Museum is one of the largest open-air ethnographic museums in Europe. In Herastrau, ordained by geographical areas, uncover 350 buildings and 55000 objects. The biannual artisans fair is held here. You can admire the ethnographic richness of the Romanians and the Romanian Peasant Museum, European Museum of the Year 1996, which are collected over 60,000 pieces of folk art from around the country.
Culture is everywhere
There are a variety of museums that you can visit in Bucharest: art, history, ethnography, geology, technical, military, science, nature or memorial. The largest is the National Art Museum, with its impressive ancient and modern Romanian art galleries . Remarks here Constantin Brancusi’s sculpture Prayer, the most recognized romanian artist in the world. A fabulous museum, but little known, is the Storck family, Karl Storck, the first professor of sculpture in the Fine Arts in Bucharest. The oldest museum in Romania, is the Natural History Grigore Antipa museum, where the skeleton of a mammoth discovered 10 million years ago, a unique piece in the world.
The building was built in neoclassical style, at the iniciative of a group of Romanian intellectuals. The building became the emblem of Bucharest, being a place of the George Enescu Philharmonic. Inside with exceptional acoustics of the Athenaeum, greats musicians have performed here. Every two years each edition of the George Enescu International Competition and Festival takes place here.
Palace of the Parliament
It is considered the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. One of the most visited in Bucharest, was built in five years to become the residence of the main institutions Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime period. Today, the huge building hosts several public institutions including the Romanian Parliament and the Museum of Contemporary Art.