After Tirgu Mures, Brasov and Bran I left Transilvania region towards Bucharest, capital of Romania and surprisingly a nice city.
Bucharest (Bucuresti in romanian) is the capital city of Romania.
Known in the past as “The Little Paris,” for its large ‘boulevard’ and huge buildings, it has changed a lot lately, becoming an interesting mix of old and new, orthodox old church, modern building and Communist-era apartment blocks might be found next to eachothers.
Bucharest is also a young and lively city, trendy and with an active and sparkling nightlife.
One of its symbol is the parliament palace, the world’s second largest building (after the US Pentagon), it was built in 1984 by Nicolae Ceauşescu and it was formerly named “Casa Poporului” (People’s House).
Bucharest is linked through direct daily trains to most neighboring countries’ capitals ( Budapest, Chişinău, Kiev, Sofia), as well as to Vienna, Venice, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Moscow and of course to main cities in all of Romania’s 41 counties.
Buses are a good option to get to Bucharest if coming from Moldova, Turkey, Greece and to some extent Bulgaria, given the low frequency and speeds of trains between these countries and Romania. The city has several bus terminals: Băneasa (located in the northern part of town), Obor (east), Filaret (south), Rahova (south-west), Militari (west), Griviţa (north-west) as well as many other smaller stations.
Bucharest has one of the most extensive systems of public transport in Europe. The metro, which has four lines (M1, M2, M3, M4) and covers the city quite extensively, is usually a cheap (4 lei for 2 trips, 15 lei for 10 trips and 60 lei for a monthly pass) and easy way to get around
The best hostel in the city is ‘doors hostel’, in a nice old house and friendly atmosphere, kind staff, a pleasent garden open as tea room with young local clients. Beer for hostel guest is 1€.
Good location, near to Unirii sq.
Local cheap and tasty snacks and fast food can be found all around the city, in bakeries, try the local salty pasties with cheese and vegetables.
Chill out at ‘doors hostel’
Best way to visit the city is by renting a bicycle (there are several spots, around 1€/hour) and by by the free walking tour, exploring the fascinating mixed architecture and hidden attractions while the guides fill you in with the tips and tricks of living and enjoying in Bucharest.
Bucharest has large boulevards with big trees and several city parks help having a break from the busy capital life and pollution.
The nicest parks are Cişmigiu Garden (a lovely small park located in the very centre of Bucharest – it’s the oldest in the city with boat rental in summer, ice skating in winter time, a reasonable restaurant and several bars) and Herăstrău Park (the largest of several parks around man-made lakes on the Colentina River running through the city’s north and east side, with the Village Museum, an open-air theater, various sports grounds, something like an amusement park and numerous restaurants and clubs – Has boat rental and boat-trips in summer).
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