Bucharest is one of the most beautiful and cultured cities in eastern Europe, traditionally known as ‘the Paris of the East’, with its elegant tree-lined boulevards The city even has its own Arc de Triomphe! The neoclassical Atheneum is perhaps Bucharest’s finest building, and home to the George Enescu Orchestra.
Theatre is also thriving in the Romanian capital, with an array of theatres, the National Theatre Bucharest being the most famous. The Palace of the Parliament is the largest building in Bucharest, indeed the second largest in the world, after the Pentagon. It was built as a grandiose monument to Communism by Ceaucescu. Today it hosts the Romanian parliament and the National Museum of Contemporary Art. The National Museum of Art of Romania is housed in another former seat of power, the old Royal Palace. The Peasant Museum is a fascinating archive of the lives of Romania’s poor; don’t miss the Museum of Communist Iconography in the basement.
And Bucharest isn’t all history. The city has a thriving nightlife with plenty of bars and clubs.
Romania has recently developed one of the most exciting film industries in Europe; see for yourself at the Bucharest International Film Festival.
In September the city celebrates classical music with the Festival International George Enescu.