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Bucharest is the main gate of Romania. A rapidly developing city with many large infrastructure centers, which have recently changed the old face of the city. Once upon a time Bucharest had a reputation of "little Paris", but recently the city has changed a lot. Today it has become one of the most unusual capitals in Europe, which every year is becoming better and more interesting for tourists.
Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport, also known as Otopeni Airport, is the busiest in Romania. The country's largest airline Tarom is based here. In addition, endless flights of Wizz Air and Ryanair low-cost airlines fly here.
There is only one terminal at the airport, divided into Schengen and non-Schengen zones. There are many cafes and shops, some of which are open around the clock. And still time helps to pass free Wi-Fi, although its low speed will sometimes be more annoying than entertaining.
In general, Bucharest Airport is not much different from any typical post-Soviet building. Do not count on perfect cleanliness or the best service in the world. Travelers often note that queues at the airport are commonplace, and the navigation system is poorly thought out, so you have to be as careful as possible so as not to get lost.
You can get to the center of Bucharest by train or bus. Moreover, from the point of view of time and money spent, Express Line bus is the best option. The final stop of the bus is a big train in the very center of the city, where the main metro lines also cross. Bus number 783 leaves from the airport every 15 minutes, and number 780 leaves every half hour.The trip will take about 45 minutes depending on the traffic, and the cost will be less than a dollar for a one way trip.
Seeing a 300-year-old church, an office building made of glass and steel and apartment buildings of the communist era on one street is absolutely normal. In Bucharest, a sophisticated, fashionable and modern atmosphere is formed, which is inherent in other European capitals. In recent years, a lot of modern facilities have been built here. Thanks to EU grants, the city has restored its abandoned parts, historical areas and now you can walk here for hours with great pleasure.
All roads in Bucharest lead to the Palace of Parliament. This is the second largest office building in the world. The palace has more than 1000 rooms and halls. Too much luxury and too much space. Romanians themselves still do not understand what to do with this pompous building: to love or hate. But still it remains one of the most iconic places in the city. And quite deservedly.
There was no walking center in Bucharest at all, where local tourists could relax and walk. A couple of years ago, the city council decided that such a place should be created. They chose a number of central streets, limited the movement of cars there, and very quickly hundreds of fashionable shops, bars and cafes opened there. Locals even joke that this is the newest Old City in the world. The creation of this area can be considered a true success story.
One of the most delicious Romanian dishes that can be tasted in Bucharest is called “mititei”, which translates as “small". In fact, it’s a kind of sausage, they are only made without a special casing. They are usually served with mustard and a set of vegetables.
In addition, soups are very popular in Bucharest. If in other countries they are treated like first courses, here soup can be chosen as the main one. Soups are made here from anything. But in almost 99% of them there will be meat in one form or another. And often milk, cream or cheese is added to soups.
Another traditional dish that appeared in this region thanks to the inhabitants of the Carpathians is called “mamalyga”. This is such a dense porridge from corn grits, grind almost to the state of cereals. Most often it is served with salted cheese and fried lard. In general, a very fatty dish, but you can ask for other supplements if you want something easier.