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October 9

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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.

Henri Coanda International Airport, OTP

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.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

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.

Taxis in Bucharest are quite cheap, so if you want maximum comfort, feel free to look for a car. Focus on the cost to the center around 10 dollars. Near the exit from the terminal you will find touch screens that display a list of taxi companies and current prices. If you order a car through this device, you will receive an official receipt with the number of the car, which will arrive at the exit from the terminal in a few minutes.

Quick facts about Bucharest

Car rent
from $ 5 per day
Hotel booking
from $ 6 per night
Currency
RON
Romanian Leu

Reference average prices in Bucharest

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
$ 6,94
🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
$ 27,75
🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
$ 1,85
🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
$ 0,3
🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)
$ 428

Best time to visit Bucharest

Best season to travel: April to June and September to October
Prices
Hotel from $6
Temperature
The average temperature during the year ranges from -5°C to 30°C
Precipitation
The average rainfall per year is 643 mm
Weather

Spring and early fall are ideal times to visit Bucharest. The best weather for hiking, low rainfall and at the same time extensively flowering nature.

Bucharest Sightseeings

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.

Palace of Parliament

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.

Old city

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.

National Village Museum named after Dmitry Gusti

Muzeul Satului in Romanian is an open-air exhibition showcasing the traditional Romanian village life as it was in the past. And at the same time it is the most visited museum in Romania. Come here on any sunny day to explore the 200-year-old buildings, interior elements and everyday life of local residents. At the same time, visit the adjoining park Härastrau, once you are here. This is one of the largest parks in the city where you can ride a boat, bike, see the local Arc de Triomphe and have a tasty snack.

Curtea Veche

Any tourist who comes to Romania will definitely want to see how the famous Count Dracula lived. And in Bucharest, there is also one place where you can touch the life of this actually mythical character. Curtea Veche is the remains of the palace in which Vlad the Impaler lived. Of course, there are no vampire artifacts here, because all this is a phantasy of Bram Stoker. But this does not deny the level of cruelty that the Count maintained during his reign.

Churches of Bucharest

Even five minutes did not pass in Bucharest, so as not to run into some beautiful and old church. Going to only one makes no sense, because each next is not like the previous one. Some of the most beautiful in the center: Stavropol Monastery, Church of St. Anthony, Church of Kretsulesku, St. Nicholas Church and others.

Romanian Athenaeum

The Romanians are probably most proud of this building. In fact, this is the main concert hall of Bucharest. Therefore, visiting the attraction is not only for the sake of architecture, but also to listen to classical music. The Athenaeum regularly gives live concerts. And in this magnificent building, music sounds completely different than in any other.

What to eat in Bucharest

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.

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