The Romanian capital buzzes with energy and possibilities. Called “Little Paris” because of its sophistication during the turn of the 20th century—with its welcoming avenues and impressive architecture—today the largest city in the Balkans is a dream for culture lovers. It is also a perfect headquarters to plan trips throughout the country. Museums, theatres, and cafe-lined neighborhoods still hold a great deal of the Belle Epoch spirit that formed so much of Bucharest’s personality.
This is a living and working city, and visitors will see that immediately. Bucharest wears its eras on its sleeve. That early 1900s feel is mixed communist block apartment buildings. The overall sensation—in areas like Piaţa Revoluţiei (Revolution Square), on the pedestrian Lipscani Street in the Old Town, or even at the gargantuan Parliament Palace—provides travellers with the impression that the Romanian capital is aware of its own grandeur, past, present, and future. Visits to the Arch of Triumph, the Romanian National Art Museum (in the former Royal Palace), the National History Museum of Romania, and the Romanian Athenaeum concert hall are all musts during a journey here.
Three Culture Routes celebrate diversity and tradition in the Romanian Capital: Iter Vitis, the European Route of Jewish Heritage, and the European Cemeteries Route. All add to any experience here and teach beautiful and joyous lessons about history.