Romania’s capital Bucharest gets a pretty bad rap and I am not sure why. Like any other major city there is poverty and pollution, but like all other European capitals there is so much amazing culture crammed into one place.
One of the first things I noticed about Bucharest is that is has incredible green spaces – huge city parks, rose filled gardens and gorgeous tree lined streets. Gardening is taken seriously here and the people spend a lot of time outside. As with many other tourists we planned a short stay and had only a day and a half to explore the city.
We stayed at Hotel Trianon which is conveniently located downtown and highly recommended. It is just outside the Cişmigiu gardens which are incredibly lovely for an afternoon walk. It is also walking distance to one of the best sights in Bucharest – Palace of the Parliament. The palace was built in the 1980’s during the communist reign and is the second largest building in the world (after the pentagon). It is over 330,000 sq meters in area and is absolutely amazing to see. The interior is extravagant, filled with marble staircases, works of art and gilded decor. On the backside of the building is the National Museum of Contemporary Art which has some interesting exhibits and a lovely roof top cafe.
Overall I rather enjoyed Bucharest and cant wait to explore more of Romania.
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Palace of the Parliament
National Museum of Contemporary Art