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Bucharest, Romania

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Romania is a country that has been mentioned by fellow travellers a number of times over the years, as a fantastic place to experience Europe in all its glory without endless streams of tourists that can hamper the experience.

We flew into Romania's capital, Bucharest via Doha with Qatar Airlines from Sri Lanka and were in for a treat. The bus from the airport took us right into the heart of the city by the Dâmbovița River. The old town is known as the newest old town in Europe following a massive restoration project that was undertaken over a decade until 2013. From what was considered a dilapidated and dirty city following dictatorial leadership, has been transformed into a charming, walkable quarter with enough sights, bars and clubs to entertain you for days.

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We stayed at 'Antic Apartments', right in the heart of the old town which was just buzzing with a great atmosphere day-in-day-out.

There's plenty to see and go to in Bucharest including:

  • Churches: Exploring the hidden small churches in the old town.
  • Palace of Parliament: The heaviest building in the world, and the world’s second-largest administrative building (after the Pentagon). It was started in 1984 (and is still unfinished) and has more than 3000 rooms. It's colossal and well worth a tour. Make sure you book ahead and take your passport.
  • King Michael Park: A huge park and lake, grab yourself a bike or explore by foot.
  • Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum: An open-air ethnographic museum that has 272 peasant farms and houses from across Romania, showcasing traditional Romanian village life.
  • Arcul de Triumf: Located right by King Michael Park, it's an impressive sight, similar to the arch in Paris.
  • Romanian Peasant Museum: A collection of clothing, ceramics, and other artefacts from years gone by.
  • National Museum of Romanian History: Even if you don't explore inside, it's well worth viewing the building.
  • Revolution Square: An important landmark for the Romanian revolution in 1989.
  • Bars: If you're looking for a great place to hangout, go to

- Gradina EDEN a hidden gem in amongst trees behind a grand old building
- Linea / Closer To The Moon, a great rooftop bar overlooking the old tonw.
- Berăria H., huge beer hall by Herăstrău Lake.

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Romania

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