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Bucharest is Europe’s best kept secret. While visually it can't quite compete with other grand Eastern European capitals, it leads the pack in dynamism, energy and forward momentum. The remnants of Communism are still palpable in the urban fabric, but the city has its sights set firmly on the future. Trendy outdoor cafes and high-street shops live side-by-side with gorgeous Orthodox churches and world-class art galleries in the old town, all overlooked by the imposing Palace of Parliament.

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Palace of Parliament
Palatul Parlamentului, Strada Izvor 2-4, București

Originally built to house all offices of the Communist ruling officers during Ceausescu’s regime, the imposing Palace of Parliament is Romania’s most famous building. Tours are open to the public, showing off the opulent staircases and chandelier-filled rooms and offering great insight into the building's history. The palace also houses Romania's National Museum of Contemporary Art.

Triumphal Arch
Arcul de Triumf, Piața Arcul de Triumf, București

Similar to its Paris namesake, Bucharest’s Triumphal Arch, standing tall at 26 metres, remembers Romania’s Great War soldiers and its reunification in 1918. Initially, the arch was built out of wood in 1922, and was then finished in Deva granite in 1936. The Triumphal Arch becomes the main stage for the military parade every December 1st, when Romanians celebrate their National Day.

Casa Doina
Kiseleff Park, Şoseaua Kiseleff 4, București

Casa Doina boasts a lovely terrace garden that draws Bucharest’s most influential diners. Politicians and executives talk business over superb Romanian dishes, as well as Mediterranean and seafood options. Originally built in the 1890s, the location alone makes the visit worthwhile.

Strada Barbu Văcărescu 241A, București

Divan is not just a restaurant, but a great meeting place in a Central Asian atmosphere. Divan serves great Turkish food, alive with spice and flavour, along with live entertainment which makes any night spent here a night to remember.

World Trade Center Bucharest
Montreal Square 10, București

The World Trade Center in Bucharest features elegant boutiques, art galleries, fashion and antique shops. There are also services such as beauty salons, banking services, grocery stores, pharmacies, post office, restaurants and cafes.

Unirea Shopping Centre
Piața Unirii 1, București

Unirea Shopping Centre is located in the heart of the city and offers fashion stores on the first and second floors like H&M, New Yorker and Triumph. Electronics and household shops can be found on floors three and four.

Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP)
Aeroportul Internațional Henri Coandă București, Bucharest

Bucharest is served by two airports: Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) and Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (BBU). The Henri Coandă International Airport is located approximately 17 kilometres from the city centre of Bucharest and the journey takes about 40 minutes. Most international and domestic flights leave regularly from here. Trains connect the airport and the Bucharest North Railway Station. The trains depart every 40 minutes and the trip takes 20 minutes. You can also catch the 100 Express line. Bus 100 connects the airport and the city centre. By day, the bus leaves every 15 minutes and every 30 minutes at night. You can find the buses in front of the Arrivals Terminal and the Departures Terminal. Taxis can be ordered on the touch screen in the Arrivals Terminal.

Bucharest Băneasa — Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (BBU)
Aeroportul Internaţional București Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu, Bucharest

Bucharest Băneasa Airport (BBU) is located 8 kilometres north of the city centre, and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. It mainly serves charter flights for package holidays and domestic flights. To get to and from the airport you can catch buses 131, 335, 148, 112 and 301. You can also catch tram number 5 and the 100 Express line.

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