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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, Bucharest

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, Bucharest

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 arc 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
Şos Kiseleff 4, Sector 1, Bucharest

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 1890's, the location alone makes the visit worthwhile.

Strada Barbu Văcărescu 241A, Bucharest

This is not just a restaurant and but a great meeting place in an oriental environment. 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
Piata Montreal 10, Bucharest

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
Piata Unirii 1, Bucharest

Unirea Shopping Centre is located in the heart of the city and offers fashion stores on the first and second floors like H&M, NewYorker, Body Shop and Triumph. Electronics and household shops can be found on floors three and four. If you would like to buy food then head to the basement where the Mega Image supermarket can be found.

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 40 minutes. Most international and domestic flights leave regularly from here. Trains connect the airport and the Bucharest North Railway Station. You can also catch the 780 express bus line. Bus 783 connects the airport and the city centre and it runs throughout the whole day, every 40 minutes at night. You can find the buses in front if the Arrivals Terminal and the Departures Terminal. Taxis can be ordered on the touch screen in the Arrivals Terminal.

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

Aurel Vlaicu International 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 express route 783.

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