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Bucharest, Romania’s capital, was once known as the ‘Little Paris of the East’ due to its art-nouveau architecture. Today, the city continues to flourish while bringing together its historic past and modern identity. Rent a car in Bucharest and explore the offerings of this vibrant town where palaces, churches, parks, and museums are abundant. When you rent a car in Bucharest, you’ll cover more sights and enjoy the nightlife without relying on public transport.

It's your choice: Where to go in Bucharest

The rejuvenated Old Town is one of the best places to visit in Bucharest. Stroll along pretty cobblestone streets, watch a performance at a theatre, try local dishes at a restaurant, shop, or visit a museum. The area is also where you can experience a great night life. If you want to take a break and want to unwind, drive towards Dristor/Titan and chill out at the beautiful Titan Park. Floreasca, another green district, is also home to many parks, gourmet shops, and restaurants. Dorobanti is a posh neighbourhood where you can admire elegant villas and homes. Most embassies are located in the area and the nouveau riche congregate here. Primaverii is another exclusive quarter with lots of premium properties. It is also the only place where 5 former Romanian presidents still live. Its main attraction is the Primaverii Palace, the former residence of ex-President Nicolae Ceausescu, now turned into a museum.

Things to do in Bucharest

The second largest administrative building after the Pentagon, the Palace of Parliament, is found in Bucharest. Home to the country’s Parliament, guided tours are available if you’re interested in the history of this colossal edifice with its ornate interior. Bucharest also has over 60 museums that are stimulating for its eclectic collection of European and East European arts such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum for a glimpse of traditional Romanian village architecture. Don’t forget to visit the stunning Stavropoleos Church which is an 18th-century church built by a Greek monk, Ioanikie Stratonikeas. Admire the detailed wood carvings and fine stone in the interior of this Greek Orthodox Church. At night, attend a classical music performance at the Ateneul Roman, go club hopping, or spend a quiet evening at a restaurant in the Old Town.

Important info about Bucharest

Bucharest city is situated in the Romanian plain along the banks of the Dambovita River with some hills such as the Dealul Mitropoliei and Dealul Cotroceni jutting from an otherwise flat landscape. Around the boundaries of the town are a series of lakes formed by the Colentina River including Lake Tei and Lake Floreasca. The cityscape is composed of boulevards that connect the main squares starting from the Press Square and ending in Unity Square. You'll find different cuisines served at restaurants in Bucharest from Japanese to Italian. Traditional Romanian food is predominantly based on meat. Starters consist of cheese, sausages, and salads. Soups are important for the locals and the most popular is the ciorba de burta or tripe soup. As a main course, try sarmale or stuffed cabbage with meat. Ciolan cu fasole is pork knuckle with beans or cabbage.

Weather in Bucharest
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Country Bucharest
Language Romanian
Currency Romanian leu
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +40

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Visitors on flights to Bucharest may use one of two airports serving the city: Henri Coanda International Airport and Aurel Vlaicu International Airport. The latter is the hub of low-cost airlines so if you’re coming from London to Bucharest on budget flights, your plane will likely land at Aurel Vlaicu Airport in Bucharest. Should you decide to rent a car in Bucharest, the offices of car suppliers are found just after the Arrivals hall. Hotels in Bucharest also offer car rental services. Drivers in Bucharest drive on the right and pass another vehicle from the left. The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years and drivers must have been in possession of their licence for at least 2-3 years. Speed limits, unless indicated by a sign, are usually: 130km/h on motorways, 90-100km/h on urban roads, and 50km/h on non-urban roads. The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.0, hence, keep in mind that you’ll face stiff fines or imprisonment if you’ve been drinking and driving. In addition, mobile phone use is prohibited except for hands-free systems and dipped lights must be used at all times.

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What to taste in Bucharest

Romanian cuisine draws inspirations from Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, and Russian influences. Try chiftea, large fried meatballs typically made from pork and marinated in tomato sauce served with rice or mashed potatoes. Mititei, grilled meat rolls that may be pork, beef, or lamb, are favourites of the locals. If you’re willing to try something new, order toba which is a Christmas dish. It is a mixture of the pig’s organs, ears, and fat. During Easter, drob is Romania’s version of haggis, pre-boiled lamb organs spiced with herbs and cooked in the oven. Vegetarians will probably want to taste zacusca which is a mix of eggplants, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, and bell peppers. For dessert, sample cozonac, a sweet bread or mucenici, bread glazed with honey and nuts.

What to bring to your friends from Bucharest

Romania has been making wines for over 2,000 years so a bottle or two of white or red wine makes a good gift to a friend back home. The country also has a rich crafts industry, you might want to bring home handmade some pottery for yourself or as presents. A traditional mug from Horezu is a nice souvenir as a Romanian blouse and jewellery for the ladies. Decorative items for the home such as carved wooden spoons and painted Easter eggs are available. Preserved foods such as homemade honey, cookies, and fruit jam are sold in markets and supermarkets. Don’t forget a good bottle of palinca or plum brandy which is typically consumed before lunch or dinner.