Bucharest, the capital of Romania, can be a beautiful and attractive city if you can see its true treasures. You will discover a cosmopolitan city with numerous museums, beautiful buildings, luxurious shops and green parks.
The Palace of Parliament
The Palace of Parliament or the House of the People is one of the most impressive buildings in the world, being the second largest by the Pentagon. The Parliament Palace has 1100 rooms, of which 440 are offices, over 30 halls and salons, 4 restaurants, 3 libraries, a concert hall and 2 underground parking lots. All the materials used for the building and the arrangement of the building are Romanian. Stone, marble, and wood have been brought from all over the country, and brocades, tapestries and carpets have been specially made for the building’s premises.
The Village Museum
The Village Museum in Bucharest is one of the first outdoor museums in the world and is one of the main attractions of Bucharest. The museum is located in Herastrau Park, in a green area and lakes, and has over 70 households with traditional utensils gathered from all corners of the country.
The Romanian Athenaeum is one of the emblems of Bucharest and is one of the architectural jewels of the country. The Athenaeum was built in 1865 at the initiative of outstanding personalities of cultural life in Romania, including AlexandruOdobescu, Carol Rosetti, ConstantinEsarcu, V.A.Urechia and Dr.N.Kretzulescu. The purpose of building the Romanian Athenaeum was to “provide the people with useful knowledge”.
Cișmigiu Park is the oldest public garden in Bucharest. The park was built in the style of English parks. The name of the park comes from the word „cișmea”, that means cistern. The Romanian ruler at the time, Alexandru Ipsilanti, ordered in 1779 the construction of two „cișmele”, and the head of the works was given the title of Grand „Cișmigiu”. The attractions of the park are the lake and the pier where one can rent pleasure boats, the rose garden, the Roman ring, the statues, the spring of Eminescu and the Romanian restaurant.
The Beer Car
The brewery is one of the few places where architecture reminds those who are limiting the threshold of why Bucharest was once considered the Little Paris. The murals, stained glass and sculpted balustrades are the distinctive elements of the berry. The spirit of the old parties is still present today, the atmosphere reminding of the exuberance of Bucharest from the beginning of the 20th century.
It is one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in Romania, located on the Prahova Valley, famous especially because of the very long list of wonderful places which it boastswith.
The modern city retains numerous monuments, sign of a history of culture. Even though the history of Sinaia under this name is only 140 years old, the first settlements in this place were built more than 300 years ago.
Here are the most important tourist attractions in Sinaia:
The construction of Peles Castle began about 150 years ago, at the request of Prince Carol, who fell in love with the Sinaia landscape. At the time of finishing, the castle was one of the most modern royal residences in Europe, with electricity, an interior lift, 170 bedrooms and over 30 bathrooms. In 1953 the castle was seized by communist authorities and turned into a museum.
Today Peleş Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sinaia and a place not to be visited by anyone visiting the Prahova Valley. Here one can visit all the rooms of the gorgeous buildings, one can admire an impressive collection of rare books, over 4,000 weapons and armor and lots of other treasures.
Pelişor was designed to be the summer residence of the royal family, the castle decoration being picked by a strong personality: Queen Maria. At Pelişor Castle one can visit the queen’s office decorated with furniture designed by her majesty and where one can look at the queen’s correspondence and a lot of other personal items. Here one can also admire an important collection of Art Nouveau decorative art.
“Dimitrie Ghica” Park
The garden dates back to 1881 and was arranged by the Swiss landscape architect Eder. The main objective of the “Dimitrie Ghica” Park is a bank that dates back to 1905, built by Carol I. Here you can also visit the Museum of Natural Reserve Bucegi and the elegant former casino building.
It is the eleventh peak of the country (2,505 meters) and the highest populated permanent point. Right on the top there is a cottage, which was unfortunately also dismantled and a meteorological station.
The Sphinx of Bucegi
The name “Sphinx” is due to its resemblance to a human head, more specifically to the Egyptian Sphinx. It is supposed that the sculpture of 8 meters in height and 12 meters in width was made by nature due to wind erosion. It is said that this place was an energy center used by aliens , the Sphinx in Bucegi being surrounded by a lot of interesting legends.
The Castle of Bran, or, as the amateurs of sensation like, Dracula’s Castle, built here more than 600 years ago, keeps and conveys to the visitor something of the pride of the knights who have crossed the threshold in the old times.
Bran Castle is located less than 30 km from Brasov, built on a cliff, in a strategically key location. It houses the Bran Museum, a museum that stretches over the four floors of the castle. Here are exhibited collections of ceramics, furniture, weapons and armor, and in the courtyard of the castle there is a small museum of the village, with traditional houses from the region of Rucăr-Bran.