An intriguing mix of the old and new fill the streets of Bucharest City Centre. Neighbourhoods from the 18th century juxtapose with a modern creative flair, while relics to the communist era are being redefined through quirky redevelopment projects. The Romanian capital is one of the largest cities in Europe, and the City Centre has come to be the commercial and financial heart of the country along with being home to many enchanting visitor attractions. On a visit to Romania, it's easy to spend days in Bucharest City Centre discovering the unique atmosphere and unusual mix of architecture.
Finding a centuries-old church next to a grass-fronted skyscraper is normal in this busy central area. Much of the fun comes from exploring at leisure, wandering down streets that delight in surprise. A few attractions come at the top of most itineraries. Unmissable in Bucharest City Centre is Casa Poporului, the world's largest parliament building, with 3,100 rooms and endless corridors built from marble. Guided tours provide an insight into its excess. It's located near Union Plaza, a central square that's ideal for grabbing a drink and watching the world roll by.
Lipscani is the most intact old neighbourhood, marked by cobbled lanes of old churches, courtyard ruins and cute cafes. In recent years, the area has also become a place of vibrant nightlife. Revolution Square honours the makings of modern Romania, with the Romanian Athenaeum close by displaying a large fresco that tells the tale of the country's history. Museums in Bucharest City Centre are worth visiting purely for the buildings they're located in, mostly royal palaces and mansions reserved for princes. In particular, try the National Museum of Contemporary Art in the lavish private apartments of Parliament Palace or the Art Museum in the former Royal Palace.
Henri Coanda International Airport is 18 kilometres north of Bucharest City Centre where visitors will find a dedicated airport express bus, a minibus and train transfer, plus taxis outside the terminal. Bucharest has an excellent four-line Metro system which services all areas of the city centre, along with suburbs that stretch out in different directions.
Despite being called People's House, or Casa Poporului, President Nicolae Ceausescu demolished over 10% of Bucharest City Centre to build his gargantuan residence. Spanning 12 floors, it's a memoir to the city’s history.