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Attractions in Bucharest

Palace of Parliament

Izvor Street, nr. 2-4, sect.5, Bucharest

021 316 0300, 021 414 1111

As the world second-largest building, by surface area, after the Pentagon, the Palace of Parliament is one of Romania's most significant tourists attractions, despite popular disdain. The Palace is also, perhaps, the most controversial building in the country. It was communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu's ambitious urban development plan, and represents one of the most extravagant and expensive building projects ever.

Romanian Athenaeuum

Benjamin Franklin Street, nr. 1-3, Bucharest

021 315 6875, 021 315 0026

The Romanian Athenaeum is a symbol of the national culture in Romania. Started in 1868, by a group of musicians with the desire to cultivate the taste of the public for symphonic music, today, the Athenaeum offers classical and romantic masterpiece concerts that touch the heart.

Village Museum

Kiseleff Highway, nr. 28-30, sector 1, Bucharest

0720 220 132, 021 317 91 03, 021 317 91 06, 021 317 91 10, 021 319 25 36

The Village Muzeum is among Bucharest's top five museums. Dating since 1936, it is one of the first outdoor etnographic museums in the country and in the world. It is located in Herastrau Park and comprises 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania.

Cismigiu Park

Park entrances: Queen Elizabeth Boulevard, Schitu Magureanu Boulevard, and Stirbei Voda Street

The park was officially inaugurated in 1854 and it is the city's oldest public garden. Situated in the center of the city, the park occupies an area of approximately 40 acres (16 hectares). It is a definitely must, when visiting Bucharest (especially if you're with your sweetheart).

The Old Court Church

Iuliu Maniu Street, nr. 33, sect.4, Bucharest

021 313 2327

Built from 1558 to 1591, The Old Court Church is the oldest church in Bucharest. It was started during the reign of Mircea Ciobanul in the Wallachian architectural style and was the coronation place of Wallachian princes between the 16th and 19th century.

Union Square

Bucharest, sect. 3 and 5

It is one of the city's largest squares. It was built in the Communist era, first starting as the Boulevard of the Victory of Socialism, being renamed fter the Romanian Revolution of 1989. On the east side of teh square, Unirea Shopping Centre can be found.

The Triumphal Arch

At the intersection of Ctin Prezan Boulevard and Kiseleff Highway

The Triumphal Arch was built as a celebration for the Great Union, after the victory of the Romanian armies in the World War I. Due to deterioration, in time, the original wooden arch was replaced by a stone arch somewhere between 1935 and 1936.

Botanic Garden "Dimitrie Brandza" of Bucharest University

Cotroceni Highway, nr. 32, sect. 6, Bucharest

021 318 1559

Open daily between 8 am and 6 pm

The Botanic Garden welcomes visitors to discover nature and to learn from it, in order to become responsible and to live in balance with the environment.

Bucharest Local Zoo

Vadul Moldovei Street nr.4, sector 1, Bucharest

Open daily between 8 am and 8 pm during summer, and from 9 am to 5 pm, during winter

The local zoo is home to hundreds of reptiles, birds and mammals. It is a great place to spend a day with the family.

Other major attractions in Bucharest, include: The House of the Free Press, Herastrau Park, Canatacuzino Palace, I. L. Caragiale Theater, National Library, and Astronomical Observatory.