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Bucharest (Romanian: București) is the capital and industrial and commercial center of Romania. The city is located in the southeast of the country, on the Dâmbovița River. In July 2011, the Romanian capital had a population of 1,677,985. The entire metropolis had about 2.5 million inhabitants in 2018.

Bucharest is not an old city by European standards: the first mention dates back to 1459. Bucharest has developed rapidly since then. In 1659 it became the capital of the Principality of Wallachia and in 1862 of the united Romania. It is the home of Romanian media, culture and art. Historicist, modernist, communist and postmodern styles are represented in the city's eclectic architecture. Between the World Wars, Bucharest became "Little Paris" (Micul Paris) or "Paris of the East" after the city's elegant appearance at the time. Since then, a large part of the historic center has been destroyed or damaged, first in the Second World War, later by the earthquake of 1977 and not least by the policy of systematization under Nicolae Ceaușescu, which forced whole districts to give way. Elsewhere, quite a bit of the old center remains. Bucharest has experienced an economic and cultural boom since the 1990s.

Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and is one of the most important industrial centers and traffic hubs in Eastern Europe. As the most developed city in Romania, Bucharest also has a large number of educational facilities.

Bucharest is located in the southeast of the Lower Danube Plain (better known as Romanian Plain or Wallachian Plain) in an area where the Codrii Vlăsiei was once located. Where the forest used to be, there is now fertile land. Like a number of other cities, Bucharest is built on seven hills, so in the tradition of Rome. The seven hills are: Mihai Vodă, Patriarch's Hill, Radu Vodă, Cotroceni, Spirei, Văcărești and Sfântu Gheorghe Nou.

The city has an area of 226 km². The height difference varies from 55.8 m, at the bridge over the Dâmbovița in Cățelu in the southeast of the city, to 91.5 m at the Militari Church. The city has a relatively round shape. The center of the city is approximately at Piața Universității (University Square). Bucharest's Kilometer 0 is located in front of the Sf. Gheorghe Church on Piața Sfântul Gheorghe (Sfântu Gheorghe Square). The distance from Piața Universității to all sides of the city (in a straight line) ranges from 10 to 12 km.

Earlier, the regions around Bucharest were mainly used for agriculture, but especially after 1989, suburbs started to be built in Ilfov district. The Bucharest has gradually swallowed up surrounding places.

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The capital city of Romania is Bucharest. It is also the cultural and industrial center of this country. The elegant architecture of the city became famous with under the name “Little Paris”.

You will find also some luxury shops in this city. They have more than two million inhabitants and the income of them is higher than the rest of Romania.

Airport and Airlines:

Bucharest has two airports; the bigger one is Henri Coandă international airport (OTP) also know with the more formal name “Otopeni”. This one is 18 kilometers to the north of Bucharest. The Aurel Vlaicu airport (BBU) – Aeropuerto de Bucarest- Băneasa – is with only 8 kilometers to the city closer. The smaller one is mainly used for charter and budget flights.

Sometimes you can find economic flights with germanwings to the Otopeni Airport.

There is one express bus 783 goes from the airport to downtown Bucharest which runs every 20 minutes.


For parking your car in the city center it is recommendable to use one of the parking garage. The traffic in the center is busy since the economic in Bucharest increased.

Public transport:

With the subway Bucharest has a good network of public transport. It has four lines; there are only few stops in the city center.

You also have an extensive network of streetcars and buses. Be advised that you can’t buy tickets on the bus station. You need to buy them in advance at special stands.

Sight seeing:

Apart from the city sightseeing provides Bucharest also Constanta, the ancient city of Tomis, on the Black Sea coast. Known for its distinct architectural style is the Mogosoaia Palace. Another nice place to be is Snagov Monastery, the alleged burial place of Vlad the Impaler. These places are in a distance around 40 kilometers to Bucharest. To see also these places you can hire a care directly from the airport or from the city town. It is always advisable to do this before your trip.

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