Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is located in the south-east of the country, ideally situated within reasonable reach from both the Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea (including the UNESCO Heritage natural site Danube Delta). The first document attesting its existence dates back to September 20, 1459, but archaeological research revealed the vestiges of a fortress dating from the second half of the 14th century. In 1659 it became the capital of Wallachia. At the end of the 19th century, the reign of King Carol I, born Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, was the period of construction of large representative buildings for the city, including the Romanian Athenaeum and the Athénée Palace Hotel. After the First World War, Bucharest became one of the most beautiful European capitals and was nicknamed the “Little Paris of the East”, due to the brilliance of its cultural and social life, the bohemian atmosphere and its architecture.
Today, the city is a mixture of tradition and modernism and home to about 2 million people. It is a safe city, recognized for its sightseeing options, its parks, malls, restaurants, night clubs and affordable prices. The Romanian capital is a city of contrasts, where historic buildings (such as Athénée Palace Hotel) stand side by side with glass and metal structures (such as the Radisson Blu Hotel).
When in Bucharest, one can visit, among others, the Palace of Parliament (the second largest building in the world, the largest in Europe), the Romanian Athenaeum, the outdoor Village Museum, the Old Town and the Bucharest Fountains (the longest choreographed fountain system in the world) or the King Michael I (formerly “Herastrau”) Park (the biggest park located in a city in Europe).
Bucharest is served by the country’s largest international airport (Henri Coanda International Airport, code OTP). Connections are available to all major European cities, multiple times a day in some cases. All major international alliances fly to Bucharest and provide connections to all continents.
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