• If you fancy visiting a lesser-known city give Bucharest a try

    by  • October 5, 2017 • Art, Bucharest, City Breaks

    There are excellent flight links to Bucharest from all parts of the UK.

    Bucharest

    There is a growing band of travellers who have visited most of the popular European cities – not just Paris, Amsterdam and Rome,  but also cities such as Krakow, Budapest and Lisbon.  Now many people are looking for something a little different.  They need look no further than the Romanian capital of Bucharest which is an ideal destination for a short city break.  There are now direct flights on sale with low-cost airlines from a number of UK regional airports including Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol so there’s no need to fly from London unless you live in south-east England.

    Bucharest is the capital and largest city in Romania.  It is largely unknown to British travellers but the city certainly has plenty to offer and it’s well worth spending a few days becoming acquainted with it.  The city centre is known for its elegance with wide, tree-lined boulevards and glorious Belle Époque buildings. You do have to turn your eyes away from the grey housing blocks from the communist era which contrast greatly with French style palaces and the beautiful Romanian Athenaeum, home to the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and normally only open during concerts, but you can often take a look inside.

    Bucharest has its very own Arc de Triomphe, which is very reminiscent of the one in Paris.  Bucharest’s arch was initially built of wood in 1922 to honour the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I.  It was finished in Deva granite in 1936. Designed by the architect, Petre Antonescu, the Arc stands 85 feet high. An interior staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city.

    Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) is Bucharest’s oldest and arguably, most charming street. Built in 1692 to link the Old Princely Court to Mogosoaia Palace, it became one of the most fashionable streets in the city.  Some of the most impressive and beautiful buildings in Bucharest lie along this avenue, including the Cantacuzino Palace, the Military Club and the National History Museum. Also on Calea Victoriei is the neoclassical Royal Palace which today houses the Romanian Art Museum.

    Back in 1989 Revolution Square gained worldwide notoriety as the place where the Romanian revolution began and where Nicolae Ceausescu’s final moments in power are remembered. The square contains various statues which represent different elements of the story of the communist era in Bucharest.

    Bucharest is a fascinating and lively city of great contrasts and it’s well worth a visit to learn about its history and experience its culture

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