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Flights to Bucharest, Romania

A chaotic harmony of architectural styles

The cultural and economic centre of Romania, which lies on the river Dâmbovița, boasts numerous architectural styles dating from various periods of history. Although at first glance the city's buildings appear to be laid out entirely at random, the grand fountains and the baroque, modern and Communist-era buildings that rub shoulders with each other in a confused yet harmonious manner are nevertheless a sign of the rather special charm of this city of two million.

The metro stations are full of bakeries and the restaurants offer a wide choice of Romanian delicacies. Stray dogs are a common sight on the streets of Bucharest, a capital city that lacks a typical compact city centre but instead extends across several distinct districts. The city, which has enjoyed a notable cultural and economic boom in recent years, also boasts the second-largest administrative building in the world (immediately after the Pentagon in the USA), built during the Ceaușescu regime.


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Baked delights

Street corners and the underpasses of the Metro system are full of bakeries offering freshly baked delights. Best known are the savoury pastries known as covrigi, which are similar to pretzels and are usually served with a sprinkling of poppy seeds, sesame seeds or salt. The versions filled with cheese or walnuts are particularly tasty.

Little Paris of the East

Built on the model of the French capital, Bucharest boasts elegant architecture, broad boulevards, elite districts, grand fountains, statues and triumphal arches. Some streets are truly reminiscent of Paris, but turn the corner and the city can show another face, somewhat less glittering and attractive.

In the city centre

The easiest way to sum up Bucharest's mixture of architectural styles is with the word "eclecticism". Buildings from different periods of history stand alongside each other and give the Romanian capital its unique appearance. Baroque buildings rub shoulders with modern edifices, interspersed with creations from the Communist era.

Telephone wires

Although the Romanian capital is moving with the times, in some ways it is still stuck halfway between past and present. This is what makes Bucharest so interesting and unique. Most of the city's telephone wires are still of the overhead type, and coils of cables adorn electricity poles in the centre of city.

Romanian Parliament

The imposing Palace of the People, as it was named by the former political leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, extends over an area of 360,000 square metres. Today the home of the Romanian Parliament, it is the second-largest administrative building in the world and is visible even from the surface of the Moon. The palace has more than 1,000 rooms, a marble interior and wonderful crystal chandeliers.

Obor Market

The elegant, modernist building that houses the Obor Market was built in 1940. Today a visit to the market takes you on a unique stroll through the past. You can find everything on the market stalls – from vegetables, fruit, meat and fish to washing powder, bulk pet food, plastic dolls, household sundries and mobile phones.