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.