The capital of Romania boasts some exceptional historical buildings, and during the interwar period Bucharest gained the name of “Little Paris” due to its architecture and the sophistication of the society at that time. Those elements are still present and are surely worth exploring by visiting the cultural landmarks: museums, monuments, churches and cathedrals.
You could also take a walk in a garden to free your mind and rest your thoughts: Cismigiu and Herastrau are two of the oldest and nicest parks in Bucharest.
Bucharest is the location of the second-largest building in the world, after the Pentagon: The Palace of the Parliament. It will impress with its greatness and will offer a great panorama of Bucharest, but keep an eye on the history of the project as well.
“Arcul de Triumf” is another symbol of Bucharest, a monument built to commemorate victory in World War. Arc de Triumph houses a small museum open to the public at certain times.
Among must-see museums are:
- Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum
- Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History
- The National Museum of Art
- The National Museum Of Romanian History
Not far away from the center of Bucharest are some sites with a cultural and historical heritage value. Among them are worth to mention Mogosoaia and Stirbei Palace, Snagov Monstery and Comana Natural Park.
Mogosoaia Palace is one of them situated near Bucharest (10 km) in a splendid park on the shore of Mogosoaia Lake. Mogoasoaia Palace was built in 1698 -1702 by Constantin Bracoveanu – a famous Romanian Voivode. The Palace is an architectural monument, having the façade dominated by traditional staircase balconies, and by the arcades and columns with capitals, specific to the “Brancovenesc” (Brancovan) style. Mogosoaia Palace has also some Byzantine decorative features and adornments which join stylistic elements characteristic both of the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque.
Palace Stirbei from Buftea, built in the year 1864 by Alexandru B. Ştirbei, is another point of interested around Bucharest. The palace is a combination of Gothic style with decorations that talk about the interest in romantic searches of the European and Romanian architecture of the 19th century. (link = http://www.domeniulstirbey.ro/index.php – not en)
Another place filled with legends, is Snagov Monastery, located on an island in the northern part of Snagov Lake. The monstery is an important monument of feudal art, founded during the reign of Mircea the Elder, the first mention in 1408. This monastery was, the favorite religios place of the ruler Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula for this reason was chosen as the burial place of Dracula.
Comana Natural Park is a complex in the flat plain of southern Romania characterized by a high diversity of flora and fauna and consisting mainly of forests, agro-ecosystems, meadows, rivers, lakes, canals, oxbow lakes and a micro-delta. You can observe here a various of bird, plans and fiss species, some protected in Europe.
Authentic, Natural and Cultural are the words that best capture the essence of Romania, a dynamic country rich in history, arts and scenic beauty. Romania offers countless unique travel experiences that are waiting to be discovered. A journey of three of four hours, by car or train, can take you from the Danube River to a beautiful, intact, medieval town; from Bucharest to the Black Sea; from Southern Transylvania to the historic regions of Bucovina or Maramures.
The Danube River flows from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea. Just before reaching the sea it forms the second largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas: The Danube Delta
The Danube Delta is comprised of an intricate network of waterways and lakes divided between the three main estuary channels of the Danube. This area of floating reed islands, forests, pastures and sand dunes is home to a fascinating mix of cultures and people as well as a vast array of wildlife. The Danube Delta is as well the highest concentration of bird colonies in all of Europe. The maze of canals bordered by thatch, willows and oaks entangled in lianas, offers the perfect breeding ground for countless species of birds, some of them from as far away as China and Africa. Millions of Egyptian white pelicans arrive here every spring to raise their young, while equal numbers of Arctic geese come here to escape the harsh winters of Northern Europe.
Romania’s national and natural parks are one of the other main attractions, displaying a unique variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife, protects some of the largest remaining areas of pristine forest in Europe. One of the most appreciated national and natural parks are:
Among natural beauties you can find in Romania marks of a long and troubled history:
Romania is part of UNESCO World Heritage with the following sites:
- Monastery of Horezu
- Medieval fortified churches of Transylvania
- Historic centre of Sighisoara
- Painted Monasteries of Bucovina
- Wooden Churches of Maramures
- Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains (Sarmisegetusa Regia)
Check some more information at: http://romaniatourism.com/world-heritage-sites.html and pictures at: http://www.patrimoniuromanesc.ro/