Bucharest, Romania - is the capital, the cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania on the banks of the Dambovita River, less than 70 kilometres (43 mi) north of the Danube River. Vlad the Impaler stated his claim to Bucharest in 1459. His citadel on the Dambovita was the first of a host of palaces, many of which still stand.
Bucharest is the centre of Romanian media, culture and art. Its architecture is a mix of historical (neo-classical), interbellum (Bauhaus and Art Deco), Communist-era and modern. In the period between the two World Wars, the city's elegant architecture its sophistication earned Bucharest the nickname of "Little Paris." Although buildings and districts in the historic city centre were heavily damaged or destroyed by war, earthquakes, and above all
Nicolae Ceausescu's program of systematization, many survived. In recent years, the city has been experiencing an economic and cultural boom. Four metro lines and a modern bus network transport visitors and commuters.
Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of Eastern Europe. It has large convention facilities, educational institutes, cultural venues, traditional "shopping arcades" and recreational areas.
Don't miss the Village Museum, Romanian Athenaeum and the Peasant Museum. The Palace of Parliament is the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon.