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Bucharest

Bucharest
Take a trip, fly with Austrian Airlines to Bucharest, and arrive at one of the airports conveniently located just north of the city. The city's comprehensive public transportation system is one of the most expansive in Europe. It is easy to traverse within Bucharest by rail, bus, and trolley. The city is located on the bank of the Dambovita River. The beautiful Cismigia Gardens and other public parks are a primary source of public recreation. Bucharest has such a history of cosmopolitan culture and stunning architecture that it has been affectionately called "Little Paris". Despite the destruction of wars and natural disasters, Bucharest still has much medieval, neoclassical, and art nouveau architecture as well as contemporary structures. Calea Victoriei is a lovely scenic historical street. Other landmarks include the Arch of Triumph and Cantacuizino Palace, once a private residence, now a public museum.

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Romania
  • Currency: Romanian leu (RON)
  • Language: Romanian
  • Capital: Bucharest
  • Austrian flight destination: Bucharest, Iasi, Sibiu
Airport
  • Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP): The airport is located 16.5 km (10.5 miles) northwest of central Bucharest.
  • Address: Calea Bucureştilor 224E, 075150 Otopeni, Romania
  • Telephone: (040)(021) 204 1000
  • Airport Bucharest


What to see in Bucharest

What to see in Bucharest
Patriarch's Palace
From Piata Unirii it is just a short walk up the small hill where the patriarch's residence is located. For fans of religious architecture, this excursion is a must. But even those who are less interesting in churches should wander up here.   A few moments earlier you were surrounded by the hectic traffic crowding the broad boulevards, now you find yourself in a peaceful courtyard. If you crave even more quiet, enter the patriarch's church. The floor is covered with thick carpets, and the sanctuary's interior is suffused by gentle light shining through the stained glass windows.   If you come at the right time, you can experience the rituals and chants of the faithful. Just a few hundred metres from the turbulent activity of the big city, you have seemingly been transported to a remote rural monastery. This is the place to kiss icons, and perhaps yourself be kissed by the muse.
Kinofest
City Centre

Where to stay in Bucharest

Where to stay in Bucharest
Hotel Opera
The Hotel Opera looks exactly as you might imagine: elegant, classic, a bit of old-world charm, a touch of the Orient Express, and loads of style. That's what the public areas are like with old paintings of the Bucharest of yore in gilded frames adorning the walls. The guest rooms are more ordinary, but perfectly adequate, and bear such musical names as Aida, La Bohème, Tosca, and Traviata. The suites are Rigoletto, Nabucco and Carmen. The hotel was reopened in 2002 and is perfectly located in the cultural heart of the capital, directly next to opera.Take a stroll through Bucharest; when you return to the hotel you will delight not only in the peaceful atmosphere, but also in the feeling that you have taken a journey back in time to the beginning of the 20th century.One night in a double room starts at 140 euro.
Suter Inn
Johnson Hotel

Where to eat in Bucharest

Where to eat in Bucharest
Biutiful
What did Twins Studio think of when designing Biutiful? Candlesticks covered with wax, dimly lit corners and loads of bricks? For some reason you cannot stop guessing that the Romanian company has hid gloomy creatures in the pub in Bucharest. But no, instead a colourful elk head peeps from the wall and observes the guests having their drinks. The English pub in the historic district is not a ghost parlour but a smorgasbord of interior objects that provide for a very peculiar mood.   There you have the old wooden tables, the heave sofas and the delicate chandelier above them. The latter match the spotlights that give the venue an industrial touch. The brick wall is very effective in terms of ambiance, is partially filled with mortar and on top of it red fans are buzzing. 
Lacrimi si Sfinti
Turabo Café

Where to shop in Bucharest

Where to shop in Bucharest
Bucuresti Mall
Yes indeed, the Romanians are proud of their imposing shopping malls and have plenty of them. So take part in a total shopping craze at least once, and stroll through one of the popular malls. Why not the most typical of them all, the gargantuan Bucuresti Mall. Opened in 2001, it boasts over 140 shops on an area of some 99,000 square metres. The building dates from Communist times and is appropriately massive, grey and heavy on the cement. Still, the locals continue to crowd the place, to shop, bowl, drink coffee, or take in a film at one of the ten cinemas.   The shops include all the usual international labels?Adidas, Esprit, Marks & Spencer, Levi's and the like. But there are also less well-known brands, like Aldo Shoes, the local wedding outfitter, Alb ?i Negru, and Romanian designer, Irina Schrotter. It's well worth having a look around, although you probably won't pay less for international brands than you would at home.
Nichi
Beros&van Schaik

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