Bucharest is Romania's capital and largest urban centre. It is also the country's commercial and industrial hub with many infrastructure and establishments being constantly built in the city. Located between the Black Sea and the Carpathian Mountains, Bucharest is often misunderstood. However, visitors will find that behind the city's infamy (communism, traffic, etc.) is a city brimming with life.
To spot the treasures, which lie behind post-Stalinist grey housing blocks, a bit of patience and determination is needed. Those who persevere will find that it's all worth it. Side streets are filled with eateries, bars, and antique shops. In the city's historic centre, visitors will also find a 15th-century court that is attributed to Vlad Dracul, as well as the Piata Revolutei where communism ended in 1989.
Go north and find the ritzy parts of town, as well as the sprawling Herastrau Park where visitors can take a leisurely boat ride, and the Village Musuem, which displays traditional homes.