Flights to Bucharest
Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania and it’s located in the south east of the country on the banks of the River Dambovita. Nicknamed Little Paris of the East for its architecture, Bucharest offers a variety of both old and new, and plenty of culture.
Bucharest’s Henri Coanda International Airport (airport code: OTP) is the busiest airport in the country, while the smaller Baneasa Airport (code: BBU) is typically only used for charter flights to Bucharest. Henri Coanda is 17 kilometres outside the city and there are train, bus and taxi services for easy access. From South Africa both Swiss Air and South African Airways have a 1-stop flight to Bucharest through Zurich, or you could stop in Amsterdam with KLM. British Airways and Virgin both have flights to Bucharest that connect in London.
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The Tourist Attractions of Bucharest:
Bucharest has plenty to see and do and is becoming an increasingly popular city destination within the New Europe. Here are just a few of the most popular attractions in Bucharest.
Palace of the Parliament
This is the world’s second largest building (after the Pentagon) and is home to the Romanian government. There are 3100 rooms in this 12 storied building where it seems no expense was spared. You can enjoy the palace from outside but visitors can also take internal tours that leave every 30 minutes and last from 30 to 45 minutes.
Within the newer glass wing of the Palace of the Parliament is the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
Other Landmarks in Bucharest
Bucharest’s Triumphal Arch (Arcul de Triumf) was modelled after Paris’s Arc de Triomphe. It stands on the site of two former arches, and this one, which stands 27 metres high, was unveiled in 1936. Another striking landmark is the Romanian Athenaeum which is the city’s main concert hall. It was opened in 1888 but had to undergo substantial reconstruction in 1992 to stop it from collapsing.
Along with the National Museum of Contemporary Art that’s located within the Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest has several other art an other themed museums. The National Museum of Art of Romania is a less contemporary art museum, featuring works from medieval to modern times. It’s located within the former royal palace and includes a collection put together by the Romanian royal family.
Several museums explore the history and culture of Romania and its people including the Village Museum. This is an open air museum that has around 300 traditional buildings. The Museum of the Romanian Peasant is similar, but this is an indoor museum. For a broader look at Romania’s history the National Museum of Romanian History covers from prehistoric times to the modern day.
When Should You Visit?:
Bucharest has a continental climate so the city has warm summers and cool winters. Rainfall is fairly evenly spread throughout the year, though May to August are usually the wetter months. July is the hottest month with an average high of 28.8C, while January is cold with an average high of 1.5C.