In 1900, Bucharest earned the nickname of “Little Paris” because of its glorious Belle Époque buildings, tree-lined boulevards and the high life. At that time, Bucharest was a beautiful place to be in – the streets were packed with elegant people, artists, musicians, painters and writers. Nowadays the city is a bustling metropolis, very urban and modern, although you can still see the scars left by the communist era.
But if you ever get the chance to visit this contradictory city bursting with history and diversity, don’t miss some important touristic attractions like the Art Museum, the “Grigore Antipa” Natural History Museum, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the Arch of Triumph.
The Old City Center is a part of the city’s historical heart that was not demolished by Nicolae Ceauşescu. The area (stretching approximately between the Dâmboviţa river to the south, Calea Victoriei to the west, Calea Moşilor to the east and Regina Elisabeta boulevard to the north) today contains an assortment of middle 19th century buildings, ruins of the Wallachian princes’ medieval court, churches, bank headquarters, a few hotels, clubs, restaurants and shops.
Narrow streets retain the names of the ancient guilds that resided on them. The area was mostly renovated and is now a place of gathering for people of all ages and it attracts a lot of tourists.