With a population of about 2 million people, Bucharest vibrates with energy, secret places, museums with exciting collections and special buildings. At the same time, Bucharest is the capital of Romania, and the largest city, the industrial, commercial, and university centre of the country.
Although there is a legend that says that the town was founded by a shepherd named Bucur, from which it would have taken its name, historically the first mention of the locality appears in 1459, in a document signed by Vlad Țepes (long associated with the mysterious Count Dracula). In 1859, it became the capital of Romania, the centre of the artistic, cultural and media scene, and between the two world wars is was called The Little Paris, thanks to the elegant architecture and the Bucharest elite. Today, the metropolis has the same administrative level as the counties of the country and is divided into six sectors plus Ilfov, a sector with separated administration.
Public transport is provided by the subway, with tunnels connecting all major city areas, trams, buses and trolleybuses, as well as hundreds of taxis. Bucharest also has two international airports – Henri Coandă (Otopeni) and Aurel Vlaicu (Băneasa), which are close to each other.
The most important attractions for hundreds of thousands of tourists are: the People’s House, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Old City Centre, the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum, the Romanian Peasant Museum, the House of the Free Press, the Arch of Triumph and Herăstrău Park. Below are some of the most famous and admired places of the Romanian capital, which tourists must not miss.