The days of being known as the “Little Paris of the East” may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean Bucharest’s glory days are gone, too. The Romanian capital continues to redefine itself, merging its storied history with a modern identity, a CNN travel feature reads, signed by Marissa Tejada.
“At first glance, the architecture is dizzying, but it’s a fascinating mix. Between the dreary Communist-era apartment blocks are Byzantine buildings, centuries’ old churches and Art Nouveau mansions that stand out as the survivors of earthquakes, war and communism.
Look more closely at one of the most promising capitals in the European Union and further charms will be revealed. There are pristine city parks, excellent museums and gritty yet charming lanes that weave through the Old Town,” the author writes.
Her reasons for visiting Bucharest:
- A rejuvenated Old Town
- The princely past of Count Dracula (the the Old Princely Court)
- The vast Palace of the Parliament
- Concerts at the Romanian Athenaeum
- The beautiful Stavropoleos Church
- The remnants of ‘Little Paris’
- A peerless outdoor museum (Village Museum)
- Miles of parks
- Best bookshop in Europe?