There are a plethora of reasons why Bucharest, Romania’s capital and largest city, should be your next destination. To make sure you don’t get lost or overwhelmed by the multitude of attractions; get the Bucharest Travel Guide and Offline City Map.
1. Your Dollar Goes a Long Way
Romania is not in the Eurozone despite joining the European Union in 2007 so you will need Romanian leu (RON) instead of pounds to once you’ve arrived Bucharest, or anywhere else in the country. Today, one US dollar can be exchanged for 4 RON. You can stay in Bucharest for over a week and your food and entertainment expenses will likely not even reach $100 and most of the main attractions can be enjoyed at just a few dollars each.
2. Drinking is Incredibly Cheap
If you love beer then Bucharest is the best place in Europe to get yourself drunk silly. Even in the most expensive sections in the city a pint of beer will not cost more than $3. Oh, and when you get to doing your drinking spree, make sure you sample tuică, a traditional spirit made from plums.
3. Marvel at the World’s Heaviest Building
The Palace of Parliament is the world’s heaviest building and second largest administrative building after the Pentagon. It was completed in the 1980s and was the symbol of Romania’s communist might during the reign of the Ceaușescu regime. It has more than a thousand rooms and some can be accessed through guided tours of the colossal structure.
4. Go to Dracula’s Lair
Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, the world’s most famous vampire, was inspired by Romanian Vlad Tepes. Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, may be considered a tyrant by the rest of the world but in Romania he is hailed as a hero. He successfully defended Wallachia from invaders. He impaled hundreds and displayed them near the borders of his territory. Only a few dared to invade his dominion after seeing the sea of impaled men. Snagov, Tepes’ final resting place, is only 25 miles north of Bucharest. The remains of the ruthless ruler are said to be buried underneath a monastery located in a tiny island in the middle of a lake.
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