With more than 2 milion people, Bucharest is Romania’s capital and largest city which is located in the South East of the country. Despite being considered off the beaten track, once you visit Bucharest you will discover a fascinating city with an eclectic architecture. Not only can you visit the city which was home to Prince Vlad the Impaler, but you can also find out about the rich culture and heritage of this capital that was called The Little Paris of the East. Between the tedious communist apartment blocks are Art Nouveau mansions, Byzantine styled buildings and old churches that survived Ottoman occupations, wars and communism. Here are our top attractions to visit in Bucharest when you arrive in this city for your dental treatment.
Palace of Parliament
Once known as the “Casa Poporului” or the “People’s House” and Nicolae Ceausescu’s symbol of power and wealth, The Palace of Parliament is currently the world’s second largest administrative building after the Pentagon, according to Guinness Book. The construction of this extravagant palace took 13 years to be finished and it has 1,100 rooms, 4.500 chandeliers, 12 storeys. In the name of this megalomaniac project, which is located right in the core of the Civic Center of Bucharest, the ex-communist dictator destroyed homes, churches, Jewish temples and synagogues. It is decorated with marble, tons of crystal glass, bronze, silver, gold, wood essence and expensive carpets which will surely leave you astonished while you are wandering through this monumental palace.
Did you know that this is one of the places that can be seen from space? It is in fact so massive that can be seen even from the Moon.
You can easily get to it coming from the Izvor Park, the United Nations Avenue, the Liberty Avenue and Calea 13 septembrie. Organized tours are available, just make sure you take your passport or ID for access.
“Centru Vechi” as the most locals calls it, The Old Town is the only district that survived mercifully former dictator’s demolitions. Here, the mix of stunning architecture, local culture, lively entertainment zone, cafes and old churches create altogether an attractive area of the city.
One of the most spectacular churches of Bucharest is located in this area and is being known as Stravopoleos Church. It is a must-see attraction dating from the 18th century and it’s one of the representations of Brancovian style. It makes a great place for someone to quiet his mind and make a prayer.
Fancy reading a book? Welcome to then Carturesti Carousel, the breathtaking bookshop located on Lipscani Street which opens in a 19th century building. The bookstore retails more than 10,000 volumes, 5,000 albums and has 6 floors that create a similar atmosphere to a moving carousel.
There are plenty of other things to discover in Bucharest’s Old Town, including The Old Royal Court of Vlad Dracul (Dracula), The National Bank, Passage Macca-Villacrosse and also more than 200 pubs.
During your visit to the Old Town, as you enter from the Franceza (French) Street, you can try traditional food and drinks at Hanul lui Manuc, an impressive old inn with a unique appearance which was a refugee for wanderers. They serve their guests with Romanian mici, sarmale (cabbage rolls stuffed with minced pork and beef meat), zacusca, salata de vinete (Romanian roasted eggplants salad) and many other specialties. Carul cu bere is another option for both food and drinks.
In the course of the history, the Victory Avenue (Calea Victoriei) was considered the Broadway of Bucharest and it was often compared with Champs Elysees. Following the historic Victory Avenue, tourists can shop at big brands, admire landmarks of many influences or visit the following: the Romanian Athenaeum (one of Bucharest’s jewelry), the Royal Palace, the Cantacuzino Palace, Victory Square and also the Revolution Square.
Herastrau Park and The Village Museum
Spending the afternoon in the Herastrau Park, the largest park in Bucharest, is one of the favorite activities of all the inhabitants of the capital. This incomparable park spreads over 180 hectares and it hosts a lot of organized events such as outdoor cinema in the summer, thus, turning it into a promoter of free-access to culture. The park is a fabulous place to relax and it is ideal for all sorts of outdoor sports. With less than 1 pound (5 Ron) per person, you can rent a boat and enjoy the lake and its surroundings: willow trees, landscaped lawn, flowers.
Located in the Herastrau, The Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum is perfect for getting a glimpse of past and is one of the first open-air ethnographic museums in the world. Attracting more than 500.000 visitors annually, the Village Museum is composed of dozen of traditional constructions: churches, unique rural homes, fountains, windmills, oil presses. While visiting this place, you will discover the specific architecture styles from each rural province of the country. Moreover, each house can be considered as a museum itself thanks to the Romanian peasants who were very inventive and managed to create not only artistic hand-made objects, but also a sustainable environment in their backyards. Over the years, presidents, kings, queens and other international personalities visited this amazing museum, so make sure you don’t miss out on visiting it!
Bucharest is the most important medical destinations of Romania. The Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy carries on the tradition of teaching Romanian and foreign students, who successfully graduate each year, proving their level of education by offering after high-quality treatments in many private clinics and public hospitals.
Romanian dentists are appreciated worldwide for their professionalism and have the necessary qualifications to provide dental care.
Mediwhere partners with one of the best dental clinics in Bucharest, Junior&Family Dental Center, that provides dental treatments for both adults and children. Every patient who visits this friendly environment, develops a long-term relationship with dentists who were trained in the field of oral implantology, dental aesthetics, general dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery.
It is is located in Sector 3, on 69, Invingatorilor Street and if you choose it as your dental treatment clinic, we recommend these accommodations located in the vicinity:
- Ganzo Boutique Hotel, where prices vary from 45-90 pounds/night
- Decebal Elite Apartment, which is highly rated because of its many facilities.
For those who those who find London a crowded place, then Bucharest will seem to be more refreshing.
We hope you enjoy your stay!