Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is gaining more and more momentum as an eastern tourist destination, due to its vibrant social life, eclectic architecture and highly active nightlife. Located in the south of Romania, it counts around 2.5 million people, making it the 6th largest city in the EU. It is the most thriving city in Romania economic wise and one of the major industrial and transportation hubs in Eastern Europe. The development process has equipped the city with big conventional facilities, educational institutions, outstanding cultural venues, large commercial centers and recreational areas.
Despite some international comments, Bucharest is quite a safe city, with a very low criminality rate. The best time to visit the city is either May – June or September, due to very hot summers. Moving throughout the city is quite easy, as public underground network is fairly well established and covers most of the city. Major boulevards run North – South, from Arcul de Triumf (Triumphal Arch) to Civic Centre, crossed by the ones running East -West.
- Location: Southern Romania. First documented in 1459, became the capital of Romania in 1862.
- City proper: Municipality of Bucharest
- Administration: special administrative status, equal to that of a County
- Division: 6 administrative sectors ruled by a general mayor and local town halls
- Local elections: every 4 years - general council and local mayors
- Main religion: Christian Orthodox
- International dialing code: +40
- Emergency call: 112
- Driving: on the left side Speed limits are 50 km/h (31 mph) in build-up areas, 90 km/h (56 mph) on main roads and 130 km/h (80 mph) on highways unless posted otherwise. Minimum driving age is 18
- Internet: one of the fastest and competitive in the world - domain .ro. Wi-Fi is available for free in every hotel, restaurant, pub, or any other venue.
- Time Zone: GMT +2 hours
- Local currency: LEU- abbreviation RON
- Climate : Humid continental , with variations of warm oceanic and cool subtropical
- Landform: Plain
- Average temperatures -Summer (June - August ) 23 °C with extremes of 35 to 40 °C - Winter ( December - February) below 0 °C, with extremes of up to −20 °C.
- The city’s Palace of the Parliament is the second-largest building in the world
- Romania Member of EU: Yes (starting with 1st of January 2007)