Bucharest & Wallachia

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About Bucharest & Wallachia

Bucharest is the capital of Romania and the main city of the region of Wallachia (properly establised in the 15th Century by Vlad Tepes). Whether you are spending most of your travel time here or just using it as a gateway to a journey of discovery around Romania, Bucharest and its cultural scene is going to surprise you: 37 museums, 22 theatres, 18 art galleries, opera houses and concert halls await your visit.

The best way to explore Bucharest is to take a stroll along Calea Victoriei to Piata Revolutiei, site of the Romanian Athenaeum and the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum of Art. The old city centre (near Lispcani) is a must to understand why Bucharest was known as "Little Paris" in the 1920s. Also, don’t miss the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world - this building is immense and warrants a walk (or even a drive) around it to appreciate its size and we also recommend a guided tour to hear about and observe some of the incredible details of the interior.

Beyond Bucharest:

The foothills of Wallachia give way to the Carpathian Mountains. Just an hour and a half north of Bucharest is the beautiful Prahova Valley, where the popular ski resorts of Predeal, Busteni and Sinaia are located. Sinaia is also home to the magnificent Peles Castle - a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered one of the best-preserved royal castles in Europe. In the summer time, these resorts are starting points to hiking trails in the nearby Bucegi Nature Park.

A must stop for art lovers is the town of Targu Jiu on the banks of the Jiu River. This former market town is closely associated with Constantin Brancusi, the Romanian artist who is considered to be the founder of modern sculpture. Some of Romania’s most tranquil monasteries can be found in this region, including Horezu, a masterpiece of the 'Brancovenesti' architectural style and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Horezu is also a renowned pottery centre, where travellers can marvel at the colourful pottery created in local workshops by talented artisans.

Sightseeing Highlights:

  • The National Art Museum in Bucharest
  • Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest
  • The Village Museum in Bucharest
  • National Parks of the region include Cozia National Park an important bird migration corridor from central Europe to the Aegean Sea on the Olt Valley; the Bucegi Nature Park which features near-vertical cliffs which drop up to 1000m, glacial circle valleys, waterfalls and ski slopes and the Small Moor of Braila Nature Park which is a nesting ground to over 205 species of birds.

Food & Wine:

Muntenia and Oltenia cuisine feature a variety of sour soups with lots of vegetables. It is not unusual to find an earthen oven in the backyards of houses in the Muntenia region. Here knot-shaped bread and pies are baked and delicious vegetable stews are slow cooked in clay jars.

Wallachia produces some of Romania's best red wines including Feteasca Neagra, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dealu Mare, extending from the Prahova Valley along the south-facing hillsides of the Carpathian foothills eastwards to Vrancea County, is considered to be the best area in Romania for the cultivation of red grapes.

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