Whether you plan on it or not, you'll probably end up gazing upon the enormity of the world's largest parliament building, the Palace of the Parliament. Located in central Bucharest, it's a great starting point to branch out into the rest of the city. The National Museum of Art in Romania is a hotbed of both historical and contemporary art, housed inside an architecturally stunning building. For an understanding of Romanian life outside the cosmopolitan capital, head over to the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum. This well-curated museum hosts an extensive collection of authentic houses, churches, and other artifacts of rural life from all over Romania. Rental cars in Bucharest will give you a chance to explore these attractions on your own time, especially since the road system is well designed and easy to navigate.
Recurring Festivals and Events
In keeping with its cultural prominence, the National Opera in Bucharest hosts the annual International Opera Festival every May and June. The events showcase some of the world's finest operatic talents in historic venues around the city. For a change of pace, check the schedule of the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant. Considered one of Europe's premier museums, they host several events through the year that showcase the rich history of peasant life in Romania.
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Accommodation in Bucharest
If you're thinking of heading to Romania's capital, Travelocity's hotel guide features 138 Bucharest lodgings for you to browse.
The Alexander Hotel, at Soseaua Pipera Tunari, 1, or the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, at Calea 13 Septembrie No 90, are teeming with opulence and sophistication. If you would like your dollar to go further, consider the Radisson BLU Bucharest, at Calea Victoriei 63-81, Sector1, or the Grand Hotel Continental, located at 56 Victoriei Avenue.