LOT Polish Airlines is offering cheap air tickets to Bucharest, the capital city of Rumania. The first information about the city date back to 1459, In 1862 Bucharest received the status of capital city. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century city passed many changes and become a cultural and media center of Romania. Eclectic architecture, which is a blend of historical buildings, socialist realism and modern building, reflects the city's history. In the period between the wars Bucharest earned the nickname Little Paris (Paris Micul). A large part of downtown was destroyed during the war, by earthquakes. Currently, the city is experiencing economic growth and economic development.
You'll find here, a number of interesting places to see- representative buildings from the second half of the nineteenth century, beautiful churches. There are also many parks and gardens, beautiful eclectic and neoclassical buildings. The main point of the town is a huge Piata Unirii square with a giant fountain in the middle. On the west of the palace goes wide alley Bulevardul Unirii, called also the Bucharest Champs Elysees, you can see from there Casa Poporului, the Houses of Parliament. After Washington Pentagon it is the largest parliament building in the world. To the north from Piata Uniiri you can see church of St. Nicholas, which was built in 1559. And across from the church are the ruins of Italian princes of Wallachia palace, built on the order of the famous Vlad the Impaler (Dracula).
What to see in Bucharest
Most interesting objects are concentrated in the center of the city and surrounding areas, so in a few days you can explore the whole city.
You can find architectural surprises all over the city, so the best way to move around the capital is on foot. It is worth to include the Noteworthy Palace of Regal (Royal Palace) in the Bucharest sightseeing plans which during the communist period, was the seat of the Council of State, and today is the Romanian National de Arta (National Art Museum) with a collection of over 100 thousand pieces of European art. The interesting temples are Biserica şi Palace of Patriarhiei (Orthodox cathedral and the Patriarch's Palace), Orthodox churches Biserica Radu Voda (Orthodox Prince Radu), Biserica Domniţa Balas (Orthodox Princess banisters), Biserica Mihai Voda (Prince Michael's church) and Antim monastery.
You can also find here many museums, of which the most interesting are probably the Museum of Natural History, Grigore Antipa (one of the oldest of its kind in the world), the National Museum of Arts and Tradition and the Geological Museum.
Something for everyone
Booking your flight tickets to Bucharest is worth to remember that city is not just buildings but also parks and streets. The most representative street in the town is Calea Victoriei , made in Parisian style of architecture. You can find here many beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, Orthodox churches, theaters and elegant shops and restaurants. There are also quieter places where you can relax for example the Cismigiu Park with an artificial lake. Park was opened in 1847 according to plans of German architect Karl Meyer. Bucharest has also the world's largest Botanical Garden with around 10 000 species of plants.
All the flighs to Bucharest offered by LOT Polish Airlines are operated by Bucharest - Otopeni Airport. The first official name was Henri Coanda Aeroportul Internaţional. IATA was named after the Romanian aviation pioneer Henri Coanda. He was the creator of aircraft Coanda, and discoverer of the Coanda effec. In May 2004 Bucharest Airport was officially renamed International Airport Bucharest Otopeni
(Romanian: Aeroportul Otopeni International Bucureşti (IATA: OTP , ICAO: LROP)) , under which it is commonly known.
This international airport is located in the north 16 kilometers from Bucharest city center. IATA is the largest airport of Romania. In 2006, airport handled 3 513 576 passengers. It is one of two airports around capital of Romania (the second is the Baneasa).
During World War II, the airport in Otopeni was used as an air base by the German air force. Untill 1965 it was restricted to military use only; airport was one of the main bases of the Romanian Air Force. Baneasa Airport was the only airport in Bucharest used for civil flights, but with the increase in air traffic, rebuilt of Airport in Otopeni was decided. The existing runway was modernized and extended to 3500m, making it one of the longest in Europe at this time (1965). In addition, they built a new passenger terminal for domestic and international flights.
Passenger terminal was expanded to a capacity of 1.2 million passengers per year. The airport slowly became more and more used by airlines, with more and more passengers in 1986 airport reached new phase of development. The second 3,500-meter runway was built, as well as the taxiway, associated with the terminal. Airfield lighting system has been improved and the capacity of the airport was increased to 35-40 operations per hour.
In 1992, Otopeni Airport became a regular member of Airports Council International (ACI). In 1997, the new international departures hall was opened, with a capacity of 1000 to 1200 passengers per hour. The original building Otopeni International Airport was renamed the Arrivals Hall.
The airport's facilities consist of one main building and two terminals- the Arrivals Hall (formerly known as International Arrivals/Domestic Hall) and the Departures Hall (formerly known as International Departures Hall). Terminals are connected by a walkway with stores connects. The passenger traffic is organized in two flows: Schengen/non-Schengen.
There are 38 gates on the Bucharest Airport (14 equipped with jetways). The international departures area is packed with lounges, shops, cafes, internet cafes and exchanging points and restaurants. On the first level of the International Departures you can find also a chapel and a play area for the children. Facilities at the airport are easily accessible for people with disabilities. All objects are described in both Romanian and English.
How to get there
The main train station, Gara de Nord, runs approx. 900 meters from the airport and there are shuttle buses (780 line) connect the railway station with departures and arrivals hall, and tickets are valid both on the trains and buses. Airport Bucharest-Otopeni is also connected to a public company RATB transport system- line 783 provides an express bus service to the city center.
What you need to know about Bucharest Hotels and accommodation after booking your flight to Bucharest? There are nearly two million people in the capital of Romania. It is a very crowded, congested and chaotic city. It has many monuments although there is no compact old town. Social realist megalomaniac Ceausescu -era buildings are side by side with very elegant , stately edifices from the second half of the nineteenth century that are mimic the architecture of Paris. Between the blocks hiding a small but beautiful Orthodox churches built in the style completely different from the Russian " bulbs ".
How to choose a right place
Choosing the right place for your accommodation is essential not to get lost on Bucharest streets. Capital of Rumania is one of those cities which you should see by moving around on foot. That is why it is worth to find your accommodation close to the city center. Than you can start sightseeing from your apartment or room.
There are over 140 Hotels in this beautiful city. So you can choose the most suitable option for yourself- just remember to book it in advance. Capitol of Rumania is very popular touristic direction and there are over 10mln people visiting city every single year.
You can find here nice, cozy and cheap hotel rooms in the 1, 2, and 3 stars hotels. If you are looking for something more luxury Bucharest city has in its offer many high standard hotels with beautiful, spacious apartments. Hotel of the highest standard were created for the most demanding customers. 5-star hotels in Bucharest city are characterized by extremely high quality services and luxurious interior design. It is important that the object has its own business center and it’s able to carry out training courses and conferences on the global level. These hotels will offer you a modern wellness area, individual and guarded parking space for each guest and a whole range of other facilities ensuring guests a comfortable stay at the hotel.
Most of the hotels are located near city center, but if you are seeking for quiet and more relaxing places, you can find something more suitable in the suburbs.
Something for Backpackers
If you are an enthusiast of backpacking, Bucharest city will offer you many options. There are many youth hostels around the city which are cheap places of temporary accommodation. Standard is different from the hotels mainly in the number of hotel rooms, bunk beds and sharing of equipment and spaces available for visitors (eg . a shared kitchen and bathroom ) . The most frequent guests in hostels are students and learners from different countries. That’s the place for tourists who are looking for having an adventure, meet peoples from other countries and discover the true atmosphere of the city.
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