The capital city of Romania is Bucharest which has earned the nickname of “the Paris of the East”. Situated in the south eastern portion of the country Bucharest lies on the banks of the Dâmbovița River just north of the Bulgarian border and the Danube River. Bucharest was officially chosen to be Romania’s capital in 1862.

Around two million people live in Bucharest. Like many other cities, the population of Bucharest is most dense in the city center.

Of the many local landmarks and attractions in Bucharest perhaps one of the most popular is the Palace of the Parliament which was constructed in the 1980s when the country was ruled by communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu. Other noteworthy sites include the National Museum of Contemporary Art, The Triumphal Arch (modeled after France’s famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris), and the Romanian Athenaeum.

Bucharest’s climate is classified as being humid and continental with windy and cold winter months and summers featuring low levels of humidity and rain and an average temperature of about 22 degrees Celsius. Thunderstorms commonly occur during the summer months. In the midst of the coldest months of the year, residents of Bucharest commonly experience chilly temperatures. During the summer months, temperatures may be scorching.

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