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Hiring a car from Bucharest airport

Pick up your hire car at Bucharest airport and immerse yourself in the Romanian capital that loves to party while offering rich history and cultural heritage

60-second guide to Bucharest airport

In its own head...

We're eastern Europe's secret city - a hidden Romanian gem that combines a long history with a young heart to create a vibrancy that rivals any continental capital.

..but more realistically

Bucharest is often overlooked as a tourist destination but its diverse architecture, fascinating and turbulent past and thriving creative scene ensure there's always something to see and do.

The vibe

It's a bustling city with a youthful exuberance and penchant for nightlife that's difficult to resist.

The natives

Only two decades ago the Romanian people were ruled by Ceausescu's iron-fist, which is partly why they're such an innovative and sociable bunch now the shackles are off.

The climate

In this part of Europe the summers are roasting and the winters freezing. May, June and July are the wettest months, although you might actually welcome a cooling shower.

The local speciality

Meaty stews and substantial soups keep hunger at bay in Bucharest. Try some tocanita, a spicy meat stew, or ciorba taraneasca, a hearty peasant soup.

The celebrity

Former tennis world number one, arch trick-shot deliverer and on-court comedian Ilie Nastase was born in the city and often visits.

Did you know?

Bucharest was once known as Little Paris because of its wide boulevards, city squares and reputation as a place to party.

They say...

"Bucharest is a creation of our own nation, it expresses our originality... By its own vitality Bucharest has managed to impose itself as a unique capital" - said poet, politician and literary critic Nicolae Iorga in 1938.

5 to see in town...

1. Stavropoleos Church

This beautiful church in the centre of Bucharest is home to a library with more than 8,000 books on theology, music, art and history, some of which hail from the Byzantine period.

Where to park:

Parking is available just outside the church.

2. National Art Museum

Damaged during the 1989 revolution this gallery has been carefully reconstructed and is now home to the nation's finest art, including an impressive collection of medieval work.

Where to park:

There is a car park right next to the museum.

3. Romanian National History Museum

Marvel at artifacts including the Romanian Crown Jewels and prehistoric exhibits in Romania's premier museum, which is located inside the former Postal Services Palace.

Where to park:

You’ll have no problem finding plenty of parking spaces in the nearby streets.

4. Palace of Parliament

This gigantic and opulent building built by Nicolae Ceausescu is the second largest in the world only beaten in the size stakes by the Pentagon.

Where to park:

There are two underground garages for parking.

5. Triumphal Arch

Modelled on Paris's Arc de Triomphe, Bucharest's version was built in 1935 and is a reminder of the city's pre-war heyday.

Where to park:

There is space to park in nearby Piata Arcul de Triumf.

and 4 to drive to...

1. Peles Castle, Sinaia

This beautiful palace wouldn't look out of place in a fairytale and makes for a spell-binding antidote to the bustle of the city.

How to get there:

The castle is located in the south-eastern Carpathian Mountains, an 84-mile drive to the north on the E60.

2. Busteni Ski Resort

Master the mogul or perfect your snowplough on the six pistes of this resort which offer some of Romania's most challenging skiing.

How to get there:

The resort is just over 100 miles from Bucharest, heading north on the E60.

3. Poiana Brasov Ski Resort

This upscale ski resort in the breathtaking pine forests of the Carpathian mountains, with its varied pistes and lively aprés ski, is the ideal place for a winter break.

How to get there:

Head north on the E60 for the 143-mile drive to Brasov.

4. Bran Castle

Often referred to as Dracula's castle and home to a fascinating museum exhibiting art collected by one of Romania's former queens, this atmospheric fortress will attract fang-ophiles and history buffs alike.

How to get there:

Head north on the E60 for 143 miles to Brasov. Then take the road toward Câmpulung Muscel city. The castle is less than 30 km from Brasov.