Bucharest is located in the south east of Romania near the Bulgarian border. This capital city benefits from a strategic location between Europe, the Middle East & Asia. Moreover, it is just a 2 hours drive from the Carpathian Mountains in the north and the beaches of the Black Sea to the east.
Bucharest is the driving force of the Romanian economy, creating circa one fifth of the country’s GDP with just 10% of the population. The city boasts an excellent infrastructure with comprehensive bus, tram and rail services.
The architecture of the city varies between the medieval, communist and modern, with many skyscrapers built since 2000. The traditional architecture has won Bucharest the name of the "Paris of the East". The city is built upon the banks of the River Dambovita, a tributary of the Danube. It is also home to a number of lakes including Floreasca, Tei, Colentina and Cismigiu. The latter is surrounded by the Herastrau Park and Botanical Gardens.
The city also possesses 2 airports - Henri Coanda International Airport and Aurel Vlaicu International Airport. For regularly scheduled flights, try Tarom Romanian Air Transport or any of the major European carriers including British Airways and KLM.
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Bucharest can be warm in the summer with daily temperatures averaging 22 °C (72 °F) between June and August. Expect snow in the winter with temperatures dropping below zero in December and January.