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Why the Old Town is the best place to stay in Bucharest? (part I)

Be it for business or leisure, we are looking for the best option in terms of (preferably) central accommodation, access to public transportation and touristic attractions.The best area to stay in Bucharest as a tourist is definitely the Old Town, also known as "Centrul Vechi", the historic centre.


For CNN Travel, the Old Town is "one of the liveliest nightlife zones in Europe" and the top reason to come visit Bucharest while BBC finds is "a charming, walkable quarter with enough worthy distractions to keep you occupied for the day and enough bars and clubs to ensure you never have to sleep."


But is it more to the Old Town than the pubs, bars and all night parties? We believe so, therefore we put together a list of unique points of interest at a walking distance from the hotel. Discover them during your visit in Bucharest and let us know which ones were your favourites!


Strada Franceza

Start your walk with a stroll down on "Strada Franceza" (French Street), right where Europa Royale hotel is located, and discover one of the oldest streets in Bucharest. The first street to be paved with cobblestone in 1860, it became known as the "French Street" when the French Consul in Bucharest took up his residence here. Associated with brilliant bridal parties, as well as the great fire from 1847, was also named "The High Court Street" as this is where the old royal court was founded.


The Old Princely Court

Located on the French Street, at a two-minute distance from the hotel, the Old Princely Court is the the oldest medieval monument in Bucharest. It was a palace and court (Palatul Curtea Veche) and ground zero, the place where the city started growing around. It is also the place of the first reign of Vlad Ţepeş, a Romanian leader that ruled Valachia between 1459 and 1462. Although his name might not say much to you, it is very probable that you know him from his more famous fictional character alter-ego, Dracula. You can visit the Court everyday from Monday to Sunday, between 10:00 – 18:00.


Hanul Lui Manuc

Just across the street there is "Manuc's Inn", a Romanian commercial and cultural landmark, also known as the meeting point for travellers from Transylvania, Ottoman Empire and Europe. The building was completely renovated to restore the original Brancovenesc style and it is open to public, hosting occasional cultural shows and culinary events in its beautiful indoor garden.

To be continued.


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