The capital of Romania, Bucharest has in recent years shed the image of a poor eastern European city, and is now a melting pot of old and new, and becoming increasingly popular with travellers. Grand stone buildings built by rulers over the past few centuries, combined with shiny modern buildings create a unique blend not found in many parts of the world. With the city ready to be explored, and the rural countryside just a stone's throw away, hiring a car in Bucharest will let you see all the city and surrounding area has to offer, without having to worry about tour groups or expensive guides. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Bucharest is both easy and economical.
In a country where expensive sports cars can be seen pulling up next to horse-drawn carriages, Bucharest offers an exciting destination, encompassing the best of both modern living and historical architecture. For an amazing sight, drive your rental car out to the Parliament Palace, located in the centre of the city. Built under communism in the 1980s, the palace is the second largest building in the world, and taking a tour is highly recommended.
From the palace, jump in your hire car and drive down the main road of the city, to the roundabout on which you will find the Romanian Arch de Triumph. Built in a style much like the Parisian equivalent, the arch is a famous icon of the city. Park your rental car, and check out the viewing platform at the top of the arch for great panoramic views of the city.
For an insight into the historic way of life in the area, visit the Village Museum, a replicated rural settlement showing all aspects of country life. A unique feature of Romania is that much of the population do in fact still live this way, with hundreds of villages throughout the country remaining unchanged for generation after generation.
To see the classical Romanian wilderness, head north of Bucharest and drive your hire car up into the Carpathian Mountains. Ancient forests fill the area, and this is the place most Romanians go on holiday. During winter the mountains are covered in snow and popular for skiing, and during warmer months fishing and bushwalking are great ways to leave city life behind.
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