WELCOME TO Bucharest

Welcome to Bucharest 

The capital of Romania is a rising star on Europe’s travel map, as it was put on top of their destination lists by several international travel outlets and websites in the last years. Bucharest is a busy and lively city, where live more than 3 million people, being the largest metropolis in Romania. 

Henri Coanda International Airport is the main connecting gate with the rest of the continent, and not only, Romania being visited by tourists coming from all over the world. The eclectic architecture of the city displays a great range of styles, from the Neo Classical to Art Nouveau and Art Deco elements to the functional communist architecture and the modern glass and steel style of the office buildings. 

Our culture evolves around coffee and delicious food therefore one will never get short on options when it comes to coffee shops and restaurants. Unfortunately, not all the fanciest are accessible to wheelchair travellers because of their location in the old part of the city. Some of them have summer terraces that are more accessible, however this doesn’t solve the access to the restrooms. 

You can also eat in good accessible restaurants in the northern part of Bucharest, also known as the “chic area” because you can find here the former residence of Nicolae Ceausescu, the most popular president of communist Romania. 

When it comes to public transport, buses have a special feature to lower down and allow a wheelchair user to get in, but sometimes it requires also the assistance of the bus driver. The underground network might be also an option, almost all stops having elevators from the level of the street to the subway platform. Nevertheless, the gap between the train and the platform can rise a lot of problems, as it is quite large in some cases. 

Most of the 4- and 5-stars hotels in Bucharest offer special accessible rooms for their guests, and their location is quite close to the city centre. If you are looking for quiet accessible hotels, for sure you can choose accommodation located in the green area. 

The Old Town is a pedestrian area with old narrow cobble stone streets that turn to be quite a bumpy ride for a wheelchair user. 

A top three places to visit during an accessible tour of Bucharest starts with the massive communist building of the Parliament (“the House of People” as of its initial name), the beautiful outdoor Village Museum (it is like a trip to the countryside) and the former Royal Palace, hosting now the National Art Gallery. Also, you cannot miss the city’s parks – Cismigiu Gardens (the oldest and the largest in the central area) and Herastrau Park (located in the “chic area”).

Bucharest is a stunning city, with a rich and fascinating history that can be discovered through its amazing stories, sometimes not too easy to learn without having a tour guide to unveil them. Working with a specialized travel agency will also smooth things a lot in terms of accessible venues, attractions, places to eat or drink.  

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