Nonstop from Berlin-Tegel to Bucharest and Sofia with airberlinBerlin, 30.01.2013
In the 1930s, the lavish palaces and broad boulevards of the Rumanian capital earned it the nickname “Little Paris”. After 50 years of communism followed by 20 years of democracy the city’s appearance has changed considerably. The appeal of Bucharest, which has a population of 2 million, lies in its unique mix of styles. One of the main sights is the Palace of the Parliament, the largest building in Europe. To build this astonishing edifice, the Rumanian dictator Ceaușescu ordered part of the historic city centre to be demolished. Other landmarks that are well worth visiting are the Piata Unirii (Unification Square), the Athenaeum and the National Museum of Art.
For many travellers, the Bulgarian capital is a white spot on the tourism map. Undeservedly so, as Sofia looks back on a long and eventful history. The main landmark of Sofia and Bulgaria is the Bulgarian-Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which holds up to 5,000 people and has five naves. Equally worth visiting is the Banja Bashi Mosque, which was built around 1576 under the city’s Ottoman rulers. A popular destination for day trips is the Vitosha Mountains, parts of which lie in the city limits. Depending on the season, this area offers ideal conditions for hiking, climbing or skiing.