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Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle poque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris"), Bucharest, Romania's largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.

Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means "joy." His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local traders, who gave his name to the place.

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Location: Southern Romania
Size: City of Bucharest - 88 sq.miles (228; Bucharest Metropolitan area - 587 sq.m(1,521
Elevation: 190-295 ft (55-90 m)
Population: 2.6 milion (2007)
Inhabited since: 500 BC
First documented: 1459 AD

Tourist Info
Having adequate travel medical insurance is always a good idea when traveling abroad.

Bucharest is safe and hospitable. Violent crime against visitors is almost non-existent. As in any large city visitors are advised to take usual safety precautions. Do not draw unnecessary attention to your person, money or jewelry and be aware of pickpockets and scam artists. Never accept taxi/ car rides, tours or guide services from strangers, no matter how presentable or fluent in English, who approach you on the street.

Bucharest has a four-season climate. In the spring, the weather can quickly alternate between rain and sunshine. June, July and August are the hottest months. As the leaves begin to change color, you can still enjoy warm and sunny days while taking a stroll in the city's many parks or down Calea Victoriei. Winters can be quite cold with moderate snowfall.

Bucharest Weather Forecast

Average temperatures (Fahrenheit)
January - 22-34F
February - 26-39F
March - 32-50F
April - 42-64F
May - 50-73F
June - 57-80F
July - 60-83F
August - 70-90F
September - 52-76F
October - 42-64F
November - 34-50F
December - 27-38F

Postal Services & Telephone
Post offices display a postal horn symbol and the word Posta.

Main Post & Telephone Office
Address: Str. Matei Millo 10 (off Calea Victoriei)
Open: Mon. - Fri. 7:30am - 8:00pm; Sat. 8:00am - 2:00pm; Closed Sun.

Telephoning Bucharest from Abroad
International Access Code +40 (country code) + 21 or 31 (area code) + telephone number (seven digit number)

Pharmacies & Hospitals
Pharmacies in the capital are well stocked and pharmacists may be able to suggest a medication for certain complaints. There are several pharmacies (farmacie) open 24 hours a day in the city.

Emergency Clinic Hospital (Spitalul de Urgenta Floreasca)
Address: Calea Floreasca 8, Bucharest
Tel: (21) 317.01.71 or 317.01.21

Bucharest - Useful Telephone Numbers
Bucharest Area Code (Prefix Bucuresti) 21 or 31
Ambulance (Ambulanta) 961 or 973
Police (Politia) 955 or (21) 311.20.21
Fire Department (Pompierii) 981
Local Archives (Arhivele locale) (21) 313.92.95
City Hall (Primaria) (21) 305.55.00
Better Business Bureau 980 or (21) 250.54.47
International calls (Convorbiri internationale) 971
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