Private jet charter and flights to Bucharest
Often overlooked in favour of its grander Eastern European cities, Bucharest is something of a surprise. The 20th Century has taken a slight toll on the Romanian capital – once known as the ‘Paris of the East’ – but if you look past the Soviet-era architecture, you’ll find fantastic museums, a great dining scene and some of the best nightlife in Eastern Europe. Experience it all, charter a private jet today.
To get to know Bucharest, you have to understand a little of its modern history as many of its buildings were destroyed during World War II, while an earthquake damaged others in the late 1970s. Following this the country’s harsh communist leader, Nicolae Ceauşescu, then changed the face of the city leaving the many concrete Soviet-style buildings you can see today.
That said, head to Lipscani, also known as the Old Town, and you’ll find reminders of the city’s more elegant age. Like much of Bucharest, it looks a little worn down, but it is slowly being regenerated and has started to show some of its former glory. It has a pleasant, European-style feel to it with outdoor seating spilling out of its cool cafés and bars onto its maze of streets.
The Old Town is where you’ll find one of the best – and most affordable – nightlife scenes in Eastern Europe. There are many restaurants, bars and clubs lining the cobbled streets and with no licensing laws most parties start at around midnight and go on until the early hours. For a bit of history as you drink, head to Caru’ Cu Bere, the oldest brewery in the city.
During daytime city explorations, there’s one place that’s pretty much impossible to miss – the Palace of Parliament. If there was anywhere in the world that shows the difference between the haves and have nots of a communist regime, it’s this spot. Over 8 square kilometres of the historical city was cleared for this incredibly grand structure – and the surrounding Centru Civic neighbourhood – which was commissioned by Ceauşescu following a trip he made to North Korea in the 1970s.
The palace took over a decade to build, by which time the communist government were overthrown; much of its interior remains unfinished with many rooms still sitting empty. You can take a guided tour of some of the completed rooms with their ostentatious chandeliers, marble floors and gold-leaf details. Alternatively, visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art which is located in the left wing of the palace.
Another museum worth visiting, particularly for budding anthropologists, include the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, a fascinating attraction showcasing traditional artefacts of peasant life from all over Romania and even a few reconstructed buildings. A further gem is the open-air National Village Museum which sits on the edge of Herastrau Park to the north of the city centre. You can make your way through layers of time as you walk between the museum’s 346 historical buildings which range houses to water and windmills. There are often craft fairs held at the museum where you can buy authentic Romanian crafts that have been hand-made using centuries-old methods.
The Romanian capital is served by two airports – the commercial hub of Henri Coanda International Airport which is 10 miles north of the city, and Bucharest Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport which is only open for charter and private jets. The latter is closer to the heart of the city at just under five miles from the Old Town. Simply contact one of our team and we will arrange everything you need to charter a private jet to Bucharest.