Whether it’s the delicious local desert “papanaşi” or a refined wine tasting session, discovering the places where once worked and lived famous political scientists of Romanian origin such as David MitranyMattei Dogan and Ghiţă Ionescu, walking on the footsteps of vanguard artists Constantin BrâncuşiTristan Tzara and Eugen Ionescu, fashionable writers Emil Cioran and Norman Manea, controversial history of religions scholar Mircea Eliade or glamorous contemporary opera diva Angela Gheorghiu, strolling through the calm streets of the forgotten Armenian and Jewish quarters, following the intricate details of the frescos on the inner and outer walls of its hundreds of small churches, dreaming about idylic rural life while walking on the grass-invaded alleys of a traditional village with original houses from all the corners of Romania at the Village Museum, watching people while enjoying a drink at one of the popular pubs and terraces of the Old City Centre, or simply take a sunbath in one of its many parks, just let yourself immerse in the city’s vibrant atmosphere and you will get stories for a lifetime. 

Romanian, the official language of Romania, is a Romance language related to Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Starting from early 1800s and for almost one century and a half, French has been the main language for daily interaction within the circles of Romanian elites. However, for several decades now, English has become the dominant language of communication with foreigners and you
 will be able to conversate in English (and sometimes even in Spanish or Italian) especially with young people, if you need to buy something or ask for directions. 

Alongside Romanian, other languages such as Hungarian, Rromani, German, Yddish, Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Albanian and Turkish are also spoken within various local ethnic minorities contexts but for the usual traveler to Bucharest these are less visible.

La langue roumaine est une langue néolatine proche de l’italien, du français, de l’espagnol et du portugais. Plus d’un siècle le français a été utilisé comme langue de communication par les élites roumaines. Cependant, ces dernières années l’anglais s’est imposé dans la communication avec les étrangers; vous allez facilement communiquer avec les jeunes, en anglais, italien ou espagnol, aucune difficulté à obtenir les renseignements souhaités.