Bucharest often gets a bad rap in favour of other Romanian regions… Travellers tend to pass through the capital as a stop-gap on their way to Transylvania. It’s not a place that springs to mind when you think of Eastern Europe, either, with tourists flocking to more popular destinations such as Prague, Budapest and Kraków. Changes are a foot, however. Not only is Romania in the Lonely Planet‘s Top 50 Best Value Destinations this year, but Bucharest is attracting more and more tourists –and the tourism industry has seen a significant increase in not only the number of visitors, but in economic revenue since 2002. Meanwhile, the city has benefited from an economic boom along with EU grants that have helped rebuild neglected parts of the city.
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