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Walk up and down the Calea Victoriei, or "Victory Avenue," and you could very well fill up an entire memory card of photos. That's because this boulevard is Bucharest's most fashionable and historic thoroughfare. You'll pass the Old Princely Court (a historic city center with an ancient bust of Vlad Tepes); the Cantacuzino Palace (the sumptuous home of Bucharest's wealthy former Prime Minister Grigore Cantacuzino); Revolution Square (the dramatic setting of Ceausescu's final moments in power) and the National Art Museum among others. Along the way, you should stop and photograph the Military Club, a building that one Virtual Tourist says, "you can't fail to notice." Conclude your stroll at one of the area's traditional Romanian restaurants, bars or clubs.
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#0 Bran Castle
Although this remarkable fortress has weathered centuries of war, poverty and multiple political empires, Bran Castle is most famous for being the assumed residence of Dracula. Vlad Tepes, the real-life inspiration for the fictional vampire, attacked the fortress several times and even conquered it once in 1459. This castle, which sits on the border of the Transylvania and Wallachia regions, has endured legal battles and state-seizures. It has changed hands between the Romanian royals and the government several times in the past hundred years.
Hopefully, the ownership issue was permanently resolved in 2009, when the royal family transformed the castle into a public museum. Now, you can tour the five floors of this ancient structure and its grounds. However, don't say yes right away. A TripAdvisor user criticizes, "This castle is just a line of tourists goin' in one door and out the other with little of interest." Less of a tourist trap is a village museum, also located on the premises. Near the castle gates, you'll also be able to load up on vampire gear and traditional Transylvanian snacks from local vendors.
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