Bucharest is considered the center of the country of Romania. It is its capital and largest city, along with its cultural, media, industrial, commercial and financial hub. About 1.9 million people reside here, and its metropolitan area has around 3 million people. Bucharest is situated in the southeast of Romania, on the banks of the Dambovita River. The architecture around this city consists of some neo-classical, historic structures, as well as some Art Deco and Bauhaus styles, which are contrasted with the modern areas and bleak socialist structures. It is the richest city in Romania, and there are many shopping, cultural and recreational facilities for its citizens and visitors to enjoy. Parts of the city are also very scenic, as there are several lakes, hills, parks and botanical gardens. There is also a very developed public transit system, with a metro, buses, light rail, trams and trolley buses.
Iaşi is an important city situated in northeastern Romania, in the Moldovia region. It is one of the largest cities in the country, with about 315,000 residents, and is sometimes called “The city on seven hills,” or “The city of great loves.” It is the most important place in the Moldovia region, being its cultural, economic and administrative center. This city also houses the oldest university in Romania, and today there are 12 universities which collectively have over 75,000 students. Many cultural institutions exist in Iaşi, like the National Theater, Opera House, State Philharmonic, libraries, museums, monuments and other historical landmarks. There are also many beautiful public gardens and parks; in terms of public transit, there are trams and buses.
Cluj-Napoca is also simply called “Cluj,” and is home to over 300,000 people. It is located in the northwestern part of Romania on the Somesul Mic River, in the historical region of Transylvania. Though Cluj faced a decline period in the 1990s, it is today a major economic, cultural and academic center for Romania. It has the biggest university of the country, Babes-Bolyai University, as well as gardens and other cultural institutions like historic buildings, theaters and museums. Many of the buildings in Cluj are of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles, and the blocky communist residencies are mostly outside the city center. Cluj also has a scene currently going on with arts and theather, and many galleries are situated around its streets. There are also some growing underground music and clubbing activities taking place in present-day Cluj.