Between 19, the House of the Free Press housed almost all of Romania's capital printing presses and headquarters of print media companies.Today, Casa Presei Libere carries out much the same function but the southern wing is now the home of the Bucharest Stock Exchange.As Prime Minister, it was his wish to have the most elegant residence in Bucharest.

Address: Piata Presei Libere 1 (as it is still universally known) was designed by architect Horia Maicu.

The building is a smaller replica of the Lomonosov University in Moskow - Russia (inaugurated in 1953).

Between the two world wars, Calea Victoriei developed into one of the most fashionable streets in the city.

Stroll along this street from Piata Victoriei to Piata Natiunilor Unite to discover some of the most stunning buildings in the city, including the Cantacuzino Palace, the Revolution Square, the Military Club, National Savings Bank Palace and the National History Museum. Address: Calea Victoriei 141 Admission charge Grigore Cantacuzino was thought to be one of Romania's wealthiest citizens in 1899.

Today, the former Royal palace houses the Romanian National Art Museum (more information). One of the preeminent public fundraising campaigns ever in Romania, the "Give a penny for the Athenaeum" campaign saved the project after the original patrons ran out of funds. See Bucharest is safe and hospitable ; violent crime is almost non-existent.

With its high dome and Doric columns, the Athenaeum resembles an ancient temple. As in any large city visitors are advised to take usual safety precautions.

The lobby has a beautifully painted ceiling decorated in gold leaf, while curved balconies cascade in ringlets off a spiral staircase. Quasar Antiques Address: Calea Victoriei 63-81, Bucharest Tel: 021 3 Mon. Do not draw unnecessary attention to your person, money or jewelry and be aware of pickpockets and scam artists.

A ring of pink marble columns is linked by flowing arches where elaborate brass lanterns hang like gems from a necklace. Never accept taxi/ car rides, tours or guide services from strangers, no matter how presentable or fluent in English, who approach you on the street. In the spring, the weather can quickly alternate between rain and sunshine. As the leaves begin to change color, you can still enjoy warm and sunny days while taking a stroll in the city's many parks or down Calea Victoriei.

Inside the concert hall, voluptuous frescoes cover the ceiling and walls.

Renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, it is Bucharest's most prestigious concert hall and home of the Romanian George Enescu Philharmonic. Address: Calea Victoriei 47 Nestled amid the other historical buildings in Piata Revolutiei, this small red-brick Orthodox church was built in 1722 by the great chancellor Iordache Kretzulescu and his wife, Safta (a daughter of Constantin Brancoveanu) in the Brancovenesti architectural style.

While walking in the narrow cobblestone streets one can imagine the long-gone shopkeepers outside near their stores, inviting bypassers to buy their merchandise. Address: Strada Franceza 25 - 31 Tel: 021 3Museum open: Mon. – 5 p.m.; Admission charge At the centre of the historic area are the remains of the Old Princely Court (Curtea Veche), built in the 15th century by Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad Dracula. Da Vinci Address: Calea Victoriei 118, Bucharest Tel: 021 2Open: Mon.