Bucharest, Romania’s Capital City on the Romanian Plain
Bucharest is the capital city, and industrial and commercial centre of Romania. It is also the largest city in Romania, located in the southeast of the country, lying on the banks of the Dâmboviţa River.
According to January 2006 official estimates, Bucharest proper has a population of 1,930,390. The urban area extends beyond the limits of Bucharest proper and has a population of 2.1 million people. Bucharest is the 6th largest city in the European Union by population within city limits.
Bucharest is situated on the banks of the Dâmboviţa River, which flows into the Argeş River, a tributary of the Danube. Several lakes – the most important of which are Lake Floreasca, Lake Tei and Lake Colentina – stretch across the city, along the Colentina River, a tributary of the Dâmboviţa.
Bucharest is situated in the south eastern corner of the Romanian Plain, in an area once covered by the Vlăsiei forest, which, after it was cleared, gave way to a fertile flatland.
This flatland is punctuated by several hills; in fact, Bucharest is considered to have seven hills, in the tradition of the seven hills of Rome. Bucharest’s seven hills are: Mihai Vodă, Dealul Mitropoliei, Radu Vodă, Cotroceni, Spirei, Văcăreşti and Sf. Gheorghe Nou.