The city of Buzău (German: Busau) is the county seat of Buzău County, in eastern Romania, in the historical region of Wallachia. It lies near the right bank of the Buzău River, between the south-eastern curvature of the Carpathian Mountains and the lowlands of Bărăgan Plain.
During the Middle Ages, Buzău was as an important Wallachian market town and Eastern Orthodox episcopal see. It faced a period of repeated destruction during the 17th and 18th centuries, nowadays symbolized on the city seal by the Phoenix. Those destructions are the main reason for which no building older than the 18th century exists in the city. After that, Buzău slowly recovered to become now an important modern city in south-eastern Romania.
The city's landmark building is the Communal Palace, in the central Dacia Square. The Nicolae Bălcescu Boulevard links it to the Crâng park, Buzău's main recreational area.
There are very frequent connections from Bucharest, including five Intercity type trains and seven Rapid trains.
Bus stations are everywhere, and a bus ticket is very cheap. Alternatively, you can order a cab which takes 5 minutes to arrive on average.
You can walk through Buzău's Parks, visit the Communal Palace, the Archiepiscopal Cathedral of Buzău and the 2 main museums: Buzău County Museum and the Vergu-Mănăilă Ethnographic Museum.
You can visit the numerous parks of Buzău, the biggest one being Crâng Park which features an artificial lake, numerous discothéques and boat rides on the lake. It also has an obelisk that is at the end of the main alley. The other 2 parks are Marghiloman Park and Tineretului Park.
There are 2 cinemas in town: Cinema Dacia, in Dacia Square and Happy Cinema, within Galleria Mall.
There are also several clubs, most of them being on the Nicolae Bălcescu Boulevard.
You can go on shopping sprees in the 3 main malls of the city: Galleria Mall, Aurora Mall and Winmarkt Shopping Centre.
Eat and drink
Most restaurants in Buzău are cheap and offer tasty food, the most popular restaurants being:
- Bistro Junior (near the centre)
- Pizza Marina
Alternatively, if you prefer a more traditional type of cuisine, some restaurants which include those are:
- Taverna Buzoiană
- Conacul Trandafirilor
- Curtea Domnească
- Curtea Veche
There are hotels and motels in Buzău which can have prices from 100 lei all the way to 400 lei per night.
- Hotel Art (4 star hotel)
- Hotel Orhideea (3 star hotel)
- Hotel Nova Imperial (3 star hotel)
- Hotel Pietroasa (2 star hotel)