The city of Ploiesti offers an excellent selection of cultural and architectural sites that celebrate both its heritage and its modern-day cultural scene. The city is around 56 kilometres north of Bucharest, the capital of Romania, and is known as an important transportation centre providing links to the other areas of Romania including the popular ski resorts in the Prahova Valley.
There are many great attractions in Ploiesti for culture-lovers ranging from architectural sites and museums to sporting events. The Ploiesti Philharmonic Orchestra is renowned as one of the finest in Romania and regularly host concerts in the Paul Constantinescu Philharmonic. Other interesting sites worth visiting in the city include the Clock Museum and the Palace of Culture, or visitors can watch the city’s football team, FC Petrolul Ploiesti, currently playing in the highest league in the country.
Ploiesti is one of Romania’s most important centres of transportation with excellent links to the rest of the country. With over 50 trains running to and from Bucharest each day and also services running to every other major city in Romania, Ploiesti makes for a great base to explore the country. Within the city itself there is an efficient public transport network noted as one of the best in Southeastern Europe with trams, buses and trolleybuses offering access to all areas of the city. Visitors flying into Ploiesti can touch down at the nearby Henri Coanda International Airport which is only 45 kilometres away from the city centre.
Ploiesti has a long history that is believed to stretch back long before the 16th century but was first mentioned in this period. After developing into one of the region’s most important trade centres, it became a leading oil export site in the 19th century. Ploiesti currently has a population of just over 200,000 residents which makes it the 9th most populous city in the country.