Fodor's Expert Review Palatul Cotroceni
The Cotroceni, which incorporates French, Romanian, Art Nouveau, and other styles of architecture, was constructed in the late 19th century as the home of Romania's royal family. After a devastating 1977 earthquake, it was rebuilt and now houses the official residence of the Romanian president. The lavish furnishings, art, and personal effects afford a glimpse into the lives of Romania's former royalty. Guides are required (no extra charge) for the one-hour tour, but you must call ahead to reserve a tour. Since the palace is a bit removed from other sights, you might want to take the Metro to the Politehnica station or simply take a taxi.