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Travel around Bucharest

by sea-n-kim

We will be spending 5 days in Bucharest. Would like to find the name of a good agent to use for hotels and day trips. Can anyone recommend a good hotel that also has breakfast included, saves time in the morning when your running out to catch a tour.


Re: Travel around Bucharest

by taseg

You don't necessarily need an agent, it's relatively easy to book hotels and cars (if that's what you plan to use for day trips, though I'd suggest you use public transportation) by yourself.
For hotel recommendations it would be useful to know what kind of hotel (in what price range) you're looking for.

Re: Travel around Bucharest

by sea-n-kim

Thank you for the info.
We would be looking for a hotel for around $150.00/night or less if we could find one .Was informed the Crystal Palace was nice.

Re: Travel around Bucharest

by mirc12

cristal palacece is very nice.i stayed here and they have very good condition and good brekfast. olso ramada hotel is ok.the problem is that the hotel is not in the center. if you need to rent a car i know an e-mail adress of paula.cornea@yahoo.com. she can help you

Re: Travel around Bucharest

by jumperxxx

i used www.bucharestlimoservice.com ,they have hotel reservations and they can recomend you a good hotel and also they have private rental limos Mercedes e class with chauffeur...

Travel Tips for Bucharest

Gradina Botanica

by draguza

One of the more striking things about this beautiful botanical garden is the fact that it is located right next to an industrial centre, complete with cooling towers, chimneys churning out everything nasty-looking, and nasty smells. That small problem aside, the garden is well kept and absolutely beautiful in the spring. While having a stroll, you'll come across impressive pine trees, a lily pond with waterfall and a herb garden. Bucharestians treat the gardens as a park, and on warm afternoons you may see more young lovers than plants

Habits and customs

by Romanian_Bat

1. Men generally shake hands, while women kiss or hug each other to greet. However it is still familiar in certain situations for men also to hug each other and this is not regarded as a sexual offence.
2. When you want to give someone flowers, bear in mind that one flower is generally only given to the person you love, and then bigger odd numbers are welcome as a gift to anyone. Even numbers of flowers are only given to the dead. Therefore beware!
3. When visiting churches, it is familiar for people to wear either long dresses or long trousers; shorts are traditionally not acceptable; in a church usually women are kindly asked to cover their hair with a headkerchief.
4. When invited for a meal and you refuse because you do not eat pork, for instance, it is OK. But when invited for a drink or meal and you simply refuse, it can be taken as mistrust or as the lack of pleasure you would have to accept the offer.
5. Romanians pay little attention to time. Do not get angry if your friend / partner / acquaintance is 10 minutes late, he/she will blame the tram, the weather, the neighbour or whatever and you will lose 10 more minutes talking in vain...
6. When you are in Rome, act like Romans. So do not expect Bucharesters to do things as you like, rather try to understand why they are late, why they drive so madly and so on. After all, Bucharest is their home and it has not been built to please tourists. To the good and to the bad of it.

Mogosoaia Palace

by Romanian_Bat

Constantin Brancoveanu was one of the most active monument builder in Wallachia. From the monuments he built, we can list here two: the one in Potlogi and the one in Mogosoaia. The Palace in Mogosoaia is the best restored of the two and it lies in the village with same name in north-west Bucharest, being located on a lake shore. It is accessible by maxi taxi (small vans) from Bucharest North Station (maxi taxi # 508).
The first building to be raised here was the St. George Church (1688) which still preserves original frescoes, of which the one representing Brancoveanu and his four sons (to the right of the door) and Lady Maria with her seven daughters (to the left). The palace itself was accomplished in 1702 and then given as a present to the ruler’s son, Stephen. The prince lived here together with his family until 1714, when the voyevode, his wife and the four sons left for Constantinople, where his and his sons’ heads were cut off by the Turks. Remaining empty, the palace was robbed, then it was turned into an inn and eventually deserted again. It suffered further damage during the Russian – Turkish War (1769-1774). When the last of the Brancoveanu descendant died, the palace was taken over by Bibescu family, which restored it around 1850. The north façade was redone with pillars brought from Potlogi, the window frames were changed, the plaster covering the walls was removed and the brick structure was revealed. After the 1977 earthquake that damaged it, the chimneys collapsed and were replaced with the actual ugly factory-like chimneys. After the 1989 changes, it was deserted for a while and nowadays it is a museum and the interiors can be visited – as they host art exhibitions. The palace – as it can be seen today – is made of a loggia, the cuhnia, the gate tower, the palace proper and a secondary left wing. The palace is – as all the monuments raised by Brancoveanu – a fine and harmonious blend of Renaissance elements with traces of Baroque and features taken from the traditional households in Romania.

Walking down Calea Victoriei...

by Tom1971

Walking down Calea Victoriei from Str Balescu, on your left you'll pass a pedestrian mall. There are a couple of good bars through here, one with an Egyptian theme which serves a good selection of beers as well as their speciality, coffee filtered through sand which has a bizarre taste.


by violeta13

Opened in 1979, Bucharest's metro is improving. Now with four lines and 45 stations, the system is clean, reliable, safe and cheap. Tickets valid for two journeys costs 0.50 E. Trains run between 5.30 am and 11.30 pm and are supposed to run with a frequency of between 3-12 minutes.


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