Municipiul Bucuresti Things to Do

  • Senate (Former Comunist Party Building)
    Senate (Former Comunist Party Building)
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  • Parliament Palace at night
    Parliament Palace at night
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  • Parliament Palace, Bucharest
    Parliament Palace, Bucharest
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Municipiul Bucuresti Things to Do

  • Parliament Palace - Casa Poporului

    Bucharest Things to Do

    There are several claims about the size of this building, some say it's the second largest, some the third. It doesn't change the fact that this is a monster of a building - and surely one of the highlights of your Bucharest trips.   Parliament Palace can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Though a reservation is not compulsory, places are...

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  • Village Museum

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    The Village Museum borders Herastrau Park, but its entrance is on Soseaua Kiseleff. You cannot enter it from the park. Entrance is 6Ron. It is open on Mon 9-5, Tues to Sun 9-7. The museum contains buildings from all over Romania including different styles of houses, windmills, farms, water mills, fisheries, churches and even an old merry go round....

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  • Revolution Square - Piata Revolutiei

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    Today's senate building was once the building of the Central Committee of the Communist party. The first uprisings against the communist regime have started in Timisoara in mid-December 1989. Ceaucescu intended to talk down the revolution by a pro-Ceaucescu rally in Bucharest. He held a speech on December 21st from here - his last speech. The mood...

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  • Cismigiu Park

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Cismigiu Park is a lovely park - the oldest public park in Bucharest - which was very close to our hotel for the first night. We walked there after walking the main street to see the Romanian Athenaeum, the former Royal Palace (now the National Museum of Art of Romania), the Athénée Palace Hotel (famous for being a den of espionage prior to WWII -...

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  • Herastrau Park

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Bucharest's green area is a long shot away from the old town. It is a popular recreation area with the locals. The clock at the roundabout in the south has become an icon of the city, but it is only from the early 2000s. The clock is now one of now ten public clocks in this style. Herastrau Park includes a sculpture park in the south (with statues...

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  • Romanian Athenaeum

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    Romanian Athenaeum is a beautiful concert hall in the center of Bucharest, and a landmark of the capital city. Opened in 1888, the ornate, domed, circular building is the city's main concert hall and home of the George Enescu Philharmonic and of the George Enescu annual international music festival. Unfortunately, there were no performances the...

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  • Triumphal Arch - Arcul de Triumf

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Bucharest's nickname is “Little Paris” and the admiration for the French capital reached its climax in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is therefore no surprise to find a copy of Paris' Arc de Triomphe in Bucharest. The original structure was a wooden one erected in 1878, it was later replaced by a larger – still wooden – one in 1922 until...

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  • National Art Museum

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Here, you'll find a collection of classic paintings as well as medieval (mainly religious) art. The museum is located in the former Royal Palace and is divided in two sections: European and Romanian art. You get get an overview over the exhibits on their website.   The European section (left) has galleries divided by nationalities and contains...

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  • Museum of the Romanian Peasant

    Bucharest Things to Do

    This museum is often recommended and seems to be high regarded by locals. In my opinion however, it is far overrated and surely does not meet everyone's taste.   Most exhibitions are not easily to understand, as they lack explanations. In many cases, there are not even Romanian ones. So most of the time, you just walk through the large exhibition...

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  • Military Club

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    The Military Club was build in 1912 on the site of the former Sarindar Monastery (the name witch is preserved in the name of the fontain directly in front of the building). This neoclassic masterpiece, designed by the romanien architect Dimitrie Maimaroiu, was build to host the social, cultural and educational needs of the Romanien army.

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  • Opera House

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    Bucharest’s Opera House is the main venue for seeing opera and ballet performances in Bucharest. Their annual season runs from October to June and tickets are usually dirt cheap. They tend to stick to a classical repertoire. Due to lack of funding the sets are not too spectacular but performances are of a high quality. The edifice was built in the...

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  • Press House

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    Named Casa Sciintei after the Communist Party's newspaper, the building is now known as "House of the Free Press". A popular nickname during the Communist years was "House of Lies". It was designed to hold the offices of the different newspaper (including foreign ones) which would make it easier for the intelligence service to control them. The...

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  • Manuc's Inn and Old Princely Court

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    Inns like this were common during Ottoman rule, in Bucharest however only this one survived. Halul lui Manuc (Manuc's Inn) was finished in the early 19th century. In 1812, the peace treaty of the Russo-Turkish war was signed in this building. It saw other high-category political meetings and for a short time in 1842, the city government was...

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  • Stavropoloes Church

    Bucharest Things to Do

    It was finished in 1730 and is richly decorated with icons. Like many of Bucharest's old churches, it is pretty small. It was part of a nunnery which was dissolved. Outside, it is one of very few churches that has preserved at the outer walls. The inner court (completed in 1997!) is nice to look at, especially in spring/summer when they have a lot...

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  • Romanian Savings Bank

    Bucharest Things to Do

    This beautiful building, designed in the eclectic style by the French architect Paul Gottereau, was constructed between 1896-1900. It sits on the site of a former 16hr century monastery, St. John the Great. This was the only bank that was allowed to do business during communism when it served as the state savings bank called “CEC” (“Casa de...

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  • Old Town

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The old town area, otherwise known as Lipscani, is a total mess, yet fascinating. Many of the streets were ripped up years ago; then due to a dispute were left ripped up rather than repaved. Some are currently being repaired. There are wonderful buildings, beautifully restored, right next to derelict buildings, falling down where they stand. The...

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  • Calea Victoriei

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Calea Victoriei is the oldest street of Bucharest - 1692 - it used to link the Old Princely Court (downtown) with Mogosoaia Palace (north of Bucharest). It was initially paved with oak beams. The name Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) was given in 1878 after the Romanian War for independence. A walk on the Calea Victoriei takes about 1 hour -...

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  • National Theatre

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    The National Theatre was built in 1973, but its exterior was entirely reshaped in the 1980s. Inside there are three auditoriums: the Sala Mare is the largest one, the Sala Amfiteatru and the Sala Atelier are used for smaller productions and TV shows. The theatre is still state-owned and run by the Ministry of Culture. Inside there is also a museum...

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  • Cotroceni Palace

    Bucharest Things to Do

    This is a must see if you are in town. If you have time to visit just one place in Bucharest, make Cotroceni Palace the place! Make sure you have your passport with you, the security is tight here. Last time I was in Bucharest and visited the place, the admission entrance was about $7. It is closed on Monday. You are not allowed to take pictures...

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  • Natural History Museum - Grigore Antipa

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    This museum has been refurbished recently and is of international class. The displays are stunning and one exhibit is unique. There is a audio guide in various languages. There are information displays in Romanian and, for the most part, English. Unfortunately the website appears to be in Romanian only.

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  • Royal Palace - Palatul Regal

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    The Romanian Palatul Regal is by no means an old structure: it was first built by prince Dinicu Golescu only in 1815 and then underwent several changes including those in the 1930's after a damage from great fire. It's pretty big but only a part of it houses the National Art Museum established shortly after WWII in 1948. I did not have the time...

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  • City Tour Buses

    Bucharest Things to Do

    orientation of the city and nice pictures. stops at 1 presei / press 2 muzeul stului / village museum 3 piata arcul de triumf / arc triomf square 4 piata victoriei square 5 piata revolutiei 6 cec / oldest bank? 7 palatul parlamentului 8 piata unirii 9 piata universitatii ( stop is at the hospital spitalul coltea) 10 piata romana 11 piata...

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  • Palace of Justice

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The Palace of Justice was built between 1890-1895 in French Renaissance style. It was designed by the French architect Albert Ballu and the interiors were finished by Ion Mincu. The main facade has six pillars and a series of law themed statues bearing names like “Law”, “Justice”, “Truth” etc. created by the sculptor Karl Stork. Because it was...

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  • National Museum of History

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The Romanian National History Museum comprises in an total area of 8,000 square meters and 60 rooms of exibits showing romanian history, from Paleolitic (600.000 - 6.000 b.c.), followed by Dacian material and spiritual culture, to the medieval period, the Independence War (1878), the two World Wars and Romania's entrance under the Russian...

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  • Cantacuzino Palace

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Residence of a wealth citizen, former prime minister of Romania - Mr. Grigore Cantacuzino, the building constructed between 1898 and 1900 is now the George Enescu Museum. George Enescu was a Romanian composer (1881-1955), best known for the Romanian Rhapsodies. Every two year, the Romanian Athenaeum cel

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  • Cretulescu Church

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The beautiful red brick Creţulescu Church is one of the oldest in Bucharest still surviving in its original form. It was commissioned in 1722 by Iordache Creţulescu and his wife Safta, a daughter of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu. Its design, with its twin towers, is a blend of Byzantine and Western architecture. Fragments of 19th century...

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  • Carol Park

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The fountain lies in Libertatii Square, right in front of the main entrance to Carol Park. It was built in shape of a wide bowl with a sustaining pillar. It dates from 1935, when it was built for the traditional feast of the Luna Bucurestilor. It was designed by Octav Doicescu. On the exterior of the fountain, it is decorated with the different...

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  • Central University Library

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The Central University Library is a beautifully ornated building located opposite the Royal Palace in the Revolution Square. The building was designed by the French architect Paul Gottereau who also designed the Royal Palace and the CEC Building. Construction was started in 1890 and the building was inaugurated in 1895 as the “Palace of Carol I...

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  • Union Square - Piata Unirii

    Bucharest Things to Do

    If you come from the southern part of Bucharest, the Union Square (Piata Unirii in Romanian) is where the city center starts. Two of Bucharest subway lines intersect here and the square is the site of one of the city’s department stores, Unirea Shopping Center. Unfortunately this place was also Ceausescu's (the communist dictator) playground for...

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  • Botanical Garden

    Bucharest Things to Do

    A very nice place, quiet and relaxing. If you have time, don't miss it! Near is the Cotroceni Palace, a must see of the city. You can visit it only with a previous call. More info on http://www.muzeulcotroceni.ro/

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  • Russian Church

    Bucharest Things to Do

    If the onion dome architecture of the church in the photo makes you think of Russian Orthodox churches than you are on the right path. This is Bucharest’s Russian Church, or St. Nicholas Church after Emperor Nicholas II of Russia whose court provided the 600.000 gold rubles which were used for the construction of the building. The church was...

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  • Bucharest University

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The University of Bucharest was founded in 1864 by Alexandru Ioan Cuza, ruler of the newly united principalities of Walachia and Moldova. Work on the neoclassical building began in 1857 and finished in 1859. Between the two World Wars, the libraries and corridors of the University hosted an impressive number of Romanian personalities, including...

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  • Kretzulescu Church

    Bucharest Things to Do

    This beautiful, small red brick church was already on the shortlist to be pulled down after the WWII reconstruction plans of the communist regime. Only the effort of locals saved it – however, like many churches in Bucharest, it looks tucked away between larger modern buildings. Kretzulescu church was finished in 1722 and refurbished several times...

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  • Bulevardul Unirii

    Bucharest Things to Do

    So this is the main road leading to / from the palace of parliament, its busy with traffic but still an enjoyable walk, there is plenty of room between the road and footpath. the centre of the road is lined with fountains and the further up it you get the better the view of the Parliament building is. Strangely compelling walk!

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  • Antim Monastery

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The church is was built around 1714-1715 by Antim Ivreanul. It has a three-conic plan with a porch opened on columns. The stone foundation is a unique piece of Romanian art. The round decoration above the entrance door is a symbol of faith. The original key of the church door had the same round design on it. The key is on display at the National...

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  • National Bank of Romania

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The old National Bank of Romania,on Lipscani street is emblematic of the neo-classical style with rationalist influences that prevailed in the interwar period. Right in front of this building,you can admire the ruins of an old market,covered with glass. All the area is beautiful,is the historical centre of Bucharest,you can find here many old...

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  • City Hall

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Bucharest City Hall is housed in a beautiful building lying across from Cismigiu Park on Regina Elisabeta boulevard. This is where the good and bad decisions regarding Bucharest are taken. The edifice was built during the years 1906 to 1910 after a design by architect Petre Antonescu and used to house the Ministry of Public Works. The city hall was...

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  • Odeon Theatre

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The Odeon Theatre, one of Bucharest’s leading theatre companies, was founded in 1946 as Giulesti Theatre. It moved to its current location, the Sala Majestic, in 1974. It is a repertory theatre with a company of 42 actors. The auditorium has 300 seats. In the 17th century, the location of the present Odeon Theatre was the estate Dumitrache Ghica....

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  • University Square

    Bucharest Things to Do

    One of the typical wide squares in Bucharest with a lot of traffic and monumental buildings. The old main building of the University is located here. What is more important than the buildings is the historic significance of this square. It has seen two crucial demonstrations during the transition from a communist dictatorship to a country which...

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  • Coltea Church

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Upon returning from Jerusalem, Mihai Cantacuzino built Sinaia Monastery (around which Sinaia resort developed later on), Ramnicu Sarat Monastery (in Eastern Romania) and Coltea Church in Bucharest. In 1695-1698 he had the church built on a plot of land where an older, wooden church had been built in 1641-1642. Several houses were also set around...

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  • Magheru Boulevard

    Bucharest Things to Do

    One of the greatest streets in Bucharest, it links the Roman Square with the University Square. The buildings here were built mainly between the two world wars. Its an area full of shops, restaurants and cinema.

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  • Senate

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The Senate building on Piaţa Revolutiei was until 1989 the Communist Party Headquarters. It was from here that Ceausescu made his final speech on December 21, 1989 and then fled from the roof by helicopter. There are several monuments to the protesters who died.

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  • Zoo

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Bucharest Zoo was founded in 1955 as a "zoological corner" but became a real Zoo with a big number of animals just in 1962. Entry fee: Adults - 13 RON (EUR 3); Children 6.5 RON (1.5 EUR) Opening hours: 9am-7pm Check out my photo travelogue for some pictures from the Bucharest Zoo.

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  • Metropolitan Church - Biserica...

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Consecrated to Saint Emperors Constantine and Helen, the church is situated on the Metropolitan Church Hill, and is a construction of impressive proportions (28 m long in the interior, with a 14.60 m wide narthex). I t was raised in 1656-1658 by prince Constantin Serban Basarab. During Radu Leon's rule (1664-1669), the church became the Wallachian...

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  • Old Court Church

    Bucharest Things to Do

    Biserica Curtea Veche, the Old Court Church was built between 1546 and 1559 in Wallachian style. Alternating brick and plaster stripes give its exterior a distinctive appearance. The carved wooden door was added by Prince Stefan Cantacuzino in the eearly 18th century. It is Bucharest's oldest church and the coronation ceremonies for the Wallachian...

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