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Romania 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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  • Bridge of Lies (Podul Mincinosilor)

    Sibiu Things to Do

    It is interesting hearing the stories of this bridge. That whilst standing on the bridge if you told a lie, the bridge would fall down....Local custom has lovers pledge vows of love on the bridge. Apparently many years ago miscreants would be tossed from the bridge. It is really not that long of a distance between the bridge and the road below. You...

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  • Revolution Square - Piata Revolutiei

    Bucharest Things to Do

    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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  • Large Square (Piata Mare)

    Sibiu Things to Do

    The CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE Music Fest Festival created by ELITE ART Club UNESCO Association is a high-level event that brings to the public’s attention the classical music brilliantly performed by the best artists of the moment, from Romania and abroad, in a unique concept: "Everybody's Music". At its 4th edition already (planned for August 2014),...

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  • Village Museum

    Bucharest Things to Do

    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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  • Astra Traditional Folk Civilization...

    Sibiu Things to Do

    The Astra Museum is located in the Dumbrava Sibiului nature reserve a couple of miles South of Sibiu. It contains exhibits of homesteads from the Romanian countryside. Fruit growing, candle making, wool, pottery. Unfortunately we visited during the week when there were very few homesteaders. It still is a nice place to visit. We rented the city...

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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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  • Small Square (Piata Mica)

    Sibiu Things to Do

    During the middle ages the small square (Piata Mica) was the commercial centre of Sibiu, even now there are street sellers lining the square selling jewellery, souvenirs and toys as well as artists drawing portraits for the tourists. The tradesmen of the area built their houses around the square. Most of the buildings with porticoes (porches built...

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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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  • Metropolitan Cathedral

    Sibiu Things to Do

    Sibiu’s Orthodox Cathedral is the second largest in the country and was built between 1902 and 1906. Its exterior with its large green copper dome and horizontally striped brickwork is striking, and its interior dazzling. There is rich ornamentation wherever you look, but especially noteworthy are the iconostasis (of gilt carved wood) and dome...

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  • Romanian Athenaeum

    Bucharest Things to Do

    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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  • Stairs' Passage

    Sibiu Things to Do

    The Stairs passage connects the upper and lower town of Sibiu. It comprises of narrow streets and arches that go around the city walls.. It was built in brick and stone in the 13th Century. The passage leads to the Gateway tower.

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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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  • Brukenthal Museum

    Sibiu Things to Do

    Founded in 1790 by Samuel Von Brukenthal, Governor of Transylvania, the BRUKENTHAL MUSEUM or Muzeul National Brukenthal, is home to over 1000 works of art, sculptures and a Gothic exhibition.

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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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  • Evangelical Church

    Sibiu Things to Do

    The 14th century Evangelical Church or Lutheran cathedral, formerly a Roman Catholic one dedicated to St. Mary, is most striking from the exterior for its colourful roof, which reminded me of Stephansdom in Vienna. Unfortunately the exterior is all I saw of it, as the church was undergoing restoration at the time (June 2013) and was consequently...

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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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  • City Hall

    Sibiu Things to Do

    This beautiful building, situated in Pieta Mare (main square), has been the City Hall of Sibiu since 2006. It was built in 1906 in the shape of a horseshoe. Originally built for the Agricultural Credit Bank it also was the headquarters of the Savings and Loans bank. I especially enjoyed watching the films (Flight and Anna Karenina) in the square on...

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  • Opera House

    Bucharest Things to Do

    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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  • Defense Towers

    Sibiu Things to Do

    On one side of the old town area are the remains of a defensive wall complete with three towers. Apparently the various guilds were encouraged to finance and/or build their own respective tower. The Carpenters were thoughtful enough not to make their tower out of wood...Although there is some kind of attachment made of wood. Arquebusiers, (what...

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  • Military Club

    Bucharest Things to Do

    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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  • Catholic Church

    Sibiu Things to Do

    Although the inhabitants of Sibiu are largely (91% according to Wikipedia) Romanian Orthodox in their beliefs, it is the church of the minority Catholic population that dominates the city’s biggest square. The church dates from the 18th century and is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. I had many opportunities to admire it from the outside, as I passed...

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  • Press House

    Bucharest Things to Do

    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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  • Council Tower

    Sibiu Things to Do

    The Council Tower or Turnul Sfatului may be considered something of a symbol of Sibiu – its Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty, immediately identifiable in numerous photos and images of the city. It is a former 13th century fortification tower which was built to defend the entrance gate into the second precinct of the city (Sibiu had a series on...

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  • Manuc's Inn and Old Princely Court

    Bucharest Things to Do

    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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  • Huet Square

    Sibiu Things to Do

    The building now known as the House of the Apprentices or Casa Calfelor was formerly part of the defensive system. Its oldest part probably dates back to the 14th century. It has had its present-day name since 2007, the year when Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture. In that year this building was donated by the Evangelical parish of the city...

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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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  • Ocna Sibiului

    Sibiu Things to Do

    Around Sibiu, in Ocna Sibiului, there's a curious place to visit: the salted ponds of a former salt mine now used for therapeutical baths by local people. The landscape and the ambiance is strange due to the ponds digged like little volcano craters.

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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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  • Lower Town

    Sibiu Things to Do

    On the Sunday morning of the VT meeting I had made no firm plans. But when the opportunity arose to join a few friends on a stroll through the Lower Town I jumped at it, as this was a part of Sibiu I was yet to explore. So Lori, Teresa, Katherine and I set off from the hotel after breakfast and spent a companionable morning wandering through its...

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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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  • Pedestrian Street (Nicolae Balcescu...

    Sibiu Things to Do

    The pedestrians-only Strada Nicholae Balcescu links the Large Square to the western fringes of the old town. The casual stroller will see the many welcoming cafés, with tables set outside in the shade, and a variety of shops – small local businesses and also some chains such as Billa (supermarket) and Zara. But look beyond these and you are soon...

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  • National Theatre

    Bucharest Things to Do

    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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  • Museum of Pharmacy

    Sibiu Things to Do

    As an employee of the Food and Drug Administration, I was interested to visit the Sibiu Museum of Pharmacy. The Sibiu Pharmacy Museum is housed in a 1569 Gothic townhouse in the Grand Square, in the location where the oldest pharmacy in Romania operated for over 150 years. The rows of ceramic jars, and walls of carefully labeled herbs drawers...

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  • Natural History Museum - Grigore Antipa

    Bucharest Things to Do

    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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  • City Walls

    Sibiu Things to Do

    One thing that I like about Sibiu is its former defence wall. I like to walk on the street below the wall or on them. The third fortification wall was built in 14th century was consolidated in the 17th century. There can be seen the Arquebusier Tower (15th century), Potter Tower (15th century) and Carpenter Tower (15th century). They were all...

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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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  • Paltinis

    Sibiu Things to Do

    Paltinis (Hohe Rinne) is a tourist resort built by Siebenburgischer Karpatenverein in 1894. Situated at 35 Km from Sibiu, Paltinis is the highest (1440 m altitude), and the oldest resort in Romania. Its beautiful location, fresh air, and numerous hiking opportunities, have made Paltinis a favorite for everyone. The resort includes 4 hotels, 6...

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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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  • Luxembourg House

    Sibiu Things to Do

    The Luxembourg House is a former trade House. Later the Luxemburg Consulate came in this building. The building is also known as the Red House. At the groundfloor is an bar with summer terrace nicily located at the side of the Bridge of Lies. Casa Luxembourg is also a boutique hotel. The baroque facade dates back to the 18th century. Before two...

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  • Royal Palace - Palatul Regal

    Bucharest Things to Do

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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