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  • Parliament Palace - Casa Poporului

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Astra Traditional Folk Civilization...

    Sibiu Things to Do

    First off I have to say that I love open air museums. If I hear there's one close to anywhere I'm visiting, I'll want to go. So ASTRA, a vast collection of traditional Romanian buildings set in a forest and lake setting, was a must-see in Sibiu for me. It did not disappoint. The complex is very large and there are multiple buildings of each type...

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  • Black Eagle Pub

    Oradea Things to Do

    Most fun you can have in Oradea in the weekend. The music is really good, the staff is friendly and the variety of drinks is nice. They also serve cold Guinness on tap. If you are looking for a a nice place to spend the night this is a great spot.

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  • Village Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Bridge of Lies (Podul Mincinosilor)

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Herastrau Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Large Square (Piata Mare)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sibiu Things to Do

    Sibiu's historical centre is focused around three squares, each one linked to the other: Piata Mare,. Piata Mica and Piata Huet. Piata Mare is much the largest square...a truly enormous space, its paving recently refurbished and complete with the now-commonplace 'fountains' which squirt unexpectedly from the paving slabs. It's a hive of activity...

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  • Revolution Square - Piata Revolutiei

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Triumphal Arch - Arcul de Triumf

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Catholic Church

    Sibiu Things to Do

    Biserica Parohiala Romano-Catolica Sf Trieme...Holy Trinity Catholic church...stands on Sibiu's largest square, Piata Mare. It's not as old as many other buildings on the squae, dating only from the 1700s. There were no Catholic churches in Sibiu for over 100 years after the Reformation, only Protestant/Evangelica/Lutheran ones. But eventually...

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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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  • 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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  • Romanian Athenaeum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Metropolitan Cathedral

    Sibiu Things to Do

    I explore most of Sibiu on a sunny Sunday and it took me ages to manage to see inside this rather lovely Orthodox cathedral. There were weddings and baptisms going on every time I wandered past, and I obviously didn't want to intrude. But I eventually managed to get inside and have a brief look at the end of a baptism ceremony, keeping out of sight...

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  • National Art Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Council Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sibiu Things to Do

    Turnul Sfatului (the council tower) is accessible for climbing and city views. In theory, in the summer months at least, it is open from 1200-2000. In practice it took me several wandering-past visits before I found the door propped open and went inside and up. The tower stands at one corner of Piata Mare, with the passage underneath leading into...

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  • Museum of the Romanian Peasant

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Defense Towers

    Sibiu Things to Do

    A little of Sibiu's original defensive walls and structures remains, including several of its defensive towers. You can find three of them in a row, and the site of a fourth, along the edge of Parc Cetatii, to the south of Piata Mare and Strada N Bacescu. The first (if you walk from the car park at the end of Str. N Balcescu) is Turnul...

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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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  • Small Square (Piata Mica)

    Sibiu Things to Do

    Piata Mica (the 'small square') is linked to Piata Mare: they are really just a few steps apart. I found this the most buzzy of the three squares, with the old buildings at its edges almost all housing cafes, bars or restaurants on their lower floors and, in the warmer months, most with outside tables. It was very busy indeed on both the Saturday...

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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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  • Huet Square

    Sibiu Things to Do

    A huge chunk of Piata Huet is taken up with Sibiu's rather magnificent Medieval Evangelical cathedral.....Biserica Evanghelică din Sibiu...which dates from the 1440s. And which was closed for renovations (large-scale ones) when I visited, something which annoyed me intensely. :-( The square itself dates at least from the late 12th century. It...

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  • Opera House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Natural History Museum - Grigore Antipa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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 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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  • 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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  • Ocna Sibiului

    4 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • City Tour Buses

    Bucharest Things to Do

    The city is not very large but very interesting to walk around, especially the old town. It appears that many old buildings are starting to be renovated. The open top bus tour was well worth doing it was very cheap, a great way to see the sites and a economical way to get around.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • National Theatre

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Carol Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Old Town

    Bucharest Things to Do

    I've decided to make a post since as far as I could see many people got some things wrong... or just visited our city a very long time ago, so, let's start with the obvious begining, the main reason of you visiting our city is gaining experience and making an idea of how's the situation here, first of all, if you're a calm person which enjoys...

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