Guidebook for Bucharest

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Guidebook for Bucharest

Parks & Nature
The most central of the city's public gardens, Cismigiu is a haven of lawns, trees, flowers and lakes. Often mistakenly referred to as a park, Cismigiu is actually a large garden.
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Cișmigiu Gardens
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The most central of the city's public gardens, Cismigiu is a haven of lawns, trees, flowers and lakes. Often mistakenly referred to as a park, Cismigiu is actually a large garden.
There is a ton to do in Herastrau, far more than most people - including locals - realise. The park has two main entrances, although by far the most elegant is that which borders Piata Charles de Gaulle. Here you can check out Reef Aquarium.
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Herăstrău Lake
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There is a ton to do in Herastrau, far more than most people - including locals - realise. The park has two main entrances, although by far the most elegant is that which borders Piata Charles de Gaulle. Here you can check out Reef Aquarium.
Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park (also known as Titan Park or IOR Park) is a park in Bucharest, from Sector 3
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Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park
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Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park (also known as Titan Park or IOR Park) is a park in Bucharest, from Sector 3
Arts & Culture
more than 60 original houses, farmsteads, windmills, watermills and churches from all of Romania's historic regions: Transylvania, Oltenia, Dobrogea and Moldavia. Every exhibit has a plaque showing exactly where in Romania it was brought from.
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Village Museum
28-30 Șoseaua Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff
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more than 60 original houses, farmsteads, windmills, watermills and churches from all of Romania's historic regions: Transylvania, Oltenia, Dobrogea and Moldavia. Every exhibit has a plaque showing exactly where in Romania it was brought from.
One of Romania's finest museums, and one of the best natural history museums in Europe, which recently benefited from a three year, €14 million refit. Packed with terrific exhibits (including the obligatory dinosaur skeletons) which will keep kids of all ages and their parents occupied for the best part of the day, there are all sorts of hands-on, interactive displays, as well as 3D films, artificial caves and - in the basement - a thorough guide to the incredible amount of animal and plant life native to Romania. Admission 20 lei, pensioners 10 lei, children/students 5 lei. Last admission 19:00.
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Antipa Museum
1 Șoseaua Kiseleff
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One of Romania's finest museums, and one of the best natural history museums in Europe, which recently benefited from a three year, €14 million refit. Packed with terrific exhibits (including the obligatory dinosaur skeletons) which will keep kids of all ages and their parents occupied for the best part of the day, there are all sorts of hands-on, interactive displays, as well as 3D films, artificial caves and - in the basement - a thorough guide to the incredible amount of animal and plant life native to Romania. Admission 20 lei, pensioners 10 lei, children/students 5 lei. Last admission 19:00.
The country's largest, and most impressive art collection is housed inside the splendid former Royal Palace, first built in 1812 as a private home by the wealthy trader Dinicu Golescu. These tours (which cost 20 lei per person) have been immensely popular and more are planned for 2016. The museum's website usually publishes details of any upcoming tours a couple of weeks in advance of their taking place. You need to reserve a place on a tour: call (+4) 021 314 81 19 for more information.
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The National Museum of Art of Romania
49-53 Calea Victoriei
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The country's largest, and most impressive art collection is housed inside the splendid former Royal Palace, first built in 1812 as a private home by the wealthy trader Dinicu Golescu. These tours (which cost 20 lei per person) have been immensely popular and more are planned for 2016. The museum's website usually publishes details of any upcoming tours a couple of weeks in advance of their taking place. You need to reserve a place on a tour: call (+4) 021 314 81 19 for more information.
Eden Garden is a fabulous place in Bucharest, and if you do not get there, to see with your eyes, you can not imagine what is beyond the fences of Stirbei Palace
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Gradina EDEN
107 Calea Victoriei
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Eden Garden is a fabulous place in Bucharest, and if you do not get there, to see with your eyes, you can not imagine what is beyond the fences of Stirbei Palace
Shopping
Half-decent shopping centre in the heart of the city. A big Mega Image supermarket can be found in the basement, and there's a large number of eateries - and a kids’ playground - on the fifth floor.
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Inmedio
1 Piața Unirii
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Half-decent shopping centre in the heart of the city. A big Mega Image supermarket can be found in the basement, and there's a large number of eateries - and a kids’ playground - on the fifth floor.
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Mega Mall
3-5 Bulevardul Pierre de Coubertin
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ParkLake stands out as a unique shopping center, designed according to the latest architectural standards, located in a natural setting.
ParkLake
4 Strada Liviu Rebreanu
ParkLake stands out as a unique shopping center, designed according to the latest architectural standards, located in a natural setting.
Baneasa Shopping City is a shopping center in the north of Bucharest
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Băneasa Shopping City
42D Șoseaua București-Ploiești
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Baneasa Shopping City is a shopping center in the north of Bucharest
ParkLake is conceived under three main concepts: Nature, Park, and Family. As a result, ParkLake is uniquely modern shopping…
ParkLake
4 Strada Liviu Rebreanu
ParkLake is conceived under three main concepts: Nature, Park, and Family. As a result, ParkLake is uniquely modern shopping…
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AFI Cotroceni
4 Bd. G-ral Vasile Milea
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Essentials
Without a doubt the best supermarket/shopping centre in Bucharest. Stocks top quality fresh meat, including hard-to-find lamb, a wonderful selection of fresh fish (including salmon), a wide range of fruit and vegetables, and a good delicatessen.
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Carrefour
2 Corneliu Coposu Ave
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Without a doubt the best supermarket/shopping centre in Bucharest. Stocks top quality fresh meat, including hard-to-find lamb, a wonderful selection of fresh fish (including salmon), a wide range of fruit and vegetables, and a good delicatessen.
Non Stop super market
Mega Image - Piața Victoriei
155 Piața Victoriei
Non Stop super market
Mega Image Shop & Go
36-38 Strada Maria Rosetti
Entertainment & Activities
It is a modern and spacious club that offers a full range games : Billiards, Snooker, Bowling, Table tennis, Swimming pool.
IDM Club
319 Splaiul Independenței
It is a modern and spacious club that offers a full range games : Billiards, Snooker, Bowling, Table tennis, Swimming pool.
Pescariu Sports & Spa offers you exclusive premium services in the wellness category, for all ages.
Pescariu Sports & SPA
1-3 Strada Glodeni
Pescariu Sports & Spa offers you exclusive premium services in the wellness category, for all ages.
Garden, terrace, restaurant right in the middle of the city, but so far from worries and crowds.
Grădina Floreasca
16 Bulevardul Mircea Eliade
Garden, terrace, restaurant right in the middle of the city, but so far from worries and crowds.
The biggest wellness, relaxation and entertainment center in Europe. Located North of Bucharest, just 10 minutes away from the city, Therme București is a wellness concept for a modern lifestyle, dedicated to your well-being. Therme București has an indoor temperature of 29-30 degrees Celsius and a water temperature of 33 degrees Celsius, every month of the year.
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Therme Bucharest
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The biggest wellness, relaxation and entertainment center in Europe. Located North of Bucharest, just 10 minutes away from the city, Therme București is a wellness concept for a modern lifestyle, dedicated to your well-being. Therme București has an indoor temperature of 29-30 degrees Celsius and a water temperature of 33 degrees Celsius, every month of the year.
Sightseeing
You’ll see plenty of grand staircases, marble-plated halls and conference rooms, while - if you pay the extra - you may also have the chance to go on the roof, which offers perhaps the best view of central Bucharest. You can even now take a trip into the bowels of the building down below, though again this costs extra. To join one of the tours, you should make reservations a day in advance as parliamentary business means the official opening hours are subject to change. You will also need to bring your passport, driving license or other form of internationally-accepted ID. Use the entrance on the right-hand side of the palace (if you’re looking at it front-on). Izvor is probably the nearest metro station, but you’ll get a better view from Piata Unirii. Admission 25 lei adults, 13 lei students (standard tour); 30 lei adults, 13 lei students (standard and basement); 35 lei adults, 18 lei students (standard and terrace); 45 lei adults, 23 lei students (standard, terrace and basement). Free for children under 18 and the disabled. An additional fee of 30 lei is payable by those with cameras, either still or video.
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Palace of Parliament
2-4 Strada Izvor
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You’ll see plenty of grand staircases, marble-plated halls and conference rooms, while - if you pay the extra - you may also have the chance to go on the roof, which offers perhaps the best view of central Bucharest. You can even now take a trip into the bowels of the building down below, though again this costs extra. To join one of the tours, you should make reservations a day in advance as parliamentary business means the official opening hours are subject to change. You will also need to bring your passport, driving license or other form of internationally-accepted ID. Use the entrance on the right-hand side of the palace (if you’re looking at it front-on). Izvor is probably the nearest metro station, but you’ll get a better view from Piata Unirii. Admission 25 lei adults, 13 lei students (standard tour); 30 lei adults, 13 lei students (standard and basement); 35 lei adults, 18 lei students (standard and terrace); 45 lei adults, 23 lei students (standard, terrace and basement). Free for children under 18 and the disabled. An additional fee of 30 lei is payable by those with cameras, either still or video.
It was here, at around 10:30 on December 21, 1989, that the Nicolae Ceausescu regime began to crumble. A large crowd of well over 100,000 which had been brought in to dutifully cheer Ceausescu in the time-honoured way in fact jeered him - on live television. The dictator's face when he realises he is being booed is astonishing, and has been called his ‘Dorothy Moment’ in reference to the scene at the end of The Wizard of Oz when the facade of a great, mysterious power is torn down to reveal nothing more than a frail old man.
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Revolution Square
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It was here, at around 10:30 on December 21, 1989, that the Nicolae Ceausescu regime began to crumble. A large crowd of well over 100,000 which had been brought in to dutifully cheer Ceausescu in the time-honoured way in fact jeered him - on live television. The dictator's face when he realises he is being booed is astonishing, and has been called his ‘Dorothy Moment’ in reference to the scene at the end of The Wizard of Oz when the facade of a great, mysterious power is torn down to reveal nothing more than a frail old man.
Possibly the finest building in the city, the Romanian Atheneum, with its sublime baroque cupola, stands proudly at the flux of the city's busiest public square, competing with the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel, the Royal Palace and the old national library for attention.
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Romanian Athenaeum
1-3 Strada Benjamin Franklin
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Possibly the finest building in the city, the Romanian Atheneum, with its sublime baroque cupola, stands proudly at the flux of the city's busiest public square, competing with the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel, the Royal Palace and the old national library for attention.
Bucharest’s Arc de Triumf was raised in 1922 to commemorate Romania’s World War I dead. The original Arc was made of wood, replaced by the present, Petru Antonescu designed concrete structure only in 1935. Standing 25m high, the Arc has a staircase that allows visitors to climb to the terrace on the top of the monument, though it is strangely closed most of the time and only opened on special occasions (usually on national holidays).
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The Arch Of Triumph
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Bucharest’s Arc de Triumf was raised in 1922 to commemorate Romania’s World War I dead. The original Arc was made of wood, replaced by the present, Petru Antonescu designed concrete structure only in 1935. Standing 25m high, the Arc has a staircase that allows visitors to climb to the terrace on the top of the monument, though it is strangely closed most of the time and only opened on special occasions (usually on national holidays).
A building in three parts. The original National Theatre was built between 1967 and 1970 to the design of three Romanian architects, Horia Maicu, Romeo Belea and Nicolae Cucu, and was rather abstractly styled to honour the architecture of Moldova’s famous monasteries. Unfortunately, the building was then ruined in 1984-5 when a grey, concrete, vaguely neo-classical casing was placed over the earlier structure. That ugly casing, however, was removed in 2011 when the theatre began to take on its current shape. As such, the colourful red and white theatre once again looks much like the construction the original architects envisaged, although there are major differences inside the building. The odd statue in front of the theatre is called the Caruta cu paiate, a tribute to Romania's best loved playwright, Ion Luca Caragiale. It features characters from Caragiale's plays, and was unveiled in December 2010.
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National Theatre Bucharest
2 Bulevardul Nicolae Bălcescu
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A building in three parts. The original National Theatre was built between 1967 and 1970 to the design of three Romanian architects, Horia Maicu, Romeo Belea and Nicolae Cucu, and was rather abstractly styled to honour the architecture of Moldova’s famous monasteries. Unfortunately, the building was then ruined in 1984-5 when a grey, concrete, vaguely neo-classical casing was placed over the earlier structure. That ugly casing, however, was removed in 2011 when the theatre began to take on its current shape. As such, the colourful red and white theatre once again looks much like the construction the original architects envisaged, although there are major differences inside the building. The odd statue in front of the theatre is called the Caruta cu paiate, a tribute to Romania's best loved playwright, Ion Luca Caragiale. It features characters from Caragiale's plays, and was unveiled in December 2010.
18 Lounge, the restaurant on the 18th floor which is located in one of the two twin towers that frame the entrance to the Romexpo complex at Casa Presei.
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18Lounge
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18 Lounge, the restaurant on the 18th floor which is located in one of the two twin towers that frame the entrance to the Romexpo complex at Casa Presei.
Drinks & Nightlife
Modern design with a cool feature which is a fully retractable ceiling. The Bar & lounge is always hosting the coolest parties with great music, live percussion shows, cool mixes flair shows.
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Freddo
24 Strada Smârdan
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Modern design with a cool feature which is a fully retractable ceiling. The Bar & lounge is always hosting the coolest parties with great music, live percussion shows, cool mixes flair shows.
is a place where if you went, and even out of curiosity, it will be hard not to come back. The decor, music, friendly staff and good food will turn out in a good choice.
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Control Club
4 Strada Constantin Mille
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is a place where if you went, and even out of curiosity, it will be hard not to come back. The decor, music, friendly staff and good food will turn out in a good choice.
is a place where if you went, and even out of curiosity, it will be hard not to come back. The decor, music, friendly staff and good food will turn out in a good choice.
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Nomad Skybar
30 Strada Smârdan
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is a place where if you went, and even out of curiosity, it will be hard not to come back. The decor, music, friendly staff and good food will turn out in a good choice.
By day a pub and also has a landscaped terrace and evening fun begins , with parties that hold till dawn
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The Vintage Pub
43 Strada Smârdan
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By day a pub and also has a landscaped terrace and evening fun begins , with parties that hold till dawn
All the right things in all the right places. Good music with nice atmosphere.
Bound
30 Strada Smârdan
All the right things in all the right places. Good music with nice atmosphere.
Zaganu is one of the first craft breweries in Romania and this is their taproom on Victoria Boulevard in Bucharest.
Romanian Craft Beer Bar - Fabrica de Bere Bună
91-93 Calea Victoriei
Zaganu is one of the first craft breweries in Romania and this is their taproom on Victoria Boulevard in Bucharest.
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Fire Club
12 Strada Gabroveni
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"Entourage" means firstly socialization, but also what we want to become and leave behind us.
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E3 by Entourage
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"Entourage" means firstly socialization, but also what we want to become and leave behind us.