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BUCHAREST City Tour

Bucharest, the teen age - Round trip in Bucharest
Travel period:  Half a day

Romania's capital, cultural, economic and social center of the country, was established more than five hundred years ago. And yet, Bucharest is still looking to define itself in the eyes of the inhabitants and visitors alike. In the '30s, Bucharest was known as "Little Paris" because of its boulevards lined with trees, and, since then, the city sought to meet the expectations created by the "Little Paris" name. Today, Bucharest finally shows the first signs of courage to recognize its authenticity. Not by comparison, not by "borrowing", but by building its own characteristics - for that Bucharest is now a teenager.

Here lies the Arch of Triumph, on the Kisseleff street – longer even than Champs Elyses ... but the comparisons will stop here! The tourist will be surprised by an eclectic mix of architectural styles starting with the Old Court, the remains of the palace of the XV century belonging to Vlad Tepes, the Orthodox churches, Second Empire-style villas, building with Stalinist architecture since the communist period and ending with the Palace of Parliament, a colossal building with six thousand rooms.

Bucharest City Tour

We can think the world of Bucharest. And it can also be criticized, primarily, for the reluctance to abandon the artifice. Frankly, Bucharest is as you expect it to be.

The itinerary circuit is composed of:

The Revolution Square

Here the signal of the Romanian revolution of 1989 was given in Bucharest, after which the fall of Ceausescu’s communist regime came shortly – you can still see bullet holes on some buildings. In terms of architecture it is one of the richest areas, while in terms of history it is one of the most sensitive places for the Romanian people. Aesthetically speaking, the Revolution Square is one of the most beautiful places containing: the Romanian Athenaeum, the Royal Palace (National Museum of Art), the National University Library.

The University Square

Km 0. Bucharest. Here are, among others, the University of Bucharest, the National Theater and the University of Architecture, marking it the social, cultural and university center of Bucharest.

Victory Boulevard

Because of it, Bucharest was labeled "Little Paris" as it resembles the famous Champs Elyses. It can be admired, though long for a walk, from the Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural Sciences and the Romanian Peasant Museum and up to the Dambovita river, the city’s "Sena". The old buildings were erected in the early twentieth century and the charm of the old times has been preserved despite the violent modernization that the city suffered.

The Arch of Triumph

It was built in 1922 of wood and stucco, in honor of the Union proclamation, after the victory of the Romanian armies in the First World War. Between 1935-1936, the wooden arch is replaced with a stone one. It has a height of 37 m and is one of the examples of great art, with an impressive combination of sculpture and history.

A visit to the Village Museum

It is one of the first sociology museums in the world of and aims to show through exhibits the peasant life, the spirit of inventiveness, their artistic sense. The main purpose of the Village Museum is to restore the atmosphere of each house, features of the peasant households, the barns, stables and other household goods, the wooden fences, twigs and adobe, modest or stately gates, the specific rustic furniture, tools used to work, dishes, rugs ... The 300 annexes of the museum describe the cultural differences between the Romanian regions.

The Free Press House

"Casa Scanteii" was completed after five years of construction, in 1957, with a clearly defined objective: to house the editorial state media, especially the newspaper Scanteia - organ of the United Workers' Party Central Committee. The antenna on this building sustained for a while, since 1956, the Romanian Television broadcaster. Now, the Free Press House hosts hundreds of editorials of politically independent daily news in an architectural "dinosaur", symbolic for the Romanian media.

The Palace of Parliament

The former House of the People is by far the grandest administrative construction in Europe. It includes hundreds of offices, dozens of halls, dozens of conference rooms. The 265,000 sq.m. which represent the interior surface, assure the second place in the world after the Pentagon building in Washington and third place worldwide in terms of volume, after the building in Cape Canaveral (USA) where space shuttles are assembled, and the Quetzalcoatl pyramid in Mexico.

The Romanian Opera

While in Romania the liric genre is present since the nineteenth century, the building of the Romanian Opera is quite new (1953). With a capacity of 2200 seats, the Opera houses the Museum on the top floor where documents, photographs and costumes can be seen.

The Botanical Garden

It is one of the most beautiful green areas of Bucharest, near the Cotroceni Palace. Kilometers of greenery, flowers, trees, and narrow alleys for visitors - represent the guarantee of a day loaded with beauty and optimism.

Cotroceni Palace

Built by a Frenchman, at the end of the nineteenth century, the palace has remained in history as the place where the biggest political decisions concerning the future of Romania were taken. It’s here that, among others, the Crown Council decided Romania's participation in World War I (14/17 August 1916) hosting delegations from Transylvania, Bucovina and Basarabia, and also where the peace of Buftea-Bucharest in May 1918 was signed. Currently, the Palace houses the Romanian Presidency.

The Military Academy

It was created through the Decree 371 of September 14, 1949, which re-organized the School of War – a military institution of higher education founded by King Carol II in 1937 – into the Military Academy, the Military - Political Academy and the Back Army Academy. Its purpose: to form officers engineers with a proper training of the technicalities specific of various weapons.

Manuc’s Inn

Erected in the early 1800, by the merchant Manuc-bei, the building become one of the most important historical and architectural monuments in Bucharest. On Lipscani Street, the commercial heart of the interwar city was renowned for the noise, excitement and many people passing by every day. Manuc’s Inn kept to this day its atmosphere and style, now serving as a hotel, restaurant and wine cellar.

The circuit also includes visiting other tourist attractions: the Metropolitan Church, the Television Palace, Kogalniceanu Square.
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