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TTR 2024 Bucharest

The fair is organized by Romexpo S.A., one of the leading trade fair organizers in Southeast Europe, renowned for its expertise in organizing large-scale events. The Romexpo Exhibition Center, where the TTR takes place, is the largest of its kind in Romania, offering modern infrastructure, extensive exhibition spaces, and a multitude of facilities that enable international participation and coverage.

The TTR covers a wide range of topics and trends in the tourism industry. Key areas include the latest developments in fields such as leisure tourism, business travel, health and wellness tourism, and adventure travel. It provides exhibitors with an excellent opportunity to present their products and services to an engaged professional audience, including tour operators, hoteliers, airline representatives, and decision-makers from various tourism segments.

Among the products and services typically showcased at the TTR are hotel and accommodation offerings, tourist destinations, travel packages, flight services, online booking and reservation systems, and many other innovations in the tourism sector.

A distinctive feature of the TTR is its commitment to being more than just a venue for business meetings; it is also a platform for knowledge exchange and learning through a series of seminars, workshops, and presentations led by industry experts. These events offer insights into market trends, new technologies, and best practices that are crucial for the industry's further development.

The TTR will take place on 4 days from Thursday, 17. October to Sunday, 20. October 2024 in Bucharest.

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Where does the TTR taking place? The TTR fair takes place in Bucharest, at the Romexpo Exhibition Center.

When is the TTR taking place? Visit the TTR from 17. - 20. October 2024.

How often does the TTR take place? The TTR takes place half-yearly.

What kind of fair is the TTR? The TTR is an exhibition for Travel, Tourism and Tourist Industry.

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November 21 – 24, 2024 – autumn edition.

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ROMANIAN TOURISM FAIR – autumn edition will be held between 21 – 24 NOVEMBER 2024, in HALL B1! EXHIBITORS

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21 – 23 NOVEMBER 2024, between 10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m. 24 NOVEMBER 2024, between 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m The most important players in the industry will present you the best holiday offers at the autumn edition of ROMANIAN TOURISM FAIR 2024. VISITORS

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Romanian tourism fair 2024: A global showcase of travel innovations

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The 2024 edition of the Romanian Tourism Fair (TTR), a premier event in Romania’s tourism sector, is set to gather a wide range of local and international tourism stakeholders under one roof. This event, scheduled to take place from February 15th to 18th at Bucharest’s B2 Hall, celebrates its 49th iteration, maintaining its status as a leading showcase for the newest tourism offers and breakthroughs.

The upcoming TTR 2024 is anticipated to be a dynamic fusion of cultural, rural, business, spa, and adventure tourism, along with exotic travel destinations, cruises, and the latest in travel accessories and technology.

What to Look Forward to at TTR 2024

As TTR 2024 draws near, attendees can look forward to discovering the latest and most enticing tourism offers and destinations, ranging from Romania’s picturesque landscapes to exotic international locales. The event promises to be a crucial gathering for travel professionals and enthusiasts alike, offering insights into the latest trends and opportunities in the tourism industry.

Exhibitors and Attendees

An eclectic mix of exhibitors, including local authorities, tourism associations, and international participants, will present a comprehensive overview of the tourism industry. TTR 2024 aims to be a key networking venue, enabling productive interactions among travel agencies, tour operators, service providers, and potential customers.

TTR 2024’s Impact on Romanian Tourism

TTR 2024 goes beyond being just an event; it represents a significant opportunity to highlight Romania’s cultural and natural diversity, thereby promoting local tourism and economic growth.

Tourism Segments Highlighted

The event will span various segments, such as cultural, rural, spa, wellness, adventure tourism, and exotic destinations, showcasing the breadth of travel experiences Romania and the world have to offer.

Technology’s Role

Acknowledging the transformative power of technology, TTR 2024 will feature the latest technological innovations in tourism, including virtual tours and state-of-the-art travel gadgets, heralding the future of travel.

Networking Prospects

TTR 2024 is designed to facilitate vital business connections and discussions, with spaces dedicated to meetings, workshops, and seminars, fostering a professional atmosphere for industry dialogue.

Emphasis on Sustainable Tourism

A key theme at TTR 2024 is sustainability, with a focus on promoting eco-friendly travel practices and responsible tourism to conserve cultural and natural heritage for future generations.

Insights into Travel Trends

The fair will provide insights into the latest travel trends and behaviors, offering attendees a deep dive into the changing dynamics of tourism post-pandemic.

Looking Towards the Future

TTR 2024 aims to offer a preview of the future of tourism, highlighting innovative solutions and forecasting trends that will influence the industry moving forward.

Maximizing Your TTR 2024 Experience

Attendees are encouraged to plan their visit to make the most of the networking opportunities, interactive sessions, and workshops available at TTR 2024.

Guidance for First-Time Visitors

Newcomers to TTR 2024 will find resources to help navigate the event efficiently, ensuring they experience all the essential exhibitions and activities.

With its blend of tradition and innovation, TTR 2024 stands as a key event in the tourism industry calendar, inviting participants to explore new horizons, discover trends, and connect with fellow professionals in a vibrant, dynamic setting. The Romanian Tourism Fair continues to champion the spirit of global travel, offering an inclusive platform for exploration, discovery, and networking.

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The Romanian Tourism Fair (TTR) 2024 stands as the beacon of the tourism industry in Romania, bringing together a comprehensive array of domestic and international tourism entities under one roof.

Scheduled from February 15th to 18th in Bucharest’s B2 Hall, Romanian Tourism Fair (TTR) 2024 marks the continuation of a rich tradition, now in its 49th edition, offering an unparalleled platform for showcasing the latest touristic offers and innovations.

This travel trade event promises to be a melting pot of cultural, rural, business, and spa tourism, alongside exotic destinations, cruises, and adventure tourism, not to mention the essential travel accessories and gadgets.

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Anticipation builds as TTR 2024 approaches, with promises of unveiling the newest and most captivating touristic offers and attractions. From the scenic landscapes of Romania to the allure of international destinations, TTR encapsulates the essence of travel and exploration. The travel trade event is not just a showcase but a pivotal event for travel agencies, tour operators, and anyone passionate about discovering new destinations and tourism trends.

Exhibitors and Participants

A diverse group of exhibitors, ranging from local public administrations and tourism associations to international participants, will grace the event, offering attendees a holistic view of the tourism trade industry. TTR 2024 serves as a critical networking hub, facilitating meaningful connections between travel agencies, tour operators, service providers, and potential clients.

The Significance of TTR 2024 for Romania

TTR 2024 is more than an event; it’s a vibrant stage for promoting the Romanian tourism industry. This travel trade event offers a unique opportunity to showcase the rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes of Romania, from the serene countryside to its bustling cities, thus bolstering local tourism and economy.

Tourism Segments at TTR 2024

This travel trade event will cover various tourism segments, including cultural and rural tourism, emphasizing the richness of Romanian traditions and landscapes. This trade event will also highlight spa and wellness tourism, catering to the growing demand for relaxation and health-oriented travel experiences. The adventure seekers and exotic destination enthusiasts will find plenty of inspiration as well, with offerings that promise unforgettable experiences.

The Role of Technology at TTR 2024

In an era where technology reshapes every aspect of our lives, TTR 2024 will spotlight the latest technological advancements in the tourism industry. From virtual tours that offer a glimpse into distant lands from the comfort of one’s home to the latest travel gadgets designed to enhance the travel experience, TTR 2024 embraces the future of tourism.

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Sustainability is a critical theme at TTR 2024, with a focus on eco-friendly travel solutions and initiatives that advocate for responsible tourism. The event aims to encourage practices that ensure the preservation of natural and cultural heritage for future generations.

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TTR 2024 offers a glimpse into the future of tourism, showcasing innovations and predicting trends that will shape the industry in the years to come.

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For attendees, maximizing the TTR 2024 experience means planning ahead, engaging with exhibitors, and participating in the multitude of interactive sessions and workshops available.

TTR 2024 for First-time Visitors

First-time visitors to TTR 2024 will find a guide to navigating the event efficiently, ensuring they don’t miss out on the must-see exhibitions and experiences.

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TTR - TÂRGUL DE TURISM AL ROMÂNIEI is a national fair dedicated to the tourism industry, taking place in Bucharest, Romania in February. It is a unique opportunity to explore the many facets of the Romanian tourism industry, from the cultural heritage to the modern attractions.

This event offers exhibitors the chance to showcase their products and services to a large audience of industry professionals, travel agents, and potential customers. It is a great platform for networking and gaining insight into the latest trends and developments in the tourism sector. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Romanian tourism industry and learn more about the country's attractions.

TTR - TÂRGUL DE TURISM AL ROMÂNIEI is an event not to be missed. It is a great opportunity to discover the beauty and culture of Romania, as well as to gain valuable insights into the tourism industry. The event will be held at 65-67 Marasti Blvd., 71331 Bucharest, Romania in February.

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Location: Southern Romania Elevation: 190 - 295 ft (55 - 90 m) Area: 88 sq.miles (228 sq.km); Metropolitan area: 590 sq.miles (1,530 sq.km) Inhabited since: 500 BC First documented: 1459 AD Population: 1.921 million

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Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the early 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris"), Bucharest, Romania's largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis. Legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means "joy." His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local traders, who gave his name to the place.

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Arcul de Triumf Address: Piata Arcul de Triumf

Arch of Triumph (Triumphal Arch) Bucharest

Built in 1922 to honor the Romanian soldiers who fought WWI, Bucharest's Arch of Triumph also symbolizes Romania's latin heritage and its strong ties with France. The monument was redecorated in 1936 with base-reliefs carved in marble brought from Rușchița - Transylvania. The sculptures were created by leading Romanian artists - including Ion Jalea, Constantin Medrea and Constantin Baraschi - and ten Italian sculptors. Every weekend, June through October, visitors can climb to the top of the 90 feet-high structure, via an interior staircase, for a panoramic view of the city.

Calea Victoriei (Victory Way) is Bucharest's oldest and arguably, most charming main street. Designed in 1692 to connect the Old Princely Court to Mogosoaia Palace, Calea Victoriei (initially named Podul Mogoșoaiei) was originally paved with oak beams. In 1878, the street was renamed Calea Victoriei, to mark Romania's victory in its Independence War against the Ottoman Empire. In early 1920's, Calea Victoriei became one of the most fashionable, vivid, streets in the city. Stroll along Calea Victoriei starting at Piata Victoriei and go on till its end at Piata Natiunilor Unite. Stunning buildings line Calea Victoriei, including the Cantacuzino Palace, the former Headquarters of the Romanian Communist Party, the Military Club, the Palace of the Savings Bank and the National History Museum.

Cantacuzino Palace Palatul Cantacuzino Address: Calea Victoriei 141 Curently closed to visitors, ample preservation works in progress, The former residence of Grigore Cantacuzino (nicknamed Nababul - the Nabab) is one of the most beautiful structures that line Calea Victoriei. A member of Cantacuzino princely family, former mayor of Bucharest, minister and Prime Minister, Grigore Cantacuzino was considered, in late 1800s, to be one of the wealthiest Romanians. His desire to have the most elegant residence in all Bucharest became a reality in 1902. This beautiful Beaux Arts palace, designed by architect Ion Berindey, features superb wrought iron balconies, tall arched windows and a porte-cochere flanked by two lions. Today, the palace houses the George Enescu Museum , dedicated to one of Romania's greatest musicians.

Bucharest - Cantacuzino Palace

Piata Revolutiei One of Bucharest's ares most often associated with the 1989 unrest that lead to the demise of Romania's Communist Regime is Piata Revolutiei. Revolution Square gained international notoriety when TV stations around the globe broadcasted Romania's Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu's final moments in power, on December 21, 1989. From the balcony of the former Communist Party Headquarters, Nicolae Ceausescu stared in disbelief as the people gathered in the square, as his request, turned on him. He fled the angry crowd in his helicopter and his 34-years in power ended. Revolution square's importance stretches back long before the dramatic events of the 1989 Revolution. On the west side of the square stands the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Art Museum and the small, but beautiful, Kretzulescu Church. On the opposite side of the Royal Palace stands the stunning Romanian Athenaeum, an 1,000-seat music venue known for its excellent acoustics and huge frescoes that depict important moments in Romania's history.

Bucharest - Revolution Square

Palatul Regal Address: Calea Victoriei 49 - 53 Completed in 1937, in neoclassical style, Bucharest Royal Palace was home to King Carol II and to his son, King Mihai I, until 1947, when the monarchy was abolished in Romania. It was inside this palace that King Mihai, then aged 18, led a coup that displaced the pro-Nazi government during the World War II and put Romania on the Allies' side. Today, the former Royal palace houses Romania's National Art Museum .

Bucharest Royal Palace

The Romanian Athenaeum Atheneul Roman Address: Strada Benjamin Franklin 1 Tel: (+4) 021 315.00.26 The Romanian Athenauem was designed by Albert Galleron, the French architect who also designed the National Bank of Romania. The construction of the Athenaeum was financed almost entirely with money donated by the general public. When the original patrons ran out of funds the project was rescued by a successful fundraising campaign with the slogan Dati un leu pentru Ateneu (Donate a coin for the Athenaeum). The Athenaeum was completed in 1888. Its high dome and Doric columns resemble an ancient temple. The lobby has a beautifully painted ceiling decorated in gold leaf, while curved balconies cascade in ringlets off a spiral staircase. A ring of pink marble columns is linked by flowing arches where elaborate brass lanterns hang like gems from a necklace. Inside the concert hall, voluptuous frescoes cover the ceiling and walls. Renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, it is Bucharest's most prestigious concert hall and home of the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra. The Romanian Athenaeum is open to visitors - visit planning info

Bucharest - The Romanian Athenaeum

Biserica Cretulescu Address: Calea Victoriei 47 Nestled amid the other historical buildings in Piata Revolutiei, this small red-brick Orthodox church was built in 1722 by the chancellor Iordache Kretzulescu and his wife, Safta (a daughter of prince Constantin Brancoveanu) in Brancovenesc architectural style. The interior frescoes were executed around 1860 by painter Gheorghe Tattarescu.

Bucharest - Kretzulescu Church

Sala Mare a Palatului Address: Strada Ion Câmpineanu 28 Located next to the Royal Palace, the concave-roof structure was built in 1960 to accommodate the 3,000 Communist party members who every five years attended the communist party congress. It was on this stage that Nicolae Ceausescu would deliver his vision of a multilaterally developed socialist society. Today, the massive auditorium plays host to various conferences and events, including some of the George Enescu International Festival concerts.

Cercul Militar National (or Casa Armatei) Address: Strada Constantin Mile 1 Tel: (+4) 021 313.86.80 This neoclassical masterpiece, designed by Romanian architect Dimitrie Maimaroiu, was built in 1912 to serve the social, cultural and educational needs of the Romanian army. Banquets and official events are still hosted in the ballrooms, while the upstairs area is reserved for the army's library, as well as offices and classrooms for officer instruction. The main part of the building is off-limits to civilians, but the sumptuous restaurant and summer terrace is open to the public.

Palatul CEC / Palatul Casei de Economii si Consemnatiuni Address: Calea Victoriei 13 Boasting one of the most impressive neoclassical facades in the city, this structure, designed by French architect Paul Gottereanu, was completed at the end of the 19th century.

The square-shaped palace, home of the first Romanian Savings Bank, has a large central glass dome, flanked by four smaller domes. The arch at the entrance, with its Corinthian columns, is a highlight of any architectural tour of the city.

Bucharest - Palace of the Savings Bank

Old Town Bucharest / Lipscani street Area Centrul Vechi / strada Lipscani At the beginning of 1400s, most merchants and craftsmen - Romanian, Austrian, Greek, Armenian and Jewish - established their stores and shops in this section of the city; a jumble of streets between Calea Victoriei, Blvd. Bratianu, Blvd. Regina Elisabeta and the Dambovita River. Soon, the area became known as Lipscani, named for the many German traders from Lipsca or Leiptzig. Other streets took on the names of various old craft communities and guilds, such as Blanari (furriers), Covaci (blacksmiths), Gabroveni (knife makers) and Cavafii Vechii (shoe-makers). The mix of nationalities and cultures is reflected in the mishmash of architectural styles, from baroque to neoclassical to art nouveau. Today, the area is home to art galleries, antique shops, coffeehouses, restaurants and night-clubs. While walking in the narrow cobblestone streets one can imagine the long-gone shopkeepers outside near their stores, inviting bypassers to buy their merchandise. Old Town Bucharest map

Bucharest - Old Town Bucharest / Lipscani street Area

Old Princely Court Palatul si Biserica Curtea Veche Address: Strada Franceza 25 - 31 Currently closed for restoration works. Telephone: (+4) 021 314.03.75 The remains of the Old Princely Court (Curtea Veche) - commissioned in the 15th century by prince Vlad Tepes (or Vlad Draculea) - are located at southern edge of Bucharest Old Town. Historians believe that, Vlad the Impaler kept his prisoners in dungeons which beneath his Princely Court. The Old Court Museum was established in 1972 when an archaeological dig revealed the remains of the fortress, walls, arches, tombstones and a Corinthian column along with Dacian pottery and Roman coins and other evidence of Bucharest's earliest inhabitants. The oldest document attesting to the city's origin under the name of Bucuresti (Bucharest) was discovered here also; it was issued on September 20, 1459 and signed by Prince Vlad Tepes. Next to Bucharest Old Princely Court stands the Old Court Church (Biserica Curtea Veche) , dating from 1559 - considered the oldest in Bucharest. Some of the original 16th century frescoes have been preserved. For two centuries, the church served as coronation venue for Romanian princes.

Hanul lui Manuc Address: Strada Franceza 62 - 64 Tel: (+4) 021 313.14.11 Built in 1804 at the request of wealthy Armenian trader Emanuel Marzaian (called by the Turks "Manuc Bey"), the inn hosted the preliminary talks concerning the Peace Treaty that put an end to the Russian -Turkish War (1806-1812). A favorite meeting place for tradesmen, Manuc's Inn has preserved to this day its character and flavor. A restaurant, wine cellar and a pastry shop are now welcoming guests from all over the world.

The Beer Wagon Restaurant Carul cu Bere Address: Strada Stavropoleos 3 - 5 Tel: (+4) 021 313.75.60 The Beer Wagon restaurant/ beer house became, soon after the opening in 1879, one of the most popular meeting places for Bucharest's literati who would gather to discuss matters of their time. Its neo-gothic architectural style is reflected both in the façades and the interior decorations: columns, arches, chandeliers, a wooden staircase, furniture and murals on the walls and ceiling.

Banca Nationala a Romaniei Address: Strada Lipscani 25 The National Bank of Romania (BNR) stands on the site of the, well-known at its time, Serban Voda Inn ( Hanul Serban Voda (, open in 1678. Two fires gutted the building and in 1883 the land was leveled and work to build a home for Romania's National Bank begun. The new structure, designed by French architects Cassien Bernard and Albert Galleron, was completed in 1885. Built in neoclassical French style, the building boasts a facade with Corinthian columns and an enormous central hall and is still a classic worthy of admiration. The small, elegant - Museum of the National Bank of Romania - is open to visitors (appointment mandatory).

Bucharest - National Bank of Romania

Piata Universitatii Buzzing with crowds and traffic from early morning until late at night, this area is one of the most popular meeting places in Bucharest. The square features remarkable architecture: Bucharest School of Architecture, the National Theatre, the neoclassical Coltea Hospital and its lovely church (1702 - 1794) and Sutu Palace, now home to the Bucharest History & Art Museum . In the middle of the circle, on a little 'island', 10 stone crosses pay respect to those killed during the 1989 revolution. Below the circle there is an underground passage, with small shops, that offer pedestrians access to the one side of the circle and to University Circle ( Piata Universitatii ) subway station.

Universitatea Bucuresti Address: Blvd. Regina Elizabeta / University Circle Bucharest is Romania's largest and foremost centre of higher education. The University of Bucharest was founded in 1864 by prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, ruler of the newly united principalities of Walachia and Moldova. The home of the university is a neoclassical building (completed in 1859) located in the heart of Romania's capital city. In the small square next to the University building book merchants are offering anything from antique books to vinyl records, discontinued newspapers and illustrated broadsheets from another age.

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Casa Presei Libere Address: Piata Presei Libere 1 A masive edifice standing in the northern part of Bucharest, since 1956, Casa Scanteii (as it is still universally known) was designed by architect Horia Maicu. The building is a smaller replica of the Lomonosov University in Moscow - Russia.   Between 1956 and 1989, the House of the Free Press housed almost all of Romania's capital printing presses and headquarters of print media companies. Today, Casa Presei Libere carries out much the same function but the southern wing is now the home of the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

Spitalul Coltea Address: Blvd. I.C. Bratianu 1 The oldest hospital in Bucharest, dating from 1704, Coltea was built on land belonging to Vacaresti family, who at the time owned many great properities in the capital. The original building was destroyed by an earthquake in 1802 and replaced by a neoclassical building still standing today. Next to the hospital stands a church, built in 1701, known for its its spectacular murals.

Palatul Sutu Address: Blvd. I. C. Bratianu 2 Famous for the grandiose balls held here in the early 1900s, Sutu Palace was built in Neo-Gothic style between 1832 and 1834. It was designed by architects Johann Veit and Konrad Schwinck at the request of commissioned by foreign affairs minister Costache Sutu. In 1862, the palace was redecorated by sculptor Karl Storck, who created three arcades and a monumental stairway; a huge Murano mirror was added in the hallway. Only the painted ceilings, the stucco, the parquet flooring and the tile stoves have been preserved. In 1959, Sutu Palace became home to Bucharest History & Art Museum

Bucharest Communist legacy

Romania's Parliament Palace Palatul Parlamentului Address: Strada Izvor 2 - 4 Tel: (+4) 021 311.36.11 Open to visitors: Mon. - Sun. Bucharest Palace of Parliament Hours and Admission

Built at the special request of Nicolae Ceausescu, leader of Romania's Communist Party, the colossal Parliament Palace - formerly known as "People's House" ( Casa Poporului ) - is the world's third-largest administrative building, after Surat Diamond Bourse (India) and U. S. Pentagon. It took 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build this masive structure that boasts 12 stories above ground, 1,100 rooms, a 350-ft.-long lobby and eight underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker.

When construction started on June 25, 1984, the building was intended it to be the headquarters of the country's Communist government. Today, it houses Romania's Parliament, Bucharest International Conference Centre and the Museum of Modern Art. Built, furnished and decorated exclusively with materials sourced and made in Romania, the building reflects the work of the country's best artisans. A guided tour takes visitors through a small section of dazzling rooms, huge halls and quarters used by the Senate (when not in session). The interior is a luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, stained-glass windows and floors covered in rich carpets. Curtains in some rooms of the Parliament Palace rise to a whopping 54 feet.

Planing your visit to Bucharest Palace of Parliament:

Valid passport or national Identity Card is required to gain access to the Palace of Parliament.

Groups (10 or more visitors): reservations are mandatory. Please E-mail a tour reservation request containing the following information: - number of participants, - exact date & approximate time of arrival, - coach license plate, - guide (English or French language) - type of tour desired (standard, standard + terrace or standard + terrace + the underground).

Group tours need to be reconfirmed, on the day prior to the visit — please call (+4) 021 311.36.11

Palace of Parliament Visiting Rules and Regulations

Romania’s Parliament Palace, Bucharest Facts and Figures:

Location 1 mile southwest of Bucharest Old Town ( Centrul Vechi ), on the very place (once called Dealul Arsenalului – Armory Hill) on which, in 1935, king Carol II of Romania had planned to build Romania’s House of Representatives ( Camera Deputatilor ).

Public transportation Nearest bus station: Pod Izvor (Bus # 104, 123, 124, 136, 385), 7 minutes walk Nearest subway station: Izvor M1 (yellow) and M3 (red) , 0.4 miles north of/10 minutes walk / to Visitor Entrance.

Size: Height: 282 ft. (89 metres) Width: 788 ft. (240 metres) Length: 886 ft. (270 metres) Number of stories: 12 above ground and 8 underground Built-up area: 3.8 million sq. ft. (359,000 sq.m.) Foot print: 7,1 million sq. ft. (66.000 sq.m.) Volume: 90 million cu. ft. (2.55 million cu. metres) The Palace of the Romanian Parliament is the world's Heaviest Building!

Quantities of construction materials used to build the Palace: 35.3 million ft³ (1,000,000 m³) of marble 31.8 million ft³ (900,000 m³) of different essences of wood 2.2 million ft³ (200,000 m³) of glass 4.4 billion lbs. (2,000,000 tonnes) of sand 1.5 billion lbs. (700,000 metric tones) of steel and bronze 12.1 million lbs. (5,500 tonnes) of cement 2.2 million lbs. (1,000 de tonnes) of basalt stone 177 million ft³ (5,000,000 m³) of concrete

Materials used for finishes and decorations: 7.8 million lbs. (3,500 de tonnes) of crystal 2.4 million ft² (220,000 m²) of carpets 37,675 ft² (3,500 m²) of calf skin 2,800 chrystal chandeliers 1,409 ceiling light fixtures and mirrors

Other facts: 20.000 cars can be parked in the underground of the building, The underground has two anti-atomic shelters with 5 ft. thick walls and radioactive radiation protection, There are 1,100 rooms, 34 large function/ conference halls (fixed-seats or open-space), four restaurants, three libraries, two underground parking and one concert hall. All the materials used to build the palace have been produced or made in Romania, except: - a small quantity of exotic wood that cannot be found in Romania, - the doors of Nicolae Balcescu Conference Hall, a gift to Nicolae Ceausescu from Mobutu Sese Seko, at the time President of the Republic of Zaire (today Democratic Republic of Congo), - ventilation pumps with special filters, imported from Sweden.

National Cathedral Catedrala Mântuirii Neamului Address: Calea 13 Septembrie nr. 4 - 60 -- located next (southwest) to Romania's Parliament Building Telephone: (+4) 021 406.82.79 The National Cathedral (official name: Cathedral Church of Redemption) is the largest place or worship in Romania. Although innaugurated in 2018, interior decoration works, using marble, mosaics and stain glass, is still in progress. Besides ample worship space, the Cathedral is home to the Museum of Christianity in Romania, two large function rooms and a bookshop.

Romania National Cathedral facts and figures: The National cathedral is 394 ft. high, 414 ft. long and 220 ft. wide (60% larger than a football field). Usable Square Footage: 172,340 sq. ft. Floor area: 121,054 sq. ft. First floor area: 44,845 sq. ft. Worship space capacity: 5,000 people standing or 1,000 seating 28 bronze doors and 392 staine glass windows # of elevators: 8 Several viewpoints to see the worship space are located 184 ft., above the main floor. The open-air observation deck (300 ft.) wraps around the main bell tower and provides 360-degree views of Bucharest The Cathedral is home to world's largest iconostasis (78 ft. wide and 56 ft. high), 45 Byzantine icons are depicted on 8,612 sq. ft. of colorful mosaics. The indoor mosaics in the entire cathedral cover over 269,100 sq. ft.; the largest in the world. Six bells call to worship; the largest (10 ft. high) weights 25 tons can be heard from 10 miles distance. The names of over 350,000 heroes who lost their lives for Romania, at various times, are engraved on the altar.

Centrul Civic Nicolae Ceausescu's building megalomania is perhaps best illustrated by with the construction of the Civic Centre, an area located at the south end of the Palace of Parliament along Bulevardul Unirii. The redevelopment of the area was supervised by Romania's Communist leader himself. More than three square miles ( eight square km. or 2,000 acres) of buildings in the old section of the city (including private residences, shops, two churches, a hospital and a noted Art Deco sports stadium) were leveled to make room for the construction of Stalinist apartment buildings topped with neoclassical follies.

Biserica Sfintii Apostoli Address: Str. Sfintii Apostoli 1 Tel: (+4) 021 336.07.84 One of the oldest churches in Bucharest (with parts dating back to the 16th century and a steeple built in 1715), the Apostles' Church is brimming with some rather strange portraits that are well worth seeing.

Catedrala Patriarhală Sfinții Împărați Constantin și Elena Address: Aleea Dealul Mitropoliei 2 Set atop one of the city's few hills, known as "Dealul Mitropoliei" , the Patriarchal Cathedral - the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Church - in has been the centerpiece of the Romanian Orthodox faith since the 17th century. The church was commissioned by Constantin Serban Basarab, voivode of the province of Walachia and completed 1658. Design of the structure was inspired by Curtea de Arges monastery. The Byzantine interior, containing the most dazzling of the city's iconostasis, as well as a couple of exquisitely carved side altars, bestows great beauty on the services presided over by the Romanian Patriarch. A huge crowd gathers here for the Easter midnight service. The outstanding bell-tower at the entrance was built in 1698 and restored in 1958. Next to the church, not open to the public, is the Patriarchal Palace (1708), residence of the Patriarhul Teoctist (Theoctistus), supreme leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Biserica Stavropoleos Address: Str. Stavropoleos 4 Tel: (+4) 021 313.47.47 Stavropoleos Church was built in 1724 by the Greek monk Ioanikie Stratonikeas. Featuring a combination of Romanian and Byzantine architecture, it has a beautiful façade and a delicately carved columned entrance. Surrounded by a peaceful garden, it is an architectural jewel, with beautiful frescoes and wood-painted icons. The mass (in Romanian) is worth viewing if you can find room in this small and cozy church.

Bucharest - Stavropoleos Church

Catedrala Sfantul Iosif Address: Str. General H M Berthelot 19 Tel: (+4) 021 312.12.08 The red brick Roman Catholic, innaugurated in 1884) combines Gothic and Roman elements. Organ recitals are held every week.

Biserica Sfantul Nicolae Address: Str. Ion Ghica 9 Tel: (+4) 021 314.64.50 Built in 1909 by the Russian Tsar Nicholas II for 600,000 gold rubles, this Orthodox Church has a wooden, gold-gilded iconostasis allegedly modeled after the altar in the Archangelskiy Cathedral in Moscow.

Jewish Bucharest

Bucharest is home to one of the oldest and most important Jewish communities in Romania. Sephardic Jews arrived here in the 16th century. Around the beginning of the 17th century, during the Cossack uprising, the first Ashkenazi Jews came from Ukraine and Poland. A sacred brotherhood, a charity box and a prayer house were registered in 1715.

Some of the synagogues built during the 18th and 19th century also featured ritual baths (mikve). By 1832, 10 holy houses had been established. Their number would increase significantly before the end of the century, almost every one having its own Rabbi and cult performers.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Jewish population in Bucharest numbered 40,000 people with 70 temples and synagogues. From this great number, only a few survived the brutality of history - fascism and communism - and two still serve the city's present Jewish community.

Muzeul de Istorie si Cultura a Evreilor din Romania "Dr. Nicolae Cajal" Address: Strada Mamulari 3 Tel: (+4) 021 315.08.37 Open: Mon. - Thu.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Closed: Fri., Sat., on Jewish holidays and on Romania national holidays. Admission Charge Housed in the magnificently preserved Great Synagogue (1850) in the city's historic Jewish neighborhood, Bucharest's Museum of the History and Culture of the Jewish Community presents the history of Romania's Jewish population. The displays include a collection of books written, published, illustrated or translated by Romanian Jews, paintings of and by Romanian Jews (many of the same artists' works are exhibited in the National Museum of Art) and memorabilia from Jewish theatres including the State Jewish Theatre. The museum also contains a large collection of Jewish ritual objects, collected by Rabbi Moses Rosen (1912-1994), the late Chief Rabbi of the Romanian Jewry.

Templul Coral Address: Strada Sfanta Vineri 9 Tel: (+4) 021 312.21.96 Resembling Vienna’s Leopoldstadt-Tempelgasse Great Synagogue, the Choral Temple in Bucharest was constructed in 1864 -- 1866, after plans by Enderle and Freiwald. It is the largest active synagogue in Bucharest, noted for its yellow and red arabesque-style bricks decorations, Moorish turrets, choir loft and organ. Other interesting features include the ladies’ galleries - two floors of seating for women. Choral Temple welcomes visitors, passport is required to access the building.

Sinagoga Yeshoah Tova Address: Strada Tache Ionescu 9 On a busy, narrow, street just off Magheru Bulevard (one of Bucharest's busiest) stands the only other functioning synagogue in the city, apart from the Choral Temple. Services take place at Sabbath hour on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bucharest Jewish Community Comunitatea Evreilor din Bucuresti Address: Strada Sfanta Vineri 9 Tel: (+4) 021 313.17.82

Bucharest Museums

Bucharest Art Collections Museum Muzeul Colectiilor de Arta

Bucharest Art Collections Museum

Founded in 1978, the Art Collections Museum, houses private collections donated over the course of time. Collections include European and Oriental art works. Address: Calea Victoriei 111 Tel: (+4) 021 212.96.41 Admission charge

Bucharest History & Art Museum Muzeul Municipiului Bucuresti Housed in the neoclassical Sutu Palace (1834), the museum features some 300,000 artifacts, from coins, books, maps, engravings, paintings, arms and furniture to old traditional costumes. Among the most valuable exhibits are the document attesting for the first time the name of the city of Bucharest, issued by Vlad Tepes in 1459, and a sword set in precious stones that belonged to Prince Constantin Brancoveanu (1688-1714). Address: Blvd. I.C.Bratianu 2 Tel: (+4) 021 315.68.58 Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission charge

Address: Sos. Kiseleff 3 A small, but fascinating, room is home to an interesting collection of communist-era bust sculptures (including that of Lenin), paintings and memorabilia.

Cotroceni Palace & Museum Muzeul National Cotroceni A former royal residence built between 1679 and 1681 by Prince and ruler Serban Cantacuzino, the palace was home to King Carol I, who made important changes in its architecture. At the end of the 19th century, Heir-to-the-Crown Ferdinand ordered the partial demolition of the palace, which was later reconstructed by French architect Paul Gottereau in neoclassical style. In 1977, Nicolae Ceausescu transformed it into an official guesthouse with the addition of a new wing. After 1990, the old wing of the palace became a museum. The Oriental Hall, the Norwegian Hall and the Queen's Chamber are almost unchanged from the original design and are worth visiting. A rich collection of medieval art can alsi be seen at Cotroceni Palace. The new wing serves as the offices of the President of Romania. Address: Bd. Geniului 1 Tel: (+4) 021 317.31.07 Open: Tuesday through Sunday (closed during national holidays) Admission charge (Guided tours are available in English) Note: Visits by appointment only; fore reservatrions please call (+4) 0725 518.381 or E-mail Cotroceni Palace.

George Enescu - Museum of Romanian Music Muzeul National George Enescu Housed in the spectacular Cantacuzino Palace, George Enescu museum displays documents and various objects that belonged to Romanian composer and violinist George Enescu (1881-1955). Among items exhibited there is a Bach music collection he received as a gift from Queen Elisabeta of Romania. A world-class violinist, Enescu studied at the Vienna Conservatory, where he met German composer Johannes Brahms and where he also gave his first concerts. In Paris, Enescu graduated from the French Conservatory in 1899. His best-known works, the Romanian Rhapsodies , earned him national and international fame. In 1936, his Oedipe tragic opera premiered in Paris and Enescu was awarded the French Legion of Honor award for the composition. A member of the Romanian Academy and corresponding member of the Institute of France, George Enescu was the teacher of renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Every two years, the Romanian Athenaeum celebrates the maestro by hosting the George Enescu International Festival . Address: Calea Victoriei 141 Tel: (+4) 021 318.14.50 Open: Tue. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission charge

Natural History Museum "Grigore Antipa" Muzeul National de Istorie Naturala Natural History Museum "Grigore Antipa" is the largest of its kind in Romania, home to rich collections of reptiles, fish, birds and mammals as well as more than 300,000 artifacts and specimens are on display, including a dinosaur fossil. A whole floor is dedicated to sea life and features examples of whales, dolphins and seals. The museum also contains an unique collection of butterflies. Address: Sos. Kiseleff 1 Tel: (+4) 021 312.88.26 Hours / Admission

Dr. Nicolae Minovici Museum of Folk Art Muzeul de Arta Populara Dr. Nicolae Minovici Museum museum is home to the unique collection of folk art of Dr. Minovici - founder of the Legal Medicine Association of Romania and publisher of the Romanian journal of Legal Medicine. Items on display include traditional garbs and carpets from Bucovina (NE Romania) and from Walachia (southern Romania), ceramic, glass-painted icons from Transylvania as well as early to mid-1900s works by Romanian artists Eustaţiu Stoenescu, Arthur Verona, Bednarik, Costin Petrescu. Address: Str. Dr. Minovici 1 Tel: (+4) 021 665.73.34 Admission charge

Ing. Dumitru Furnica Minovici Western Old Art Museum Muzeul de Arta Veche Apuseana The Gothic - Tudor mansion of ing. Dumitru Minovici, who made a fortune in the oil business in the 1930s, is now a small but interesting museum that features a collection renaissance art as well as Belgian tapestries, Dutch furniture, Swiss stained glass, a rich collection of rare books and Italian paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries. Address: Str. Dr. Minovici 3 Tel: (+4) 021 665.73.34 Admission charge

Museum of the Romanian Peasant Muzeul Taranului Roman Address: Sos. Kiseleff 3 Tel: (+4) 021 317.96.60 Open: Tue. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission charge Opened in 1906, the museum features the richest folk art collection in Romania, with over 90,000 artifacts that trace the colorful and diverse cultural life of the Romanian people. The Pottery Collection includes some 18,000 items, representative of the most important pottery centres in the country. The oldest ceramic item found in the museum bears the inscription 1746. Equally impressive, the Costume Collection comprises almost 20,000 traditional folk costumes, some dating from the beginning of the 19th century, giving visitors insight into the styles and traditions of the Romanian peasants. The displays dip into all aspects of life in the Romanian countryside. Exhibits of agricultural tools, carpets, icons, furniture, photographs and films build up a complete picture of Romanian folk culture. In one of the galleries, you can see a wooden church and in another, a wooden peasant house. Four more wooden churches stand in the outdoor museum area. In 1996, the museum was named European Museum of the Year. Visitors can buy regional handcrafts and textiles in the museum's extensive gift shop.

National Art Museum Muzeul National de Arta Address: Calea Victoriei 49 - 53 Tel: (+4) 021 313.30.30 Open: Wed. – Sun.. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (May - September); Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (October - April) Admission charge (English guided available) Romania's leading art museum was founded in 1948 to house the former Royal Collection, which included Romanian and European art dating from the 15th to the 20th century. Located in the neoclassical former Royal Palace, set amid a wealth of historic buildings such as the Romanian Athenaeum, Kretzulescu Church and the Hotel Athenee Palace, the museum currently exhibits over 100,000 works divided into two major sections. Its National Gallery features the works of major Romanian artists, including Grigorescu, Aman and Andreescu. There is also a roomful of early Brancusi sculpture, such as you won't find anywhere else, demonstrating how he left his master, Rodin, behind in a more advanced form of expression. The European Gallery, comprising some 15 rooms, displays little-known art gems of El Greco, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Breughels (father and son) Cezanne and Rubens. If you only have time to visit one gallery, make it the Romanian one. It is the most complete collection of Romanian works of art in the country and quite possibly, the world.

National Geology Museum Muzeul National de Geologie Address: Sos. Kiseleff 2 Tel: (+4) 031 438.17.44 Open: Mon. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission charge Impressive collections of minerals and quartz formations are on display at Bucharest Geology Museum, including a well-presented geological structure of Romania's territory.

  National History Museum Muzeul National de Istorie al Romaniei Address: Calea Victoriei 12 Tel: (+4) 021 315.82.07 Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Housed in a 1900s neoclassical building that once served as the city's main post office, the museum offers a great introduction to the exciting history of Romania. Spread throughout 41 rooms, the exhibits recount the country's development from prehistoric times to the 20th century. The highlight is the National Treasury Hall where visitors can enjoy a dazzling display of some 3,000 gold items, including jewelry and valuable Neolithic artifacts. Among the displays are the 12 pieces of the 4th century Pietroasele Treasure Collection. First presented at the 1867 World's Fair in Paris, it was considered the most valuable treasure collection in the world (the tomb of Tutankamon had not yet been discovered). One year later, the collection was displayed at the Second Annual International Exhibition in London and in 1872, at the International Exhibition in Vienna.

National Military Museum Muzeul Militar National "Regele Ferdinand I" Address: Str. Mircea Vulcanescu 125 - 127 Tel: (+4) 021 638.76.30 Open: Tue. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission charge Founded in 1972, the museum illustrates the most important battles for independence and freedom in Romanian history. The museum features collections of Oriental and Occidental weapons, Romanian and foreign uniforms, military medals and awards, trophies, artillery, canons and airplanes as well as a library of historical military documents. The centerpiece is the 1989 Revolution exhibit, displaying mainly personal belongings donated by families of soldiers and civilians killed during the upheaval.

National Museum of Contemporary Art Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana Address: Calea 13 Septembrie 1, Intrarea E4 Tel: (+4) 021 411.10.40 Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission charge Bucharest's newest museum, the MNAC, as it is often called by museum-goers, displays works of Romania's contemporary artists as well as many temporary exhibits by international artists. The museum is housed in a wing of the Palace of Parliament, the space which would have served as Nicolae and Ileana Ceausescu's private apartment (where just the bathroom occupied 680 square feet, while the adjoining boudoir was three times that size).

National Museum of Old Maps & Books Muzeul National al Hartilor si Cartii Vechi Address: Str. Londra 39 Tel: (+4) 021 230.44.68 Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission charge A must visit museum for all visitors interested in old maps and books.

Residence of Romania’s former Communist leader   Nicolae Ceausescu Muzeul Palatul Primaverii For a quarter of a century (1965 - 1989) the “Spring Mansion” served as the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and their three children, Nicu, Zoia, and Valentin. A variety of woods, both native (oak, sycamore, cherry, walnut) and exotic (mahogany, rosewood, African pear, Canadian cherry), have been used for building and decorations. The residence is home to an impressive collection of paintings by Romanian painters: Octav Băncilă, Camil Ressu, Rudolf Cumpăna, Dumitru Ghiață, George Baron Lowendal, handmade tapestries and mosaics designed by Romanian artists Olga Porumbaru and Florin Pârvulescu. Address: Bulevardul Primaverii 50 Telephone: (+4) 021 318.09.89 Open: Tue. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission charge All tours - group or individual - must be booked in advance.

Romanian Railways Museum - Bucharest Muzeul Cailor Ferate Romane The Railways Museum exibits include one of the largest train diorama in Europe, an 1869 Morse telegraph, railways memorabilia including pictures and Romanian Railways uniforms. Several passenger train wagons and engines are on display in the open-air section of the museum. Address: Calea Grivitei 193 B Tel: (+4) 021 222.75.20 Access: Nord Train Terminal ( Gara de Nord ), track # 14. Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission charge

"Frederic and Cecilia Storck" Art Museum Muzeul de Arta Frederic Storck si Cecilia Cutescu-Storck Address: Str. Vasile Alecsandri 16 Telephone: (+4) 0722 574 897 Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission charge "Storck" Art Museum pays tribute to sculptor Frederick Storck, founder of the Romanian school of architecture, and his wife, Cecelia Cutescu-Storck, an artist, arts professor and keen advocate of enhanced recognition for women in the arts. 150 paintings, 250 sculptures and a rich collection of antique coins, bronze medals and icons are exhibited in the elegant, former, residence of Storck family - a mansion, completed in 1913, designed by Frederic and Cecilia Storck, with help of architect Alexandru Clavel.

Bucharest Museum of Technology Muzeul Tehnic Address: Str. General Candiano Popescu 2 (Carol Park) (Carol Park) Tel: (+4) 021 336.93.90 Open: Wed. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Admission charge Bucharest Museum of Technology displays some 5,000 items covering a wide range of industrial models: turbines, compressors, steam engines, the cylinder from the first steam engine that was used in a Romanian factory, as well as antique cars and motorcycles.

Painter Theodor Pallady Museum Muzeul Theodor Pallady Address: Str. Spatarului 22 Tel: (+4) 021 211.49.79 Open: Wed. – Sun.. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (May - September) Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m (October - April) Admission charge Housed in the beautifully restored Melik house, built around 1750 by the rich Armenian businessman Hagi Kevork Nazaretoglu, the museum features paintings and sketches by Romanian artist Theodor Pallady as well as numerous other art objects.

Village Museum Muzeul Satului Address: Soseaua Kiseleff 28 - 30 Tel: (+4) 021 317.91.03 Open: Mon. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tue. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Founded by royal decree in 1936, this fascinating outdoor museum, the largest in Europe, covers some 30 acres on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herestrau Park. It features a collection of original 50 buildings representing the history and character of Romania's rural architecture. Steep-roofed peasant homes, thatched barns, log cabins, churches and watermills from   all regions of the country were carefully taken apart, shipped to the museum and rebuilt in order to recreate the village setting. Throughout the year, the Village Museum hosts special events where you will have a chance to witness folk artisans demonstrating traditional skills in weaving, pottery and other crafts. Folk arts and crafts are available at the museum gift shop.

"Krikor H. Zambaccian" Art Museum Muzeul de Arta Krikor Zambaccian Address: Str. Muzeul Zambaccian 21 A Telephone: (+4) 021 230.19.20 Open: Wed. - Sun.: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (May - September) Wed. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (October - April) Admission charge The museum exhibits the private art collection of art critic and collector Krikor Zambaccian (1889-1962). Works of Romanian painters: Ion Andreescu, Nicolae Grigorescu, Stefan Luchian, Theodor Pallady and Nicolae Tonitza, who have been inspired by the Impressionists, can be admired at the Zambacian Museum. Although Zambaccian was a big patron of the art of his home country, during his studies in Belgium and France (1907 - 1913) he purchased numerous European works from artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Delacroix, Corot, Derain, Matisse, Pissaro, Bonnard, Utrillo and Picasso. The museum preserves the initial display as it was conceived by the art collector himself. There are also several beautiful small sculptures that complement the canvases.

Museum of Senses Muzeul Simturilor Address: Bulevardul Vasile Milea 4 - Cotroceni AFI Shopping Mall Telephone: (+4) 0757 070.073 Open: daily 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Romania’s equivalent of Ripley's Believe It or Not is a place for fun and entertainment and a bad weather ‘refuge’ for locals and visitors.

Performing Arts

Bucharest has numerous drama theatres and concert venues. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the venue's box office.

Opera Nationala Romana Address: Blvd. Mihail Kogalniceanu 70 - 72 Tel: (+4) 021 313.18.57 www.OperaNB.ro Box office hours: Mon. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. The city's artistic life stood up to its Parisian nickname in the 1930s and today, is as vibrant as ever. The Opera House, completed in 1953, is worth visiting, not only for its brilliant performances but also for the lavish interior design. The world-renowned Romanian Opera performs in Romanian as well as Italian and German. You will be able to enjoy the classic repertoire - Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Mozart -, innovative staging, lavish costumes, seasoned performers and choreographers. The Romanian National Ballet also performs in this theatre. Performances are held Wednesday through Sunday evenings, except during July and August.

Teatrul National de Opereta 'Ioan Dacian' Address: Bd. Nicoale Balcescu 2 Tel: (+4) 021 313.63.48 www.Opereta.ro Box office hours: Tue. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun.: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Comic plots, extravagant staging, lavish costumes, high caliber singers and orchestra are all part of the charm of the light, frothy performances at the Ion Dacian Operetta.

Filarmonica George Enescu Address: Str. Benjamin Franklin 1    Tel: (+4) 021 315.00.26 or 315.25.67 www.FGE.org.ro Box office hours: Tue. - Fri.: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun.: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.; The Romanian Athenaeum is the main venue of the biennial classical music festival "George Enescu" Festivalul de Muzica Clasica "George Enescu" Famous artists and conductors have performed here throughout the years. Among them: Erich Kleiber, Sergiu Celibidache, Ionel Perlea, Herbert von Karajan, Dinu Lipatti, Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals and Yehudi Menuhin.

Orchestra Națională Radio Address: Str. General Berthelot 60-64 (Sala Radio) Tel: (+4) 021 303.12.11 or (+4) 303.14.28 www.OrchestreRadio.ro The National Radio Orchestra, one of the best in the country, presents frequent classical chamber music performances at the music hall in the radio building.

Theatre performances are popular in Romania; tickets for most shows, offered by Bucharest's 16 major theatres, sell-out within hours.   Most theatre productions are performed in Romanian. Hoever, performances in French, German or English are oftern offered by small theatres.   Theatre season begins in September and ends in July. Some small student and underground theatres do remain open during summer.

Teatrul National Bucuresti Address: Blvd Nicolae Balcescu 2 Tel: (+4) 021 314.71.71 Website Three auditoriums host professional domestic and foreign plays by a broad selection of both classical and contemporary Romanian playwrights. The theatre's Great Hall (Sala Mare) , hosts the grand productions, while the Amphitheatre (Sala Amfiteatru) shows smaller productions and TV shows, and the Studio Hall (Sala Atelier) gets a mix of lower-key shows and presentations.

Teatrul Evreiesc de Stat Address: Str. Dr. Iuliu Barasch 15 www.Teatrul-Evreiesc.com.ro Tel: (+4) 021 323.39.70 The Jewish Theatre offers performances in Yiddish, Hebrew and Romanian (translation into Yiddish and Hebrew available).

Bucharest Circus Circul Globus Bucuresti Address: Aleea Circului 1 Tel: (+4) 021 210.24.19 Built in 1960, the enormous, permanent big-top circus is the centerpiece of the small park called Circus Park. With seating for more than 3,500 spectators, Bucharest's circus continues to host excellent performances, put on by both local and touring circus companies.

Bucharest Parks & Gardens

Cismigiu Garden Gradina Cismigiu Address: Blvd. Regina Elisabeta (across from Bucharest City Hall) Designed in 1845 by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer, the garden opened to the public in 1860. The name, Cismigiu, comes from the Turkish cismea , meaning "public fountain." More than 30,000 trees and plants were brought from the Romanian mountains, while exotic plants were imported from the botanical gardens in Vienna. Cismigiu is Bucharest's oldest park and a great place to stroll and enjoy a break from the hectic city. Set amid green lush lawns and winding paths, the park offers a lake with rowboat rentals, a beer garden, a playground for children, a chess area for amateurs and plenty of park benches for relaxing and people-watching.

Gradina Botanica - „Dimitrie Brandza" Opened in 1891, this 45-acres garden features over 10,000 species of plants from Romania and around the world. The garden is also home to the Botanical Garden Museum, housed in a beautiful "Brancovenesc" - Style building. Visitors can peruse manuscripts, old botanical research devices and a collection of artifacts made of vegetal materials. The huge greenhouses (44,000 square-feet) are open to visitors: Tue, Thu and Fri.;   10 a.m. -- 3 p.m. Sat and Sun:   9 a.m. -- 1 p.m. Address: Sos. Cotroceni 32 (across from Cotroceni Palace) Tel: (+4) 021 410.91.39 Open-Air spaces Hours: March 16 -- October 15, daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. October 16 -- March 15, daily 9 a.m. -- 3:30 p.m. Admission charge

Carol I Park Parcul Carol I Carol I Park is one of the most beautiful in the city of Bucharest. Designed by French landscape architect Eduard Redont in 1900s, the park is a great place for walks down tree-lined paths. In summertime, the aphiteatre "Arenele Romane" is a stage for open-air concerts. A massive monument dedicated to the unknown Soldier offers good views of the central area of Bucharest and plenty of photo opportunities. Address: Piata Libertatii

Parcul Regele Mihai I (Herăstrău) Address: Sos. Kiseleff 32 Spreading on 465 acres, from Arch of Triumph to Baneasa Bridge, Herastrau surrounds a 185-acres lake. Bucharest's largest park is home to numerous attractions and offers numerous activities on or around the lake. For an overview of the park, take a boat ride around the lake or rent your own row-boat or water-bike. Herastrau park is also home to the Village Museum, a delightful display of traditional rural architecture. The area surrounding the park is known for the beautiful mansions and displaying different architectural styles from 19th century neoclassical to 20th century art nouveau and modern luxury villas.

Bucharest Fountains Show Simfonia Apei Bucharest is home to the longest row of synchronized fountains in the world. 45 water fountains stretch 0.9 miles along Bulevardul Unirii and feature 180,000 square feet of colorful original mosaics. A display of water, music, and light is offered on weekend evenings, mid-May until mid-October. Admission: free Best place to see the show: Parcul Unirii Show starts at 9 p.m. in May and August, at 9:30 p.m. in June and July and at 8 p.m. in September and October. Start/ end dates for 2024 shows will be announced soon.

Hop-on, hop-off bus tours are operated daily - during the warm season (May through October) - on a fleet of double-decker buses. Travelers can get an introduction to Bucharest's fascinating architectural mix and get familiar with the city's central neighborhoods and places of interest, in less than one hour.

Bucharest - Hop On/ Off Sightseeing Bus Tours Facts

Bucharest hop on/ off sightseeing tour operate during the warm season 2024 Dates of operation: June 1 - October 31 (weather permitting) Hours of operation: 10 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.

Last departure from Piata Presei Libere to Piata Unirii at 9 p.m. Last departure from Piata Unirii to Piata Presei Libere at 9:25 p.m. Frequency: every 20 minutes Total length of the route: 9.5 miles Number of stops: 14 (see/print map)

24-Hour Ticket (card) : Adults: 25 lei (about $6.25) Children (up to 7 years old): free Youth (7 to 14 years old): 10 lei (about $2.75)

Note: Tickets can be purchased on board and at most hotels and are valid for 24 hours from the time of validation.

Sights and major attractions along the route include: Village Museum (Muzeul Satului) , Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf), Natural History Museum (Muzeul Antipa) , Geology Museum (Muzeul de Geologie), Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul Taranului Roman), Headquarters of the Romanian Government (Palatul Victoria), The Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman), National Museum of Art (Muzeul National de Arta), Church Cretulescu (Biserica Cretulescu), The Savings Bank (Palatul CEC), National History Museum (Muzeul National de Istorie), Parliament's Palace (Palatul Parlamentului), Romanian Patriarchy (Patriarhia Romana), Manuc's Inn (Hanul lui Manuc), Bucharest University (Universitatea), City of Bucharest Museum (Muzeul Municipiului Bucuresti), The National Theatre (Teatrul National), Academy of Economic Studies (Academia de Studii Economice)

Discover Romania's capital city landmarks, the city's fascinating mix of architectural styles and learn more about Bucharest history and lifestyle. More info and reservations

This section is courtesy of Ms. Rosemary K. Rennon

The following walks are designed to guide you around the four main areas of Bucharest, pointing out several unique sights. Stray from the routes as you wish, as you're sure to find other interesting places along the way that are not mentioned here. Allow approximately three hours for each walk.

Walk # 1 North of City Centre

This beautiful walk takes you through the quiet area n orth of the city center. Begin at Piata Victoriei with the government's Victoria Palace (Palatul Victoria) on its east side. Cross the square and walk north along tree-lined Soseaua Kiseleff. On your left are the Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant; a little farther up on the right is the National Geological Museum.

After passing through Kiseleff Park, stroll northward along the grand old mansions that line the shaded avenue all the way up to the Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf) . There begins Herestrau Park with its lake, gardens and outdoor restaurants. You will also pass the entrance to the wonderful open-air Muzeul Satului (Village Museum); take time to stop in and admire the numerous traditional rural architectural styles.

Ending at the north end of the park, off Piata Presei Libere you'll find the RomExpo exhibit center and the World Trade Center Plaza at Pullman (former Sofitel) Hotel. There's a fancy shopping arcade inside and a very nice coffee shop in the hotel where you can get a bite to eat. Catch bus # 335 back to Piata Charles de Gaulle for the Aviatorilor subway station (Metrou) or bus #331 to Piata Romana.

Walk # 2 West – Central Bucharest

This walk follows the route of Bucharest's most famous historic avenue, Calea Victoriei , Beginning at Piata Victoriei , walk south along Calea Victoriei passing Casa Vernescu , the George Enescu Museum, housed in the beautiful Cantacuzino Palace, and the Art Collections Museum.

Two blocks south of Bulevardul Dacia , detour left onto Strada Piata Amzei where you'll come upon the colorful open-air produce market (Piata Amzei). Return to Calea Victoriei and turn left to resume the walk south, stopping in the shops along the way.

Upon reaching Piata Revolutiei you will find the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel, the Romanian Athenaeum (Atheneul Roman) concert house (ask for an inside tour), the National Art Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, the beautiful University Library, the former Communist Party Central Committee building, and finally, the Kretulescu Church built in 1725.

Continuing south on Calea Victoriei , you'll pass more shops and hotels; note the Odeon Theater, sitting back from the street on the left. On the right you'll come to The Military Club which has an outdoor café and an art gallery.

Turn west (right) at the corner onto Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta and follow it to Cismigiu Garden, the last stop on this walk. Stroll around the lake or just relax watching the rowboats. The boathouse café offers snacks and refreshments.

Walk # 3 East – Central Bucharest

This walk takes you along Bucharest's busiest commercial and shopping area. The boulevard changes names five times, but here you will cover the length of only three of its five sections: General Magheru , Nicolae Balcescu and I.C. Bratianu.

Starting from Piata Romana , you might first walk east on Bulevardul Dacia for a look at some of the embassy mansions; then return to Piata Romana.

Next, head south on Bulevardul General Magheru . The street is filled with clothing stores, sidewalk vendors, pastry shops, cinemas, stationary stores (papeterie), and crystal shops.

On the east side of the Bulevardul Balcescu section you will find the Libraria Noi bookstore which has a good selection of American picture books and English novels. There are several art galleries along here, including two in the National Theater which is next to the high-rise Intercontinental Hotel. Behind the hotel are the American Consulate and the American Library. Reaching Piata Universitatii , on the west side of the street you will see Bucharest University and the sidewalk book and flower vendors; sit a moment at the fountain in the adjoining plaza and watch the activity. The underground subway ( Metrou ) concourse has shops, newsstands with American magazines, and several fast food eateries, including a pastry shop and pizzeria. This underground passage is the easiest place to cross the boulevards, rather than deal with street traffic. South of Piata Universitatii the street name changes to Bulevardul I.C. Bratianu . On your right is the Bucharest History & Art Museum, housed in the neoclassical Sutu Palace, built in 1835.

Farther down, across the boulevard will be Sfantul Gheorghe cel Nou Church, built in 1701. The eastern end of Strada Lipscani meets the boulevard on the west side.

Continuing south, you will end this walk at Piata Unirii where you will find department stores, a large grassy square with park benches to rest on and its enormous complex of fountains. Piata Unirii's two subway ( Metrou ) lines link with all other subway stops.

Walk # 4 South Bucharest

This route weaves through a tangle of colorful side streets in Bucharest's old historic district. Be extra alert here, as you will do some backtracking. Begin at the crossroads of Calea Victoriei and Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta . Walk south on Calea Victoriei , along the east side of the street. Duck into Pasajul Villa Cross (also called Pasajul Bijuteria ), a golden skylit arcade of boutiques. Follow its U-shape back to Calea Victoriei and walk south a block, to the beginning of Strada Lipscani.

Stroll Strada Lipscani to see the vendors and shops, then return to Calea Victoriei.

Heading south again on Calea Victoriei , next turn left onto Strada Stavropoleos to arrive at Caru cu Bere restaurant. If you can't stop in for a beer or snack, at least peek inside to see its magnificent interior. Farther down the street is the tiny Biserica Stavropoleos (church), built in 1724. Here you can either cut south via Strada Postei to Strada Iuliu Maniu , or return to Calea Victoriei and go south, past the National History Museum to reach Strada Iuliu Maniu . Following Strada Iuliu Maniu east, you will come to the remains of the Curtea Veche (Old Princely Court) of the real Prince Dracula and his Princely Church, the oldest in Bucharest.

Just across the road is the former caravansary Hanul lui Manuc , now a restaurant and inn (currently closed for renovations). Go inside the courtyard for a look at its timbered design, or stop there for some food and drink.

From this point, take the narrow side street south to exit the neighborhood at the Dambovita River.

Across the river you will see the 120-year-old Palace of Justice. Cross the boulevard to reach the broad, green Piata Unirii . Here you can rest while watching the fountains and the people.

From the south end you can see Nicolae Ceausescu's huge "House of the People", now Parliament Palace. When rested, head west along Bulevardul Unirii toward the Parliament Palace; this area is the Civic Center. When you reach the building, turn right, and walk north, back to the river.

Cross the Dambovita again at the Izvor Bridge. Walk in a block to Bulevardul Regina Elizabeta , then turn right and you'll wind up across the street from Cismigiu Garden.

To end this walk continue east on Bulevardul Elisabeta to Calea Victoriei ; or go a little farther toward Piata Universitatii and its subway ( Metrou ) station.

Attractions Near Bucharest

Therme Bucharest - thermal water baths Complexul Therme - Bucuresti Location: village Balotesti Address:   Calea Bucureşti 1K (15 miles north of Bucharest city-centre, 3 miles north of Bucharest International Airport)

How to reach Therme Bucharest : Therme is located a short drive north of Bucharest city-centru and is easily accessible with public transportation:

Bus to Therme: Bus #100, from city-centre to Baneasa Airport, Otopeni townhall or Henri Coanda International Airport connect with Bus #442 to Therme (Bus # 100 stops: Piata Unirii -- Universitate -- Piata Romana -- Piata Victoriei -- Piata Presei -- Aeroport Baneasa -- Primaria Otopeni -- Aeroport Henri Coanda ) Stops in bold are shared by bus (lines) #100 and #442. Travel time: approx. 45-minutes, normal traffic conditions. Bucharest public transportation schedules .

Train and connecting Bus to Therme: Train from Bucharest Main Train Terminal Gara de Nord to Henri Coanda International Airport connect with Bus #442 to Therme

Thermen Bucharest features Romania’s most extensive sauna complex, Europe’s biggest urban beach and the largest greenhouse in Romania - over 800,000 plants, more than 1,500 palm trees, countless orchids and many other unique species including a Tree of Life (Ficus Religiosa).

Therme Bucharest sections : ~ Galaxy, amenities for children & family fun, (16 waterslides, indoor and outdoor pools and a beach for children; saunas, whirlpool baths, hydromassage beds, infrared armchairs and a swim-up bar for parents). ~ Palm, (adult-only) aimed for relaxation (beach, three mineral pools, sauna rain forest, "Humboldt" fusion restaurant, lounge); ~ Elysium, focus on spa and wellbeing treatments (treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, pools, lounge, Mango Tree restaurant).

Mogosoaia Palace & Brancovenesc Museum Palatul Mogosoaia & Muzeul Brancovenesc Where: 9 miles NW of Bucharest Address: Str. Valea Parcului 1 Access: Public transportation From Bucharest train terminal: subway M4 to Parc Bazilescu then metro-area bus 460 to Mogosoaia, From downtown Bucharest: bus # 331 to Damaroaia then metro-area bus 460 to Mogosoaia, car, taxi Tel: (+4) 0786 705.985 Hours: Tue. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (May 1 - October 31) Tue. - Sun.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (November 1 - April 30) Admission charge Located in the village of the same name on the shore of Mogosoaia Lake, this palace reflects the Brancovenesc architectural style, featuring traditional Romanian staircase balconies, arcades and columns. Built by the Walachian prince Constantin Brancoveanu between 1698 and 1702 as a summer residence, the palace features a beautiful Venetian-style loggia on the facade facing the lake and a balcony with intricate Brancovenesc-style carvings overlooking the main courtyard. Today, the palace houses the Brancovenesc Museum with exhibits of valuable paintings, wood and stone sculptures, gold and silver embroideries, rare books and precious manuscripts. Inside the complex, there is also a church built in 1688 and decorated by a team of Greek artists. The original interior murals have been well-preserved, including a painting showing Constantin Brancoveanu with his wife, Maria, and their four sons and seven daughters, all wearing royal dress.

Manastirea Snagov Where: 25 miles north of Bucharest Map / Location Access: car or bus Snagov Monastery more info In 1458 - more than one hundred years after Snagov church was built prince Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler / Dracula) added thick defending walls and a dungeon. A plaque on the floor inside the church marks the grave with the presumed remains of the world-known count. The monastery is located on an island on lake Snagov, and can be accessed on a pedestrian bridge.

Day Trips from Bucharest

Bucharest is a good starting point to explore southern Transylvania, Dealu Mare wine region, the Black Sea coast or the city of Ruse in Bulgaria. Away from the buzz of the city, you will find a different side of Romania - life in the countryside moves more slowly, the air is crisp and hospitality natural.

Day trip to Peles and Bran castles and Brasov Duration: 11 hours Distance traveled: 265 miles Itinerary: Bucharest — Sinaia — Bran — Brașov — Bucharest Highlights: Peleș Castle - Sinaia, Bran (Dracula's) Castle - Bran, Brașov Old Town More information and reservations

Here are some Bucharest day-trips ideas:

Where: Town of Sinaia, 87 miles north of Bucharest Access: car, bus, train Peles Castle info

Where: Village of Bran, 120 miles north of Bucharest Access: car, train or bus to Predeal or to Brasov Taxi from Predeal to Bran Bus or taxi from Brasov to Bran Dracula Castle info

Where: northwest of Bucharest Distance: Bucharest - Targoviste: 52 miles, Targoviste - Gaesti - Curtea de Arges - Poenari: 89 miles Poenari - Bucharest: 112 miles. Access: car In Targoviste, tour the 14th century Princely Court (Curtea Domneasca) residence of voivode Vlad the Impaler - Draculea and the Watchtower (Turnul Chindiei) . Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. From Targoviste, continue to town of Curtea de Arges. In Curtea de Arges, visit the 14th-century Princely Court and the 800 years old Princely Church. Curtea de Arges was founded in the late 1200s by Prince Radu Negru (Negru Voda). From 1369 until 1431, Curtea de Arges was the capital of Wallachia (southern Romania). A stunning architectural gem of the town is the 16th century, Byzantine style, with Moorish arabesques, Curtea de Arges Monastery (Manastirea Curtea de Arges) . All Romania's kings and queens rest in the monastery.

Fifteen miles north of Curtea de Arges lay the ruins of Poenari Fortress, the authentic stronghold of voivode Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) or Vlad Dracul . The walls and towers of the fortress, located near village Arefu, still stand. Access to fortress, perched on a cliff - high above the surrounding area, requires climbing of a 1,462-step stairway.

Where: 120 miles northwest of Bucharest Access: car, bus Fifty miles west of Curtea de Arges stands Hurezi Monastery , the largest monastic settlement in Walachia, founded in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brancoveanu. A masterpiece of Brancovenesc architectural style and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hurezi is renowned for the richness of its sculptural detail, the treatment of its religious compositions and its painted decorative works.   Monastery Hurezi is home to precious collections of frescoes and icons dating from the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. The nearby village of Horezu is one of the biggest pottery centres in Romania. More than a century ago, local nuns taught the villagers how to make hand-paint their pottery and, ever since, people have come from far and wide to see and purchase on Horezu ceramic.

Town of Targu Jiu Where: 190 miles west of Bucharest Access: car, bus, train A visit to Targu Jiu is must for all art lovers, especially those interested in modern sculpture. This former market town is closely associated with Constantin Brancusi, considered by many to be the father of modern sculpture. While most of his works are on display in prestigious museums throughout the world, his trilogy of public sculptures: The Table of Silence (Masa Tacerii) , The Gate of the Kiss (Poarta Sarutului) and The Endless Column (Coloana Infinitului) can be admired at the Constantin Brancusi sculptural complex in downtown Targu Jiu. Nearby in Hobita , the birthplace of Constantin Brancusi, you can visit the house in which the sculptor spent his childhood; it now houses a small museum dedicated to the master. The house preserves the original architecture and accessories (the bed, the cellar and the well). The village is also home to the national sculpture camp "Brancusiana". Targu Jiu more info

City of Ruse in Bulgaria Where: 48 miles south of Bucharest Access: car, bus, train Ruse (Russe) is located on the right bank of Danube river, a natural border between Romania and Bulgaria. The city features fine examples of 19 th and 20 th -century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture. Ruse-Giurgiu Friendship Bridge connects Ruse with town of Giurgiu in Romania. Ruse landmarks of note include: "Sava Ognianov" theatre, "Aleksandrovska" street, The "Old High School of Music", Holy Trinity Cathedral, Andrea Turio Mansion, Russe Historical Museum. Ruse (Bulgaria) more info

Bucharest is one of the few cities in east-central Europe offering gambling opportunities.   Guests can play blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, baccarat and other games of chance and listen to live music. Bucharest casinos, open 24-hours, include:

Palace Casino Casa Vernescu Address: Calea Victoriei 133 Tel: (+4) 021 311.97.44 PalaceCasino.eu

Grand Casino J.W. Marriott Grand Hotel Address: Calea 13 Septembrie 90 Tel: (+4) 021 403.08.01 GrandCasinoBucharest.ro

Platinum Casino Address: Calea Victoriei 63 - 81 Tel: (+4) 031 710.22.34 ThePlatinumCasino.ro

CITY ESSENTIALS

Bucharest transportation.

Bucharest's public transportat network includes: 102 bus lines ( autobuz ),   22 tram lines ( tramvai ),   14 trolleybus lines ( troilebuz )   and   six subway ( metrou ). Buses, trams and trolley buses operate - with slight variations - between 4:30 a.m. and 11:50 p.m. The subway operates - from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. 24 bus lines ( Linii de Noapte ) serve the needs of locals and visitors that need public transport during the nighttime.

Bucharest public transport fare can be paid on-board with a contactless debit or credit card. or with a public transport card that can be purchased at kiosks located next to most bus/ tram stops: ~ (Non-reloadable, transmissible) Prepaid cards ( Card Multiplu ) are issued for free and can be used for two to 30 trips or for day, 3-days and 7-days pass. ~ (Reloadable, transmissible) Prepaid cards ( Card Activ ) cost 3.7 lei and can be reloaded at any STB kiosk on on-line . ~ Reloadable, non-transmissible Activ cards are issued for free (4.7 lei fee for reissuing).

Bucharest Public Transport Tourist Card (" Card Călătorie Turist ") is available to visitors and residents. This 'combo ticket' offers unlimited rides for: ~ the train from Bucharest International Airport to Gara de Nord Train Terminal ~ bus 100 (formerly 783) from Bucharest International Airport to Downtown ~ all urban, above-ground, transport: bus, tram and trolleybus ~ Bucharest Metro (subway) Cost of Bucharest Public Transport Tourist Card:  20 lei / 24-hours card   or   40 lei / 72-hours card.

Tickets/cards must validated upon boarding. Travelers may be asked to show the validated ticket/card during the trip. Passengers that cannot show a validated ticket must pay a surcharge ( Suprataxa ).

Bucharest Public Transport (STB) Routes Map .

Bucharest public transportation Schedules .

Bucharest Public Transport Route Planner .

Bucharest above-ground local transportation (bus / tram / trolley bus) fares:

  • one-trip (90 minutes): 3 Lei (approx. $0.75)
  • 10-trips (90 minutes each trip): 25 Lei (approx. $6.25)
  • day-pass: 8 Lei (approx. $1.95)
  • three-day pass: 20 Lei (approx. $5.25)
  • seven-day pass: 30 Lei (approx. $7.50);
  • above-ground month pass: 80 Lei (approx. $19.50)

Above-ground & Subway 'combo' fares: (bus / tram / trolley bus and subway) fares:

  • one-trip (bus/ tramway and metro - unlimited validations within 120 minutes): 5 Lei (approx. $1.25)
  • 10-trips (bus/ tramway and metro - unlimited validations within 120 minutes): 34 Lei (approx. $8.50)
  • Day Pass unlimited: 14 Lei (approx. $3.10) - unlimited rides for one day
  • 3-Day Pass unlimited: 35 Lei (approx. $7.50) - unlimited rides for one day
  • 7-Day Pass unlimited: 50 Lei (approx. $12.00) - unlimited rides for one day
  • all public transport month pass: 140 Lei (approx. $33.50) (unlimited above-ground transportation and subway rides)

Express Buss 100 (formerly 783) connects Bucharest International Airport with downtown Bucharest (bus 100 operates 24 hours a day). Two or 10-journey tickets, as well as monthly passes, are available for all express buses. There is direct train service from the city's main train terminal (Gara de Nord) to Bucharest international airport. Express buss 442 connects the northern part of the city ( Piata Presei / Exhibitions Centre RomExpo with Bucharest International Airport and Therme Bucharest - thermal baths/ aqua park.

Bucharest Subway (Metrou) operates from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

There are five subway lines (Metrou) in operation: M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5. Subway stations are indicated with the letter "M" (blue, on a white board).

Click here to get a print version of Bucharest Metro map. The final destination is indicated on the front of the train.   Each stop is announced as the train nears the station. Trains arrive every four to seven minutes during peak times and every 15-20 minutes off-peak times. The average distance between subway stops is about one mile.

Henri Coanda International Airport / Otopeni (OTP) Aeroportul International Henri Coanda Address: Calea Bucurestilor 224 Tel: (+4) 021 204.12.00 Distance from Bucharest airport to downtown: 18 km (11 miles).

Most international flights arrive at Henri Coanda ( Otopeni ) Airport. Airport facilities include ATM, currency exchange office, Self-Service Taxi Kioskk and cell phone rentals. All major car rental companies have offices located in the airport.

Domestic Flights:

There are scheduled domestic flights from/to Bucharest to/from Cluj-Napoca (CLJ), Iasi (IAS), Oradea (OMR), Satu Mare (SUJ), Sibiu (SBZ), Suceava (SCV), Timisoara (TSR) Domestic flights depart from/ arrive to Henri Coanda Airport.

Airlines offering domestic flights from Bucharest to major cities in Romania include: Tarom (flights to all destinations above) Air Connect   (flights to Baia Mare, Sibiu, Suceava, Targu Mures)

Transportation Bucharest Airport to Bucharest city centre:

Several Taxi companies operate in Bucharest, and their rates vary. Taxis can be called by using the touch screen taxi dispatch ( Dispecerat Automatizat Taxi ) located in the arrivals terminal, next to the Taxi Desk ( Taxi la Comanda ). There is no flat-rate taxi fare from the airport to Bucharest downtown however, all licensed taxis are metered.

Rate / km: 2.59 lei to 4.50 lei ($0.60 -- $0.95). There is no extra-charge for luggage. The average fare from the airport to downton Bucharest is about 80 Lei (equivalent of $18.00). Accepting rides from drivers who might approach you inside or in front of the terminal is not good idea; the risk of being overcharged is significant. If you will run into a problem with any taxi in Bucharest – or if you are suspecting that you have encountered a dishonest driver - ask for a receipt and if possible write down the vehicle's license plate #. For information on how to file a Bucharest Taxi complaint please check RomaniaTourism Travel Advisory section.

Bucharest airport Shuttle service:

Shuttle Direct www.ShuttleDirect.com

Shuttle Bucharest www.ShuttleBucharest.com

Express Bus 100 (formerly 783) takes travelers from the airport to the city centre, with stops at Otopeni towhhall -- Baneasa Airport -- Piata Presei Libere -- Piata Victoriei -- Piata Romana -- Piata 21 Decembrie and Piata Unirii . Route Bucharest city centre -- Bucharest International Airport: Piaţa Unirii -- Universitate -- Piaţa Romană -- Piaţa Victoriei -- Piaţa Presei -- Aeroport Băneasa -- Otopeni townhall/ Primăria Otopeni -- Airport (Departures) -- Airport (Arrivals) . Bus 100 departs from the Arrivals terminal every 15 minutes during day-time (every 30 minutes from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.). The journey to Bucharest downtown takes approximately 40 minutes. Bus 442 that connects the northern part of Bucharest ( Piata Presei Libere ) with Therme thermal baths complex stops at Bucharest International Airport.

Note: Fares can be paid by (contactless) debit or credit card (MasterCard or Visa), just tap your card on the card reader or by Bucharest Public Transport Card ( "Activ Card" ). Public Transportat cards are available from at the 'STB' ticket booth located in the arrivals terminal or next to the bus stop. One 'Activ Card' costs 3.70 Lei (about $0.85). To ride the bus you will also need to add the cost of the trip(s) to your card (add 7 Lei for two trips from / to the airport or 3.50 Lei for one trip). Your Activ Card must be validated as you board the bus.

Transportation from Henri Coanda International Airport to Bucharest main train terminal ( Gara de Nord ):

Train: Henri Coanda Express Train to Bucharest main train terminal (Gara de Nord) The journey from the airport ( Aeroport Henti Coanda stop to Bucharest main train terminal Bucuresti Nord takes about 22 minutes. One-way ticket costs 5 Lei ($1.25) for Adults 3 Lei ($0.75) for Childrens (up to 10 y.o.). Tickets can be purchased at the CFR kiosk International Arrivals Terminal. Train Schedules and Reservations For departure please type Aeroport Henri Coandă . Visitors who prefer to travel by bus, from the airport to Bucharest Train Terminal ( Gara de Nord ) need to take bus 100 or bus 442 to Piata Presei then bus 105 to the train terminal.

Baneasa Airport Aeroportul Baneasa Address: Sos. Bucuresti-Ploiesti 40 Tel: (+4) 021 232.00.20 Baneasa Airport, located five miles north of Bucharest downtown, is mostly used for private planes and budget airlines.

Public transportation between Baneasa airport and city centre: Bus #131 and #100 to downtown Bucharest Bus #205 to em>Piata Presei Libere then bus 105 to the main train terminal (Gara de Nord) Taxi - $12.00 (average fare to downtown)

Baneasa airport (5 miles N of Bucharest city-centre) is the world's fourth oldest, still in operation; its arrivals/ departures terminal is the first, in the world, to be built in the shape of an airplane propeller. First take-offs and landings Baneasa airfield has witnessed were those performed by aviation pioneers Louis Bleriot (1909) and Aurel Vlaicu (1910). Baneasa became an aerodrome in 1912 and an airport in 1919.

Highway 1 connects Bucharest with the town of Bascov/ Pitesti (the beginning of TransFagarasan scenic road over the Carpathian mountains. A highway that connects Pitesti to Sibiu in scheduled to open in 2026. Highway 3 (A3) links Bucharest with Constanta and the Black Sea Coast.

Bucharest Parking

Mismanagement of parking spaces in some of city's districts ( sector ) is obvious.   There are very few parking garages and not many parking lots (attended or unattended) and insufficient street parking, especially in the city-centre.  Parking on side-walk or where parking is prohibited is, unfortunately, quite common in Bucharest. Most available public parking in Bucharest is street parking (parallel); rate / hour is 5 lei ($1.10) / hour.   Paid street parking sports are marked with blue strips.   Street parking fee must be paid immediately after parking spot was taken (sms, app or parking pay-machine, if available). Most parking spaces in residential areas are reserved for residents and delimited with white strips. A sign Parcare Resedinta is usually posted in the area.   If you will need to park your car, for a short time, on a spot reserved for a resident do leave your phone # on the dashboard. Bucharest Parking apps include Parkopedia, ParkingBucuresti.ro and AmParcat. Public transport, taxi or limo service are good alternative to driving a car in the city.

Bucuresti North - main train terminal Gara de Nord Address: Blvd. Garii de Nord 2 Tel: 021 95.21 Bucharest's main train terminal, Gara de Nord , is located 1.8 miles northwest of Bucharest city-centre.

International trains to/from Bucharest There are daily or seasonal direct trains from/to Thessaloniki (greece), Budapest (Hungary), Istanbul (Turkey), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Vienna (Austria).   To check international trains schedule to/ from Bucharest please visit: RomaniaTourism International Transportation section.

To check schedules and fares for domestic trains please check RomaniaTourism Domestic Transportation section.

SNCFR Train Ticket Offices:

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR - Griviţa Address: Calea Griviţei, 139 Telephone: (+4) 021 313.26.42 Open: Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR - Unirii Address: Piata Naţiunilor Unite – Postal Office #5 Telephone: (+4) 0752 504.262 Open: Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR – Berceni Address: Bd. Obregia 25 B, - Posta Office # 82) Telephone: (+4) 021 460.03.30 Open: Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. -- 7 p.m. Sat.: 9 a.m. -- 1 p.m.

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR – Titan Mall Address: Str. Liviu Rebreanu 6A Telephone: (+4) 021 460.03.30 Open: Mon. - Sat: 9 a.m. -- 9 p.m. Sun.: 9 a.m. -- 6 p.m.

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR – Militari Address: Bd. Iuliu Maniu 88 - 92, Postal Office # 16) Telephone: (+4) 0725 504.263 Open: Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. -- 7 p.m. Sat.: 9 a.m. -- 1 p.m.

The SNCFR ticket offices offer train schedules information and ce tickets for future travel. Tickets for same-day travel can only be purchased at the train station.

International Bus Companies serving Bucharest:

Atlassib Tel: (+4) 021 222.47.35 Destinations: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden Departures from: Soseaua Alexandriei 164

Autotrans Calatori Filaret Tel: (+4) 021 335.95.83 Destinations: Bulgaria Departures from: Piata Garii Filaret 1

DoubleT Tel: (+4) 021 313.36.42 Destinations: Austria, Germany, Switzerland Departures from: Calea Victoriei 2

Eurolines Touring Tel: (+4) 021 210.08.90 Destinations: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland Departures from: Str. Buzesti 44

Flix Bus Destinations: All major cities in Europe Departures from: Strada Valea Cascadelor 1,   Calea Griviței 193B,  Șoseaua Orhideelor 49,  Strada Doctor Constantin Istrati 1   and Bucharest International Airport.

Bucharest Taxis can be summoned by telephone, on-line or hailed on the street. Initial fee and rate per km are posted on driver's and passenger's doors. Bucharest Taxi fares (average minimum): Initial Fee: 2.59 Lei ($0.55) - higher for luxury cars plus 2.59 Lei / km ($0.90 / mile) - higher for luxury cars. Wait time: 25.9 lei / hour ($5.70) While some taxi companies charge same rate (day or night) other apply a 'night surcharge' (10 p.m. -- 6 a.m.). Some taxi companies, especially those that are providing luxury cars or larger sedans, may charge up to five times the fares indicated above. Before boarding a taxi, please do check the fares posted on passenger door and confirm with the driver the approximate cost of the ride.

Accepting rides from drivers who might approach you at the airport, train station or in the street is not a good idea; the risk of being overcharged is significant. If you will run into a problem with any taxi in Bucharest – or if you are suspecting that you have met a dishonest driver - ask for a receipt and if possible try to write down the vehicle's license plate #. To file a Bucharest Taxi complaint please call: Bucharest Police Department - Transportation Bureau:   021 201 3242 and/or Bucharest City Hall:   021 9844 and/or Consumer Protection Authority:   021 9551.

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All major international and local car rental companies are represented in Romania's capital city. Contact us if you need a list of all car rental companies in Bucharest.

Bucharest bicycle rental centers include: Teo Bikes,   www.teo-bikes.ro Zebra Bike,   www.zebra-bike.ro Bate Saua,   www.facebook.com/BateSaua.Rentals IVelo, (22 self-service points in Bucharest)    www.ivelo.ro.

Bucharest Shopping

Since the early 1990s, brand names and high-end stores have opened shops in Romania. From high fashion boutiques to art galleries, shopping in Bucharest can fit any taste or budget. Stroll down Calea Victoriei or Blvd. Magheru to shop designer clothing or shoes or visit one of the many shopping malls, some located not far from Bucharest city centre and easily accessible by public transport.

Popular Romanian handicrafts include: embroidered clothing and linen, painted or beaded eggs, carpets, pottery, woodcarvings and icons. Wonderful hand-embroidered blouses and skirts (cotton, wool or flax fabric) or leather jackets, traditional rugs, tablecloths and lacework, icons painted on glass or on wood as well as many other gifts and souvenirs can be found at shop of the Romanian Peasant Museum, the Village Museum and at specialized shops called Artizanat .

Galeria 23 Address: Str. Lipscani 63 - 65 Tel: (+4) 0740.819.826

Galeria Galateca Address: Str. C. A. Rosetti 2-4 Tel: (+4) 0787 777.878

Galeria Win Address: Str. Ermil Pangratti 2A

Galeria Hanul Cu Tei Address: Str. Blanari 5-7 Tel: (+4) 021 313.01.81

Galeria Nemtoi Address: Calea Victoriei 126 Tel: (+4) 021 312.98.00

Galeria Noua Address: Str. Academiei 15 Tel: (+4) 021 322.81.59

Galeria Orizont Address: Blvd. Nicolae Balcescu 23 A Tel: (+4) 021 315.89.22

Galeria Simeza Address: Blvd. Magheru 20 Tel: (+4) 021 659.38.25

Galeria 2 / 3 Address: Str. Franceza 4 Tel: (+4) 0740 103.909

Mobius Address: Calea Dorobanti 202 Tel: (+4) 0726 152.156

Galateea Address: Calea Victoriei 132 Tel: (+4) 0745 355.941

Anaid Art Address: Str. Slobozia 34 Tel: (+4) 0744 496.175

Gaep Gallery Address: Str. Plantelor 50 Tel: (+4) 031 101.69.42

Galeria Nicodim Address: Str. Băiculeşti 29 Tel: (+4) 0 721 109.487

Bucharest has quite a few Shops that offer antique furniture, porcelain, decorative objects as well as rare books and maps. Most Bucharest Abtique shops are locates along Calea Victoriei and in the Old Town (Lipscani street area).

Thomas Antiques Str. Covaci 19 (Bucharest Old Town)

Amadeus Antiques Address: Str. Quinet 3 Tel: (+4) 021 315.10.83

Craii de Curtea Veche Address: Str. Covaci 14 Tel: (+4) 021 314.83.04

Da Vinci Address: Calea Victoriei 118 Tel: (+4) 021 210.40.94

Galeria de Arta Dorobanti Address: Str. Tudor Stefan 13 Tel: (+4) 021 231.49.53

Hanul cu Tei Address: Str. Lipscani 63 Tel: (+4) 021 315.56.63

Quasar Antiques Address: Calea Victoriei 63-81 Tel: (+4) 021 313.47.26

Libraria Carturesti Carusel Strada Lipscani 55 Tel: (+4) 0728 828.922 Website Books (quite a few in English), tea and coffe, CDs, DVDs and Vinyl Records.

Antic ExLibris Strada Doamnei 23 - 25 Tel: (+4) 021 315.30.59

Humanitas Cismigiu Bd. Regina Elisabeta 38 Tel: (+4) 021 311.40.01

Librarium - Books and Souvenirs Sun Plaza Mall Calea Vacaresti 391 Tel: (+4) 0754 096.244

Kyralina French Bookstore Strada Biserica Amzei 10 Tel: (+4) 021 367.28.67

Romanian music/ music recordings as well as musical instruments can be found at:

Magazinul Muzica Address: Calea Victoriei 41- 43 Tel: (+4) 0733 108.275

Music Box Address: Calea Floreasca 242, Vila O Tel: (+4) 0722 626.888

Music Shop Address: Strada Ion Câmpineanu Tel: (+4) 0752 112.405

M C Music Address: Strada Ion Câmpineanu 5 Tel: (+4) 0722 633.308

Music Vinyl Address: Intrarea Camil Petrescu 1 Tel: (+4) 0720 507.080

Fresh produce and farmer markets are called Piata . Bucharest Piata s include:

Piata Amzei Address: Str. Christian Tell 6 Tel: (+4) 021 211.67.26 Centrally located outdoor market surrounded by butcheries, cheese, flower and medicinal plant shops.

Piata Dorobantilor Address: Blvd. Radu Beller 3 - 5 Tel: (+4) 021 231.92.99 Upscale neighborhood market with a good selection of fresh produce and flowers

Piata 1 Mai Address: Blvd. Ion Mihalache 123 Tel: (+4) 021 317.14.63

Piata Obor Address: Campul Mosilor 5 Tel: (+4) 021 252.69.54 Bucharest's largest outdoor food market and "Bazaar". This is the place to find everything from fresh cheese and eggs, fruits and vegetables, to flowers and household items.

Bucharest offers plenty of hotels and other types of accommodations. Info on historic, distinctive hotels are available at RomaniaTourism Distinctive Hotels section.

Tourist Info

Bucharest Tourist Information Office Address: Piata Universitatii underpass ( Pasajul Universitatii ) Telephone: (+4) 021 305.55.00 extension 1003 E-mail

Bucharest is safe and hospitable ; violent crime is almost non-existent. As in any large city visitors are advised to take usual safety precautions. Do not draw unnecessary attention to your person, money or jewelry and be aware of pickpockets and scam artists. Never accept taxi/ car rides, tours or guide services from strangers who approach you on the street, no matter how presentable or fluent in English.

Bucharest has a four-season climate. In the spring, the weather can quickly alternate between rain and sunshine. July and August are the hottest months. Autumns are usually long and not cold. Winters can be quite cold with moderate snowfall.

Post offices display a postal horn symbol and the word Posta .

Bucharest Main Post & Telephone Office Address: Str. Matei Millo 10 (off Calea Victoriei) Open: Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat.: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Telephoning Bucharest from Abroad International Access Code +4 (country code) + 021 or 031 (area code) + seven-digit telephone number

Pharmacies in Bucharest are well stocked and pharmacists are authorized to recommend medication for most (minor) ailments. There are several pharmacies (Farmacie) open 24 hours a day.

Bucharest Emergency Hospital "Floreasca" Spitalul de Urgenta Floreasca Address: Calea Floreasca 8 Tel: (+4) 021-599.23.00 or (+4) 021 317.01.71

Bucharest General emergency phone number : 112

Bucharest Archives Arhivele Nationale - Directia Municipiului Bucuresti Address: Calea Văcăreşti 470 Telephone: (+4) 021 332.07.71 Hours E-mail

Bucharest City Hall Primăria Capitalei Address: Bd. Regina Elisabeta 47 Telephone: (+4) 021 490.00.33 Website

Consumer Protection Agency Comisariatul pentru Protecţia Consumatorilor al Municipiului Bucureşti   (ANPC) Address: Sos. Vitan-Barzesti 11 B Telephone: (+4) 021 95.51 Website

Bucharest Festivals & Events

A compilation of Romania’s main events is available at RomaniaTourism Events section

Events that take place every year in Bucharest include:

  • Easter Gifts - Arts & Crafts Fair (April)
  • 'Next' International Film Festival (June)
  • Bucucuresti International Film Festival (B-EST IFF)
  • International Music Festival 'Jeunesses Musicales' (May)
  • Bucharest International Jazz Festival (July)
  • Bucharest International Music Festival 'EuropaFest' (May)
  • Gay Pride Festival (June)
  • Saga International Music Festival (June)
  • Craftsmen's Fair at the Village Museum in Bucharest (May - July)
  • B'ESTFEST top international dance, indie and world music acts (July)
  • Bucharest Street Theatre Festival (July)
  • International Festival of Radio Ensembles "RadiRo" (September)
  • George Enescu Music Festival (September- biennial, every odd year)
  • Autumn Fair at Bucharest's Village Museum (October)
  • Romanian National Theatre Festival (October)
  • St Nicholas Fair at Bucharest's Museum of The Romanian Peasant (December)
  • Winter Gifts Arts & Crafts Fair - Museum of the Romanian Peasant (December)

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  • Romanian Tourism Fair (TTR), Bucharest, November 16-19

Over 200 travel agencies and tour operators will be displaying in the autumn edition of the Romanian Tourism Fair (TTR), to be held at the Romexpo exhibition centre in Bucharest, November 16-19.

The internationalisation of the TTR is 15 percent, with 13 countries promoting attractive tourist areas and destinations, namely Austria, Bulgaria, Cuba, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine.

The Romanian Tourism Fair provides attractive Christmas and New Year holiday offerings, city breaks and early booking for holidays and trips for the spring-summer of 2018. The tour operators offer thousands of packages during the four days of the fair, targeting cultural, rural and business tourism, health tourism, exotic destinations, cruises and adventure tourism.

TTR visitors will find affordable, budget-friendly travel packages, discounts, useful customisable gadgets and accessories that suit the type and purpose of travel, offerings and events to promote various Romanian destinations in the highlands and on the Black Sea coast.

Also displaying at TTR are cultural and tourist centres designed to promote the Romanian countryside rich in tourist attractions and revitalise local customs and crafts for Romanian and foreign holidaymakers alike. Many other tourist areas in Romania are promoted at the fair by county and local councils — Mures County, Hunedoara County, Piatra-Neamt County, Bacau County (Slanic Moldova, Targu Ocna, Moinesti), and the town of Techirghiol, which main attraction is the health care and recuperation facility.

Cuba, Palestine and Bulgaria come with special offerings for tourists and travellers, both of which are official participants in the event.

TTR will offer both well-known destinations such as Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, and the UK, as well as exotic ones: Mauritius, Maldives, the Caribbean, Malta, the Canary Islands, Madagascar, Reunion, Singapore and Seychelles.

Adventure tourism is also there at the fair, with offerings designed for groups of 6 to 10 people, to unknown or inaccessible tourist destinations.

The Romanian Tourism Fair is the time when holiday packages are offered at very advantageous prices compared with other periods of the year, both in terms of transport and accommodation. Transport companies and agencies come with countless bonuses, fidelity cards and web applications.

Among the offerings of the transport companies are those of the CFR Calatori national railway carrier which, during the TTR, comes with a 45-percent discount on train tickets, valid until December 15, 2017 (tickets may be valid until January 14, 2018). CFR brings in the TrenPlus GOLD Card (250 lei), to be released to the market on November 16, 2017. The card can be used to purchase train tickets for one year at a 40-percent discount.

TAROM Tours comes along with discounts on domestic and foreign flights, vouchers for future passengers, as well as tourist packages, including for Christmas markets in major European cities.

TTR is open November 16 — 18, 10:00hrs-18:00hrs, and November 19, 10:00hrs-16:00hrs. Admission fee is 10 lei/day; free admission for children under 7, disabled persons and institutionalised persons. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Tourism Ministry to promote Romania at 16 national and international fairs in 2024

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The Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism (MEAT) said it would promote Romania as a tourist destination at 16 national and international fairs next year. The national pavilion will bring together representatives of associations, federations and profile organizations, Destination Management Organizations, and companies.

The first event on the list is the FITUR international fair in Madrid, Spain, scheduled for January 24-28. Around the same period, January 25-28, Romania will also be promoted at Les Thermalies in Paris, France, an event focused on spa and well-being treatments.

Next, MEAT will participate in BIT Milano (February 5-6), the largest tourism fair in Italy, dedicated to both specialists and the general public.

Also in the first part of the year, Romania will be promoted at the Tour & Travel Expo, an exhibition organized between February 15 and 18 in Chisinau. Then, MEAT and its co-exhibitors will participate in ITB Berlin between March 5-7, Ferien Messe in Vienna, Austria (March 14-17), and the Salon Mondial du Tourisme in Paris (March 14-17). 

The approved list of fairs also includes IMTM in Tel Aviv, Israel (April 3-4) and IMEX Frankfurt, Germany (May 14-16).

A novelty for 2024 is the inclusion on the list of two high-profile exhibition events from outside Europe. The first is KITF in Almaty, Kazakhstan (April 24-26), followed by ITB China, held in Shanghai between May 24-27.

On a local level, MEAT will be present at the spring edition of the Romanian Tourism Fair (February 15-18).

In the second half of the year, MEAT will continue to promote Romania's tourism offer at the TTG Experience in Rimini, Italy (October 9-11); WTM London, UK (November 4-6); IBTM Barcelona, Spain (November 19-21); and Tour and Travel from Warsaw, Poland (November 21-23).

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TTR Bucharest : Event Name Category:  Travel & Tourism Fairs Event Date: 14 – 17 November, 2024 Frequency: Annual Location: Romexpo Exhibition Center , 65 – 67 Marasti Blvd, 011 465 Bucharest , Romania Organizer: Romexpo S.A., Marasti Blvd. no. 65-67, district 1, PO Box 32-3, code 011465, Bucharest, Romania E-mail: romexpo[at]romexpo.ro Phone: +40 21 207.70.00, +40 21 207.70.70 Timings: 10:00 AM – 18:00 PM Tickets: Visitor Registration Required – Click Here!

TTR Bucharest 2024: Event Profile

49th edition – Romanian Tourism Fair – TTR Bucharest 2024 – Autumn Edition  is an event dedicated to Romanian Travel and Tourism industry. The visitors get a unique opportunity to plan their trips from top most travel experts from all across the globe. The visitors also get to attend various seminars on Savvy and destination theaters. The visitors can get fully absorbed and indulge themselves with the ethnic traditional cultures of different destination spots. This is an ultimate event for anyone who loves traveling and exploring all natural beauty, the earth has to offer.

The  autumn edition of The Romanian Tourism Fair – TTR Bucharest 2024 will takes place between the 14 – 17 November, 2024 , in the Hall B2! Hall B2 is dedicated to Travel Agencies, Tour Operators, International Participation and Tourist Service, also is dedicated to tourist areas in Romania through: Local Public Administrations, Tourism Associations, Tourism Offices, County Councils and Town Halls.

At its 49th edition , The Romanian Tourism Fair – TTR Bucharest 2024  remains the ideal place for presenting the most interesting touristic offers and attractions, both from Romania and abroad, as well as the accessories and gadgets necessary for any journey.

Also, the Romanian Tourism Fair – TTR Bucharest 2024 , the spring edition benefits from a targeted campaign for attracting specialists visitors and for creating the framework for a better relationship between exhibiting companies and customers or potential customers.

Why Exhibit?

  • To benefit from the unique opportunity for promoting new products, technologies, equipment and materials that your company develops in the field;
  • To benefit from the unique opportunity to emphasize the products, technologies and projects that your company develop in the field;
  • To meet potential customers and partners in the industry, with whom you will have the opportunity to close successful contracts;
  • To be informed about new investments and the latest trends in the field, both from Romania and abroad;
  • To attend an intensive communication schedule that includes conferences and seminars, presentations, workshops, dedicated especially to specialized visitors;
  • The event will be promoted through TV and radio spots developed in the central media and specialized press, online, outdoor and indoor campaigns, website and social networks.

TTR Bucharest 2024: Exhibitors Profile

The Romanian Tourism Fair is the perfect place to present the most interesting offers and touristic attractions, both from Romania and abroad, including all types of tourism: business, cultural, rural, spa & treatment, as well as exotic destinations, cruises, adventure trips or pilgrimages.

Why visit the Romanian Tourism Fair 2024?

Romanian Tourism Fair continues to contributes to the consolidation of the tourism industry in Romania by promoting the tourist attractions and services in Romania, as well as by organizing conferences and debating sessions addressing the problems of the industry, in the actual context, together with the authorities in the field.

  • To take advantage of the offers that travel agencies and tour operators will prepare especially for the fair;
  • To discover the most attractive destinations, both national and international;
  • To meet specialists in the field who will offer recommendations for choosing the perfect vacation according to your preferences and budget;
  • To take advantage of the best accommodation and transport services, by comparing them directly in the fair platform;
  • Holiday gadgets and accessories will not be missing, so take advantage of great offers;
  • Because the Romanian Tourism Fair remains the place of all destinations!

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The Ministry of Tourism presented Bulgaria at the spring edition of the Romanian Tourism Fair (TTR) 2024, held in Bucharest February 15-18. This is the most important event in Romania for tourism, and this year it is held for the 49th time. It is open to both industry professionals and the general public, the Ministry said.

Bulgaria's advertising stand covers an area of  300 sq. m. This country was represented by a record number of 34 co-exhibitors, of which 30 tourism companies and 4 municipalities. 

Bulgarian stand attracted visitors with the opportunities for seaside holidays, golf, cultural tourism, city breaks, spa, wellness and cycling tourism. 

Bulgarian stand attracted visitors with the opportunities for seaside holidays, golf, cultural tourism, city breaks, spa, wellness and cycling tourism.

The international tourism fair in Munich, which takes place February 14-18, 2024, traditionally attracts considerable interest. Last year's fair had 900 exhibitors from 50 countries and regions and approximately 160,000 visitors.

Guests at the Bulgarian national stand, which covers an area of 30 sq m, are attracted by the opportunities this country presents for year-round tourist visits with its rich cultural and historical heritage and inspiring nature. Many visitors showed interest in the cultural, historical and natural riches, both near the Bulgarian Black Sea coast and inland. There is also a great demand for sightseeing tours in the country, which present mountain tourism, adventure tourism, caravanning, etc. The coastal municipalities of Varna and Sozopol took part in the Bulgarian stand together with the Ministry of Tourism.

This country's participation in international tourism exhibitions aims to present the diverse Bulgarian tourism product. Visitors to the Bulgarian stands are introduced to Bulgaria's rich culture, beautiful nature, quality products at reasonable prices in seaside and mountain resorts, delicious food, excellent wines and hospitality.

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The autumn edition of Romania's Tourism Fair was held in Bucharest over November 10 and 13. Visitors had the chance to find out about the newest and the most interesting tourism offers. Participating in the fair were travel agencies, accommodation and leisure units but also local tourism authorities, national and international. Apart from the promotions offered ahead of the coming winter holidays, travel aficionados could buy tourism packages for up to 50% off the market price, The event was jointly staged by the Romexpo Exhibition Centre, Romania's Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Romania's Travel Agencies Owners' Association.

A biologist with the Iron Gates Nature Park Administration, Amalia Dumbravă has invited us to explore a protected area of national interest, lying in south-western Romania, an area with a very special ethnic and biological diversity.

"We have come up with a cross-border project, by means of which we promote nature heritage but also cultural assets, from Romania and Bulgaria. A series of virtual tours will be on offer as an invitation, so that people may become aware of the beauty of the scenery, and in a bid to invite people to explore the habitat of the nature parks, of the protected areas. The project has kicked off already. The included assets have already been scanned in a 3D format, using the specific technology and photogrammetry. Tourist can simulate a flight over our territory. There where there is something they might be interested in, they can have a stopover at the 3D assets."

Techirghiol is a balneal resort on the Romanian Black Sea Coast. Lying at 16 kilometers from Constanta, on the shores of Techirghiol lake, it is open all year round. Techirghiol is known for the qualities of the mineralized salty waters and the sapropelic mud, used in the treatment of several serious or less serious conditions. With details on that, here is an inspector with Techirghiol Municipality's projects department, Melisa Regep.  

"I have come to the Tourism Fair as part of a project. The project is themed "Enhancing tourism attractivity in Techirghiol balneal resort, and is carried through We Promote the Town, an operational-sectorial project which has seen a very beautiful development, with the lake shore promenade and the pier, with cycle paths, with offers of treatment with our famous mud. As we speak, we are Romania's top-of the-chart balneal resort and we won a great number of awards. Our treatment facilities are open all year round. Of these, the most famous is the Techirghiol Sanatorium. Following is Saint Mary Monastery, a renowned asset, with its own treatment facility ".

A great many craftsmen participated in Romanian Tourism Fair's Autumn Edition. Nicolae Les is the son of Dan Les, a potter. Nicolae promotes the tradition of pottery.

"The trade was handed down to me by my father and by my grandfather. We work in ceramic. We draw our inspiration from the Maramures traditional ceramic, to which we add a significant contemporary touch, through color or through shape. We're mostly visited by foreign tourists from Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, the United States of America. Foreign tourists seem to better appreciate the tourist potential in our region. They're very happy with what they got as they go back home. They recommend us, also taking with them, further afield, beyond frontiers, our story, the story of Maramures".

Claudiu Dobrican is a head councilor with Maramures County Council. He told us Maramures was a brand in itself.

"It has compelled recognition thanks to our unsophisticated people who open up their hearts to their guests. When you come over, they would offer you the best food and the best plum brandy. Apart from that, we have lots of tourist assets. In Borsa, we have the most modern ski slope in Maramures, it was opened last year. It is 3.6 kilometers long. We have our towering peaks, also in the region of Borsa. Maramures is divided in four regions. The Lapus Country, The Chioar Country, The Codru (Woods) Country and the Historical Maramures. Country. In historical Maramures, you can see lots of traditional Maramures gates, monasteries. We have Europe's tallest wooden church, a UNESCO monument. Also, the Barsana monastery is renowned for its beauty. In Săpânța, the Merry Cemetery is the main asset. We have Christmas and New Year's Eve Party offers. The New Year's Eve Party offers have been kind of sold out, but we also have some available offers for Christmas. At that time of the year, you can see lots of traditions, you can hear authentic carols. We wholeheartedly wait for you in Maramures, a place of wonder. "

Georgiana Ungureanu works for the Targoviste-based Princely Court Museum Compound. At the fair, Georgiana presented Dambovita County, which has a wide range of tourist assets.

"We have a beautiful mountain region, where we can find the Ialomita-Bucegi cave, but also a special town, Targoviste, with the Chindia Tower while nearby Bucharest, only 30 kilometers away we can find the Brancoveanu Palace in Potlogi. I would invite the tourists to visit the Bucegi Mountains' mountainous region. Apart from the Ialomita Cave, they can see the Bolboci Lake. In another development, inside the Ialomita Cave, tourists can discover a breathtaking waterfall and a route upgraded according to European standards, with platforms and small bridges. At this time of the year, in winter, they will see icy stalactites and stalagmites."

Niculai Barbă is the vice-president of Suceava County Council. As an absolute first, Niculai Barba told Radio Romania International that, in Bukovina, 2023 would be the "Ciprian Porumbescu Year." Therefore, a great number of events will be staged, dedicated to the renowned Romanian composer whose compositions were selected for the Romanian but also for the Albanian anthem.

"This year, even though Bukovina means tradition, we have also come up with a couple of new things. It is for the first time ever when the County Council and the National Tourism Promotion and Information Centre have come up with other tourism-involved institutions. Specifically, it is about several municipalities that will be part of a future organization known as Bukovina Tourism Management. It will have a regional scope and, in effect, it will be the first organization of its kind established at national level. At this edition of the fair, apart from the tourism promotion for the County of Suceava, you can also find craftsmen, local cuisine, especially targeting the winter holidays. All these will be rounded off by stage performances of the "Ciprian Porumbescu" professional artistic ensemble. It is our usual way of promoting Bukovina.  At the fair, we mainly focus on the promotion of the Christmas feast. This year, allow me to tell all our listeners that the Christmas celebration in Bukovina means Christmas in the family. We are prepared to receive our guests, with their entire family. "

Also as part of the Tourism Fair, the Entrepreneurship and Tourism Ministry has launched the Cultural-Tourist Route known as "Traditional Craftsmen and Traditional Crafts from Romania". (EN)

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Get inspired by TCT products at The Romanian Tourism Fair – Spring Edition Bucharest, Romania! A surprising new product designed by us will be uncovered! TCT is thrilled to announce its participation in the highly anticipated TTR exhibition in Bucharest, which take place between 23th – 26th of February 2023 The fair is dedicated to travel agencies and tour operators, accommodation and leisure facilities, as well as providers of various tourism services or local, national and international tourism authorities and is one of the most important events in the travel industry, attracting a wide range of attendees from around the world. The event will showcase the latest trends, products, and services in the travel industry and provide a unique platform for networking and business opportunities. That is why, at this edition, we are very proud to announce the launch of our new brand product TravBox, a perfect tool to ignite your travel business. Don’t miss this opportunity to test it, to discover the major transformations that can be done in your business with this incredible product. All visitors to our stand, which is 78-78A pavilion, (write it down) will have the opportunity to meet our friendly team of experts and learn exciting facts about our products and services. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide insights into the travel industry. We are also very keen to know you and your business to discuss how we can grow together having the same purpose, and more satisfied clients. Don’t think, just travel to TTR in Bucharest this February! Visit our stand to celebrate with us the big opening of TravBox!

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Romanian Tourism Fair 2019 Bucharest- Spring edition

The spring edition of the Romanian Tourism Fair will be held between 21 th – 24 th of February 2019, Bucharest, B1 and B2 Pavilions, Romexpo exhibition Center.

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The most important companies in Romania and abroad in the tourism sector meets under the same roof at Romania’s Tourism Fair, organized by Romexpo twice a year, each edition transforming Exhibition Centre in a space of dream destinations.  As exhibitor, you will also have the opportunity to meet new business partners, and also to strengthen the existing relationships with your traditional partners.

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Romanian Tourism: EUR 400 Million Earned in 2021

Romanian tourism earned over EUR 400 million from foreigners who have chosen to come to Romania in 2021.

According to NIS (National Institute of Statistics), 837,7 thousand non-resident tourists arriving in Romania spent on average EUR 480 per person in 2021. The number of tourists in Romania for 2021 recorded a significant growth of 90% compared to 2020. However, not all foreign tourists came to Romania for visiting purposes. What is the statistic on business or private travel in Romania for 2021?

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For business purposes, including attending congresses, conferences, courses, fairs and exhibitions, 57.4% of the non-resident tourists arriving in Romania in the fourth quarter of 2021 spend a percentage of  56,9.

Of the total business expenditures in the fourth quarter of 2021, the main share o represents the expenses for accommodation (46.1%), from this type of expenses being preferred, especially accommodation with breakfast included (89.6% of total accommodation expenses). Expenses of non-resident tourists in restaurants and bars were 17.9%, and those for shopping have accounted for 18.9% of total business expenditures. Of the total expenses for shopping, 41.9% was for food and drink, and 29.2% for clothing and footwear. Expenses for car rental had 61.3% of total transport costs, and amusement park access costs, fairs, casinos, gaming rooms accounted for 25.2% of entire recreation.

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Among non-resident tourists arriving in Romania in 2021, 46.9% travelled to particularly, their expenses representing 44.3% of the total costs. Travel on purpose private includes holidays, shopping, cultural and sporting events, visiting friends and relatives, medical treatment, religious pilgrimage, transit and other activities.

Of the non-resident tourists who arrived in Romania in the fourth quarter of 2021, 42.6% travelled for a particular purpose, their expenses representing 43.1% of the total costs. Travel in private purposes includes a trip for holidays, shopping, cultural and sporting events, visiting friends and relatives, medical treatment, religion, transit and other activities.

The primary means of transport used to arrive in Romania in the fourth quarter of 2021 was the plane, operated by 81.9% of the total number of tourists, while 14.9% used their cars, 2.8% coaches and buses, and 0.4% arrived by other means of transport (train, riverboats, rented vehicles, motorcycles, etc.).

Statistics on Bucharest

Since the official statistics in 2020 stated that Bucharest is no longer Romania’s most visited city, the Romanian capital remained on the same spot in 2021. Bucharest took the top rank in 2019 with almost 2 million tourists, both residents and foreigners, but now it seems that the main reason for the decline was the pandemic.

Regarding the arrivals of foreign tourists in Bucharest in 2021, the Romanian capital cannot be prod with a vast number of tourists. Looking back to the year 2020, when Bucharest was ranked third place on the most visited Romanian cities after Constanta and Brasov, in 2021, statistics remained the same.

Bucharest was the most visited area in Romania because it has the most developed hotel infrastructure, attracting millions of tourists annually, most of them coming for business purposes. In 2021, just over 900,000 tourists arrived in accommodation units in Bucharest.

Although Romania is facing a crisis due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, we hope that tourism will not be strongly influenced by it in 2022, even though there has not been a significant decrease registered yet.

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