Admission charge English guided available. Romania's leading art museum was founded in 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-Hilton, the museum currently exhibits over , works divided into two major sections. 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.
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. Impressive collections of minerals and quartz formations specific to the area are found here, including a well-presented geological structure of Romania's territory.
Housed in a s 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, gold items, including jewelry and valuable Neolithic artifacts.
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Among the displays are the 12 pieces of the 4th century Pietroasele Treasure Collection. First presented at the 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 , at the International Exhibition in Vienna.
Founded in , 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 Revolution exhibit, displaying mainly personal belongings donated by families of soldiers and civilians killed during the upheaval. 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 square feet, while the adjoining boudoir was three times that size. Address: Bulevardul Primaverii 50 Telephone: Admission charge, Reservations are recommended. 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.
Website Open: Wed. The Railways Museum exibits include one of the largest train diorama in Europe, an 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. This museum pays tribute to the works of sculptor Frederick Storck, founder of the Romanian school of architecture, and his wife, Cecelia Cutescu-Storck, an artist and a keen advocate of enhanced recognition for women in the arts. Some paintings and sculptures are featured in the beautiful Storck residence, built in by a French architect after the plans of Frederick Storck.
This museum displays some 5, 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. Housed in the beautifully restored Melik house, built around 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. Founded by royal decree in , this fascinating outdoor museum, the largest in Europe, covers some 30 acres on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herestrau Park.
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. The museum exhibits the private art collection of art critic and collector Krikor Zambaccian Although Zambaccian was a big patron of the art of his home country, during his studies in Belgium and France - 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. Designed in by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer, the garden opened to the public in The name, Cismigiu, comes from the Turkish cismea , meaning "public fountain. 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.
Opened in , the garden features over 5, varieties of plants from Romania and around the world. The garden also encompasses a beautiful building in the Brancovenesc architectural style, housing the Botanical Garden Museum. Here, you can peruse manuscripts, old botanical research devices and a collection of artifacts made of vegetal materials.
Locals treat the gardens as a park, and on warm afternoons, you may see more young lovers than plants. The huge greenhouses are open Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun, 9am - 1pm. This large park is one of the most beautiful in the city and contains a massive monument that once housed the remains of communist leader Gheorge Gheorgiu Dej, as well as the eternal flame that marks the grave of the Unknown Soldier.
Designed by French landscape architect Eduard Redont in s, the park offers pleasant walks down tree-lined paths, a good view of central Bucharest from the monument and plenty of photo opportunities. In summertime, the park's Arenele Romane is the stage for open-air concerts. Spread over some acres, from the Arch of Triumph to the Baneasa Bridge, the park is home to numerous attractions, including a boat rental complex, tennis courts, and a rather old-fashioned fairground.
In the summertime, many terraces open up on the shores of the lake. For an overview of the park, take a ride around the lake on the ferry or rent your own boat. The park is also home to the Village Museum. The area surrounding the park holds even greater treasures. The streets between Bulevardul Mircea Eliade and Soseaua Kisileff contain extraordinarily beautiful houses in architectural styles ranging from 19th century neoclassical to 20th century art nouveau and modern luxury villas.
This is where Bucharest's elite once lived - and still do today.
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. Current status: Unavailable. Hours of operation: 10 a. Frequency: every 20 minutes Total length of the route: 9.
Note: Tickets can be purchased on board or at most hotels and are valid for 24 hours from the time of validation. Ride a bicycle through some of Bucharest's parks and learn about the city's Communist architecture, including the massive Palace of Parliament and the House of the Free Press. Your local guide will also take you to back streets and will offer information about little-known areas of the city. When: every day at 3 pm, reservations are mandatory Tour starts: Charles de Gaulle Circus , at the entrance to Herastrau Park, next to General Charles de Gaulle statue.
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When: April - September: every day at a. October - March: every day at 10 a. If you liked the tour you can tip your tour guide. More info: www. 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. This beautiful walk takes you through the quiet area n orth of the city center.
Cross the square and walk north along tree-lined Soseaua Kiseleff. 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.
There's a fancy shopping arcade inside and a very nice coffee shop in the hotel where you can get a bite to eat. 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. Continuing south on Calea Victoriei , you'll pass more shops and hotels; note the Odeon Theater, sitting back from the street on the left. 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.