Visiting Bucharest, Romania
This section is for those participants that come for the first time to Bucharest or are not familiar with the city. We set it up in order to help them enjoy the town, but also to avoid any unpleasant incident. If you have any questions regarding the venue, how to get there or anything else related to your visit to Bucharest, do not hesitate to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you travel from abroad and you are not a EU citizen, we recommend you to check if you need a visa to get into Romania. We will not be able to assist you with the visa, but we can provide a letter of participation in the 2016 European Ethics & Compliance Forum. Though, this letter is released only after careful consideration of your registration.
If you travel from abroad, we recommend you to come by plane. Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport is close enough to the city and you have several means to get from there to the city centre (authorized yellow cabs, regular bus). If you travel by train from any other Romanian city, the only railway station available is Gara de Nord. If you come by car, we suggest you to get in the city centre before 7.30 in order to avoid traffic jams and leave after 19.45. for the same reason.
Henri Coanda Airport (Otopeni City)
Yellow cabs: Use any of the 3 different info posts right at the airport exit (after you picked up your luggage, as you come out of the Custom zone, at the automated doors). Be careful at the price shown on the screen. We recommend you to choose a company with 1.39 Lei/km. The trip from the airport to the city centre should not exceed 25-30 Lei, depending on the moment of the day (traffic jam can make your trip cost more). The yellow cabs will be waiting in front of the Arrivals building; make sure you identify the company you selected and the identification number (it is written on the ticket you received at the info post and on the laterals of the car). Before getting in the cab, check again the price on the car door.
Regular bus: The bus station is at the ground level, which means you need to walk down the stairs two levels until you reach the exit from the Internal Arrivals section of the airport. Next to the bus station is a ticketing office; you will need to get a special magnetic card for the bus with 2 trips (7 Lei). Be careful, there are 2 bus lines: 780 Express line that takes you to Gara de Nord Railway Station and 783 Express line that takes you to the city centre. Further information concerning these 2 bus lines are available on RATB website (use Google Translate Romanian-English option to read further).
Gara de Nord Railway Station
We do not recommend getting into a cab there. It is much better to use the Metro to get in the city centre (to Piata Unirii/Unification Square or to Piata Victoriei/Victory Square) or call for a cab. We would recommend UBER.
Places to visit in Bucharest
Calea Victoriei is one of the main boulevards of Bucharest and probably the oldest. It begins in Victoriei Square, right in front of the Romanian government building called “Victoriei Palace”, and ends in front of the Old Church of Saint Spiridon. If you want to see the architectural developments of the last 150 years in Bucharest compressed in 2 hours, all you need to do is to walk this boulevard from one end to another. The baroque Cantacuzino Palace (built 1902) hosting the “George Enescu” National Museum, the Romanian Athenaeum (built 1886-1888) — for concerts, see George Enescu Philharmonic –, the Royal Palace housing the National Museum of Art of Romania with various permanent art exhibitions, the Central University Library (built 1893), the old art-deco Telephone Palace (built 1931–1933), the eclectic CEC Palace (built 1900), the former Postal Palace housing the National Museum of History are just some of the buildings you should not miss.
Old City Centre
The Old City Centre is located between Calea Victoriei, Bratianu Boulevard, Regina Elisabeta Boulevard and Dambovita River. A once-glamorous district, it is now known as the locals’ favourite place to hang out and also as a valuable cultural and historical place of Bucharest. At the beginning of the 15th century many Greek, Armenian and Jewish merchants established their shops in this area. The mix of cultures and nationalities is still reflected in the various architectural styles.
Aside from the many cafes, restaurants and clubs, the Old City Centre has other tourist attractions, such as Stavropoleos Church (built in 1724), the Old Princely Court (known as ‘Curtea Veche’ and dating from 15th century, when was used as residence for Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, well-known today as ‘Dracula’) and Manuc’ Inn (‘Hanul lui Manu’, built 1808), Caru’ cu bere (an unique restaurant opened in 1879 and located across the street from the Stavropoleos Church and the National Museum of History).
The building was commissioned during the Nicolae Ceausescu’s totalitarian regime as the central seat of political and administrative power and completed 8 years, in 1997, after his brutal elimination during the ‘1989 Revolution’. Before ‘89, it was known as the “Palace of the Republic” (‘Casa Republicii’), but in the ‘90s it became the “Palace of the People” (‘Casa Poporului’). In 1996, the Romania’s Chamber of Deputies moved from it temporary housing at the Patriarchy Palace to this unfinished building and was joined by the Romanian Senate in 2005. The today Parliament Palace is a multi-purpose building, housing also the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), since 2004, the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) and other institutions, a cafeteria for legislators and employees, as well as a conference center.
Facts: 330.000 m², which places it as the 2nd largest administrative building, after U.S. Pentagon, in World Records Academy.
There are 9 levels above the ground (86 meters height) and more 9 levels under (92 meters depth).
It is considered the heaviest building in the world — it is estimated that app. 1.000.000 m³ marble, app. 5500 tons of cement, app. 7000 tons of steel, app. 20.000 tons of sand and app. 1.000 tons of whinstone were used to complete this building — as well as the most expensive: the 1989 estimated cost was 1.78 billions of US dollars, while in 2006 was 3 billions Euro.
The Village Museum is an ethnographic museum located in one of the most beautiful parks in Bucharest, the Herastrau Park. It is an outdoor museum which recreates the Romanian villages from the past. Its aim is to display and protect the cultural heritage of the Romanian village. Founded in 1936, the museum displays houses, churches and other elements of Romanian rural life from all of the country’s historic regions.
The Museum is open on Mondays from 9:00 to 17:00, in the rest of the week from 9:00 to 19:00. The price of a ticket is 10 lei.
The Cismigiu Garden, located near the centre of Bucharest, is the oldest park of the city. The park surrounds an artificial lake which is used as a skating rink during the winter. Cismigiu Park is famous for the beautiful view and for the wide range of activities it provides. There are bike paths, chess tables, playgrounds and boats that can be rented.