Impressions

Bucharest looks easy to survey on maps, but on the boulevards, it is difficult oneself to orientate at buildings - their facades often resembles each other at the first look.

Bucharest has no traffic peaks seemingly. In Bucharest it dams the whole day over.

In the city center, moreover one often must accept the smell of gas and exhaust clouds of fume.

 
The metro-stations, that older, seem often dismally - because of their area-height, which often 10 meters high, but also because of the weak illumination and the gray view-concrete.

At the metro the one-way-regulation is in force, like also at the main entrance of the main train station, for which one has to buy an admission-ticket - with the exception, one can show a valid ticket for a train!

At the platforms themselves, the ticket is to be shown again. Only travelers have admittance here.

Photo Series[19 Photos]Bucharest Impressions
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History

Since 1918, Bucharest is the capital of Romania.

In the era of Ceausescu (1965-1989), almost one fourth of the old part of town was dragged.

After the earthquake 1977 Ceausescu ordered to tear off 28 churches and some other about much money - sometimes hundreds meters wide - to move to another place.
The reason was, that Ceausescu wanted to see no crosses.

To be able to realize the 'People's Palace' and the belonging boulevard, a 4 km long aisle was beaten into the old part of town.

28.000 households were compulsory-moved approximately into so-called slab-constructions.
In those constructions at the outskirts, also the victims of the earthquake in 1977 found a new home here.

The model for the boulevards was, as already to the last turn of the century, Paris.

Photo Series[23 Photos]The Boulevards of Bucharest
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To Hail a Taxi

At trips with the cab, you should necessarily arrange the fare before you start the journey - in fact unequivocally - a 'fifteen' becomes quickly to a 'fifty'. Otherwise, one tries to expect the triple fare. If you feel betrayed, so simply require the return journey - this time with switched on taxameter. Often this will lead to a surprising correction of the fare. Admittedly Taxameters exist in each taxi, but they are switched on very rare - if they are connected at all.
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Map Bucharest

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For orange marked points are photo series available on this site.

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The North-South-Axis Through The Center

Bucharest
Directly beside the embassy-district at Soseaua Kiseleffs, next to the Piata Victoriei, decide itself the Geology-, the Natural History- and the Farmer Museum.

At the Calea Victoriei, you will find the Atenul Roman, which was builded at 1885-88 according to French standard in the classicist eclecticism financed with donations from the people.
Today, the splendid construction serves above all for concert-performances.

Across the way, stands the King Palace. Today it lodges the Museum of Arts and the National Gallery.

Further find you at the Calea Victoriei the Piata Revolutiei with the former building of the Central-Committee of the Communist Party, where from its balcony at the December 22, 1989 Nicolae Ceausescus spoke the last time.

In the left corner of the place, are a fire-ruin, that is the former archive of the Securitate.

The university-library is at the left end of the place.
It lodges among others the EC Information Office today.

Further in direction south, at the Republicii-Prospekt, is the House Of The Army (1921) builded in the neoclassical style.

If you cross the Republicii-Prospekt, you will find a small purchase-passage in the French Style after approximately 200 m left hand.

Somewhat further you will find the National History-Museum.

Immediately on the opposite side, stands the Savings-Bank-Palace, also erected in the French Style of the ending 19th century.

Photo Series[19 Photos]The Old Bucharest
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Pubs

One finds some nice pubs in the city center directly, near the Ateneul Roman . If you should be not opposed a beer, you necessarily should visit the pub 'Beer Carriage' in the bank-district of Bucharest. Live-music is here almost daily offered. Romania has a selection of good kinds of beer. In Romania commonly will beer given without froth!
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The Ceausescu's Palace

The Ceausescu's Palace
On the way to the Ceausescu's Palace, you will go through the old quarters of Bucharest.
Sooner or later you will reach the Bulevardul Unirii, the boulevard like Parisian model. The difference to Paris: fewer people, fewer shops, but more fountains.

If you would like to view the palace, you should do this before 15 o'clock and walk to the Street Of The 13. September (left hand side in front of the palace).
Here after approximately 200 m, is the one and only entrance for the visitors.

If you cross the park at the north-side, you reach a metro-station directly.

The palace is within and without full simply beauty.
Exclusively materials of Romanian origin were used for this palace - for example the marble comes from Transylvania.

The building is after the Pentagon (USA) the second biggest of the world, it decrees over approximately 900 rooms.

Since Nicolae Ceausescu reacted to air-conditionings allergic, the palace is to the entirety natural aerated!

For the officials of the party, punks and even promenades were intended in the cellar of the palace.

The construction was planned of approximately 700 architects!
There was worked day and night in 3 layers.
Altogether, 20.000 people were employed.

After the revolution of 1989, as well the appartments in the obvious blocks of flats, which were intended for party officials originally, as the apartments in the palace, were rented to apartment-seekers of the people.

Today meets in the Parliament Palace (Palatul Parlamentului) - formerly the 'People's Palace' (Casa Poporului) - the parliament.
Further come in the palace more and more positions of the government.

Again and again take conventions, concerts and balls place in the palace.

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