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Venue

Congress, Oct 24th & 25th, Willbrook Platinum Center – Bucharest


Pre-congress, Post-congress and Workshops, Oct 23rd & 26th, Intercontinental Hotel – Bucharest

Hotel Accommodation

Intercontinental Hotel Bucharest

No. 4, Nicolae Balcescu, 010051 Bucharest, Romania

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest

63 – 81 Calea Victoriei, 010065 Bucharest, Romania
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Tourist Attractions

Bucharest Panoramic & Walking Tour

Communist Tour of Bucharest

Mogosoaia Palace, Snagov & Caldarusani Monasteries Tour

Dracula Castle and Royal Castle Peles in one day

Transylvania Break Tour

Danube Delta Tour

Visa Information

It allows nationals to require the entry on the Romanian territory, for other reasons than immigration, for an uninterrupted stay or for more stays the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period prior to each day of stay on Romania’s territory. This type of visa can be issued for one or several entries. For more information: https://www.mae.ro/en/node/2046

About Bucharest

Tourist attractions and packages

Romanian Atheneum – A beautiful building situated near Revolution Square (Piaţa Revolutiei) is home of the George Enescu Philharmonic. If you have the time, visit the interior of the building as well, as it holds a fresco that depicts scenes of the Romanian history. The building was inaugurated in 1888.

Parliament Palace – In the center of Bucharest, near Piaţa Unirii (Union Plazza), the tourist can see the largest parliament building in the world, formerly named “Casa Poporului” (People’s House). The building, which was built in 1984 by Nicolae Ceausescu, spans 12 stories, 3100 rooms and covers over 330,000 sqm. 1/9 of Bucharest was reconstructed to accommodate this magnificent massive building and its surroundings. There are 30-45 minute tours every half hour which lead through the building’s vast collection of marble rooms and culminates in an impressive view from Nicolae Ceausescu’s balcony. The marble and all the original decorations are 100% from Romania. The tourist entrance is on the north side of the building.

Old center (Lipscani) – A part of the city’s historical heart was not demolished by Nicolae Ceausescu. The area (stretching approximatively between the Dambovita river to the south, Calea Victoriei to the west, Calea Mosilor to the east and Regina Elisabeta boulevard to the north) today contains an assortment of middle 19th century buildings, ruins of the Wallachian princes’ medieval court, churches, bank headquarters, a few hotels, clubs, restaurants and shops. Narrow cobblestoned streets retain the names of the ancient guilds that resided on them. The area was mostly renovated and is now a place of gathering for the young generation of the city.

Revolution Square (Piaţa Revolutiei) – Site of part of the Romanian Revolution of 1989. Centrally located, it is not a long walk from the other squares, Gara de Nord or the Parliament Palace. There is a tall monument in the center of the square in memory of those who died during the revolution.

The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf) – Situated in the northern part of the city, close to Herastrau Park. The current arch was inaugurated in 1936, but on the same site other arches stood starting with 1878.

Museums

Village Museum – an original open air museum created in 1934, it currently has around 300 traditional buildings (including churches, workshops, mills etc.) plus furniture, pottery, clothing gathered from villages in every region of the country in an effort to showcase the traditional way of life of the Romanians. Occasionally hosts folkloric and traditional crafts festivals. Entry fee 10 Lei for an adult, 5 Lei for student, closes at 9PM in the summer. Soseaua Kiseleff, 28-30.

Museum of the Romanian Peasant, also dedicated to the traditional way of life, it focuses mainly on traditional interior decoration, tools, clothing and artifacts. Again, it sometimes hosts folkloric and traditional crafts festivals. Very interesting, touching exhibit about one’s grandma. With hidden rooms to surprise you. Has a quite decent cafe, a notable museum shop, and a Carturesti bookstore. Entry 6 Lei for adult, 3 Lei for student. Soseaua Kiseleff, nr. 3

Art Museum, in the building of the former Royal Palace, has collections of ancient, modern and contemporary Romanian art as well as exhibitions of rare European art dating as early as the 14th century. Calea Victoriei, nr. 49-53

Museum of Art Collections, recently reopened, as an art museum is second only to the museum in the former palace, especially (but not exclusively) for the works of Romanian artists. Calea Victoriei, nr. 111

“Curtea Veche” (Old Court) Museum – the ruins of the crown palace of the Wallachian princes, some parts dating as early as the 16th century. It’s around an earlier fortification located in this same place that Bucharest began to develop.Strada Franceza, nr. 25-31

Cotroceni Palace Museum –has collections of objects that belonged to the former Romanian royal family. Today it is also the residence of the Romanian presidents.Bd. Geniului, nr. 1

National History Museum – located in a neoclassical late 19th century building and covering an area of 8,000 square meters, the museum has exhibits documenting the evolution of society on Romania’s territory from the Paleolithic until today, a replica of Trajan’s Column in Rome and a very interesting numismatics collection. The exhibits provide a glimpse into the material and spiritual culture of the Geto-Dacians, The Dacian-Roman wars and the transformation of Dacia into a province of the Roman Empire, the power structures of the state in medieval society, the Phanariot reigns, the bourgeois-democratic revolution of 1848, the gain of independence, the outbreak of the two world wars, and the entry of Romania under Russian influence. Calea Victoriei, nr. 12

Bucharest History Museum – situated in the Şuţu Palace, built in 1834, has collections related to the development of Bucharest from a small 14th century fortress into Romania’s capital.Bd. I.C. Bratianu, nr. 2

Military History Museum – has collections of weapons dating since the prehistoric times and permanent exhibitions dedicated to important military events, including the Romanian revolution of 1989, as well as an outdoor exhibit of relatively modern weaponry, including cannons, tanks, helicopters etc. Strada M. Vulcanescu, nr. 125-127

“Grigore Antipa” Natural History Museum – has over 300.000 exhibits illustrating the transformations of Earth and the evolution of species. Şoseaua Kiseleff, nr. 1

Parks

Cişmigiu Garden is a lovely small park located in the very centre of Bucharest. It’s the oldest in the city (designed 1845-1860). Has boat rental in summer, ice skating in winter time, a reasonable restaurant and several bars.

Herăstrău Park (the largest of several parks around man-made lakes on the Colentina River running through the city’s north and east side) houses the Village Museum, an open-air theater, various sports grounds, something like an amusement park and numerous restaurants and clubs. Has boat rental and boat-trips in summer.

The Botanical Gardens, established in 1884 near Cotroceni Palace, displays a variety of plants from all over the world, including an indoor tropical plants exhibition. Small entry fee.

Concert venues

National Opera, Bulevardul Mihail Kogalniceanu nr. 70-72 (Eroilor area).

George Enescu Philharmonic, Strada B. Franklin nr. 1-3 (Revolutiei square). Housed in the Romanian Athenaeum, a city landmark.

Ion Dacian National Operetta Theater, Bulevardul Nicolae Balcescu nr.2 (near University square).

Official Travel Guide App

Bucharest Official Travel Guide

Bucharest is the primary entry point into Romania. Bucharest is a booming city with many large infrastructure projects changing the old face of the city. Known in the past as “The Little Paris,” Bucharest has changed a lot lately, and today it has become a very interesting mix of old and new that has little to do with its initial reputation.

Finding a 300 year old church, a steel-and-glass office building and Communist-era apartment blocks next to one another is a common sight. Bucharest offers some excellent attractions, and has, in recent years, cultivated a sophisticated, trendy, and modern sensibility that many have come to expect from a European capital. Bucharest has been undergoing major construction and modernization works in recent years, such as the Basarab Overpass and the National Arena. Bucharest has benefited from an economic boom along with the EU grants that have helped rebuild neglected parts of the city, such as the historic Lipscani area.

Metro

The metro, which has four lines (M1, M2, M3, M4) and covers the city quite extensively is an easy way to get around even though there are surprisingly few stops in the city center, since the system was originally built to transport workers and commuters from outlying neighborhood through the city to peripheral industrial areas.
The network is arguably frequent and fairly comfortable, reliable and easy-to-use. Surprisingly for some, it is by far the safest way to travel through the city.
Line M1 starts in the eastern part of the city and then goes through the downtown on a circular route, passing by the main train station Gara de Nord and meeting up with the M2 line (which runs north-south) at Piaţa Unirii and Piaţa Victoriei stations. Line M3 links the western and eastern parts of the city. The central section on the M3 between Eroilor – Nicolae Grigorescu is shared with M1 and trains from both lines run in tandem having the terminus displayed at the front of the cab. Line M4 is a short shuttle line starting from Gara de Nord 2 going to Parc Bazilescu in Bucurestii Noi neighborhoods (as of 2011). Even though Gara de Nord and Gara de Nord 2 are in close proximity, transferring between the two is taxed as a separate trip. The only platform to platform link between M4 and M1 is at Basarab station. M4 line is planned to eventually link the city with its airports.
Maps of the subway can be found on the Metrorex official site.

Buses, trams and trolleybuses

Bucharest has a very complex network of buses, trams and trolleybuses. Once you know your way around the network, however, public surface transport can be a very good way of getting around since there is a bus, tram or trolleybus stop virtually everywhere in this city. The vehicles are usually very frequent, although they can also get terribly crowded at peak hours.
All stations for the public transport are signalized with a small white plate and red writing with the station’s name and the number of all the other bus and trolley that stop there. They include the night-buses, which contain an “N” before their number.
The ticketing system uses contact-less smart-cards, called Activ cards (http://stbsa.ro/mobile/eng/abonamente_en.php). Once bought (you will need some ID to do that) the cards can be loaded with various ticketing options, including some that allow usage on both the subway and surface networks. To validate the card after entering a vehicle (or subway station) hold it still in front of the validating device (an orange box with a small LCD screen) until you hear a short beep (The LCD display will show “Calatorie Placuta” = Have a nice trip). If you hear a long beep followed by the message “Repetati validarea la acelasi validator” = “Repeat the validation on the same machine” or any other message, please validate the card again. It is very common in this system to give errors, so it recommendable to be sure that you have paid for your trip. If you want to be sure that you have paid, press the button 1 and hold the card near the validator, it will mention the amount left and for how many passengers it was validated. To validate it for more than one passenger (this is available only for electronic wallet not for daily/weekly/monthly pass), you have to press the button no. 2 and hold the card near the validator. For any other additional traveler you have to press 2 again and receive the message “Calatorie Placuta” for each passenger. If you change the bus/tram/trolley, you have to validate again the card. Also, the ticket is valid only for one trip with the transport vehicle from one end to the other. It is better to buy a daily or weekly pass for your trips in Bucharest, because the pass will not require any validation.

The night buses are also available.They will run between 23:00 to 01:00, every 30 minutes, 1:00 to 5:00, every 1 hour and 5:00 to 6:00, every 30 minutes.
For the official map of the public transport network, use the official STB site: http://stbsa.ro/mobile/eng/index_en.php

Rent-a-car

Car rental is available within the city or at the airport. You can find all international car rental companies (Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise etc) at the Otopeni Airport.

By taxi

There are a lot of taxi companies in Bucharest and you’ll easily find a cab here. But be aware! Don’t take any independent cab drivers, but use only the services of big taxi companies. Cars from these companies have the rates displayed on the door. Each door used to contain an initial “sitting” fee, a per km fee and per hour fee. However, taxis now display a single number which is both the initial “sitting fee” and the per km fee.
Uber is also widely available and many locals use it to get around the city.

Transportation

By plane

Bucharest has good connections with most European capitals and with the largest cities in Romania, but it can be more challenging to find direct flights to Bucharest from outside of Europe or the Middle East. All scheduled flights, including those operated by low cost airlines, land at Henri Coanda International Airport (IATA: OTP), located in Otopeni, 18 km north of downtown.

 

Airport transfers

There are several options to get from Henri Coanda airport to Bucharest:

Bus

Express bus 783 goes from the airport to downtown Bucharest. It runs approximately every 20 minutes, daily, including weekends and holidays (every 40 minutes during the night). Timetable for departures from Henri Coanda Airport to the city center is available here: http://stbsa.ro/mobile/eng/v_bus_expres_en.php
Expect the trip with bus 783 to be about 40 minutes long (from Piaţa Unirii to the airport) or even longer during rush hour traffic. At night the bus can be much quicker, making the journey is 20 to 30 minutes.
Express bus 780 links the airport with the main train station, Bucuresti Nord (Gara de Nord). It runs approximately every 40 minutes, daily (including weekends and holidays) from 5.30AM to 11PM.
When taking the 780 bus from Gara de Nord train station to Otopeni airport, note carefully that Gara de Nord is not the end of the bus route, hence, the 780 buses that pass Gara de Nord actually run in two directions. Therefore, at Gara de Nord, to catch the 780 that takes you to Otopeni airport, you need to catch it from the 780 bus-stop that requires crossing a road, i.e. not the 780 bus stop that is directly outside the Nord station. Best to ask locals where the correct bus stop is.
Cards can only be purchased from the booth in front of either the Arrivals (daily from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.) or Departures terminals (respectively on the return trip from ticket booths in stations along their route), they can’t be bought from the driver. Remember to always validate your ticket on boarding the bus.

 

Taxi

For taking a taxi from Bucharest Henri Coanda you should get a ticket the from the ticketing system where taxi customers from the booths as coming out of the arrivals hall. Once you have a ticket wait for the taxi with your number on the side to arrive outside and after that the fare should be as per the meter. The issues below are still concern outside hotels and main shopping areas and especially Gara de Nord railway station – but only usual caution is required at the airport now – i.e just ensure the driver has the meter on and don’t negotiate a fixed price.
Most taxis take only cash. Ask before you get in if you want to pay by card or SMS. All genuine taxis are marked in a clear way with the word “TAXI” on top in a light-bar as well as a car number. They’re not all necessarily yellow but a lot of them are. The vast majority of taxi rides are safe, economical ways of getting around town when it’s either too far or else you’re tired or have been drinking. The drivers are professionals and get you where you want to go at a set rate and all goes well.

Uber, Clever Taxi, Taxify

This a very popular and inexpensive method of transportation among Bucharest inhabitants. The taxis are clean, drivers are polite and they accept various payment methods. Download the App and order the taxis.

 

By bus

Buses are a good option to get to Bucharest if coming from Moldova, Turkey, Greece and to some extent Bulgaria, given the low frequency and speeds of trains between these countries and Romania.
If you’re willing to make extremely long bus rides it’s also possible to get to Bucharest from a large number of cities in Western and South-Western Europe; these lines are operated by Eurolines and their local affiliate Atlassib.
The city has several bus terminals: Baneasa (located in the northern part of town), Obor (east), Filaret (south), Rahova (south-west), Militari (west), Grivita (north-west) as well as many other smaller stations.

 

By train

Gara de Nord (train station)
All international trains and most long distance internal trains arrive at Gara de Nord (Northern) station, located quite near of the city center, to which it is linked by subway and several buses, trolley, and tramway lines.

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