In addition to the small renaissance art collection of Dumitru Minovici, who made barrels of lei in the oil business in the s, the museum features Belgian tapestries, Dutch furniture, Swiss stained glass, a complete library and Italian paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries. The entertainment roster featured the spectacular French production show Lido de Paris. Lipscani 63, Bucharest Tel: The street is filled with clothing stores, sidewalk vendors, pastry shops, cinemas, stationary stores papeterie , and crystal shops. Aleea Circului 1 Tel: The oldest ceramic item found in the museum bears the inscription
Village of Bran, miles north of Bucharest Access: The grounds are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a. Between years and Curtea de Arges was the capital of Wallachia, the southern part of 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. Romania's kings and queens are buried here.
Only the walls and towers still stand from the original fortress located near Poienari village, just off the Transfagarasan highway over the Fagaras Mountains Transylvanian Alps.
Access to fortress, perched on a cliff - high above the surrounding area, requires climbing of a 1,step stairway. The nearby village of Horezu is home to one of the biggest pottery centres in Romania.
Nearly a century ago, local nuns taught the villagers how to make and paint pottery, and ever since, people have come from far and wide to get their hands on Horezu's ceramic. 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". Bucharest has numeros drama theatre and concert venues. Tickets can be purchased on-line or directly at the venue's box office. Mihail Kogalniceanu 70 - 72 Tel: The city's artistic life stood up to its Parisian nickname in the s and today, is as vibrant as ever.
The Opera House, completed in , is worth visiting, not only for its brilliant performances but also for the lavish interior design. 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. Nicoale Balcescu 2 Tel: 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. The Romanian Athenaeum is the main venue of the biennial classical music festival "George Enescu" www. General Berthelot Sala Radio Tel: Theatre performances are very popular in Romania and for most shows tickets sell-out within hours.
While most theatre productions are performed in Romanian, sometimes, it is possible to find performances in German or English at various small theatres. There are 16 major theatres in Bucharest offering performances for all ages. The theatre season closes during the summer, from July to September, although some small student and underground theatres do remain open. Blvd Nicolae Balcescu 2 Tel: Iuliu Barasch 15 www.
Art Jazz Club Address: Nicolae Balcescu 23A Tel: Usually crowded, the bar called Laptaria lui Enache is open all year long, while its rooftop counterpart called La Motor is open only during the summer when movies are shown on the terrace. At Laptaria, you can catch live music most evenings. Foreign movies are generally shown in the original language with Romanian subtitles.
Current film listings are available online www. Aleea Circului 1 Tel: With seating for more than 3, spectators, Bucharest's circus continues to host excellent performances, put on by both local and touring companies. In recent years, several casinos have opened up in Bucharest, one of the few cities in east-central Europe offering gambling opportunities.
Nicolae Balcescu 4 Tel: Marriott Grand Hotel Address: Calea 13 Septembrie 90 Tel: Havana Princess Casino Address: Plaza Casino Club Address: Calea Dorobantilor Tel: Bucharest's public transportation network includes: Tickets are interchangeable for the bus, tram and trolley bus, with the exception of express buses.
Two Express Bus lines and connect Bucharest International Airport with the downtown and respectively with the city's main train terminal.
Two or journey tickets, as well as monthly passes, are available for express buses. RATB maps can be found at kiosks near bus and tram stops or you can print one here. Bucharest Subway Metrou connects the outskirts of the city with the downtown and the main train terminal Gara de Nord ; subway operates - from 5 am to 11 pm. Subway stations are indicated with the letter "M" blue, on a white board.
Metro maps can be printed here or can be purchased in bookshops and newspaper kiosks. 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 minutes off-peak times. The average distance between subway stops is about one mile. To find your best options for point to point public transportation or to locate a street in Bucharest please check www.
Calea Bucurestilor Tel: Most international flights arrive at Henri Coanda Otopeni Airport. Airlines offering flights from Bucharest to major cities in Romania include: Distance from Bucharest airport to downtown: Several Taxi companies operate in Bucharest, and their rates can vary. Taxis can be called by using the touch screen computer Dispecerat Automatizat Taxi available next to the Taxi Desk Taxi la Comanda located in the arrivals terminal. There is no flat rate taxi transportation available from Bucharest Airport to downtown.
There is no extra-charge for luggage. Do not accept rides from drivers who might approach you inside or in front of the terminal, you will risk to be overcharged. For a free Bucharest Taxi Fare estimate please visit www. If you 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.
Bus leaves from the Arrivals terminal every 15 to 20 minutes every 40 minutes between 10 p. The journey to Bucharest downtown takes approximately 40 minutes. Before boarding the bus, please purchase a public transportation card "Activ Card" available from at the 'RATB' ticket booth in the arrivals terminal or next to the bus stop. The bus ticket booth is open daily from 6 a. One 'Activ Card' costs 3.
Your Activ card must be validated as you board the bus. The bus runs every 30 minutes from 5: It leaves from the international arrivals terminal; the journey to the train station takes 40 minutes to 50 minutes. A roundtrip ticket costs 7. Trains run hourly from 5: Transfer from Balotesti train station to the International Arrivals Terminal is included.
Baneasa Airport , located six miles from downtown Bucharest, is mostly used for private planes. Public transportation between Baneasa airport and city centre: Bucuresti North - main train station Gara de Nord Address: Garii de Nord 2 Tel: To check schedules and fares for domestic trains please check our Romania Transportation section.
Bucharest Airport — Arrivals Terminal Telephone: Tickets for same-day travel can only be purchased at the train station. Autotrans Calatori Filaret Tel: Piata Garii Filaret 1. Denmark, Sweden Departures from: Denmark, Norway, Sweden Departures from: Czech Republic, Slovakia Departures from: Gara de Nord North train station. Greece, Turkey Departures from: Torpedo Tur International Tel: Republic of Moldova Departures from: Several taxi companies operate in the city.
Taxis can be summoned by telephone or hailed on the street. Fares per km are posted on driver's and passenger's doors. Check the taxi fares and ask the driver to confirm the approximate cost of the ride, if not sure. Do not accept rides from drivers who might approach you at the airport, train station or in the street; you will risk to be overcharged. 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. Teo Bikes E-mail www. La Bicla Loca E-mail www. Zebra Bike Contact www. Bate Saua E-mail www. I Velo E-mail www. Since the s, brand names and high-end stores have been pushing their way into the Romanian market.
From high fashion boutiques to art galleries, shopping in Bucharest can fit any taste or budget. Folk crafts, such as embroidered clothing and linen, painted or beaded eggs, carpets, pottery, woodcarvings and icons, make interesting gifts and souvenirs.
Romanian peasants do magnificent embroidery on cotton, wool and leather. Look for blouses, skirts, exotic coats, rugs, tablecloths and lacework. Icons, new and old, painted on glass or wood are outstanding. A good selection can be found at the Romanian Peasant Museum , the Village Museum , most department stores. Afi Palace Cotroceni Mall Address: Baneasa Shopping City Address: Bucuresti — Ploiesti 42 Tel: Calea Vitan , Bucharest Tel: Grand Arena Mall Address: Metalurgiei , sector 4 Tel: Progresului - Tel: Calea Dorobantilor , Bucharest Tel: Plaza Romania Mall Address: Timisoara 26, Bucharest Tel: Unirea Shopping Center Address: Piata Unirii 1, Bucharest Tel: World Trade Plaza Address: Expozitiei 2, Bucharest Tel: Lipscani 63 - 65, Bucharest Tel: Rosetti , Bucharest Open: Calea Victoriei , Bucharest Tel: Galeria Hanul Cu Tei Address: Blanari , Bucharest Tel: Academiei 15, Bucharest Tel: Nicolae Balcescu 23A, Bucharest Tel: Magheru 20, Bucharest Tel: If it is antiques that you fancy, Bucharest provides plenty of opportunities to fulfill your every whim.
Covaci 19 zona Lipscani Bucharest, Romania Open: Quinet 3, Bucharest Tel: Craii de Curtea Veche Address: Covaci 14, Bucharest Tel: Galeria de Arta Dorobanti Address: Tudor Stefan 13, Bucharest Tel: Hanul cu Tei Address: Lipscani 63, Bucharest Tel: Libraria Carturesti Location 1: Edgar Quinet 9, Bucharest Tel: Pictor Verona 13, Bucharest Tel: Visitors interested in Romanian music can find recordings of pop artists and bands, such as Loredana Groza and Morandi, pan flute artist Gheorghe Zamfir and popular folk singers such as Maria Tanase.
Calea Victoriei 43, Bucharest Tel: Christian Tell 6 between Calea Victoriei and Blvd. Magheru, near Piata Romana Tel: The outdoor market is surrounded by butcheries, cheese, flower and medicinal plant shops. Radu Beller 3 - 5 Tel: Piata 1 Mai Address: Ion Mihalache Tel: Campul Mosilor 5 Tel: For a list of available accommodations in Bucharest please check our Accommodations Guide or check our Bucharest Hotel List.
If interested to stay in a historic, distinctive hotel please visit RomaniaTourism. Bucharest Tourist Information Office Address: Piata Universitatii underpass Pasajul Universitatii Telephone: Bucharest is safe and hospitable ; violent crime is almost non-existent. As in any large city visitors are advised to take usual safety precautions. The roadside sign was freestanding with a circle constraining an amorphous cloud of cosmic dust circled by an orbit ring and covered in dancing stars.
The hotel's name was nestled in a galactic cloud. The new sign's form was blurred by a scatter of star shapes, a shower of stardust. In , the Stardust took over the neighboring Royal Nevada Hotel, which had opened in The remodel of the building sign dropped the space theme in favor of an animated red and blue neon background, and the covering of the porte cochere was lit with thousands of incandescent bulbs.
In , the Stardust sign's Googie lettering was replaced with a subdued Futura typeface. The resort was conceived and built by Tony Cornero , who died in before construction was completed. John Factor leased the casino out to a company controlled by Moe Dalitz.
When the hotel opened, it had the largest casino and swimming pool in Nevada, and the largest hotel in the Las Vegas area. The resort's crowning glory was the crown that sat on top of the resort. The night before the opening, "atomic soldiers" from Camp Desert Rock were treated to a pre-opening party. Operation Teapot , the sixth in a series of nuclear weapons tests, had started earlier in The Royal Nevada was plagued with financial problems from the start; was in general a bad year for casinos, as the Royal Nevada and three other casinos that opened that year the Riviera , the Dunes , and the Moulin Rouge all went bankrupt.
While this resort seemed to "disappear completely", swallowed in by the Stardust and becoming the Stardust's Convention Center,  portions of the two-story bungalow style Royal Nevada wing and pool remained in use up until The Stardust opened at noon on July 3, The attendees of the opening included governors, senators, city and county officials and Hollywood celebrities, and the opening festivities were marked with fireworks and promised "a very unique 'ribbon cutting' ceremony".
The entertainment roster featured the spectacular French production show Lido de Paris. The first showing on the night of July 3 was a preview reserved for members of the press. The stage was billed as larger than a basketball court, held a swimming tank and ice skating rink, and was capable of generating rain and snow on demand.
Daniels became the first entertainer to sign a long-term residency contract in Metropolitan Las Vegas when he agreed to appear for 40 weeks per year for three years. The Stardust also held Las Vegas Strip's only first-run drive-in theater in the rear of the resort. The Stardust took over the closed Royal Nevada hotel-casino, remodeled the showroom, and converted it into a convention center and high-roller suite.
From to , this wing was occupied by the Stardust's "high roller" guests and The Stardust showgirls. In , the Olympic-size pool area opened to the general public with the addition of the 9-story Stardust Tower that replaced half of the bungalow rooms. The same year, the Aku Aku Polynesian Restaurant was opened, complete with a Tiki Bar , and a large stone Tiki head marking the entrance from the outside.
By , Stardust's management included Credit Manager Hyman Goldbaum , a career criminal with seven known aliases, fourteen criminal convictions including an assault conviction, and a three-year prison sentence for income tax evasion. In , with the addition of the nine-story tower later called the East Tower , the room count increased to 1, For the next five years The Stardust was the leader in rooms until when The International opened.
Argent was owned by Allen Glick , but the casino was believed to be controlled by various organized crime families from the Midwest.
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