The Village Museum (Muzeul Satului in Romanian) is an open-air ethnographic museum located in the Herăstrău Park (Bucharest, Romania), showcasing traditional Romanian village life. The museum extends to over 100,000 m2, and contains 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania.
It was created in 1936 by Dimitrie Gusti, Victor Ion Popa, and Henri H. Stahl.
There are other “village museums” throughout Romania, including ASTRA National Museum Complex in Sibiu, and those of Cluj-Napoca, Râmnicu-Vâlcea, Timișoara, a.s.o.
The National Museum “George Enescu” was opened in the Cantacuzino Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest, a historical monument and one of the European Heritage Label buildings.The sumptuous entrance, in Art Nouveau style, announces the luxury and the refinement of the époque, reunited in one of the most imposing palaces in Bucharest.
The permanent exhibition of the museum includes three rooms of the palace, displaying photographs, manuscripts, various documents, diplomas, medals, drawings, sculptures, musical instruments, costumes, furniture, decorative art, personal objects, a casting of the artist’s hands and his mortuary mask.
The originary atmosphere has been recreated in the intimacy of the austere memorial house, which is also opened for visitors.
One of the most imposing historical monuments of Romania is the Bran Castle, located about 30 kilometers from the city of Brasov, the first capital of the Romanian Country, where the Piatra Craiului Mountains meet with the Bucegi massif. Built on a rock, the Castle is now home to the Bran Museum, a museum divided in four floors. And although foreign tourists come to look for the legend of Count Dracula, Bran Castle's history fascinates them as well. The main reason why foreign tourists choose to visit Bran Castle is the legend that has been created around it. Thus, the most representative legend of Transylvania, that of Dracula or Vlad Tepes, is indisputably linked to Bran Castle. Currently, Bran Castle is the property of Princess Ileana's successor, Dominic of Habsburg.
The CEC as an institution was established in 1864 by a law initiated by Alexandru Ioan Cuza. At first it worked in various buildings, after which in 1875 the construction of its own headquarters began. On the site of the CEC today was the church of St. John the Great, which was demolished to make room for the first construction. CEC developed rapidly, so that the old headquarters becomes inadequate. It was decided to demolish it and at the same place began the construction of the current headquarters, according to the plans of the French architect Paul Gottereau. The beginning of the work was marked by a ceremony that took place on June 8, 1897. Participants included the royal family, members of the government, members of the CEC board of directors and the architect Paul Gottereau. The construction was completed in 1900 and since then the CEC has functioned in this building without any other notable changes. Currently, the palace still houses the headquarters of CEC Bank, the descendant of the old CEC (House of Savings and Consignments). The palace, built in an eclectic style, ends with a dome of glass and metal. The entrance is crowned by a pediment in the semicircle supported by a pair of composite columns. The four corner volumes, decorated with pediments and coats of arms, are covered by Renaissance-style domes. A much larger dome covers the central hall of the edifice, in which different counters of the institution operate. The judicious decoration of the facades, the balance of the volumes that compose it make this palace an interesting architectural monument of the city.
Charles de Gaulle Square is considered unique because it remained the last important square in the capital that preserved the paving with cubic stone, specific to the interwar period. After 1989, it was considered that the square needed a new name, so in the background of the traditional Romanian-French friendship, the Aviatorilor Square was renamed the Charles de Gaulle Square, former president of France and an important figure of the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation. Near Charles de Gaulle Square you can find Herăstrău Park and a few hundred metres to the west from the northwest of the square, is located Arcul de Triumf.
Victory Square is located at the intersection of several important areas in Bucharest. This square is a recommended tourist destination as it concentrates a reasonable density of attractions. The Victoria Palace is located there, which is currently the seat of the Government of Romania, and on another side of the market you can find the National Museum of Natural History Grigore Antipa. Nearby is the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, on Kiseleff Road, completing the series of tourist objectives that can be explored by those who take the Victoria Square tour. Heading north from Victory Square, and following either Kiseleff Road or Aviatorilor Boulevard, tourists can reach Herastrau Park. Of course, taking the subway is a much more direct solution, but the simple walking can be taken into consideration by visitors who want to have a wide and concrete experience of the city of Bucharest in the fullness of its tourist opportunities.
The Roman square is currently one of the most important commercial areas in the city of Bucharest. However, it represents a historical space, with a history of over 200 years. Most of the buildings on the Roman square are registered as heritage monuments. At the moment it is a very important area for cafes, restaurants and hotels. It is a beautiful area where the most diverse range of services in Bucharest are met.
The Old Center of Brasov is an irresistible attraction for tourists who visit or are passing through the beautiful city. Here you will find many tourist attractions, very close to each other, such as: Sfatului Square, old buildings dating from the 15th century, the History Museum, the Granary of Brasov, the Black Church. Different artistic, cultural and commercial events are organized periodically. Sfatului Square connects Muresanilor street, Republicii street and Hirsher street, representing with them the most important social, tourist and cultural attraction of Brasov city. With great importance during the Middle Ages, Sfatului Square in Brasov is still surrounded by the walls of the fortress that once existed, and surrounded by the imposing buildings that have an architecture with Germanic influences.
The tour is ideal for tourists who want to visit two of the most famous castles in Romania: Peleș Castle and Bran (Dracula's) Castle. Also, tourists will visit the old center of the Brașov city, one of the most beautiful in our country. The whole tour takes around 12h - door to door. Discounts are available for groups of more than 6 persons - please call us at +40726127654 Tour Highlights : The guided tour costs:
Sinaia Casino is an emblematic construction, built on the initiative of Carol I. It was completed in a record time, about 7 months, between 1912-1913, according to the official history. The inauguration of the casino took place in 1913 with a great show that George Enescu also arranged, that evening ending with a fireworks display. The casino in Sinaia operated between 1913 and 1947, interruptions occurring during the two world wars, when the building changed its destination - forced by exceptional circumstances - sheltering wounded and refugees. At the 20 tables in the great Hall of Mirrors, illuminated by crystal chandeliers, roulette games are held, and in the Baccara Hall are located the tables for card games. In addition to a terrace with a great view over the city and the Bucegi mountains, and a magnificent indoor garden, the Casino has 12 rooms that host corporate events and private events.
Pelisor Castle located in Sinaia, was opened to the public in February 1993. The museum, with an invaluable value, constitutes an important component of the cultural endowment of the Romanian people. This edifice is an integral part of the vast architectural ensemble created by King Carol I on the Peles valley, in a period that practically overlaps his entire life lived in Romania. Parallel with Peles Castle, the House of the Knights, the House of the Guard Corps, the House of the Architects, the Garden House were built near, and later, between 1899 - 1902, Pelisor Castle, as a gift offered by King Carol I to the heirs. The chief architect of Pelisor castle, Karel Liman, added “Fachwerk” elements, but also Romanian elements, which give the building a cheerful note: the two towers covered with colored sandstone tiles, like the church turrets from Bucovina. Regarding the interior architecture, Liman used, without a doubt at the request of Princess Maria, next to elements of "1900 Art", Romanian elements. Because, by the gradual understanding of the nature of the Romanian people, Maria understood the necessity of including the “national” function in the royal residence. Pelisor Castle reveals, through its interior decoration, the romantic, mysterious, daring personality, promoter of a new and unusual art of Queen Mary.
The Bucegi mountains are probably the most well-known mountains in Romania, among tourists who love hiking and winter sports. Positioned fairly close to Bucharest and the European highroad E60, it offers easy access. The mountain hike was the one that contributed most to the fame of the Bucegi Mountains, from the beginning of the 20th century. The few paths that existed at that time were the pastoral roads, and along them appeared the first shelter houses, later turned into huts, the Bucegi Mountains being in the 50s the most endowed mass from this point of view, from the whole Romanian Carpathian chain . It was added the layout of the slopes and the first cable transport facilities from Sinaia and Busteni, transforming the "Romanian hiking swing" into the busiest mountain tourism area, which attracts thousands of tourists, of all ages and social categories. The value and uniqueness of the natural elements determined the decision to protect the mountain area of the Bucegi by placing it among the protected areas, thus establishing the Bucegi Natural Park, that measures 32,663 ha.
Șchei Gate is located near the Catherine's Gate and was built between 1827 and 1828 with the role of fluidizing the increased traffic in this area. The construction is made out of stone and brick in a classic style, Șchei Gate is shaped like an arch with three entrances, a large main one in the middle and two shorter entrances to the left and right that are intended for pedestrians. The inscription in Latin marks the moment of the construction of the gate and the indication that this gate was erected following the visit of Emperor Francis I in Brașov in 1817.
Catherine's Gate in Brasov is one of the oldest, but certainly the most beautiful gate, which has retained its original appearance until today. It has been called the upper gate, the corpus Christi or the sanctae Katharinae, the last name is still used today. It is located right next to the Sichei Gate, and for several centuries it was the only gate that pierced the western walls of the fortress. The four-turreted square building, as a sign of jurisdiction, was provided with a movable bridge with chains to ensure the passage over the watercourse, and inside were wooden galleries located on several rows, for defenders. Between 1971-1973 the gate was restored to its current appearance. Above the entrance you can see the coat of arms of the city, and next to it is a part of the old city wall.
The Blacksmith's Bastion, with its pentagonal shape, located in the north-western corner of the city of Brasov, is built on three levels, provided with firing and bombing holes. The shape of today's bastion has undergone certain transformations over time. Initially, there was a tower that was destroyed in 1526 by the floods, after which it was restored. In the summer of 1667 other floods destroy the fortification of that place again, and only by 1668 the works at the current Blacksmith Bastion have being completed. Later, the purpose for which the bastion was used, was no longer the military one, but rather as a depot for the borders, and later as a dwelling place, and in the present day it houses the Archives of Brasov. The Archives have among their shelves, the oldest letter written in Romanian, dating from 1521, the epistle of the merchant Neacsu from Campulung.
The Graft Bastion was built between 1515 and 1521 to ensure the communication of the defenders of the White Tower with the fortress. For this purpose it had a movable gate. Of rectangular shape, based on a thickness of about 4 meters, the fortification is provided with shooting holes with wooden clasps and casting holes. Its position, located almost in the middle of the northwest side of the fortress, made the bastion acquire another importance. From him were protected the path that passes near the stream of the same name, as well as the outer walls of that part. For this, the bastion had firing holes and fuel tanks that have been preserved to this day. It was defended and maintained by the guild of the saddlers (the masters of saddles, harnesses, belts). Due to a torrential rain that occurred on August 24, 1809, the walls of the fortress weakened in the Graft area and a consolidation was needed. In 1822 three support arches were built over the stream, of which one still exists today. Renovated in 2004 - 2005, inside the bastion a museum point and a craft store were set up. Also, the route to the White Tower was redone, through a series of steep steps that go up the slope of the Warthe hill.
The Fortress was an important point of defense, located outside the city of Brasov. At the beginning of the fifteenth century, there was only a watchtower there, which was completed in 1524 with a wooden bastion with four towers. Destroyed in 1529 by the army of Petru Rares, in its place were erected, a quarter of a century later, stone walls and also carvings were dug. A fire in 1618 brought serious damage to it, so that in 1625 the fortress was almost completely restored. In 1627 an 81 m well was dug inside. In 1630, the citadel acquired the four bastions from the corners. From the eighteenth century until 1954 it also served as a prison, then a warehouse for the Brasov State Archives until 1975, so that from 1981, after a large restoration, it would become a tourist complex with a medieval specificity.
Sinaia Monastery is not to be missed if you visit Sinaia and is located only minutes away from the magnificent Peles Castle. The construction of the Monastery dates back to the seventeenth century, being founded by Bishop Michael Cantacuzino, after he had visited the holy places on the pilgrimage. The monastery proved to be home to the large number of monks living in the Bucegi Mountains, in addition to its role of guard and defense fortress. If we were to look at it from above, it really looks like a city! It was precisely because of the large number of monks who were to be housed here that the necessity of building additional rooms as well as a new church. The monastery is composed of the Old Church, the Paraclis, the Chilii (small enclosures), the Great Church, the Cilia and the Chancellery of the Monastery, the Bell Tower and the Monastery Museum (the new enclosures).
Peleş Castle is located in a fairytale-like location named Prahova Valley and is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Romania and also in Europe. The Castle is also one of the most important tourist attractions on the Prahova Valley, located in a spectacular mountain place, where tourists can enjoy clean mountain air. Peleş Castle was declared a museum in 1953 and it is the most visited museum in Romania, annually, about 300,000 tourists pass the threshold of the monument, curious to admire this special place in the Carpathian Mountains. In total, Peleş Castle has about 170 rooms and over 30 bathrooms, but only 35% of its area can be visited. Among the rooms that you must not miss if you arrive at Peles Castle include: the hall of honor, the reception hall, the mirror room, the large arms room, the concert hall, the imperial apartment, the Maura room, the Turkish salon or the theater room.
This tour will introduce you to one of the most beautiful towns in Romania-Sinaia. Chosen by the Romanian Royal Family to be their summer residence, Sinaia is a popular destination for hiking, trekking and winter sports, especially downhill skiing.Among the many tourists landmarks, some of the most spectacular are: The main attraction is the Peles Castle built between 1873 and 1914 by King Carol I. One of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Peles holds a breathtaking collection of arms and armor with over 4000 pieces on display. The guided tour costs:
Brașov is the largest city in a mountain resorts area. It is located in the central part of the country, about 166 km North of Bucharest. Brașov is surrounded by the Carpathians and is part of the Transylvania region. The old city is very well preserved. The guided tour costs:
A new concept in Romania, Tiriac Collection represents the exhibition of cars and motorcycles of Mr. Ion Tiriac. Reopened to the public in May 2015, the collection includes over 150 historical vehicles manufactured since 1899, but also performant cars, with a current design. Visitors will find the only collection in the world with the 6 Rolls Royce Phantom produced until 1972, as well as exhibits that previously belonged to great names such as Sir Elton John, Sammy Davis Jr. or Bernie Ecclestone.