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Bucharest

Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of „Little Paris”), Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.
Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means „joy.” His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local traders, who gave his name to the place.
First mentioned as the „Citadel of București” in 1459, it became a residence of the Wallachian prince Vlad III the Impaler.

The Arch of Triumph initially built of wood in 1922 to honor the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I, Bucharest’s very own Arc de Triomphe was finished in Deva granite in 1936. Designed by the architect, Petre Antonescu, the Arc stands 85 feet high. An interior staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city. The sculptures decorating the structure were created by leading Romanian artists, including Ion Jalea, Constantin Medrea and Constantin Baraschi.

Calea Victoriei is Bucharest’s oldest and arguably, most charming street. Built in 1692 to link the Old Princely Court to Mogosoaia Palace, it was initially paved with oak beams. The street became Calea Victoriei in 1878, after the Romanian War of Independence victory. Between the two world wars, Calea Victoriei developed into one of the most fashionable streets in the city.
Stroll along this street from Piata Victoriei to Piata Natiunilor Unite to discover some of the most stunning buildings in the city, including the Cantacuzino Palace, the historical Revolution Square, the Military Club, the CEC Headquarters and the National History Museum.


Revolution Square is the square gained worldwide notoriety when TV stations around the globe broadcasted Nicolae Ceausescu’s final moments in power on December 21, 1989. It was here, at the balcony of the former Communist Party Headquarters, that Ceausescu stared in disbelief as the people gathered in the square below turned on him. He fled the angry crowd in his white helicopter, only to be captured outside of the city a few hours later.


Ibis Hotel
Ibis International Hotel chain is present in Romania with 4 hotels, which offers customers great service, reasonable prices.
Ibis Bucuresti Gara de Nord was opened in 2001 and is centrally located, close to North Station, a few minutes away from Victoria Square. Accommodation facilities are 250 rooms with modern facilities restaurant and summer terrace, bar, 8 conference rooms and parking area.
Opened in 2005, Hotel Ibis Bucharest Parliament Palace is located in the city center near the Parliament Palace and the historic center of the city. The hotel is suitable both for business and for tourism organized. With 6 conference rooms, Mediterranean restaurant, bar and spacious parking, the hotel is recommended for events, trainings and conferences.

Useful information
VISA REQUIREMENTS/ VISA FREE ENTRY
Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) member states and the following countries may travel to Romania without a visa: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Vatican, Honduras, Hong Kong (the exemption applies only to holders of a “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Macao (the exemption applies only to holders of a “Regio Administrativa Especial de Macau” passport), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Salvador, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, The United States of America, Uruguay.

BANK, CURRENCY, CREDIT CARDS
The unit of currency is Romanian LEU . International credit cards (AmEx, EC/MC, Visa) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs are available at the Airport and all over the city.

PUBLIC

Public transportation (RATB) is extensive and reliable. Bucharest’s public transportation network includes:
bus (autobuz), tram (tramvai), trolley bus (troilebuz) and subway (Metrou).
Buses, trams and trolley buses operate – between 5:00am and 11:59pm.
The subway operates – from 5:00am until 11:00pm
Tickets/cards must be purchased beforehand and validated upon boarding.
Travelers may be asked to show the validated ticket/card during the trip.
Travelers without a validated ticket must pay a 50 Lei ($15.00) penalty (Suprataxa).
Tickets or passes can be purchased at any kiosk displaying the RATB logo.

WEATHER
Romania is in the temperate zone, in November is usually cold and rainy. Daily temperature ranges from Daily temperature rises up to between 3-7 °C .

VOLTAGE
The electricity supply in Romania is 230 V AC (50 Hz).

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(can be dialed from any phone without a coin or a card)
•    Ambulance: 112
•    Police: 112
•    Fire Brigade: 112
•    Overall Emergency: 112