Palace of Parliament, Bucharest

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Ironically named the "People's Palace" by the country's most notable dictator, Palace of Parliament was built for Nicolae Ceauşescu, who was killed in the revolution before the building was finished. Among marble-plated halls and conference rooms, notice the twin marble stairways, which were rebuilt three times before Ceauşescu was satisfied with their height. The highlights of the guided tour include the ethnographic display of traditional Romanian costumes, and the balcony from which Michael Jackson greeted the public. For an extra fee, you can take a tour of the basement, or climb to the roof terrace, which offers one of the best views of the city. The building also houses a museum of contemporary art. Put Palace of Parliament on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bucharest online sightseeing planner .
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  • It's worth visiting the Parliament Palace in Bucharest. The tours are guided and usually go. The guides are very prepared. It lasts about 1 hour and a half. For entrance there are strict controls (documents and bags)
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  • Awesome Majesty of construction: the second in the world and third largest by volume. It is not an ancient building as it began in 1984 and ended after the fall of ciaucescu. Have to book online visit (also available in Italian). Student discounts available but with student card to show. You access the visit from the back not from the main entrance. The photos you can do with the cell but to use the camera you need to pay extra. Recommended to see.
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  • The palace is incredible. You can enter only with a guide. Our guide, Alexandru, was great, fun and prepared. The place totally deserves to be visited!  more »
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  • If you are in Romania you must visit this place. It's enormous and it took around 14 years to build it. With all these fine elements there you will go back in the time when Nicolae Ceaușescu was still president of Romania. The interior is something you've never see. You won't regret.
  • The building is very huge and is beautiful. It is one of the European largest buildings actually and there is a huge park in front. Worth seeing if in Bucharest.
  • Beautiful place with impressive architecture. We took the English tour which was nice and informative (60 min, 35 lei) and the guid had good English and great knowledge. Thank you.
  • It's one of the must visit place in romania. It's really humongous, guides are well prepared and speak a perfect english. It narrates a sad part of the Romanian History but also that of a new country reborn after it. For the students bring your student ID card to obtain discounts in monuments and museum all over Romania.
  • Wow-chitecture! It is huge! Immense rooms, amazing architecture, underground tunnel, and more. A must see when you're in Bucharest, not that you can miss it.

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To take advantage of Bucharest's lively downtown, look for accommodations in the areas of Universitatii square, Unirii, Romana, or Victoriei to be closest to bars, clubs, and restaurants, as well as many of the major sights. Choose from a variety of hostels and budget hotels, or book a night at one of the mid-range or luxury hotels. If you decide to venture farther out of the city, look for lodging close to public transportation to avoid the city's notoriously bad traffic.
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