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Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) Tours and Activities

Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman)
Arguably the most beautiful building in Bucharest, the Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Rôman) is the city’s foremost concert hall and a source of national pride, with an elegant Doric-colonnaded façade topped with a pediment and cupola. It was designed in Neo-classical style by French architect Albert Galleron and opened in 1888 to great acclaim; the great Romanian conductor George Enescu debuted his ‘Romanian Poem’ here in 1898. The lobby of the concert hall is an opulent, almost Art Nouveau triumph of ornamental gilding supported by arched, pink marble columns that lead off to a series of twisting marble staircases leading up to the concert hall. The circular auditorium seats 652 under a fabulous domed ceiling richly ornamented in scarlet and gold and fringed by frescoes by Costin Petrescu depicting important events in Romanian history; it is world-famous for the clarity of it acoustics and is home to the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, who offer a full program of classical and chamber concerts as well as performing in the celebrated George Enescu Classical Festival, one of the biggest cultural events in eastern Europe.

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Strada Benjamin Franklin 1-3. Box office: +40 21 315 6875. Box office open Tue–Fri 12pm–7pm; Sat–Sun 4pm–7pm. Ticket prices vary according to performance. Take the metro to Universitate.
Address: Strada Benjamin Franklin 1-3, Bucharest, Bucharest Municipality 110101, Romania
Hours: Box office Tue–Fri 12pm–7pm; Sat–Sun 4pm–7pm
Admission: Varies
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From Bucharest: Dracula Castle, Peles and Old Town Brasov Small Group Tour

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Escape the urban bustle of Bucharest for the day to discover the legends and treasures of Transylvania. Wander through the Gothic chambers and turrets of Bran Castle, nicknamed ‘Dracula’s Castle’ thanks to its spooky atmosphere and ties to Vlad the Impaler, and then feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale on a tour of splendid Peles Castle, the former royal residence of Romanian kings. Finally, explore one of Transylvania’s most well-preserved medieval villages on a walking tour of Brasov.
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Bucharest Half a Day Bike Tour

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Bucharest panoramic tour (by car) and city center walking tour, Private tour

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Bucharest Guided City Tour with Entrance to the Village Museum

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Photo Tour of Bucharest - Iconic Sights

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Buchatest City Tour, full day, all about the city in only one day

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Bucharest 4 Hours Private Tour

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Experience the top attractions of Bucharest on a private 4-hour walking tour. Follow your guide to discover Victoriei Avenue, Old Town, and important squares throughout the city.  Unlike large group tours, you set the pace and can ask questions at any time. You also get a closer look at the Communist era in Romania. The comprehensive route is a great opportunity to get to know the city’s layout for your future exploring.
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Best of Bucharest - Private Tour

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If you’re short on time but want to experience all the Bucharest has to offer, take a three-hour private sightseeing tour. Forget inflexible group tours. You set the pace and can customize the itinerary to spend more time at the places that interest you and skip the ones that don’t.
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Extended Walking Tour of Bucharest

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Bucharest Panoramic Tour

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Bucharest City Tour by Night

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Saver Deal: Full-Day Snagov Monastery, Mogosoaia Palace & Bucharest City Tour

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Hidden Bucharest - Private Tour

Hidden Bucharest - Private Tour

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Veer from the beaten tourist path and discover the hidden side of Bucharest on a private walking tour.  Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to visit the city’s architectural gems and public gardens.  You’ll get an insider’s understanding of Bucharest’s past and present, as you explore its urban art, cafes, and more.
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What are Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) hours of operation?
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Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) hours of operation: Box office Tue–Fri 12pm–7pm; Sat–Sun 4pm–7pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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