Bucharest News

7 Wonders By BBC: Parliament in Bukarest Listed

Feb 11th, 2015

"Palatul Parlamentului 1b" by Mihai Petre - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, was listed in BBC Travel’s list of world’s most impressive structures out of the…

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Romanians Enjoy Domestic Holidays

Apr 19th, 2013

Romanians are the EU residents most likely to stay in their home country during the holidays, news portal romania-insider.com reports. According to the EU statistics office Eurostat, only 7% of the Romanians travelled to foreign countries in 2011. Sp

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Romanian Project Romano Cher among Semi-Finalists at EC-Competition

Mar 14th, 2013

The social initiative Romano Cher and their appendant cooperative ButiQ were chosen as one of 30 semi-finalists for the European Social Innovation prize, romania-insider.com reports. Over 600 applicants had submitted entries to the European…

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Bucharest City Hall to Build Pedestrian Underpass in Romana Square

Feb 22nd, 2013

The Bucharest City Hall wants to build a pedestrian underpass in Romana Square in order and to link the underpass with the subway station, a City Hall project shows. According to the Urban Plan currently in public debate, the underpass will have…

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New Dino Kind Found in Romania

Feb 22nd, 2013

Fossilized bones of a new type of pterosaur were discovered in Romania; there was a flying reptile that lived in dinosaur-era about 68 million ago and had a wingspan of about three feet Pieces  from this medium sized pterosaur skeleton were…

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Romanian Mentality Course: Former Culture Minister Opens School

Feb 22nd, 2013

A new course aiming to help foreigners understand Romania and Romanians is running from mid-March in Bucharest, organized by the new Paleologu school, which focuses on humanistic and diplomatic studies. Founded by diplomat and former Culture…

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Vodafone Extends Urban Transport App

Dec 17th, 2012

Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara included in a free Urban Transport application powered by Vodafone. The app includes an urban route planning option using means of public transport in Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara, and includes maps showing all the bus…

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Transylvania's Bran Castle Scores Top 10

Nov 15th, 2012

Bran Castle Transylvania is among the top 10 winter destinations in Europe the famous Lonely Planet guide. Lonely Planet Guide editors advise travellers to experience unique kick from visiting famous 'Dracuca's lair' on a cloudy day, surrounded…

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Romanian Pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa Dies at 33

Aug 30th, 2012

Renowned Romanian concert pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa, who has been living in Vienna, Austria, has suddenly died. The Vienna police found Ursuleasa in her home and have speculated that her death may have been caused from a brain aneurysm. Mihaela

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Bucharest Metro Prices Rise

Aug 4th, 2012

Ticket prices for the Bucharest metro system are set to rise from 4 August 2012. The metro system, run by Metrorex, currently consists of four lines running across Bucharest in nearly every direction. It's the most popular way to get around town…

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American Actress Lends Strays a Hand in Bucharest

Jul 2nd, 2012

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank has visited Romania in an attempt to highlight the country's problems with stray animals. Working with animal welfare foundation Vier Pfoten, Swank visited schools and institutions which work…

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Atletico Madrid Reigns at Europa League in Bucharest

Jun 2nd, 2012

Spanish football team Atletico Madrid have becoming the champions of the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League tournament, the final of which took place in Bucharests Arena Nationala stadium on 9 May. Atletico Madrid defeated fellow Spaniards Athletic…

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Awkward Station Debuts before National Museum of History

May 6th, 2012

A new statue was unveiled on the steps of the National Museum of History in Bucharest to wide criticism and more that a little bit of mockery. The statue, which had been under plastic wrap since November of last year, was created by Vasile Gorduz…

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Bucharest Dress Breaks World Record

Mar 31st, 2012

A 17-year-old model named Ema Dumitrescu has helped break a Guinness World Record in Bucharest, by wearing a wedding dress with a 1.85-mile-long train. The model floated above the city in a hot air balloon, her train stretching along one of the…

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Romania Chooses Eurovision Candidate

Mar 12th, 2012

Romania has chosen their national candidate for the Europe-wide Eurovision song contest, which takes place every year in a different location across the continent. The band chosen was Romanian group Mandinga, with lead siner Elena Ionescu, with…

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Ceausescu Auction in Romania

Jan 30th, 2012

Auction house Artmark opened up the possessions of the late communist dictator for public auction, the first of its kind for a decade. Some of the memorabilia sold at the auction included a leopard skin and a bronze yak (which sold for 12 000…

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Europe's Second Coolest City

Jan 8th, 2012

In a survey published by online magazine Slate, Bucharest has ranked second coolest in Europe. Similar to the popular rankings which take into account cities which are most "livable" every year, this particular ranking focused on the aspects…

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French Fashion, Inspired by Romania

Dec 5th, 2011

French fashion designer Philippe Guilet has recently shown his latest collection in Bucharest. The collection was inspired by the culture, traditions, and countryside of Romania, in co-operation with the 100%RO project which promotes Romanian…

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European Comics Festival Makes Waves

Nov 5th, 2011

The art of comics is currently enjoying a revival in Eastern Europe, highlighted by the latest edition of the European Comics Festival currently taking place in Bucharest. Artists from across the continent have travelled to the city to…

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Community service for Romanian stowaways

Oct 22nd, 2011

Passengers of CFR Călători, the Romanian national passenger train operator, who are caught traveling without a valid ticket may be compelled to do community service, says a bill draft by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. If…

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Bucharest Philharmonic Returns

Oct 2nd, 2011

One of the best-loved cultural institutions in Bucharest, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, returns this month to kick off its 2011/2012 season. The opening concert will take place on October 6 2011. Founded in 1968, the Philharmonic…

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Ceausescu Tourism?

Sep 3rd, 2011

Romania's department of tourism seems to be looking into rather unusual routes for promoting Romania as a place of interest for tourists. Tourism Minister Elena Udrea has said that tourists will soon have a chance to follow the history of former…

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Romanian Boxer Retains Title in Bucharest

Jul 31st, 2011

Romanian-born boxer Lucian Bute has emerged victorious from a match against Frenchman Jean Paul Mendy in Bucharest. By winning this particular fight, Bute has managed to retain his world championship IBF super middleweight title. The match took…

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Bucharest Battles Tough Reviews

Jul 7th, 2011

Bucharest may be blossoming in many aspects of its cultural and tourist realms, but in some other ways, the city continues to struggle with tough reviews from European-wide critics. The Romanian capital has just been dealt a new blow, with the…

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Romania - Newest Club Music Hotspot?

Jun 5th, 2011

Trend setters are pointing to Romania as the newest hotspot for club music, as local artists such as Edward Maya and Inna achieve international success with their poppy, club-friendly hits. The style of club music most associated with spots like…

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Moonwalking Politician Shoots to Internet Stardom

May 1st, 2011

Romanian politician Edmond Talmacean, based in Bucharest, has made headlines in national media and across the internet through a video which showed him dancing, moon-walking, and doing impersonations of the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. While

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New Terminal for Bucharest Airport

Apr 1st, 2011

After two years of construction work, the airport serving Romanias capital can now boast a second, modern passenger terminal. The 60 million euro terminal at the Henri Coanda or Otopeni airport was opened by the Romanian Prime Minister, Emil Boc…

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Classical Meets Jazz Scheduled for May

Mar 1st, 2011

An exciting performance is set to take place in Bucharest this spring with the Classical meets Jazz concert on 8 May. Internationally-acclaimed British violinist Nigel Kennedy will join Romanian pan flute player Damian Draghici in this one of a…

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Roma or Gypsy?

Feb 6th, 2011

Two committees in the Romanian parliament in Bucharest have suggested a change to the official name of the Roma people from the latter name to Gypsy. However, the ethnic group is generally against the use of the label gypsy due to negative…

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Romania to Tax Witches

Jan 9th, 2011

The Romanian government has decided to tax fortune tellers, witches, and astrologers, despite earlier plans to omit taxation of the countrys many practitioners of the magical arts. The new tax law is part of a larger attempt at cracking down on tax…

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Harbours and Cable Cars in Bucherest's Future

Dec 6th, 2010

The city of Bucharest plans to build a new network of public transportation, not with bus or subway systems as in most cities, but with boats and cable cars. Harbours will be built along connected Bucharest lakes, including six harbours and boats in…

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Thousands Gather at Poet's Funeral

Nov 7th, 2010

The funeral of Adrian Paunescu, one of Romania's most beloved poets who died 3 November aged 67, was attended by thousands of Romanians in Bucharest on 7 November. The poet, both large in size and personality, was loved by many for his colourful…

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No Tax for Romanian Witches

Sep 30th, 2010

The Romania government has dropped plans to tax the country's many practicing witches and fortune tellers as the proposed law was rejected in the Senate. Had it gone through, Romanian witches and fortune tellers would have had to produce receipts…

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Spit flies as fans get to tennis player

Jul 5th, 2010

Tennis player Victor Hanescu spits on crowd and gets fined 10000. I am human and I made a mistake he says about the incident. Ok so maybe he wasnt aiming at his fans, just the people who verbally abused him for the duration of the match…

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Love Poker! Qualify now

Apr 21st, 2010

We're betting if you like no-limit Texas Hold 'Em you may want to try to make it into Romania's largest poker tournament. If so, you better hurry. The 2010 Romanian Poker Championship will be hosted at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Bucharest on May 2-6.…

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Romania's Gypsies find an unlikely hero

Dec 12th, 2009

Always one to court controversy, Madonna spoke up for one of Romania's most discriminated groups, Gypsies, way back this summer at her Sweet and Sticky concert in the capital, provoking her legion of fans to start booing her. Now, on a tour around…

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Baloo the Bear Moves Home

Aug 3rd, 2009

A new animal protection law passed recently in Romania has come to the aid of Baloo the bear and her three cubs, that were living in squalid conditions in a village near Bucharest.Bear trainer Mircea Molner waved goodbye to his bear family as they…

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Hotels Slump as Aparthotels Rocket

Jul 5th, 2009

If youre thinking of a flying visit to the Romanian Capital, or even if youre a resident who feels like splurging out on a treat, dont be afraid to haggle with hotel owners as Bucharest hotels have seen a crash in bookings this year, due to the…

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A Cinematic 360 Degree Experience

Jun 13th, 2009

The days could be over for when you could scurry into a cinema to escape a drenching from a sudden downpour - at least in Bucharest anyway. That's because a British-based company, Light Cinema, has just opened the world's very first 6D cinema in…

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City Centre Vision Stalls

May 9th, 2009

An ambitious plan to revitalise Bucharest looks set to be grounded after the city council abruptly terminated the contract of the company, Spanish owned Sedesa, tasked to renovate 14 key streets in the historic city centre. For the time-being…

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Bucharest Is All Tolerance

Feb 19th, 2009

Third edition of an annual gay pride festival GayFest will be held in May. As always, it'll consist of several cultural events, film screenings, art exhibitions, theatrical performances and parties. Debates and seminars on LGBT are also planned. The…

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Invest In Bucharest

Nov 21st, 2008

Bucharest was chosen the third European city, where top 500 international companies are ready to invest. The two cities that outranked Romanian capital in the ranking were Moscow and Prague. According to the poll by Cushman & Wakefield, the…

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Leonard Cohen Celebrates 74th in Bucharest

Sep 24th, 2008

Marking the start of his fall tour and the end of a long weekend of Days of Bucharest celebrations, cult singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen played to a packed audience last Sunday in Bucharest. Nearly ten thousand fans braved the cold and rain to…

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Ancient Mastodon Skeleton Found

Aug 13th, 2008

A 2.5 million year old skeleton of a mastodon has been found by miners in Romania. Paleontologists are very excited as the skeleton was found largely intact in the village of Rocusul de Sus, about 160 kilometres north-west of Bucharest. Believed to…

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Bucharest Hotel Prices Compared to Rest of Europe

Jul 14th, 2008

Staying in a hotel in Bucharest is not as cheap as you might think, with a recent study calculating the average prices as 40% higher than in Berlin. The prices are still cheaper than in cities such as Moscow, Zurich, and London, with the Deloitte…

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Exit Polls point toward newest Mayor of Bucharest

Jun 16th, 2008

On June 15th, residents of Bucharest headed to the polls for the second round of the local run-off elections. According to exit polls, Bucharest's newest Mayor will be leftist candidate Sorin Oprescu, who will lead the city for the next four years.

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NATO Summit Begins in Bucharest

Apr 2nd, 2008

Hundreds of diplomats, journalists, and other important suits have descended on Bucharest as the largest NATO summit in history begins in the Romanian capital this evening. Leaders from the now 26 member organization have a full menu of issues on…

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Bucharest Killer Uses Cold Temps To Claim Victims

Jan 14th, 2008

Bucharest citizens have been gripped with fear as the city suffers one of its harshest winters in decades. 38 deaths have already been registered between December 10th and January 7th in a string of chilling cases linked by a common cause of death -…

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