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    About Bucharest

    Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial centre. It is located in the southeast of the country, on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, less than 60 km (37.3 mi) north of the Danube River and the Bulgarian border.

    Bucharest became the capital of Romania in 1862 and is the centre of Romanian media, culture, and art. Its architecture is a mix of historical (neo-classical), interbellum (Bauhaus and art deco), communist-era and modern. In the period between the two World Wars, the city's elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of "Little Paris" (Micul Paris). Although buildings and districts in the historic city centre were heavily damaged or destroyed by war, earthquakes, and above all Nicolae Ceaușescu's program of systematization, many survived. In recent years, the city has been experiencing an economic and cultural boom. In 2016, the historical city centre was listed as "endangered" by the World Monuments Watch.




    Romania's electrical current is 230 V; 50 cycles and sockets take the standard continental European dual round-pronged plugs.
    A plug adaptor is required for non-European appliances. Please remember that simple adapters do not convert voltage or frequency. A power converter is necessary for appliances requiring 110 V.



    International dialing from Romania: 00 + country code + area code + telephone #

    Dialing from a foreign country directly to Bucharest: International Access Code +40 (country code) + 21 + seven digit telephone #


    Currency exchange

    Romania's currency is Leu (plural "Lei" - pronunciation: lay).

    Abbreviation: RON

    Banknote denominations: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 lei Coins: 1, 5, 10 and 50 bani pieces. (pronunciation: bahnee) 1 leu = 100 bani

    Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices (called: "casa de schimb" or "birou de schimb valutar"). International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services.

    ATM (Bancomat)

    ATM machines are available at main banks and at airports and shopping centres. There are very, very few ATMs in remote areas or villages. ATMs that have symbols for international networks such as STAR and PLUS will accept US/ Canadian banking cards.

    Credit cards

    Major credit cards including American Express, Mastercard and Visa are accepted in large hotels, car rental companies and stores in the main cities. However, credit cards are unlikely to prove useful in small towns or away from tourist areas. Contrary to practice in the United States, a PIN is usually required to make credit card purchases. Many American banks allow cardholders to establish such a PIN prior to travel, in case one is needed. If you do not have a pin just tell the cashier "this is a no pin credit card". Regardless, you should notify your bank of your international travel, and the potential legitimate use of your card abroad, prior to leaving the U.S.

    General emergency phone number: 112


    Business Hours


    Banks are usually open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Some banks are also open on Saturday from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM


    Specialty stores (handicraft / gift / souvenir) in downtown area are usually open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

    Malls and superstores are open until 9:00 PM or even later.



    Places to visit: http://romaniatourism.com/bucharest.html#cityhighlights



    Map: Airport to Rin Grand Hotel



    The month of April is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 15°C to 20°C in average over the course of the month.

    Daily High and Low Temperature in April

    The daily average low (blue) and high (red) temperature.

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