The Bucharest Sightseeing Tour is offered to all willing participants and is included in the conference kit / fee. Nevertheless, registration is necessary in order to better plan the tour.
The participants will get to familiarize themselves with the spirit of Bucharest. Time has preserved the scent of the past and has embedded it in never-ending stories. For example, Manuc’s Inn is the best preserved of Bucharest’s old inns, built around 1800. Close to it is the Lipscani area, the oldest remaining part of Bucharest, known as the “historical center”. This district was Bucharest’s most important commercial zone from the middle ages to late 20th century. Also, the prince had his court here – the ruins can be seen today on the French Street. While probably famed more for its history and its nightlife, the Old Town area of Bucharest is, in fact, home to some superb places to eat: both high-end, fine-dining establishments as well as kebabs and takeaways.
Most of the attractions in the old center of the city are included in the Bucharest Sightseeing Tour offered to the participants at the conference.
The Time-travel tour is an optional full day trip organized on May 20, 2017, 10:00 – 19:00. The fee is 90 euro/participant and includes transport by bus, English speaking guide, a Romanian traditional meal, and entrance fees. The participants taking this tour will better understand the history of Romanian civilization, the challenges the Romanian faced and the ongoing social, economic and cultural transformations.
The highlights of the tour are:
Snagov Monastery, which is for the first time mention in 1408, is erected on an island. The history of the monastery is related to personalities who influenced the history and the culture of the Romanian states, including to Vlad Țepeș – the controversial ruler who inspired Dracula’s legend referred in Bram Stoker’s terrifying story about the Vampire Count of Transylvania.
Mogoșoaia Palace is one of the most famous places close to Bucharest. It was built in Romanian Renaissance Style in 1702 by Constantin Brâncoveanu. He was highly appreciated especially for his cultural policies. Nevertheless, his political options determined his execution in Constantinople, together with his entire family.
Comana Monastery is a special one, being associated to military heroes. His origins are also related to Vlad Țepeș, but the present edifice dates from 1854. Inside the monastery, there is a chapel dedicated to the victims of the WWI, where are the remains of Romanian, Bulgarian, German and Turkish soldiers.
The Paper Mill is a new social endeavor, a museum-workshop aiming to promote traditional crafts such as weaving, reeds processing, pottery, woodworking, blacksmith, bakery and grain milling, as well as the art of books and book-related crafts. The participants will be invited to participate in a workshop of hand-made paper.