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“Attend to a concert; don’t just take a picture of you in front of the building.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman)

Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman)
Str. Franklin 1, Bucharest, Romania
021 315 6875
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Ranked #1 of 91 Attractions in Bucharest
Type: Architectural Buildings, Concerts, Symphonies, Cultural
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Bucharest, Romania
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“Attend to a concert; don’t just take a picture of you in front of the building.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

On the building (virtual tour at http://tour.fge.org.ro/), its history, and being the cornerstone of the Romanian culture I will not comment but rather point you to the official website: http://www.fge.org.ro/en/romanian-atheneum.html
I’m a frequent attendee to the concerts here in the past 3-4 years and, because I observed last night quite a number of foreign tourists, I’d like to share my thoughts over my experiences here to strongly encourage you to take this superb experience while in Bucharest.

The Venue:
Spectacular, rich full in significations it is passing to you a feeling that elevates yourself
The regular concerts are on Thursdays and Fridays, very, very, very affordable pricewise ($USD15 - $USD25).

Artistic Quality:
I’m not a professional, I’m only enjoying very much the music, the orchestra playing, the conductor’s performance and the soloists’ virtuosity and, in my opinion, the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra it is always shining and the exigent selection over the conductors granted to conduct at the Athenaeum is complementing and enriching each and every single performance outstandingly. I have nothing but excellent appreciations to express here.

Audience:
Well, here is a little bit of a challenge but be open and please have in mind that the main purpose for Athenaeum is high quality culture accessible for everybody and, besides the noble purpose, that’s coming with some side effects:
(1) The dressing code is quite relaxed so you’ll have people in black-tie altogether with people dressed casual (sometimes even to casual). So no worry if do not have your ceremony outfit with you while visiting Bucharest, but, please, do not be so excessive and try to have access wearing shorts :)
(2) The audience it is not so disciplined: noises here and there, some people coughing in the concert hall loud and undisguised rather than visiting a doctor, someone taking pictures during the performance, a mobile phone might ring or strongly vibrating, a small kid might get bored and start to chat, sshhsshh...
I’m not listing all of these to discourage you but to set the right expectations; overall the chance of having a minor annoyance is nothing compared with what you get on the gain side.

Access:
I recommend online reservations but you might use some help from the reception of your hotel because the website is not yet fully translated in English and, on certain pages, you’ll have Romanian and English content mixed-up. The reservations are available each week starting from Mondays afternoon (start by clicking on the day of the calendar), once you’ve done it you’ll get a confirmation email and you can purchase your reserved tickets from the venue directly starting from Tuesdays until 1hr before the concert begins.
Cash only, Romanian currency (LEU) only.

Go there while in Bucharest, do not miss it!

Visited June 2014
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“Surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This place was a total surprise. Could easily have just taken a photo and walked on, but we decided to go in. Scenes from Romanian history are featured on the interior fresco inside the Big Hall on the 1st floor. There was a person there that spoke reasonable english and explained the fresco and other features of the hall.

Visited May 2014
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Berlin, Germany
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“Ravel Evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Liked marvellous acustic (one of best in the world), musicians and people. Impressiv building from 1884.

Visited May 2014
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“Really fabulous experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We took our children aged 8, 9 and 13 to their first ever classical music concert. The building itself is more beautiful than any of the pictures will capture. We were treated to over two hours of the most wonderful music, our children thought it was amazing. For 50 Lei a ticket you would be hard pressed to find anything more memorable.

Visited May 2014
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“Must see from the inside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

If you can, try to get tickets for one of the events at the Athenaeum. We went to a simfonic concert and we liked it very much + you can get to see it from inside.

Visited May 2014
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