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Cotroceni Palace (Palatul Cotroceni)

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Bulevard Geniului 1, Bucharest 060116, Romania
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 31, 2011

In order to visit the Cotroceni National Museum, you will first need to make a reservation. This is required because visits to the museum are only allowed with a guided tour. Cotroceni Palace is the residence of the President of Romania and all visitors are...More

4  Thank DarkWidow
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

The Palace is beautiful, a wonderful place to view the vestiges of important Romanian history. Tours are available in English and other languages. But be warned: when you enter, you must hand over to the staff a photo ID (driver's license or passport) which they...More

12  Thank NoOtherNameAvailable
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All reviews presidential residence romanian history queen maria our guide was extremely knowledgeable national museum take photos guided tour french architect minute tour complete tour english speaking guide great visit interesting visit communist regime interesting place peles castle visit bucharest
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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I took the 10:30 English speaking tour with Adrian. I believe this is the earliest tour that they offer. You start the tour in the Museum and tour the old palace but not the President’s offices. The tour lasted 1 hour and...More

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Reviewed September 19, 2018

Well worth the 55 lei admission (plus 20 lei to take photos). A very interesting 100-minute tour. You need to make reservations in advance, but we were able to do so the day before our visit.

1  Thank Brian R
Reviewed September 1, 2018

It has to be on the top of everyone's list when visiting Bucharest at least for its impressive architecture - a mix of styles carefully selected and personalized by the romanian queen Maria. One the perks of such a visit is the fact that it...More

1  Thank Irina_Odajiu
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about both the Palace and Romanian history. While he was wonderful, it may have been a bit ‘too wonderful’ as the tour ran a full 2 hours. In reality it should have probably ended after about 90 minutes. While the...More

2  Thank Josh S
Reviewed August 1, 2018

We had an almost 2-hour guided visit in this old palace of Bucharest, which used to belong to the Royal family. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his work, which made the experience a true pleasure. Do not miss it while in Bucharest,...More

3  Thank Monica I
Reviewed July 12, 2018

I used to live just a couple of bus stations away. It was called Palatul Pionerilor in the days of the Communist. Since I am not much interested in the interior of the buildings I spent time going around in the gardens. Near by is...More

2  Thank Dudy D
Reviewed July 1, 2018

A visit requires an appointment, and the fee for a complete tour is not cheap by Bucharest standards, but the time and money are worth it. The guided tour provides a good history lesson and some inside stories. The rooms are splendid and diverse in...More

1  Thank VinDivan
Reviewed June 19, 2018

Since 1991, the historical body of the palace has been opened to visitors, becoming the Cotroceni Museum. In 2009, after extensive restoration work, the Cotroceni church was also included in the museum route.

1  Thank ecateluta
Reviewed May 15, 2018

This place has all the style and grandeur of a faux-19th century hotel. It looks cheap inside. The guards are unfriendly and the ticketing system unnecessarily difficult. Go to Peles Castle in Sinaia.

1  Thank rodasta
Reviewed April 30, 2018

This palace requires an advanced reservation. The tour is very well done and not rushed and the rooms of the palace are varied and beautiful. I think this may be one of the best places to spend time during a visit to Bucharest.

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Response from zuv | Reviewed this property |
No,Monday the museum is closed. The site has an english version,pay attention.Somewhere in the upper-right part of the home page you have link to the english version. Take care,you have to make a booking at least 24 hours... More
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July 22, 2017|
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Response from Rodica Z | Reviewed this property |
You cannot park just in front of the entrance you should park either near the botanic garden (downhill) or upper hill near the Lion statue.
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Mariana S
June 13, 2017|
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Response from Ken M | Reviewed this property |
... from memory - yes ... check their webpage ...
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