National Art Museum0
Housed in the former Royal Palace along Calea Victoriei, the National Art Museum caters to non-discerning art lovers. With more than 100,000 works, the collection features some public favorites like Monet, Rembrandt, and Renoir alongside Romanian artists such as Grigorescu and Andreescu. One TripAdvisor user comments: "The regular exhibits of European art are fairly limited and not particularly impressive." Although you may not be blown away by the works, spend an afternoon strolling through the halls of the palace and admire the setting and a few eye-catching pieces. This tourist-friendly museum offers English tours and literature. To browse the collection, visit its website and decide which galleries and exhibitions you would like to visit first.
The National Art Museum is open Wednesday through Sundays. From October to April, you can visit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; from May to September, you can enter from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets cost about 15 RON (or about $5 USD). For more information, check out the museum's website.
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#0 Bran Castle
Although this remarkable fortress has weathered centuries of war, poverty and multiple political empires, Bran Castle is most famous for being the assumed residence of Dracula. Vlad Tepes, the real-life inspiration for the fictional vampire, attacked the fortress several times and even conquered it once in 1459. This castle, which sits on the border of the Transylvania and Wallachia regions, has endured legal battles and state-seizures. It has changed hands between the Romanian royals and the government several times in the past hundred years.
Hopefully, the ownership issue was permanently resolved in 2009, when the royal family transformed the castle into a public museum. Now, you can tour the five floors of this ancient structure and its grounds. However, don't say yes right away. A TripAdvisor user criticizes, "This castle is just a line of tourists goin' in one door and out the other with little of interest." Less of a tourist trap is a village museum, also located on the premises. Near the castle gates, you'll also be able to load up on vampire gear and traditional Transylvanian snacks from local vendors.
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