Visit the Palace of Spring in Bucharest

Bucharest is a city that has undergone many changes when Ceausescu came to power: we all know theParliament Palace , some of you will have heard about the demolitions of some old districts to make room for more modern constructions … Let’s say that this period left traces visible today in the Romanian landscape.

During my trip to Bucharest, we took a moment to visit the Palace of Spring in Bucharest : this is the private residence of the Ceauşescu family. Not to be confused with the Parliament Palace, this immense building where parliament still sits today. The Palace of Spring, Palatul Primaverii in Raomanian, was the residence of the Ceausescu, a place arranged according to their tastes and where all the family lived. A richly decorated place, equipped with a wine cellar, a cinema room, an indoor pool and also an indoor garden. I’ll let you imagine …

Quick History of the Palais du Printemps (Palatul Primaverii)
Before getting to the heart of the matter, here’s a bit of history to give you more context.
The Palatul Primaverii, Palace of the Spring: it is the private residence of the couple Ceauşescu and their children. The place where they lived between 1965 and 1989. It is a palace located in the center of Bucharest and which was opened to the public at the end of 2016, it is quite recent so. This palace was built at the end of the 60s by Aron Grinberg-Solari, Robert Woll, Agrippa Popescu and Teodosiu, each of them being in charge of different parts of the palace: gardens, furnishings etc.

My visit to the Palais du Printemps

Before anything else, consider booking your online visit before visiting the Palais du Printemps : you can only visit it with a guide. When booking, we do not pay anything, we only retain its place and we pay once there. We had to take it back several times before we could book a niche: the site that crashed, the confirmation email that did not arrive. But we ended up getting there.
Once you arrive in front of the Palace of Spring, we wait for our guide to appear to begin the guided tour.The group seems enormous but it will be divided between the group for the visit in Romanian and the one in English. The “anglophone” group being much smaller. Our guide is a young Romanian who speaks very good English and knows well are subject: we go from room to room and he speaks to us both of architecture, history, materials used and slips in passing here and there anecdotes on the Ceauşescu family.

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