Like most of its neighbors, Romania is little understood. Its entry into The European Union in 2007 hasn’t greatly accelerated tourism. But a trip here would just lead to positive points: some people still smiling despite the years of suffering under Ceaușescu, the multitude of landscapes and areas that will appeal to everybody (mountains, forests, seaside resorts, religious buildings of all types and castles galore), and a low cost of living with the added bonus of cheap airline tickets to arrive. Is not this cocktail of great reasons tempting? What is more, Romania isn’t as far away as you might think.
The capital Bucharest isn’t to be snubbed, but it does not possess the Attractiveness of its Eastern European counterparts. For your stay in Romania, you may focus on finding the monasteries and castles which will indicate your path and which constitute an unbelievable heritage since they are so numerous. You may even set your sights on exploring the Danube Delta from the South-East, and finish your journey in Constanta, the lively beachfront hotel.
What to see in Romania?
1- Transylvania and the castles
Bran: The little village of Bran owes its popularity to its Castle, and especially to Bram Stoker, the amazing author who was motivated by it and imagined that the character of Dracula. Constructed from the Saxons between 1377 and 1382, Bran Castle is perched on top of a mountain. You may see it and also sleep in the round tower. However, the actual castle of Vlad the Impaler is truly the fortress of Poenari, now in ruins.
Peleş: From the attractive town of Sinaia, the contemporary Castle of Peleş is the job of this German architect Wilhelm Doderer. Its construction started in the last quarter of the 19th century and has been the first in Europe to have power.
Sibiu: European Capital of Culture 2007, Sibiu is a Medieval city situated in the Carpathian Gate. The town abounds in buildings of various styles across the Mica and Mare squares. Also worth seeing are the fortifications, museums, and cathedrals.
Braşov: Another medieval town in this area and This one is well worth a trip, particularly as the castles radiate about it. Very pedestrian, it is a joy to walk around. The Statului square and its cafés in the center of attention since it’s from this point that the most gorgeous buildings are provided to you: the Council House and its own clock, the largest Gothic church in Romania Biserica Neagra, and all of the alleys where the flow of passers-by flows. A stop at the peak of the Tâmpa hill, available from a funicular, provides a panoramic view of the town.
Cluj-Napoca: Capital of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca is A pupil and cultural city. The city in itself isn’t extra but it’s especially the environment that is worth visiting. Villages, castles, the Turda Gorge, etc…
Sighişoara: Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, This is the birthplace of Vlad Tepes alias Dracula, whose home can be seen. Sighişoara is a medieval town that houses the clock tower. Stroll through its narrow streets to discover the Church of the Hill or the surrounding walls. Proceed to Biertan a few kilometers to the southwest to respect its fortified church, also classified by Unesco, and not far away, the church of Biserica Atel.
2- Bukovina and the monasteries
The Area of Bucovina, which represents the North-East of Romania, Bordering Moldova, is a destination in its own right, as its landscapes and monasteries (categorized as a member of the heritage of humankind ) are exceptional! Characterized by countryside and smaller villages, this area has nothing in common with the rest of the nation. The ideal is to see the monasteries in a couple of days after a pre-established route. Your journey will begin from Suceava. The monasteries not to be missed are those of Putna, Arbore, Humor, Moldovita, Voronet, Sucevita, Dragomirna, Probota, Balinesti, Bogdana, Rasca, Patrauti, and that of Vâlcea. The many pilgrims who go there daily testify to a very strong faith. Each one of the monasteries has magnificent frescoes of paintings. The whole is extremely restful and pleasant to consider.
Factors of interest from the rest of Romania:
Bucharest: A Combination of lovely old quarters, Gardens, and beautiful buildings, some buildings in the time of Ceaușescu, unfortunately, darken the image of the Romanian capital Bucharest. However, it’s nice to stay there while enjoying the nightlife and sightseeing. An elongated weekend will therefore suffice until you escape to more enchanting areas since the population has been doing for some years now (Bucharest’s population density is decreasing year by year). To the north, the monastery of Snagov could be seen, but it’s above all of the starts of the Prahova Valley.
Constanţa: On the Black Sea coast, the beachfront Hotel of Constanţa is a fascinating stop. The city has Greek stays and rich cultural life. The surrounding region, belonging to the Dobrogea region, comprises Greco-Roman archaeological sites, wine-growing lands, and nature reserves. The coastal stations for bathing are those of Eforie, Mamaïa, and others named after stars or planets. The balneotherapy centers are famous there.
The Danube Delta: The Danube Delta is stamped as an International Biosphere Reserve. It’s the migratory birds’ lair in which 250 distinct species live together. The area can be found on a fisherman’s boat along the canals. Information from the city of Tulcea.
Timisoara: Very nice, trendy, cultural, and student Town, Timisoara is a town located in the west of Romania, near the boundary with Serbia. Its orthodox cathedral, museums, and squares will charm you a bit more. It’s a city where the cost of living is slightly higher than in the rest of the nation. It’s a good starting point to go and watch the Danube Gorge and the Iron Gates.
Sighetu Marmaţiei: This is your starting point To research the area from Maramureş from the north of the country. In the City, there’s an old prison and a number of museums. From here, see Săpînţa and its cemetery with its skilfully carved tombs, the valleys of the Mara and Coşău, as well as that of Vaşer and its steam train. The Village of Leud from the Iza valley is well worth a visit.