Explore Unique Travel Destinations in Romania

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The Peleș Castle

The Peleș Castle

Romania is a dynamic country located on the western shore of the Black Sea and bordered by Serbia and Hungary to the west, Bulgaria to the south, and Moldova and Ukraine to the east. The country is famous for its natural landscapes and rich history.
Romania has seen several empires come and go from the Roman to the Austro-Hungarian. The story of Dracula was inspired by the fifteenth century Romanian Count Vlad Dracul whose son was well-known in wartime for impaling captured enemies.
The Painted churches of Northern Moldavia, the Wooden Churches of Maramures and the Bran Castle near Bran have become major tourist attractions. The Peleș Castle was built in 1873–1914 and is considered as one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe. Ensure to visit the Monastery of Horezu, the citadel of Sighișoara, and the Dacian Fortresses of the Orăștie Mountains.
Romania is the largest of the Balkan countries and offers unique travel destinations, including a vibrant arts scene and many architectural treasures. The country is divided into the regions of Banat (west), Transylvania (center), Oltenia (south-west), Southern Bukovina (north-east), Maramures (north), Crisana (west), Dobrogea (including the Black Sea Coast), Moldavia (north-east) and Muntenia (south). Bucharest is the capital and also the largest city in Romania.
The Dark Side of Transylvania and Great Tourist Attractions
Transylvania is a historical region in the central part of Romania and well-known as the land of medieval towns and castles, snowy peaks, scenic beauty and dark forests.
The Bran Castle – Dracula’s Castle
2 romania_scenery-1280x1024Transylvania is also the most popular region among tourists and the English-speaking world (due to the influence of Bram Stoker’s horror novel “Dracula” written in 1897) associates the area with vampires. The Bran Castle, situated near Bran in the immediate vicinity of Brasov, is known as Dracula’s Castle. The castle is now a museum, featuring furniture and art collected by Queen Marie.
Other great tourist attractions in Transylvania include the medieval cities of Sibiu, Târgu Mureș, Hunedoara, Brasov, Alba lulia, Sighisoara and Cluj-Napoca.
Sibiu
3 Sibiu,_street_and_wallsSibiu is home to colorful houses and cobblestone streets. You can also explore the dramatic scenes of the Transylvanian Alps, visit the Bears Cave on the outskirts of Chişcău village, Bihor County, north-western Romania or visit the biggest ice cave, Scărișoara Cave, in the Apuseni Mountains.
The Densus Church, also referred to as St. Nicholas’ Church, is the oldest church in Romania and was built in the seventh century. One of the hypotheses about the church is that it was once a pagan temple.
Merry Cemetery of Săpânţa
4 Merry-cemetery-Sapanta-RomaniaIn the village of Săpânţa, Maramures County you will find the famous Merry Cemetery of Săpânţa. The cemetery is popular among tourists who admire the colorful tombstones with naïve paintings describing the persons that are buried there. You can read and see scenes from their lives, for example, in 1935, Pătraș carved the first epitaph. The inscription on his tombstone (according to Wikipedia) says: “Since I was a little boy I was known as Stan Ion Pătraș. Listen to me, fellows, there are no lies in what I am going to say. All along my life, I meant no harm to anyone, but did well as much as I could to anyone who asked. Oh, my poor World. It was hard living in it.”
Some of the inscriptions are quite funny, such as the one for a mother-in-law. The inscription (according to Wikipedia) reads: “You, who here are passing by, not to wake her up please try. Cause’ if she comes back home she’ll criticize me more. But I will surely behave, so she’ll not return from grave. Stay here, my dear mother in-law!”
Romanian Beaches
Mamaia Beach
5 mamaia-beachThe Black Sea Resorts in Romania stretch from Danube Delta to the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. One of the most popular beaches is Mamaia, north of the City of Constanta. Mamaia Resort is the largest summer resort and boasts beautiful white beaches and clear water. If you are not afraid of heights, you can enjoy an amazing view of Mamaia by cable car.
Eforie Nord lies between the Black Sea and Lake Techirghiol and is popular among families with children. The beach is more isolated than Mamaia and the water of the bay is shallow. People from around the world visit Eforie Nord to experience healing for inflammatory rheumatic diseases at the Sanatorium Spa. The spa offers many facilities such as a pool with salt water for the lake and warm baths and tubs.
Eforie Sud lies nineteen kilometers from Constanta and is also referred to as Carmen Sylva. Splendid Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area and often presents show performances while you enjoy a drink and appreciate the sea view.
Other beaches on the Black Sea Coast in Romania include Neptun Beach near Mangalia, Olimp also in close proximity to Mangalia, Jupiter that is located forty kilometers from Constanta, Venus south of Constanta, Saturn near Mangalia and Mangalia. Mangalia stretches between the north dam of Mangalia Harbor and Saturn.
Bucharest – The Capital City of Romania
Parliament Palace

Parliament Palace

The Parliament Palace is the most famous building in Bucharest and also the largest parliament building in the world. The massive building, built in 1984, is home to 3,100 rooms and is twelve stories tall. The Parliament Palace was designed by Anca Petrescu. This remarkable landmark is in close proximity to the Union Plazza and situated in the center of Bucharest.
The Museum of the Romanian Peasant at Şoseaua Kiseleff 3 features the traditional way of life, traditional tools, clothing and artifacts. The Village Museum, Şoseaua Kiseleff 28-30, is an original open air museum created in 1934. It currently has around 300 traditional buildings plus furniture, pottery, clothing gathered from villages in every region of the country in an effort to showcase the traditional way of life of the Romanians. The Art Museum, in the building of the former Royal Palace, located at Calea Victoriei 49-53, has collections of modern, contemporary and ancient Romanian art.
The Museum of the Romanian Peasant
7 Romanian-Peasant-MuseumThe Museum of the Romanian Peasant at Şoseaua Kiseleff 3 features the traditional way of life, traditional tools, clothing and artifacts. The Village Museum, Şoseaua Kiseleff 28-30, is an original open air museum created in 1934. It currently has around 300 traditional buildings plus furniture, pottery, clothing gathered from villages in every region of the country in an effort to showcase the traditional way of life of the Romanians. The Art Museum, in the building of the former Royal Palace, located at Calea Victoriei 49-53, has collections of modern, contemporary and ancient Romanian art.
The National Museum of Contemporary Art recently opened inside a converted wing of the Palace of the Parliament and features exhibitions from Romania’s burgeoning art scene. The National History Museum is located in Calea Victoriei 12 in a neoclassical 19th century building. The museum features exhibits documenting the evolution of society on Romania’s territory from the Paleolithic until today.
At the Jewish Community History Museum at Strada Mămulari 3 you can view the life of this community in the region since ancient times and through the Holocaust. Military History Museum in Strada M. Vulcănescu 125-127 has collections of weapons dating since the prehistoric times as well as modern weaponry. The Natural History Museum at Şoseaua Kiseleff 1 is home to more than 300,000 exhibits illustrating the transformations of earth and the evolution of species. The Geology Museum at Şoseaua Kiseleff 2 boasts a large collection of minerals, rocks and fossils.
Bucharest Concert Hall

Bucharest Concert Hall

The Bucharest Concert Hall has been inscribed on the list of the Label of European Heritage sites in 2007 and features neoclassical style with romantic touches. A statue of Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu is in front of the building in a small park. The auditorium seats more than six hundred people. A fresco by Costin Petrescu decorates the inside of the circular wall of the concert hall.
The Cişmigiu Garden is a charming park in the center of Bucharest and offers ice skating in winter and boat rental in summer. Herăstrău Park on the Colentina River houses the Village Museum. The Botanical Gardens boasts an amazing collection of tropical plants. Carol Park was designed in 1906 and has an open-air theater. The park is also home to the Unknown Soldier. Titan Park has a lovely wooden church and several clubs.
Bucharest Mall

Bucharest Mall

For a sensational shopping experience you can visit the Bucharest Mall at Calea Vitan 55-59. Phone: 4021 327 6700 or Jolie Ville at str. Erou Iancu Nicolae 103 and phone: 4021 206 8001.
Other shopping centers include Plaza Romania, Bd. Timişoara 26 at phone: 4021 319 5050; Unirea Shopping Center at Piaţa Unirii, phone: 4021 303 0307; Băneasa Shopping City, SOS Bucureşti-Ploieşti 42D, phone: 4021 305 7195 and AFI Palace Cotroceni in district 6, Bulevardul Vasile Milea 4, phone: +4031 425 7510.
Entering Romania
All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Romania. Make sure your passport has blank Visa pages. Most destinations, including Romania, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. Confirm if transit visa is required for any connections. Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Romania. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa.

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