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Travel Guide to Romania

 

What to see in Romania 

Bucharest is the capital of Romania and has its own page - Bucharest

Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of the Transylvania area of Romania, and was designated a European Capital of Culture for the year 2007. It has a medieval atmosphere to it and a backdrop of the Carpathian Mountains. Look out for Brukenthal Museum located in a former baroque palace and now a swanky art gallery and impressive Banca Agricola where the town hall is now located. 

Brasov - is located in the central part of the country, about 166 km from Bucharest. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians, and is part of the Transylvania region. It has a wonderful old town area dating from the middle ages. Start your visit at Piata Sfafalui, reckoned to be one of the best town squares in the country. For the best views walk up nearby Mt Tampa, there is also a cable car to the top. Other notable viewing points are from the Black Tower and the White Tower situated along the western city wall. Nearby is Bran Castle - see below. 

Bran Castle - also known as 'Dracula's Castle' is located in the village of Bran which is near Brasov. The castle is very dramatic and well worth a visit, there is a small museum inside. The castle dates from 1212 when the Order of Teutonic Knights built a wooded fortress here. There is allegedly a connection between the castle and Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes) - but check the history yourselves! 

 

                 Sibiu Romania           Bran Castle Romania 

                                                         Sibiu                                                                                                 Bran Castle  

Hunyad Castle is also thought to be the location of the Dracula story. It features tall and strong defence towers, an interior yard and a drawbridge. The castle is a relic of the Hunyadi dynasty. In the 14th century, the castle was given to John Hunyadi Serb, or Sorb by Sigismund King of Hungary as severance. The castle was restored between 1446 and 1453 by his grandson John Hunyadi. It was built mainly in Gothic style, but has Renaissance architectural elements.

Transylvania - is perhaps the best known feature of Romania, as the legendary home of Count Dracular and the area doesn't disappoint but it may be rather less dramatic that the depiction on film. Transylvania is tucked into the elbow formed by the Carpathian Mountains in central Romania and as a consequence it is a very scenic area. The main towns in the area are; Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara and the two most famous castles are Bran and Peles. 

  

Painted churches of northern Moldavia - are seven Romanian Orthodox churches in Suceava County, Romania in northern Moldavia, built approximately between 1487 and 1532. Since 1993 they have been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Maramures - in northern Romania is reckoned to be closest to the Romania of old; it hasn't really changed much in 100 years. The peasant lifestyle still survives in this area, look out for the wooden houses and churches which are all very photogenic. 

The Carpathian Mountains - in central Romania with 14 peaks over 2000m.

Bears - yes seriously; Romania has around 5000 black and brown bears. They are prevalent around the Brasov area but they populate many of the upland regions of Romania. A few people have been killed in bear attacks. Take care! 

                                                               Transylvania Romania  

                                                                                                  Transylvania landscape

The Transfagarasan - is a mountain road crossing the Southern Carpathian mountain range. It was completed in 1974 and is reckoned to be one of the most dramatic roads to drive in Europe. 

Danube Delta Reserve Biosphere - is a wetlands area at the mouth of the Danube, - it is a World Heritage Site.

National Parks - as well as the one above Romania has two other national parks these are; Retezat National Park and Rodna National Park.

Iron Gates - a gorge on the River Danube along the southern border with Serbia. 

Seaside Resorts - Romania has several resorts on the Black Sea coast among these are; Mamaia which is the most popular, Mangalia, Saturn, Venus, and Constanta. 

Ski Resorts - Romania has numerous ski resorts, of note are Predeal, Azuga, Busteni, Sinaia, Comarnic, Breaza and Poiana Brasov which is the most popular and has 11 lifts.

 
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