Romania

About Romania

Romania is the country of eternal beauty, showing the whole world the last surviving territories of ancient Europe, as they once were, in terms of natural landscapes and wildlife.

While time passed very slowly in this land of fairytale, the harsh history shaped its people and traditions, preparing them for their rebirth. Nowadays, the country shines through its material and spiritual values with a unique style, unified by its great diversity. Romania has a reputation for legends and is also known for the astonishing myriad of monasteries and exterior frescoes, from which eight of them had received particular recognition, being taken under the aegis of UNESCO as Heritage Sites due to uniqueness and universal artistic value.

The Carpathian mountain range spans over 200 000 km2, in a great arch which crosses both, Central and Eastern Europe. Cradled beneath its jagged peaks and amongst trackless miles of forest, you can find one of the few surviving medieval landscapes in Europe. Formed at the same time with the Alps, a great part of these imposing mountains, are stretching across the area of modern day Romania, known as Transylvania – a place of myth and legend, birthplace of Dracula, where the distant howls of the wolfs still chills the night air.

Bucharest, the capital city is on the other hand, as modern as it gets, a bustling metropolis that never sleeps. Known in the past, as being “The little Paris”, due to its wide boulevards and Belle Époque buildings, today the city is home to over 2 million people and to an impressing number of monuments, museums and touristic attractions.

Europe’s hidden gem, Romania, is often overlooked by tourists, but for the ones who take the time to discover it, it is a beautifully blended mix of medieval treasures, imposing castles, undisturbed forests that host the largest brown bear population in Europe and traditional villages, which offer to its travelers a glimpse into the undisturbed, traditional way of life.

Be the one night owner of Dracula’s Castle and have dinner with the Count himself.

Walk between castles and palaces and conquer medieval fortresses.

Experience the UFO-like salt mine, in Turda.

Discover the ever active Mud Volcanoes.

Enjoy an exquisite wine tasting in one of our richest wine regions: Transylvania, Dobrogea or Moldavia.

Be part of Bucharest’s spectacular night life.

Shop for one of the most appreciated traditional clothes: the "Iia", which has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration, for the most notable designers and fashion houses, such as: Oscar de la Renta in 2000, Jean Paul Gaultier in 2006, Emilio Pucci in 2011, Tom Ford in 2012, Dolce & Gabbana and Carolina Herrera in 2013.

Visit the second largest administrative building in the World - the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest.

Drive along the most scenic road in the world – the Transfagarasan.

Ski in Romania’s no. 1 ski resort: Poiana Brasov.

Join one of our horse trail rides through the magic landscape of Transylvania.

Make a noteworthy trip in one of the most charming and filled with personality trains, belonging to the Romanian “fleet”: the 1912 steam train called Mocanita, or the train that once belonged to the Royal Family of Romania.

Enjoy a cruise on Europe’s Amazon - the Danube River and unravel Danube Delta’s vast mystery.

Be part of one of the countless trekking adventures taking place in the rugged and spectacular Carpathian Mountains.

Immerse yourself in the authentic rural atmosphere of Romanian villages.

Try your skills by participating in one or more captivating workshops where you can learn our traditions. How about trying one of the most appreciated handicrafts in Romania? You will have the chance to learn from the masters, while the amount of ways one can paint and adorn an egg, will leave you in awe. You can also try working the wool with the spindle, painting icons on glass or make pottery on the wheel, amongst many other.

Romania has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, which makes it a suitable destination for tourism throughout the year. Local differences in temperature are caused by altitude, oceanic influences coming from the west, Mediterranean influences coming from the southwest and continental influences from the east. During winter, the average temperature drops below - 3° C, while during summer, it varies between + 22 and + 24° C.  The annual average rainfall is 637 mm, with values significantly higher in the mountain regions (1000 – 1400 mm, annually) and progressively lower towards the east (below 500 mm, annually). Romania is a destination that you can enjoy year-round, the perfect period depending only on the individual taste for specific activities.

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The People’s Palace in Bucharest is the largest civilian building in the world.

The Carpathian Mountains are home to the largest population of black bears in Europe.

Romania is the only country in Eastern Europe with a Latin derived language.

Bucharest

Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is the most important cultural and economic center of the country. Founded more than five centuries ago, this is the perfect starting point your Romania tour. In the ‘30s Bucharest was known as “Little Paris”, due to its large boulevards lined with trees and boasting a beautiful Belle Époque architecture. Nowadays you will probably be surprised by the eclectic mix of architectural styles, from the ruins of Vlad Tepes’s fifteen Century palace, all the way to present day glass buildings.

  • The Palace of Parliament (Casa Poporului/People’s House). After the Pentagon, this is the second largest administrative building in the world. The massive construction started in 1984 - spanning over 365 000 m2, was built using over 20 000 workers and 700 architects. It is also the most expensive administrative building in the world, with an estimated cost of 3 billion Euros.
  • Cismigiu Gardens. The oldest of Bucharest’s parks. Built in 1847 this was the place where aristocracy spent their free time. Today this is the perfect location for a morning jog, a tranquil boat ride or a relaxing evening stroll.
  • Revolution Square is the most important public square in Bucharest and a landmark of local and national history. The square is home to some of the most popular architectural and cultural reference points, such as the Romanian Athenaeum (Philarmonic) and the former Royal Palace, which nowadays houses the National Art Museum. On the opposite side, in contrast with Romania’s royal past, we can find the former headquarters of the Communist Party, where the infamous communist leader, Ceausescu gave his final speech in December 1989.
  • Old Town - Throughout history, the historical center of Bucharest was the main commercial area of Bucharest, as many foreign merchants came here to sell their produce. Currently, the area is a popular meeting spot, where tourists and locals, alike, can enjoy one of Europe’s most animated night life. Some of the major attractions in the Old Town, include: the historical complex Curtea Veche, the Stavropoleos Monastery, the Palace of Romania’s National Bank, the oldest surviving restaurant in Bucharest – Caru’ cu Bere and the elegant Macca-Villacrosse Passage, amongst many more interesting sites.

Bran Castle

Located 30 km from Brasov, between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains, Bran Castle is an important national monument and a landmark for Romanian tourism, due to its beauty and impressive setting. Moreover, the castle is known worldwide as being the source of inspiration for Dracula’s legend, whose spirit it is said that still haunts these ancient places. The castle was built between 1377 – 1382, on top of a rock which offers a spectacular bird’s eye view over the surrounding area and the Bran pass. The Bran Castle was nicknamed Dracula’s Castle by foreign tourists who came in search of Bram Stoker’s famous character, following in the footsteps of the novel. Nowadays, it houses the Bran Museum, which includes multiple exhibits of period furniture, weapons and armor, a small exhibit of medieval torture instruments, as well as a courtyard with traditional houses from this region.

Peles Castle

Located in the beautiful town of Sinaia, the Peles Castle reminds of the interwar period, being one of the most important architectural ensembles in Romania. The former summer residence of the first Romanian royal couple, King Carol I (1866 – 1914) and Queen Elizabeth, it was originally built as a leisure area for the Romanian monarchs and nobility. The construction has a unique character and an impressive artistic value, remaining one of the most important and beautiful monuments in Europe.

Danube Delta

Covering an area of 4 152 km2, The Danube Delta is the largest remaining wetland in Europe and the only delta in the world declared a biosphere reserve. This exotic region, boasting more than 1200 species of plants & trees and over 100 species of fish has one of the richest ornithological fauna on the continent, counting on approximately 325 species in total, amongst which unique colonies of pelicans, that symbolize resourcefulness and abundence.  The youngest land of Romania was formed during the glacial period and evolved in close contact with the three arms of the Danube, which nourished the land: St. George, Chilia and Sulina. The incredible wealth of natural attractions of the Danube Delta determines more and more tourists to join the venture of exploring this wonderful land and discovering its well hidden secrets. The quiet atmosphere helps relax the mind and body and brings joy for those who love and respect nature.

Sibiu

The past and present, blend harmoniously in Sibiu county. Traditional villages, historically rich towns, religious & ethnic diversity, the abundance of architectural styles and the authentic cultural life, make for one of the richest and most important regions of Romanian tourism.The impressive Carpathian mountain range, completes this picture perfect destination, which is just waiting for you to discover it.

Sighisoara

Built by the Saxons in the twelfth century, Sighisoara is the last medieval citadel in Europe, which was continuously inhabited from medieval times to present. For this amazing fact, it was included on the UNESCO world heritage list. In the past, each of the citadel’s towers were built, preserved and defended, in case of attacks by one of the city’s guilds. Out of the 14 original towers, 9 are still standing. The most important of the towers which became also the symbol of Sighisoara, is the magnificent Clock Tower – it boasts a height of 64 meters and can be seen from every point of the citadel. Its masterpiece - the clock - displays 7 figurines, carved out of linden wood, which represent the pagan roman gods:  Diana, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the Sun. Every God, depicts one of the seven days of the week. While in Romania, you should definitely let yourself be charmed by the original appearance of the citadel’s houses, some dating from the fifteenth century, by the narrow streets paved with river stones and by the cheerful atmosphere, all of which, give the citadel’s its unique look and feel.

Monasteries of Bucovina

The north-eastern province of Romania, Bucovina, is much appreciated for its beautiful exterior frescoes, painted on the walls of its monasteries. These religious edifices reflect the development of civilization in Moldova during the XV and XVI centuries, under the reign of Stephen the Great. Bucovina became a tourist attraction due to its very well preserved old places of worship, painted with unique pigments of colors, whose composition are yet to be discovered. Bucovina is the ideal place to visit if you’re looking to harmoniously mix history, rich cultural heritage, excellent food and picturesque landscapes.

Transfagarasan Road

It was built in the ’70’s, with sweat and tears and a huge amount of lives lost, during its construction. Nonetheless, the Transfagarasan Road is an extraordinary engineering achievement. The British television show Top Gear named it “the best driving road in the world”. With spectacular altitude variations, steep mountain ridges, colorful flora, a tranquil glacial lake and a roaring waterfall, the Transfagarasan road captivates you at every turn. The wild landscape is breathtaking, especially on the strip where it reaches the maximum altitude of 2042 m. Because the road was built at a very high altitude, you can only drive on the Transfagarasan road, during the summer season.

Merry Cemetery in Sapanta

The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Romania, offering its visitors a once in a lifetime experience. It is a site like you have never seen before. The entire cemetery – museum is a true monograph of the people from the magical land of Maramures, their memory being preserved in the most authentic way, together with their habits, occupations and traditions. The vivid colors that cover the tombs and crosses, together with the whimsical paintings and the funny epitaphs written on the graves, make for the most original and brave way in which one can confront the inevitable moment in everyone’s life: death. Legend has it that the cheerful attitude in the face of death is a custom derived from the Dacians, who believed in eternal life. They didn’t saw death as a tragic event but as a chance to meet the supreme god, Zamolxis.

Iasi

Iasi, known also as the capital of the Moldavia region, is one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. The city is known as an important cultural and economical hub and became famous for its academic institutions, including Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, the most prestigious one in Romania. Iasi is without a doubt, a fascinating city with a rich history and friendly people that will make you feel like home.

Mamaia

The town of Mamaia lies on a strip of land, between the Black Sea and Lake Siutghiol. In the 60’s and 70’s, became one of the favourite hangouts for middle class to rich Europeans, especially for Italians, due to its wide beaches, fine sand and lively entertainment. In recent years the seaside resort developed at a rapid pace, offering countless opportunities for recreation and leisure: water sports, amusement parks, the Aqua Magic complex, cinemas, bars, clubs and recovery centers. Mamaia is one of the most important tourist attractions on the Black Sea coast and it should not be missed, being more alive than never.

Brasov

Due to its idoneous location, Brasov had a rapid economic growth and became an important trade center in Transylvania region. Bordered by the South Carpathian peaks and adorned with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical monuments, Brasov is one of the most visited and loved cities in Romania.

Berca Mud Volcanoes

The Mud Volcanoes are actually a series of craters that can reach a height of 8 meters, which are continuously active due to the natural gas that comes in contact with the groundwater and the clay soil. The closer you get to the cones, the louder you can hear the bubbling of the gases coming out from the depths of Earth. This unique reservation stretches for over 30 hectares and represents a very rare natural phenomenon, which can be seen only in a few places on Earth. Tourists are impressed every time, by the strange looking, almost lunar landscape.

Targoviste

Chindia Tower is the symbol of Targoviste, impressing tourists with its unique architecture. Built in the fifteenth century, under the reign of Vlad the Impaler, it served as key element in defending the Royal Court.

Miclosoara

Miclosoara is considered one of the oldest and most beautiful places in Transylvania. The white houses with red roofs, green open plains and archaic atmosphere form an idyllic spot. The most important attraction here is the Kalnoky Castle, an old hunting lodge built in the 1500s. Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical architectural elements offer the castle an imposing and elegant appearance.