Romania is a dynamic showcase for the enduring splendours of its fascinating past, timeless natural wonders and modern-day marvels. There is always another mystery to discover – a legendary fog enshrouded castle, a village lost in time, unexplored mountains and ice caves. A world outside of time awaits discovery.
Now its time to explore Romania’s many mysteries. Getting around the country can easily done by car or train; a three hour journey will take you, from Bucharest to the medieval towns in Transylvania, From Sighișoara to the world’s famous Painted Monasteries in Bucovina.
Romania’s history has not been as idyllically peaceful as its geography. Over the centuries, various migrating people invaded Romania. Romania’s historical provinces Walachia and Moldova offered furious resistance to the invading Ottoman Turks. Protected from direct Ottoman attacks by the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania was successfully under Hapsburg, Ottoman or Walachian rule, while remaining an autonomous province.
Romanians have a well-developed reputation for being exceptionally friendly and hospitable. They are by nature fun-loving, warm and playful, with an innate sense of humour. Many Romanians living in towns and cities are able to communicate in English, French or German. In smaller villages its usually the younger people who speak one or more foreign languages.
Romania is a year-round tourist destination, with mid-April to late June and late August to the end of October being the best sightseeing periods, due to generally mild and pleasant temperatures. Summers can be hot, especially in Southern Romania, including Bucharest. Mountain resorts and higher elevation areas are warm and pleasant during summer. Winters can be cold, especially in the mountains and snow is common throughout the country from December to mid-February.
Romania’s Best Known Attractions Include:
- Transylvania’s medical towns
- Fairy-tale castles, such as Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Bran Castle near Brașov and Corvin’s Castle near Deva
- The Painted Monasteries, whose exteriors feature Byzantine-influenced frescoes
- Bucharest, capital city and home of opulent palaces, magnificent architecture and fascinating museums
- Danube Delta, a wilderness paradise for birds and wildlife
- The Black Sea: Beach resorts and Medical Spas to rejuvenate and unwind
- Century-old villages, such as the ones in Transylvania and Oltenia, where festivals, weekly fairs and produce markets keep ancient traditions alive
- The scenic Carpathian Mountains, great for hiking and wildlife watching
- 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites