Romania. The first thought that comes to mind when thinking about this European country is that of civil wars and capitalist regime. Don’t let that deter you. It is a land of legend. Romania boasts an out of this world landscape, consisting of lush meadows, dense, dark forests, wetlands, snow-tipped mountains and architecture that would make even the biggest critics weep.

At the top of the list lies Count Country, Transylvania. Synonymous with the lore of vampires, it is home to Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, the famous Count Dracula, and his abode, Bran Castle. Nearby in the city of Sibiu is the Museum of Folk Civilisation which features local crafts and textiles. Brasov is another popular city in Transylvania which showcases gothic architecture at its finest, against a dramatic mountain backdrop. Leave the mystical behind and experience the healing powers of halotherapy found in the futuristic Turda salt mines, a sight for sore eyes, with its salt carved balconies, caves and stalactites.
Further south lies the capital, Bucharest. No longer overshadowed by capitalism, it houses the Village Museum, an open-air tribute which is home to the wooden churches of Maramuras. Stroll through parks to scenic Lake Herastrau or bask in the glory of nature at the Cismigiu Gardens. Art lovers can bask in the glory of the Romanian greats such as Brancusi or Grigorescu, famous for their medieval work, at the National Art Museum. The past is never to be forgotten at Centru Civic, and guided tours can be taken through the mammoth sized Palace Parliament. Housing 1100 rooms it is the second largest administrative building in the world and a reminder of the Ceausceau regime.

Niches for nature lovers also exist in this mystical land. Two hours from the capital lays the legendary Carpathian Mountains. During the summer months, one can enjoy pristine hiking trails, wildlife watching and even wolf and bear tracking for the not so faint at heart. During the winter, the area is transformed into a ski zone, one of the cheapest available in Europe. Take scenic pictures at the world renowned Transfagarasan, a paved road which snakes its way through the mountains, once used for quick military access.

Not to be forgotten is the grand Danube Delta. Lying on the southern border of Romania, the Danube River meets the Black Sea, creating almost 2100 sq. feet of wetlands. This UNESCO World Heritage site houses more than 100 species of plants and wildlife ideal for animal lovers.

Architectural wonders are rampant in Romania. Stavropoleos Monastery located in Bucharest is intricately decorated in an arabesque fashion, reminiscent of the 1970’s. Pales Castle, even though built by the monarchy, can still be admired for its sheer opulence. In Belgrade lies the Saint Save Cathedral, the largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world.

A few tips to remember are to maintain caution when photographing official buildings. Always ask permission. Also, money should only be exchanged at banks and one must keep in mind the conservative culture of Romania when it comes to dress and displays of affection.

Immerse yourself in the wondrous and enchanting country that is Romania, for an experience sure to remember!

Slatina

Slatina

Romania 11.08.2016

Photos Hotels Hotel Bulevard Prestige Full Adress B-dul A.I. Cuza nr. 12, Slatina, Romania Website Phone Star Rating 3.0 Longitude 24.365519285202 Latitude 44.427689007245 Price from $61 Rating Check In Check Out Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service Description The Hotel Bulevard Prestige is a 3-star hotel set in... Read more
Pitesti

Pitesti

Romania 05.08.2016

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Sovata

Sovata

Romania 02.08.2016

Photos Hotels Cabana Farkas Full Adress Str. Vilelor, nr. 2, Transylvania, Romania Website Phone Star Rating 1.0 Longitude 25.350877046585 Latitude 46.915609185765 Price Rating Check In From 3:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service Description The Cabana Farkas provides comfortable rooms, designed... Read more
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Baia Mare

Romania 27.07.2016

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Bacau

Romania 25.07.2016

Photos Hotels Hostel Holland Bacau Full Adress strada Nordului 2-4, Bacau, Romania Website http:// www. hostelbacau.ro/ Phone +40 753 339460 Star Rating 1.0 Longitude 26.898210999999 Latitude 46.570687 Price from $13 Rating Check In From 2:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service... Read more
Sighisoara

Sighisoara

Romania 20.07.2016

Photos Hotels Fronius Residence Full Adress Scolii, nr 13, Sighisoara, Romania Website http:// www. fronius-residence.ro/en/sighisoara_rooms_fronius.html Phone +40(265) 779 173 Star Rating 5.0 Longitude 24.792026223462 Latitude 46.220464093704 Price from $127 Rating 10.0 Check In From 3:00 PM Check Out Prior to 11:00 AM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service... Read more
Hunedoara

Hunedoara

Romania 14.07.2016

Photos Hotels Hotel Rusca Full Adress B-dul Dacia nr. 10, Hunedoara, Romania Website http:// www. bestwesternrusca.ro Phone Star Rating 3.0 Longitude 22.909104 Latitude 45.757662 Price from $59 Rating Check In From 12:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service Description This budget... Read more
Eforie Nord

Eforie Nord

Romania 06.07.2016

Photos Hotels Villa La Mer Eforie Full Adress Curcubeului nr. 10, Eforie Nord, Romania Website http:// www. realadventures.com/ listings/1155037_Youth-Hostel-Techirghiol Phone Star Rating 3.0 Longitude 28.629314 Latitude 44.076174 Price from $22 Rating 7.5 Check In From 2:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms... Read more
Baile Herculane
Photos Hotels Hotel Golden Spirit Full Adress Castanilor, Baile Herculane, Romania Website http:// www. goldenspirit.ro Phone +40 255 560 016 Star Rating 3.0 Longitude 22.424126 Latitude 44.886039 Price from $44 Rating Check In From 1:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service... Read more
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Botosani

Romania 29.06.2016

Photos Hotels Maria Hotel Botosani Full Adress Str. Unirii 12, Botosani, Romania Website http:// www. mariahotel.ro/ Phone Star Rating 4.0 Longitude 26.657788 Latitude 47.744417 Price from $48 Rating Check In From 12:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service Description Centrally located,... Read more