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!

Craiova

Craiova

Romania 22.06.2016

Photos Hotels Emma Est Hotel Full Adress Calea Bucuresti 82A, Craiova, Romania Website Phone Star Rating 3.0 Longitude 23.831008 Latitude 44.31388 Price from $75 Rating Check In From 3:00 PM Check Out Prior to 11:00 AM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service Description The Emma Est Hotel features... Read more
Vatra Dornei

Vatra Dornei

Romania 21.06.2016

Photos Hotels Pensiunea Valea Mariilor Full Adress Valea Mariilor, Transylvania, Romania Website Phone Star Rating 2.0 Longitude 25.005140304565 Latitude 47.48145889311 Price from $20 Rating Check In Check Out Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service Description The Pensiunea Valea Mariilor provides comfortable rooms, equipped to fit the requirements of... Read more
Satu Mare

Satu Mare

Romania 17.06.2016

Photos Hotels Motel Select Full Adress Str Fagarasului F3/5, Satu Mare, Romania Website http:// www. select-a-room.com/ Phone +40 261 706 910 Star Rating 3.0 Longitude 22.853837 Latitude 47.78463 Price from $49 Rating Check In From 12:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms... Read more
Ploiesti

Ploiesti

Romania 08.06.2016

Photos Hotels Vigo Hotel Full Adress 28th Independentei Street, Ploiesti, Romania Website http:// www. vigohotel.ro/index_en.html Phone +40 31 805 4288 Star Rating 4.0 Longitude 26.025329 Latitude 44.933457 Price from $73 Rating 9.0 Check In From 4:00 PM Check Out Prior to 2:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms... Read more
Targoviste

Targoviste

Romania 06.06.2016

Photos Hotels Hotel Tolea Full Adress Str Linistei nr 28-30, Targoviste, Romania Website Phone Star Rating 4.0 Longitude 25.45484483242 Latitude 44.924668776974 Price from $93 Rating Check In From 2:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service Description Located in the city centre,... Read more
Targu Mures

Targu Mures

Romania 30.05.2016

Photos Hotels Plaza V Plaza V Executive Hotel Full Adress Piata Trandafirilor 46-47, Targu Mures, Romania Website http:// plazacenters.com/ Phone Star Rating 4.0 Longitude 24.56148 Latitude 46.54451 Price from $62 Rating 8.6 Check In From 2:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms... Read more
Alba Iulia

Alba Iulia

Romania 26.05.2016

Photos Hotels Hotel Transilvania Alba Iulia Full Adress Piata Iuliu Maniu, nr. 22, Alba Iulia, Romania Website http:// www. hotel.transilvania.tourneo.ro/ Phone 021 407 47 47 Star Rating 2.0 Longitude 23.580867767333 Latitude 46.07222366333 Price from $48 Rating Check In From 2:00 PM Check Out Prior to 11:00 AM Rating Cleanliness... Read more
Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca

Romania 24.05.2016

Photos Hotels Vila Residence Cluj-Napoca Full Adress Constantin Brancusi 117, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Website http:// www. omniaresidence.ro/en/contact-romanian-real-estate.html Phone 0752 320 320 Star Rating 4.0 Longitude 23.609242 Latitude 46.762986 Price Rating Check In From 12:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service Description The... Read more
Piatra Neamt

Piatra Neamt

Romania 13.05.2016

Photos Hotels Central Plaza Hotel Full Adress Piata Petrodava 1-3, Piatra Neamt, Romania Website http:// www. central.ch Phone +41 44 256 56 56 Star Rating 4.0 Longitude 26.362789 Latitude 46.930279 Price from $58 Rating 9.0 Check In From 2:00 PM Check Out Prior to 12:00 PM Rating Cleanliness Dining... Read more
Brasov

Brasov

Romania 12.05.2016

Photos Hotels Pension Oficial Prejmer Full Adress Brasovului 162, Transylvania, Romania Website Phone Star Rating 3.0 Longitude 25.764135556114 Latitude 45.717458163055 Price from $40 Rating Check In Check Out Rating Cleanliness Dining Facilities Location Rooms Service Description A wide range of personalised services are available for guests of the Pension... Read more