Romania? The mysterious land located in Southeastern Europe, a Latin at heart, yet with Balkans around it, the result of the most atypical melange between the indigenous Dacian great-grandfathers and the Roman Empire, which once ruled the world.
So what makes Romania such a superb place for travelers? What about this land is it that makes tourists want to discover Romania?
First, it may be the famous Romanian countryside, a unique experience for anyone discovering Romania. The countryside amazes with how devotedly customs and traditions are kept, with the unbelievable variety of the Romanian dress, the unmistakable Romanian cuisine like the mititei, mamaliga and the infinite range of ciorba, as well as the traditional spirit of palinka. The architecture of the Romanian countryside is also something quite unique.
Tourists can experience the folkloric way of life best while touring around the region of Maramures, a part of Transylvania. You will be amazed by how lovingly they keep traditions alive, even more, you might not ever want to leave; as many former tourists fell so deeply in love with Romania that they moved here. An apart representation of tradition is the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Maramures; an eternal resting place renowned for the humorous take on afterlife, with jokes engraved on tombs.
Quite close to Maramures there is the region of Bucovina, where the amazing painted churches Voronet, Putna and Moldovita lay.
Other tourists are more inclined towards discovering Romania within its Dacian and Roman roots, in which case there are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Dacian Fortresses in the Orastie Mountains, the Alba Carolina Citadel or the vestiges around the Iron Gates of the Danube, like the Bridge of Apollodorus of Damascus.
Probably the most visited landmarks of Romania are the accumulation of medieval cities and fortresses in the historical region of Transylvania. Chances are that you have heard about Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007, Brasov or Sighisoara, the medieval city turned UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety. These cities keep a living memory of medieval architecture and history, through their many bastions, towers and museums. Even more, the medieval times of Romania are attested by the Biertan Village, the Rasnov Fortress and the Corvin Castle in Hunedoara.
When thinking about Romania, most tourists will link it to the infamous Dracula, for which Bran Castle is known to have been his residence, although it was the Poenari Fortress. In any case, there are a lot of places linked to Dracula that make up the perfectly spooky tour.
The last two eras of Romania, its monarchy and communist regime, are represented by the royal residence of Peles Castle in Sinaia – one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, and the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, known as one of the biggest, largest, heaviest and most expensive buildings in the world.
Discovering Romania would surely also imply the chance to see its natural wonders spread all throughout the country and its different landforms. Up above the country, in the highest mountains, the Fagaras, there’s the glacier lake Balea and the Balea falls which can be reached by driving on the best road in the world, the Transfagarasan. Also in the Fagaras Moutains, there are the mysterious rock formations Babele and the Sphinx.
The undergrounds of Transylvania can be discovered through visiting the huge Salina Turda, a museum of salt mining and an amusement park, or the numerous caves in the Apuseni Mountains, like the Bear’s Cave and Scarisoara Cave. Another landform, another natural wonder – the Danube Delta, a land of magical wildlife, a paradise for myriad of unique wild species.
After taking on the tour of discovering Romania, you, dear tourist, should relax on the sandy beaches of the Black Sea Coast.