Romania in southeastern Europe is known for beautiful castles, well preserved medieval towns, and the rugged Carpathian mountains. The country is best known as the setting and inspiration behind the tale of the Dracula and his abode in Transylvania. Here, you can indulge in numerous outdoor activities ranging from hiking and trekking to swimming and sunbathing on Black Sea beaches. Romania is one of Europe’s most religious countries, and you’re likely to find an Orthodox church almost everywhere.
Romania’s capital Bucharest is a vibrant city with verdant parks, excellent museums and cafes. The city houses the world’s heaviest building, the Palace of Parliament which covers around 330,000-sq-metre and has over 3000 rooms. Other highlights of Bucharest include Cişmigiu Garden with a lake, fountains and monuments, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant and the 19th-century concert hall, Romanian Athenaeum. The city is bound to impress you with its rich architectural styles from ancient structures like the Curtea Veche Palace to modern monuments like the Memorial of Rebirth.
For many people, a trip to Romania is all about exploring the birthplace of Count Dracula in the Transylvania region. Located in the heart of Romania, Transylvania is a historical region with a mystical vibe where you will find medieval cities, eerie castles and dense forests. Cluj-Napoca, Bran, Sibiu, Biertan, Brașov and the Fagaras Mountains are some of its major destinations. Cluj-Napoca is the second-largest city in Romania with a skyline dominated by Gothic churches, Baroque buildings and medieval towers. These days Cluj-Napoca is a bustling university city known for its trendy cafes, music festivals, and vibrant nightlife.
Brasov is the gateway to Bran Castle, a national monument which rose to fame after being featured in Bram Stoker’s novel, Count Dracula. It is recommended to visit this medieval castle around Halloween when the Halloween Party is organised. Sibiu is a historic city with an old town featuring German architecture. The city is best explored on foot, to admire the lovely buildings and stopping by museums and cathedrals.
The Fagaras Mountains are Southern Carpathians’ highest mountain range, popular for hiking and skiing. You will also come across the Fagaras castle and a few monasteries in this region. To get some of the best views of Transylvania, hit the Transfagarasan Road that crosses the Fagaras, and enjoy an unforgettable road-trip.
Along with the tourist-favourite Transylvania region, impressive monasteries are Romania’s other highlights. Voronet, with its unique architecture and colourful walls and Barsana, an 18th-century wooden church with beautiful murals are two of the country’s most popular monasteries.
A trip to Romania will offer you one of Europe’s best medieval experiences. Packed with imposing castles, architectural marvels, ancient towns and breathtaking natural landscapes, Romania will be a delight for photographers and aesthetes.
Bran Castle is a national monument and the birthplace of Bram Stoker’s fictional character – Count Dracula.