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Romania – From Danube To Dracula!

Located in southeastern Europe, Romania is considered by many people as one of the most beautiful countries in the European continent. It is a country where one can lose oneself in the beauty of the peasant villages, be amazed by the richly preserved medieval castles, or simply enjoy the luxurious offerings in one of the many popular Black Sea resorts. The World Travel and Tourism Council ranks Romania as the 4th-fastest-growing country globally, in terms of the demand in tourism. From the pristine mountains to the sea, and from the classical Danube to Dracula, Romania presents to its visitors an experience of a lifetime.


10. Timisoara


Timisoara is the largest city in western Romania and the most important in the Banat region. Located on the north bank of the River Bega, the earliest mention of this city dates back to the early 13th century. The charm of Timisoara lies in the distinct architecture and its diverse cultural life that has been influenced by foreign cultures over the centuries. The city has a rich legacy of music and theater, prompting the moniker Little Vienna. This major commercial center of the 18th century is today a popular tourist attraction for its beautiful architecture, year-round cultural activities, and a vibrant nightlife. Within Timisoara one can see most of the attractions on foot. The prominent attractions include Victory Square, Union Square, Huniade Castle, and the Village Museum.


9. Constanta

Historical Casino in Constanta

Located on the Black Sea coast, Constanta is one of the major tourist cities in Romania and the largest seaport of the country. Originally called Tomis, it was founded by the Greeks, conquered by the Romans, and later ruled by the Ottomans. Constanta is an ideal location to explore the resorts of Romania. The city also has many displays of historical architecture and a host of museums. Other than the parks and the beach, there are a number of man-made attractions that are popular with the tourists. These include the historical Casino, the Ovidiu’s Square, St. Peter & Paul Orthodox Cathedral, and the Great Mahmudiye Mosque.


8. Cluj-Napoca

Aerial View of Cluj

Capital of the Transylvania historical region, the city of Cluj-Napoca is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Romania. It is popularly called Cluj for short. With a very high student ratio in its half-million population, Cluj is a major educational and cultural hub in the country. The city has some of the finest examples of baroque and Gothic architecture in Romania. The city enjoyed the highest urban status during the Roman rule and has remained one of the most important and vibrant cities in the Transylvania region ever since. Attractions include the Banffy Palace, Fortress Hill, St. Michael’s Church, and the Botanical Garden.


7. Danube Delta

Pelicans in the Danube Delta

The major part of the Danube Delta lies within the Romanian territory. It is a haven for nature and wildlife lovers for its diverse flora and fauna. The delta is said to be home to 23 different ecosystems! The best way to explore this beauty is to take a slow boat along the river.


6. The Dracula Trail


Based on the history, legends, and lore of the Transylvania region, Irish author Bram Stoker created the immortal character of Count Dracula in 1897. Surprisingly, Stoker never visited Romania. However, his stories had real locations, many of which still remain in Romania and have become major tourist attractions. Following the Dracula trail is a unique and interesting activity for many tourists in Romania. Popular sites include the 14th century medieval town of Sighisoara, Snagov Monastery in Bucharest, and the Poenari Castle in Arges County.


5. Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Painted Monastery

Located in northern Romania, the Painted Monasteries are an architectural jewel from the 15th and 16th centuries. 7 of these monasteries were declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993, and an eighth in 2010. These Painted Monasteries are spread across a number of towns including Moldovita, Humor, Arbore, Probota, Patrauti, New Seceava, Voronet, and Sucevita. The unique feature of these churches and monasteries is  that they were painted on the outside as opposed to most churches which are only painted on the inside. Most of these churches were built during the Moldavian rule between 1457 and 1546. The colorful religious artworks on the walls were inspired by Moldavian and Byzantine art. These monasteries have astoundingly survived over 4 centuries of modern-day pollution and war.


4. Corvinesti Castle

Cornivesti Castle

Built in 1446 by the Anjou family, the Corvinesti Castle is regarded as the finest example of Gothic-styled castles in Romania. It is located in the Hunedoara region in Central Romania. This huge castle has double walls for fortification, diversely colored roofs, stone-carved balconies, and myriad windows. The fortified walls have rectangular towers which were often used as prisons. The castle is dominated by the Knight’s Hall, the circular stairway, and the Diet Hall. These marbled halls were used for receptions and state dinners.


3. Mamaia


Mamaia is the largest Black Sea resort in Romania. Although the beach is only 8 km long, the soft white sand attracts visitors from all over Romania and beyond. It is an excellent place to laze around or sunbathe. Wind surfing lessons are offered for those who want something more adventurous.


2. Bucharest


Located on the banks of the River Dambovita, Bucharest is not only the capital of Romania but also the cultural, financial, and the industrial center of the country. The first mention of the city is found in records dating back to the mid-15th century. A major center for culture, art, and architecture, Bucharest has often been called Little Paris. Bucharest has many attractions that can take even the most casual visitor days to see. Prominent attractions of the city include the Palace of the People, the Civic Center, Lipscani, and Carol I Park.


1. Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Located 16 miles northeast of Brasov, the Bran Castle is one of the most visited castles in Romania. It is mistakenly claimed as the castle of Count Dracula. This makes it the most popular Dracula attraction in Romania, with no significant connection with the fictional character! There is no evidence that Stoker referred to this very castle in any of his stories. However, the beauty, aura, and legend of this castle makes it a tourist magnet. Perched on top of a 200 ft high rock, the 13th century castle with imposing towers has now been transformed into a public museum. The Bran Castle is a must-visit attraction when in Romania.

Originally posted 2017-04-21 05:58:11.

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