The Official Romania Travel Guide: Hotels, Flights, Tours, Pictures, Maps
This is the official Travel Guide to Romania, "The Wild East of Europe". Discover Romania's amazing Transylvanian castles, the beautiful Carpathians - home of the richest wildlife in Europe, the medieval Saxon churches and Orthodox monasteries, beautiful alpine spa resorts, the fabulous Danube Delta and the Palace of the Parliament, largest in the World.
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New York Times called Romania "the most beautiful country in Eastern Europe". Lonely Planet thinks it's "The Wild West of Europe" read more
If you think Europe has lost its innocent beauty, Maramures is the place to find it. Start with a tour of the UNESCO-protected medieval Churches, then explore beautiful lost in time little villages, hidden in the mountains.
THE DANUBE DELTA
Visit the Danube Delta, a World Heritage site and the largest delta in the European Union; This is where the longest river in EU flows, after 2850 km, into the Black Sea.
THE MONASTERIES OF BUKOVINA
A tour of the Painted Churches of Bukovina will be an amazing experience. Located in beautiful Moldavian villages, the Medieval Orthodox churches have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.
THE TRANSYLVANIAN ALPS
Enjoy an unforgettable Carpathians tour in the Transylvanian Alps, the highest mountains in Romania. The Romanian Carpathians are part of the largest mountain range in Europe, 1500 km long.
SIGHISOARA & THE SAXON VILLAGES
Spend an amazing vacation in Sighisoara, the Medieval citadel surrounded by hundreds of picturesque Saxon villages. It is a UNESCO protected area and travelers think it's the most beautiful citadel of Europe.
SIBIU, THE SAXON CITY
Romanians would recommend to start your Romanian holiday from the EU capital of Culture in 2007, Sibiu, rather than Bucharest.
THE PARLIAMENT'S PALACE
Visit the Palace of the Parliament, the World's largest palace, built by Ceausescu in the '80s for his Communist regime.
THE OLD TOWN OF BUCHAREST
Travel to Bucharest, the capital of Romania and the largest city in the Balkans. The Old Town's heart is in Lipscani but the old area of Bucharest is much larger and needs several days to explore.
CLUJ, CAPITAL OF TRANSYLVANIA
Visit Cluj, a young and bohemian city, the historic capital of Transylvania, the most important city of the region and the most important higher education hub in Romania.
IASI, CAPITAL OF MOLDAVIA
Travel to Iasi, the romantic, slow-paced, charming capital of Moldavia, a region with a rich downshifting tradition, with vineyards, old monasteries and great food.
01. Romania is an EU member state since 2007
Travelers from EU/EFTA may enter Romania and stay for 3 months without a visa. Same rule apply for travelers from US & Canada, Australia & NZ, Israel, Japan & South Correa, Argentina & Brazil. Check out more visa information.
02.Yes, Transylvania is indeed a real place
It occupies the Central-Western part of Romania. The region has been called Transylvania for almost a thousand years. Before that, it was the Roman Empire's provice of Dacia. Trivia: the Prince of Wales loved the place so much that he bought his own vacation home in Transylvania.
03. Romania is the "Wild East of Europe" for a reason
More than 1/2 of the Carpathians - largest mountain range in Europe - are located in Romania and they cover 1/3 of the country's area. Furthermore, 1/2 of all the bears, wolves and other large mammals in Europe live in the Romanian Carpathians. The highest mountain range in Romania is the Transylvanian Alps.
04. The only country in Eastern Europe to speak a Latin language
Romanian language is not connected with any of its neighbors'. It is directly related to Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. As a Latin language influenced by Eastern-European languages, it sounds somehow like Italian spoken by a Russian. Romania is a mix of South European (Latin language, ethnic roots) and Eastern European (religion, geographic location) cultures.
05. Romanians are the largest nation of South-Eastern Europe
There are around 25 million Romanian nationals in the World, most of them living in Romania and the neighbor Moldova Republic. The Romanian diaspora numbers 4 million people, 90% of them live in: Italy, Spain and USA.
06. Romania is famous for water!
1/3 of the Danube is in Romania; the Danube is the EU's longest river. The Danube Delta is the largest in EU and is located in Romania, where the river meets the Black Sea. Romania also has 1/3 of all the mineral waters of Europe (~2.500 springs) and therefore a large number of spa resorts (~150).
07. Romania is a European creativity leader
Romania is leading in inventions, software, advertising & cinema. Romanian films have been Cannes awarded every year starting with 2004. Romanian advertising is the most awarded of any Eastern European nation. Romania is the #1 country in EU on IT skills. The most important inventions forum in the world, held in Geneva, awarded Romania the grand-prix.
08. Romanian-born artists, among the fathers of Modernism in Arts:
Ionesco in theater, Tzara in literature, Brancusi in sculpture.
09. Dracula and Ceausescu are not recognized as Romanian icons
For the locals Dracula does not exist. Vlad Tepes (Vlad Dracula) was a Romanian leader during the Middle Ages, known for his love of justice, military skills and, indeed, cruelty. Vampires exist for centuries in Romanian folk traditions but they have never been connected to Vlad Dracula until the Bram Stocker's novel. Dictator Ceausescu is also a character that is increasingly being eliminated from our memory. He was executed during the 1989 Revolution and that tells a lot about how much Romanians want to remember their Communist leader.
10. Romania in the top third most prosperous countries
Romania has went through a considerable economic progress since the '90s. The country is now in the top third in the World in economic development (GDP/PPP/capita index), educational index, quality of life index and globalization index. Romania was rated by the World Bank as an "Upper-Middle Income" economy, it is the 8th largest economy in Europe - based on purchasing power parity - and is one of the fastest growing markets in recent history, with consistent annual GDP growth rates above 6% (+8.4% in 2008).
01. Romania: "The most beautiful country in Eastern Europe"
(The NY Times & Fodor's)
02. Romania "The Wild West of Eastern Europe, the final frontier of unspoiled countryside and pristine landscapes"
03. Romania: "Some of the last medieval landscapes in Europe"
04. Romania: "Romanians have a Latin character - warm, spontaneous, anarchic and appreciative of style and life's pleasures" (Rough Guides)
05. Romania: "The continent as it once was; the last bastions of Europe's traditional heart and soul" (Lonely Planet)
06. Romania: "The real Transylvania, a daylight fantasy: flower-filled meadows, lost-in-time villages, sun-drenched plains dotted with Saxon churches and castle ruins" (The Independent)
07. Romania: "Romania is one of those mysterious treasures, a place whose name everyone has heard, but that few know anything about" (Language & Travel Guide)
08. Romania: This is the Danube River delta, a 1.6-million-acre World Biosphere Reserve, out of time, unknown and remote, a lost puzzle piece at the wild, eastern edge of Europe" (LA Times)
09. Romania: "From cities such as Sibiu (the European Culture Capital) to the villages...it is possibly the most beautiful country I've ever been to" (The Guardian)
10. Romania: "Romania came up first as the best EU destination to invest in property" (Property Inv. & Channel4, UK)