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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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About Romania
New York Times called Romania "the most beautiful country in Eastern Europe". Lonely Planet thinks it's "The Wild West of Europe" read more

TOP 10 Romanian Destinations

#1 Destination

MARAMURES LAND
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.


#2 Destination

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.


#3 Destination

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.


#4 Destination

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.


#5 Destination

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.


#6 Destination

SIBIU, THE SAXON CITY
Romanians would recommend to start your Romanian holiday from the EU capital of Culture in 2007, Sibiu, rather than Bucharest.

#7 Destination

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.


#8 Destination

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.


#9 Destination

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.

#10 Destination

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.

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The Communist Legacy / Travel Romania

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TOP 10 TRIVIA ON ROMANIA

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).

TOP 10 QUOTES ON ROMANIA

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"
(Lonely Planet)

03. Romania: "Some of the last medieval landscapes in Europe"
(The Independent)

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)

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TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT ROMANIA:

Visit Romania for its old Castles, Fortresses, Churches & Cathedrals
Chech out the Saxon Fortified Churches, the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina and the Wooden Churches of Maramures, the Cathedrals & Large Churches and the Castles, Citadels and Fortresses. 30 locations were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Visit Romania for the Danube Delta and the Spa Resorts
If you travel to Romania you should spend a few days in the Danube Delta, the largest in EU and one of the most remote area of the continent. The Delta is located where Danube meets the Black Sea. Romania is home to more than a third of all the mineral water of Europe and therefore home to a large number of Spa Resorts.

Visit Romania to learn more about Dracula & Ceausescu
The dark lords of the Romanian history: where does the myth end, where does the reality begin? Take a look at 10 destinations related to Vlad Dracula and 10 related to Communism in Romania.

Visit Romania for its amazing Medieval Towns
Visit some of the most impressive Medieval sites in Eastern Europe. Travel to Sighisoara, an inhabited Medieval citadel, probably the most beautiful in Europe. Check out the most important 10 Medieval Towns in Romania.

Visit Romania for the Concerts & Festivals
Concerts in 2010: AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Jean Michel Jarre, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Aerosmith, Metallica, Rammstein, Rod Steward, Faithless, Cranberries, Mika, Royksopp. Romania has 10 major music festivals covering pop, rock, jazz and electronica.

Visit Romania for the National Parks and the rich Wildlife of the Carpathians
There are 26 National Parks in Romania. The protected areas cover a huge area, half the size of the Netherlands. More than half of the Carpathians (the largest mountain range in Europe) are in Romania; they hold more than half the bears, wolves and the other large mammals of Europe.

Visit Romania for the unconventional destinations
Mud-bubbling volcanoes, wisent reservations, communist prisons, the largest underground salina on the continent, an endless fire that comes from underground, a "happy cemetery", a million Orthodox pilgrims, one of the most spectacular alpine roads of Europe, some the largest caves in the world, pure breed stud farms, traditional pottery workshops and mountain trains. Check out 10 Unusual Destinations and 10 Off The Beaten Path destinations.

Visit Romania for the great Food & Wine
Three main regions - Transylvania (North-West), Moldavia (North-East) and Wallachia (South) - each with its own unique gastronomical identity. Hungarian and German influences in the west, Russian and Ukrainian in the East and Balkanic and Turkish in the south. Romania and Moldova Republic are also one of the TOP 10 most important wine regions in the world, similar to Chile and South Africa. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Milestii Mici cellars are the largest in the world. Check out our Top 10 Wine Destinations.

Visit Romania for its Vibrant Cities
Travel to Bucharest, Cluj, Timisoara, Iasi and Chisinau, the most important cultural centers as well as capitals of their region. Each of the Big Cities has its own unique character: you don't know Romania until you've seen them all.

Visit Romania for its variety: One Nation, Three Souls
The people from the South (Wallachia, Bucharest, Oltenia and Dobruja)are known for their buoyant and witty character; the region has a strong Balkan and Turkish influence and it is the political heart of Romania. Described as down-to-earth and hard-working, people from the North-West (Transylvania & Banat-Crisana) are proud of their centuries-long connection with the Austro-Hungarian & German culture; 1 in 5 people is Hungarian. Known as warm-hearted and religious, the people from the North-East (Moldavia and Bessarabia) were influenced by Russia and other Slavic countries; 1 in 10 people is Slavic.

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