Romania is a medium sized country, situated in the South-East of Europe.
You find there as landmarks: the Black Sea and the Danube Delta in the East and the Danube river in the South, but also - probably the most attractive region - surrounded by the Carpathians mountains, Transylvania , in the center.
Well balanced: plains, hills plus plateaus and mountains covering each nearly 30% from the total surface of 238.300 km².
The middle ages in Transylvania's history can be touched in the fortified churches, villages and towns. Sighisoara is the place to be, if you want to taste those years of glory again.
The Germans let important traces behind, especially in Transylvania were the villages have unique characteristics and the towns are well fortified with impressive town walls and remarkable churches.
The Carpathians offer great landscapes. Limestone, volcanic and crystalline rocks are blended in a unique mode.
Romania has a huge cultural heritage; the folk tradition is still kept by the people. After centuries these symbols are still alive in many villages.
You can not visit Romania without thinking of vampires, all of them symbolized in the mythical figure of Dracula. In Transylvania you can see his real castle and the place where he was born, as well as his grave. Not to forget the many statues you will find everywhere of the immortal Vlad, the Impaler.
Romanian people are friendly and warm-hearted to their guests. Well known for their hospitality, Romanians know excellent how to make a tourist feel at home everywhere in the country. The Romanian traditional cuisine and Romanian wines are well known and appreciated all over the world.
The Romanian traditions are still kept alive, especially in the rural areas: Maramures and Bucovina . They are well known for their cheerful winter festivals and Eastern traditions. People paint the eggs at Eastern and play and sing ancestral dances and carols during Christmas.
The volcanic chain in the eastern and western Carpathians made the rise possible of some of the most famous spas in Romania : Baile Herculane, Tusnad, Calimanesti - Caciulata and others. The rich salt deposits found at the base of many salt lakes transformed classical villages in European well known spas for it's therapeutically treatments : Sovata, Slanic, Ocna Sibiu, etc.
The Black Sea coast is the ideal place to be in the summer: a wonderful temperature, cozy beaches with clear sea water, nice rebuilt hotels and international restaurants, fancy nightclubs and a lot of modern amusement.
The Danube Delta is the largest natural habitat for birds in Europe. More then 300 species can be found over there. Not to forget the more then 100 species of fishes that can be fished and prepared as delicious food in local style.
The Delta is an enormous area of lakes, canals, forests, sand dunes and reeds.
A land full of hidden treasures, ready to be discovered by tourist from all over the world.
The Danube Delta is the newest land of Romania , being formed by the sand and mud brought there by the Danube . Here the people live in a close relationship with the water, in small picturesque villages. The only town in that region is Sulina, situated at the end of the Sulina Canal at the Black Sea coast.
The Danube Delta is the nesting place of numerous birds. Many of them are coming at the beginning of the winter from Siberia and the North Circle , while others are leaving the Delta to migrate for an easy winter in Africa .
In the last years many new guesthouses, hotels and camping's opened their doors for tourists. Accommodation on one of the floating hotels is also a good choice.
Medieval towns and castles in Transylvania keep the feeling alive of those cruel middle ages. Traces of great battles can still be seen in the defending towers.
In the middle of Transylvania there is a fortified town named Sighisoara.
It is unique in this part of Europe , because it is the only medieval town still dwelt. Some of the houses are over 600 years old. Town walls, towers and gates are still well preserved. In this town Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was born. The house can be visited, hosting a nice restaurant and bar.
Sighisoara citadel is already for many years part of the UNESCO patrimony.
Transylvania is the central region of Romania , surrounded by the Carpathians mountains. It is a region with a rich history. The former center region of Dacia , the antique lands on the actual Romanian territory. After the Roman conquers, Transylvania became the main region of the empire. The Western Carpathians supplied in that time the empire with gold and silver, cattle and wood.
In the Middle Ages Transylvania become the center of the Hungarian kingdom. After World War I, in 1918 Transylvania was joined to Romania .
The Germans were brought in the 12 and 13 th century by the Hungarian kings, in order to defend the passes and to create towns in the region. The traces of those colonists still can be found in the big cities of Transylvania and in the country side. You find them too in the typical houses with big walls, large gates and inner yards. Sibiu was the second fortified city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, after Vienna .
Sibiu is, together with Luxembourg the Culture European Capital in 2007.
One of the most interesting places to go in Romania is the North part of Moldavia known as: Bucovina.
Here you find the most valuable, rich-ornamented monasteries of Europe . Some of them are more than 500 years old are extremely well preserved. The colors look as they were painted yesterday! The famous "Voronet blue" is known all over the world.
Monasteries are also fortified, Sucevita being the most representative.
In the 19 th century the Romanian government decided to bring a European king from an important family to the country. Carol of Hohenzollern Sigmaringhen was chosen to be the next king of Romania . A few years after his election the king started the building of a summer residence, Peles Castle , in a beautiful mountain resort, Sinaia.
Bucharest is the capital city of Romania .
It has over 2.5 million inhabitants. It is the most important cultural, political and administrative center of the country. Every year Bucharest attracts more and more tourists. Because of the many universities you find here, there are thousands of students in the city. The many clubs, concert halls and theatres you find in Bucharest are full every night.
For those people who want to enjoy the classical touch: Bucharest offers great ballet and opera and operetta performances every evening, from early October to late June.
The Carpathians give wide possibilities for those who love nature and winter sports. Ski and mountains resorts offer a large range of choices of accommodation and international restaurants.
Rental equipment is also available so you don't have to bring your own gear.
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