Bran Castle, legendary home of Count Dracula, in Transylvania.
In the heart of Eastern Europe, surrounded by Hungary
to the west, Bulgaria
to the south, with the Black Sea lapping at its eastern shore.
become a must-see destination for Western tourists drawn to the
country's beach resorts, mysterious mountains and monasteries
and, of course, it's historic association with Count Dracula.
lots more to Romania than mystery and history, as it shakes off
its more recent association with communism to enjoy an economic
boom as one of the newest members of the EU.
A blend of
modern hi-rises and medieval cobblestone streets, Romania remains
overall heady mix of East and West, light and shadow, mountains
- Salut (sah-LOOT)
PLEASE - va rog (vuh ROHG)
THANK YOU - multumesc (mool-tzoo-MESK)
YES - da (DAH)
NO - nu (NOO)
EXCUSE ME - pardon (pahr-DOHN)
GOODBYE - la revedere (lah reh-veh-DEH-reh)
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? vorbiti engleza? (vor-BEETZ eng-LEH-zuh)
is where many first-time tourists set foot in Romania. The capital
city has undergone a transformation of late into a modern metropolis
and best typifies the changes the country has been through over
lacking in some of the more glitzy attractions visitors come to
expect of European capitals, Bucharest is great for just walking
around to soak in the country's rich history, and to be startled
by contrasts in architectural styles ranging from Romanesque
and medieval to modern steel-and-glass.
don't miss Bucharest's own Arch de Triomphe (from which it has
derived its traditional nickname "Little Paris") as
well as a walk around Revolution Square
For further trips back in time
also ramble around the Old Historic Center which today has become
an upscale neighborhood filled with art galleries, antique shops
and trendy cafes.
while in Bucharest you'll also want to book a day tour to see
what has come to symbolize all things Romanian -- Transylvania.
At the center of the region is the popular walled city of Brasov
with its mysterious medieval look and feel and today a popular
jumping-off point for special trips to "Dracula's Castle"
in Bran, legendary home to the world's most famous vampire.
DID YOU KNOW? Romania Travel Fun Facts
All hail Decebalus, King of Dacia
• The name “Romania” comes from the Latin word “Romanus” which means “citizen of the Roman Empire.” Today, despite its location in Eastern Europe, Romanian is a Romance language more closely related to Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
• A 55-meter high rock sculpture depicting Decebalus, King of Dacia, is the largest rock sculpture in Europe and can only be reached along the Danube by boat.
• With its colorful and ornate frescoes, the Voronet Monastery, located in northeastern Romania, is known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”.
• The Astra Museum in Sibiu is the largest open-air museum in Romania.
• Romania is the birthplace of Olympic champion Nadia Comaneci, composer George Enescu, fountain pen inventor Petrache Poenaru, and insulin discoverer Nicolae Paulescu.
More about Romania travel & tourism around the Web:
Tourism - The official site, with special guides devoted
to regions, cities and major attractions, with helpful trip planner,
hotel guide, photo gallery.
Romania - A complete country directory including maps,
photos, travel facts & information, recommended destinations.
Travel | Lonely Planet World Guide - Fast facts, feature
attractions, when to go, how to get there plus maps, typical travel
costs, photo galleries, and special looks at Bucharest, Transylvania