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Submitted on Sep 09, 2020 Useful Info

What to do in Romania: top 10 sights

Weather Romania

The type of weather in Romania is somewhat dependent on where you are in the country. For example, the mountain ranges can cause extreme weather conditions. The climate along the Black Sea coast is pleasant. That part has a moderate maritime climate with warm summers and mild winters. The interior has a continental climate, with quite warm summers and sometimes extremely cold winters. Most rain falls in May and June.

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Where is Romania located

The country of Romania is located in Southeastern Europe and borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine and Moldova. The mountains of the Carpathians crisscross the country. Romania has been part of the European Union since 2007.

1. Bucharest and Lipscani

Romania's capital, Bucharest, is, in fact, another diamond in the rough that just asks to be discovered. A rapidly changing city that, in addition to modern neighborhoods, does not hide its past. This can be seen by the impressive Stalinist buildings that stand next to Orthodox churches and are interspersed with green city gardens. In the evening, head towards the historic center of Lipscani where you will find a large and good range of trendy bars and restaurants. For a fine gourmet experience, try The Artist, a journey through traditional Romanian cuisine with a twist. Every dish looks like a work of art!

2. Brasov and Parc Aventura Brasov

Brasov is an old medieval city in the middle of Romania. Bizarrely, the first thing you see when you arrive is a Hollywood-like sign with the letters Brasov on top of Mount Tâmpa. Do not miss the famous Gothic Black Church and stroll through the Baroque center past other, beautiful churches and inviting squares. Also take a cable ride to the top of Tampa and you get a great view of the city. Do you like zip lining? Then there is Parc Aventura Brasov with 15 adventure routes for all ages and thrilling rides dangling above the water.

3. Bran Castle

Romania and Dracula belong together like tulips in Amsterdam. So head to Bran Castle, a fairytale castle linked to the cruel ruler Vlad Tepes. A historical figure who inspired the writer Bram Stoker who brought Dracula to life and who he let live in a Castle Bran. That is why it is also called Dracula's castle. Even without the stories, the castle is well worth a visit. The overwhelming interior is exactly what you expect and you associate with Transylvania.

4. Peles Castle

Another beautiful castle in Romania: Peles Castle. It looks like it was plucked from a Disney movie. The turrets and wooden decorations on the outside give it an imaginative character. This was once the summer residence of Romania's royal family. Peles can be found just outside the town of Sinaia.

5. Sighisoara

If you just can't get enough of Dracula's castle, make a pit stop in his hometown of Sighisoarat in central Romania, Transylvania. While the museum dedicated to him is a bit of a gimmick, the place itself makes up for a lot. The place is known as one of the most beautiful and best preserved citadel, a fortified city that is still inhabited. With a medieval castle and a town on the Tarnava Mare river.

6. Cluj Napoca

Romania's largest student city has an emerging art scene not found in any other part of the country. It has a lively bohemian feel and countless bars and shops. Stroll through the city through the main square Piati Unirii and see St. Michael's Church and the Banffy Palace and Art Museum and the Botanical Gardens. Cluj Napoca is also home to the things to do in Transylvania, which shows both Romanian and international productions in multiple theaters and open-air spots throughout the city.

7. The Monasteries of Bucovina

Romania's famous painted monasteries display unbelievably beautiful 15th and 16th century frescoes of saints and prophets. The best preserved are those of Humor, Moldovita, Patrauti, Probota, Suceava, Sucevita and Voronet. Watch and hear the interesting local customs of the monks and nuns who announce prayer by striking with a hammer and a piece of wood, a tradition that dates back to the siege of Moldavia when the Ottoman Turks forbade ringing the bells.


9. Danube Delta

Most of Europe's largest river flows through Romania: the Danube. Along the banks you will find a diverse wildlife and spectacular landscapes. Choose to cycle along the banks or go easy and go down the river by boat. The gateway to the Danube Delta is the city of Tulcea.