Romania Attractions

Romania Attractions

Transylvania

Transylvania (Siebenbürgen) has one of the most attractive landscapes in Romania with excellent hiking and winter sports opportunities. The Romanian spas have been known for their healing powers since Roman times. Spa towns include Baile Felix, Baile Herculane, Sovata and Covasna. Transylvania is also home to Count Dracula. Its perched Bran Castle consists of thick walls and pointed towers from which one can enjoy dramatic views. Sighisoara is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe. On the market square of the city of Sibiu, founded in the 12th centuryyou can still often see the population in regional costumes. Sibiu was European Capital of Culture in 2007. Medieval Brasov is the gateway to the magnificent Poiana Brasov holiday and winter sports region (illuminated slopes).

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The Bukovina region is located in the northern foothills of the Carpathians. There are important wall paintings on the outer walls of the churches and monasteries that are over 500 years old. The Sucevita Monastery has a particularly large number of them. 29 km west of Sucevita is the Moldovita Monastery, whose paintings are worth seeing, as is the Voronet Monastery. The 48 monasteries of the Moldova region were almost all built in the 14th and 15th centuries after the victory over the Turks.

The Carpathians

This wooded mountain region invites you to go skiing, tobogganing, horseback riding and tennis. Numerous spa and winter sports resorts are located on the mountain slopes and in the valleys. You can also rent ski equipment. The most famous resorts are Sinaia (bobsleigh facilities), Busteni, Predeal (illuminated slopes), Semenic, Paltinis, Bilea, Borsa and Durau. The long winter sports season lasts from December to April. Picturesque lakes lie in the Fagaras and the Retezat mountains. Also a visit to the caves in the regions of Apuseni, Mehedinti andBihor is worthwhile.

Black Sea coast

The Black Sea Coast, Romania’s main tourist area, is ideal for family vacations. The resorts of Mamaia, Eforie-Nord, Techirghiol, Eforie-Süd, Costinesti, Neptun-Olimp, Jupiter, Venus-Aurora, Saturn and Mangalia, which offer water sports, are located on the 70 km long sandy beaches. Boats can be rented in many places. Boat trips to other resorts are offered in the Dobruja region. At Techirghiol Lake, whose thermal springs have a minimum temperature of 24°C, and in Mangalia, Eforie and Neptun there are salt water and medicinal mud treatments for rheumatic diseases. In the 6th century B.C. The Greek-Byzantine port city of Constanta with its museums and ancient monuments, which was founded in BC, is worth seeing and a good starting point for excursions in the surrounding area. Further inland there are numerous archaeological sites to visit, e.g. B. the ancient Greek city ruins in Histria and Callatis. The impressive circular monument in Adamclisi is a testament to the Roman legacy. The hinterland is also the habitat of numerous foxes, otters, wild cats and wild boar. More than 300 bird species settle on the Black Sea during bird migration. Also of interest to bird lovers is the Danube Delta, a protected nature park and an important resting place on one of the migratory routes between the North Pole and the Equator. Excursion boats operate between Tulcea and Sulina.

Bucharest

The Romanian capital Bucharest was founded in the 15th century. Spacious boulevards and many green spaces characterize the cityscape. The architectural variety is also impressive, ranging from graceful orthodox sacred buildings to Stalinist new buildings. The rich cultural offerings include an opera house and the neoclassical Athenaeum, which is home to the renowned Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the museums, the Muzeul Stului open -air museum in Herãstrau Park stands out, where you can get a glimpse of traditional Romanian architecture and folk art. Also worth seeing are the National Art Museum and the Historical Museum. The area around the capital, rich in forests and lakes, offers countless possibilities for excursions.

Nightlife

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In Bucharest there are more and more discos and nightclubs offering dancing and entertainment. Admission prices are usually cheap, even in the capital, and outside of the big cities, many clubs even offer free entry. In many large hotels, the restaurants also function as nightclubs. There are plenty of Parisian-style cafés in Bucharest, although locals gravitate towards cocktail bars in the summer and basement pubs in the winter. In addition to Bucharest, the cities of Brasov, Craiova, Sighisoara, Mamaia, Iasi, Constanţa, Galaţi, Ploieşti and Timişoara also offer lively nightlife. The university town of Cluj-Napoca has, in addition to a young student population and a small but excellent techno scene, a good reputation as a party mile. In smaller towns it is usually much quieter, but you often get to know the locals in the cozy pubs and tea houses. The cultural offer of the country is also very diverse. In the large concert hall of Bucharest’s Ateneul Român (Athenaeum), you can experience not only numerous international classical concerts, but above all performances by the George Enescu Symphony Orchestra. Folk events take place in the Rapsodia Romana Hall. Numerous theaters and the Romanian Opera House invite you to visit. The Teatrul Național și Opera Română (National Theater and Opera House) in Timișoara houses the Teatrul Național as well as the Opera Națională Română din Timișoara.

Bucharest

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