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Step into a world of timeless charm and captivating history in Romania. Plan your next adventure with our Romania tips for memories that will last a lifetime.

About Romania

From medieval towns and castles to scenic drives and outdoor activities, Romania offers visitors a living history lesson in beautiful natural landscapes.

Popular places to visit in Romania include Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, and Brasov.

Countries neighbouring Romania: Hungary, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria and Serbia.

Driving Distances in Europe

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Romania has a complex and fascinating history, a diverse cultural heritage, and is known for its picturesque landscapes.

The borders of Romania have shifted over the years, and some eleven percent of Romania is still populated by ethnic Hungarians.

Romania Overview

Romania is a country located in South-eastern Europe, on the north-eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula.

Romania is bordered by Ukraine to the north, Moldova to the north-east, Bulgaria to the south, Serbia to the south-west, and Hungary to the west.

Capital and Major Cities

The capital of Romania is Bucharest.

Other major cities include Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara, Iași, and Constanța.


Romania has a vibrant cultural scene with contributions to literature, music, and the arts.

Traditional Romanian folk music is notable, and the country has a strong tradition of dance as well.


Romania has a developing market economy.

Industries include information technology, automotive, agriculture, and manufacturing.

European Union Membership

Romania joined the European Union on 1st January, 2007; along with Bulgaria.


Romania is known for its diverse geography, including the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvanian Plateau, and the Danube River.

The country is home to various natural wonders, including the Painted Monasteries of Northern Moldova and the medieval villages of Transylvania.


Romania is a semi-presidential republic with a parliamentary system.

The President is the head of state, and the Prime Minister is the head of government.


Romania has a rich historical background, influenced by various cultures and civilisations, including the Dacians, Romans, and various medieval kingdoms.

Transylvania, a region in central Romania, is famous for its association with the legend of Count Dracula; inspired by the historical figure Vlad III, also known as Vlad the Impaler.


The official language of Romania is Romanian, a Romance language that evolved from Latin.


The predominant religion in Romania is Eastern Orthodox Christianity.


Romania has become an increasingly popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its natural beauty, historical sites, and cultural experiences.

The castles of Bran and Peleș, the Painted Monasteries of Northern Moldova, and the medieval town of Sibiu are among the country's tourist attractions.

Visiting Romania

Visiting Romania can be a wonderful experience, offering a mix of historical sites, natural landscapes, and vibrant culture.

Romania Highlights

Romania's diverse attractions offer something for every type of traveler, whether you're interested in history, nature, or cultural experiences.

Black Sea Coast

Relax on the beaches of the Black Sea coast in places like Constanta.

Explore the ancient ruins of Histria and relax in seaside resorts like Mamaia.


Start your journey in the capital city, Bucharest.

Explore the historic Old Town (Lipscani), visit the Palace of the Parliament (the world's heaviest building), and stroll through Herastrau Park.

Carpathian Mountains

If you enjoy outdoor activities, the Carpathian Mountains offer opportunities for hiking, skiing, and exploring picturesque landscapes.

The Retezat and Făgăraș Mountains are popular among hikers.


This vibrant city is home to a lively cultural scene, with numerous museums, theatres, and festivals.

The St. Michael's Church and the Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden are worth a visit.

Culinary Delights

Try traditional Romanian dishes such as mămăligă (cornmeal porridge), sarmale (cabbage rolls), and mici (grilled sausages).

Don't forget to taste local wines and explore the vibrant food markets.

Danube Delta

Experience the unique ecosystem of the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Take a boat trip to explore the waterways, observe wildlife, and enjoy the tranquility of this natural paradise.

Painted Monasteries of Northern Moldova

Discover the Painted Monasteries in Northern Moldova, known for their vibrant frescoes depicting biblical scenes.

Voroneț, Humor, and Moldovița are among the most famous.


Sibiu, a city in Transylvania, is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture.

Explore the Brukenthal National Museum, walk through the Council Square, and visit the Evangelical Cathedral.

Traditional Villages

Visit traditional villages in Maramureș, where you can see well-preserved wooden churches, traditional crafts, and experience the rural way of life.


Explore the medieval towns of Transylvania, including Sibiu, Brasov, and Cluj-Napoca.

Visit Bran Castle, often associated with the Dracula legend; and Peleș Castle, a stunning royal residence.

About Romania

On January 1st, 2007 Romania joined the European Union.

Much of what we know as Romania today, was originally the Roman province of Dacia.

Emperor Trajan conquered the Daci people around AD 106, and set about the building of roads and bridges.

The Goths forced the Romans back across the Danube in the 3rd century AD, and other invaders followed.

Throughout the intermarriages and assimilation that followed, the romanised people still held onto their Latin language and culture.

Towards the end of the 13th century, the roaming Magyars expanded their territory.

The people who were forced from the western provinces over the Carpathians then established the principalities of Walachia and Moldavia; under Hungarian and Polish dominion.

When the Ottomans defeated the Hungarians in 1526, Walachia and Moldavia came under Turkish control for three hundred years.

Russia also fought many wars with the Turks, as they tried to advance down the coast of the Black Sea and into the Balkans.

In 1861 Walachia and Moldavia united, and were recognised by the Turkish sultan as the autonomous principality of Romania.

Romanian independence was finally recognised in 1878.

During World War I, Romania remained neutral until they saw their chance to move into Hungarian Transylvania.

They were defeated the first time in January 1917, but re-entered the war in November 1918 as the Allies were sweeping to victory, to join the Allied forces against the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and Germany.

Romania was subsequently rewarded with the sovereignty over most of Bukovina and all of Transylvania - more than doubling the size of Romania.

The Hungarian names in Transylvania were changed, and the language was banned in schools.

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Romanian Monasteries

Romania is well known for the beauty of its monasteries, especially in the North Eastern area, known as Moldova (Moldavia) and Bucovina.

There is no other place in the world where a group of Orthodox monasteries with such high quality exterior mural paintings can be seen. These Painted Monasteries are part of UNESCO's World Heritage for their rarity and beauty.

Another group are the Wooden Churches of Maramures; unique examples that combine Gothic style with traditional timber construction.

But with so many too choose from, you might be wondering which are the best monasteries to see in Romania.

Romania Travel and Tourism

Authentic, natural and cultural are the words that best capture the essence of Romania, a dynamic country rich in history, arts and scenic beauty.

Romania offers countless unique travel experiences that are waiting to be discovered.

Romania Experience is the go-to blog for everything related to Romania; from history and culture to travel tips, relocation advice and city guides.


Considered Romania's second town, Brasov is about 160 km from Bucharest and has plenty of interest to travellers in search of the legendary Transylvania.

The Carpathian Mountains form a great arc in the middle of Romania, and it is in here that you will find the legendary Transylvania.

Visiting Romania.

From the majestic River Danube and the beaches on the Black Sea, to intriguing castles perched precariously on mysterious mountain peaks, travellers to Romania are in for a treat.


You'll arrive at the Gara de Nord; if you come on the night train from Budapest.

Map of Bucharest

Map of Bucharest

Hotels in Bucharest.


Getting to Sibiu

Sibiu International Airport has regular flights to Bucharest and Munich, although it's only three hours by train from Bucharest.

There are also many bus services to places around Romania and neighbouring countries.

Sibiu Tourism

Few Romanian cities are as pleasant as Sibiu. The upper town contains most of Sibiu's historic sights and the lower town is a charming area of old houses and cobbled squares.

Romania Travel Tips

A journey to Romania offers you the possibility of tasting the specific traditional food, which is of course, the Romanian plate: ham, spiced cottage cheese, onion, sausages, bacon and mosaic salami.

As wine goes well with food, you can try the white and red Romanian wines of the famous vineyards of Murfatlar, Cotnari, Jidvei, Dealu Mare, Odobesti and Valea Calugareasca because they are excellent.

And don't forget to ask the waiters to serve you with the famous Romanian 'tzuica'.

Romania Travel Guides

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