Romania is situated in the southeastern part of Central Europe and shares borders with Hungary to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast, Ukraine to the east and to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east. Romania is the second largest country in the area, after Poland.
Romania's territory features splendid mountains, beautiful rolling hills, fertile plains and numerous rivers and lakes. Forests cover over one quarter of the country and the fauna is one of the richest in Europe including bears, deer, lynx, chamois and wolves.
The Carpathian Mountains (known as Transylvanian Alps) traverse the centre of the country and covers about a third of it. Highest mountain peak is Moldoveanu Mt. (2544 m.) Hills and plateaus with splendid vineyards and orchards cover another third of the country’s territory. Romania has on its territory more than 3500 lakes, one third of the mineral and thermal springs of Europe are located here.
Top Attraction Areas in Romania
10 Reasons to visit Romania
1. Transylvania & Dracula
Transylvania is a land full of history and legends. You will travel through magnificent medieval towns and traditional, like frozen in time, villages. Sights associated with Count Dracula will be the landmarks of your visit in Transylvania.
2. Amazing Landscapes
From highest mountain peaks (about 3000m.) to Danube Delta and Black Sea coast, from hills and plains to the many rivers and lakes, the Romanian landscapes are so different and diverse; its beauty will truly amaze you.
3. Beautiful Castles
Bran Castle is one of the most beautiful and mysterious castles in the world. Wrapped in a beautiful legend, the Bran Castle was the inspiration for Bram Stoker source when created Dracula.
Peles Castle is one of the most beautiful royal residences in the world.
Corvin Castle is one of the most important monuments of medieval Gothic art in Europe. Hunyadi Castle or Corvin Castle, built in the fourteenth century is one of the most popular castles in Europe.
4. The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina
Eight painted churches of northern Moldavia were included in UNESCO Heritage list. Dating back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, monasteries are distinguished by frescoes that decorate the exterior walls of the ancient masterpieces inspired by Byzantine art.
5. Traditional Villages of Maramures
Wooden churches, ancient traditions kept until today and impressive landscapes are some of the things that make Maramures one of the most beautiful destinations in our country. Maramures is probably the only place in the country where the culture and traditions have remained intact.
Merry Cemetery…? The name comes from the multitude of colorful crosses and satirical poems and epitaphs engraved on the crosses. Legend says that the cheerful attitude before death is a custom of the Dacians who believed in eternal life, death for them being just the passing to another world.
6. Authentic Saxon Villages & Prince Charles
Saxon settlements with fortified churches included in UNESCO are Biertan, Calne Dârjiu, Prejmer, Saschiz, Valea Viilor and Viscri. According to UNESCO, the Saxon settlements with fortified churches are representative of the cultural landscape of southern Transylvania: Biertan, Prejmer, Saschiz, Viscri, Calne Dârjiu and Valea Viilor.
Prince Charles became the defender of the Transylvanian heritage. Prince Charles, often visits Transylvania, where patronize a foundation and where he’s withdraw to its properties, especially the guest house in Viscri.
7. Danube Delta
The youngest land in Europe, the second largest delta (after Volga) the Danube Delta is home to more than 300 species of birds and over 160 species of fish, many of them very rare. A 2,200-square-mile wildlife reserve designated by UNESCO as “Reservation of the Biosphere”, is one of the most spectacular wetlands in the world.
8. Transfagarasan Road
Spread over 151 kilometers and crossing the highest mountain range in the country, it is one of the most impressive roads in the world. The highest point is at the altitude of 2042m. Due to weather conditions the road is open to traffic from June to September only. Jeremy Clarkson, the host of the Top Gear show, after filming along the road in 2009, described the Transfagarasan as “the most amazing road we've ever seen“.
9. Delicious Food
It is amazing to see how different the food is from region to region in Romania. You can enjoy a cuisine influenced by different cultures: Greek, Saxon, Turkish, Slavic and Magyar. Tasty food always was an important part of Romanian culture. The traveler can add the viniculture to his cultural itinerary, a trip to Romania offers many opportunities to visit vineyards and to taste many different wines.
10. Budget Holiday Destination
Compared to other European countries, the hotel and food prices are very low. Admission fees to museums and sights are very reasonable; no mention the public transportation (metro, busses and cabs). Romania is still a budget destination.