When you talk of Romania, one immediately pictures the Carpathian mountains, medieval fortresses, primeval dense woods, painted monasteries, the Black Sea and Dracula. The Southeast European country has incredible natural beauty, a rich diversity and an extraordinary cultural legacy. With the backdrop of gorgeous mountain landscapes and scenic countryside, it is also home to incredible historic cities and cosmopolitan metropolises.
Kick-start the trip by heading out to its dynamic capital - Bucharest. Earlier nicknamed as 'Little Paris' as numerous structures in the early 1990s were modeled after the present buildings in Paris. Some of the attractions worth visiting are: the Parliament Palace, the Old Center, Revolution Square, WWII American Memorial and several museums which brings out varied facets of the Romanian capital and the country. Do visit Sighisoara for it is one of the finest places to visit in Romania owing to its well-preserved walled town. Catch a glimpse of the landmark of the city - the Clock Tower, a 64 meter (210 foot) high tower built in 1556.
Dracula fans would love visiting the city of Sibiu, housed in Transylvania, an area associated with vampires, including Dracula, particularly the most famous one. Other attractions in this town are the Grand Square , Baroque buildings, including Brukenthal Palace. Bran Castle is most associated with the legendary vampire, Dracula. It is housed near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Bra?ov. The fortress is perched on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. It is also refered to Dracula's Castle and is the home of the fictional title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Situated in central Romania, Bra?ov is a unique amalgamation of the old and the new. It is an urban modern metropolis and at the same time possesses an old-world charming scenery that is beautiful to watch. Fringed by the ethereal Carpathian Mountains, the city is regarded as a stunning mountain resort, with skiing and ice skating facilities. One of the striking attractions of Romania are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina in the northeastern part of the country. Their painted exterior walls are adorned with detailed 15th and 16th century frescoes featuring portraits of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus, images of angels and demons, and heaven and hell.
Housed on the Black Sea, Mamaia is Romania's most famous seaside resort. Lounge around on the pristine white sand beaches and watch the sun disappear behind the sparkling water in the evening. Most of the Danube Delta, Europe's second biggest river delta, lies in Romania. It is an excellent location to observe nature. It housed several unique species of plants and animals in Europe, as well as comprises of 23 different ecosystems, including some of the globe's largest wetlands.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for items such as local embroideries, pottery, porcelain, silverware, carpets, ceramics, crystal, glassware, fabrics, wool jumpers, woodcarvings, metal, leather goods, rugs, glass paintings and silk dresses. As for cuisine, do dig into some of their local specialties such as Moldavian parjoale (flat meat patties, highly spiced and served with garnishes) or Mamaliga (a staple of mashed cornmeal).
The stay options in Romania are abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Romania experiences temperate climate. The best time to visit would be between mid-May to mid-September as the weather is pleasant and conducive for sight-seeing.