If you are planning Romanian travel, one thing is for certain:
You will not be disappointed.
Whether you are looking to take a vacation in some untouched nature, do some sight-seeing, or enjoy the rich nightlife, Romania has all this to offer and more.
Having a well-preserved and rich history, along with some of the most beautiful landscapes, Romania is a fantastic yet underrated holiday destination.
From medieval to modern architecture, wildlife, and busy cities, mountains and the sea-side, you may find it hard to visit all the places you would like.
If you are unsure about how to plan your trip, below are some of the most popular places to visit to help you get started.
The capital city of Romania, also known as Little Paris, boasts a unique mixture of architecture and a wide variety of options when it comes to nightlife.
This is why Bucharest Bachelors’ destination is becoming increasingly popular, as it offers an amazing stag experience over the course of a weekend.
You will find Bucharest quite affordable, compared to most European capitals, which is another reason you should try to spend a couple of days exploring the city, especially the old town, where most of the attractions are located.
Since both public transportation and Uber are available and inexpensive, you can easily tour the city and witness the architectural blend of modern and communist-era buildings, experience the hospitality of the locals and explore the many cafes and restaurants of the capital.
Although the first thing that springs to mind at the mention of Transylvania is usually the myth of Count Dracula, this region has many more attractions to offer.
Located in the heart of the country, Transylvania has some amazing and diverse landscapes, with breath-taking mountains, hills and serene valleys.
However, the thing that makes this region truly one-of-a-kind is the medieval castles and citadels located all over the beautiful landscape.
One of the two most famous of them is arguably the Bran castle.
Although its popular connection to Dracula is false, this 14th-century fortress is one of the most visited Romanian museums.
The other most visited is the Corvin Castle, located in Hunedoara, a historical city with a mixed population of Romanians, Hungarians, and Germans.
The castle itself is one of the biggest in Europe and one of the most popular traveling destinations of Romanian tourists.
Another defining feature of Transylvania is its countryside, scattered with old Saxon villages giving the impression that time itself has stopped still there some centuries ago.
In contrast, there are also the must-visit cities of Sibiu, Brasov, and Cluj-Napoca, all rich with museums, medieval structures, and fun activities.
The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina
The uniquely painted monasteries located in north-east Romania are some of the most visited locations in the country.
The colorful frescoes decorating the outer walls of several monasteries depict saints, Jesus and scenes from the Bible.
The original purpose of the frescoes was to educate 15th-century villagers about Biblical stories.
Today, these monasteries are under the protection of UNESCO and bring in many tourists from all over Europe, as well as Romanian Orthodox pilgrims.
Since the monasteries are scattered throughout the region, you can either book a guided tour to visit them, or take a car and explore the villages and the countryside to find them on your own.
Either way, it will make for a beautiful day outside of the city.
The Danube Delta
Another must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site in Romania is the Danube delta.
Stretching over more than 5000 square kilometers, this natural reservation is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna inhabiting the river, marshes, lakes, and forests.
The numerous ecosystems of the delta are a great place to enjoy some peaceful activities, such as bird watching, fishing, or walking the coast and relaxing in the natural beauty of the region.
Apart from these essentially free ways to enjoy nature, there is also the possibility of renting a boat and seeing the delta from another perspective.
When it comes to where to stay, the surrounding towns offer different types of accommodation, as well as some local fish cuisine.
Home to eight World Heritage sites across the country, Romanian travel offers an abundance of sight-seeing locations to visit and cities to enjoy.
Whether you are planning a relaxing vacation in the countryside, a weekend in a foreign city packed with historical monuments, or even a trip to the seaside, you are guaranteed to have a great time here.
With the variety of destinations, you may find it impossible to choose which places to visit without feeling you’ve missed out on something.
However, hopefully, this article has given you some ideas when it comes to planning your first trip to Romania.
All the vacation possibilities, along with lower prices compared to most other European countries, make Romania well worth another future visit or two.