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So you want to come to Romania? Here are some more details why you should transform this great idea into a memorable trip!
Locked by the land from 3 sides, Romania is neighboured by Moldova in the north east, Ukraine in the east and north, Hungary in the west, Serbia in the south west, Bulgaria in the south and Black sea in the east.
Dominated by the Carpathian Mountains in the central regions, Romanian terrain is almost equally distributed between mountainous, hilly and plains.
Talking about mountains and hills, at the height of 2,544 metres, Moldoveanu Peak is the highest peak in Romania located in Argeș County, in the Făgăraș Mountains of the Southern Carpathians.
To reach here, you will have to drive on the most spectacular and highest road in Romania, Transfagarasan. (also known as the highway through the clouds!)
The Moldoveanu peak is accompanied by the beautiful glacial lake, also known as Lacul Bâlea or Balea Lake.
And the Ice hotel, accessible only via cable car in winters..
And of course, the ice church situated adjacent to that..
To the west you will find the historic capital of Dacia, Sarmizegetusa Regia, the most important military and political centre of the Dacians.
Exploring further west will bring you to Hunyad Castle (or Corvin Castle), a marvellous 15th century Gothic-Renaissance castle in the region of Transylvania. Legend has it that Vlad the Impaler (or Dracula) was held for 7 years after he was deposed in 1462.
Talking about castles, Bran castle is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The castle is in the immediate vicinity of the city of Brasov, watching over the old border between Transylvania and Valachia.
Quite near is the new 20th century Peles Castle, overlooking an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, completed in 1914.
Near Brasov you will also find “The Sphinx” or Great Bucegi Sfinx. It is one of the natural wonders of Romania. No, you are still not in Egypt!
Oh and from natural wonders.. If you go to the east, in Lopatari and in the Natural Reservation from Andreiaşu de Jos you will find a unique natural phenomenon of living fire, where natural gas lights up due to friction with the earth.
Not far from there you would come to the territory of mud volcano, gushing out muds instead of lava and ash..
Going further east will bring you to the beautiful town of Constanta on the shore of Black Sea.
Bucharest is the largest city in Romania, this is where you will land. It is the capital and cultural, industrial and financial hub of Romania.
Where you will find Casa Poporului or Palace of the People, world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function, heaviest and most expensive administrative building
having one of the most beautiful interiors…
Transylvania is one of the most known and talked about regions of Romania with its rich history, scenic beauty comprising Carpathian and of course stories of Dracula. Sibiu is one of the major tourist attraction in Transylvania, it was the European Capital of Culture in 2007.
And scenic city of Sighisoara, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Transylvania, also famous as the alleged birthplace of Vlad Dracula.
If you head a bit to the north, you will find Lacul Rosu or Red Lake. It is one of the rarest barrier lakes in the world. It got its name from the reddish alluvia deposited in the lake by the Red Creek.
And Bicaz Canyon dug by the River Bicaz. Just a few Kilometre away from Lacul Rosu. It serves as the passageway between Moldova region (not to be confused with the nation Moldova) and Transylvania
If you go further north, you will find magnificent 15th century painted monastery, known as Voroneț Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And its beautiful interiors..
Near the border with Ukraine is a beautiful Merry Cemetery having tombstones with paintings in poetic manner describing those who are buried there and scenes from their lives. It is an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.
Romania is blessed with some of the most spectacular natural scenic beauties like Bigar Waterfalls near the border of Serbia.
And Peştera Scărişoara (Scarisoara Cave), which is one of the biggest ice caves in the Apuseni Mountains of Romania. This scenic cave which is accompanied by a church and inhabited by bats is considered as one of the natural wonders of Romania.
Talking about caves, Salt Mine or Salina Turda in Romania is the most beautiful underground place in the world according to Business Insider.
Finally if you are in Romania you cannot miss the incredibly sweet wine Lacrima Lui Ovidiu
Along with Sarmale, one of the most popular dish of Romania.
However, no traditional Romanian meal can start without taking a shot of native Romanian spirit made from fermented plums, Tuica.
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