Welcome to Romania
Rugged churches in stone and dazzling monasteries
Transylvanian towns have stepped out of time, while vibrant Bucharest is all energy.
Nature & Wildlife
Throughout the centre of the country, the Carpathian Mountains draw a wide arc, leaving a swath of exposed rocky peaks surrounded by pine and deciduous trees and stretches of bright green meadow below. There is limited human habitation in the harsh geography, and deer, elk and bear are filled with forests. Romania's southern border with Bulgaria is marked by Europe's second longest river, the Danube, before turning suddenly northward and emptying into the Black Sea.
Castles & Medieval Towns
There is no lack of jaw-dropping castles pitched precariously on rocky hilltops in Transylvania, the land that gave us Dracula. Of course, there's spooky Bran Castle, with its spurious link to the fictional count of Bram Stoker, but don't overlook beauties such as the 14th-century Corvin Castle of Hunedoara or the sumptuous 19th-century pile of King Carol I, Peleş Castle. In mediaeval cities such as Braşov, Sighişoara and Sibiu,
In much of Romania, a highly productive peasant culture has thrived for centuries. Hundreds of self-sufficient villages, where old-school crafts such as bread making, pottery, tanning and weaving were honed to an art, needed to emerge from the hilly geography and lack of passable roads.
Transylvania and Moldavia’s rocky peaks, snow-capped from mid-October in some years, call for conquest, and well-marked trails lead from all directions to the summits. In other areas of the nation, there are less adventurous but no less rewarding walks through woods, meadows and villages. A huge and exclusive protected wetland, the Danube Delta is a great backdrop for fishing, boating and in particular, spring birdwatching.