If you think it might be the right moment to visit Romania but you are not sure about this, then I’ll try to convince you that you are about to take a very good decision.
As a tour guide from Romania I had plenty time to visit the most famous tourist destinations of Romania but also to discover most of its secrets. Bellow you are going to discover the main tourist attractions of Romania and other reasons which will make you to come to the country of Dracula or in the Carpathian Garden as it is promoted now.
1 The first reason is that Romania, as a former communist country, is still not very popular among the big tour promoters which means for you the chance of admiring amazing tourist attractions just by yourself. Imagine how many times you wanted to be alone in one amazing place! Well, this is quite possible in this country where you could have just for you an amazing castle like Peles from Sinaia or you could enjoy a stroll on the cobblestone alleys of Sighisoara – probably the best preserved medieval citadel of Europe, without seeing any tourist.
2 In some parts of Romania the country side is so well preserved that it looks like being frozen in time. It is here where you can observe how the locals get up early in the morning to take care of their livestock. Admire the horse-drawn carts leaving behind them a dust that traps like in a phantasmagoria the shimmering light of mornings. Embrace the local culture and discover crafts long time forgotten in other parts of the world. Meet a blacksmith or a group of old ladies embroidering in front of their gates while having a vivid discussion. Don’t miss the magical world of the Saxon villages, a stunning living book of the once thriving world of the Germans. Maramures is another rural area famous for its wooden buildings, especially for its tall churches, so tall like their builders were ready to reach the sky. And list remains open with many beautiful and well preserved villages.
3 The cities of Romania are full of life, wild, ready to party anytime, vivid, full of history and culture. Be crazy in the night, get the cultural experience during the day; if you mange to get up after the crazy night. Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is considered even by famous travel sites one of the most rising tourist destination of the world. With so many cultural sights, parks, large boulevards, stunning old neighborhoods, restaurants and bars, Bucharest offers plenty options to any kind of tourist. Other cities like Sibiu, Sighisoara or Brasov are known for their extraordinary heritage and for their medieval architecture while Timisoara is famous for its Baroque atmosphere.
4 The fortified churches, many of the begin part of the UNESCO heritage never cease to impress me, although I had seen them so many times. Located in former Saxon towns, these fortified churches of Transylvania look even today like being prepared for another Tartar or Turkish invasion. Some of them, like Perjmer of Biertan, are so well preserved that they can make the visitors to feel the threads of those invasions or the prayers of the former inhabitants. Many times these old fortified churches are located in remote villages with a wonderful landscape.
5 The painted monasteries of Bucovina, five of them being also part of the UNESCO heritage, are a real testimony of the locals’ faith in God but also a testimony of the amazing skills the local artists had achieved in the 16th century. Their exterior frescoes impress even today, 500 years later, any traveler. To all these add the amazing landscape of Bucovina. One of the best is Sucevita, which beside its mural paintings, impresses with its fortress-like shape.
6 If Romania would have just one tourist destination and this would be the Danube Delta, then it would be a reason strong enough for you to come here. After it had passed through 9 countries and 4 capitals of Europe the Danube River finally reaches the Black Sea. It is here where it forms a stunning and unique natural habitat. You’ll be overwhelmed by thousands of birds, many different species of fish or by the luxurious forests with their trees jutting of the water. To all these add the remote villages, the locals and the scenery. And the last but not the least comes the wide and wild beach.
7 The Carpathian Mountains are so beautiful that they convinced the Romanian Tourism Office to use them as a national brand. Forming an arc on the Romanian territory, the Carpathians are one of the last untouched wild areas of Europe. Beside their breathtaking scenery, the Carpathian Mountains are even today a perfect shelter for big and wild animals such us the beautiful brown bears. One of the most amazing roads of the world, as Jeremy Clarkson said, is to be found also here. The Transfagarasan Road is the best and most exciting way of crossing the Carpathians in time of summer.
8 The locals and the food are going to be for you unforgettable experiences. The Romanians are so hospitable that many times, especially in the country side, you’ll be invited in their houses. Don’t be shy in taking pictures of them. They will be glad to pose for you. The food, simple but so fresh is going to be one of the best moments of your trip. In order to complete your meals you must try the local drinks, the rich wines, the local beer or the “tuica”, a local strong plum brandy.
9 This county is so divers that would be impossible to see all or experience everything in just one trip. There are plenty options for everybody, from cultural experiences to adventures for adrenaline junkies, from cities to villages, from mountains to the sea side. Nobody will get bored in Romania.
10 And finally, but many times very important, the cost. Romania is still one of the most inexpensive countries to travel to. My tourists told me many times that Romania is the Eastern Switzerland but at the half price. So take advantage of this and do not worry anymore of high costs while traveling around Romania.