Romania: Travel Information
Romania, situated in southeast central Europe, shares borders with Hungary, Ukraine, Moldavia, Serbia and Bulgaria and its coastline is on the Black Sea. This is where the Danube River ends its journey. The country is intersected by the Carpathian Mountains whose highest point is 2545 metres/8345 feet. Interestingly, Romania has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forests in Europe.
Tourism is an important industry and offers many varied attractions Romania’s capital is Bucharest located in the southern part of the country. Known for its wide tree-lined boulevards, in its heyday was called “Little Paris” due mainly to its Belle Époque architecture. This bustling metropolis has evolved since the Communist era days. Some of the interesting venues are the Calea Victoriei area with its old and charming cobblestone streets, historic Revolution Square, scene of the revolt against Ceausescu in 1989 and the Lipiscani District, a hodgepodge of streets, home to art galleries, antique shops, and coffee houses.
Elsewhere in the country, Transylvania will conjure up interesting as Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula was inspired by the medieval castle located on a rocky hill in Bran here. However, there is much more to Transylvania than Dracula although the region is known for its numerous imposing castles. There are a number of medieval towns which are some of the best preserved in Europe of which some have achieved UNESCO World Heritage status.
Brasov with its strong medieval atmosphere has Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance influences. It was settled way back in history by the Saxons who left their mark here. It also has the largest Gothic church in Rumania, the Black Church. Sighisoara is probably the best preserved medieval town in the country and a 16th Century gem with its cobblestone streets and ornate churches. The style of the town has been likened to Vienna and Prague. Sibiu is the largest of several walled, fortified towns in Rumania and has retained its grandeur from earlier times. Another town in the same vein is Viscri which has an old fortified Saxon church dating to 1100 AD.
The Black Sea coast has several pleasant resorts of which the best known is Mamaia with the only beach in Europe offering pure white sand.
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