How to Visit Romania – Country of Fairy Tales
This morning, while drinking my coffee, I have realized something important. I have my blog for a while now, yet I have never written about the very first country of my journey, which is my home country, Romania. This fairy tale place has a lot to offer and I have met a lot of people while on the road telling me how beautiful it is, I had visitors that were fascinated by the history, the views, the vibe…
With this article, I’m gonna change that, I will tell you about all the places worth seeing, as we have mountains, sea, big cities and breathtaking scenery. I’m going to teach you how to visit Romania.
The capital of Romania is Bucharest and has quite a lot of activities, starting with the Old Town and the night-life, the second largest administrative building in the world called The Palace of Parliament and ending with the beautiful parks and must see attractions.
Let’s start with The Old Town. Apart from the beautiful old streets where you can wander for a significant amount of time, you can have a drink at one of the day bars. Sometimes, you can run into street artists that would increase your mood and make you smile. We have rooftop cafes where you can enjoy a view from above of the capital. If you are in the mood for shopping, do not hesitate to check Unirea Shopping Center, right next to the Old Town.
But when the night comes, it’s time for party! The bars turn into clubs with music of any type, so no matter your preference, you’ll find your party.
The Palace of the Parliament, as mentioned before, is the second largest administrative building in the world and is also close to the Old Town, meaning that you can include it in the tour. Here you can see how it looks like:
In the same area, you can find a park called Cișmigiu, where you can enjoy a boat ride surrounded by ducks or a walk in the nature in the middle of the city.
In the same category comes another park, recently called Regele Mihai but which became popular by its old name, Herăstrău, after the natural lake that you can find there. It is a huge park, where you can explore a Japanese garden, go skating or ride a bike, but you can also find some vintage restaurant there to enjoy a Romanian meal.
Other must see attractions of Bucharest are: Arcul de Triumf, the Botanical Garden, the Romanian Peasant Museum or the Mogoșoaia Palace. Do not miss them!
Romania has it all, you name it. We can even go out at the beach if we like, during the summer and it’s just a two and half hours drive from the capital city. One of my favorite places to go is the village called Vama Veche. Here you feel wild and free.
Get a tan, relax on the beach, go party at night, dance on the sand. What I like to do is get a shot of cozonac at 5 am, enjoy the sunrise and jump in the water.
One perfect place to enjoy the mountains of Romania is a tiny village called Bușteni. You can even hike to the top. Get there by train, just one and half hours from Bucharest. Take a look at this view:
If you continue your trip by train you will get to Brașov, another magical city.
If you decide to rent a car and explore further, you are the luckiest. You’ll be able to drive on the famous Transfăgărășan Road. Make sure that you do this while it’s summer, or the road is closed due to weather conditions, as it goes really high on the mountain.
Of course we’re gonna talk about castles, Romania has a lot of them. First of all, the really famous one and the one that you might be thinking about, the Bran Castle. Yes, this is where the legend about Dracula was born and no, he was not a vampire (or was he?). The real person behind Dracula is the voivode Vlad Țepeș, know as the Impaler, because this is how he decided to punish his victims, by impaling them.
Another beautiful castle worth visiting is Peleș, which is not so far from Bran and you could make it a day trip to see both of them.
Jump in a train and get there!
Here you have it, a small guide to Romania. Of course, there are so many other places to see around, but the article would never end if I’d write about everything. Explore the capital, go to the beach, visit the mountains, drive on our famous road. What do you think about Romania? Have you been here? What else did you see? Let me know in the comment section.
I also need to mention that the pictures in this article are made by George Preduț, one of my good friends, which is also a great artist and photographer. If you like his work and want to see more pictures around Romania and around the world, take a look at his blog: https://www.ilikegoodstories.com or Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/georgecaptivant.exe.
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