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Romania

Where Legends Come to Life

Nestled in the heart of Eastern Europe, Romania beckons travelers with its captivating blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. From the misty peaks of the Carpathian Mountains to the medieval towns of Transylvania, this diverse country is a tapestry of landscapes and experiences waiting to be discovered.

Step into a land where ancient castles rise from the mist, their turrets echoing with tales of folklore and legend. Explore the enchanting streets of Brasov and Sibiu, where cobblestone alleyways lead to centuries-old churches, fortified walls, and colorful squares alive with the rhythm of daily life.

Top highlights

Bran Castle
Brasov Old Town
Turda Salt Mine
Peles Castle
Explore Bucharest
Sighisoara Citadel
Danube Delta
Therme Bucharest

Where, What and How?

Accommodation – Romania offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit every traveler’s needs and budget, ranging from luxurious hotels to charming guesthouses and budget-friendly hostels. Check in my itinerary where I stayed.

Food – Romanian cuisine is a flavorful fusion of influences from Eastern Europe, Balkan, Turkish, Hungarian, and German culinary traditions. Here are some classic Romanian dishes and culinary experiences that everyone should try: Mămăligă, Sarmale, Mici, Ciorbă, Papanași and Țuică.

Transportation – For an immersive and flexible journey through Romania’s diverse landscapes and hidden gems, renting a car offers the ideal way to explore at your own pace and uncover the country’s breathtaking scenery and charming towns.

*Behind me, the two most iconics building of Romania; Dracula Castle and the Parliament Palace.

My itinerary

Day 1: We landed in the evening at Bucharest airport and we picked the rental car around 21:00. The trip from the airport to our hotel (Casa Iris-Hotel & Restaurant) in Sinaia took us two hours, so we arrived pretty late. After the checking we asked at the reception a place for dinner and since it was very late, the receptionist suggested we should try in the center, but he added that we should definitely go by car because -there are many bears- at that moment I felt like “Welcome to Romania”.
Day 2: We woke up early and we decided to go hiking before breakfast. Just some meters away from our hotel starts the hiking pad that goes to Stâncile Franz Joseph from where we had fantastic views. We went back to the hotel for a shower and breakfast and then we started our walk through Sinaia’s beautiful architecture. We visited Peleș Castle, House Cavalerilor, Pelișor Castle and the city center, including House Slătineanu and The Știrbey Castle. We decided to eat at Cabana Schiori and then we headed to Brașov.
We arrived at our hotel (Safrano Palace) late in the afternoon. The room was huge and elegant, with a baroque style, and the views of the main square simply amazing. Since there was still a bit of daylight we walked until The “Șchei” and Catherine Gates. Later on, we had some drinks at the lively Council’s Square.
Day 3: We woke up early and after a good breakfast we went directly to Tampa cable car. After a hundred meters walk we arrived at the Braşov Viewing Platform, just next to the iconic panel of the city. After contemplating the scenery for a while we took the cable car back to the city center. On the way back to our car we stopped at The Black Church.
We took the road in the south direction to our next stop, Castle Bran, which was supposed to be the inspiration for Bran Stoker’s Dracula. Apart from the legends of the Romanian folklore, the castle was never resident from the “real Dracula”; Vlad Țepeș. Anyway, it is a perfectly preserved castle from the 14th century that is worth the visit. Once we checked any corner of the castle and its gardens, we drove to the capital. While crossing the Carpathian via 73A road, we got caught in a traffic jam in the middle of the mountains. It was some minutes after we realized the reason, there was a huge brown bear on the side of the road. It was for me, one of the best moments in my life while driving.
Before we arrived in Bucharest, we stopped in a place that was highly recommended; Therme Bucharest. We had so much fun that we were there from 7 o’clock until the closing, and the food was not bad at all. Around midnight we arrived at our hotel (Cozy Novotel Studio), but the timing was not a problem due to the easy self-service check in.
Day 4: We had breakfast in a cute place called Trofic Ion Brezoianu and afterwards we went to visit the Parliament Palace, the largest administrative building in the world. Then we enjoyed getting lost in the streets of Bucharest. We visited places such as Saint Anthony’ Church, Curtea Veche Palace, Stavropoleos Monastery, the Palace of the Deposits and Consignments and the University Square, eventually stopping at Hanu lui Manuc to take some beers in the fantastic courtyard.
In the evening we decided to have dinner at the iconic Caru’ cu bere, which is as beautiful and impressive from the inside as from the outside. They even had a dance spectacle with traditional costumes, it was a very nice experience.
Day 5: We woke up a little tired after enjoying the Romanian nightlife and we decided to explore the northern part of the city. We saw the Romanian Athenaeum and the Triumph Arch, which was quite far away for a walk, so we took the metro. That night we felt the need for something lighter than the traditional food that we had been enjoying during the whole trip and we had a very good sushi at Yoshi Izakaya.
The day after we woke up really early and headed to the airport around 6 o’clock in the morning, we brought back the rental car and we took the plane back to Eindhoven.

Money Saving Tips

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Eat Local Enjoy traditional Romanian cuisine at local eateries, markets, and bakeries, where prices are often lower than tourist-oriented restaurants. Look for daily specials and fixed-price menus (meniul zilei) for budget-friendly dining options.
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Avoid Tourist Traps Be cautious of tourist traps and overpriced souvenir shops in popular tourist areas. Instead, shop at local markets and stores to find authentic Romanian products at more reasonable prices.
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Travel Off-Season onsider visiting Romania during the shoulder seasons (spring and autumn) when prices for accommodation and attractions are generally lower compared to peak tourist months. Additionally, flights and transportation may be more affordable during these times.
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Use Local Currency Pay with the local currency (Romanian Leu, RON) instead of using foreign currency or credit cards, as exchange rates and transaction fees may add extra costs to your purchases.

 

 

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