With an area of 238000 kmĀ² Romania is the largest of the Southeast European countries. Romanians originate from the ancient Dacians and Thracians and speak a Romance language, Romanian. Romania has a sizable Hungarian ethnic minority in the west. Transylvania has been inhabited for centuries by German settlers and its cities have a distinct German character. Due to its long history and rich ethnic mix, Romania has a significant number of historic sites and buildings.
In 2019 we visited Romania for the first time. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was thinking to find not so good infrastructure, perhaps old broken roads and an a bit old-fashioned country. It turned out that roads in Romania are pretty good, although there are still few motorways. The cities in Transylvania we visited were in a surprisingly good shape. Roads and squares were clean, most buildings in the historic cores had been restored and all places were very touristy (countless restaurants, shops, hotels etc.). The city of Sinaia where we spent a few hours when visiting the Peles castle looked like a sophisticated Alpine resort town. Almost everywhere you could pay by credit card. The cost level was about half of the one in western Europe.
How to get to Romania
Romania is easily reachable by car, train or plane. It is well connected to the European motorway network.
Accommodation options include hotels and pensions, all bookable via the international booking portals.
01 Unirii square 02 Unirea shopping centre
03 Fountain on Unirii square 04 Fountain on Unirii square 05 Boulevard Unirii fountains 06 Boulevard Unirii fountains
07 Palace of the parliament 08 Boulevard Unirii
09 Palace of the parliament 10 Fountains on Unirii square 11 Fountains on Unirii square
12 Saint Spyridon the new church 13 Palace of the parliament 01 Romanian Athenaeum 02 Romanian Athenaeum
03 Romanian Athenaeum concert hall 04 Caju cafe 05 Central university library Carol I
06 Central university library Carol I 07 Ministry of internal affairs 08 Revolution square 09 Skateboarding on Revolution square
10 Skateboarding on revolution square 11 Iuliu Maniu statue 12 Iuliu Maniu statue 13 Fountain 14 Grand Hotel Continental 15 Odeon theatre
16 Biserica Zlatari church 17 Zlatari church reflection 18 Zlatari church reflection 19 Biserica Zlatari church 20 Biserica Zlatari
21 National museum of Romanian history 22 Biserica Buna Vestire church 23 Biserica Buna Vestire church 24 Biserica Buna Vestire church
25 Baratia church 01 Entrance 02 Oltenian house 03 Oltenian house 04 Oltenian houses
05 Oltenian houses 06 Oltenian houses 07 Stone sheep winter shed 08 Cellar with larder 09 Wooden rain shelter
10 Muntenian house 11 Turea wooden church 12 Stone house with reed roof 13 Turea wooden church 14 Turea wooden church
15 Turea cemetery 16 Turea wooden church 17 Turea wooden churchand cemetery 18 Hunedoara house 19 Church tower and Moldavian house
20 Moldavian reed roof house 21 Moldavian reed roof house 22 Moldavian reed roof house 23 Moldavian house 24 Moldavian house windows
25 Timiseni wooden church 26 Timiseni wooden church 27 Old wooden pit house 28 Pit house
29 Lippovan house 30 Path 31 Dragomiresti wooden church 32 Dragomiresti wooden church
33 Muntenian house 01 King Michael I park 02 Bicycles for rent 03 Arcul de Triumf 04 Arcul de Triumf
05 Arcul de Triumf 06 Casin church 07 Former Ceausescu residence 08 Ceausescu palace
01 AFI Cotroceni shopping mall 02 AFI Cotroceni shopping mall 03 AFI Cotroceni shopping mall 04 AFI Cotroceni shopping mall 05 AFI Cotroceni shopping mall
06 Fountain 07 AFI Cotroceni shopping mall 08 AFI Cotroceni shopping mall 09 Orange lilies
10 Overflowing manhole cover 11 Car driving through water puddle 12 Car driving through water puddle
13 Gara de Nord 14 Gara de Nord train station 15 Gara de Nord train station 16 Subway station
17 Underground station 18 Train arriving in underground station 19 People entering train
20 Bucharest airport 21 Otopeni airport
22 Bucharest airport 01 Sica Alexandrescu theatre 02 Post office 03 Strada Republicii pedestrian area
04 Strada Republicii pedestrian area 05 Restaurant in Strada Republicii 06 Strada Republicii pedestrian area 07 Building facade 08 Biserica Sfanta Adormire a Maicii Domnului 09 St Peter and Paul catholic cathedral
10 Council square 11 Council square
12 Piata Sfatului square 13 County museum of history 14 Piata Sfatului square
15 Fountain on Piata Sfatului 16 Restaurant in Michael Weiss street 17 Michael Weiss pedestrian area 18 Michael Weiss street 19 Black church
20 Historic core of Brasov 21 Historic core of Brasov 22 Tampa cable car 23 Historic core of Brasov 24 Historic core of Brasov
25 Brasov 26 Piata Sfatului square 27 Historic core of Brasov
28 County museum of history 29 Black church 30 Historic core of Brasov 31 Building facade 32 Building facade
33  Brasov Hollywood sign 34 Piata Sfatului square
35 Council square 36 Piata Sfatului square 37 Fountain on Piata Sfatului
38 Black church 39 County museum of history 40 Council square 41 Biserica Sfanta Adormire a Maicii Domnului
42 Biserica Sfanta Adormire a Maicii Domnului 43 Council square 44 Nicolae Titulescu park 45 Citadel
46 Citadel 47 View of modern Brasov 48 Fire breathing performance on council square
49 Romanian restaurant 50 Italian restaurant 51 Cerbul Carpatin restaurant 52 Strada Republicii pedestrian area 53 Pub 54 Strada Republicii pedestrian area
55 Strada Republicii pedestrian area 56 Prefecture of Brasov 57 Prefecture of Brasov 58 Sica Alexandrescu theatre 01 Clock tower
02 1st December 1918 street 03 1st December 1918 street 04 Flowers 05 Clock tower
06 Clock tower 07 Museum square 08 House of Dracula
09 Museum square 10 Citadel 11 Fortress square 12 Burgplatz
13 Fortress square 14 Cetatii square 15 Casa Saseasca pension 16 Covered stairway 17 Joseph Haltrich high school
18 Citadel and clock tower 19 Covered stairway 20 School street 21 School street 22 School street 23 Casa Saseasca pension
24 Clock tower 25 Clock tower 26 Bootmakers tower 27 St Joseph roman catholic church 28 Holy trinity church 29 Holy trinity church
30 House roofs 31 Sighisoar skyline#
32 Church of the Dominican monastery 33 Clock tower 34 Church of the Dominican monastery 35 Cetatii square
36 Clock tower 37 Clock tower 38 Access path to old town with clock tower
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