Romania is a fascinating country of folk culture and superstition, with perhaps the most iconic drawcard being the Transylvania region where the mystical tales of Dracula were inspired. No matter your style of touring, there is always something to pique your curiosity in this beautiful country. Delve into the history of medieval castles and Saxon villages dotted throughout the unspoiled mountain region, and loose yourself amid the bustling cities that come alive with entertainment, cultural attractions and captivating architecture.
Don’t miss these Romanian attractions
- Bran Castle
- Walking tours in Bucharest
- Hiking through the Carpathian Mountains
- Alba Carolina Citadel in Alba Lulia
- Exploring Saxon villages
Romania has a prominent medieval heritage evident in the many ancient castles and fortified churches throughout the country. Visitors come from far and wide to explore these historic fortresses, some of which were built in the 14th Century. A few of the most prominent are the Gothic-style Biertan Fortified Church, a World Heritage-listed site, and the beautifully preserved Corvinlor Castle.
Bran Castle, otherwise known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ is another spectacular landmark detailing the history surrounding Count Vlad Dracul and the legend and myth behind Bram Stoker’s character Count Dracular. Join a guided tour and wander through the ancient fortress and its grounds to learn about its fascinating history.
Ancient cities and seaside towns
Large cities and medieval towns in Romania tend to have narrow roads and cobblestone laneways, some built back in the 15th Century, so walking and cycling tours are the best means of exploring. Discover spectacular Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture in Brasov, marvel at the medieval structures and sites in Sighisoara, and visit the quaint town of Bistrita nestled at the foot of the Bargau Mountains.
Between the Black Sea and the Danube is Dobrogea, a seaside province that is best explored by train or car. The cities in Dobrogea blend the old with the new, with ancient Greek and Roman ruins and luxurious resorts along the coastline. Discover historic sites and attractions on a guided tour, or enjoy a day cruise through Danube Delta’s serene waterways.