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ABOUT ROMANIA

Dear Visitor,

ROMANIA was one of the least visited countries in Europe, till 15 years ago. Closed for more than 40 years behind the "Iron Curtain" and almost isolated from the rest of the world by a tough communist regime until 1989, Romania is a land of many genuine treasures that are waiting to be discovered.

Romania is one of the large countries of Europe (the size of the United Kingdom or roughly half of France), with a population of approx. 22 million inhabitants. Along with the Romanians, Hungarians, Germans, Serbs, Turks and other minorities also live in the country. Most of them are of Greek-Orthodox religion, but there are also many Catholics, Protestants, Evangelical, Muslims and others.
 
     
  Often compared to a "Latin island in a Slav sea", Romania features a unique familiar feeling in Eastern Europe: its language of a Latin origin, the Latin alphabet (quite rare in this part of Europe) and moreover the Latin temperament and friendliness of its people - all make of Romania a place where most visitor feel very comfortable.

There are many tourist attractions in Romania: some are unique in the world, as the enchanting monasteries of Bucovina with their churches entirely covered with 16th century frescoes on the outside walls, appearing among hills and woods as an illustrated Bible open on all the pages.

So is the Danube Delta, the largest natural reserve in Europe, a paradise for fishermen and birdwatchers - 430,000 hectares (approx 1,060,000 acres) of wild land with just a few fishermen villages and only waterways (no roads, no cars).
     
Unique is also Transylvania - "the Land across the woods" (also known as Siebenbürgen in German), a vast province of Romania with its lovely medieval towns and fortresses at the foothill of the Carpathians, rich with precious Saxon heritage treasures...

Romania is probably also the last place in Europe where you can still see unspoiled countryside, with the traditional rural civilisation still alive. Discover the northern provinces of Maramures (in northern Transylvania) or else Bucovina (in northern Moldavia), with their old handicrafts, friendly people fiercely dressed in their folk costumes, horse or oxen-drawn carriages (horse-drawn sleighs in winter), with colourful villages where time seems to have stood still. You can be sure of forgetting all the stresses and strains of the western world.
 
   


  If you are a Dracula fan, you wouldn't want to miss Dracula's Castle in Bran, the Borgo Pass or his birthplace in the medieval "Upper Town" of Sighisoara - they're all in Transylvania.

But Romania is much more than this: just think of the Black Sea coast, the wild and picturesque Carpathian Mountains where one goes hiking or skiing, the cultural, historical, architectural or archaeological tours of the country, but also the wine-tasting tours of Romania... :)

Many guests also come to Romania for health purposes: a huge richness of mineral and thermal springs spread across the country, associated with many other natural factors, have made this land very famous for its spas and treatments.

 

   
If your job just takes you to Bucharest for a few days, you will certainly enjoy the tree-lined boulevards, the delightful parks, the monumental city dating from the end of the 19th century - early 20th century, when Bucharest got the surname of "Paris of the East" or "Little Paris".

You should take advantage of being there to attend an evening performance at the Opera, a symphonic orchestra concert or a savoury play at the Yiddish Theatre (the oldest in Europe).
 

     

  Our advice: take advantage of your being in Bucharest and go on a trip to Sinaia in the Carpathian Mountains (2 hours drive or by train) or even farther to Brasov and Bran in Transylvania (approx 3 1 hrs drive) - you will discover great scenery, a fabulous castle (the Peles Castle in Sinaia - former summer residence of the Royal family), the lovely medieval town of Brasov (Kronstadt) and even Dracula's Castle in Bran.
You could even spend a week-end there (and thus your flight ticket will only cost you less...).
   

 

Wherever you go in Romania, there is another thing you will enjoy: tasty meals, large food portions, excellent wines and other local drinks.

As most of visitors who discover Romania for the first time confess, Romania could be for you too well above the expectations...


So, ... Visit Romania!
 

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