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Nestled in Southeastern Europe, Romania is renowned for its magnificent castles, fine wines, and the mythical Dracula. Discover the hidden gems of this beautiful country, from charming villages to vibrant cities. When you rent a car in Romania, you’ll have the flexibility to go wherever you want without depending on public transportation or private transfers. Stop to admire a lovely sunset on the coast, explore a fort, or spend a day in the mountains - you can really get the most out of your time while on holiday when you rent a car in Romania.

It's your choice: Where to go in Romania

The capital, Bucharest, is usually where visitors on flights to Romania land. Spend a day or two visiting historic landmarks, folk museums, and art galleries. Explore the tranquil Cişmigiu Garden, catch a concert at the grand Romanian Athenaeum and don't miss the chance to learn all about the pre-Communist way of life at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant. Outside the city, be sure to visit Brasov, which is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. This quaint city is renowned for its vibrant cafes, medieval walls, and Gothic and baroque architecture. History lovers will also want to see Sibiu in central Romania for its Germanic architecture. Walk around the city, admire the 13th-century Council Tower, and the Brukenthal National Museum. For nature lovers, the Romanian mountain town of Sinaia is the place to go. It features ski resorts, the 17th-century Sinaia Monastery, and the Peleș Castle.

Things to do in Romania

Look at the map of Romania and you’ll see that there are plenty of castles for you to explore. Marvel at the mesmerising Corvin Castle, an imposing fortress in Transylvania, Romania. The castle, built in the 14th century, features Renaissance-Gothic architecture, tall towers, courtyards, and carved balconies. Bran Castle, is another 14th-century hilltop castle and was a former royal residence. It is also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle,’ one of several linked to the legendary Dracula. Back in Bucharest, don’t miss the grand Palace of Parliament, the world’s second largest administrative building. It is home to Romania’s parliament and other offices. If you want to escape the city, head to Arbore Monastery, inspect the exterior wall paintings, and visit the tombs. For a relaxed retreat, drive to the salt mine of Salina Turda. Explore its underground theme park, admire the lake, or indulge in halotherapy at the salt spa.

Important Info about Romania

The country boasts of dramatic landscapes consisting of mountains, the most famous of which are the Carpathian Mountains, alongside hills, plains, and the Danube Delta fed by the mighty Danube River. Its climate is temperate with four distinct seasons. Considered a high-income economy, Romania relies on the services, industrial, and agricultural sectors for its revenue. About a third of its population is employed in agriculture and the sector produces fresh ingredients for well-loved Romanian dishes. The cuisine is influenced by German, Austrian, Greek, and Serbian traditions, with Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian inspiration too. The choices of soups are diverse ranging from calf foot to fish soups. Pork is the main meat in Romanian dishes, closely followed by lamb and beef.

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Country Romania
Language Romanian
Currency Romanian leu
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +40

Good to know

There are several ways to reach the country: by car, train, or airplane. Cheap flights to Romania land at one of the country’s many airports. the biggest and busiest airport in Romania is the Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest. Given the size of the country, the 12th largest in the European Union (EU), lots of visitors opt to rent a car in Romania for convenience and autonomy. People drive on the right side of the road and overtake from the left. The minimum age to rent a car in Romania is 21 years. Some car suppliers might impose a maximum age limit which is usually below 70 years old. Drivers must also have held their licences for at least 2 years. Standard speed limits, unless stated by traffic signs, are: 130km/h on motorways, 90-100km/h on non-urban roads, and 50km/h on urban roads. The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Romania is 0.00. If you’re caught drunk driving, you can face criminal prosecution, imprisonment or a suspension of your licence.

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Our tour suggestion for Romania

Whereas many visitors choose to visit the capital and major cities in the country, others take advantage of their rental cars by exploring the countryside. Romania’s rural villages are simply breathtaking, set amidst gorgeous landscapes of mountains and valleys. Drive to Viscri, one of the most beautiful Saxon villages in Transylvania. See the fortified church and other restored buildings, visit the museum, and enjoy the wonderful craft and culinary traditions. If you can’t get enough of the countryside, go to Pestera and Magura to hike and climb on the Piatra Craiului Mountains. Rimetea, at the foothills of the Trascau Mountains, is another stop that you should make when you rent a car in Romania. Its turbulent history and characterful whitewashed houses make it an interesting visit.

What to taste in Romania

Pork dishes are abundant but you must also try lamb or fish borscht, which is soup made with vegetables and flavoured with sour juice. And be sure to sample sarmale which are cabbage rolls or mici, a classic Romanian dish of grilled ground meat rolls. If you have an adventurous palate, order a ciorta de burta or beef tripe soup. Wine connoisseurs will feel right at home in Romania, the country being a world-class wine producer. Sip a well-chilled Feteascā Regalā white wine with your fish or sample a fine Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Feteascā Neagrā. After a sumptuous meal, try out afinata, a liqueur made from afine or bilberry. Palinka, produced from fermented plums, is another national speciality which makes a great gift to bring back to friends.