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.
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.
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.
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.