Few facts about Romania:
Many years ago Romania was divided into four main areas called: Transylvania, Moldavia, Wallachia and Dobruja. When we hear the word Transylvania, we are instantly reminded of the famous Dracula. But there is so much more to that story that we know of. The real Dracula has nothing to do with Dracula from the movies. (The vampire).
The real story of Dracula:
Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, or also known as Vlad the Impaler, got his morbid nickname because of the way he treated his enemies. He was born in Transylvania, but he never owned anything there. Even though the Bran Castle is also called Dracula’s castle, Vlad never stayed in that castle. Vlad II got his surname Dracula from the Romanian name for dragon – “Dracul”. In that way his son (Vlad III), became known as the son of “Dracul” or in old Romanian, the son of Dracula (the son of the devil).
The first city that you should visit in Romania is Bucharest.As we all know Bucharest is the capital city as well as the center of Romanian media, culture, and art. One thing that will get your attention while exploring this city is that the architecture of the buildings is mixed. You can find buildings that are modern, or with historical style, and even some from communist-era.
In addition, Bucharest was used to be called “Little Paris” because of its elegant architecture that was built in the period of the two World Wars. Nowadays is more likely to be called “Little Berlin”, because of its rich cultural and rich nightlife.
When you visit the Revolution Square, you will realize actually how rich is the history of Bucharest.
The story about this particular square is the following:
This square became famous when the TV news all over the world showed Nicholai Ceausescu’s last moments of governance. On this very square, he stood up on his balcony, and watched the furious mass of people turning their backs on him. The protest got out of control when he ordered his people (solders) to start shooting. Then he tried to run away with his private helicopter. But he was caught.
Today the square is surrounded by important landmarks of the city. Such as: The Royal Palace (which is now the National Museum of Art), the Athenaeum (which is now a concert hall), Central University Library, Kretzulescu church, and the beginning of the major avenue Victoria.
The Victoria Avenue is the oldest and most beautiful street in Bucharest. It is used to be called “Large Street” or “Brasov road” because it used to be a part of the trade route between Bucharest and the city of Brasov. This street is ideal because you can see all of the historic landmarks that represent Bucharest.
Moreover, you should visit one of the largest squares in the center of the city called the Unirii Square. There you can visit the church Curtea de Arges. It is a lovely church full of beautiful religious icons. From there you should go and explore the Old Town. There you can visit the oldest part of a town called Curtea Veche.This town was built in the ruling period of Vlad III- Dracula.
Additionally, you should definitely see the biggest building in Europe called the Palace of the Parliament. It used to be called, ironically People’s House.Also, it is the seat of the Parliament of Romania.
Furthermore, after seeing most of Bucharest, you can finally go and see the Bran Castle. According to the legendary novel by Bram Stoker – Dracula.
It was believed that Vlad the Impaler never lived in this castle, but probably in the time of the Ottoman Empire he was two days imprisoned there.
Moreover, after visiting Dracula’s castle, it’s high time to see the Gothic city Brasov, which is located in the central Romania. While staying there I would recommend you to visit the old town because it is very beautiful. The architecture of the city is magnificent and also it shows the history of the city. Also it shows the impact from Germany, Austria, and the old communist country. The city has at least two entrances that still exist.
In the center of the city there is the recognizable Casa Sfatului, which is an ancient, storied town-hall building. Also there, is located one of the oldest houses called Residence Hircher. Which is in ownership of a rich merchant. Nearby, you can spend time visiting the Black Church, which some say that is the biggest one that is built in Gothic style.
And last but not least, I’m highly recommending you to visit Sinaia and the Peles Castle.
Sinaia, is a lovely town and also a mountain resort in Prahova city. Even though, this city is a popular destination for hiking and winter sports, it’s also beautiful throughout all of the seasons.
Furthermore, my favorite attraction in Romania, was the Peles Castle. This castle is a Neo – Renaissance castle located near Sinaia. It was the castle of King Carl I of Romania. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful castles in the world. This castle was built to serve the first Romanian King, and also it is a combination of different and classical European styles.
Inside this castle there are 30 bathrooms and 170 rooms that are decorated with different styles and culture. Also the main castle owns one of the most beautiful collections of art in the world. Including: statues, paintings, weapons, furniture etc.
All in all, if you ever get the chance to visit Romania, I highly recommend you do it. Try to visit all of these places and stay approximately five days.