Romania is a country of extravagant beauty and great history. Located on the Balkan Peninsula, this previous Soviet bloc nation has been ruled by some of the fiercest rulers of history. From the mighty Romans (from whom the country got its name) to the Hungarians and the Ottomans. This age-old country is filled with quaint old towns, mountain resorts, and a burgeoning art community. These are some of the best places to visit if you are on a trip to Romania:
1. Sighisoara– This place is located in Transylvania and is one of the best places to visit in Romania mainly due to its well preserved walled town. As history goes, it was in the 12th century that the German craftsmen and merchants were invited by the king of Hungary to settle and defend the frontiers at this place. It wasn’t long before this place became the thriving hub of trade. Every year in July, a Medieval Festival takes place in the old citadel. The 64 meter high Clock Tower is the landmark of this city.
2. Sibiu– Sibiu was once part of Hungary and finds its history dating back to early 12th century. It is a Transylvanian city, an area that is well known for its infamous vampires, including Dracula, but is unlikely that you will come across one on this day and age. Instead today you will find the Grand Square and Baroque buildings
3. Brasov– Brasov is located in Central Romania. This place offers you everything- from dynamic modern city life to old calmness and beautiful scenery. Mainly considered as a mountain resort, Brasov is surrounded by Carpathian Mountains which offer skiing and ice skating facilities. Major attraction at this place is the 17th century Black Church. Travelers can also take a walk along the Rope Street which is the narrowest streets in the country.
4. Painted Mountains– One of the most picturesque attractions of Romania are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina which lies in the northeastern part of the country. The exterior walls of this monastery are painted and decorated with 15th and 16th century fresco paintings which features portraits of saints and prophets, moments from the life of Jesus, and several images of angels and demons, and heaven and hell.
5. Sinaia– Sinaia is basically a mountain resort town which was built around a monastery named Mount Sinaia. This monastery houses the copy of the first Bible that was printed in Romania and is a major tourist attraction for visitors. One can enjoy hiking in the summer season and some thrilling skiing in the winter. Peles Castle, which was built by King Charles I is another important tourist attraction.
6. Bucharest– Bucharest is a city that is a perfect blend of both the new and the old. It is the capital city of Romania and boasts of the largest parliament in the world with 3100 rooms, and is 12 stories high. This building is frequently visited by tourists till this day.