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Top 10 attractions of Romania

Romania – this mesmerizing destination may not be as famous as the other destinations of Europe but it definitely can leave a tourist spellbound with its pristine beauty and rich cultural heritage. It is ideally located in Eastern Europe and is fast gaining popularity as a tourist destination. Around 9 million international tourists visit this wonderful destination every year to explore its diverse and beautiful landscape, interesting culture and many other attractions.

Romania is a perfect amalgamation of East and the West and it can be beautifully seen in its delicious cuisine, architectural wonders, and local customs. This is one destination you must visit to get a different taste of Europe!

Here are 10 most famous tourist attractions of Romania:

Dracula’s Castle

Bran castle derives its name from a myth created around Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Located on 200-foot high rock at the beginning of a mountainous pass connecting the historic places Transylvania and Wallachia, the castle was built in the 15th century by the Transylvanian Saxons. As per the historical records, the Wallachian prince was imprisoned in the castle for two months by the Hungarian king in 1462. There are several caves in this region which are worth a visit. Also, do visit the nearby village of Pestera to capture arresting views of the mountains.

Turda Gorge and Salt Mine

Thousands of years ago Romania was part of the ancient seabed and hence even today some of its regions are rich in salt deposits, including Transylvania which is home to Turda Gorge and Salt Mine. This gorge offers breathtaking views of waterfalls, gorgeous green forests, vertical cliffs, caves, sunkissed meadows and lovely villages. This place is home to more than 1000 plants and animals species, many of which are endangered. With great climbing tracks, this area is a popular hiking destination. Also, enjoy the depths, the underground surface.

The monasteries of Bucovina

Located in the north-eastern region of Romania, the 40 monasteries are famous for their amazing murals that adorn their exteriors. Reflecting the great combination of Gothic and Byzantine architectural styles, these monasteries date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. They are a mirror to the rich cultural heritage of Romania. Eight out of the forty monasteries are recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Danube Gorges

Danube River with a 1,780 mile-long course looks fabulous when it passes through the Carpathian Mountains. The gorges sometimes give the impression that the water is boiling. They form the natural border between Romania and Serbia. You can enjoy a boat cruise on the river.

The Town of Sighisoara

Located in the heart of Transylvanian, the town of Sighisoara was founded in the 13th century. Today this amazing town attracts tourists for its beautifully coloured architecture steep stairways, cobbled alleyways, medieval churches, citadel, defensive towers and turrets. Out of the 14 original towers, now only 9 are left. One of the interesting things about this town is that it is the place where Vlad the Impaler, the ruler of Wallachia and the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula was born.

The Mountainous Dacian Fortresses

Built in the 1st century BC, this fortress was once the seat of the Dacian Kingdom. It was so fortified that it was considered a unique defensive system in the wars. There are five more fortresses in this region. The main fortress is the largest and encompasses three areas: the stronghold itself, a sacred site and the civilian quarters.

The old wine road

When it comes to wine, Romania deserves a special mention as the historical and archaeological evidences show that vineyards have been grown here for at least 2,700 years. No wonder Romania is the 13th largest producer of wine even today. Well, the country is dotted with 250 wine cellars which can be visited any time of the year. The Old wine road passes by several vineyards, monasteries, wine museums, manors and historical sites. Taste a variety of wine and have a good time in the wonderful vineyards of Romania.

The Danube Delta

This delta is ideally located at a point where the Danube River merges with the Black Sea at the south-eastern fringes of the country. It spreads across 1,94 square miles and is a significant pit stop for a variety of migratory birds coming to and from Europe and Africa. The Delta is also famous for being the home to the largest colony of pelicans in the world. It also boasts of 45 species of freshwater fish and 300 species of birds. It can be reached through a boat.

Peles Castle

The construction of the Castle was started by King Carol I of Romania in 1873 and it took over 10 years to be completed. This mesmerizing castle reflects a German new-Renaissance architectural style. It is located at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the beautiful town of Sinaia. The complex of the castle encompasses 160 amazingly decorated rooms. The weapon room displays around 4,000 pieces from Asia and Europe. In fact, the movie theatre inside the castle is believed to be the first venue where a movie projection took place in Romania.

Bucharest and the Palace of Parliament

Bucharest is the capital city of Romania which is over 555 years old. Explore the distinctive architecture of Romania- known as Brancovenesc style in this city. It is the liveliest place in the entire Romania. Palace of Parliament is a major attraction of the city. Sprawling for miles, it was commissioned by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. It is the largest administrative building in the world with 1,100 rooms.

Visit these wonderful attractions of Romania for an enriching travel experience. Romania is waiting to leave you spell-bound!

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