A place of mythic legends and dark tales, modern-day Romania impresses with its fine collection of ancient monasteries, age-old churches and character-filled castles. But it's the unexpected delights that also shine bright. Majestic mountains, forests made for hiking, a sophisticated capital brimming with architectural beauty and chic coastal resorts ensure Romania has plenty of aces up its sleeve.
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sock it to ‘em in romania
Posted on Wed, 3 Mar 2010 by Sue Elliot
In Romania Women’s Day on 8 March is celebrated much like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day in other parts fo the world. But in the town of Viscri they have [...]Read more
road less travelled in romania
Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2009 by Sue Elliot
World-class gymnasts, Dracula and Ceaucescu – that’s the most many of us know about Romania. But when Intrepid’s Tina Gerets decided to study in this East European country it opened [...]Read more
At a glance
|Capital city:||Bucharest (population 2.4 million)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+02:00) Athens, Bucharest, Istanbul|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)|
Best time to visit Romania
July and August are the busiest months for tourists all over Europe because the weather is at its warmest. May and June are some of the best months to visit Romania, followed by September and early October as the weather is usually fine and the sites are less crowded than during peak season. Spring and autumn are considered optimal times for birdwatching in the Danube Delta. Romania has harsh winters, with most tourists choosing to travel to the ski resorts. Snow lingers as late as mid-May, and the hiking season doesn't begin in earnest until June. The resorts along the Black Sea coast get busy in late June and stay packed until mid-August. It tends to rain more in March, April, October and November.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Classic Castles of Romania
1. Bran Castle
Possibly Romania's best known castle, Transylvania's Bran Castle is linked to the legend of Dracula, although somewhat tenuously. Regardless, tourists flock in to see the heritage art, historic treasures and secret passages that all good castles are made of. A short trip from Brasov, this interesting attraction should be high on every traveller's list.
2. Hunyad Castle
Watch towers? Check. Drawbridge? Check. Dark History? Check. Hunyad Castle has all the classic hallmarks of a typical European castle. Once the prison of notorious Vlad the Impaler, Hunyad Castle's unique Gothic-Renaissance style is a result of extensive restoration after years of neglect.
3. Fagaras Castle
This ancient fortress and castle may lack the opulence of others, but is worthy of admiration for its enduring powers. Still surrounded by the moat which protected it for centuries, Fagaras Castle is a wonderful example of effective fortification - with enormous walls and towers built to withstand war and invasion.
4. Peles Castle
Nestled within the Carpathian Mountains, this gorgeous castle straight out of a fairytale is the perfect example of palatial bliss. With 30 bathrooms, an impressive collection of fine art, an extensive armour collection, manicured gardens, marble fireplaces and imposing statues, Peles Castle is one of Romania's grandest.
5. Pelisor Castle
Located within the Peles Castle complex, this castle is most famous for its decadent room made of gilded gold. Featuring Art Nouveau-style furnishings and art, plush interiors and an oak panelled lobby, Pelisor Castle certainly works its old-world charm.
FAQs on Romania
Glass of local beer = 2-5 RON
Cup of coffee = 5-6 RON
Bottle of imported beer = 5-8 RON
Simple lunch in a cafe = 20 RON
Dinner at a nice restaurant = 40-50 RON
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May 1 Labour Day
May 6 Easter Monday (Orthodox)
May 20 Whit Monday
Dec 1 National Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Second Day of Christmas
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/romania/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Romania Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Romania
1. Be considerate of Romania’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
|Out of the Transylvania Night||Aura Imbarus|
|Leaving: Memories of Romania||Mihai Grunfeld|
|The Seamstress||Sara Tuvel Bernstein|
|The Land of Green Plums||Herta Muller|
|Under a Red Sky||Haya Leah Molnar|