10 Things to Do in Romania: The Land of Adventure, Castles and Vampires
Full of Possibilities
People get a lot of things wrong about Romania. There is a common misconception that it’s part of eastern Europe, when it is actually the Balkans. People mistakenly believe Roma gypsies come from here (they actually originate in India), and most people don’t know that Romanian is a romance language, cousin to French, Italian and Spanish.
And maybe because Romania is the birthplace of Dracula, a lot of people seem to think Romania is dangerous.
Don’t believe any rumors you hear though; Romania is one of the coolest countries in Europe. A land of adventure, castles and vampires, Romania remains just wild enough to be exciting, just modern enough to be cosmopolitan, and just big enough to be home to some of the most beautiful national parks in Europe.
From the mountains to the Black Sea, Romania is bursting with beauty, diversity and possibility.
If you are lucky enough to visit, here are 10 things to do in Romania you simply can’t miss.
1. Fall in Love With Sighisoara
Who would have thought the birthplace of Dracula could be so charming? Sighisoara is a tiny medieval town famous for its fortifications and its pretty cobbled streets lined with colorful houses.
From the clock tower to the Scholars Staircase, an ancient stone staircase completely enclosed by a wooden roof that leads up to the Church on the Hill, the whole town seems to be under a spell of perfection. Even the house where the monstrous Vlad Tepes (also known as the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula) was born seems too lovely to be true. You will be utterly enchanted.
2. Dip Your Toes in the Danube Delta
2,200 square miles of rivers, marshes, reed beds, lakes and islands, the Danube Delta is the best-preserved delta in Europe. A bird lover’s paradise, the place where the Danube finally joins the Black Sea is home to countless species of birds and many more fly all the way to this very spot to breed.
At the right time of year you can spot anything from Egyptian white pelicans to Arctic geese. In addition to the birds, there is a myriad of flora and fauna to be found in the delta, making it a mecca for anyone passionate about wildlife. Best explored by boat, the Danube Delta is a haven of peace away from the rest of the world.
3. Join the Debate Over the Brasov “Hollywood” Sign
Set in a deep valley, Brasov is that rare and sought-after town that is both located in a beautiful natural setting and packed full of beautiful architecture and historical sites. It is also conveniently located, central to many other things on this list.
The thing that gets most people talking about Brasov though is the giant Hollywood-esque sign spelling out the name of the town. Visible from a great distance, the sign is divisive; it could be seen as either the perfect example of Romania giving zero you-know-whats, or as a tacky monstrosity. You have to see it for yourself to decide.