As a culmination of various influences, such as Russian, Turkish, Mediterranean and Asian – Romania’s culture and language are extremely unique from any other. Famous for being the home of Dracula, Romania is full of local myths and legends that enrich many of the country’s popular tourist attraction, such as Sighisoara, the birth place of Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the character of Dracula or Bran Castle, which inspired the same character’s haunting abode. Romania is also home to plenty of natural wonders, from the tall peaks of the Carpathian Mountains to the luxurious coastline along the Black Sea and Danube Delta.
Despite a difficult history of war, natural disasters and political strife, the capital city of Bucharest now combines the best of the past and present, with historic buildings entwined with impressive modern architecture amidst its city-scape. The Palace of the Parliament remains the world’s second biggest administrative building after the Pentagon. Outside the capital, Romania’s architectural wonders include the historic Peles Castle and Sinaia, two famous staples in Romanian history, as well as the beautiful Voronet Monastery in southern Bukovina, which was also nicknamed “The Sistine Chapel of the East.” The Merry Cemetery of Săpânța provides a distinct flavor of Romanian culture with its well-known colorful tombstones. For more of a taste of the outdoors, explore the Carpathians by walking down the paved path, Transfăgărășan.
In recent years, Romania has modernized its public transportation network to catch up to the rest of Europe. With cheap bus tickets available, public buses remain one of the top choices for budget travelers and backpackers. Popular bus providers, such as Eurolines Germany, FlixBus and Christian Transfers connect many European cities to Romania.