Romania is one of old Europe’s most charming countries. Though it spent many years under Soviet oppression, the country has blossomed in its independence. The country is still quite rural, and once you get outside of the cities, you’re quite likely to see a farmer in a horse drawn buggy.
Of course, Transylvania is here, and even the most novice of vampire lovers will want to visit. The castles are spectacular here, and will certainly make you believe that anything, including vampires was possible in years past. Brasov is the hub town around the Transylvania countryside, and makes a great home base for traveling around. This charming town is home to plenty of old churches and buildings, cobblestone streets, and great bars and eateries. Within a short drive you can visit countless castles, go skiing and see plenty of other small villages.
And, you’ll certainly want to visit Bucharest, Romania’s capital, if you enjoy museums. There are plenty here, including the Palace of Parliament, which are must sees. And though Bucharest still has remains of dreary buildings left over from the Soviet era, it also has some wonderful newer areas, with great bars and restaurants. This is also a great place to go to the theatre or opera.
Timisoara is another great Romanian town. This was the sight of the start of the 1989 revolution that freed the country. It is also home to beautiful parks that ring the city, a great art museum and an open air village museum that houses a collection of peasant houses from the 19th century.
Find cheap flights to Romania and more cheap flights here. Most international flights come into Bucharest. The airport here is well connected to European hubs, though there are no direct flights from North America. Some European cities are also connected to Timisoara. Once inside the country, it’s easy to travel by train.
Find the best prices for hotels in Romania, and other cheap hotels here. Hostels and guesthouses abound in Romania, and many are quite charming. In Bucharest, you can also find large hotels, including 4 and 5 star accommodations. Bucharest also offers quite a few short term rental apartments for tourists in the city center.