Draculaâ€™s Castle: the mere mention of its name conjures up images of dark corridors, deep dungeons, and stormy nights. Vampires, Werewolves, and other such images are quickly brought to mind. This is the imagery that Hollywood would have us think of when the name Dracula is mentioned. Nestled in the countryside of a region of Romania called Transylvania, Bran Castle is anything but scary. This amazing mansion has a detailed history all its own, which, ironically, has very little to do with the man or the myth called Dracula. Located approximately 30 km from the city of Brasov, Bran Castle and the surrounding village are surrounded by the forests and mountains in the Danube River valley. Built as a medieval fortress to protect from invaders, and later converted into a royal residence, Bran Castle silently guards the local villagers and is shrouded in mystery. The fortress itself was strategically built to defend Brasov from invaders. Constructed at the mouth of the Brasov gorge, this fortress controlled the flow of traffic, and incidentally, armies, click, from the south, keeping the northern areas safe from invasion. Although it was considered a major fortress during the reign of Vlad Tepes (otherwise known as Dracula), there is no evidence to support that Dracula ever held residence in the fortress or even visited here. Most of his dealings with this area were via letter, as Brasov was a major connection for all mail delivery in Romania. There is a rumor that Vlad was once imprisoned in the fortress, however there is no evidence to support such a claim. Whether you are visiting to try to see life through the eyes of Dracula, or for the picturesque mountain scenery surround the area, Bran Castle stands to delight you and ignite the imagination. Take a trip to this historic location and transport yourself to a time gone by.
Romania offers a wide variety of tourist attractions and activities for everyone in your family. The Black Sea offers cruises of nearby islands while you bask in the sun. Take the family snorkeling while visiting the area. Snorkeling equipment will be included in the price of your tour. Private tour operators are located along the shores of the Black Sea. The snorkeling mask must fit tightly in order to keep the water out of your Read the rest of this entry »
Having hundreds of miles of beach shores along the Black Sea, Romania boasts plenty of resorts near one of the most unique bodies of water in the Eastern hemisphere. The most popular Black Sea resort town in Romania is Mamaia. This resort community is located north of Constanta, one of the largest and oldest cities in Romania. Mamaia is situated on a long narrow strip of land that is between Siutgihol Lake and the Black Sea. Dozens of waterfront hotels, restaurants and other tourist venues line up Route 86 in Mamaia. The best time to visit Read the rest of this entry »
Romania is a beautiful country just brimming with culture, and everything from the natural environments to the man-made marvels of this resplendent country inspire awe in anyone hoping to get a glimpse of true beauty. There was a special about it on direct tv, but it felt like the topics covered fell in some way short in leaving out some of the other more prominent attractions. Below is a list of some areas you really just can’t miss.
Whether you are sticking around a bit or just passing through, make one of these items the next thing on your agenda.
1. Chalets on Balea Lake
Flanked by mighty mountain ridges, these chalets provide an excellent escape from the ordinary world while surrounding the observer in their splendor.
2. The Casino of Constanta
Whether you are a fan of architecture of just simply a fan of art, this monument of the art nouveau style will not disappoint.
3. Iron Gates Natural Park
The second largest, protected area in Romania, this pristine area of wilderness is like something out of the past.
4. Hunyad Castle in Transylvania
Don’t worry, there aren’t any vampires, but the towering edifice of gothic architecture is certainly imposing enough as it reaches out to the heavens.
The Apuseni National Park is a National park that is well known for not only it’s beautiful mountains but it’s gorgeous landscaping. If you are a mountaineer then you will find extreme joy when traveling through this park. It’s known for it’s wonderful and well known cave fauna, which is considered the most interesting cave in the country.
If you are into the ice age and it’s historic facts, then finding animal fossils and traces of the prehistoric man will Read the rest of this entry »
Romania has long been a land of mystery, legend and romance that for centuries has stoked the imaginations of writers and poets. The area of southeastern Europe where Romania is located was for centuries at the crossroads of east and west, north and south, Catholic and Orthodox and the Christian and Islamic worlds. As a result, the wooded hills and sheltered valleys of Romania are studded with impressive and awe-inspiring castles and fortresses.
Romania’s castles, fortresses and fortified Read the rest of this entry »
Romania is fast becoming a favored travel destination as the charming beauty and interesting attractions of the county become more widely known. From summertime beaches along the Black Sea coast to wintertime skiing resorts in the Carpathian Mountains to the modern culture, cuisine and nightlife of Bucharest, Romania has something to offer for almost any traveler.
For the history buff in particular, the cultural and historic heritage of Romania has unique appeal. From ancient Dacian ruins to perfectly preserved medieval towns, iconic painted monasteries and dozens of castles Read the rest of this entry »
One of the most beautiful countries in the world is Romania. From the beautiful countryside, to historic monuments and bustling cities, this country has it all. A well-functioning train system transports visitors and locals alike across the country and provides picturesque access to some of the most amazing sights in the world. From the Roman and Turkish influences to the Germanic heritage that is interspersed throughout the culture, Romania promise to delight and inspire all who visit.
The area known as Transylvania holds mystery and intrigue for all who visit. Read the rest of this entry »
Dracula’s Castle: the mere mention of its name conjures up images of dark corridors, deep dungeons, and stormy nights. Vampires, Werewolves, and other such images are quickly brought to mind. This is the imagery that Hollywood would have us think of when the name Dracula is mentioned. Nestled in the countryside of a region of Romania called Transylvania, Bran Castle is anything but scary. This amazing mansion has a detailed history all its own, which, ironically, has very little Read the rest of this entry »