I love visiting new cities and countries but I have to admit, Romania has never been the top of my list; sometimes the least expected places can be the most beautiful. My visit to Romania in January was a whirlwind of castles, gothic architecture, amazing food and new friends. Its a must see country that will leave you feeling like you're in a fairytale - try and visit before everyone catches on!
There a so many places to tick off when visiting Romania, so I'll try list the main to do's when visiting!
Bucharest, the heart and capital of Romania was once called the 'Paris of the East'. Whilst no longer holding its classic beauty, it is still an interesting place filled with mismatched architecture that is unique to the city. It's home to the worlds heaviest building, the Palace of the Parliament.
Strada Izvor 2-4, București,
The stunning 'Old Town' of Bucharest is also an area where you can wander through the historic buildings, fill your belly with cheap eats (seriously, £3 goes a long way!), and cool coffeeshops.
Stop by Grand Cafe Van Gogh for delicious coffee and cute interiors!
Strada Smârdan 9, București 030167
The Romanian Athenaeum is Bucharest's national opera house with stunning interiors and grandiose. It's so over the top you won't believe its real!
Strada Benjamin Franklin 1-3, București 030167
Brasov, Europe's biggest hidden gem in my opinion! It's medieval, gothic and has a hollywood style sign to boot! With its cute cobbled streets and colourful buildings, it maintains the old charm of Romania that the capital city can't hold a candle too. The people are incredibly friendly and the food is to die for! As some people say...
"Why bother coming to Romania if you're not going to see Braşov?"
Bran Castle is a must do and close by to the town of Brasov. Also known as Dracula's Caslte, it's associated with the story of Dracula as history dictates that Vlad who Dracula is fashioned after may have lived in the castle. All I could think about was my sixth form English Lit class and the hours I spent reading Dracula. So cool to see what I had pictured in my mind come forth in reality. At the foot of the castle is cute little shops and stalls - get your souvenirs from here rather than the city, its so much cheaper!
Strada General Traian Moșoiu 24, Bran 507025
Sinaia town seems to be straight out of fairytale book and no wonder considering it was once home to the former King of Romania!
Nestled in the town is The Peles Castle, once a summer home to the King and his family. It is simply magical, surrounded by snowy mountains and forested hills. Inside is filled with grand old-fashioned halls and endless hallways with beautiful french-renaissance style artwork and sculpture work. Watch out for the photo tax though! You have to pay before entering in order to take pictures, but its only a few pounds.
Aleea Peleșului 2, Sinaia 106100