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Romania – Castles, the Danube and the Carpathians

If you are thinking of a trip to Europe, consider taking a trip to the lovely country of Romania, located in Southeastern Central Europe. With a territory that boasts a picturesque backdrop with its many rolling green hills, countless rivers and lakes and forests, plains and wilderness that are unique and just full of wonders to discover, from flora and fauna to the menagerie of animals in the forests, Romania is certainly a destination you shouldn’t miss paying a visit to.

About Romania

Bucharest is the capital city of Romania and is home to a population of 19,350,000, according to 2012 statistics. It is the 12rh largest country in Europe. The northern region is a mountainous range, mostly made up of the Carpathian Mountains that span about 600 miles. They are not as high above sea level as the Alps but they are impressive and possess a beauty of its own. It is divided into three regions: the Eastern, the Western and the Southern Carpathians, the latter is also known as the Transylvanian Alps. Each of these geographical areas presents a very different terrain, with some parts glacial and still other areas as volcanic.

Some of the other major cities that you can visit are Brasov and Targu Mures in central Romania, Galati and Tulcea to the East, and Oradea to the west among several others. If the town names are not so familiar to you, perhaps some of the historic regions around Romania are, like Bucovina and Moldova, or Dobrogea and Transylvania. The Danube Delta, the second largest river delta in Europe and the greater part of it lies in Romania, in Tulcea County.

Main Attractions in Romania

The Carpathian Mountains and the Danube Delta are certainly two main attractions of Romania but there are also a myriad of castles, medieval towns, fortified churches and monasteries are just some of the sights considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites. See the fortified churches in Transylvania, the Wooden Churches of Marmures, and the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina.

Whenever I hear the name Transylvania, I immediately think of the story of Dracula which then leads me to thinking about castles. You will find castles dating back to the 14th century, built with the intention of keeping invaders out but you will also find castles built in the 18th century where the intention was to show off luxury. If you aim to visit castles, look into seeing the 14th century Corvinesti Castle or the 19th century Peles Castle and of course you cannot miss Bran Castle built in the 1300s and is the castle that fictional character Count Dracula, calls home.

The history of Europe would not be complete without the chapters of the story that took place in the region of Romania, which with its medieval structures and traditional towns that continue to stand the test of time are stunning and astounding to witnesses today as they must also have been at the time they were commissioned and built.

A trip to Romania might be best planned for first with a little research –read a little about the history of some of the places you intend to visit so that when you arrive there, you can spend all your energy just soaking in all the sights, all the details with your eyes and feel the essence of time travel when you realize you are looking at a 13th and 14th century structure, or work of art, in the year 2013.

Photo: http://www.romaniatourism.com/

 

 

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