Transylvania - the land of Dracula and mysterious castles. But there's so much more to Romania's rich culture than a blood-thirsty prince. Preserved villages that seem to have lingered in the Middle Ages, traditions from a bygone era, and citadels that could be pulled from the pages of a story book. 

That's not to mention the lavish castles, crumbling fortresses, cobblestone towns, fortified churches, eye-catching architecture, and energetic Bucharest which boast the second largest building in the world!

CULTURE + TRADITION

BRAN CASTLE
BRAN CASTLE

While Bran Castle, Dracula's would-be residence, hits the top of the list, Romania boasts plenty of other awe-inspiring castles and fortresses.

RURAL LIFE
RURAL LIFE

Pottery, haystacking, shepherding, and fetching water from the well - these bygone customs are still part of everyday rural life in Romania's villages.

BUCHAREST
BUCHAREST

Hectic traffic, eclectic architecture, boutique coffee shops and the second-largest building in the world, fast-paced Bucharest's energy is electric!

TRANSYLVANIAN TOWNS
TRANSYLVANIAN TOWNS

Transylvania’s medieval towns are straight from the pages of a fairytale. From bohemian Brasov and Cluj, to picture-perfect Sibiu and Sighisoara.

LOCAL FOOD
LOCAL FOOD

From delicious jam-topped papanasi and mouthwatering mici sausages, to traditional sarmale, a taste of Romania isn't far (or expensive)!

VILLAGES LOST IN TIME
VILLAGES LOST IN TIME

Pockets of the Romanian countryside hide timeless villages showcasing authentic rural heritage and traditional peasant culture.

"Few regions offer a more dazzling display of cultural and artistic treasures than Romania." 

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