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People usually see Romania as a poor, backward country. This stereotype is still widespread, however, those who actually visit Romania change their opinion in an instant. First of all, locals regard tourists with respect and sincere interest, rather than seeing them as mere foreigners with thick wallets. Romanians aren’t as fed up with tourists as their neighbours, so they rush to show visitors everything the country has to offer.

When it comes to the perspectives of future development, this country is indeed ahead of many others, especially in terms of tourism. As many as 33 objects in Romania are protected by UNESCO. The country has it all: spectacular nature, ancient fortresses and castles, medieval city districts, and hundreds-of-years-old monasteries and churches.

Mysterious Transylvania

Transylvania is Romania’s most popular region, and the Bran Castle is known around the world as Dracula’s lair. Vlad Tepes – the prototype of the main character in Bram Stoker’s bestselling novel Dracula – has been used as a trademark by Romanians for a long time now.

The Bran Castle is visited by around a million tourists every year, and many historical sites in Romania have some connection to Dracula. Transylvania also has a statue of Bram Stoker – the writer’s bust stands in front of the Dracula Castle Hotel. An interesting cemetery can be found nearby.

Romanian fashion designers created the Draculina lingerie embroidered with vampire fangs; every year the Dracula race for antique motorcycles is organized; restaurants offer dishes with blood.

Natural and Human Heritage

It is impossible to forget the Danube Delta after crossing it by boat. Here you will see flocks of long-necked white herons, bitterns, cranes, pelicans, grebes, cormorants and other water birds that most probably won’t be able to name. The Danube Delta is a permanent home to more than 300 types of birds.

The city of Tulcea – where tourists can take a boat tour of the delta – can be called the gateway to bird heaven.

Another object of interest is a geological reservation, located 30 kilometres away from the city of Buzau. Mud flowing from the depths of the earth formed a landscape similar to a bog dried by the sun. The volcanoes here are cone-shaped hills with craters spitting mud.

Romania’s capital Bucharest is famous for its Parliament Palace – the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon in the United States. The palace is 270 m long, 240 m wide and 86 m high. Built under the Communist dictator Ceausescu, it was supposed to be one of the most luxurious palaces in the world. This is why the palace now amazes visitors with its crystal chandeliers, walls of marble, floors made from only the rarest of wood, and other exquisite interior details.

The Peles Castle – the summer residency of Romania’s king Carl I (1839 – 1914) – is a masterpiece of architecture, built in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains, on the road between Transylvania and Wallachia.

Orthodox monasteries built in 15th-16th centuries have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and are famous for their impressive frescoes that haven’t lost their original colours to this day.

The list can almost go on ad infinitum. Romania is an undiscovered land, hospitable and generous to all who come visit it with an open heart.

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