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Sibiu, Romania. Author Stefan Bichler. No Copyright
Sibiu, Romania. Author Stefan Bichler

Romania tourist attractions: what to see in Romania

Romania is a country with many attractions for tourists interested in art, history and cultural traditions of the peoples who make up the country, the nature plays an important role for the tourist not in a hurry.

The Roman occupation, which occurred between the second and third century AD, and from which the country takes its name, has left indelible traces in the neo-Latin language of the Romanian people and can be viewed by visiting a number of important archaeological sites such as those of Alba Julia, Arad, Cluj-Napoca, Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, Craiova, Drobeta Turnu Severin and Sibiu.

The ancient capital of Dacia, Sarmizegetusa Regia, which is located in the Orastie Massif in the Mountains of the Southern Carpathians in the south-western Transylvania, along with Dacian fortresses that defended the city, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Turda Gorges (Cheile Turzii), Romania. Author Cristian Bortes. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Turda Gorges (Cheile Turzii), Romania. Author Cristian Bortes

The natural beauty of the country made up of mountains, lakes and rivers are the background of fortresses, churches and fairytale castles. Transylvania, the region of the famous Count Dracula, near Braşov is its castle (Castelul Bran), is probably the most beautiful part of Romania, there are vast forests and high mountains, ancient fortified churches, medieval castles, monasteries, historic wooden villages where time seems to stand still.

The mountains of the country also have several winter ski resorts such as the Prahova Valley, south of Brasov, where are the centers of Predeal and Busteni. The Danube Delta is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site is now a protected area where you can observe the marsh birds and waterfowl.

Bran Castle, Brașov, Romania. Author Dobre Cezar. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Bran Castle, Brașov, Romania. Author Dobre Cezar

The Romanian cities of art are little known, but they represent a considerable potential for tourism development in the country, one of the most beautiful places is the city of Sibiu, in the center of the country and with an Habsburg aspect with numerous medieval and Baroque buildings. Other cities very beautiful of Transylvania are Braşov, Târgu Mureş and Cluj-Napoca all with valuable historical centers. In Transylvania is also the old town of Sighişoara, whose historical center is part of the exclusive club of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

In Romanian Moldavia is worth visiting the city of Iaşi, while at the opposite end of the country near the border with Serbia is the city of Timişoara also with remarkable historic buildings. Even the capital Bucharest is an important cultural center as well as having a group of buildings ranging from neo-classical art to modern art.

Spa tourism has its main centers in the cities of Băile Felix near Oradea at the border with Hungary, of Sovata, Covasna, Borsec and Băile Tuşnad in the mountains of Transylvania, of Călimăneşti in the Southern Carpathians Mountains, and in Băile Herculane in south-west Romania near the border with Serbia.

For those who love the sea and the night life, the many seaside resorts on the Black Sea will be able to fully satisfy their own desires. Among the most famous seaside resorts in Romania are the cities of Constanta, Mangalia and Mamaia.

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