Romania

Romania is situated in Central Europe, in the northern part of the Balkan Peninsula and its territory is marked by the Carpathian Mountains, the Danube and the Black Sea. With its temperate climate and varied natural environment, which is favourable to life, the Romanian territory has been inhabited since time immemorial.  Romania is filled with beautiful, medieval cities, wonderful castles, and picturesque farmland. There’s no Dracula tourism in this country so don’t expect to visit and find lots of it. You’ll be able to explore this great country without the crowds.

Peles Castle

The Peles Castle is undoubtedly one of the most exceptional tourist attractions in Romania, boasting a fabulous architecture and a rich heritage. The castle can be found near Sinaia in Prahova County, nestled within the majestic Carpathian Mountains.

Peles Castle

Located at the end of a beautiful forest path, and set atop a hill amid the mountains, this castle was founded by King Carol I, the guy who was in charge when Romania gained its independence in 1877. This castle has a massive chalet-type structure that had one-hundred and sixty rooms inside, everything from bedrooms to theatres, concert halls, weapons rooms, libraries, offices, card rooms, shisha lounges, apartments, bathrooms, rooms to hang out in after you take a bath, painting rooms, tea rooms, children’s play rooms, meeting rooms, breakfast rooms and formal dining rooms.

Peles Castle

For the time, Peles had very modern facilities. The castle was extended to 160 rooms, several entrances and staircases. The central tower measures 66 meters, and besides the castle, two smaller buildings were erected, Pelisor and Foisor. The castle has a theatre room with 60 seats, the glass ceiling of the hall of fame is mobile, driven by an electric motor and since 1883 it benefited of central heating. Because of its own power plant, Peles castle was the first electrified castle in Europe.

Peles Castle

The castle was declared a museum in 1953. Although the entire castle is beautiful, there are some rooms that are especially worth visiting.

Peles Castle Lion

Bran Castle ( Dracula Castle)

This majestic structure is commonly regarded as the home of the famous Dracula character brought to life by Bram Stoker, but its history is much more comprehensive than that. it became a royal residence when it was given by the Brasov Council as a gift to Queen Marie of Romania, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Fascinated by the beauty of the castle, she refurbished it and endowed it with invaluable collections of art, medieval weapons and traditional objects collected from the surrounding villages.

Bran Castle ( Dracula Castle)

After the death of Queen Marie, her heart was brought to Bran Castle from the place where it had been buried as a last homage to the place she had so much loved.

Bran Castle ( Dracula Castle)

The castle sits upon a cliff within the narrow Bran Gorge - a dramatic rocky passageway linking two counties in modern Romania, Brasov and Arges. It's a spectacular setting, and the Bran Pass quickly became an important road for trade and a route for military manoeuvres - linking mainland Europe to the people of Asia.

Bran Castle ( Dracula Castle)

When you look at its steep exterior facade, perched on a rocky outcrop, it's not hard to imagine the count scuttling down it, batlike, while his prisoner, Jonathan Harker, watches in horror from a window above.  Western interest in Dracula has always been irksome to some Romanians, who resent the association of Vlad Tepes, a national hero, with the fictional vampire and the inference that the country is overrun by superstition.

Corvin Castle

Corvin Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Romania. It is also known as Corvins’ Castle, Hunyad Castle or Hunedoara Castle. Corvin Castle is the Gothic castle situated in the region of Transylvania in Hunedoara, Romania. This castle is one of the most visited and most photographed castles in Romania. 

Corvin Castle

These castle is a perfect destination for lovers of old buildings and old architecture. Also there tourist can enjoy in the beautiful nature, amazing landscapes, clear and fresh air etc. In this article you can see some magnificent pictures from Corvin Castle that will going to blow your mind and will going to make you to wish to visit it one day in your lifetime. 

Corvin Castle

The castle is divided into three main areas: the Diet Hall, the Knights' Hall, and the circular stairway. The halls are rectangular and paved with marble, and were used for feasts and ceremonies. 

Corvin Castle

Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf)

It is situated at the second circus of the Kiseleff boulevard, at its intersection with Marshal Prezan and Marshal Averescu Boulevards, near one of the south entries of the Herastrau Park. Arch of Triumph is one of the monuments that commemorate the participation of Romania in the First World War by the Allies at the end that all Romanian-inhabited territories were found for the first time brought together in one place. 

Arch of Triumph  Romania

That first arch was erected just so that the troops could march under it on their way into the city. And then the Arcul de Triumf was rebuilt in the same site in 1922 after World War I.

Arch of Triumph

Bâlea Lake

Is a glacier lake situated at 2,034 m of altitude in the Fagaras Mountains the most spectacular in Romania.

Bâlea Lake/ Balea Lake

In the summer, the lake is reached via the Transfagarasan, a twisting snake of a road that has earned one of the best road in the world!. Outdoor activities include hiking, walking and enjoying the fresh mountain air while the Balea Lake Chalet provides a wonderful spot for lunch right on the water’s edge. If you visit this area you have the opportunity to admire the Balea Waterfall, located in the Fagaras Mountains, one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania, is at an altitude of 1234 meters and the water falls from 68 meters. 

Bâlea Lake/ Balea Lake

The main reason for people to come here, especially in summer, is the great landscape surrounding this area and the amazing road to this touristic attraction. It can be a great adventure just to reach this destination. Again, I would recommend you to come here in summer by car, by bike or motorcycle.

Bâlea Lake/ Balea Lake

Carol Park (Liberty Park)

It is a public park in Bucharest, Romania, named after King Carol I of Romania. For the duration of the communist regime, it was called Liberty Park. The park was designed by French landscape artist Édouard Redont in 1900 on Filaret Hill and inaugurated in 1906. As one enters from Libertatii Square, about half the way to the mausoleum, to the right and to the left of the main alley there are two statues depicting the Giants.

Carol Park (Liberty Park)

The base is circular and plated with black granite. Above rise five narrow arches covered with red granite. Inside the base there is a rotunda covered in red granite plates; the ceiling is decorated with a golden mosaic. 

Carol Park (Liberty Park)

In front of the park entrance from Libertatii Square there is the Zodiac Fountain. On the exterior of the fountain, it is decorated with the different zodiac signs, worked in black-and-white mosaic, by Sculptor Mac Constantinescu.

Carol Park (Liberty Park)

Neamt Citadel

Neamt Fortress is one of the most significant monument in Romania and the symbol of the glorious period of its eastern part.

Neamt Citadel

It was built by Petru I Musat in 1359 and was attacked repeatedly: by Hungarians in 1395, by Turks in 1476 and finally conquered by Polish forces in 1691. Restoration was completed in 2009  and the place looks like its ready to withstand another siege. Since this citadel was placed near the the highest peak of Plesu Ridge, Neamt fortress guarded the valleys of Moldova and Siret rivers, as well as the road which was passing over the mountains, in Transylvania.

Neamt Citadel

Neamt city was an important fortified outpost to defend the western border of Moldova and  Carpathians before continuing the policy of territorial expansion eastward Hungarian Kingdom . It was one of the best medieval fortified cities of  Moldavian  and played an important role in the overall defence of the country.

Neamt Citadel

Being one of the best fortified citadels available in the medieval Moldavian State, Neamt Fortress was present in the most important events that took place in this part of the country.

Neamt Citadel

Palace of the Parliament

The Palace of Parliament is the largest and heaviest administrative building on the planet used for civilian purposes, and also the second largest administrative building overall, after the Pentagon. Currently, this imposing building houses the Romanian Senate and the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, and it is also the headquarters of the Southeast European Cooperation Initiative. The building has only 400 chambers and 2 large halls that can be used, out of its total of $1,100 rooms. After the Revolution, no one had the desire to complete this gigantic building. In fact, many Romanians demanded the destruction of the building which was seen as a symbol of Ceausescu’s megalomania and of the extravagant lives lead by the former communist elites.

Palace of the Parliament Romania

Without a doubt, the Palace of the Parliament is one of the most controversial administrative buildings in the world.

Palace of the Parliament Romania night

By the time the palace was nearing completion in 1989, the people decided they’d had just about enough of this crap, and they promptly overthrew Ceausescu.  They were forced to give up things like food, water, and heat in order to gain “their” palace. The building of the palace basically ran the entire country into the gutter, but there is no denying that the palace really is an amazing sight to behold.

Inside Palace of the Parliament Romania

Though majority part of the Casa Poporului remains unused but taking the conducted tours give a chance of having a look at the grand staircases, halls, salons, and conference rooms. In fact, the roof of the Palace of the People gives one of the best panoramic views of central Bucharest. If you are ready to shell out some extra money you can also have a look at the bowel of the Palace of the People.

Palace of the Parliament Romania

Palace of Culture

Built in the flamboyant neo-Gothic style, adorned with fantasy-inspired ornaments and heraldic elements, the building is even more awe-inspiring inside, thanks to its vast Gothic marble hall and a room dedicated to Romanian Voivodes. The construction of the palace underwent significant delays due to the outbreak of World War I and later served as barracks during World War II.

Palace of Culture

Even though the palace has an archaic design, much effort was put into allowing it the flexibility and option of being upgraded with modern technologies and amenities. Part of the changes to modernize the building included replacing many of the original enormous, and very heavy, stone blocks with much lighter and cheaper material. 

Palace of Culture interior

The interior decorations match its dazzling exterior, in this case the dominant styles being the neoclassic one from the time of King Carol the 1st and a combination of Baroque and Art Nouveau, a style very much loved by Queen Maria. One of the most breath taking room is the very first hall you'll see, the Honour Hall with two large Carrara marble stair, stained glass large windows and a fascinating marble floor with allegoric figures.

Palace of Culture

Ice Hotel at Balea

Ice hotels are temporary hotels made of snow, blocks of ice and, in some cases structural framing.  Weather conditions that include sub freezing temperatures during construction and time of operation as a hotel are a necessary part of the endeavour. 

Ice Hotel at Balea

The local craftsmen carve huge blocks of ice which have been cut from the frozen Balea lake to build hotel. The snow is used as cement to make the hotel. To reach there you need to use cable car as no other transportation is available. Inside it you have restaurant, bar and rooms. This hotel usually opens till April end as ice starts melting in spring.

Ice Hotel at Balea

Balea Lake is located at 2034m altitude, has a surface of 46 hectares and a maximum depth of 11.35metres. It is the source of raw material for the Hotel of Ice. Close to this lake passes the high-altitude road, the Transfagarasanul, which is covered by a thick layer of snow in wintertime, sometimes reaching as much as 2 metres.

Ice Hotel at Balea

All of the ice hotels are reconstructed every year, and are dependent upon constant sub-freezing temperatures during construction and operation. The walls, fixtures, and fittings are made entirely of ice, and are held together using a substance, which takes the place of mortar in a traditional brick-built hotel.

Romanian Athenaeum

The Romanian Athenaeum was built in the heart of Bucharest in between 1886 to 1888 to accommodate the specific activities carried out by the back then called the Romanian Philharmonic Society . 

Romanian Athenaeum

The Romanian Athenaeum used to accommodate in the course of history a wide range of cultural activities, including exhibitions of paintings and sculptures, but given the fact the structure excels by its extraordinary acoustics, it became obvious the venue should be put to use chiefly to capitalize this wholesome feature.

Inside Romanian Athenaeum ceiling

The ceiling of the concert hall is decorated with anthropomorphic and animal motifs inspired by Romanian folk tales. The 75 meters long Fresco painted on the circular wall of the concert hall illustrates 25 of the most significant events in the Romanian history a glimpse into our country’s past.

Romanian Athenaeum interior

It has a 40 m high dome and 12 Doric columns that reminds of the famous Greek temples. The same architect, Albert Galleron, designed the building of the National Bank of Romania, located in the Old Centre which is a must see place, when you visit Bucharest.

Romanian Athenaeum inside interior

Romanian Athenaeum

Romanian Athenaeum night