Sightseeing Romania- Dracula exposed

Sightseeing Romania was inspired by voivode Vlad the Impaler who inspired the legend. This scary nickname is a testament to the Wallachian prince’s favorite way of punishing his enemies. I wanted to see the North of the country, but I have landed in Bucharest, not to miss the capital.  I’m sure that Romania is unfairly underestimated. It’s not a popular tourist destination, and believe me, it should be! Not mentioning the prices, which are really low and I lived like a king without paying a fortune in nice hotel and in fancy restaurants. The current exchange rate is 4 lei to the euro. Which let’s you discover rich and interesting history is hidden in every corner. All you have to do is to want to do it.

Visiting Bucharest

Sighsteeing Romania while admiring sunset
Sightseeing Romania- started with amazing Bucharest.

I started sightseeing Romania from the capital. Bucharest is also its cultural, industrial, and financial center. It is one of the largest cities in Southeastern Europe, with 2 million inhabitants. If you like to wander from one magical museum to another, admire late medieval buildings and get lost in charming Old City- Bucharest is waiting for you! I remembered The Palace of the Parliament, amazing, huge construction, which  claims title of  the heaviest building in the world. Another interesting place was Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, which depicts the traditional way of life in Romania. Wooden huts with  thatched barns and other, even more ornamental like churches or workshops. Nice piece of history of ordinary people. I guess if you visit the capital it’s always worth to enter The National History Museum. Also in this case I was really satisfied, especially to see Romanian Crown Jewels or Romanian Crown Jewels. 

Transylvania and Dracula’s Castle

Castle Bran by night
Spooky castle Bran in the night.

National monument and landmark in Romania, legandary home of Dracula and  a place where bloodthirsty vampires hide. The fortress is located on a splendid rocky outcrop, surrounded by a lush green landscape and stays definitely as main attraction in the region.

Numerous towers and red and red tiles covering white castle are reigning over  the picturesque village of Bran. Inside one will find cambers with collections of furniture, pieces of art, and weapons dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries.

Sightseeing Romania- Transylvania

My next step was Transylvania. This lovely castle is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. I remembered Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral, a dazzling multi-style church. This Romanian orthodox metropolitan cathedral is dedicated to the Three Holy Hierarchs, Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom. I guess it’s also worth to see The city of Alba Iulia and Alba Carolina Citadel, one of Romania’s top attractions.

Inside are museums, churches and the Unification Hall, it’s a place where history goes back 2000 years to the time of the Roman Empire. Another place I should recommend is Sighisoara Historic Center. This well-preserved, small, medieval city built by German craftsmen and merchants and settlers under the Latin name Castrum Sex. Strategically placed on a hill, City Hill played an important strategic and commercial role on the edge of central Europe for several centuries. It’s also a Birthplace of Vlad III the Impaler.