Medieval castles and trendy restaurants; quaint rural villages and a bustling metropolis; traditional and modern, past and present. Once best known as the legendary home of Dracula, Romania is rapidly developing into a thoroughly modern country, without losing sight of the history and traditions which has made it one of the most intriguingly exotic countries in Europe.
The Peles Castle, former royal residence, became a museum in 1953 and it is a genuine lesson in history. The German renaissance style prevails, both outside and inside the building. The Castle also has halls in Italian renaissance style, German baroque style, French roccoco, Spanish-Maori style, etc.
The Sinaia Monastery or “Carpathians’ Cathedral” is situated in a fairy-tale like natural landscape. It dates back to the 17th century and represents the historical identity of the town, being the first building on this territory. The Monastery and the old church were built in 1690-1695 by Mihai Cantacuzino, Sword Bearer, and dedicated to the Sinai Mountain. Later on, the name was assumed by the locality (Sinaia).
Situated 30 km of Brasov, between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, Bran Castle is a major national monument and a landmark of Romania’s tourism, due to both its beauty, the scenery and the Count Dracula legend; it is said that his spirit is still haunting these ancient places.
Poiana Brasov is Romania’s most famous winter sports resort, and at the same time, an important international tourism center. A major attraction is the Black Church, one of the most important buildings in the Gothic style in Transylvania, built during the 14th – 15th centuries. It displays decorated portals, exterior and interior sculptures (statues, etc). Parts of the mural paintings from the 15th century are still preserved, as well as a collection of oriental carpets from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Church suffered after the big fire of 1689, which destroyed large parts of the town as well. Ever since, due to the persistant smokey colour, it has been known as the “Black Church”.
Bucharest: Events Highlights
|Bucharest International Film Festival
||14 – 21 April
This film festival opens with the city’s Cultural Spring celebrations, with plenty of film screenings, shows and exhibitions.
|Folk Art Festival
Held at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, this fascinating event shows off the best of the nation’s folk crafts.
|International Festival of Comedy
Laughter is on the menu during this hugely popular and entertaining festival.