Despite its rich cultural heritage, beautiful natural scenery and friendly people - Romania is a lesser-known travel destination in Europe and world-wide. Local authorities are not doing a great job at promoting our country - which is what we're trying to do here at Romanian Friend!
When I'm planning a trip to a country I've never been before, I find it useful to read reviews from other people and especially travel bloggers! So I decided to ask those who visited Romania to share their thoughts about our country and their experience. I reached out to bloggers who I thought were authentic in their stories and reviews, and didn't just visit the typical tourist attractions in 3 days...
After being in business for 5 years (and surviving Covid!) we know one thing for sure: after people visit our country they're surprised by the wonderful holiday they had and impressed by the many things to do in Romania. So they start making plans for their next trip here. Many of our clients also said this about their tours in Romania. And that's exactly what many travel bloggers who visited our country also realised!
So instead of us telling you how wonderful think our country is - we asked them to give you a quick summary of their experience, and you can read more on their blog!
Table of contents
- 1. Or from mypathintheworld: "every second in Romania was magical to me!"
- 2. Laure from laurewanders: "one of my favourite countries in Europe!"
- 3. Sean from livingoutlau: "I can't wait to go back and explore more of the country!"
- 4. Nicola from seenicwander: "I can’t wait to go back!"
- 5. Nellie from wildjunket: "My trip turned out to be everything I'd dreamt of!"
- 6. Anna from ExpertWorldTravel: "I can't wait to go back!"
- 7. Terry and Maura from TravelKiwis: "We loved our road trip of Romania!"
- 7. Alex from JustGoExploring: "I loved my time in Romania and can't wait to return!"
- 8. Selene from SheIsWanderlust: Romanian cheese and wine is underrated!
1. Or from mypathintheworld: "every second in Romania was magical to me!"
Other than the fact that my grandfather was born in Bucharest, I didn't know much about Romania, especially not as a travel destination. But not only did I get to explore the Romanian capital and see where he spent his childhood until WWII started - I also got to understand why this country is a must-visit gem in Europe.
The views, the culture, and the history of this place are just incredible. From visiting colorful towns like Sighișoara and Sibiu to stepping back in time at landmarks like the Peleș Castle to admiring the beautiful natural scenery of the Transfăgărășan road and Balea Lake, every second in Romania was magical to me.
I know I have yet to experience everything Romania has to offer, but I got a great glimpse into what is still waiting for me. To top it all off, it is a budget-friendly destination that hasn't been affected by overtourism (yet), so there are plenty of reasons to visit it.
- contributed by Or from MyPathInTheWorld.com
2. Laure from laurewanders: "one of my favourite countries in Europe!"
During my visit to Romania I visited Bucharest, Brasov and two beautiful castles: Peles Castle and Bran Castle, which is also known as Dracula's Castle. Romania is one of these countries where I felt as if I was walking through a fairytale the entire time. With its beautiful forests, enchanting castles and lovely towns, it ended up becoming one of my favourite countries in Europe!
- contributed by Laure from LaureWanders.com
3. Sean from livingoutlau: "I can't wait to go back and explore more of the country!"
Romania was one of my favorite countries on my Eastern European trip. Though I arrived in the country solo, I quickly met some friends in Cluj. Along with one of those friends, we decided to rent a car to explore the country. Our trip took us from Cluj-Napoca, the capital of the Transylvania region of Romania, all the way down to Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
Along the way, we saw the beautiful countryside with stunning views, explore some of the medieval citadels of the country, and drove on the most impressive driving road in the world (according to Top Gear) - the Transfagarasan Highway. Of course, I have to mention, a trip to Bran Castle, the alleged birthplace of Dracula.
Overall, the country was beautiful with plenty to see and the locals were friendly. I can't wait to go back and explore more of the country!
- contributed by Sean from livingoutlau.com
4. Nicola from seenicwander: "I can’t wait to go back!"
I visited Romania a few years ago and I can’t wait to go back. Bucharest is a fascinating destination for history enthusiasts and I loved taking a tour with a local guide to get familiar with the city. Make sure to visit the massive Palace of Parliament building, go dancing to live music in the old town, and spend time in the city's abundant parks and green spaces.
Just a 2.5 hour train ride from the capital, Brasov is the perfect place to get outside and enjoy Romania’s natural beauty. Whether you’re hiking Tampa mountain, visiting the impressive Bran Castle, or exploring smaller villages in the Carpathian mountains, this region is overflowing with interesting sights and incredible scenery.
- contributed by Nic from seenicwander.com
5. Nellie from wildjunket: "My trip turned out to be everything I'd dreamt of!"
For years, I'd dreamt of traveling to Transylvania, a land full of witches, vampires and haunted castles. My trip to Transylvania turned out to be everything I'd dreamt of -- and more. It was like stepping into a kid's fairy tale. Forbidding castles coated in snow and backdropped by majestic mountains; whimsical villages clustered with small pastel-colored huts, their gingerbread roofs and medieval spires tumbling down to pretty cafes; cobbled streets flanked by antique shops and medieval clock towers.
- contributed by Nellie from wildjunket.com
6. Anna from ExpertWorldTravel: "I can't wait to go back!"
I had the chance to travel to Romania some time ago and I must say it's one of the countries I have enjoyed visiting so far while traveling around the world.
The breathtaking sceneries, the magnificent castles and fortresses (especially the famous Bran castle, most commonly known as Dracula's castle), their delicious food (my favorites are Mici and Jumări), and of course, the friendly people are just a few of the reasons why I fell in love with this beautiful country.
I know there are still a lot of beautiful places I have yet to explore in Romania so can't wait to go back!
- contributed by Anna from ExpertWorldTravel.com
7. Terry and Maura from TravelKiwis: "We loved our road trip of Romania!"
Our visit to Romania was one of the highlights of our European travel adventures. Our month-long road trip took us across central Romania to the Black Sea, with a few detours along the way. We loved the natural beauty of the Carpathian Mountains and the Danube Delta. And the picturesque medieval towns of Sighisoara, Sibiu and Brasov for places to stay.
For us, Brasov was the best place to stay in Romania. Each morning we visited the square of this beautiful old town to plan our trips to Mount Tampa, Bran’s Castle, and the Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti. And one of the must do experiences was driving the famous Transfagarasan road. We loved our road trip of Romania, because we got to see so many unique and wonderful views of Romania and its people.
- contributed by Terry and Maura from TravelKiwis.com
7. Alex from JustGoExploring: "I loved my time in Romania and can't wait to return!"
I hired a car and explored Romania for three weeks! This was one of the best road trips I've ever done, and I fell in love with the country. There are so many amazing places to visit, and the variety of fascinating history, culture, and scenery is really incredible.
On this trip, I visited Timișoara, Brașov, Sighișoara, Bucharest, and Vama Veche, and also drove on the Transfăgărășan Highway. Staying up all night and watching the sunrise on the beach at Vama Veche was one of my favourite moments of the trip, but honestly it was all amazing.
My number one tip for people planning a trip to Romania is to hire a car. It makes getting around so much easier, and means you can travel around at your own pace, stopping wherever you like along the way. It's much more chilled than using public transport. And driving the Transfăgărășan Highway is really epic!
- contributed by Alex from justgoexploring.com
8. Selene from SheIsWanderlust: Romanian cheese and wine is underrated!
Bucharest is one of the most incredible places I have been to. I was not really sure about what to expect when I visited, but the city, its people, its food and its culture completely blew my mind. The city itself is not small at all, but it is very safe and you can check all of it on foot. The Old Town was definitely my favorite part. It is extremely cozy and full of small pubs, bars, picturesque restaurants and stores, with something going on every day (and I mean everyday).
The architecture is very interesting, somewhat resembling Paris - they don't call it the Paris of the East for nothing! The food was also incredible, very fresh and tasteful, highlighting their cheeses and their wine, which in my opinion is underrated. Romanians are extremely friendly, and most of them speak very good English. Would not hesitate about coming back!
- contributed by Selene from sheiswanderlust.com
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