Banffy castle in Bontida

Banffy Castle in Bontida, Romania

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My first encounter with the Banffy Castle in Bontida took place years ago, on a warm April day on the
way up to Maramures. Only 30 km away from Cluj Napoca, the castle in Bontida is hidden to the right of
the road that leads to Gherla. You can see it from the road, but in order to reach it, you must detour
through the Bontida Commune. Once you turn right, the road leads you to the castle, and you can orient
yourself by its position. There are no signs for it, except on the national road.

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Romania in autumn

Top 10 best places to enjoy Autumn in Romania

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The most colourful season is a great time to visit some of the best places in Romania! Although there is a multitude of attraction ready to be explored all year long, the fall season makes some of them especially charming. So if you want to enjoy Autumn in Romania, these are some great destinations to do that: Read more

Sarmizegetusa Regia Dacian fortress

Sarmizegetusa Regia Dacian fortress

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It’s a well-known fact that the Romanian people are descendants of the Dacians (the people that lived in present-day Romania) and the Romans (who conquered Dacia, influencing even the language that is spoken in Romania today). There are two fortresses in Romania with very similar names, both Dacian capitals at different points in time and often confused with one another. However, Sarmizegetusa Regia and Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana are not one and the same. If Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa was the capital of Dacia after it was conquered by Trajan (after the Dacian wars with the Romans), Sarmizegetusa Regia was the capital of pre-roman Dacia. Read more

Romanian desserts

6 Traditional Romanian desserts you must try

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Romanian desserts are not very known around the world, but when you decide to visit a country it is important also to taste it for the full experience. So after you have decided when to come to Romania and what to do here, you must also know what to eat. Romanian cuisine has influences from the people around and when you visit the country you will see that even the main regions of Romania have different dishes because their history is different. People in Transylvania are eating other things than the ones in Bucovina and are even using different spices when they cook. Read more

Romanian castles

10 amazing Romanian castles

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Romanian castles are known to be among the most beautiful ones in Europe. Not all of them are well kept, so today some are in ruins, some are closed to public and only few still welcome their guests. The most visited tourist attraction in Romania is a castle: Bran castle, due to its “connection” with the vampire Dracula.

When visiting Romania some of these jewels will be among your points of interest, so you need which one to choose. Here is my list with the 10 Romanian castles: Read more

sustainable tourism in Romania

Sustainable tourism in Romania – what do we do to support it?

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Sustainable tourism became an important subject since the number of tourists increased and their actions started to impact the places they visit. A large number of travelers in one place affect the lives of those living there and the whole environment. Even though tourism is an important way to raise the economy of an area, bad management can create imbalances. Read more

6 places to visit in Romania

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So you have decided to visit Romania? That is a great choice! You’ve probably checked when is the best time to come here and you already know a few things about Romania, but now you are wondering – where should you go? Maybe you are one of the tourists that already have a lot of details about this country or you chose to have a holiday here only because someone told you that you will find great things to see in Romania and you are wondering what are those things. My purpose is not to create a top with the most beautiful places, nor to persuade you to choose a certain spot. I just want to make a list that will help you decide considering your interest and the number of days you want to spend here. So here is the list with the six places to visit in Romania:

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10 most known palaces in Romania

10 best known palaces in Romania

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There are only 2 or 3 famous palaces in Romania, but few people know that Romania has a legacy of over 1300 castles, palaces, mansions and fortresses built by our ancestors. You can visit some of them, but unfortunately some are just ruins, also very exciting to explore.
Among these 1300 pieces of history, I only chose 10 palaces in Romania to recommend you for a visit. Palaces are many but the most known and beautiful ones are: Read more

7 things to do in Transylvania

7 things to do in Transylvania

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Bram Stocker made Transylvania famous in his novel “Dracula”. People who came here after reading the novel discovered a land of rich woods, green fields and wild animals, not a scary place, like the one in the novel. They found a fairy tale region with castles, fortresses, tasty food and friendly people. That is why the list with these 7 things to do in Transylvania it’s the minimum you can experience when visiting this wonder land: Read more

First 11 things you must know about Romania

First 11 things you must know about Romania

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Are you planning to visit Romania? I prepared an infographic with the first 11 thing you must know about Romania. And also some guided tours. So, when you decide to travel to Romania, you will probably need and want to know: Read more