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Welcome to Romania

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

For many people Romania is a bit of a mystery, having traumatically emerged from the Iron Curtain a few years ago. But Romania is a hidden gem right in the centre of middle Europe. A fascinating venue with a long and interesting history, Romania has much to offer the curious traveller, from Gothic citadels to bear watching in the Carpathian mountains. In many of the rural villages time has stood still, and customs and traditions continue as they have done for centuries. Charming countryside nestles alongside medieval cities and there is always something interesting and unusual to experience.
The real soul of Romania is the rural countryside where medieval peasant culture still prevails like nowhere else in Europe. In many villages small-scale farming continues as it has done for centuries still using the traditional techniques for making hay, milking cows and crushing grapes. The Maramures region situated in north western Romania is a good place to start for ancient villages where women sit outside spinning wool, many in traditional dress. Bartering and trading of goods still goes on between villagers, and for the tourist, the regular local markets are a good place to find local produce and specialities such as hand made gingerbread biscuits, honey and doughnuts made freshly for you on the spot.
The small logging town of Viseu de Sus in the Maramures region boasts the only remaining narrow guage forestry railways, surely one of the most remarkable heritage railway attractions in Eastern Europe. Constructed in 1932 to transport timber from the forests of the Carpathian mountains, the steam powered locomotives climb and travel for 31 miles to the tiny hamlet of Coman, stopping along the way for passengers to pick mushrooms if they so desire.
No visit to Romania would be complete without a visit to Transylvania, home not only to Dracula, but also some of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. There is Brasnov with its Old Saxon citadel and architecture, and nearby Bran Castle, a fairy tale Gothic castle which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. There is also Sighisoara with its 14th century clock tower and secret passages, and Sibiu with its pastel coloured houses and cobbled streets. The most beautiful castle in Transylvania is arguably Corvinilor Castle, boasting medieval towers and buttresses, and this is located in Hunedoara. Transylvania's multi-ethnic heritage embraces both German and Hungarian influences, and this is evident in the cuisine, architecture, music and festivals, as well as the rich variety of folk costumes still worn in the region.
It is easy to see evidence of the Habsburg rule until 1918 in the Crisana and Banat region where Romanians have lived alongside Germans and Hungarians for centuries. Timisoara is one of the main towns in the Banat region and is know both as 'Little Vienna' and also 'The Garden City' due to its elegant parks and gardens. Cultural attractions include the Botanical Garden, the Banat Museum and the Timisoara Philharmonic and Opera House. If mountains are more your scene the Bihor Mountains descend from east to west, and here you can explore underground waterfalls, cave tunnels and hidden lakes and glaciers.
The Danube Delta is 2, 200-square-mile wildlife reserve designated by UNESCO as a 'Reservation of the Biosphere' and this is located in the Dobrogea region. In the same region there is also 152 miles of Romania's Black Sea coastal resorts, and the ancient port city of Constanta which features museums, a casino and historical mansions, and is at the centre of the Black Sea tourist industry. Many of the beaches are named after mythological gods such as Jupiter, Neptun and Venus. Amidst ancient fishing villages, the whole region is home to countless species of birds, fish and plants, and Danube Delta tours with local fisherman are available for further exploration.
The capital city of Romania is Bucharest, and this is situated in the Wallachia region which has a wide range of historic and natural attractions such as heritage buildings, monasteries and royal palaces. First documented by Vlad Tepes in 1459, Bucharest has a surprising range of cultural attractions from Piata Revolutiei, site of the Romanian Athenaeum and the former Royal Palace, to the Palace of Parliament which is the second largest building in the world. Near Lispcani is the old city centre, and this helps to explain why Bucharest was known as 'Little Paris' in the 1920s. For art lovers, along the banks of the Jui River is situated the former market town of Targu Jui which has strong links with the Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi, considered to be the founder of modern sculpture. The area is also home to tranquil monasteries.
Romania is a land of contrasts and surprises, and booking your holiday in Romania with JiveHippo.travel ensures that you will have a wonderful holiday with something to suit every taste.

Climate

Romania has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and winters are cold, often with snow.

Getting Around

The cities of Romania are generally known to have good public transport systems which consist of buses, trams, trolleybuses, and maxitaxis. 

The only city that has an underground is Bucharest. The train system is generally slow but very reliable.

Taxis are reliable and by law have to show their rates on the side of their car, to save people from being overcharged.

You will be able to take a bus from any bus station, and purchase your bus ticket directly from the driver.

Health

Before travelling to Romania you should get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). 

This card entitles you to state provided medical treatment. 

If you do not have your EHIC then you will have to show your travel insurance and have accessible funds to be able to cover any costs of any treatment that you may have to undergo on your holiday.

Language

 The official language is Romanian, which is classed as a Daco-Romance language, and this is spoken by about 89% of the population. In parts of Transylvania Hungarian is spoken and there is also a small proportion of German speakers.

Money

 The currency in Romania is the Leu (plural "Lei" - pronunciation: lay).

Safety

Always be aware of your belongings, especially in crowded areas and in the main towns. Pickpockets and bag snatchers operate in crowded areas, on public transport and in the main railway stations.

Organised group attacks occur, which often include children and they will attempt to try and snatch watches and jewellery from your bags and off your body.

Reports have been made of plain clothed policemen approaching tourists and asking to see their money and documents. The documents and wallets are returned and you will find that they are returned without the money inside. Be aware of beinf approached by a plain clothed policeman.

Time

Romania are under the Eastern European Time Zone (UTC+02:00).

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