Oh, Romania! Setting for Bram Stockers majestically famous Dracula. The archetypal vampire Count Dracula, created by Bram Stoker, was inspired by the Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler because he was rather fond of impaling his enemies and standing them along the roads. Sounds like a swell guy!
But there is so much more to Romania than Vlad Tepes and spooky vampire castles. Brascov the capital of Romania is also home to The Black Church which has the largest organ in Europe, with 4000 tubes. You can also find in Brascov the largest Gothic church between Vienna, Austria and Istanbul, Turkey. And also worth mentioning is that Romania is the world’s ninth largest wine producer.
Can you tell us about the city or country you were born?
For those who don’t know, Romania is a country in the east of Europe. It is one of the ex-communist countries and it still tries to develop itself. Romania is a beautiful country. It has everything: wild mountains, beautiful sea, amazing architecture, great food and a very interesting history. People don’t know much about it and most of those who know, know only the stereotypes and refuse to learn more about it and visit it. The negative part would be the corruption which we can’t seem to be able to get rid of.
Why is Romania a great place to visit as a tourist?
Romania has a beautiful culture, people are really friendly in certain parts of the country, the food is delicious so you should definitely give it a try. The history and the architecture are quite interesting. We have many castles (one of which is Dracula’s) and tons of really old buildings that are going to draw your attention. We also have great nature: mountains that will take your breath away and seaside full of life and energy. It’s a great country if you give it a chance.
If I decided to travel to Romania what cities should I stay in?
Three of my favorite cities here in Romania are Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara. They are medieval cities so it’s kind of like going back in time whenever you visit them. If, however, you want something else, Bucuresti and Cluj are two cities with great nightlife, but also interesting places to see. If you want to see the sea, visit some places and go out clubbing, Constanta is your best bet (but only during the summer). For the winter, if you enjoy skiing or snowboarding or just snow in general Predeal and Sinaia are great for that.
When is the best time of year to travel to Romania?
Can you tell us about some native foods of Romania? What is your favorite?
What are some things that a tourist should do?
Do you have any tips for tourists who are traveling to Romania for the first time?
What are some stereotypes you would wish to change about Romanians? If any…
How has being from Romania shaped your perspectives on the world? What are some things you are proud of or not so proud of about your country?
Here in Romania, even in school, we learn many things about other countries. We learn their capitals, the most important cities, their resources, their geographical position and maybe even things about their politics. I’ve also seen that when you’re from eastern Europe you have to work harder to demonstrate your good.
What are some other places in the world that you wish to travel to someday? Why?
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