Facts about Romania
Romania is located in south-eastern Central Europe and borders Hungary, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia and Bulgaria, as well as the Black Sea coastline. The country is crossed by the Carpathians whose highest point is 2545 meters. Romania has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forests in Europe.
What to see in Romania?
Tourism is an important industry and there are many different attractions. The capital of Romania is Bucharest located in the southern part of the country and is known for its wide boulevards. In its heyday, Bucharest was called “Little Paris” because of its Belle Époque architecture. This busy metropolis has developed strongly since the communist era. Some of the interesting places are the Calea Victoriei area with the old and charming cobbled streets, the historic Revolution Square, the scene of the uprising against Ceausescu in 1989 and the Lipiscani district which is a myriad of streets with many art galleries and antique shops.
Transylvania is probably one of the most famous areas in Romania, as Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula was inspired by the medieval castle perched on a cliff top in Bran. However, there is much more to Transylvania than Dracula. There are a number of medieval towns which are some of the best preserved in Europe, some of which have achieved UNESCO World Heritage status.
Brasov with medieval atmosphere has Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. The city was laid out by the Saxons. Brasov also has the largest Gothic church in Romania, the Black Church. Sighisoara is the best-preserved medieval town in the country and was built in the 16th century and has beautiful cobbled streets and stunning churches. Sibiu is the largest of several fortified cities in Romania and has retained its grandeur from earlier times. Another town in the same style is Viscri which has an old fortified Saxon church dating to 1100 AD.
Questions and answers
The language of Romania?
What language is spoken in Romania?
The official language is Romanian which is a language that has many similarities with Italian. The vast majority of younger people speak excellent English, many of the older generation also speak German.
There are a large number of recognized minority languages spoken, especially in border areas.
How many inhabitants does Romania have?
The total population of Romania is approximately 19,650,000
What is the capital of Romania?
The capital and largest city of Romania is Bucharest
When did Romania join the EU?
Romania is a member of the EU, the country was acceded to on 1 January 2007
Is Romania part of Schengen?
Romania is not participating in the Schengen cooperation
Is Romania a member of NATO?
Yes, Romania has been a member of the NATO Alliance since 12 March 1999
What time is it in Romania?
Romania has a time zone which is UTC +1. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.
Can you drink tap water in Romania?
There are generally no problems with drinking the water from the taps. Those who want to be on the safe side buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.
When is the best time to travel to Romania?
When is the best time to holiday in Romania?
The best period to holiday in Romania is spring and autumn, summer in Romania can get uncomfortably hot if you want to experience the big cities. If you want to holiday in the mountains or by the coast, summer is of course a good period, as the temperature is cooler in the mountains and if you are by the coast, you want really good summer weather.
Is it safe to travel in Romania?
It is safe to travel in Romania as long as you take the same precautions as you would in any other country. This means avoiding deserted areas and refraining from openly displaying valuables in public places.
The only thing you need to take care of is, like all places where there are tourists, pickpockets. Apart from these pickpockets, there is nothing to fear.
Family holiday with children in Romania
If you need to take children on holiday to Romania, here is a link to experiences for children and families.
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