THE ROYAL RESIDENCE
Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many of the most stunning castles in Europe.
Commissioned by King Carol 1 in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European Art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls.
King Carol certainly spared no expense. Peles Castle was the first European castle to have electricity, hot and cold running water, central heat and central vaccum system. Plus each room is decorated in a different style or theme. Needless to say, the castle, from both inside and outside, is an Instagrammer's dream.
THE PICTURESQUE TOWN
Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and filled with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Romania.
Stroll around the old Town Hall Square where you can admire colourfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures. Be sure to take a peek inside the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Romania. Its name derives from damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689, when flames and smoke blackened its walls.
Neraby are towering mountains, rolling fields,thick forests and villages with fortified churches that will have you snapping away.
THE HOME OF DRACULA
Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocler's Dracula. Built on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold to tourists displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie of Romania.
Although Stoker never visited Transylvania, the Irish author relied on research and his vivid imagination to create the dark and intimidating stomping ground of Count Dracula, leading to persistent myths that it was once the home of the infamous Vlad Tepes, ruker of Walachia. As a result, the castle continues to hold a strong attraction for all fans of the Count.
Thanks to its age and the myths surrounding the castle, it's undoubtedly one of Romania's spookiest attractions.
THE WORLD-FAMOUS SALT MINE
A museum of salt mining in Transylvania may not sound exciting, but it is really is. And it certainly makes for unique photos.
Salina Turda is a must-see attraction in Romania, located approximately 30km from Cluj-Napoca. The centuries-old salt mine has been converted into an underground tourist attraction where you can go boating on an underground lake, attend a concert in a 180-seat amphitheatre, and ride a carousel deep within a salt cavern. There is also a museum and health spa.
An outing to Salina Turda promises to be remarkable from the moment you see the outside building. In fact, it resembles a science fiction colony. Thousands of interior lights make it a fun spot for photography. it's easy to picture yourself on a different planet or on a space ship where an adventure begins.
THE PERFECT LAKE
Undoubtedly our favourite spot in all Romania, the incredible Balea Lake is a glacier lake situated at 2,304 m of altitude in the Fagaras Mountains, in central Romania, in Sibiu Country. There are two chalets opened all the year round, a meteorological station and a nearby moutain rescue station.
By far one of the most beautiful spots in the country, the lake is accessible by car on the Transfagarasan road during the summer, if you're willing to spend hours in traffic, and the rest of the year by a cable car. We highly suggest taking the cable car. Not only does it save you hours getting up to the lake, but it also has INCREDIBLE views of the forests, waterfalls and landscapes below. The cable car itself is an attraction. If you do decide to drive, fear not. The road to the lake is known as one of the most beautiful high roads in the world. so you'll still be able to enjoy the scenery. In fact, when traffic is bad (which is mostly on weekends), many tourists pull over and picnic in the fields next to the natural streams.
And while you're there, be sure to make a day of it. The lake itself is beyond beautiful, so you'll want to spend time exploring it from every angle. Plus there's a restaurant on site where every angle. Plus there's a restaurant on site where you'll be able to enjoy a traditional Romanian lunch while soaking in the incredible scenery.
ROMANIA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
CURRENCY: Romanian Leu
VISA: Romania is a member of the Schengen Agreement but has not yet fully implemented it. For EU citizens, an officially approved ID card (or a passport) is sufficient for entry. Others will generally need a passport for entry.
GETTING THERE: flydubai flies daily direct to Bucharest from Dubai, with a flight time of 5hrs15mins.