According to a Romanian saying, “In Transylvania the clocks do not measure time, but eternity”. In fact, the country, with its diverse nature, presents itself timelessly and unaffected by the hardships of modern times. With its deep forests, wild animals and historic towns full of old traditions, Romania invites you to fully recover and relax. Romania offers numerous mineral and healing springs for travellers to return with new strength and balance from their holiday.
Facts & Figures
Official name: România (Romania) Location: South East Europe, between Bulgaria and Ukraine on the Black Sea Area: 237.500 km² Capital city: Bucharest Population: 20 million Religious and ethnic groups: 81% Eastern Orthodox, 7% Protestants, 4% Catholics / 81% Romania, 7% Magyars, 3% Roma Language: Romanian (official language), Hungarian, Romani Geography: Mountains, Highlands and flatland. Highest point: Moldoveanu Peak (2544m) Time zone: Eastern European Time (UTC + 02:00) Currency: Romanian leu (Current exchange rate can be found online)
Arrival and departure
The trip to Romania can be reached by: plane, car, ferry, bus and train. Most visitors use the Henri Coandă International Airport in Bucharest.
Visa: Vaccinations: On site: Romania has a very dense road and rail network which is very affordable and used by many travellers.
Climate and best time to travel
Romania’s climate is temperate with cold, wet winters and sunny summers with many thunderstorms. Winter average temperature: -1°C (average minimum temperatures around -6°C in January) Summer average temperature: 22°C (Maximum temperatures around 30°C in July) Water temperature: 23°C in August
The best time to travel to Romania is between April and October, even though the country is also worth a visit throughout the rest of the year.
The most beautiful holiday regions
Romanian Riviera – Therapeutic Mud-Sea and picturesque seaside resorts Transylvania - Wild Carpathians and traditional villages
Public holidays and celebrations
New Year (January 1), Easter Sunday (alternately), Labour Day (May 1), Pentecost (Easter Sunday + 49/50 days), Assumption Day (August 15), Andrea Day (November 30), National Day (December 1), Christmas (December 25/26).
DOs and DON'Ts
• Understand superstition. The Romanians know many signs of happiness and misfortune and many actions that produce both. For strangers, this is often confusing and charming at the same time. • Repeat “No”. The first time your no is often being perceived as a courtesy.
• Mistake their language as a Slavic language. Do not call the Romanian language a Slavic language; it belongs to a completely different language family, of the Romance.
Can you drink the tap water? The Romanian tap water is generally not of drinking water quality. You should drink bottled or boiled water. Do I need an adaptor? In Romania, the same sockets are used as in Germany; an adapter is therefore not needed. What about medical care? Medical care is not up to European standards. A travel health insurance with medical evacuation transport is highly advised.
Top tips and discoveries
Sighișoara With its leaning, colourful cottages, the towering bell tower of the church and the old city wall make Sighișoara truly a hidden gem, in which time seems to stand still. The city is considered as the most beautiful inhabited castle grounds in Europe and as the birthplace of the legendary Dracula. Even today, the narrow streets symbolize an eerily beautiful touch of the past. Retezat National Park This national park in the Southern Carpathians is home to wild animals such as wolves, bears, lynxes and golden eagles and is home to a variety of unique herbs and plants. In an area that encompasses vast mountains as well as endlessly deep forests, you will also find what is probably the last valley of the Carpathians, completely untouched by human intervention. In the immediate vicinity of the park lies the Hațeg region, where the cultural heritage of the country is particularly visible through many Orthodox churches and monasteries.
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