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Romania

Romania is a very beautiful country that maintains the feel of the Middle Ages.

    

Mirror lakes, health resorts and ancient castles, which are everywhere in Romania, the birthplace of Count Dracula. There are amazing, sometimes gloomy and creepy castles scattered across the country.

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Romania is situated in Southeast Europe and the East of the Balkan Peninsula. In the South East is the Black Sea. The capital is Bucharest and the population is about 22 million people. The national language is Romanian and most of the population are Orthodox Christians. Even though Romanian is the official language they may also speak Hungarian and you can hear English and French. In hotels and cafes / restaurants they all speak English.
      
The Romanian leu is the monetary unit where 3.5 lei is about US$1 (4RON=1EUR). Currency can be easily exchanged at banks or exchange offices ("casa de schimb"), there are ATMs in major cities and hotels and some institutions accept credit cards.
      
Through the whole territory, from Ukraine and to Serbia passes the Carpathian mountains. The whole country is equally mountains, hills and plains. The highest mountain paek is  Moldoveanu at 2544m. The climate is continental, characterized by warm summers with temperatures up to 28C (sometimes more then +30C) and cold winters with +2C on the plains and -15C in the mountains. The rainfall is moderate.
      
The country is one of the largest in Europe with the number of virgin forests. There are still inhabited by wild animals in plentiful numbers including wolves and bears, and in the plains,  hares, foxes, badgers and squirrels. Natural Romania boasts a rich world of animals, unique mammals, birds and reptiles.
Tourism is developing tourism where the Black Sea side is the most popular resort region.

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The head of state is the president. The Economy has been struggling for many years but is developing. Black sea ports esport through the channel of Gibraltar to the Atlantic Ocean and through the Suez Canal into the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. This provides great opportunities for international trade with the countries from Asia, Europe and North Africa. But there is a lot of corruption, high inflation in the past and weak foreign investment, which slows development. Oil production is the largest sector of the economy, plus Natural gas. Export products of mechanical engineering and metallurgy, textiles, agricultural plants, grain and livestock, sheep and cattle.
Transport plays a very important role in connecting ports via roads and railways, with development of transport links along the Danube. 
       
Where should we go and what are the "must see" attractions in this romantic country of the Middle Ages!?
     
The Maramures region is the largest supplier of mineral water.
        
The largest port on the Black Sea part of Romania is Constanta, where there is the lighthouse of Genoa, the Roman wall and mosaic, the Ovid monument, churches and many museums.. It is recommended that you visit the ruins of the castle of the father of all vampires, "Gspodskuyu Church" ("Biserika-Domneasca"), reserves "Mynzelesht "with a salt cave and "Mud volcanoes ". In Buzau are beautiful monasteries Dintr-un-lench and Hurez, in Vylche-Govora, in Gordzha is the oldest monastery in Romania, Tismana. There is also the colorful town of Targu, Jiu and Fort Kornoyu.
        
The beautiful nature of the Carpathian Mountains leads to a huge number of historical sites and castles.

Of course, the hometown of Count Dracula (Vlad Tsepesh) is Sighishoara, which is located in Transylvania. There is a museum, chapel and a church on the hill. The most famous town is Brasov in Transylvania and you must see the gothic black church, the town hall, the church of St. Nicholas and St. Bartholomew and the historical museum.

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Public transport has developed and is now quite good, but often a too many people are ticketed leading to overcrowding. In the capital are modern shuttle buses, trams and trolleybuses. There are metro (running from 5.00 to 23.30) and taxis. Rental cars are freely available directly at the airport or you can book at the hotel (about 30EUR/day with GPS an additional 5EUR).
        
Romanians are very friendly and happy to tell you about and show you the sights of the city. The country is considered to be very safe, but it is necessary to carry your passport. Remember, not to take photos of bridges, ports and military buildings.
        
The food  is very interesting and the main components are meat, vegetables and corn. "Michi" or "mititei" are hot sausages which is the most popular dish. Hard boiled corn porridge, or "Hominy"("Mamalyga") is also poular and includes different sauces and starters. Traditional Romanian restaurants are hard to find as everywhere is full of the preferred European cuisine restaurants. Lots of coffee is served along with herbal tea, but black tea is difficult to find. A traditional plum home vodka is "Palinka". There are very good local wines and beers.

Dinner for two will cost 80-100RON (20EUR) and tipping is usually 10% of the check.

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Although there are a huge number of mineral springs in the country, it is recommended that chlorinated bottled water is used for drinking. The current quality of hotels now is much better! Guest houses are becoming very popular, with families giving up their houses for rent rooms near ski and health resorts. These houses offer a homeliness and customs of this people, for a rent of about 35 EUR. Villas and hotels are usually near the ski lifts. Growing in popularity are hostels (from 12EUR), although for now they are only in the most popular cities such as Bucharest, Sighisoara and Sibiu.
Shops are open on weekdays, some for 24hours). The development of viticulture and wine-making, means many people take a bottle of wine as a souvenir, apple or plum brandy. Porcelain dolls, pottery, embroidered shirts and all kinds of souvenirs with the subject of Count Dracula.

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Romania is a wonderful experience! Travel and let life please and surprise you!       
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