Next Stop, Romania:A Road trip through Wines, Vamps and Castles

Romania in Autumn is mesmerising, especially at the country side and Transylvania region, where you can enjoy the different colours painted by nature, fresh air, architecture and affordable local wine. Romania overall is a very affordable destination, you can find hostels starting at 7-10 € and budget single hotel rooms around 20-30 € per night. Although I am not a big fan of Romanian cuisine, I have to admit it is pretty cheap. An average restaurant meal will cost you about 5 €. Note that, even though Romania is in the EU, the currency is Romanian lei(RON).
The road trip began from a resort in Sarata MonetoruBuzauSinaiaBrasov and a final stop in Bucharest. Through the beautiful autumn scenery, vampire stories,and castles, I have to say that my favourite Romanian city was definitely Transylvania and the city of Brasov with its colourful and authentic medieval atmosphere.

Transportation

In my case, since I was with a group of 16 people carrying suitcases, the most convenient option was to rent a minibus with a driver for the day which cost us about 20-25 euro each. However, for a smaller group or the solo travelers out there, Romania offers very affordable transportation.You can find more information about the services and prices here: Busses , Rail.cc , ViRail ,Calatori Also, for those who are interested in just visiting the Castles, there are some tour options that may suit you better.(Disclaimer: I have not used any of these services I just provided them as reference for transport and prices. Always double check.)
When traveling within the city you can use buses or trams. Tickets can be purchased from a kiosk. Try to avoid taxis as they might be expensive, many will advice you to get an Uber instead.

Otopeni Airport to Bucharest City Center

To go to the city center from the airport take the Bus 780/783 . The bus stop is located in front of the Arrivals Entrance. Please note that the driver does not sell tickets so you have to buy them from a kiosk/machine. A two way ticket costs less than 2 euro. More Info

Things to See and Do in Romania
Guide based upon my own experience.

Visit Castelul Peleș, Sinaia:

A Wonderful German Neo-Renaissance inspired castle, build in 1873-1914, located in the beautiful nature of the Carpathian Mountains. The castle mostly Baroque influenced, combines features of classic Europe and many of the rooms have dedicated world culture themes (Florentine, Turkish, Moorish, French, Imperial). Peles, is considered to be the world’s first castle fully powered by locally produce electricity. Featuring a movable glass ceiling, central heating and an elevator. You cannot enter the caste without a tour and the adult ticket costs about 7 euro. More information and the schedule can be found here

Explore Brașov, Transylvania:

Brasov is a city in the wonderful Transylvania region surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. Easily my favourite part of Romania so far. Brasov is a medieval city build in the 13th century. Once enclosed by fortified walls and defence towers some of which are still present adding to its authentic aura. The old town consists of colourful baroque buildings that give out a uniquely hearty and romantic atmosphere. Although relatively pricey in comparison to the other cities , you can find activities and enjoy the city without spending much. Read More…

Visit ” Dracula’s” Bran Caste, Bran:

Do you like vampire stories? you might have heard about the “Dracula Castle” in Romania. Bran Castle, a medieval fortress castle dating back to 1211. Not the most captivating Castle in my opinion ,however its worth a visit. Mostly known as the “home” of count Dracula due to its perceived resemblance to the “terrifying” hilltop fortress in the famous Bram Stokers novel “Dracula”. Furthermore, many believe , that count Dracula was actually inspired by Vlad III, who is said to be directly linked to Bran Castle.

Born to the house of Drăculești , Vlad, gained his vicious reputation from impaling his enemies on long wooden spikes and displaying their bodies in the forest. However, getting to know the full story ,some could argue as to whether Vlad the impaler was a cruel villain or actually a hero.

Vampire stories or not , the Castle seems to attract a lot of visitors and frequently hosts different kind of events. The Castle is open until 4-6 pm(depending on the season) and adult tickets are around 8 euro. When visiting don’t forget to also check out the secret narrow staircase passage and don’t worry about getting bitten , we only come out at night 🦇.

More information here

Explore Bucharest:

Bucharest, the capital and largest city of Romania ,located southeast of the country.Unfortunately, most of its historical buildings and beautiful architecture has been destroyed. Many during the WWII , earthquakes and finally a communist dictator who torn down and replaced most of what was left with government and utilitarian communist style concrete blocks. Although , still, to the present day a big part of the city consists of crumbling walls and neglected buildings, in the recent years many renovations are taking place in an attempt to modernize the city.All of this resulting in Bucharest’s interesting contrast between old and new with a notable mix of architectural styles: Neo-classical, interbellum, communist-era and modern.

Bucharest is not amongst my favorite destinations , but hey , an explorer will always find a way to enjoy a new terrace! Grab a sights map ,explore, join the free tours , go geocaching , canoe in Herăstrău Park and enjoy the lively nightlife in Strada Lipscani, old town.

Explore Buzău:

The county of Buzău located in the historical region of Muntenia in the south east of Romania. If you happen to be there or passing by, you may want to take some time and relax in Sarata Monteoru, check out the Vineyards for some affordable wine tasting or explore the Berca Mud Volcanoes . Read More…

Next Stop, Romania:A Road trip through Wines, Vamps and Castles

Romania in Autumn is mesmerising, especially at the country side and Transylvania region, where you can enjoy the different colours painted by nature, fresh air, architecture and affordable local wine. Romania overall is a very affordable destination, you can find hostels starting at 7-10 € and budget single hotel rooms around 20-30 € per night. Although I am not a big fan of Romanian cuisine, I have to admit it is pretty cheap. An average restaurant meal will cost you about 5 €. Note that, even though Romania is in the EU, the currency is Romanian lei(RON).
The road trip began from a resort in Sarata MonetoruBuzauSinaiaBrasov and a final stop in Bucharest. Through the beautiful autumn scenery, vampire stories,and castles, I have to say that my favourite Romanian city was definitely Transylvania and the city of Brasov with its colourful and authentic medieval atmosphere.

Transportation

In my case, since I was with a group of 16 people carrying suitcases, the most convenient option was to rent a minibus with a driver for the day which cost us about 20-25 euro each. However, for a smaller group or the solo travelers out there, Romania offers very affordable transportation.You can find more information about the services and prices here: Busses , Rail.cc , ViRail ,Calatori Also, for those who are interested in just visiting the Castles, there are some tour options that may suit you better.(Disclaimer: I have not used any of these services I just provided them as reference for transport and prices. Always double check.)
When traveling within the city you can use buses or trams. Tickets can be purchased from a kiosk. Try to avoid taxis as they might be expensive, many will advice you to get an Uber instead.

Otopeni Airport to Bucharest City Center

To go to the city center from the airport take the Bus 780/783 . The bus stop is located in front of the Arrivals Entrance. Please note that the driver does not sell tickets so you have to buy them from a kiosk/machine. A two way ticket costs less than 2 euro. More Info

Things to See and Do in Romania
Guide based upon my own experience.

Visit Castelul Peleș, Sinaia:

A Wonderful German Neo-Renaissance inspired castle, build in 1873-1914, located in the beautiful nature of the Carpathian Mountains. The castle mostly Baroque influenced, combines features of classic Europe and many of the rooms have dedicated world culture themes (Florentine, Turkish, Moorish, French, Imperial). Peles, is considered to be the world’s first castle fully powered by locally produce electricity. Featuring a movable glass ceiling, central heating and an elevator. You cannot enter the caste without a tour and the adult ticket costs about 7 euro. More information and the schedule can be found here

Explore Brașov, Transylvania:

Brasov is a city in the wonderful Transylvania region surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. Easily my favourite part of Romania so far. Brasov is a medieval city build in the 13th century. Once enclosed by fortified walls and defence towers some of which are still present adding to its authentic aura. The old town consists of colourful baroque buildings that give out a uniquely hearty and romantic atmosphere. Although relatively pricey in comparison to the other cities , you can find activities and enjoy the city without spending much. Read More…

Visit ” Dracula’s” Bran Caste, Bran:

Do you like vampire stories? you might have heard about the “Dracula Castle” in Romania. Bran Castle, a medieval fortress castle dating back to 1211. Not the most captivating Castle in my opinion ,however its worth a visit. Mostly known as the “home” of count Dracula due to its perceived resemblance to the “terrifying” hilltop fortress in the famous Bram Stokers novel “Dracula”. Furthermore, many believe , that count Dracula was actually inspired by Vlad III, who is said to be directly linked to Bran Castle.

Born to the house of Drăculești , Vlad, gained his vicious reputation from impaling his enemies on long wooden spikes and displaying their bodies in the forest. However, getting to know the full story ,some could argue as to whether Vlad the impaler was a cruel villain or actually a hero.

Vampire stories or not , the Castle seems to attract a lot of visitors and frequently hosts different kind of events. The Castle is open until 4-6 pm(depending on the season) and adult tickets are around 8 euro. When visiting don’t forget to also check out the secret narrow staircase passage and don’t worry about getting bitten , we only come out at night 🦇.

More information here

Explore Bucharest:

Bucharest, the capital and largest city of Romania ,located southeast of the country.Unfortunately, most of its historical buildings and beautiful architecture has been destroyed. Many during the WWII , earthquakes and finally a communist dictator who torn down and replaced most of what was left with government and utilitarian communist style concrete blocks. Although , still, to the present day a big part of the city consists of crumbling walls and neglected buildings, in the recent years many renovations are taking place in an attempt to modernize the city.All of this resulting in Bucharest’s interesting contrast between old and new with a notable mix of architectural styles: Neo-classical, interbellum, communist-era and modern.

Bucharest is not amongst my favorite destinations , but hey , an explorer will always find a way to enjoy a new terrace! Grab a sights map ,explore, join the free tours , go geocaching , canoe in Herăstrău Park and enjoy the lively nightlife in Strada Lipscani, old town.

Explore Buzău:

The county of Buzău located in the historical region of Muntenia in the south east of Romania. If you happen to be there or passing by, you may want to take some time and relax in Sarata Monteoru, check out the Vineyards for some affordable wine tasting or explore the Berca Mud Volcanoes . Read More…

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