Romania is an overlooked gem of Eastern Europe. For those travelers looking for an authentic, off the path experience definitely make a trip here! Either come with us on our small group tours or do it solo. Either way you will have a blast. Below are three highlights of Romania.
When travelling to Romania you’ve got to see Bran Castle. According to legend, the castle is the home of Dracula in Bram Stoker’s famous novel. It was restored in 1920 by an architect commissioned by Queen Maria. The restoration took seven years, transforming it into a summer home with park land, lake, and spectacular fountains. In 1948 the royal family was expelled from the country and the castle became state property. It was opened again in 1956 as a museum. After further restoration it was returned to the royal family in 2009 but is still open to the public.
A special place in Romania is not a castle or geographic feature, but a road. The Trasfăgărăşan was built between 1970 and 1974 by the military, and 40 soldiers were killed during its construction. The road has fantastic bends and is considered a great challenge for motorbikes. With a recommended speed of only 40km per hour, the road offers scenic vistas and passes by the Balea Glacial Lake. It has more tunnels and viaducts than any other road in Romania, and starred on an episode of Top Gear in 2009 where Jeremy Clarkson declared it “the best road in the world”.
Turda Salt Mine
Turda Salt Mine is one of the most important salt mines in Transylvania, and was first used for salt mining work during the Roman period. The mine is mentioned in ancient documents as far back as the 13th century when it was offered to the Transylvanian Catholic Church leaders. Turda is one of the largest places where salt can be extracted. The salt clods are cut by specialist miners. The mines were originally lit by candles with no explosives or mechanical equipment available to cut the salt. With amazing galleries, lengthy tunnels and wonderful acoustics, Turda Salt Mine is an unusual but worthwhile destination.
Our travel club specializes in small group tours and we’ll be heading on an amazing group tour to Romania and other countries in Eastern Europe soon enough!