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Destination Travel Guide: Off the Path Romania!

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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.

Bran Castle

Bran CastleWhen 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.

Trasfăgărăşan

A special place in Romania is not a castle or geographic feature, but a road. Thesmall group tours in Romania 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

small group tours RomaniaTurda 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!


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7 Replies to “Destination Travel Guide: Off the Path Romania!”

frieda hoheisel
June 14, 2013
HI Steve, both my parents were born in Romania, my dad is Romanian and I did visit the country 15 years ago or so and would enjoy another trip, so glad to see this is an option.
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    Steve
    June 19, 2013
    Yes! Hopefully sooner than later!
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Devlin @ Marginal Boundaries
November 1, 2013
I hear that Romania also has the worlds fastest internet, not necessarily a "site to see" but a bonus for tech/nerds like myself nonetheless.
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Mary @ Green Global Travel
November 4, 2013
These are fabulous suggestions! I would love to see each and every one for very different reasons - and am absolutely in awe of that road!
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Jerubaal
November 5, 2013
that's "Transfăgărăşan" (with n) not "Trasfăgărăşan". Good for SEO :)
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The GypsyNesters
November 19, 2013
SO on our bucket list! My grandfather was born in Romania and I would love to see my homeland. As an added bonus, I look so Romanian (strong genes, I gather, 'cause I'm quite the mutt!) that it would be fun to "fit in"! -Veronica
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Dan
December 7, 2013
That is one crazy road! I know a few people that would lose their stomach driving that one.
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