Bran Castle can be found right in the heart of the Carpathians, in Transylvania. The castle is definitely worth a visit, but the expectations were so high that to be honest I was a little disappointed. Many of the castles of the Loire French or Spanish Castilian steppe are most impressive. Anyway, a must if you walk through this area.
In my opinion, Brasow is the prettiest city in Romania, it is much prettier than the capital city, where I didn´t even take one photograph. It is medieval yet modern and it has a main street full of terraces and restaurants, its people are the most modern and with the best design stores nationwide, it is a city that I would not mind living.
Este edificio es extremadamente gigante, de hecho es el segundo edificio administrativo más grande del mundo, el primer puesto se lo lleva el pentagono! También se puede visitar su interior, no se lo pueden perder!!
This is an amazing palace in the city of Sinaia. It is called "The Pearl of the Carpathians" and no wonder. Situated in the foothills of the Bucegi Mountains and along the Prahova River, they began work in 1873 and the palace was completed in 1914. It was the summer residence of King Carod I. Honestly this place is worth the visit, we left there stunned. The palace is huge and full of luxuries and curiosities. It has a room decorated in oriental style, furniture from different cultures and civilizations, very luxurious, passageways , libraries, and about 160 rooms. Awesome!
The city of Sibiu is situated in the heart of the European cultural capital Romania. It was the capital when Romania joined the European Union. The most typical are roofs with windows that look like eyes, I loved them. It has a very interesting history, one I recommend you search for because it is worth it.
This church is the largest church in the city. It is located in the historic center, in front of the old Town Hall. It was constructed between 1385 and 1477 over the remains of an earlier church which was destroyed by invading Mongols in the year 1242. Throughout its existence, it has undergone various vicissitudes, the last was in 1689 when a large fire destroyed the city and caused the walls to go black (since then, it is known as the "black church"). It had to be rebuilt afterwards. It is the largest Gothic church to be found in Romania, although its interior is mostly Baroque. It is made of sandstone, and it has six gates which are decorated with various sculptures. It has the largest bell in Romania, which weighs seven tons. The interior has three naves divided by pillars; I must mention the Italian Renaissance-style murals, an impressive 4,000 pipe organ which dates from the early nineteenth century, and a collection of Anatolian carpets from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which are considered the most important of Europe. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 to 15.30.
Si el día está lindo, no dudes en ir preparado para hacer un pic nic luego de visitar el arco. Se encuentra a unos metros de distancia de uno de los parques más lindos de la ciudad! Con puestos para comprar comida y golosinas y disfrutar del lago que allí se encuentra!!
The Transfagarasan highway is the road that crosses the Fagaras mountain range in the south of the Carpathians. It's a beautiful place, but you have to know what you are going to do a few miles in two or three hours of travel. The beauty of the scenery is spectacular, with the highlight being Balea Lake. Just before the lake, I was amused by the last "public bathroom", actually a hole with three walls, no door, with probably the best view you can have from a bathroom, the whole valley of Fagaras. We went in early summer and there was still snow around the edges. In Curtea de Arges, you can say if you can take or turn around and take the normal road that goes to Sibiu. Above, there are a few hotels and restaurants. It is a favorite route for cyclists to train.
The church in Calnic is situated in the fortress which has the same name. Together they are classed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The entrance fee costs 5 RON and you can access everything, including the bell tower where you can see the original bells which used to call the inhabitants for Mass, and also, during the invasions, to take refuge in the fortress. The church is small and quite a modest place. There are some great decorations such as the Orthodox, it is a Romanian Catholic Church. There used to be a chapel, in the same place. But in 1430, the owners sold the fort to the town, and painted this chapel with white walls. In 1733 a wooden platform was added for the nobles, with paintings of flowers.
Curtea de Arges is a city that can be found in central Romania, and it's also the head of Arges district. It was built on the shore of Arges River, south of the Carpathians. You can train to Curtea a very pleasant journey from Pitesti and Bucharest. You cross beautiful landscapes. Curtea's experienced a population boom over the past century along with its industrial development, and grew to about 30,000 inhabitants. Its climate cooler than the summer capital also makes find many town houses, occupied only in summer, which belong to the capital. Curtea is one of the oldest cities in the country. It was founded in the 13th century as the capital of Valachia. Its name means "the court", and it refers to the royal court. The town has many beautiful sights to see, such as medieval churches, like its cathedral, and the royal church. Go check it out.
One of the most important traditional festivals in Sighisoara is the Fanfarelor Festival, taking place in early September. There are various concerts performed by typical Romanian folklore groups, plus a parade through the streets of the medieval old town over Saturday and Sunday. There are also [poi = 121520] craft markets [/ poi] in [poi = 121519] Plaza of the Museum [/ poi], and an exhibition of musical instruments in the music school.
It is very nice, I was eating at a restaurant in June of the year 2007 and loved it. You could see some acting and darma as it was Europe's cultural capital at the time, and that surprised me, it seems more a German city that Romanian named Hammerstad German or something, and it seemed that at any alley you would see a chariot pulled by horses. I later went up to the evangelical church tower, what a climb.
The city of Brasov sits in the foothills of Mount Tampa, a nature reserve of 370 hectares in the Carpathian Mountains. You can access this park with a [poi = 121479] Cable [/ poi] as walking through the trails (about one hour to reach the top). In addition to the vegetation and forests that make up its flora, various wild animals such as foxes and lynx, as well as many birds and butterflies live there. Upstairs there is a gazebo and a panoramic restaurant. Mount Tampa is a historic place since it was one of the seven castles of Transylvania built in the 13th century, a walled and two towers of the fifteenth century, and the aqueduct of the city. Some small fragments still remain. What I caught my enough were the [poi = 121477] huge letters [/ poi] with the name of the city, located on the hill in the style of Hollywood.
The Merry Cemetery is located in Sapânta, in the region of Maramures. In 1934, Stan Patras began working in the cemetery of Sapânta. Due to his vivid imagination and creativity, he began to use wood to carve tombstones. As Sapanta is a small town, Stan told everyone in the town about his work and so he began to carve on gravestones a scene from the life of the deceased. Stan told stories, strengths, weaknesses and vices, always with a friendly tone. Even in some he told the story of how the people died. Despite being a cemetery, breathe happiness. The colors welcome this celebration of life histories, yellow, red, white but mostly blue, which is the official color of men's suits at parties. Maramures pleasantly surprised. (When visiting a song from the late 80's by Mecano echoed in my head "No seriously this cemetery").
The Lake Herăstrău, Lacul Herăstrău, is situated north of Bucharest, and surrounded by the largest park in the city. It is a favorite place for people to come and run , or enjoy the views of its romantic landscape. In a country where many people still live with their parents, Lakeside offers a bit of privacy that you cannot get in the small flats of the communist era. The lake was created in the 30s to prevent flooding and covers an area of 74ha. It is powered by the river Colentina. There are some very nice restaurants overlooking the house of the free press, a monument of the city. There's even a bar installed on a boat. You can not swim inside of it but you can rent a boat if you´d like.
Bucharest is fascinating. When arriving, the contrast of the city is incredible, but walking through the old town is magical. Among local produce shops and trendy bars, one can find little pearls, little corners that have something special that is quite difficult to put into words.
The city of Timisoara is called "Little Vienna" for its buildings, palaces and cultural life. It was taken over by the Turkish army in the year 1552, and stayed under their protection until the year 1718, when it passed to Austria for 2 centuries. Following that it turned into a vital market town with Turkish influences, Austrian, German and Serbian who left their mark and their influence, as seen in the neighborhoods of the city. Timisoara is a cosmopolitan town, the 1st European city to introduce a horse-drawn trams in the year 1869 and electric lighting in the streets in the year 1889. It has lots of public parks, green spaces, and is easy to navigate on foot as part of its downtown area which is pedestrianized. It has many churches (Catholic and Orthodox), Jewish synagogues, and elegant Baroque structures in the historical and art nouveau in the residential zones.
Going down Carada street, parallel to Calea Victoriei, then up to the National History Museum of Romania, we found on the right a bohemian passage, like the ancient covered passages of traders of Paris in the Belle Epoque. Several streets have been covered by a large glass roof, allowing the small shops and restaurants to have a terrace in all seasons, or to leave their goods out. Built in 1891 the passage has a strong French influence, there is even a "bistro", nothing but national dishes are served though, from goulash to bean soups. Today the passage has mainly restaurants, there is a curious Moroccan style restaurant with water pipes and large comfy seats outside that students frequent, another serves Romanian food with transalpine chalet decor, and a third more neutral looks really old, and has a fine selection of products. It's a shame that artisan shops and antique book stores have been replaced by soulless shops offering souvenirs to tourists.