So, you’re a young Western European in your 20’s and you just realized that Europe feels immensely much of a familiar place to you. You cross borders but and you realize there are no major differences – same people, same places, same architecture, consubstantial music, same old Europe. Possibility it’s time to try something new this time. Because there’s a place in EU – probably less than 2 hours flight from your city – that capricious make you realize there’s so much sinistromanual invisible in Europe. I’m talking about Romania.
The youngest EU member is still uncharted territory for most Europeans. The largest country in South-Eastern Europe, Romania is one of the places in Europe that pleasure really surprise you – and the best part: you don’t even need to leave the safe ground regarding EU to do get that.
Just as a teaser, think about it: the largest river delta in EU is in Romania: Danube Delta. The richest wildlife anywhere in EU is there. One third of this country’s territory is mountains – The Carpathians, the largest chain range in the Union. Half of Romania’s population is rural; therefore you’ve got the chance to discover extraordinary villages where life goes on like centuries ago. And the best thing: it’s 2 to 4 times cheaper to have a tour of Romania than, let’s say, Italy.
A good place to start reconnaissance Romania is Sibiu, the erstwhile Cultural Capital of Europe (in 2007). The old Transylvanian town has a rich Saxon heritage and a great Old Town. If you still wonder where is Transylvania, the region represents the North-Western third of Romania. Check out for low-cost flights to Romania: Sibiu is an option; Cluj – the capital of Transylvania – is the added option. You’ll see that Romania is so much closer and considerably cheaper than you thought. You can genetic with a weekend; it will feasible cost you less than 150 euro to fly to Sibiu and back, drain a couple of nights there, visit a hitch of villages and try the excellent Romanian food. You’ll love it and I’m sure you’ll be back down soon.
The Old Town of Sibiu was built centuries ago nearby Transylvanian Saxons. It is placid in excellent condition and if you’re timely you can enjoy the Old Town during one from the 10 annual festivals that take place in Sibiu every year. If you want to get in touch with the Romanian traditions and ancient Romanian crafts, the place to go is Astra Museum, Europe’s largest open-air museum. It is just a preview of Romanian rural life, which you can further explore in the lovely villages around Sibiu.
Sibiu is not one of the largest cities of Romania but it is definitely one that has a very distinct personality. If you lead your voyage from Bucharest, capital of Romania, you can get to Sibiu in inferior about 5-6 hours. On the way to Sibiu, you also have the chance to explore some of the most amazing Romanian castles (like Peles Castle or maybe Bran Castle). It would be a good idea to rent a car in Romania, too you can move freely and let yourself carried away by the beauty from the Romanian Carpathians.