Romania is a wonderful country to visit and having a local Romanian guide helps you get the most out of your vacation.

Romania as a travel destination satisfies every traveler need from beautiful nature tours to urban exploring. The country is rich in history, architecture and natural wonders. But this diversity can seem overwhelming when trying to decide exactly what to put on your must-see Romania list. Furthermore, if you don’t want your vacation to be just one-stop after another to the most popular attractions, but a deeper dive into the culture and local way of life, a local Romanian guide is just what you need.

Although one might think that a DIY type of itinerary is more budget-friendly, in actuality, having a local guide by your side can give you a better bang for your buck. Also knowing the Romanian currency helps.

Local Romanian guide – an insight into the authentic Romanian way of life

Shepherd and his sheep
Shepherd and his sheep

Romania’s charm is all in the beautifully preserved old way of life. In rural Romania, locals maintained their way of life for centuries. These are places that kept traditions, crafts and even day to day habits as authentic and as original, as they once were.

The mountain villages of Magura and Pestera not only look idyllic but are a window into the past. The villages in Maramures amaze with their specific architecture and local artisans. But beyond what you can see, the real treasure lies in what you can hear. The stories of the elderly, prayers and local chants, songs that depict their day to day life while harvesting, this is what a local Romanian guide can provide you access to.

Barsana Monastery Maramures
Barsana Monastery Maramures

Moreover, Romania has rich local folklore with stories and traditions that can be understood and enjoyed at its fullest only by learning about its origins. A local Romanian guide will give you the insight of that lovely mix of pagan symbols mixed with the Orthodox religion and adapted to the specifics of the area.

These stories and knowledge are what you will cherish most at the end of your Romanian vacation. Maybe even more than the beautiful photos.

And this ties with the next point:

Access to authentic or one of a kind experiences and local food

Probably you don’t imagine your Romanian vacation eating pizza and listening to international hits. While there are a lot of restaurants with Romanian food, a local Romanian guide can point you in the right direction for a more authentic choice. Be it a family-owned guest house that serves locally sourced and region-specific meals, or street food kiosks with local meats and cheese directly from the farmers, it will definitely delight your taste buds.

A good local Romanian guide will also help you choose amazing experiences that you can not have anywhere else: sleeping in an ice hotel, bird watching while boat riding on the Danube Delta’s canals, trying a hand on pottery in a local artisan’s shop, spending Holloween Night at Dracula’s Castle, etc.

Horezu pottery workshop
Horezu pottery workshop

Avoiding tourist traps

At the beginning of the article, we were saying that a good Romania local guide can improve your travel budget. And this translated well in helping you to avoid tourist traps. Continuing with authentic experiences, the last thing you need is another Dracula mug that is made in China bought at a Dracula theme park that has nothing to do with the real deal.

Bran Castle
Bran Castle

Romania has many great artisans that sell incredible artwork or traditional food in local fairs and around the major tourist attractions. But alongside them, there are also numerous booths with imported replicas (knockoff traditional blouses, ceramics, woodworking). These are a waste of money at best, and a health risk at worst. A local guide will point you in the right direction.

The interior of a house from the Village Museum
The interior of a house from the Village Museum

A better way to maximize your travel time

Romania is best experienced at a slow pace. Being such an eclectic mix of attractions, it can become overwhelming and a constant run from one place to another. If you’re short on time, it’s even more difficult to plan not knowing exactly how long you should spend in each place and how to get from one place to the other efficiently.

While getting around Bucharest is fairly uncomplicated, getting out of the city or reaching the mountains if one does not speak Romanian can be quite an adventure. In addition, hiking in the Carpathian Mountains safely does require rigorous planning.

A local Romanian guide helps with all that. He knows the best hours for visiting certain attractions, which is truly a must-see and how to organize your schedule so that you can get the most out of it. And while you’re at it, make it suit your needs and interests.

Customized tours to suit your needs

There is no need to spend hours in a museum if you are an active traveler that likes to pack boots and hiking poles. Also, if you dream to learn more about the Communist era and how it impacted modern day Romania, maybe the seaside is not the best place.

With this in mind, we highly recommend a local guide to point you in the right direction.

Whether you are searching for a cultural tour, are more into nature and wildlife exploration, in need of a multi-day tour to make the most of your vacation or just a quick day tour from Bucharest, we are here to help you organize it.

We can customize any tour to suit your needs and interests. Just drop us a line and we will start planning your dream vacation together.

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Autumn in Piatra Craiului National Park
Autumn in Piatra Craiului National Park

Romania ranked 5th on Airbnb’s list of 20 trending destinations for 2020. The ranking was based on the growth in bookings where Romania has seen an almost 300% increase. Furthermore, Romania is the only Eastern European destination from the list.

So what does all this mean? In this article, we will dive into the reasons behind Romania’s growth in bookings. Also, we’ll give you some of the best options for accommodation and experiences to have in this beautiful country.

Proud to be Romanian
Proud to be Romanian

Romania on Airbnb

Airbnb is a global vacation rentals platform that connects hosts to travelers looking for accommodation. This allows going beyond the standard hotel stay and experience a more local and authentic feel of the place.

Without a doubt, Romania attracts tourists with incredible scenery, mountains, beaches and a one of a kind Delta, but what really ranks it high is the local flavor. This translates into local customs, traditional Romanian foods and drinks, picturesque mountain villages and specific architecture.

One could say that Romania is an off the beaten tracks kind of destination. It’s a place that inspires you to go beyond the major tourist attractions and discover places and people that make any vacation one to remember. And Airbnb gives you just that.

Dracula's Castle Halloween Party
Dracula’s Castle Halloween Party

Virgin forests and incredible landscape

Romania has some of the best-preserved virgin forests in Europe, thus choosing to stay in a chalet or a treehouse might be a great idea. Ranging from log cabins to a Spa-like feel tree houses, you can find an option to suit your needs.

And while you’re there, you can opt for a nature tour like Bucharest Day Tour Hike in the Piatra Craiului Mountains or 2-day Easy Hiking Tour in Transylvania from Bucharest

Romanian Rural life

Romania’s villages are the place to go for a glimpse into the traditional rural life. Here nothing changed much for the last hundred years. Find out more in Rural Romania – the authentic Romanian way of life.

We recommend a 3-day Transylvania tour: Medieval Towns and Remote Villages

Traditional Guesthouse in Viscri
A barn house is a great option to experience traditional architecture and home decor

A 3-day Romanian Artisans and Traditions Tour will give you an insight into the fascinating world of authentic Romanian craftsmanship. You will try hands-on the art of pottery and meet the local artisans.

Horezu pottery workshop
Horezu pottery workshop

Whether you choose a more traditional accommodation or a more modern one, please remember that Romania is better enjoyed when you slow travel. Stop rushing from one place to another and stop to listen to the stories, discover its people and dive deep into the Romanian way of living.

With this in mind, we highly recommend a local guide to point you in the right direction.

Whether you are searching for a cultural tour, are more into nature and wildlife exploration, in need of a multi-day tour to make the most of your vacation or just a quick day tour from Bucharest, we are here to help you organize it.

We can customize any tour to suit your needs and interests. Just drop us a line and we’ll start planning your dream vacation together.

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Romania’s Christmas Markets for 2019 are just about to open their doors to locals and travelers alike. The cold air starts smelling of cinnamon and mulled wine. Along comes glimmering lights and a faint sound of Christmas carols.

Romania may not be so well known for winter travels, but we’re here to prove you wrong. Certainly, you would miss out not to include this beautiful country on your list for the 2019 Christmas Markets.

Sibiu's Christmas Market in the Big Square
Sibiu’s Christmas Market in the Big Square

Why Romania’s Christmas Markets for 2019?

Traveling to Romania during winter you get so much more than Christmas Markets. You get an insight into the specific Romanian traditions and celebrations.

Furthermore, visiting Romania’s Christmas Markets in 2019 gives you an opportunity to discover this country’s best cities. Also, it will sprinkle in some once in a lifetime experiences like sleeping in an ice hotel, ride Mocanita or see the Disney worthy Peles Castle.

View over the Peles Castle during winter
View over the Peles Castle during winter

Read more…

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Without further ado, let’s get all the necessary info about Romania’s Christmas Markets in 2019.

Bucharest Christmas Market

The capital city of Romania, Bucharest offers travelers an eclectic mix of culture, architecture, history and plenty of entertainment options. The main Christmas Market is in Constitution Square and will be inaugurated on 28th of November 2019.

Bucharest Christmas Market in Constitution Square

The Bucharest Christmas Market awaits visitors with traditional food and local beverages, all under branches of lights adorned Christmas tree, each has a magical backdrop of its own.

Bucharest Christmas Market 2019
Bucharest Christmas Market 2019

The Constitution Square Christmas Market overlooks the House of Parliament, one of Romania’s main attraction, a gargantuan building that stands as a reminder of the communist regime.

Booths selling local traditional food

The Bucharest Christmas Market will take place from 28th of November to 26th of December 2019 and it will be opened daily from 11:00 to 22:00.

Read more…

Bucharest Public Transport

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Sibiu Christmas Market

Besides being one of the best medieval cities in Romania, Sibiu is also the place where the tradition of Romania’s Christmas Markets began. In 2007 Sibiu was named as a European Capital of Culture and held its first Christmas Market in the Small Square.

Sibiu Christmas Market
Sibiu Christmas Market

Each year the Christmas Market grew in size, the number of booths, concerts, and notoriety. As a result the Christmas Market changed its location to The Great Square of Sibiu (named by UNESCO an architectural monument). The Sibiu Christmas Market will be open from the 16th of November until 3rd of January 2020.

View over the Sibiu Christmas Market
View over the Sibiu Christmas Market

Read more…

Top 3 Romanian medieval towns

Brasov Christmas Market

The Brasov Christmas Market is the perfect opportunity to mix a few winter sports with your urban exploring and local Romanian food tasting.

One of the largest medieval towns in Transylvania, Brasov is nested in the Carpathian mountains which means an incredible backdrop to its picturesque Christmas Market. The forty booths selling local goodies and trinkets promise a treat for all your senses.

The Brasov Christmas Market will be open from the 1st of December until 31st of December 2020.

View over Brasov's main square from Tampa mountain
View over Brasov’s main square from Tampa mountain

Although Brasov in itself is a jewel of a town, the nearby trips it offers are endless: skiing, snow sledding, trekking and hiking in the nearby mountains, Dracula’s Castle, Peles Castle, a night in the Hotel of Ice, etc.

Read more…

4-day Romania Winter Tour and Stay at the Hotel of Ice

3-day Transylvania tour visiting remote villages and medieval towns

Day trip Peles Castle and Brasov – Medieval architecture and a fairy tale-inspired castle

Other Christmas Markets

Cluj Napoca

Cluj made a name for itself by holding renowned music festivals like Untold, Electric Castle, Jazz in The Park and being nominated to European Best Christmas Market.

This year’s Christmas Market starts on the 22nd of November and promises to bring all sorts of interactive activities such as painting, cooking and toys workshops, concerts, theater plays, Santa’s House, etc.

Being one of Romania’s fastest-growing cities, Cluj Napoca is undeniably worth a visit.

Timisoara

Following the tradition set by Sibiu, Timisoara is Romania’s second European Capital of Culture in 2021. Timisoara also holds the title of being the first European country to have street lighting.

The Union Square in Timisoara
The Union Square in Timisoara

The main attraction, a 13 meters high tree, will tower over the Christmas Market that promises to be a culinary delight. The celebrations start on the 1st of December.

Liberty Square in Timisoara
Liberty Square in Timisoara

While the Christmas Markets described here are the largest in Romania, you should know that each city hosts its own, each with its specific food, drinks, and local celebrations. We highly recommend a local guide to point you in the right direction and give you all the insights on the Romanian winter celebrations.

Whether you are searching for a cultural tour, are more into nature and wildlife exploration, in need of a multi-day tour to make the most of your vacation or just a quick day tour from Bucharest, we are here to help you organize it.

We can customize any tour to suit your needs and interests. Just drop us a line and we’ll start planning your dream vacation together.

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As with any place you visit, being safe is the first concern. So in order to make your vacation one you can truly enjoy, we have compiled a handy guide to all you have to know about safety in Romania.

So, how safe is Romania to travel?

Romania is an incredible destination that offers something for everybody. Be it nature tours filled with incredible scenery, cultural tours that offer an insight on the traditional Romanian way of life or city exploring for urban enthusiasts, this beautiful country has it all. And the great thing about it is that is quite safe to explore.

Dracula's Castle Halloween Party
Dracula’s Castle Halloween Party

We say “quite” because while there are no major conflicts, the crime rate is rather low, no political instability, there could be some minor incidents as there are in any touristic spots: mainly pickpockets and scams.

So let’s break them down, one by one:

Safety in Romania – public transport

There used to be major concerns regarding public transport in Romania, mainly the taxi service. Drivers scamming travelers or even harassing them is now something that rarely happens.

Taxis and ride-sharing apps

Nowadays, Taxis are no longer allowed in the perimeter of the airport without having a firm order that is registered. This means that they are obliged to use the meter and the dispatch knows exactly where they are. If you wish to take a cab from the airport to the city, you must place an order in the specially designed booths first. They will let you know what car will pick you up and what is the fare.
You can also use a taxi inside the city. Just make sure they have the meter on and a valid identification card. Look on the side of the car to check for the tariff and number of the company.

Travelers at the Athenaeum
Travelers at the Athenaeum

With all of that said, if you can avoid using a taxi, please do. You can always use more user-friendly ride-sharing apps like Taxify and Uber. Bonus, many of these drivers know English and will most likely be great discussion partners.
Also read: Romanian manners – a guide of interaction with Romanians

Other public transport

There are no major concerns regarding safety in other public transport means such as the metro, buses, trams, and trolleys. Just be careful with your belongings is it’s really crowded as to avoid being robbed.

Find out all there is to know about Bucharest public transport – getting around town

Safety in Romania – tourist attractions and crowded places

Although Romania isn’t as crowded as other countries such as France, Italy or Spain, the major tourist landmarks are extremely popular and can get crowded in certain periods throughout the year.

Places like Bran Castle, Sibiu or Bucharest Christmas Market, The Merry Cemetery in Maramures and concert venues like Electric Castle, Untold etc can get packed with tourists and locals. Although rare, pick pocketing is the only concern here. Just make sure you have your money and documents in a safe place such as a difficult to open backpack or a zipped up pocket.

Bear - The run of the Lole 2016
Bear – The run of the Lole

Scammers can be easily detected and avoided. Don’t let fortune tellers read your palm, don’t buy anything they have to offer (mainly gold jewelry. Trust us, it’s not gold) and don’t get weak to soppy stories from teenagers that somehow need a little bit of money to buy train tickets to go back to their families.

Safety in Romania – all about the money

Romania has it’s own currency called leu/lei (plr). This means that you will have to exchange whatever money you have into this specific currency. This is easy and safe if you just use an ATM, a bank or a trusted exchange office.

Romanian currency
Romanian currency

Read more on Romanian currency in Romanian currency: what money should you have

When using an exchange office, avoid the ones in highly touristic spots, always check the BNR exchange rate to see if it’s similar and look out to have 0% commission. If there is a commision or there is no mention about a commision, just walk away.

The famous Victory Avenue
The famous Victory Avenue

Luckily, Romania is an affordable travel destination and you won’t have to carry large amounts of money. Furthermore, you can pretty much pay with card everywhere. But for street food, tipping or souvenirs from street vendors it is preferable to have a little bit of cash in small banknotes.

Safety in Romania – accommodation, food, tours

There are no safety warnings when it comes to accommodation in Romania. Most hotels, hostels, inns, camping sites and such are listed on Booking.com and have plenty of reviews.

October in Brasov old town
October in Brasov old town

Now, when talking about food you should be aware of the risks. Romanian food is definitely not safe for your figure. Just see for yourself: Romanian food – savory dishes you should try Joke aside, Romanian food served in restaurants and even street food is completely fine. So dare to taste some cheese sold by farmers on the side of the road. Just don’t drink water directly from the faucet in Bucharest, but other than that, you’re good.

Visit Sibiel: Home Hosted Dinner
Visit Sibiel: Home Hosted Dinner

Let us help you

To fully enjoy your vacation it is wise to book Romania tours from certified guides that have great reviews.

Our small team of certified tourist guides is always happy to help you. Our aim is to make sure you have the vacation of your dreams. Just see what other travelers are saying about us.

You can find out more about us in the contact section and see all our predefined tours. But keep in mind that we can customize any tour to suit your needs and interests. Just drop us a line and we’ll start planning your dream vacation together.

October in Brasov old town
October in Brasov old town

Thinking about your first time in Romania and feel overwhelmed about all you should see? Or maybe you don’t have a lot of knowledge and don’t know where to start. Then you’re in luck. In this article we have compiled a list of the places to see and things to do on your first time in Romania. All those must see places in Romania and Instagram worthy scenery. This will give you a taste of all the beauty Romania has to offer and will most certainly make you book another trip to explore even more.

Autumn in Piatra Craiului National Park
Autumn in Piatra Craiului National Park

First time in Romania – 4 towns to explore

If you hold the belief that all Romanian cities are communist grey with small flats in tall building bunched up together, you could not be further from the truth. Romania has a beautiful and diverse architecture that changes depending on the region. From art nouveau buildings to wooden churches, lavish palaces and beautifully decorated houses, you will be amazed at every step. Our top 3 picks are:

Bucharest

Starting with the most obvious and crowded one, Romania’s capital city, should definitely be on your list. An outstanding architectural mix with traces of communism, monarchy and modern buildings, Bucharest has something for everyone and every season.

The famous Victory Avenue
The famous Victory Avenue

Rainy day? There are plenty of museums, art galleries, libraries, and great restaurants to choose from. Great weather? Then hit the parks, The National Village Museum, wander the streets of the Old City or spend a lazy afternoon on one of the many terraces and outdoor bars.

Folk dancing at the Village Museum
Folk dancing at the Village Museum

Need more structure to your stay? A sightseeing walking tour is the best way to explore this vibrant city.

Next on the list for your first time in Romania should definitely be the medieval cities of Romania. Brasov, Sibiu or Sighisoara, are your best options and will let you mesmerized.

Brasov

A treat for the eyes, soul, and body this little city has it all. Think of beautiful architecture set in don’t know incredible mountain scenery.
For the trail enthusiasts, there are many hiking opportunities in Brașov.

The council square of Brasov on a cloudy day
The council square of Brasov

Sibiu

All you need to know about Sibiu is that in 2007 it became the  European Capital of Culture and the first city in Romania to organize a Romanian Christmas Market.  To top it off, it is by far the most beautiful medieval city in Romania. UNESCO has listed The Great Square in Sibiu as an architectural monument.

Romanian medieval towns
Sibiu Little Square

Sighisoara

Sighisoara is for the bohemian soul. Much smaller than Brasov and Sibiu, it has a certain charm to it. After all it is the only currently inhabited citadel in Europe and listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Sighisoara Medieval Festival
Sighisoara Medieval Festival

First time in Romania – 3 nature trips

Romania is known for its mountain scenery and wildlife. But don’t think that hiking is the only option. Think mountain biking, trekking,
wildlife watching, fishing, boat rides and many more. Romania is for sure an adventure destination.

Paragliding Postavaru Mountain
Paragliding Postavaru Mountain

Our top 3 nature tours for your first time in Romania are:

Transfagarasan Road

Landscape in Fagaras Mountains
Landscape in Fagaras Mountains

Transfagarasan Road Tour from Bucharest – One day trip. If you could choose only one thing to do in Romania, then this should be it.
The tour takes you to the most popular landmarks like Poenari Fortress – considered to be the real Dracula Castle,  Vidraru Lake and Dam – the highest built dam in Romania and Balea Lake – a glacier lake and the highest point of the road. Not to mention that the high alpine road itself is the real gem. Transfagarasan was named the best road trip in the world by Top Gear.

Hike in the Carpathian Mountains

Seven Ladders Canyon
Seven Ladders Canyon

Starting with the Carpathian Mountains, wild and luscious, their trails offer something for everybody. Whether you’re an experienced hiker with a thirst for high peaks, or a family with small children seeking fresh air and beautiful scenery, you have plenty of options.
Seven Ladder Canyon -Just outside Brasov, a series of ladders and bridges take you along a narrow canyon and under the waterfall. It’s an easy hike but with incredible payoff.

Danube Delta

Danube Delta - ideal for birdwatching
Danube Delta – ideal for birdwatching

The Danube Delta. I told you that Romania is not only mountains and hiking. The Danube Delta is the second largest river delta in Europe, the best preserved on the continent and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the fisherman’s way of life, taste the incredible local food, explore the many canals on boat and chill while birdwatching.

First time in Romania? – top 3 experiences to get!

This is a hard one since there are so many cool things to experience in Romania. But for your first time in this beautiful country, here are our picks:

Get to know Dracula

Vlad Dracula statue in Bucharest
Vlad Dracula statue in Bucharest

While a visit to the infamous Bran Castle is a must, the story does not end here. Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula is the real Wallachian Prince behind the myth. You can find out more about his mysterious life by visiting his birthplace in Sighisoara, climbing the 1400+ stairs to Poenari Fortress, considered to be his real castle, in the heart of Bucharest’s Old City by the ruins of The Royal Court or just a short ride outside Bucharest where his burial place is supposed to be. Discover it all with a Dracula Tour.

Discover Rural Romania in the Maramures and Bucovina region

The unique Merry Cemetery

This is an all in one type of experience. Think traditional local home cooked food, a glimpse in the authentic Romanian rural way of life, a ride on the Mocanita, an old steam train that passes through a beautiful gorge, the Merry Cemetery, intricately sculpted wooden gates don’t know churches included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Get yourself there with the
Transylvania Maramures and Bucovina Tour.

Learn about Communism

Although a black spot in Romania’s history, Communism played a huge role in shaping the country and it’s inhabitants. The megastructures that enchant tourists in the heart of Bucharest stand as a reminder and a visual lesson.
The Parliament Palace or, most commonly known, The People’s House is the largest administrative building in the world and should definitely be visited on your first time in Romania. For a better understanding of that period and the marks that it left an  extended walking tour of Bucharest with a local guide that knows all the insights is a must.

Still not decided?

Let us guide you in building the vacation of your dreams. Our small team of certified tourist guides is always happy to help you. Furthermore, our aim is to make sure you have the vacation of your dreams. Just see what other travelers are saying about us.

You can find out more about us in the contact section and see all our predefined tours. But keep in mind that we can customize any tour to suit your needs and interests. Just drop us a line and we’ll start planning your dream vacation together.

Carol I Statue in Bucharest

Carol I Statue in Bucharest

Romania is a country that can be enjoyed in any weather having lots of options in regards to indoors or outdoor activities. So what can you do on a rainy day in Bucharest to enjoy all of what this big city has to offer? Rest assured, you’ll see much more than your hostel’s walls.

But first, let’s start with a little useful info and logistics so that you can fully enjoy your vacation.

Weather in Bucharest

Romania has all four seasons which means sunny and hot during summer, cold and snow in the wintertime and rainy days in spring and autumn. Depending on the period you are visiting it is wise to bring along some waterproof clothes and maybe an umbrella. Be even more prepared if you plan on a nature trip.

Here are some great ideas of activities depending on the time you’re visiting:

Bucharest city center

Bucharest city center

Logistics on a rainy day in Bucharest

A rainy day in Bucharest means one thing: horrible traffic. This means that it would be best to rely on Bucharest’s Subway System. It is way faster than any other means of transport, covers most of the city and has exits at all the major tourist landmarks. Read A guide to the Bucharest Subway System – the touristic stops to find all there is to know about tickets, stations, tips&tricks.

However, you might find yourself in need to use the other means of public transport in order to get to or from the airport or in a part of the city that is not covered by the subway. Do not worry, just avoid the rush hours ( 8- 10 AM and 6-7 PM) and read Bucharest public transport – getting around town. Although somewhat confusing, getting around town on a rainy day in Bucharest relying on public transport is not that difficult.

Rainy day in Bucharest – where to go and what to see

Obviously, a little summer rain won’t stop you from exploring all that outdoor landmarks from the shelter of your umbrella. But in this article, we’ll focus on indoor activities and attractions for when the rain won’t stop pouring and the weather is cold.

First of all, rest assured that indoor does not mean you’ll have to spend a whole lot than if you were to explore just the outside of certain buildings. We’ve been asked before if Romania travel costs break the bank and we can honestly say that compared to other European capital cities, Bucharest is affordable and easy on the wallet.

The old town of Bucharest

The old town of Bucharest

Museums to see on a rainy day in Bucharest

Art

Although you might have to postpone a visit to one of the greatest outdoor museums in the Balkans, The Village Museum based in Bucharest, you can get a sense of Romania’s traditions by going to The Peasant Museum.  A museum of  Popular Art and Traditions, it offers a rich collection of traditional Romanian objects, all displayed in a Neo-Romanian style historical monument-building. Oftentimes there are also cinematic projections, concerts and art exhibitions. On February 24th, the day of Dragobete, a Romanian St. Valentine’s Day, the museum’s yard hosts a dedicated fair.

Old peasant at an event organized by the Village Museum

Old peasant at an event organized by the Village Museum

National Museum of Art of Romania (MNaR) is a great place for art and history lovers. It is located in the former Royal Palace and besides the major art collection, gives you the opportunity to find out more about the Romanian Royal Familly. The museum prides itself with an extensive collection of medieval and modern Romanian art. Furthermore, you don’t have to travel to Târgu Mureș or Paris to see a sculpture by Constantin Brancusi.

Romanian Royal Palace from Bucharest

Romanian Royal Palace from Bucharest

Now the rain might not let you to fully enjoy The Parliament House in all its grandeur from the outside, but you can still get a taste by visiting The National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC). A top art museum with an eclectic collection of Romanian and Eastern European artists, it is located in the southern wing of World’s second largest administrative building.

Bucharest 555 years - Palace of Parliament

Romanian Palace of Parliament

History

If the Peasant Museum stirred your curiosity regarding Romania’s history, a visit to the Museum of Romanian History is a must. Here you can find out more about Romania’s ancestors, the Dacians. The highlight of the exposition is 13 Dacian gold bracelets dating from the 1st century BC. Each bracelet is weighing around one kilogram. In front of the Museum, you can see the famous statue that stirred a lot of controversy in Romania, Traian (the Roman emperor) holding the She-Wolf that raised Remus and Romulus. Why the controversy? Well, you have to see for yourself.

Statue of the Emperor Trajan in front of the History Museum in Bucharest

If you fancy getting lunch in one of Bucharest’s Old City restaurants, first stop at the Museum Of The National Bank Of Romania. Not only the building itself is impressive, but also the museum offers one of the most valuable numismatic collections in Romania, spanning two and a half millennia. Furthermore, you can learn more about the history of the national currency from its beginnings to the present times.

National Bank of Romania

National Bank of Romania

Music

For music enthusiasts, The George Enescu National Museum is right for you.  Dedicated to the life and work of George Enescu, Romania’s greatest composer, the museum is set in an Art Nouveau style building and one of the European Heritage Label buildings on Victoriei Avenue.

Certainly what shouldn’t be missed on a visit in Bucharest is the Romanian Athenaeum, an outstanding Neoclassical concert hall, being a symbol of Bucharest for over 130. You may visit the interior and admire the decorations and fresco, or buy a ticket to attend an extraordinary concert.

Travelers at the Athenaeum

Travelers at the Athenaeum

Let us tell guide you

No one knows Romania like its locals. That is why our small team of certified tourist guides is always happy to help you. Furthermore, our aim is to make sure you have the vacation of your dreams. Just see what other travelers are saying about us.

You can find out more about us in the contact section and see all our predefined tours. But keep in mind that we can customize any tour to suit your needs and interests. Just drop us a line and we’ll start planning your dream vacation together.

 

Glass of wine

Glass of wine

As you probably heard, Romanians have a special place in their hearts for traditional meals. But just as much they enjoy the local Romanian drinks. Almost every Romanian household has at least one bottle of homemade alcoholic beverage be it wine, brandy or a fruity liquor.

You see, in Romania, the whole process of creating said drink is an art, a socializing event and, for many, something you simply do in the Autumn. In Rural Romania, locals will rarely be seen buying wine or other types of alcohol enriched beverages from a store. Instead, they will welcome you into their home priding on their full barrels of just squeezed grape juice or years old wine from their vines.

This being said, here are some traditional-local-made beverages you should try while traveling Romania:

Romanian drinks – wines

Wine making in Romania is a tradition. And rightly so, with Romania being one of the largest wine producers in the world (sixth in Europe). The many wine regions spread all over the country ensure diversity and make for a great opportunity to mix travel with wine tasting.

Romanian wine barrel

Romanian wine barrel

While you will certainly find Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Gris and other well-known varieties of wine both white, red and rose, there are also some local types. For red wines, the most popular is Feteasca Neagra from Moldova Region, while for white wine is Feteasca Alba and Feteasca Regala.

For a less sophisticated experience and a more prosaic one, Romanians have what they call “motorina” (translation: diesel). It’s a deep red, coarse wine, highly alcoholic that will leave your lips, teeth, and tongue a bright shade of purple. While it’s an acquired taste to actually enjoy this liquid, it makes a wonderful base for mulled wine during the Holidays. And mulled wine is the basis of any Romanian Christmas Market.

Wine cellar in Romania

Wine cellar in Romania

Romanian drinks – țuică, rachiu, horincă

There is a saying that Romanians know how to make alcohol out of anything. Plums, apples, pears, other fruits and grains, they all are put through a fermentation process which, depending on the region, results in a white/ yellowish clear liquid. This is an appetizer and usually is served before a meal in a small shot like glass. But don’t be fooled, the Romanian Brandy it’s high in alcohol and will leave a burning sensation.

While it will be hard for a traveler to spot the differences between all the types of Romanian alcoholic spirits, I’ll try to break it down for you.

Țuică (pronounced tzuikh) is Romania’s national home-brewed drink. Tuică is made from fermenting plums for six to eight weeks and then distilled in brass kettles with copper tubing. It is a tradition that lasts for centuries, going back to medieval times. So, it’s safe to say that Dracula, or more accurately, Vlad Tepes used to enjoy a small glass of this delightful poison before his meals.

Drinking Romanian Brandy

Drinking Romanian Brandy

Although not high class enough to find it in restaurants, Țuicăis best consumed at home to toast before a meal, or at a home wedding, christening, wake or other major events. For winter time Romanians make mulled tuica which is boiled with pepper and other condiments.

Double distilled Țuică (higher in alcohol content) is called Palinca. You will find Palinca mostly in Transylvania region and in the northern part of Romania. Speaking of this region, in Maramures this very strong țuică is called Horinca. In traditional villages you can visit a Horincie, meaning a small construction used by the whole village to prepare their beverage.

Rachiu is a type of țuică that is made from a different fruit than plums (usually pears).

Romanian drinks – liquors

Also in the hand brewed category, liquors in Romania usually mean mixing some țuică with fruits and sugar and letting them soak for a period of time. Depending on the type of fruit, the final result will be called Vișinată (sour cherry, most popular), Afinată (blueberries, most common in mountain regions), Caisată (peach), Cireșată (cherries) etc.

It’s usually milder in alcohol content and considered “something for the ladies”.

Cheering with Romanian liquors

Cheering with Romanian liquors

Romanian drinks – the non-alcoholic type

While lemonade is far from being traditional, it is highly accessible. But for a local flavor, one could try Socata. Socata is made from Elderberry flowers, sugar, lemon and water that is let to sit to infuse. The resulted soft drink is similar to lemonade but sparkling and with a strong floral fragrance.

Another popular drink is Braga. It’s made from different types of bran be it corn, millet etc that is fermented with water, yeast, and sugar. It results in a muddy soft drink with a sweet and sour taste.

Must is also very popular during autumn. It’s the freshly squeezed grape juice that is just starting to ferment into wine. It’s very low on alcohol if any and incredibly tasty. You can find it in locals homes or at country fairs. But be warned that if you buy a bottle to not agitate it and open it in an open space. Otherwise, it might explode and force you to redecorate the room.

Elderflower juice

Elderflower juice

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Romania is a magical place and no one knows it better than its locals. That is why our small team of certified tourist guides is always happy to share stories about Romania. Furthermore, our aim is to make sure you have the vacation of your dreams. Just see what other travelers are saying about us.

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Autumn colors in the Romanian countryside

Autumn colors in the Romanian countryside

Romanian Autumn trips are probably some of the most colorful and filled with local savor. While Romania has four seasons and each has its own charm, fall might be just perfect for wandering and exploring.

Spring in Romania delights with fields full of flowers in bloom and the most important celebration: Easter.

Summer in Romania means high temperatures, lush vegetation and good weather for nature tours. It’s also the time for seaside vacations on the Black Sea coast or leisure trips to Comana Lake for some fishing, mountain biking or kayaking.

Winter comes with Christmas Markets, white snow, and enchanting traditions. It’s the only period in which you can enjoy a stay at the Ice Hotel.

Romania in the autumn

Nature

It is a known fact that during autumn Romania has the best weather for exploring. Not too hot or too cold, it allows you to enjoy a full day of walking tours or visiting. Furthermore, it is the best season for mountain hiking and nature tours. As opposed to summer there is little chance of a thunderstorm or heavy rain. Nature puts on a colorful show with yellow and Auburn leaves.

Autumn is, after all, a transition season. The beginning of September feels like summer and the heat gradually goes down. Up until the middle of October, the weather is mild and perfect for outdoor exploring.

Autumn colors on Transfagarasan

Autumn colors on Transfagarasan

Recommended Romania Autumn trips – nature tours:

Cities:

Big cities come to life in the fall. Students return from vacation, school starts and overall the streets seem more animated. Bucharest becomes crowded so one-day tours outside the noisy city are just perfect.

October in Brasov old town

October in Brasov old town

Recommended Romanian Autumn trips:

Local flavors and traditions:

In the countryside, people finish harvesting and start preparing for winter. Romanians do like to eat and home cooked meals are one of the many things they are most proud of. If during your visit to the villages you are greeted with a delicious smell then be assured it’s probably of baked aubergines, baked peppers or the mouthwatering Zacusca. Let’s not forget apple pie, magiun, a type of thick plum jam, and pumpkin pie.

This is a period of intensive preparing, people pickle vegetables, make jams and compotes, dry fruits and make the necessary arrangements for winter.

Recommended Romanian Autumn trips:

Experience Autumn in Romania your own way

Romania is a magical place and no one knows it better than its locals. That is why our small team of certified tourist guides is always happy to share stories about Romania. Furthermore, our aim is to make sure you have the vacation of your dreams. Just see what other travelers are saying about us.

You can find out more about us in the contact section and see all our predefined tours. But keep in mind that we can customize any tour to suit your needs and interests. Just drop us a line and we’ll start planning your dream vacation together.

Bucharest is a great city to explore. From The Old Town with cobbled stone streets, chic cafes and great architecture to numerous museums and buildings that tell the story of the communist era, there are plenty to do and see. But after experiencing the capital city of Romania, there are several day trips from Bucharest that you can take.

View from the remote Pestera village

View from the remote village

But first things first, let’s start with this busy city and all it has to offer. While you can find plenty to discover in a longer stay, here are two recommendations for when you are short on time but don’t want to miss on the highlights:

Exploring Bucharest

Bucharest Sightseeing Walking Tour means half a day of exploring not only the city center and The Old Town, but also the lush Herăstrău Park,  The Village Museum, on the list of the greatest outdoor museums in the Balkans. Moreover, you’ll get to walk on Victoriei Avenue, the oldest boulevard in the city and learn more about the communist era at The Parliament Palace.

Folk dancing at the Village Museum

Folk dancing at the Village Museum

A great combo between the most important landmarks of Bucharest and a taste of its surroundings is Bucharest City Tour. After a panoramic tour of Bucharest, your guide will take you 5 miles north-west of the city in the village of Mogoșoaia. Here you’ll visit Mogoșoaia Palace, the best example of Romanian architecture, residence to the rulers of Wallachia in the 18th century. After, Dracula awaits, specifically his tomb situated on an island. Here the Monastery of Snagov is considered to be the burial place for Vlad The Impaler, the real man behind the Dracula myth.

Mogosoaia Palace Courtyard

Mogosoaia Palace Courtyard

Now let’s get out of the city:

Day trips from Bucharest – enjoy nature

Bucharest is great to explore but can get busy and crowded. Hence the need to escape the city into the great outdoors. The Carpathian Mountains are just a short 2 hours drive and offer not only spectacular views and clean air but also traditional villages and famous resorts.

Piatra Craiului National Park

A popular day tour from Bucharest is a Hike in the Piatra Craiului Mountains. Considered to be one of the most spectacular mountains in the country and a favorite for adventurous hikers, Piatra Craiului is the perfect combination of accessibility, charm and natural wonders.

The tour starts with a visit to Rașnov peasant fortress, one of the best-preserved peasant fortresses in Transylvania and continues with the remote villages of Pestera and Măgura where you’ll enjoy traditional Romanian food and delight in the authentic rural way of life.

Rasnov Fortress

Rasnov Fortress

The trip ends with an easy hike in Zărnești Gorgesa popular place for hiking, rock climbing and nature photography.

Panorama to the Piatra Craiului Mountains

Panorama to the Piatra Craiului Mountains

Bucegi Mountains

Designed for active travelers with a passion for outdoor activities, the Spectacular Hike in Romania Day trips  takes you in the Bucegi Mountains. Here the famous mountain resort of Sinaia is home to the royal residence of King Charles I of Romania, the Peleș Castle and its gardens.

Peles Castle Sinaia

Peles Castle Sinaia

Next, get ready to see Prahova Valley from above and take an easy hike to the top of the mountains.

Here, Babele and The Sphinx, fascinating natural monuments, awaits.

Sphinx in Romania

Sphinx in Romania

Comana Natural Park

If mountains and hiking are not your thing but photography, bird-watching or wild life and flora are, then a trip to Comana Natural Park is just what you were looking for.

Restaurant Comana Natural Park

Restaurant Comana Natural Park

Just 25 miles south of Bucharest, Neajlov river forms a small delta surrounded by hills and forests filled with birds and animals. After all it is the second most important natural reservation in Romania after the Danube Delta. Here you can enjoy fishing, hunting, off-road biking, boat tours, zip-lining or just take a walk through the forest and enjoy nature.

Danube Delta Watchtour

Although you would not expect t find traces of Dracula here, you will. You can visit the Monastery of Comana which was established by Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century to serve as a fortress.

Day trips from Bucharest – castles & Dracula

There are many impressive castles in Romania, but two stand apart: Peles Castle and Bran Castle. Luckly, both can be visited in a one day trip from Bucharest.

The Bucharest Day Tour to Peles Castle, Bran Castle and Brasov is a great way to combine Romanian history with Transylvanian myths and legends and finish of the day in a chic mountain city.

First on the list, Peles Castle, not only looks like it’s from a Disney movie is also a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture. The castle was built in 1883 as the royal residence of King Charles I of Romania. Here you’ll find more about the Romanian Royal Family.

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Next is Bran Castle, but you might know it by it’s other name, Dracula Castle. Here, up on a cliff allow your guide to tell you all the stories between the castle’s walls and decide for yourself if Dracula is just a myth.

Bran Caste Transylvania

Bran Caste Transylvania

A walking tour of Brasov city will reveal to you how a typical Transylvanian old city looked like. With excellent preserved medieval walls and beautiful restaurants, this charming city will make you fall in love with it’s atmosphere.

The council square of Brasov on a cloudy day

The council square of Brasov

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Our team of certified tourist guides is always happy to share stories about Romania. Our aim is to make sure you have the vacation of your dreams. Just see what other travelers are saying about us.

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When planning a trip to Bucharest, be it for a one day trip or longer, the first thing you have to know is how to get from point A to point B in a manner that is efficient. Bucharest public transport is not that well organized and can be a little bit daunting if you don’t do your research beforehand.

Luckily for you, this article is meant to do all the work for you and give you the basic info so as to have an enjoyable stay in Romania’s beautiful Capital.

Carol I Statue in Bucharest

Carol I Statue in Bucharest

Bucharest public transport – buses, trains, subway and more

Bucharest is known to be one of the busiest cities in the EU and the traffic, especially during rush hour is the worst. So the first thing to recommend is not to rent a car and rely solely on public transport. A rental car is great for a day trip around Bucharest or getting out of the city to the mountains.

Although a little bit slow and crowded, Bucharest public transport does its job and luckily is fairly well organizes in the city center. The most popular spots for tourists are well connected and not far from one another.

Bucharest city center

Bucharest city center

Bucharest Subway Sistem – options and tickets

It’s quite vast and connects all parts of the city. If I would have to recommend only one means of transport in Bucharest, the subway would be it. Just be sure to avoid it between 8-9 am and 18-19 pm since it’s the most crowded time of day.

To find out more about Bucharest’s Subway system schedule, tickets, tips&tricks read =>A guide to the Bucharest Subway System – the touristic stops

Busses, Trolleybuses, and Trams

If you care for something more authentic and an adventure in itself, try one of the above. The busses and tram system is old, mostly dirty and lacks basic comfort like AC in the summertime. They do cover an area larger than the subway system and also provide night rides, but purchasing a ticket and relying on their schedule is a pain in the ass.

Tickets can be bought from kiosks marked RATB located in major bus stops. Do not ride the bus without a ticket. There are periodic tickets control and the fine is around 10 euros.

Most useful link for this option: RATB website

Taxis and Ride-sharing

Taxis in Bucharest are to be avoided. Although they came a long way, the drivers are still used to rip off foreign customers. But if you are in need of a taxi, make sure they have the meter on and a valid identification card. The tariff is usually 1.39 lei/km and should be displayed on the side of the car. If the driver refuses the ride due to a short distance or asks a certain price in advance, just call the company number written on the car and demand a fair ride.

More reliable are ride-sharing apps like Taxify and Uber.  Just download the app and search for a ride. There is no risk to be overcharged, no need for a tip unless you want to and all is done directly from your phone.

Bucharest public transport to and from the airport

There are two routes to the Henri Coanda airport: 780 from Gara de Nord and 783 from Piata Unirii. They require special tickets that can be bought either from the Airport or from kiosks at the main bus stops.

Taking an Uber or Taxify is another good option. It’s shouldn’t cost you more than 9-10 euros from the airport to the city center.

Reaching popular landmarks by Bucharest public transport

Piata Unirii, Piata Universitatii, and Piata Victoriei are the three main Metro stops that get you to the most important landmarks.

Stop at Piata Unirii for The Old Town with its cobbled streets filled with chic cafes and restaurants. Within walking distance, you can find the Parliament Palace or People’s House, the second administrative building in the world.

Bucharest 555 years - Palace of Parliament

Romanian Palace of Parliament

Piata Victoriei will give you the opportunity to discover Victoriei Avenue, one of the first boulevards in Bucharest filled with museums and old buildings. Going in the opposite direction onto Kisselef Boulevard you can reach the Arc of Triumph, Herastrau Park, and The Village Museum.

Bucharest sightseeing: village museum

The entrance of a traditional house from Maramures

Piata Universitatii is located between the two giving you access to the Old Town, Cismigiu Park, and the National Theatre.

The old town of Bucharest

The old town of Bucharest

Let us help you enjoy Bucharest

Don’t want to go through all that hassle? Let us worry for you. Our Bucharest tours are fun, relaxed and with your interests in mind.

Bucharest City Tour is a half day city tour in which you will get to see the main sights of the city and discover two important attractions located in the surroundings of the Romanian capital.
Extended Bucharest Sightseeing Tour is a walking tour of Bucharest that offers you the opportunity to spend some hours walking around in a park, to visit a famous outdoor museum, to ride the subway and last but not the least to explore the landmarks of the capital.
Our team of certified tourist guides is always happy to share stories about Romania. Our aim is to make sure you have the vacation of your dreams. Just see what other travelers are saying about us.

You can find out more about us in the contact section and see all our predefined tours. But keep in mind that we can customize any tour to suit your needs and interests. Just drop us a line and we’ll start planning your dream vacation together.