Nine Excellent Reasons to Visit Romania More Than Once

Diana Condrea
Diana Condrea
Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer. You can find Diana on LinkedIn

If you’re still looking for reasons to visit Romania, then continue reading our article. We give you nine reasons to uncover one of the most authentic countries in Europe. You can be sure you’ll want to come back because there are simply too many great places to see and experiences to try.

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1. Romania has fabulous nature

According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Romania is the most bio-geographically diverse country in the EU. This means a greater variety of landforms than any other country on the Old Continent. Great news if you’re planning an active vacation in nature, from wildlife observation to trekking in the Carpathians. Plus, in Romania, you’ll find the third-largest biodiversity area in the world, the Danube Delta.

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Fagaras Mountains

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2. European history in a nutshell

Although Romania is not the star of any Hollywood movie featuring the WW2 or another event of that sort, this country witnessed the key episodes in Europe’s history. An ancient Dacian land conquered by the Roman Empire almost 2,000 years ago, the territory of today’s Romania was fragmented for centuries into smaller self-governing provinces.

Sounds familiar? The unification came after centuries of Ottoman, Russian, and Habsburg domination, in a time when the nations of Europe were acknowledging their self-determination rights.

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Representation of the ancient Dacian-Roman wars, the National Museum of History

Romania resisted heroically in WW1 and recovered a great part of its current territory from neighboring empires. It was a kingdom until 1947 and one of the countries that suffered the most after WW2. Immediately after, hundreds of thousands of people were unjustly arrested, sentenced, relocated, or executed by the communist regime installed by the USSR.

3. It’s an affordable destination

Romania has the advantage of offering good quality accommodation and restaurants for reasonable prices. Many low-cost airlines have international flights to the major cities of Romania, especially Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, and renting a car, eating out, and booking a nice guest house is affordable compared to famous destinations.

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4. It still conserves unaltered rural landscapes

No one lives in Romania as they did centuries ago, at least not by choice or as a tourist attraction. If you see that advertised somewhere, stay away from the travel agency that’s trying to sell you anything of the kind.

What Romania still has, at least for now, are the unaltered rural landscapes with pesticide-free crops, remote mountain sheepfolds, traditional houses, and a particular spirituality that’s, however, fading away unless we help these communities to become economically viable.

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Traditional farming in Bucovina

5. It’s diverse and multicultural

One of the best reasons to visit Romania is its cultural diversity. You’ll eat bors in Moldavia and ciorba in the rest of the country, you’ll hear Hungarian and German in Transylvania and Turkish in Dobrogea. You’ll visit Orthodox, Evangelical, and Catholic churches as well as synagogues and mosques. In the end, you’ll see so many different architectural landscapes that you’ll feel you’ve visited more destinations than just one.

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The Great Synagogue from Bucharest

6. It’s a mouth-watering gastronomic journey

Romanians enjoy large portions of food, and you’ll experience this fast enough. They also greatly enjoy meat recipes, but our advice is to try the organic vegetables and fruits, the cheese specialties, the herbs, and the local sweets. For the best gastronomic experience, stay at a local guest house that also offers home-cooked meals.

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Organic fruits and vegetables

7. It will make you feel like a true explorer

If you feel annoyed by all the selfie sticks from famous destinations, in Romania you’ll feel like a true explorer. The number of tourists is growing in big cities like Bucharest, but you won’t stay in line to take a photo, and you won’t queue in the burning soon, except to visit Bran Castle. But you shouldn’t go searching for Dracula there anyway.

Ciucas Mountain

Ciucas Mountain

8. It hosts some of the coolest music festivals in Europe

If you’re a big fan of concerts, this is one of the top reasons to visit Romania. From the George Enescu Festival, one of the biggest classical music events in Europe, to the popular Untold Festival, the largest electronic music festival in the country, Romania is a great destination for concerts of all genres.

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Electric Castle Festival

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9. It’s safe to visit

Despite the tabloid propaganda that promoted Romania as a dangerous destination, you shouldn’t imagine the worst. Romania is generally a safe country for tourists. You only need to take the same common-sense safety measures as anywhere in the world.

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