Our Transfagarasan road trip through Romania was #thebomb. The twists and turns of this one-of-a-kind highway are unlike anything you’ll ever see: this road is consistently ranked among the most fascinating driving routes in the world. Continue reading “Transfagarasan Road Trip: One of the World’s Best Drives”
Sighisoara is a little Romanian fairy tale. The vibrant colors of this cozy Transylvanian town will win over your heart. Although you could leisurely spend a day there, a half-day in Sighisoara will do just fine, especially if you’re tight on time. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the region! Also see my posts on other cities in Romania, like Bucharest, Braşov, Sibiu, y Timişoara, here!
My year living in Bucharest, Romania, was one of the best ever. We loved driving through the Romanian countryside, which is dotted with fairytale palaces and historic fortresses. Below I outline some of the most notable Romanian castles, including what I consider the top sights as well as those I’d consider tourist traps. These sights make up part of an ideal itinerary for a driving route through Transylvania, along with Braşov, Sibiu, Sighişoara, and hiking in Piatra Craiului.
When you ask Romanians what the most beautiful city in their country is, many will mention Sibiu – and I definitely agree. Continue reading “Day Trip to Sibiu: Plazas, Churches, & Apfelstrudel”
It’s funny to hear people’s thoughts on Transylvania: many people imagine it as the spooky land of Dracula, a region covered in a perpetual eerie mist and darkness. I gotta say that they’ve got it ALL wrong. Continue reading “Easy Hike in Piatra Craiului National Park for Fall Foliage”
Let me be clear right away: Bucharest is not the most beautiful city in the world. However, let me also say that I’m one of Bucharest’s biggest fans, and the year I spent living there was one of my happiest. The city does have its gems, so, if you plan well, you’ll appreciate this place just as much as I do. Continue reading “Self-Guided Walking Tour of Bucharest from an Almost Local”
Brasov, Romania, is a cute and cozy getaway in the region of Transylvania, about a 2-3 hour drive from Bucharest (depending on the traffic, as the roads are not always so reliable). You can cover the city’s main sights in a day: highlights include going up the cable car to the Brasov sign on Mount Tampa, exploring the Black Church, and wandering down Rope Street, the narrowest street in Romania. You can also use Brasov as a base to hit up other popular sights in the region, like Peles Castle or Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s castle aka kind of a tourist trap). The historic center of Brasov offers a variety of delicious eateries to choose from, so you can take your pick. Here are my recommendations for where to eat in Brasov! Continue reading “Where to Eat in Brasov: The Coolest and Coziest Places for Food and Drinks”
Since I moved to Bucharest in February 2018, many people ask me, “So what’s the food like in Romania?” My answer usually touches upon the fact that traditional Romanian cuisine can be quite hearty, and that typical dishes include roasted pork knuckle (not actual knuckles), Sarmale (pork-stuffed cabbage rolls), and polenta (like in Italy) – which are all actually delicious. However, Bucharest offers a lot more than just typical Romanian cuisine. In fact, many of the spots we frequent in Bucharest have more of an “international” style and serve pretty much everything. Continue reading “A Guide to Bucharest: Eating & Drinking”
Timisoara, located in the Banat region of western Romania, is Romania’s third largest city. You may have never heard of it, but it’s definitely worth a stop on any trip to Romania. The city’s main sights are clustered around the 3 main plazas in the city center – Piata Victoriei, Piata Libertatii, and Piata Unirii – so you can cover the city in one solid day. Here are a few good reasons to visit Timisoara!