Romania Travel Guides for Backpackers

How to enjoy your trip to Vama Veche

Next to the border with Bulgaria, on the Black Sea coast, you’ll find in Romania, a small village called “Vama Veche”. Before telling you why you should come to this place, you should know a little bit about its origins and how it all started. A short view of the past By the ’70s, this little populated place at that time was discovered by some artists and students who loved the peace and the bohemian life. It was a fishing village where “vamaioții”, the people who were coming there, were staying with their tents on the beach or in people’s yards […]
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Bucharest – Starting your trip to the Carpathian Garden

The place of my childhood,  Bucharest has always been the base for me in all of my travels. Recently I have truly found the pleasure of visiting this adventurous city because I have moved out and I am now living in Barcelona. So every time I go back there, I start to understand why so many people from across the world are considering to move there. Getting there is relatively easy (and inexpensive), no matter where you come from and the airport is well linked to the city (although the train can be rather slow so I recommend the bus). […]
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Summer in Romania – Bucharest Travel Guide

Romania, that country that looks like a fish when you glimpse at the map, on the Eastern European side, is a good destination for summer. Bucharest is the capital of this EU country (you can check if you need a visa here), different than Budapest – which is another capital of a nearby country. If you ever wondered what to do when in Bucharest, here is a guide to help, suitable for traveling with kids too. The weather can be hot as a pan during the summer months, luckily, Bucharest has a lot of public gardens and refreshing places where […]
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A weekend escape in Pitesti – The city of tulips

Pitesti is only 100 km away from Bucharest, one hour and a half by train and it’s one of the hidden jams of Romania. If you want to get away from the crowds of tourists, this is exactly where you should go. Pitesti has a chilled and relaxed vibe, people are taking things easy and the pace of life seems less fast than what you should expect when going to the capital. The best thing here is that the city is relatively small, having a population of only 164.000 people, so you won’t waste too much time going from one […]
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What can you do in Romania

I would really love to present you my gorgeous country. Why doing this and not talking about international travelling? Because before starting to travel abroad and see the world, we all belong to a specific country, the one we grew up in. Maybe for you is just a foreign country, maybe just a name on the list or not even, maybe you have some plans to visit it, or none at all. Even if you belong to the first or the second group, I would love to show you some places that will hopefully help you write its name on […]
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Top 6 must see places in Old Town Constanta, Romania

If you are a traveler who likes to visit cities which are less known internationally, then, Constanta, historically known as Tomis, is for sure one of those cities. A must, to your bucket list. Situated in the Dobrogea region, on the Black Sea’s coast in Romania, Constanta is the oldest inhabited city in Romania and one of the most populated cities in the country. A place where locals enjoy sunbathing in the summer and stay indoors in the winter. We are terrified with the wind during winters, it can be quite harsh. That is why I believe visiting Constanta during […]
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Bucharest- a vibrant and dynamic place to visit

In recent years, the capital of Romania has become one of the most popular places to visit in Europe. Bucharest, a vibrant, dynamic and highly entertaining place to visit, is a city of contrasts which makes it all the more interesting. Communistic, grey buildings clash with modern offices. Opulence is in contradiction with extreme poverty. Busy boulevards with heavy traffic run alongside quiet and airy streets where you can find cozy cafes and sophisticated restaurants. Without a doubt, Bucharest has so much history to offer and so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. To me, Bucharest has been […]
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7 must-see places in Cluj-Napoca (Transylvania)

Cluj-Napoca is one of Romania’s oldest cities, its name dating back to the Roman period. Known as the capital of Transylvania region and, also, for its many prestigious academies and fruitful cultural life, Cluj-Napoca or simply, Cluj, is a multiethnic city that primarily impresses with its urban imperial architecture, an important reminder to the Romanian people, that the county of Transylvania once belonged to the great Austro-Hungarian Empire. Cluj-Napoca enchanted me from the very first day I moved here. At that time, I had immediately felt the powerful energy emanating from the old, beautiful buildings and ancient trees above which […]
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What you can do/see in Csíkszereda, a small Romanian city?

  This is the city where Hungarian and Romanian people live together, that’s why you find out when you arrive here find out that, this small town has two names. The Romanian name of the town  is Miercurea- Ciuc ,  this is how you find it on Google Maps,   people and tourist usually know it on this name, but Hungarian people use the name: Csíkszereda. You can find this duality everywhere,  if you go around and  you will recognize that, every name and information  is written both Romanian and Hungarian. There is no need to worry about – there are some […]
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Brasov – Probably the best city in the world!

Probably you are wondering why I called Brasov the best city in the world. Because, in my opinion, it might actually be the best city in the whole world. I am delighted to be born and have the opportunity to grow up in such a nice city from Romania. Brasov is one of the most popular cities in Romania. It is mostly famous for one of the attractions nearby, The Dracula’s Castle, but this isn’t by far the best Brasov can offer to its tourists. Brasov is a medieval city and dates back from the 13th century.  It’s one of […]
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5 things you must do in Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca, the city with three different names, Hungarian: Kolozsvár and German: Klausenburg. I like to say that Cluj-Napoca is more like a state of mind than a city. I am living here for almost 3 years now and I love its cultural versatility. During the last years, Cluj-Napoca went through a social and cultural metamorphosis that makes it the new youth capital of Romania. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in Transilvania and also Romania, the right place to be if you want to get the real Romanian experience. Here are the top five things I love the most […]
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Bucharest: A Winter Weekend

If you’re looking for a city break that will have you yearning for more, Bucharest needs to be on your bucket list. A vibrant university city with plenty of atmosphere, but still holds close their history and culture. I was amazed at how much I actually crammed in and saw during my winter weekend. Whether it’s your first time or a returning visitor, there is always something new to be discovered in this city. This post particularly focuses on the top places to visit, eat and things to do during the WINTER. Where to Visit Parliament Palace One can’t simply […]
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Turda Salt Mine and tips for spending a dog day on the Salt Flats

The small industrial town of Turda suddenly became a well know tourist destination after its salt mine was transformed into an amazing underground theme park. It is a must see site if you visit Romania, it is unique and spectacular, and also a fun and healthy way to spend here a few hours. Business Insider recommended the mine as one of the oldest and most beautiful salt mines in the world. If you are visiting during the summer you can spend the rest of the day bathing in the two salt lakes nearby, or if you fancy some wild swimming […]
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Top 10 Things to do in Bucharest in Spring/Summer

Bucharest (București) is a busy and vibrant city with so many things to do. Its history offers all the highlights of a great European tale, but even more so with its recent history. If it hasn’t been on your travel bucket list I urge you to add it and prioritize it now! You will not be disappointed. Bucharest offers unique experiences an events year-round. Here is a list of must-do activities you should add to your itinerary for Spring/Summer. 1. Bike King Mihal I park (previously Herăstrău Park) One of the best places is to bike in Bucharest is through […]
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Peleș Castle: A Day Trip from Bucharest

You are probably thinking of Dracula, Transylvania and/or Communist-era architecture right now. You’re not entirely wrong, but there is a lot more to Romania than just vampire lore and cheap alcohol! This not-so-small country is actually home to many beautiful landscapes and buildings that don’t get the attention they deserve. That is quickly changing, so book a ticket and head to Romania’s capital Bucharest (Bucharest, not Budapest! As the Romanian government so kindly reminds us). And while you’re at it why not take an easy day trip to one of the most beautiful castles in the world: Peleș Castle. Bran […]
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Great locations to visit near Cluj-Napoca, Romania

If you are visiting Cluj-Napoca or you are here on a business trip for more than a few days, you are probably getting tired of the fuss and rush of the city and in the mood for a quiet walk thru nature, exploring, hiking or a quick road trip that will fill your social media accounts with fabulous pictures. I live in Cluj-Napoca and I often find myself wanting to get away from the city even if is just for a few hours, so I put together a list of my favorite locations that are just an hour or under an […]
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TOP 10 secret places in Bucharest that nobody knew of

Sometimes even the places you think you know the best, can have hidden gems that can amaze you and pick up your interest. It is hard to know everything about a place. Everyone knows about the popular landmarks as Palace of Parliament or Arc de Triomphe but I have to confess to you, the secret is in details. I want to share with you 10 places (most of them are free) that I find amazing in the city that continues to fascinate me: Bucharest.  1. Melik House Melik House or Teodor Pallady Museum is the oldest house in Bucharest. This […]
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Brasov, the heart of Romania

Brasov is one of the most beautiful places I have ever lived in, due to its mountain view, 4 seasons that never stop to amaze you, its culture and traditions. Situated in the center of Romania, Brasov's people have their own habits. I would like to write about a few of the things I had noticed and think you should know if you're planning on coming to visit, about people, and a brief update on the things that are happening in Brasov right now, in the form of a travel guide. You should always have an umbrella with you One […]
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Bran Castle: The Dracula connection

Bran Castle If you think of Romania, you can't help but think of Bran Castle or, as it is often called, Dracula's Castle. This 13th-century fortification is positioned between the Romanian regions of Transylvania and Wallachia and looks across wild mountains forested with tall pine trees, and the plains below that run towards Brasov. More easily accessible by road than rail, it is the number one tourist destination for visitors to Romania, and one of the top destinations for anyone wanting to see the castle that Bram Stoker allegedly wrote about in his classic 1897 novel. Except, of course, he […]
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What can you visit in Targu Jiu, the city of Brancusi

I was born in a beautiful city, near the mountains, in Targu Jiu, or The city of Brancusi, in Romania. Targu Jiu is a small city. A very small one actually. It only has 80.000 residents and 161 km². But, even if it`s a small city, you can visit a lot of beautiful things and I want to share with you the most beautiful ones. The ones that I think every tourist will love it and will make a good impression of this beautiful country and city. Why The City of Brancusi Constantin Brancusi is one of the most famous European […]
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10 tips for ultimate city break in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

There are plenty of fancy and popular destinations for a city break in Europe but if you want to explore some exciting, hidden beauties, then your place is the ‘Wild Wild East’ where you can find these on a low budget. Let’s be more accurate: Romania is the ultimate choice for a city break if you are looking for some great experiences. The center region of the country (called Transylvania) has amazing landscape with huge mountains and forests which are perfect for hiking or for winter sports. Besides that, you will find here charming villages and of course big, vibrating […]
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Things to do if you visit Romania during the summer!

If you plan to visit Romania next summer this are few things you should know! Well if you are young, at school, Universty or just young, irresponsible and crazy, Romania is the place to be during the summer. You will ask me “why you say that?” Let me tell you a few things about Romania. First of all, the weather is amazing all summer and the people are really friendly. It is impossible not to make new friends here, well possibly if you are a grumpy person, but that is not the definition of young and irresponsible.Trust me if you […]
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Picking Cherries and Baking Pies in Rural Romania

Picking cherries and baking pies in rural Romania. Doesn’t it sound idyllic? Oh, no? Then you probably haven’t picked cherries before. Or apples. Or olives. Or fallen leaves. Or maybe you just can’t find that space in your head that goes “Oh yeah, cherry picking, bring it!”. Or, you know, you never set your mind on traveling to Romania. Maybe you’ve never even seen it on the map. No worries. I hadn’t heard of Kehena Black Sand beach on Big Island Hawaii, then one day someone posted a photo on Facebook. And that was it. Instant love forever. And probably […]
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The heart of east Romania – Timişoara

The heart of east Romania Timişoara is the third most populous city in Romania and lies in the middle east of the country. Considering historical regions, the city is informal capital of Banat – the region covering Timiş County, Caraş-Severin and part of Serbia. This region is well-known for its beautiful nature, but also for its multicultural and multinational composition. By this, I mean for example town Nădlac with Slovak community, the Czech village Eibenthal, or many Hungarian and Serbian towns and villages near the borders. Synagogue So, let’s go back to Timişoara, the pride of […]
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