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With a tumultuous past etched with a series of invasions and war, Romania today still carries strong reminders of its past. From imposing Gothic castles that once defended against invaders to medieval Transylvanian towns fortified by city walls, Romania is rich in historical interest, but also boasts unspoilt natural landscapes and bustling cities rising in economic importance.
From the 4th to 10th centuries, Romania suffered invasions from swarms of migrants, including the Goths, Huns, Slavs, Bulgars and Magyars. The Magyars, or Hungarians, eventually moved into Transylvania, which fell under Hungarian rule by the 13th century. Located in the heart of Romania, Transylvania today is blessed with some of Europe’s best-preserved mediaeval towns and is home to captivating Gothic castles such as the popularly named Dracula’s Castle.
The mediaeval towns in Transylvania are seeping with charm that even Dracula would be enchanted by. Sibiu, the former hub of the Transylvanian Saxons, will captivate you with its cobbled streets and pastel-coloured houses. The city walls, well-preserved defence towers and old city squares take you back to Transylvania’s more clamorous times and now stand as important historical attractions. Also a culture-soaked city, Sibiu is home to two large museum complexes, three theatres and a handful of festivals throughout the year.
If you’re seeking a bit of Paris in the East, head to Bucharest, the largest city in Romania. Here, you’ll be greeted by an eclectic mélange of cultural and historical attractions, from grand and opulent palaces, to art galleries and museums, to magnificent churches. The Metropolitan Cathedral, built in the 17th century, is a focal point of the Roman Orthodox faith and is worth a visit. If you’re seeking a dose of the arts, visit the Opera House, where you can enjoy some enchanting Romanian opera or ballet, or simply marvel at the house’s opulent interior. Bucharest also has its very own Arch of Triumph, reminiscent of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe but built to commemorate the Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I.
Visit Romania and you’ll discover a history-laden country filled with charming mediaeval towns and intriguing sights. Let Trafalgar make it so easy for you by showing you the best bits of the country and leaving you with fond memories to last a lifetime.
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