Romanian souvenirs, so you’ll always remember your trip to Bucharest!

Bucharest or any place from Romania is an amazing destination to collect Romanian souvenirs. Here you can find beautiful things, for everyone, for small pockets and big pockets, for crafts lovers or avid collectors. A trip to Bucharest is a wonderful opportunity to widen your cultural horizon, but mostly for the variety and quality of the Romanian souvenirs. These “material” memories are not less ...

Why you should take a trip to Romania right now

It’s cheap Cheaper even than the Czech Republic and Hungary, you should go to Romania just because of its price tag. Everything from accommodation to transport to food is affordable. Even the “touristy” places are far from expensive. It’s beautiful The countryside, the medieval cities, the people… Romania has plenty of surprises in store. Cities like Sighisoara and Brasov are ridiculously ...

Romanian history

When thinking of history, time loses its limits and inevitably the images of certain famous persons are brought to our minds, people who over the centuries have become characters of historical books, movies, and theatrical plays. This is the history illustrated by legends, the history in which each country or continent praises its heroes. Yet, at such times we tend to forget that history is mainly written in blood, ...

George Enescu (1881-1955)

George Enescu, the Romanian composer George Enescu is undoubtedly the most renowned Romanian composer, his work being performed on the world’s greatest stages. Violinist, composer, pianist, director, and composer, Enescu was a child prodigy who showed an unusual musical talent as early as 4. A representative for the Romantic style, his creation brings together the musicality of Romanian folk music and the ...

Mircea Eliade, the Romanian historian

Mircea Eliade was a distinguished philosopher, novelist, and historian of religions who set up the basis of a new science – the history of religion. His studies represent a thorough investigation of the religious attitude of human beings, from prehistoric times up to the present. “The History of Religious Ideas” is the most complex work written by Eliade, based on a minute documentation with hundreds of ...

Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957)

Constantin Brancusi, the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, the creator of modern sculpture has influenced today’s art world by simplifying shapes, restoring the balance between form and matter and refusing to obey the artistic dogmas of the early twentieth century. The artist’s spirit of rebellion against everything conventional manifested from early childhood; by 11 years old he had run away ...

Safety in Romania

Despite the negative media campaigns, Romania remains one of the safest countries in Central and Eastern Europe, with a crime rate below the European average. The level of corruption stays nevertheless high, unfortunately, prompted by the population as well, who looks for quick fixes against bureaucracy. In order to avoid incidents, you should always request legal justification along with evidence and not ...

Romanian currency and Foreign Exchange

Although Romania is an EU member, the Romanian official foreign currency is the Leu (lei), with the international abbreviation RON. The Romanian currency cannot be bought from abroad, so if you want to exchange foreign currency in lei it is best to find a local exchange office or a bank that displays 0% commission. In general, exchange offices located at the airport or near railway stations offer lower exchange ...

Climate and weather in Romania

When traveling in Romania should know something about climate and weather. The climate of Romania is temperate-continental, meaning there are four distinct seasons. Due to this fact, Romania experiences hot summers, cool, dry autumns, cold winters with snow and fog, and mild springs. Having the Carpathian Mountains in center and flowing into the Black Sea forming the Danube Delta, Romania has a regional ...

The Memorial to the Victims of Communism

The Memorial to the Victims of Communism is dedicated, as the name says, to the victims of communist terror. It is the place where the elites of the country were purged, as well as the place where the memory of totalitarianism is kept alive, as a form of protest. The building was constructed as a barracks during the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy and later became a border town next to the USSR. In the 1950s it began to ...

Astra National Museum Complex

The ASTRA National Museum Complex (Museum Of Traditional Folk Civilization) was established in 1963 and is the largest open-air ethnography exhibit in Europe. The ASTRA Museum is based on the "living museum" concept, aiming to salvage, conserve and showcase traditional folk culture. It is one of the most important institutions of this kind in Europe. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts fairs, craftsmen's ...

The Village Museum Bucharest

A panorama of Romania's erstwhile villages, consisting of old traditional houses gathered from all the regions of the country, the Village Museum Bucharest is one of the unmissable attractions. In the heart of the city, and yet away from urban noise and futuristic buildings, on the shores of the Herastrau Lake, the "Dimitrie Gusti" Village Museum manages to recreate the atmosphere of traditional Romanian ...

Peles Castle – the summer residence of Romanian royalty

Built in the 19th century according to the specifications of Carol I, Romania's first King, the Peles Castle is an image of the monarch's aesthetic mindset, combining the German and Italian neo-Renaissance. The blood ties between the members of the Romanian and the British royal families, the Russian dynasty and the royal families of Germany and Greece, as well the Romanian Queen's tireless patronage of arts, ...

The Fagaras fortress

The history of the Fagaras fortress is closely tied to the history of Romanians and to the establishment of the first medieval states on this territory. A residence of Transylvanian rulers, the citadel was built in the 16th century, on the ruins of a castle destroyed by fire. The fortress is surrounded by two rows of walls, the space between them being filled with earth; the result is one sturdy eight-meter thick wall. ...

The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta

Info about The Merry Cemetery The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta is the place where those who leave this world prefer to do so in a light-hearted tone. The wooden crosses on the tombs are painted in bright colors, predominantly in blue, bearing an image and a few rhyming lines, most often with a comical content, relating to the deceased's life and their image in the memory of their families and in that of the community. The ...