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ROMANIA


Location - Eastern Europe; Capital - Bucharest; Population - 20 million; Currency - Romanian Leu

From Bucharest it's a comfortable two hour train ride to Brasov, the heart of the tourist industry in both Transylvania and Romania - April 2012. MORE ROMANIA

 

Romanianote50 Lei (plural of Leu)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mt Tampa rises above Brasov for a glorious view of the city, with the clouds settling in a Transylvanian valley beyond

 

romania262The Council House is at the centre of Piata Sfatului in Brasov

 

romania263On the hillside behind Piata Sfatului are the Black Tower (left) and White Tower (centre) - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania287The Tampa Cable Car is the easiest way to get to the top of Mt Tampa - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania270The massive Brasov sign on Mt Tampa that's pretty much visible from anywhere in town

 

romania289The snow covered mountains around Brasov

 

romania279A close up of St Nicholas' Cathedral and Piata Unirii - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania179The 14th century St Nicholas' Cathedral - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania173Strada Sforii is the narrowest street in Brasov

 

romania183A restaurant sign near Piata Sfatului - Brasov

 

romania201Climb the steps to the White Tower and check out the museum inside - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania187The Black Church dominates the view from the White Tower - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania192Looking past the White Tower to the Council House - Brasov

 

romania196The tower of the Council House (left) and a distant Piata Sfatuluio - Brasov

 

romania203 A memorial to victims of the 1989 revolution stands in front of the District Council building - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania205The hilltop Citadel lies above the Central Park's orthodox church - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania210The 15th century city walls are punctuated with towers and bastions - Brasov

 

romania216Colourful buildings behind the Black Church - Brasov

 

romania217The Black Church and Mt Tampa - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania245The Black Church was built between 1384 and 1477 - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania244Piata Sfatului has plenty of outdoor cafes and restaurants to keep you busy - Brasov

 

romania246The square is the hub of the city and lively all day - Brasov

 

 

romania237A decorative Easter sign opposite the Council House in Piata Sfatului - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania243Go upstairs to the Casa Hirscher cafe for a ringside seat of Piata Sfatului - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania249Branching off Piata Sfatului is Strada Republicii, a pedestrian shopping street - Brasov

 

romania206A local band play at the Irish bar on Strada Republicii. The guitarist was top banana - Brasov

 

 

romania257A quiet sidestreet in the old town - Brasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania293There's no escaping Dracula in Transylvania! Bran

 

romania29514th century Bran Castle is known as Dracula's castle, a 40 minute bus ride from Brasov - Bran

 

romania306Vlad Tepes was the Prince of Wallachia (an historic area of Romania) in the 15th century.
The bloodthirsty Vlad was given the name Tepes, meaning 'impaler' as he indulged in impaling his enemies with a wooden stake.
His real surname was Draculea - Bran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania325Irish author Bram Stoker combined fact with fiction, drawing on Vlad Tepes for his world-famous novel Dracula - Bran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania314It's thought that Vlad Tepes only visited Bran Castle once, if at all - Bran

 

romania315The 'secret' staircase in Bran Castle - Bran

 

romania320Most of the castle exhibits belonged to Queen Marie, Queen consort of Romania between 1914 and 1927 (and born in England) - Bran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania321The inner courtyard of Bran Castle - Bran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania339It's a bit of a scrum squeezing past tour groups but understandably so - Bran

 

 

romania346Rainclouds descend on Bran. It rained virtually every day of my two weeks in Romania..

 

romania350Between Brasov and Bran is another castle town, Rasnov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania352It's a steep walk up the hill (or take a car) to Rasnov Fortress - Rasnov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania367The 13th century fortress is mostly in ruins but there's a few reconstructed buildings - Rasnov

 

romania358The main draw is the superb view across the plains below - Rasnov

 

 

romania356The Transylvanian town of Rasnov below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania372A horse and cart trots through the streets - Rasnov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania376The journey from Brasov to Sibiu passes the Fagaras Mountains

 

romania380Piata Mica is one of the central squares in the 2007 EU 'Capital of Culture' Sibiu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania382aRestaurants at Piata Mica - Sibiu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania379Eyelid windows look down on Piata Mica - Sibiu

 

romania378Walk through the Turnul Sfatului arch (Council Tower) to Piata Mare - Sibiu

 

romania399The Banca Agricola is the curved building in Piata Mare - Sibiu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania392Bars, restaurants, a museum and a church make up Piata Mare - Sibiu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania400The impressive Piata Mare - Sibiu

 

romania398Colourful buildings surrounding the Council Tower at Piata Mare - Sibiu

 

romania375aDracula welcomes you to a sports bar on Strada Nicolae Balcescu - Sibiu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania410Fading grandeur on Strada Cetatii - Sibiu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania413Sibiu's Evangelical Church contains the tomb of Vlad Tepes' son Mihnea Voda cel Rau (Prince Mihnea the Bad)

 

romania415Steps lead down from Piata Huet to cobbled pedestrian streets - Sibiu

 

romania417A quiet pedestrian street near Piata Huet - Sibiu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania418More steps, this time at the Council Tower, afford views of Piata Mare - Sibiu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania422Piata Mica is in the foreground with the Evangelical Church behind - Sibiu

 

romania424Any idea what this says? Graffiti on Strada Ocnei, Sibiu

 

romania426Between the train station and the old city is a Soviet war memorial - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania429A minute's walk further on is Saint Treime Orthodox Church, on the banks of the Tarnava Mare River - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania435The citadel of Sighisoara is centred on Piata Cetatii

 

 

romania433The citadel complex dates back to the 12th century - Sighisoara

 

 

romania436 A souvenir shop on Piata Cetatii - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania440The square is busy during the day but dies down in the evening - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania444The 14th century Church on the Hill - Sighisoara

 

romania446Reach the Church on the Hill via a covered stairway - Sighisoara

 

 

romania451A Lutheran cemetery lies next to the church, here with the Goldsmiths Tower behind - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania453The Monastery Church spire stands to the left of a winding Tarnava Mare River - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania457romania459A major attraction in Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, Casa Vlad-Dracul, where he is said to have lived until he was four

 

romania460Welcome to Casa Vlad-Dracul - Sighisoara

 

romania462 A painting of Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia and inspiration for Dracula - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania464Casa Vlad-Dracul has been converted into a restaurant - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania463The restaurant menu includes Dracula pork medallion, Dracula spicy shrimp and of course a variety of Dracula cocktails - Sighisoara

 

romania467A cafe/shop selling Dracula spicy coffee uses the same entrance as Casa Vlad-Dracul - Sighisoara

 

romania469Casa Vlad-Dracul lies close to the 13th century Clock Tower - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania473aThe Clock Tower greets visitors walking up to the citadel - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania474Walking beneath the Clock Tower - Sighisoara

 

 

romania499Take the stairs up the Clock Tower for views of Sighisoara

 

 

romania493Beyond the church is the Tarnava Mare River - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania478If you're looking for tacky, kitsch souvenirs you've come to the right place. Did I buy a Dracula mug? Of course! Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania480aIn one of the corners of the citadel is a softly lit Shoemakers Tower - Sighisoara

 

 

romania484There's a mixture of renovated and crumbling buildings on the edge of the citadel - Sighisoara

 

romania482A colourful street in the citadel - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania486Vlad Tepes is on show next to the 15th century Church of the Dominican Monastery - Sighisoara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

romania490Sit in the small park next to the City Hall to take in views of the town below - Sighisoara

 

 

romania492Make time for a visit to this relaxed town - Sighisoara

 

 

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LINKS

www.cfrcalatori.ro - Romanian train timetables; buy tickets

www.autogari.ro - Search for buses in the country

www.romaniatourism.com - Official website of the Romanian Tourist Board

http://romaniaandmoldova.com

Wasteels - Contact these guys for international train tickets from Romania

 

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