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    2 Romania is the perfect land of contrasts and paradoxes the country of Constantin Brancusi, Eugene Ionesco, Emil Cioran, Mircea Eliade, and Nadia Comaneci, but also of Dracula and Nicolae Ceausescu. The Old World of Romania is a vast museum of ancient heritage and still alive even if only through its famous painted churches and monasteries, its folk art, or its feudal castles in the Carpathian Mountains. The New World may be embodied by the Parliament Palace and the subway network in Bucharest, or by the Western styles of life adopted by Romania’s townsfolk.

    But Romania is much more than this: just think of the Black Sea coast, the wild and picturesque Carpathian Mountains where one goes hiking or skiing; the cultural, historical, architectural or archaeological tours of the country.Many tourists

    also come to Romania for health purposes: a huge richness of mineral and thermalsprings spread across the country, associated with many other natural factors, have made this land very famous for its spas and treatments.

    There are many other tourist attractions in Romania: some are unique in the world, as the enchanting monasteries of Bucovina with their churches entirely covered with 16th century frescoes on the outside walls, appearing among hills and woods

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    3 Transylvania is home to some of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, most notably Brasov, featuring Old Saxon architecture and citadel ruins; Sibiu with its cobblestone streets and pastel colored houses, and Sighisoara, adorned with a hilltop citadel, secret passageways and a 14th century clock tower. Tiny shops offer antiques and ne hand-made products by local artisans and artists.

    Visitors will also encounter stunning castles such Bran, near Brasov, - a Gothic fairy-tale structure, often associated with 15th century Walachian Prince Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. While the connection with Vlad is tenuous the deep bond of local villagers with the legend is not.

    In close proximity to Brasov and Bran are the forti ed churches at Harman,with its massive 13th Saxon towers, and Prejmer, the largest forti ed church in Southeastern Europe. The 15th-century Corvinesti Castle, located 15 miles away from Hunedoara, has a sumptuous Knights Hall – that can be used for functions or parties as well as towers and buttresses reminiscent of the medieval times.

    Transylvania’s multi-ethnic heritage (including German and Hungarian ) is delightfully apparent in the folk costumes, architecture, cuisine, music and festivals.

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    City of over 270.000 inhabitants, it is for sure the most pleasant city to live in Romania. The center of the tour- ist city revolves around the City Hall Square (main square of the city) where there are many coffee houses and restaurants. On its north-western side rises the imposing Black Church. After the re of 1689, due to the colour of the blackened outer walls, it received the name of „ The Black Church” and it is known as a symbol of the Transylvanian Gothic art.

    For beautiful views of the city you

    have to go to up on the Tâmpa moun-tain; you can access it on foot or using an aerial tramway.

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    Brasov does not have its own airport but is located close to some cities which have airports. The easiest way is to land in Bucharest, the main entrance gate of Romania and then you could take the train/car all the way to Brasov. There are about 170km (106mi) between Bucharest and Brasov.

    In Bucharest there are two airports. The rst one is Otopeni – Henri Coanda Airport, much bigger and modern. It is located 16km (10mi) north of Bucharest. The

    second airport of Bucharest is Baneasa Airoprt. Sibiu is another city where you couldland if you come by air. The airport of Sibiu is located about 160km (100mi) far from Brasov. The airport of Targu Mures, 175km (109mi) far from Brasov, could be a third option when you come by air.

    Most of the ights come from Europe, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, London, Roe and few from Middle East – Tel Aviv, Jordan, Dubai, Cairo. There is no straight ight between Romania and North America. Pretty much all major European ight

    companies operate in Romania. Tarom is the Romanian company. Budget airline companies or smart line companies as they like to call themselves offer many inexpensive ights. The main budget companies operating in Bucharest and in other parts of Romania are Blue Air, WizzAir, Germanwings, EasyJet, Carpatair, FlyNiki.

    The railway in Romania is quite undeveloped as the Union leaders have been always against major reforms of the system. The main problem lays in the fact that the transportation is slow. Some of the trains like IC, offer good conditions. Here you can check the timetable of the trains.

    Brasov is located pretty much in the center of Romania. Therefore if you want to come here by car you need to drive a good part of Romania which could be a little bit dif cult for some of the foreigner drivers. Romania has few highways while the most important roads, although generally they are in good conditions, they could be busy. Also, the Romanian drivers are known for their aggressive driving behavior. Despite

    all these, many foreigner drivers are to be seen daily driving all over Romania.Brasov is located at the crossroad of E60, E68 and E574

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    Piatra Craiului Mountain was declared as natural reserve in 1938 due to the unique character of the massif, landscape beauty and rare species like Garota Pietrei Craiului (Dianthus callizonus) – endemic to Piatra Craiului National Park, Edelweiss (Leontopodium) or Sangele voinicului (Nigritella nigra and Nigritella rubra).

    A famous Romanian mountaineer called Piatra Craiului a mountain for life- time with one day routes.

    Tis is a special tour that leads our steps into the most wild and spectacular places of Piatra Craiului Ntional Park, climbing rocks and trails where black goats are living and just a few people are passing. Te beauty and wilderness of these routes are unique. A passionate mountaineer could spend every weekend in this mountain and never get bored.

    Te Garoţa Pietrei Craiului (Dianthus callizonus) is a beautiful purple ower only found in Piatra Craiului. It is protected as is the Edelweis growing on the high slopes.

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    In old Romanian language “a bucegi” means “to choose” – these are “the chosen” mountains; and some of the events occuring in the area (see below) give a true meaning to their name.

    wo major tourist attractions are located at above 2200m altitude (2216m, to be precise): the Sphinx , an old stone looking like a human face, apparently formed by wind erosion, and the closeby ” Old Women” (Romanian: Babele), a rock formation resembling human silhouettes.

    Te Bucegi mountains unfold their beauty and grandness along the westbank of the river Prahova, like a defense wall for all the small cities and resorts located at the base of the mountains.

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    Făgăraş Mountains, Romanian Munţii Făgăraş, mountain range, the highest section of the ransylvanian Alps (Southern Carpathian Mountains), south-central Romania. Teirsteep northern face rises above 8,000 feet (2,450 m) and overlooks the Făgăraş Depression, through which ows the Olt River over a gentler gradient south to the Carpathian foothills.

    Te mountains are heavily glaciated, with lakes, fretted peaks, and morainic deposits. Te Olt breach denes the western end, the Bran Pass the eastern. Moldoveanu (8,346 feet [2,544 m] ) and Negoiu (8,317 feet [2,535 m]) are the highest peaks.

    On the northern face many short streams fall precipitously into the Olt; on the southern face rise several rivers, the major one being the Argeş. Te 30-mile- (48-kilometre-) long range is relatively isolated and inaccessible in comparison with the rest of the ransylvanian Alps.

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    Brasov has a temperate-continental climate with cold and relatively wet weather in the mountains. The summer nights in Brasov could be a little chilly. The transition between summer and winter occurs gradually by the insertion of two other seasons called “spring” and “autumn”.

    The average temperature is 7.6 degrees C and the annual average humidity in the air is 75%. The highest temperature in summer is 35.0 degrees C and the lowest in winter is -30 degree C.

    The yearly amount of rain is said to be 1300 mm/ sq. m in the mountains and 600 mm/ sq. m in depressions. Usually the wind is blowing from West with 1.5 to 3.2 m/s speed.

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