Tourists all around the world associate Dracula with Romania and with the region of Transylvania. However, Romania is much more than the history of Dracula.
If you want to read some awesome facts about Romania before visiting it, then this is the article for you. We hand-picked some of the best facts every tourist should know before exploring this European country.
10 Awesome Facts about Romania Every Tourist Should Know
1. Romania Has a Merry Cemetery
Happy and cemetery don’t really go together in the same sentence, right? Somehow, Romania has made this beautiful thanks to their Merry Cemetery (Cimitirul vesel). It is located in the Maramureș County, in a tiny village, close to the Ukranian border.
This cemetery is a unique tourist attraction. Each tombstone has a funny poem about the life of the deceased. It’s definitely a must-see.
[Image Credits: Andrei Stroe]
2. Romania Houses 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
On the World’s Heritage List are included the following:
- Churches of Moldavia
- The Dacian Fortresses of the Orăștie Mountains
- The Historic Centre of Sighișoara
- The Monastery of Horezu
- The Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania
- The Wooden Churches of Maramureș
- The Danube Delta.
3. Romania Is One of the Countries with the Fastest Internet Speed
We think this headline says it all. Data shows Romania has the 6th fastest internet in the world.
You know how frustrating it is to not be able to find a decent Wi-Fi connection when you’re traveling. The good news is if you decide to visit Romania, the internet speed will most certainly not be a problem.
4. Romania Has the World’s Second Largest Administrative Building
After the Pentagon, the Palace of the Parliament is the world’s largest administrative building.
It is located in central Bucharest and was built under the command of Nicolae Ceaușescu, Romania’s former head of state.
If you want to find out more details about the Palace of the Parliament, you can read this article we wrote a while back.
5. Romania Has Europe’s First Electrified Castle
Peleș Castle is famous in Romania and it is located in Sinaia mountain resort. Because it had a power plant, it became Europe’s first electrified castle.
6. Romania Has One of the World’s Best Highways (According to Top Gear)
Transfăgărășan highway has more than 150 kilometers in length and is a spectacular tourist attraction. It is open from June to October and it’s an amazing drive. Even Top Gear declared this highway as one of their top favorites.
7. Romania Has the Best Preserved Delta in Europe
The Danube Delta is the second largest in Europe and the best preserved one. It stretches over 4,152 sq. km and it’s home to a variety of bird and fish species. If you love spending time in nature, you’ll certainly enjoy the Danube Delta.
8. Romania Has Europe’s Largest Rock Sculpture
Along the Danube, near the city of Orșova, there’s a rock sculpture of Decebalus, which has 55 meters in height. The only way to reach the sculpture is by boat. It’s pretty impressive, so it’s worth considering if you’ll be visiting the southwestern part of Romania.
9. In Romania, Is the First City which Has Electric Street Lamps in Europe
Timișoara, which is located in western Romania, was the first city in Europe to be lit by electric street lightning, back in 1884. It was the second city in the world, after New York.
Last year, Timișoara has won the title of European Capital of Culture.
10. Romania Has One of the Largest Outdoor Museums
Astra Museum is located in Sibiu, a city which is in the heart of Transylvania and was the European Capital of Culture in 2007. This museum has a vast variety of outdoor exhibits with over 320 houses.
Did You Enjoy These Facts about Romania?
It was really fun for us to put together these awesome facts about Romania. We hope now you know more about this beautiful country and what it has to offer.
If you’re planning a trip to Romania soon and want to get the most out of your trip, then count on us. We have plenty of tours, not only in Bucharest but in surrounding areas as well, such as Peleș Castle or Dracula’s Castle.
Do you want to find out more details about these tours? Then feel free to give us a call at 40 735 525 710 or send us a message here.