Where is it: Romania is located in southeastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Ukraine
Why do people go here: Romania is one of the more advanced Eastern European countries, but traditional folklore festivals, midevil castles and beautiful countryside still remain.
What are the main entry points: There are five countries bordering Romania, all of which are at different states of development. Many travelers come from Hungary and the Ukraine, although Bucharest is clear across the country.
Currency used: Leu
Country Code for Phones: 40
Area codes for Major Cities: Bucuresti (Bucharest) 1
Religion: Eastern Orthodox (including all sub-denominations) 87%, Protestant 6.8%, Catholic 5.6%, other (mostly Muslim) 0.4%, unaffiliated 0.2%
Population: 22.3 million
Ethnic Breakdown: 89.5% Romanians, 6.6% Hungarians, 2.5% Roma, 1.4% other minority groups
Government: Unitary semi-presidential republic
Languages: Romanian (official), Hungarian, German
Major Cities: Bucharest
Attractions: Dracula’s Castle, Black Sea, Carpathian Mountains
Tourism Office locations and links: Carpati National Travel Office of Bucharest 7, Blvd. Gral Magtheru Bucharest, Romania +40-1-4-51-60; RoNTO@erols.com //www.romaniatourism.com/
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Bicaz Gorge, Red Lake, Peles Castle
Health Issues: No vaccines are required to travel to Romania
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Aim for June – warm weather, only slightly packed beaches and lots of goings on
Common Phrases: Yes = Da, No = Nu, Please = Te rog, Thank you = Multumesc, Do you speak English? = Vorbiti englezeste?
Specific Events/Holidays: Unification Day (of Romania and Transylvania), 1 December (1918)
Getting Around: Trains are the best way to go: buses may be cheaper, but they aren’t worth your time, unless you want the experience of going verrrrry slow and waiting around a long time.
Good to know: Romania is the 6th biggest city in Europe.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Romania is the Henri Coanda Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Romania travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.