|Posted on November 4, 2011 at 10:50 PM|
By Alex Hill
Starting to read this you might think, "Yeah, yet another poor country that thinks it's a rough gem waiting to be discovered". Well, you might not believe it but it's true.
I've recently had the chance to travel to Romania, to a city known as Brasov, in an area you might know under the name of Transilvania. Yeah, that's right, Romania is the country of the legendary vampire Dracula. Anyway, my first stop was in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, stuck in the airport while waiting for my connection to Brasov to depart. Couple of hours later, I was finally in Brasov checking in to a pretty nice hotel that most importantly had an internet connection. Didn't expect this one in Romania, since I pretty much came with the misconception that it is a poor country.
I took my Romanian friend and went straight to Bran Castle, known as home of "Vlad, The Impaler" or "Dracula" as you might know him. It's an old castle built in the 14th century to defend against the Turk invaders with turrets and white stone walls. After all, not all the grim, dark, menacing castle of Dracula that I was expecting. The coolest thing I saw there was the fountain from the front yard that hides an underground passage.
Visiting a 600 year-old castle is a priceless experience! Never forget to see Dracula's house if you ever plan to travel to Romania. It is well worth the trip.
I have to say that Brasov is specially nice. It's a pretty big town by Romanian standards, stuck between beautiful mountains, with lots of nice places to visit in the area. The Bran Castle, the Black Church, the mountain resort Poiana Brasov, the ski slopes and the superb style of the old German houses are some of the interesting spots in the city.
Honestly, I can't cover all the things i saw in Romania during my two-week stay in one single article. Consider this the beginning of a small serial of articles covering a few of the magnificent views you can see when you travel to Romania. (Photos, dracula-tour.com | thomascook.com)