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Whether you know something or nothing about Romania, we are sure you heard about:
Dracula - the Bram Stocker's character inspired by the legend of Romanian voivode Vlad the Impaler;
Nadia Comaneci -
the first gymnast to receive a perfect score of ten in an Olympic competition. It was in Montreal in 1976;
Famous Peles Castle - located in Sinaia mountain resort - the first completely electrified castle in Europe;
Danube Delta -
the largest river delta in the European Union and the best preserved on the continent;

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Did you Know ?

The name "Romania" comes from the Latin word "Romanus" which means "citizen of the Roman Empire."

Romanian is the only latin language which has developed in the Eastern part of Europe, the rest of them being slavic.

The modern jet engine was invented by the Romanian inventor Henri Coanda in 1910, born in Bucharest.

On 18th of March 1906, the Romanian inventor Traian Vuia was the first European to build and fly a fully self-propelled, fixed-wing automobile airplane .

The insulin was discovered by the Romanian scientist Nicolae Paulescu. He originally called it pancreine.

The fountain pen was invented by Petrache Poenaru born in Craiova, Romania. His invention was patented in May 1827.

The Romanian Stefan Odobleja published  his work "Psychology consonantiste" in 1938, in Paris. He actually set the basic themes of cybernetics, his work being published ten years before Norbert Wiener’s ideas were printed. Stefan Odobleja is considered to be the "Father of Cybernetics".

The eldest Homo sapiens fossils were discovered in 2002 in south-western Romania, in the Cave of Bones. The fossil’s age is estimated at 37,800 to 42,000 years old.

The statue of Dacian king, Decebal (Decebalus Rex), carved in the rocky bank of the Danube's Cauldrons, is the tallest rock statue in Europe (135 feet tall).

The Europe’s second largest underground glacier is located underneath the Bihor Mountains in Romania and it's name is Scarisoara glacier. It has a volume of 75,000 cubic meters and it's age is estimated at 3,500 years old.

Herastrau Park  is Europe’s largest park within a city. It covers over 270 acres (110 ha).

Bucharest was the first city in the world illuminated by oil lamps (1895).

Timisoara became the first European city with electric street lighting in 1889.

Timisoara wasthe first European city with horse-drawn trams,  in 1869.

Romania’s famous Peles Castle was the first completely electrified castle in Europe. The electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant.

The first screening of projected motion pictures  took place in Bucharest in 1896, shortly after the world premiere in Paris. One of the Lumière brothers projected several films for Bucharest’s high society.

The Palace of Parliament from Bucharest, also known as the People’s Palace, is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function and the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon in the US. It covers over 330,000 sqm.

The Voronet Monastery, located in northeastern Romania, is also known as the "Sistine Chapel of the East". Its frescoes feature an intense shade of blue also known as the "Voronet blue".

Romania houses Europe’s largest population of brown bears (over 6000 animals).

Romanian Nadia Comaneci was the first gymnast to receive a perfect score of ten in an Olympic competition, in Montreal, in 1976.

The tallest wooden church in the world, and the second tallest wooden structure in Europe,is located in Sapanta Peri,area of Maramures in northwestern Romania. It has a 23 foot tall cross that weighs 1,000 lbs, on top of the 257 foot tall church.

If you heard about all of them or at least about one of them, it means you have already known something important about Romania.

Romania has four major historic counties which you can visit choosing our tours, tailoring made your own one or taking a city break.  Any holiday is great as long as you see beautiful places, eat delicious food and enjoy the traditions of that country.  That's why our offer will always combine various activities, scenery and places of interest, maximizing what you see, feel and taste on your Romanian holiday. In this way your journey will be not only relaxing but entertaining, interesting and dynamic, no matter you travel with your family, friends or in a random group.

Read about other main attractions of Romania and let us guide you in our beautiful country. You can choose to visit each county separately or combine the main landmarks like we did in our tours. Click below on the map of the county that you would like to visit.

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Feel free to contact us for any questions about our tours and holidays at:

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cruses specific to Horezu region in Romania
pottage of chicken and vegetables with parsley on top
national folkloric Romanian dance
Decebalus Rex in Danube's Cauldrons
girls dancing a medieval dance of princesses
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