Present Romania is broken into three main regions: Transylvania, Moldavia and Walachia. The Capital city of Bucharest is located in Walachia. Transylvania has been disputed land for centuries and is the newest region to Romania; as well as the cultural hotbed.
The Carpathian Mountains
dominate the country, and play a major role in tourism, and local life alike. Countless opportunities arise in the mountains, from the hiking trails that litter the countryside, to the untouched caves ready for your exploration. If you are a fan of winter then the first class ski resorts around Brasov
will tempt your skis & boards, with challenging runs, and the cheapest lift ticket prices in Europe. Wildlife viewing is available in almost any area of the mountains with Europe’s largest Bear and Wolf population, and a number of numerous other wildlife rarely found on the continent. The Carpathians truly offer something for everyone.
offers castles and towns straight from Medieval Germany or Hungary, and is the home to the legendary Count Dracula or Vlad Tepes as history truly knows him. Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu and Cluj Napoca are a few of the main tourist attractions; as well as a wealth of other sites waiting to be discovered not far off the beaten path.
Northern Romania is made up of 3 separate regions – Moldavia
. Moldavia has suffered through a great deal of torment in the past, greatly reflected in the capital Iasi; despite this the culture has preserved a strong heritage and contains some of the most magnificent monuments in Romania. Bucovina is known for its beautiful fresco painted Monasteries dotted in the hills of the country side. The Merry Cemetery of Maramures with the humorous captions and poems of the crosses in this colourful setting make this a unique site unlike to be seen in any other part of the world.
There is so much more in Romania to see; Explore through our Destination and Region guides with the map above or go to our Destinations List.