Palace of the Parliament: The second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, this vast and impressive building in Bucharest has 12 floors and covers 330,000 square metres. It was built during Nicolae Ceaucescu’s dictatorship, and he filled its vast halls with lavish tapestries, sculptures, chandeliers and carpets, many of which can still be seen. Today the palace is home to Romania’s houses of parliament.
Black Sea resorts: If it’s sun, sand and sea you’re after, head to Romania’s Black Sea coast. There are fine beaches, plenty of good accommodation, restaurants, nightlife and activities. Popular resorts include Mamaia, Costinesti and Vama Veche, but there are many others, with something to suit all tastes.
Sibiu: This medieval city was built in the 12th century by German settlers and became a rich trading post. Explore the Old Town and you’ll discover sections of the medieval wall, narrow streets, 17th century buildings, church-dominated squares and cobbled streets of colourful houses.
Ski resorts: The Carpathian Mountains offer snow cover for more than 100 days per year, and there are many ski resorts offering good facilities. Poiana Brasov, Predeal and Rânca are among the resorts.
Danube Delta: The magnificent Danube River empties into the Black Sea via a beautiful delta that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can take a boat trip through the many channels, visit the ancient oak-covered dunes and see a multitude of bird, animal and insect species.
Spas: The Romans brought spas to the region, due to an abundance of mineral and thermal springs. Today there are 70 natural spas in Romania, with treatments for a wide variety of medical disorders and illnesses.
Piatra Craiului Natural Park: The park, in the Carpathian Mountains features a 15-mile limestone ridge, glacial lakes, deep gorges, caves and traditional villages. It’s a paradise for walkers.
Bran Castle: Bran Castle is known to many as Dracula’s Castle, because many visitors to Transylvania considered it to resemble the one described by Bram Stoker in his book. Legends link this spectacular castle to Vlad the Impaler.
Transfagarasan: Some say this is the most beautiful road in the world. Twisting and turning for 90km through the stunning southern Carpathians, and rising to more than 2,000m, the Transfagarasan is popular not only with motorists, but also cyclists and hikers.