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Facts about Romania

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We invite you to a journey to discover the main cities of Romania. 

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There are multiple ways to arrive and travel in Romania: by plane, by train, by car, by boat

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Bucharest has a great variety of shopping centres for you to spend your spare timeand besides clothing and shoe stores, you can find here supermarkets, a food court, an entertainment area (billiards, bowling) and also cinemas.

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Contrary to popular belief, Romanian traditional cuisine is quite rich, abundant in simple but delicious meals.

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About Romania

The modern state of Romania was formed during the 19th and 20th century by the merging the three historical regions: Transylvania, Moldavia and Wallachia. Currently, the country is divided in eight regional divisions with the purpose of better coordinating and developing them.

Romania has 41 counties and the national capital, Bucharest. Also known as “little Paris”, Bucharest is a blooming city with plenty to offer in order to meet tourist demands.

From museums, art galleries and monuments to religious edifices, city gardens and nightclubs, the capital has all the ingredients to be a vibrant city worth visiting.

View the map of Romania and other historical details on: www.rovt.ro

 

 

 

Population and Religion

In the last census, the population of the country was estimated at approximately 19 million citizens, out of which almost 10% is represented by ethnic groups such as Hungarians, Germans and other important communities. Check the Statistical yearbook on the National Institute of Statistics website.

Although Romania has no state religion, a vast majority of the population is Christian.

In the last census in 2011, statistics showed that an overwhelming 85.9% of citizens are Christian Orthodox and other 4.6% of the population is Roman Catholic.

Other religious minorities include Protestants – 6.5% and Greek – Catholics – 0.84%.

 

 

 

 

Culture and Entertainment

Romania is a Latin country with a vast native culture which derives from the Roman Empire.

It is unique among other European countries, with great traditions such as folk art and holiday celebrations which have been passed on from generation to generation.

To get a good grasp of Romanian history and culture, one should visit the wide range of museums, art galleries and monuments in Bucharest and in other major cities in the country.


 

Historical Monuments:

  • Medieval fortresses found in Sighisoara, Neamt and Rasnov
  • Unique monasteries in Moldavia (Voronet, Sucevita, Putna)

Natural Monuments:

  • National Park in Retezat, Apuseni Park, Piatra Craiului Park and others
  • St. Ana Lake (the only volcanic lake in Romania) and The Red Lake
  • Mud Volcanoes in Buzau County
  • Danube Delta – part of UNESCO heritage

A complete list of museums and art galleries in Bucharest can be found here.

Romanian literature dates back to the 15th century and flourished in the 19th century due to some of the most famous literary figures in the country: Mihai Eminescu – national poet, Ion Luca Caragiale, Mircea Eliade, Lucian Blaga.

Of all the things Bucharest has to offer, the capital of Romania is undoubtedly known for its crazy and thriving nightlife.

From concerts and festivals to bars, nightclubs and various parties, there is definitely something which will suit your needs and musical preferences.

A list of the most popular nightclubs, including a map of their exact location can be found here.