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The best trip to Romania Travel Itineray – Part I: Bucharest to Bran Castle … through the Danube Delta Solo Travel

Why travel to Romania?

Romania is an emerging travel destination that has become increasingly popular recently. So now is a good time to plan a trip to this beautiful country before mass tourism arrives, before prices rise and most traditions are lost. Romania is still authentic today and many of the old traditions still thrive.

The 3 week trip to Romania seems like a lot, but I can assure you that you will only want more.

You can adapt this itinerary at any time to your availability and your interest, for example to design your own plan 2 weeks trip to Romania, 10 days trip to Transylvania or maybe you are interested travel to Maramures for a week? This itinerary shows you the best places in Romania in 3 weeks. I concentrated here on the central part of the country as we did this as a road trip. While traveling by car in Romania is a great way to explore the country, it can also be quite exhausting given the infrastructure. There are not many highways in the country and you mainly drive on national roads which are not always in good condition. It would have been difficult to include other regions. But don’t worry, we plan to treat them too early!

I have dreamed of doing a road trip through Romania for years and this year it finally came true. I originally wanted to include a lot more in the itinerary, but on the other hand it takes time to absorb everything, to enjoy every stopover, every place, every meal, every view. But even at this somewhat decent pace, we found that this was just a foretaste. It only made us hungry for more. When you travel to Romania you will find out how underrated this country is. And I’m not saying that because it’s my country, but rather Mike from MikesroadtripWho my travel partner in Romania was can confirm this.

Marian too Zigzag prin Romania thinks the same and I would like to thank him again for helping me plan this route!

So, without further ado, here is our 3-week itinerary for a trip to Romania (this time mainly Central Romania):

Mercedes-Benz Romania and drove the brand new Mercedes-Benz B-Class on our approximately 2000 km route.

The brand new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is full of technology. It took us quite a while to go through the entire menu on the dashboard. One of my favorite little gadgets was the lounge lights. You can even change the colors depending on your mood. I also liked the retractable sunroof that let in more light. We were also able to take pictures and videos from different angles.

Needless to say, how comfortable it was for our long journeys and on Romanian roads that are not “of the best quality”! You can read an honest review exactly here,

Yes, this Romania tour was driven with comfort and luxury thanks to Mercedes-Benz Romania.

Romania travel route – through Transylvania and beyond

Let me now take a closer look at the individual places we have visited:

1. Bucharest – 3 days
  • The historical center – This has become the zero point of entertainment in the city. Unlike the most popular European cities, the historic city of Bucharest is full of tourists and locals.
  • The Palace of Parliament (formerly known as “House of the People”Most locals, including myself, still call it that – although it’s not pretty in itself, it’s a very impressive building. Just the fact that it is second largest administration building in the world (after the Pentagon in the US) should be a good reason to add it to your list.
  • The Unirii Fountain (and show) – the famous fountains were completely renovated and reopened in October 2018, bigger, better and more impressive. Every weekend you can experience a 45 min Show tones and colors just after sunset. I don’t even remember how many times I’ve seen it so far and I still enjoy it.
  • Herastrau lake and park– This is my favorite part of the city. It is a huge green space and around the lake you will find nice restaurants and bars with an outdoor terrace. You don’t even feel like you are in Bucharest anymore, but somewhere on vacation.
  • Make your way to some of the numerous cafes and gardens from Bucharest. You are like a little oasis in the city. In the evening, many of them will give live music performances. Bucharest loves jazz and for a great jazz lover like me, my city undoubtedly delivers!
  • Bucharest has its own delta (Delta Vacaresti), where you can find a wide variety of flora and fauna
  • Go the large boulevards and side streets and marvel at the street art or the beautiful architecture along the way. My favorite boulevard is Calea Victoriei
  • There is a varied and dynamic restaurant scene There are more and more places in Bucharest that specialize in certain foods (raw, vegan, breakfast, brunch, etc.).
  • wine bars Here you can taste many of the excellent Romanian wines
  • A trip to Romania is not complete without a visit to Bucharest!

    Accommodation: Epoque hotel.

    This hotel recommends everything: the location, the uniqueness, the architecture, the rooms, the comfort. It has charm, beauty, personality and is located in a very nice area next to the Cismigiu Park. Incidentally, this is the only one Relais & Chateau property in Romania.

    2. Danube Delta – 3 days

    • the largest reed area in the world
    • the largest river wetlands in Europe and
    • the richest ornithological fauna in the world
    • the highest bird density in the world: over 300 bird species make it a paradise for bird watchers
    • the 3rdThe largest biodiversity in the world (over 5,500 species of flora and fauna, many of which can only be found here) is compared to Australia’s Great Coral Reef

    To date, 60% of them are still untouched by human hands!

    There are so many different canals and lakes that all look different from the previous ones. It depends on where you are interested. Transport takes place almost exclusively by boat. You can also stay on some of the larger boats that have been converted into floating hotels.

    Accommodation: Hotel Mon Jardin

    The hotel is perfectly located in Mahmudia and right on the river. From the hotel grounds we jumped directly onto the boat to explore the nearby canals. They also have a cruise ship that can accommodate more than 100 people.

    3. Vulcanii Noroiosi (mud volcanoes) – 1/2 days

    Incredible, not from this world landscape with the Muddy Volcanoes in Romania

    I planned half a day because I also took into account the street, which is very picturesque.

    On the way to the next destination we passed the Muddy Volcanoes. It was only a 1 hour detour (both ways) and well worth it. It is such a unique landscape and it is a must if you are around.

    These volcanoes were created by natural gas that rises under pressure from many kilometers deep. You can smell the gases when you get there, but it’s another thing to actually “see” them. Well, you don’t really see the gas, but the silvery sludge made by the gas, along with all the elements that are in the ground on the way up.

    Of course, under no circumstances should you light a fire !!

    It hadn’t rained for a while when we visited the mud volcanoes so we could easily walk to the top. As we walked through the crevices carved by the mud, we felt like we were on the moon.

    4. Ferma Dacilor (Dacians Farm) – 1-2 days

    I have included this place in our itinerary from the start and it was the right choice to do so. However, the wrong choice was the number of nights. We only spent one night there, but I would really recommend spending 2 nights in the place.

    Ferma Dacilor was originally opened as a meeting point for friends and family, away from the crazy Bucharest and in the middle of nature. All food comes from organic farming and is mostly made from local production. They have special facilities for ripening meetings and cheese and they do a great job with it (we tried a lot of their products).

    The accommodation on the farm is also something special, because in addition to the very cozy rooms in the main building, tree houses (with glass floors !!) were also built. Now they are also building a kind of yurt, which is reminiscent of the old Dacian accommodations.

    Ferma Dacilor is located In the middle of the largest wine region in Romania: Dealu Mare. So you can visit many of the nearby wineries and discover some amazing Romanian wines.

    Since we only stayed one day, we only went to one winery: Lacertawhich I can highly recommend. I already knew (and drank) Lacerta wines and was happy to visit the place where the magic of the grapes happens. Yes, I am a big wine lover … if you didn’t know that 😉.

     Crama Lacerta, Tohani, Dealu Mare, Romania
    Crama Lacerta, Tohani, Dealu Mare

    5. Castelul Peles (Peles Castle), Sinaia – 1/2 days

    We drove through Sinaia to Brasov. Peles Castle (Castelul Peles) is one of my favorite places and one of the top attractions in Romania.

    The castle itself is an impressive architecture. The interior will amaze you and the location is just perfect.

    The visit to Peles Castle is very popular as a day trip from Bucharest (about 2.5 hours by car or you can also come by train)

    6. Brasov – 2 days

    Only 3 hours from Bucharest Brasov offers a very different atmosphere and I would definitely include this in your trip to Romania. The city is in the middle of the mountains and the history of Brasov is very different. The German influence can be clearly seen everywhere. It’s the perfect place for a two-day weekend getaway or a city break.

    Brasov is a charming and colorful city that I can fully recommend Read more about this in this photo guide.

    Accommodation:
    We stayed in the Hotel Safrano, right in the heart of the old town with an excellent view of the main square. The rooms are huge and quite comfortable and the location is perfect.

    7. Castelul Bran (Bran Castle, aka Dracula Castle)– 1/2 days

    Apparently the famous Dracula Castle is currently the number one among Romanian tourist attractions, so of course we had to include it in our trip.

    But let me tell you a little “secret”: We don’t call it Dracula Castle, but Bran Castle! There is no Dracula for Romanians. The ruler, who is always equal to Dracula, was called Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) and he’s actually a very beloved historical figure in Romania. There is a lot to say on the subject, but I will stop here for now and invite you to come and discover more for yourself.

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