The best way to get around Romania is by train, as the stations are usually no further than 10km from any village. From Brasov in Transylvania take a 2½-hour trip on the Intercity Express train, to the colourful and worldly capital Bucharest. Here you’ll find an eclectic music scene and a mixture of medieval, neoclassical and art nouveau buildings. As well as the Gara de Nord Bucureşti train station, which has excellent connections with the rest of Romania.
The world-famous monasteries in Bucovina are easily reachable by train and well worth a visit. If it’s a beach you’re after take an Intercity train to Constanta to access the Black Sea resorts, and all the shopping outlets.
Folk art is the basis of Romania’s souvenirs; carved dolls are a great choice for the kids, or a CD of Romanian folkloric music will invoke the holiday memories.
Traditional Romanian offerings include ciorba de burta (tripe soup), scrumbie la gratar (grilled herring) or Papanasi (cottage cheese donuts, topped with sour cream and fruit preserve). Drink is tuica, a potent plum brandy varying in strength, dryness and bouquet. Romania is one of the world’s top-ranking producers of numerous delicious wines.
It might not be new, but the Gothic fairy-tale structures of the Transylvania region will definitely give you some perspective, especially Dracula’s Castle – that’s what you came for, right?
The national railway company of Romania is CFR
Romanian Railway Museum 50 % discount www.cenafer.ro
Bucuresti, Str. Grivitei nr. 193 B, sect 1
Bucuresti Nord Station
Hotels in Romania
Hotel Crowne Plaza in Bucharest: 50% discount tel. +40 212 240 034
Hotel Alexandros in Busteni: 30% discount
tel. +40 244 320 138
Hotel Europa and Ana Asian Health Spa in Eforie Nord: 30% discount
tel +40 241 741 710