I've just returned, well ok 2 months ago, from a short trip in Romania. I only visited a few places and while I would not go back to Tulcea or Bucharest, I thought the rest of the country was gorgeous. It does take a long time to get around and the only time I didnt feel 100% safe was on an overnight train. Definitally buses are the way to go, they are faster and at least feel safer. The bus drivers were always helpful too. Everyone seemed friendly to me. My highlight was definitally Brasov
Go! You'll regret it if you dont! I met loads of people who planned to stay in Romania a week and were still there a month later!
You need to start up a Romanian PR firm, but seriously, why should tourists visit a country like this?
Actually, you are right Daawgon, i really think Romania needs a country marketing campaign (not a PR firm)... A lot of countries increase the value of their natural and historical values throught it. Yes, history kept this country a bit behind (in the beginning of the 20th century -1918- Romania was a respected and developed country), but our parents, afters being blinded and indoctrinated with comunist ideeas, had to adapt to a completely new situation (some of them managed, some of them didn't). This happened 19 years ago. As in any other place, there were persons who tryed to benefit from this general chaos, despite the general good.
But things change, and as a person who spent more than an year in western countries, it is impossible not to notice them every day.
The younger generations are more interested in art, music, travelling, voluntary work (a lot of planting trees campaigns take place, and people come, i go too..., interest in orphanages - where the situation changed a lot since Ceausescu's horrible state they were in), ecology etc.
And...indeed... no poor farms left... they failed... but you can see, from place to place new modern ones, based on knowledge and productivit (with Phare and SApard fonds - EU fonds).
People usually make an impression about Romania after visiting Bucharest, but...that is not Romania! It has only 230 sqkm out of 238.000 sq km. 2 milion people from all over the country, a lot of them studying or working hard to accomplish themselves in spite of the general situation, some of them weak, laisy and complaining all the time + a lot of foreign investors who mostly want to benefit from the economic instability (i work with some of them).
I am not from Bucharest, i am from Transylvania, from a small and clean city located in the heart of the country, with friendly people, with nice, modern and clean houses. And if you go at the neighbour, living 3 houses away from you, and ask for a spoon of sugar because you need it for your cake and don't want to drive to the shop now, they might ask you if you are sure that you also have enought floor or eggs...
About your question...
What travel guides say about Romania:
"… why should you go to Romania? The straight answer is because it is one of the most beautiful countries of Southeast Europe." (The Blue Guide)
"Few regions offer a more dazzling display of cultural and artistic treasures than Romania." (Smithsonian Journeys)
"Considered by many the most beautiful country in Eastern-Europe, Romania still claims regions that seem bastions of a medieval past long since lost elsewhere."
(Fodor's Eastern and Central Europe)
"Romania has majestic castles, medieval towns, great hiking and wildlife…"
(The Lonely Planet)
"No journey to Eastern Europe would be complete without paying a visit to Romania… Outstanding landscapes, a huge diversity of wildlife…" (The Rough Guide)
Romania offers a rich tapestry of tourist attractions and vacation experiences unique in Central-Eastern Europe: medieval towns in Transylvania, the world-famous Painted Monasteries in Bucovina, traditional villages in Maramures, the magnificent architecture of Bucharest, the romantic Danube Delta, fairy-tale castles, the Black Sea resorts, the majestic Carpathian Mountains, spas and much more
Dracula in Romania:
Romania doesn’t shy from its gruesome heritage. It embraces it, just like it embraces tourists who want to experience the real Dracula story of Vlad the Impaler. Various “Dracula” tours are available, from visiting the authentic raid sites and castles of the bloodthirsty ruler, to fictional aspects of the Dracula tale, which may include sleeping at the Dracula Castle Hotel.
Spas and Resorts in Romania:
Over one-third of all of Europe’s hot and mineral springs are located in Romania. Not surprisingly, Romania boasts many spas with services like acupuncture, mud baths, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy. But you aren’t limited to spas to experience curative waters—the Black Sea washes up on 45 miles of Romania’s coast and has long been said to have medicinal benefits.
Castles of Romania:
Romania is famous for its beautiful castles and palaces, which were built right up until the 20th century. From the new-Renaissance architecture of Peles Castle, to the Gothic style of Corvinesti Castle in Transylvania, you can get a broad picture of Romania’s rich history. The Royal Palace in Bucharest, open from Wednesday through Sunday, also has works on display by notable artists, like El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, and Tintoretto.
View the Romania Castles Photo Gallery.
Medieval Towns in Romania:
The home of Vlad the Impaler, Sighosoara is a must-see for any traveler to Romania. Set in Transylvania, visitors can wander the cobblestone streets, surrounded by medieval architecture. Antique and local art dealers have set up small shops for those who want to purchase a special souvenir. Sights in this little town include the 14th Century Clock tower, the Dracula House, and the Hill Church.
Romania has a rich cultural heritage that includes holiday celebrations, folk crafts, music, and food. View the Romania Culture Photo Gallery or learn more about Romanian traditional foods.
And i can add for the ones who want to have fun... nice clubs, beautiful girls and people who like to have fun.
The Danube Delta
The universal value of the reserve was recognized by the Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO in 1990, through its inclusion in the international network of biosphere reserves.
Danube Delta is the largest component of the reserve, with a total area of about 4,178 km2, of which 3,510 km2 (about 82%) lies in Romania,
One of the reasons why the Danube Delta became Biosphere Reserve is that, compared to other European or even World Deltas, it kept a higher biodiversity, meaning a higher number of species from different systems. More than that, the Danube Delta surprises by the high density of many species that are rare or missing in other European areas. All these exist despite the anthropic activity in the last decades and its effects on species and habitats.
I hope i could at least make you look at other opinions too before you become so prejudicial about a region... because the people...are all the same...
I visited Romania(not only Bucurest but the whole Romania) and i aggre that there is a lot of crime there, but i didn't get mugged, not once.
While in Rome i was
so...it depends if you can take care of yourself
the other thing i wanted to say is that Romania is Rly rly rly beautiful country with a lot of things to see....
Don't hesitate to go there, but be sure to explore about it before you do