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The old capital of Vlad the Impaler in Targoviste

Some of the few tourist attractions offered by Târgoviște, a city 80 km NW of capital Bucharest, are found in Chindia Park. Here are grouped the ruins of the former royal residence, a watchtower, that is the emblem of the city, an Italian garden with a small lake and a modest zoo garden, that used […]

Castelul gotic al Huniazilor: dinastia lui Iancu de Hunedoara și Matei Corvin

Dinastia Huniazilor sau Corvineștilor e motiv de dispută între români și maghiari, așa cum a fost și Transilvania însăși. Această provincie din nord-vestul României a fost pentru mai multe secole fie parte din regatul Ungariei, fie sub suzeranitatea coroanei de la Budapesta, dar e din punct de vedere demografic preponderent românească. Așa cum a fost […]

The Gothic castle of Hunyad dinasty

The Hunyad or Corvin dynasty is as disputed among Romanians and Hungarians as Transylvania itself. This North-Western province of Romania was for many centuries either part of Hungary or subject to the Hungarian crown, but is demographically vastly Romanian. As was the case with Britain under the Normans, Transylvania had a Romanian population and a […]

Castelul Bran: mister, legendă şi turism industrial

Deşi se pare că Vlad Ţepes nu a locuit niciodată aici, mitul domnitorului-vampir a făcut din Bran obiectivul turistic cu cea mai mare afluenţă de turişti străini din România. Iar cum nu se ştie câtă vreme această construcţie îşi va mai păstra destinaţia actuală de muzeu accesibil publicului, el nu ar trebui ratat nici de […]

Sighisoara, medieval city perfectly preserved

Despite its small size, Sighisoara might be the most beautiful Romanian cities. A charming miniature, that makes you feel like a lucky explorer during a discovery. Sighisoara is one of the cities of Transylvania built by German settlers in the Middle Ages, brought by the Hungarian crown here to lift up the economy. Thus its […]

The castle of Vlad the Impaler in Bucharest

The most famous historic personality of Romanians, Vlad The Impaler, was very tied to Bucharest, today’s capital, which was first mentioned in a document during his reign, in 1459. The legendary king is usually associated to Transylvania, being born in Sighisoara, but he ruled a neighbor part of today Romania, Wallachia. Several castles, among which […]

Bran, the castle that inspired the legend of Dracula

Though it seems that Vlad The Impaler never used it as his usual home, the myth of the vampire-king made Bran the tourist attraction with most foreigners in Romania. And since we are not sure for how long this construction shall maintain its public destination as a museum, the castle should definitely not be missed […]

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