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Romania's New Strategy to attract travelers

Posted on 11.11.2016

At the World Travel Market London 2016 Mrs Anca Pavel Nedea, President of the National Authority for Tourism in Romania:

" 2016 is the year Romania changed it's strategy. We are trying to reposition Romania as a whole destination and are now addressing the versatile consumer in new trends like the smart traveller, the experiential traveller, who wants to experience the life of a destination and not just stay in a hotel and consume food & beverage, but feel the life of the people in a touristic destination".  euronews.ro

Magnificent Transylvania will take you through what was once the wild edges of Europe

Posted on 25.08.2014

Chris Garnet from the Daily Mirror UK: "MAGNIFICENT TRANSYLVANIA WILL TAKE YOU THROUGH WHAT WAS ONCE THE WILD EDGES OF EUROPE"

Follow in the footsteps of Vlad the Impaler on a road trip through Romania’s magnificent Transylvania, with medieval towns straight from a fairytale

I wandered through cobblestone streets, dazzled by the colourful medieval and renaissance architecture, the citadels on the hillsides looking down, picture-perfectly framed by the forested mountain standing tall behind.

It could have been Germany’s Rhineland or Bavaria – but I was in Romania and this was Transylvania.

Nestled amongst the peaks and plains of the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania was once on the wild edges of Europe.

For over 900 years it was under the rule of the Hungarians and Austrians, colonised by Germans, settled by Roma gypsies, and only unifying with Romania after the First World War.

I finally got the chance to visit this fascinating country on a road trip with my father and son which began in Bucharest.

The Romanian capital had been a revelation.

Despite Ceausescu’s best efforts to bulldoze in massive Soviet monuments, the historic old town is still filled with crumbling French buildings – many of them now bars, or spaces for outdoor raves on hot weekends.

The whole city is bursting with energy – outdoor barbecues rub shoulders with new shopping centers, ancient churches, empty 1970s blocks, and tiny bars in courtyards.

The Romanian capital had been a revelation.

Despite Ceausescu’s best efforts to bulldoze in massive Soviet monuments, the historic old town is still filled with crumbling French buildings – many of them now bars, or spaces for outdoor raves on hot weekends.

The whole city is bursting with energy – outdoor barbecues rub shoulders with new shopping centres, ancient churches, empty 1970s blocks, and tiny bars in courtyards.

nvited over by the Hungarian kings to protect their frontier, they ended up staying for over eight centuries (in the process they were somehow wrongly labelled as Saxons) and built many impressive towns and villages, of which Brasov is a fine example.

The Germans have virtually all gone now, but their legacy remains.

Along with the magnificent architecture, they kindly left behind a culture of fine beer and wine.

We enjoyed a supper of sausage and sauerkraut, followed by an excellent apple strudel.

The next morning, we left Brasov and dropped onto the Tarnave plateau motoring past rolling fields and woodland.

The region is famous for its medieval ‘Saxon’ villages, their orderly Germanic hearts incongruous to their ramshackle Romanian outskirts.

We came off the main road to visit another, Viscri, where Prince Charles owns property.

After driving slowly to the end of a long dirt track, we were greeted by a sign declaring its Unesco World Heritage status.

There are seven Unesco-protected villages in the region, my favourite being Valea Viilor, with a rickety bell tower that got my knees wobbling as I climbed its precarious staircase.

We stopped at Sighisoara, with its splendid fortified old town clustered on a hillside.

Its beauty is staggering – one of the only living medieval citadels in Europe, with winding streets studded with towers.

Climb up them, and you can see out to the countryside. The Clock Tower had a great view, and a decent museum.

Just next door was Vlad the Impaler’s supposed birthplace.

His bedroom was darkened, playing mock horror music.

A guy in a cheap Dracula costume lay in a coffin surrounded by images of Vlad – so bad, it was almost good.

And on we continued. Driving through the surreal rural back roads.

Through lost villages with wood-fires burning. Past Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic spires.

There were Roma men with big hats, shawled wives, peasants with scythes and hoes, giant stork nests atop lamp posts – and everywhere the EU flag proudly flying.

Last stopover was Sibiu, with a main square imperious enough to grace the grandest of cities.

The houses there had eyes, making it feel even more like a fantasy land.

We returned full circle to the giant Carpathians then crossed back via the pine forests, before finally leaving Transylvania and the fairytale behind.

Huffington Post puts Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania among the top 10 most charming cities in Europe

Posted on 05.05.2014

Huffington Post puts Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania among the top 10 most charming cities in Europe.

LonelyPlanet includes Transylvania in Top 10 winter destinations for Europe

Posted on 19.12.2013

One of the best travel sites in the world, lonelyplanet.com has written a top 10 of winter destinations in Europe.

On Nr. 9, Lonelyplanet.com is putting the historic region of Transylvania, which it names the “Lair of Dracula”. We recommend visiting Transylvania in the winter, for it is easier to feel the scary legend of Dracula. Brasov and Sighisoara are superb medieval cities, which had several connections with Vlad Tepes, a Romanian king from the 14th century.

Andrew Evans, National Geografic Traveler, 12 September 2013, nominates Transylvania, Romania, among 14 Favorite Fall Destinations around the world

Posted on 18.09.2013

Andrew Evans, National Geografic Traveler, 12 September 2013, nominates Transylvania, Romania, among 14 Favorite Fall Destinations around the world: "What better place to enjoy Halloween than Transylvania? Aside from the Dracula rigmarole, central Romania turns into a kind of warm and rustic painting in autumn, with tall haystacks and full barns and tiny Balkan towns that breathe a heavy gothic air. All around, it’s a beautiful and mysterious land with convivial locals who won’t suck your blood, but will try and get you drunk on Țuică (plum liquor)."

Read the full article here.

John Malkovich will be in Bucharest during the George Enescu Festival in September 2013

Posted on 12.08.2013

For the first time in Romania, John Malkovich will be in Bucharest during the George Enescu Festival in September 2013, performing in "The Infernal Comedy. Confessions of a Serial Killer".

"I have never said AMAZING so many times in my life" Gerard Butler

Posted on 27.07.2013

Gerard Butler spent a short summer holiday in Transylvania, Romania with his fiance Madalina Ghenea, close to Bran "Dracula" Castle.

"Bucharest's new Old City" exceeds everybody's expectations!

Posted on 18.07.2013

"Bucharest's new Old City" exceeds everybody's expectations!

Mark Baker, BBC Travel

Huffington Post has included Corvin Castle from Hunedoara, Transylvania, among the top 10 "dream castles" of the world

Posted on 02.07.2013

Other fairy tale castles on the same list are Leslie Castle from Glaslough (Ireland), Neuschwantein and Hohenschwangau Castles from Germany, Sussex Castle from Great Britain, Eltz Castle from Germany and Lichtenstein Castle from Baden Wurttemberg Germany.

The XXI edition of the George Enescu Music Festival

Posted on 26.06.2013

During September 2013 the XXI edition of the George Enescu Music Festival will take place in Bucharest, Romania.

The fist edition took place in 1958, 3 years after the death of George Enescu.

Yehudi Menuhin and Zubin Meta are just a few of the world famous names that have performed on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum during the XX editions

HRH Prince Edward of UK and the Countes of Wessex will be visiting Romania

Posted on 25.06.2013

HRH Prince Edward of UK and the Countes of Wessex, will be visiting Romania for the fist time, for 3 days, starting with the 24th of August 2013.

HRH Prince Charles has returned to Romania

Posted on 21.06.2013

On June 3, HRH Prince Charles has returned to Romania, for another private visit, during which he has purchased his 4th house in Miclosoara, Zalan Valey, Transylvania. He was also a guest of Count Kalkony.

His youngest son Harry also visited Transylvania six months ago.

Prince Charles admitted that he is always most impressed with the hospitality with which the Romanians receive him.