5 surprising facts about Romania that you didn’t know

1. It’s not just about Draculasection-127_737

Romania is of course the home of Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a the inspiration for the Dracula character, and visitors can visit Bran Castle which was where Bram Stoker based his story. However when exploring Romania I recommend that visitors travel further than Bran and choose to spend time at the truly spectacular Pele’s castle. The former summer house of the Romanian royal family boasts some of the most stunningly ornate interiors to be found anywhere in Europe.

2. You can live like royaltysection-127_739

The Prince of Wales visits two or three times a year and stays in a rural retreat in beautiful Transylvania. This simple lodging is a real treat for those craving a time when life was simpler and wish to really get back to nature. So if you fancy following in the footsteps of a royal then it’s a lot easier than you might think!

3. Brown bears still live in the wildsection-127_736

Romania is a haven for wildlife and is one of the only places left in Europe that is still home to ‘big carnivores’ (wolves and brown bears)! Conservation efforts have expanded rapidly over the years and visitors now have the opportunity to visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in the Transylvanian town of Zarnesti, or even set off with a wildlife guide to try tracking bears in the wild.

4. It is possible to time travelsection-127_740

Well not officially, but rural Romania does at times feel like a step back in time. Some villages still do not have electricity and horses and carts are still a common sight. Traditional working methods are still used with many villages having a working blacksmith and pottery. It is fascinating to see this simpler way of life still taking place in the 21st century.

5. But Romania is also very switched onsection-127_738

In stark contrast, it may surprise you to know that Romania has the fastest WiFi in the whole of Europe. It’s true – in 2015 it was even declared the 6th fastest in the world.

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Originally posted on Regent Holidays.

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