Hey everyone! I’m back from a much needed holiday break. I went back home to Arkansas to spend time with family and decompress, but I’m back with another entry in the Tales from Europe series. This time I am doing Romania!
This trip was different from any other trip that I went on while I lived in Europe because it was a road trip. Me and two friends flew into Cluj-Napoca airport where we rented a car. From there, we made our way down to Brasov, stopped at Bran Castle, and continuing to our last stop in Bucharest. This is where we flew back to Italy from.
In Cluj, the main thing that we did was visit the Salina Turda salt mine. This is a huge underground mine with a park inside. It is kind of like an amusement park. There was miniature golf and I believe even a restaurant inside. Here is what it looked like:
I would say that if you are visiting Cluj, Romania and you have younger kids that this is a must see. For us, it wasn’t that interesting other than seeing the huge mine. The games at the bottom are mostly for younger kids.
The highlight of the trip for me, was Brasov.
I loved walking around this little town. It is quiet and secluded and Bran castle isn’t too far of a drive from the city.
I highly recommend checking out Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle. Most people call this Dracula’s Castle due to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It is believed by some that Vlad the Impaler either lived in or was imprisoned in this castle, though both are likely false. Still, out of all the castles that I have seen throughout Europe, this is one of the coolest looking ones. You can do a self or guided tour of the interior of the castle. It’s a must see if you are visiting Romania!
After Bran Castle, we hopped back in the car to check out another unique castle: Peles Castle.
Peles Castle wasn’t too far from Bran Castle and, to be honest, it was a last minute idea to stop and see it. I wouldn’t say it is a must see, but it is a beautiful castle and I haven’t seen a similar looking one anywhere else in Europe.
Our next stop was Bucharest.
I’m going to be honest and say that Bucharest didn’t impress me that much. I much prefer Brasov over Bucharest. I would say the ideal trip in Romania would center around the Brasov region. I would have rather spent another day driving to go see the Transfagarasan road (I still regret not getting to see that).
But! We did continue driving to the edge of Romania and stopped to see The Black Sea.
All in all, not my favorite trip, but it is one of the most unique trips that I went on in Europe. Also, one of the most ballsy, as we just kind of went for it. Booking flights to and from two different airports and renting a car and we just went for it. I think it is needed in countries like Romania where everything to see is so spread out.
Thanks for tuning in to this entry of Tales from Europe! See you on the next one!