Baile Herculane, within driving distance of Timisoara, is an ancient Roman spa, developed in the 19th century as a fashionable resort. Legend has it that Hercules himself bathed in the strength-giving natural springs. Mount Domogled, to the west of the resort, is an extensive forest reservation sheltering rare trees, turtles and butterflies.
Muntenia’s unique mix of historical and natural attractions: either visit heritage buildings, museums, royal palaces or century-old monasteries or hike the mountains, the choice is yours.
A must stop for art lovers is the town of Targu Jiu on the banks of the Jiu River. The town is closely associated with Constantin Brancusi, the Romanian artist who is considered to be the founder of modern sculpture.
Some of Romania’s most tranquil monasteries can be found in this region, including Horezu, a masterpiece of the ‘Brancovenesti’ architectural style and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Horezu is also a renowned pottery center, where travelers can marvel at the colorful pottery created in local workshops by talented artisans.
Bucharest, the capital of Romania, celebrated in 2014, 555 years since the City of Bucharest was first officially mentioned in a document. The letter was signed by Vlad the Impaler himself – the legendary Dracula from the Hollywood movies.
Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings, Romania’s largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.
Perhaps the city’s charm can be best observed in the residential area, known as Lipscani. Today, the old city center is being refashioned and is home to many art galleries, antique shops and coffeehouses.
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