Romania is known for the legend of Dracula, the forests of Transylvania, and the Carpathian Mountains. It is full of well-preserved medieval towns and fortified churches that have been long associated with tales of Dracula.
What to Expect
Language: Romanian, although Hungarian is spoken in much of Transylvania
Currency: Romanian Leu
Safety: Romania may have a reputation for having a higher crime rate, but in reality it is much safer than the major European cities. It is safe for solo female travelers.
Romania is one of my favorite countries I have been. The locals are incredibly hospitable and kind. I spent a month working on an archaeological dig in rural Romania. We spent weekends exploring the cities, castles, and mountains.
Romania's capital, Bucharest, is in the southeastern part of the country. If you are looking to explore northern Romania, it may be more cost effective to fly into Budapest and take a train or a RyanAir flight to a smaller airport. Delta has flights from New York into Bucharest for 600-700 USD. It is very easy to travel around Romania on train.
Best Time to Visit
May-September is the best time to visit Romania to experience nice, warm weather.
Where to Stay
There are so many medieval cities to explore in Romania, depending on what you are looking for. Bucharest is Romania's capital. It is a great place to explore for a large city feel and if you are looking to experience some nightlife. Brasov is a great place to base yourself if you are planning on exploring Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains. It is in close proximity to one of Dracula's castles, the Bran castle. Hostels throughout Romania cost about 7-12 USD for a dorm style bed per night.