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Location: Bucharest

Day 1 - 2 Jun 2019

Henri Coanda International Airport

Bucharest, Henri Coanda International Airport
Bucharest, Henri Coanda International Airport
Bucharest, Henri Coanda International Airport

Content: Took Air France airlines from Los Angeles for Bucharest via Paris, it was smooth flight with easy clearing. Its a small and clean airport. The stuff was friendly and spoke adequate English

Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest

Bucharest, Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest
Bucharest, Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest
Bucharest, Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest

Content: Great location with good access to the Old Town and to the rest of city via transport links. What makes this place special are the staff and huge bedrooms.

Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest

Bucharest, Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest
Bucharest, Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest

Content: We had dinner in Hotel's restaurant named Beef Room, it served delicious food. Staff at restaurant were very helpful in selecting dishes.

Location: Bucharest

Day 2 - 3 Jun 2019

Palace of Parliament

Bucharest, Palace of Parliament
Bucharest, Palace of Parliament
Bucharest, Palace of Parliament
Bucharest, Palace of Parliament

Content: A huge building with 1100 rooms, so you need hours to explore them. They charge entrance fee to get inside. The marble, silk curtains and carpets inside in all rooms and halls is amazing. Worth visiting this Palace.

Cismigiu Gardens

Bucharest, Cismigiu Gardens
Bucharest, Cismigiu Gardens
Bucharest, Cismigiu Gardens

Content: It's large and well maintained historical park. It has entertaining areas like boating and romantic areas like lovers alley. Take walk through the garden or sit around the bench for some peace.

The National Museum of Art of Romania

Bucharest, The National Museum of Art of Romania
Bucharest, The National Museum of Art of Romania

Content: It was a very large museum with two different sections, one of Romanian artists and one of European artists. They also have elevators if you need them. Be sure to have a guide with you to makes the visit more interesting.

Stavropoleos Monastery Church

Bucharest, Stavropoleos Monastery Church
Bucharest, Stavropoleos Monastery Church
Bucharest, Stavropoleos Monastery Church
Bucharest, Stavropoleos Monastery Church
Bucharest, Stavropoleos Monastery Church
Bucharest, Stavropoleos Monastery Church

Content: This monastery has a beautiful garden inside. Five to ten minutes is plenty to spend here.

Carturesti Carusel

Bucharest, Carturesti Carusel
Bucharest, Carturesti Carusel
Bucharest, Carturesti Carusel
Bucharest, Carturesti Carusel
Bucharest, Carturesti Carusel
Bucharest, Carturesti Carusel
Bucharest, Carturesti Carusel

Content: The book store has several stories with a little cafe on the top. It is located near the old town and it’s super photogenic atmosphere. You can make lot of beautiful pictures here. Definitely worth a visit.

Theme Bucharest

Bucharest, Theme Bucharest
Bucharest, Theme Bucharest
Bucharest, Theme Bucharest
Bucharest, Theme Bucharest
Bucharest, Theme Bucharest

Content: The water park is very good we had lots of fun. The best indoor hot water park and spa we have ever been to. Great place to hang out for a couple of hours. We suggest you to go there and try different sauna. The staff is well prepared and very polite.

The Artist Restaurant

Bucharest, The Artist Restaurant
Bucharest, The Artist Restaurant
Bucharest, The Artist Restaurant

Content: Beautiful ambience and decor. Also presentation is artistic and marvelous. There were plenty of remarkable dishes, in all most of the things we tried were good. Being an upscale restaurant the prices are also high.

Location: Sinaia

Day 3 - 4 Jun 2019

Peles Castle

Sinaia, Peles Castle
Sinaia, Peles Castle
Sinaia, Peles Castle
Sinaia, Peles Castle
Sinaia, Peles Castle

Content: We reached Sinaia by car in 1 hr and 45 mins. Being short of time we visited only one floor of castle out of two. In our opinion the basic entry is enough to appreciate the grand splendor, richness of materials and decor of the building.

Sinaia Monastery

Sinaia, Sinaia Monastery
Sinaia, Sinaia Monastery
Sinaia, Sinaia Monastery
Sinaia, Sinaia Monastery

Content: Great place to visit during summer, when it has a lot of beautiful flowers. Don't miss the small gorgeous church. Worth a stop if you’re in the area.

Location: Brasov

Day 3 - 4 Jun 2019

Black Church

Brasov, Black Church
Brasov, Black Church

Content: It took an hour to reach Brasov. The black church is an amazing historical landmark. You can still see the signs of the fire that gave the church its famous name. No pictures are allowed inside. Is not so big church, you will need 30-45 minutes to visit it.

Bran Castle

Brasov, Bran Castle
Brasov, Bran Castle
Brasov, Bran Castle
Brasov, Bran Castle

Content: Not big enough although it was interesting. It gets extremely crowded during the weekends so you better try to go there during working days. A nice coffee shop and cafe on site

Cetatea Rasnov

Brasov, Cetatea Rasnov
Brasov, Cetatea Rasnov
Brasov, Cetatea Rasnov
Brasov, Cetatea Rasnov
Brasov, Cetatea Rasnov

Content: It's about a 10 minute walk up the hill and is so worth it. Beautiful views and well preserved ruins in their original state. It was better than Bran Castle. The views from there are breathtaking.

Hotel Alpin Poiana Brasov

Brasov, Hotel Alpin Poiana Brasov
Brasov, Hotel Alpin Poiana Brasov
Brasov, Hotel Alpin Poiana Brasov
Brasov, Hotel Alpin Poiana Brasov

Content: This hotel had very comfortable bed and rooms. There is a large balcony with great views of the mountains. Highly recommended as is located at the high altitude.

Forest Lounge Restaurant

Brasov, Forest Lounge Restaurant

Content: This one of the best restaurant of Hotel Alpin. It serves authentic Romanian dishes while enjoying the mountain landscapes.

Location: Sighisoara

Day 4 - 5 Jun 2019

Hotel Bulevard Sighisoara

Sighisoara, Hotel Bulevard Sighisoara

Content: Left early for Sighisoara, it was approx 2 hours drive. This property is centrally located. On arrival we got lovely complementary bottle of red wine and a hand written note to welcome us to the hotel in our room. Gorgeous rooms and really helpful staff.

The Clock Tower

Sighisoara, The Clock Tower
Sighisoara, The Clock Tower

Content: After check in we left for exploring Sighisoara. Its a small town and all attractions on walkable distance. It's a monument and museum, top views are breathtaking. Although it's not so friendly when it comes to visitors speaking a different language than Romanian.

Monastery Church

Sighisoara, Monastery Church
Sighisoara, Monastery Church

Content: The location of the church was on top of the hill and have a great view. You will not miss this church after bypassing the clock tower. Road is a mess and needs renovation.

The Dracula Investigation

Sighisoara, The Dracula Investigation
Sighisoara, The Dracula Investigation
Sighisoara, The Dracula Investigation

Content: Super informative and delivered in English. An excellent way to spend about 30 minutes in Sighisoara. Costing only 15 Lei per person.

Covered Stairway

Sighisoara, Covered Stairway
Sighisoara, Covered Stairway

Content: Lots of stairs, it will leave you breathless if you're not in good health. There are some musicians that are playing on top of the stairs and that can be good motivation.

Biserica din Deal

Sighisoara, Biserica din Deal
Sighisoara, Biserica din Deal
Sighisoara, Biserica din Deal

Content: The most interesting church in the Old Town. For a minimal fee, you can take a quick tour inside. Don't miss the churchyard if you like romantic atmosphere.

Medieval Cafe Restaurant

Sighisoara, Medieval Cafe Restaurant

Content: Restaurant decorated in medieval style, the menu has everything from breakfast to dessert for a good price. Traditional dishes were very delicious.

Location: Sibiu

Day 5 - 6 Jun 2019

The Stairs Tower

Sibiu, The Stairs Tower
Sibiu, The Stairs Tower

Content: It took us 1 hr 30 mins to reach Sibiu. We left early to cover as many sights as we can in a day. As you climb stairs, you will see some sculptures made by young local artisans and the tools they used. Not suitable for people suffering from claustrophobia

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

Sibiu, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
Sibiu, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
Sibiu, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

Content: A real roman catholic cathedral which is not that big but is truly impressive. Entry is free.

The Council Tower

Sibiu, The Council Tower
Sibiu, The Council Tower
Sibiu, The Council Tower

Content: The Council Tower is easy to find and worth climbing to the top. It costs only 2 Ron to visit it and the views from the last floor are absolutely rewarding. Be aware as the staircase is very narrow in some parts.

The Bridge of Lies

Sibiu, The Bridge of Lies
Sibiu, The Bridge of Lies
Sibiu, The Bridge of Lies

Content: Take photos on the bridge, especially during the winter holidays when the bridge is covered with an illuminated arch with hundreds of colorful lights. It's a beautiful bridge with a great view. It's worth seeing both at night and during the day.

The Large Square

Sibiu, The Large Square
Sibiu, The Large Square
Sibiu, The Large Square
Sibiu, The Large Square

Content: It is the main largest square of the town, here you will find the finest restaurants and cafes, brand shops, and art galleries. It is also the place were festivals and concerts take place.

Altemberger House

Sibiu, Altemberger House

Content: The staff was polite but probably those people have an administrative role. They did not allow you to take pictures, or if you want to click you have to pay which was very expensive. Very interesting exhibits from the bronze age and going up to the medieval and renaissance periods which are extremely well represented.

Ramada by Wyndham Sibiu

Sibiu, Ramada by Wyndham Sibiu
Sibiu, Ramada by Wyndham Sibiu
Sibiu, Ramada by Wyndham Sibiu

Content: Room was fairly large with comfortable bed. Try to get your room at a high floor and you'll have a good view. Not the cheapest but it's located great.

Kulinarium

Sibiu, Kulinarium

Content: This place was just amazing. The menu is varied for both food and drinks. The soups are especially delicious. The service is also very warm and friendly.

Location: Alba Iulia

Day 6 - 7 Jun 2019

The Citadel

Alba Iulia, The Citadel
Alba Iulia, The Citadel
Alba Iulia, The Citadel

Content: We left Sibiu after having breakfast at the Hotel, it took us an hour to reach Alba Iulia. Its nice and quiet place with a beautiful view. Very well preserved. A lot of history since Roman empire. Do not miss. Watch out for parking on busy days, it's hard to find one.

Catholic Cathedral Saint Michael

Alba Iulia, Catholic Cathedral Saint Michael
Alba Iulia, Catholic Cathedral Saint Michael
Alba Iulia, Catholic Cathedral Saint Michael

Content: This church is one of the main attractions in the fortress. Bring a jacket as it's always cold inside, but also be sure to catch some of the evening organ concerts. They are worth it.

Reunification Cathedral

Alba Iulia, Reunification Cathedral
Alba Iulia, Reunification Cathedral
Alba Iulia, Reunification Cathedral

Content: This is a wonderful historic religious place. If you have only short period of time to tour the citadel grounds, the cathedral should be on your list to see places.

Hotel Transilvania

Alba Iulia, Hotel Transilvania
Alba Iulia, Hotel Transilvania
Alba Iulia, Hotel Transilvania

Content: Very close to the citadel, 10 minutes of walking and there is parking in front of the hotel. The rooms are large and tidy with almost everything you need.

Brothers Restaurant

Alba Iulia, Brothers Restaurant
Alba Iulia, Brothers Restaurant

Content: The food was really delicious, we had duck and pork which was amazing. The staff is very friendly and professional.

Location: Cluj Napoca

Day 7 - 8 Jun 2019

Hampton by Hilton

Cluj Napoca, Hampton by Hilton
Cluj Napoca, Hampton by Hilton
Cluj Napoca, Hampton by Hilton

Content: Took us 1 hour and 45 mins to reach Cluj Napoca. Decent location within Cluj. The air condition was pretty noisy, otherwise we enjoyed my stay.

Central Park

Cluj Napoca, Central Park
Cluj Napoca, Central Park
Cluj Napoca, Central Park

Content: Very nice and spacious place with lots of greenery. Park has large alleyways and a pond as well. But not easy to cut yourself off from traffic though. In summer it hosts many events like Jazz in the park, beer craft festival and wine festival.

Botanical Garden

Cluj Napoca, Botanical Garden
Cluj Napoca, Botanical Garden
Cluj Napoca, Botanical Garden

Content: There is a nominal entry fee to visit this beautiful garden. Highly recommend visiting during greenhouse opening hours. A great pause from the chaos of the city.

Unirii Square

Cluj Napoca, Unirii Square
Cluj Napoca, Unirii Square
Cluj Napoca, Unirii Square

Content: During the warmer months it's great for a coffee, a meal on the sidewalk or just a walk in town. Many events take place here and there is always something to do. Great cafes and restaurants around too.

Roata

Cluj Napoca, Roata
Cluj Napoca, Roata
Cluj Napoca, Roata

Content: Best traditional Romanian food in Cluj! The staff are lovely and really professional. The Roata platter could easily feed 3 moderately hungry peeps! Easily one of my favourite places in town. Book your table in advance.

Location: Timisoara

Day 8 - 9 Jun 2019

Inverve Hostel

Timisoara, Inverve Hostel
Timisoara, Inverve Hostel

Content: Its a 5 hours drive to Timisoara. Usually we see accommodation as just a place to crash but this hostel and its friendly owners really enhanced our stay and gave us a great insight into Romanian culture.

Union Square

Timisoara, Union Square
Timisoara, Union Square
Timisoara, Union Square

Content: We would recommend a walk around Union Square, named as such in 1919 at the end of WWI. There are three main squares in Timisoara but this was our favourite.

Stroll umbrella street

Timisoara, Stroll umbrella street

Content: Of all the things to do in Timisoara, none are more Instagrammable than Umbrella Street.

St George’s Church

Timisoara, St George’s Church

Content: Built in baroque style by an Austrian architect, this cathedral took 18 years to complete.

Casa Bruck

Timisoara, Casa Bruck

Content: This unusual building immediately caught my eye when I arrived in Union Square. Looking entirely different from the others, Casa Bruck is built in Art Nouveau style.

Art Museum

Timisoara, Art Museum

Content: Inside this decadent building off Union Square is a classic art gallery. Fans of modern art won’t be in their element because most of the paintings date back several centuries.

Jolie Bistro

Timisoara, Jolie Bistro
Timisoara, Jolie Bistro

Content: We ordered this amazing avocado burger with smoked salmon inside. It was so fresh and delicious. Along with a fruit lemonade, it came to 50 leu (£10) per person: on the higher end of Romanian prices but definitely worth it.

Location: Timisoara

Day 9 - 10 Jun 2019

Victory Square

Timisoara, Victory Square
Timisoara, Victory Square
Timisoara, Victory Square
Timisoara, Victory Square

Content: Victory Square has some interesting sights to see, as well as a large paved area where locals relax and socialise.

The Orthodox Cathedral

Timisoara, The Orthodox Cathedral
Timisoara, The Orthodox Cathedral
Timisoara, The Orthodox Cathedral

Content: Measuring 90 metres in height and boasting 11 towers, the Orthodox Cathedral is the most interesting building in Timisoara to venture inside. Gold, gold, everywhere!

Liberty Square

Timisoara, Liberty Square
Timisoara, Liberty Square
Timisoara, Liberty Square

Content: As the oldest square in the city dating back to the 1700s, Liberty Square is worth a wander while visiting Timisoara.

Timisoara Airport

Timisoara, Timisoara Airport
Timisoara, Timisoara Airport
Timisoara, Timisoara Airport
Timisoara, Timisoara Airport

Content: Our 8 days journey ends here. We had such a great time exploring the traditional, friendly and beautiful land of Romania.