The Plumbuita Monastery

The Plumbuita Monastery is located in the north of Bucharest, and therefore it was saved from being destroyed during Nicolae Ceaușescu’s program of systematization. The orthodox monastery is situated on top of a small hill next to the Colentina river. It was built in 1560 by Petru the Younger (a ruler of Wallachia and at…

Historical places in Romania

Peleș Castle The Peleș Castle is the number one tourist attraction in Romania, according to TripAdvisor. This castle is not that old, but it is impressive indeed. It was built by King Carol I between 1873 and 1914. The mountain scenery is incredible and that’s the reason why King Carol I wanted his summer residence…

The painted monasteries of Moldavia

The eight Orthodox Churches of Moldavia are an unique example of Romanian architecture. They have been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1993. And for a good reason: they are Byzantine masterpieces. Especially the fresco paintings on the external walls are breathtaking. All built from the late 15th century to the late 16th century,…

Cities in Romania to visit

Romania is famous for its rural traditions and beautiful nature, but there are also a lot of cities worth mentioning. Because, yes, Romania is rich of great cities. There are exactly 103 municipii, places with more than 15.000 people living in it. We wouldn’t recommend to visit them all, but there are some must see…

Who was Dracula?

Is Dracula real? Yes and no. Dracula is a fictional figure. He is created by the writer Bram Stoker for his gothic novel Dracula. However, Stoker was inspired by the very real Vlad Țepeș, known as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracula. He lived from 1428/1431 until 1477. And you can see a lot of…