M ention Romania to most Americans and the first thing they think of is Dracula and Transylvania. And, in fact, the Romanian tourism people haven’t done much to change the image – they continue to heavily promote Dracula tours since it’s the one Romanian export that most Americans know.
That’s why the country seems so surprising once you arrive, since you don’t know what to expect. Bucharest, which still bears the scars of a crumbling Eastern European city, is not a popular destination for many Americans.
But once you get outside the city – and the country has a fairly good train system to help you do so – you’ll discover the beautiful interior, Transylvania and all, and an interesting mix of people and cultures.
Good to Know
Romania’s Painted Monasteries
In Romania centuries ago, monks turned their actual monasteries into works of art.