Sinaia (Romania) is a famous ski resort in the Prahova river valley. A small cozy town is surrounded by coniferous forests, sunny alpine meadows and the Bucegi highland massif. The ancient architecture stands out against this background with the sharp tops of the tiled roofs.
I breathe in the clean mountain air deeply, outlining the snow-white slope on the lift. But even in the summer, there are plenty of opportunities for an exciting holiday here. I'll tell you more about this magnetic place.
The city of Sinaia in Romania was named after the monastery of the same name. The settlement received its official status in 1880.
In the 19th century, after the unification of the lower Danube principalities into Romania, the city became a favorite vacation spot for the elite of the new state. The purest mountain air, saturated with ozone from coniferous forests, and the most beautiful views have become the reason for the construction of numerous "country cottages".
In 1872, the future king of the country, Karol I, built a summer residence for himself here - Peles Castle. It was from this moment that the development of the resort began. After 300 years, another castle was built here - this time for the heir to the throne. They called him Pelisor or "little Peles".
The Sinaia resort (Romania) is not only great ski slopes. Tourists come here in the summer for climatic mountain holidays and exciting excursions to interesting places.
Life in the city circulates around the clock. Health centers, sports clubs and other entertainment establishments operate throughout the year. A pompous casino building has been built in the central park for gambling tourists. There are many restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.
Without a doubt, Romania is known for many historical places that allegedly played a significant role in the life of Count Dracula, or as he is also called Vlad Tepes, Nosferatu or Undead.
It is safe to say that the country's brand is precisely the progenitor of all vampires. However, there are many more interesting things in Romania: excursion routes, excellent hotels and hotels, the nature of the picturesque Carpathians, ski resorts with modern slopes.
The capital of the country is Bucharest. The largest cities are Brasov, Constanta, Sighisoara.
The following regions are distinguished in the country:
Wallachia or Muntenia - the capital of Bucharest; ski resorts in the Brasov belt, Predeal and Sinaia; the beautiful Transfagarash pass; Lake Vidraru; the ancient cities of Curtea de Arges and Targovishte.
Transylvania - Dracula's castle in the city of Bran; the medieval cities of Sibiu, Brasov and Sighisoara; monumental churches included in the list of historical heritage under the protection of UNESCO; Fagarash mountains; ruins of ancient fortresses.
Dobrudja - beach resorts of Mamaia, Constanta, Eforie Nord, Eforie Sud, Costinesti, Neptune Olympus, Jupiter, Cap Aurora, Venus, Saturn and Mangalia; the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; National Park of Romania.
Maramures - wooden churches; villages in the national style; mountain nature; famous apple tincture. Banat - Timisoara; settlements of the Germanic people; beautiful rocks.
Bukovina - Orthodox monasteries with unique frescoes Suceava, Putna and Voronets.
The country has a huge number of mineral springs and health resorts. The most visited are the balneological resorts of Techirghiol, Covasna, Sovata.
Bran Castle was built by the locals in the 14th century in exchange for tax exemption. It served to guard the city, and in 1920 the Romanians donated the castle to Mary of Edinburgh as a sign of loyalty. Today Bran belongs to her grandson, but the castle owes its glory not to the royal family, but to the legendary prince who ruled Wallachia in the 15th century.
According to rumors, the famous Vlad III Tepes spent the night here a couple of times during military campaigns. They also say that the Turks tortured him in these very dungeons, and therefore screams are still heard in the castle at night. And only one thing is known for sure: when fans of Stoker's novel went to look for Dracula's lair, the Romanian Bran impressed them the most - so they "settled" the bloody count here.
If you are not alien to the vampire aesthetics, support the dark legend: sit in a coffin in the nearest bar and buy false jaws for souvenirs. If vampire tricks are not for you, wander the castle stairs, look into the old chapel and the Queen Mary's music salon. Also, try local cheeses in bark and bring a figurine or plate made of Transylvanian ceramics as a souvenir.
There are so many Gothic buildings in the Transylvanian Brasov that it was even nicknamed “Romanian Salzburg”. After listening to an organ concert in the medieval Black Church, stroll down Strada Sforia, the city's narrowest street, and sit at the 19th century desks at the first Romanian school.
To feel like a schoolboy on vacation with your grandmother, go to Moecha, 35 km from Brasov. It is great to live here in one of the village huts, converted into hotels, ride a cart and walk along the green hills until dark.
Sighisoara is one of the last residential fortresses in Europe. German colonists founded the city in the distant XII century. Today it is pleasant to wander along the medieval streets, admire the colorful houses from the observation deck of the Clock Tower and look into the house where Dracula was born. Inside, a restaurant was opened, where guests are expected not only soup in a loaf of bread and goulash, but also a vampire show. If you come to Sighisoara in July, you will see how a sorceress is burned and knights are awarded at a medieval festival.
"Solnechnaya Polyana", Poiana Brasov resort, awaits vacationers all year round: artificial snow allows you to master toboggan and ski trails even in spring and summer. After skiing, it is good to take a steam bath or watch national dances with mamaliga with tokitura. And then, with renewed vigor, go to the pool or to a riding lesson.
You can relax like a king in Sinai - today, ski and bobsleigh lovers gather in the vicinity of the former residence of the royal family. At the same time, in between skiing, explore the collection of weapons and the library of the king at Peles Castle.
Romania is a state of ancient monuments of a bygone era in Eastern Europe, known as the birthplace of Count Dracula. Beautiful mountains, dense forests, sea beaches, hospitable poor people and eerie legends about vampires - this is all Romanian reality.
Romania is a country of ancient castles and sacred monasteries. Here you can plunge into the fabulous atmosphere of mighty palaces and enjoy walks along the Black Sea coast, breathe in the mountain air of the Carpathians and see the legacy of the legendary Count Dracula.
Romania - see a larger mapRomania is a relatively small country in the southeastern part of Europe. The heart of Romania is its capital - Bucharest, a beautiful city with a centuries-old mysterious history. The state borders on five countries, among them: Moldova, Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia and Bulgaria. The territory of the state has access to the waters of the Black Sea, due to which it can provide travelers with an unforgettable vacation on the velvet sandy beaches. The most important and full-flowing rivers of the country are the Prut and Danube, which with confident powerful streams connect Romania with its neighbors.
The huge number of various lakes, of which there are more than two thousand on the territory of this state, is also impressive. Among the unusual representatives of such reservoirs there is a landslide lake Rosu, karst and tarry lakes. The eastern part of the Carpathians keeps in its arms the amazing lake St. Anna, which appeared in the mouth of a long-asleep volcano. This is the only lake of this origin in Romania. The largest of the lakes is Lake Razelm.
Thanks to the mighty mountains of the Carpathians, Romania is a country with a predominantly mountainous relief. The mountain slopes and peaks are covered with a powerful carpet of forests. The shape of the mountain range forms a horseshoe, which acts as a high-rise natural fortress and hides behind itself Transylvania - the most picturesque part of Romania. The territories of Romania, which are located behind the mountain ranges of the Carpathians, are flat plains interspersed with small hills, and swamps and hilly lands extend to the south of the Danube.
Three vertical stripes of blue, yellow and red - this is how the state flag of modern Romania looks like. The flag of Moldova looks almost the same, but the national emblem of Moldova is depicted there over the bright stripes. Perhaps this is the only difference between the flags of these states. Such colors appeared in the symbols of Romania during the reign of the King of Wallachia Michael the Brave, later these colors became a symbol of revolutionary activity. If we turn to the history of this state, then it becomes clear that yellow and red colors were on the coat of arms of the principality of Wallachia, and blue and red were on the coat of arms of Moldova. When the year 1861 came, these principalities united, and the colors of their symbols became the same. Today historians give their explanation and symbolic meaning to each of the colors depicted on the flag of Romania: for many years of war and battles, the sea of people's blood was taken away, they gave the flag a red color, the fragrant grain of growing breads is yellow, the happy and peaceful sky overhead is blue.
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