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Romania, one of the “new European” destinations

June 2014


Romania has so many unique places that are always enchanting its guests. A few of the “must see" places of Romania are; “The Palace of Parliament”, the largest building in Europe and the second largest in the world, and the Peles Castle, which can be described as one of  the most impressive castle of our times – words cannot describe its beauty. Beside so many castles, Romania has its natural treasures (Danube Delta) and cultural Traditions (UNESCO Protected rural site of Viscri).

 

Danube Delta – A Miracle of Nature

The Danube Delta is comprised of an intricate network of waterways and lakes divided between the three main estuary channels of the Danube. This area of floating reed islands, forests, pastures and sand dunes covers 3,000 square miles and is home to a fascinating mix of cultures and people as well as a vast array of wildlife. Located at the tip of the three channels, Tulcea makes a great starting point for exploring the Danube Delta.

A Premium Five Star Resort
Stunning panoramic views of the wilderness landscape and beautifully situated on the rolling banks of Lake Somova on the Danube Delta, the Delta Nature Resort is an elegant and luxurious retreat, graced by the very best of personal service, within a spectacular wetland that is home to hundreds of species of birds, plants, fish and animals where bliss is timeless.

Floating hotel  – Anastasia 4*
Two floating hotels in Danube Delta, respectively 9 double rooms (each with private bathroom facilities, A/C, heaters) reaching a maximum accommodation capacity of 34 passengers. Each room is equipped with its own facilities – shower cabin, wash-stand and w.c., air conditioner, equipment against mosquitoes and central heating.
Fully equipped restaurants and bars are situated at the upper level of each floating hotel. The cooks are waiting with diverse menus which, of course, include traditional fish cuisine – sour soup, kind of fish meal, fish brine, roe, grilled fish, hot crabs and, of course, stuffed pike.

Both floating hotels have their own fleet of motor boats necessary for the progress of our cruise programs, excursions, bird watching and fishing in the Danube Delta. All our equipment is modern insuring your high quality experience

 

Alba Iulia Fortress

Lying in the heart of Transylvania, guarded to the east by the clear waters of the Mures river, and to the west by high hills, surrounded by the fast-flowing waters of the Ampoi river to the north and the fertile fields to the south, Alba Iulia is always ready to welcome its guests and share with them the millenniums and thousands of legends. The beauty of the place combined with the people’s kindness and hospitality along with the cultural heritage, transform this city into a legendary place. In its heart lies the largest Vauban Citadel in Romania and the second largest well preserved in Europe, the place where on December 1st 1918 Transylvania announced its unification with Romania and where in 1922 Prince Ferdinand was crowned King of Romania, the place where the future has a history and the history has a future...

Alba Carolina Citadel was built during 1715-1738 in the context of the Habsburg domination in Transylvania, on the place where the Roman Castrum and the Medieval Citadel existed, after years of work and restoration is brought back to life, revealing its true value.

The uniqueness and diversity of the rehabilitated sites are reflected by the multitude of classical and baroque ornamental patterns that enrich the facades of the historic buildings.
The Citadel trenches are now for the first time opened to the public, revealing secret passages and new tourist routes which can be followed by visitors inside the citadel, by foot or by bike, leading them through the heart of Romanian history.

Sightseeing tips…

  • Travel back in time along two millenniums on The Route of the Three Fortifications among the vestiges of three fortifications from three different periods, built successively on the same location, each new citadel including the old one: The Roman Castrum (106 A.D.), The Medieval Citadel (16th-17th Centuries) and Alba Carolina Citadel, a Vauban type fortification (18th Century)
  • See The Changing of the Guard each day, but especially on Saturdays, when at 12 o’clock you can admire the canon salutes, a unique show bringing life inside the three-century old fortification walls
  • Follow the Route of the 7 Gates of the Citadel
  • See Horea’s Cell-the leader of the Peasants’ Revolt of 1784
  • Explore the 1000 year old Roman-Catholic Cathedral, where many Transylvanian rulers were buried! 

 

Rupea Fortress

Rupea Fortress is one of the oldest archaeological remains in Romania, the first signs of human settlement dating from Paleolithic and Early Neolithic (5500-3500 BC). The first document dates from 1324 when the Saxons rebelled against King Charles Robert of Hungary took refuge inside the castle, Castrum Kuholm. Kuholom name refers to the rock on which it was built: basalt. Documents from the XV century mentioned the fortress as an important commercial and handicraft center with 12 items. The city served as a fortress in time but also a refuge for the people living in the surrounding hills and valley, having a strategic place where the roads that connect Transylvania, Moldova and the Valahia thought southeast pastures join.

Archaeological research revealed objects from this period, evidence of settlements in the region: stone tools, pottery, urns etc. In Dacian period on these places was built a Dava known as Rumidava or Ramidava (after various historical sources), conquered by the Romans, the citadel Rumidava become the Roman camp Rupes ("rock" or "stone"). The Roman name is probably related to the fact that the city is built on basalt massive. The Roman name is the origin of the name used today, formed around the hill: Rupea.

Rupes was part of the Roman fortifications that defended the commercial area and the routes that linked the valleys of Târnava rivers and Olt, and the localities Râşnov and Hoghiz.
Later, a new city is built on the Dacian one, in X -XIII century the upper citadel, next the medieval one by building city middle and bottom, since the XIV century. During 1432-1437, the citadel was attacked and plundered by the Turks, later in 1643; it was abandoned after a devastating fire turned it into ruins. At the end of the century, the Saxons came back into the citadel for refuge. This time, the city will be handed over to the Habsburg army without resistance.
In 1716, the citadel walls were used as a refuge by the survivors of the plague which broke out near the castle. The city was finally abandoned in 1790, following a storm that destroyed the roof. Since then, the city is left in ruins, although Rupea became a powerful Saxon cultural site during the interwar period.
The fortress is built on three premises: the upper fortress is the oldest building.

  • the upper fortress was built on the ruins of Dacian settlement: Rumidava.
  • Middle Fortress built in the XV century, enlarged in the early seventeenth century. Here are the chapel and Scouts tower.
  • Lower Fortress, built in the eighteenth century.

 

Viscri Village

Viscri is only one of the Saxon villages of Transylvania. Of course, it is a special one, due to its great fortified church which is part of UNESCO World Heritage.

When the Saxons came here at the end of 12th century, they have found a little chapel, which suffered transformations during the time. The actual church of Viscri is a Romanesque chapel enlarged in the early 16th century to form a single-nave church, with a fortified story resting on semicircular arches supported by massive buttresses; walls strengthened in the 17th century. A very interesting museum is part of the citadel.

Still now, Viscri is a small village, with no more than 500 inhabitants, from which only about 27 are Saxons. People say that Viscri has the most picturesque fortified church of the Saxons in Transylvania.

In the village of Viscri (Deutschweißkirch), the Prince of Wales owns a traditional Saxon house. When it became a guesthouse, the original features were used to recall the atmosphere from times when the previous inhabitant was still alive, and arranged the courtyard in a similar way. Some furniture, some rugs, and three beds were added. The house is comfortable enough to be used as a guesthouse, yet keeping it in line with what it may have been like previously.

What to see?

  • The Old Saxon Church:
    The fortress and the church received a deep restoration during the 1970s, returning to its former magnificence. Even though it is a little church in a little village, the whole assembly is impressive, with his an of mystery and pride.
  • The Landscape:
    The environment surprises by the wide variety. The wonderful meadows are bordered by wild forests of oak and beech. The rolling hills crossed by paths invite you to long walk. All kinds of birds chirp around.
  • The Street:
    Walk along the peaceful streets. Look to the old facades. Feel the atmosphere.
  • The Felt makers:
    Groups of women here make felt shoes and hats by hand, from wool to the final product. You can buy nice things at a good price.
  • The Blacksmith Workshop:
    More than just horseshoes, the blacksmith makes hinges for windows and doors, nails and many other things.

 

For more information please contact Paloma Tours DMC, Mr. Theodor Badiu at romania@euromic.com.

Danube Delta

Delta Nature Resort

Delta Nature Resort

Alba Iulia Fortress

Alba Iulia Fortress

Alba Iulia Fortress

Alba Iulia Fortress

Rupea Fortress

Rupea Fortress

Viscri Village

Viscri Church

Viscri rural life

Viscri Blacksmith