Romania’s greatest sculptor has bequeathed an impressive legacy of striking works of art, such as the Endless Column in Târgu Jiu.
Hit the slopes in Poiana Braşov, or at one of the country’s other popular, good-value centres.
Beautiful architecture, terrific museums and fabulous festivals make the once great Saxon town of Sibiu an alluring destination.
Cloaked in beech, fir and pine, the gorgeous rolling Bucovina hills are a walker’s paradise.
Shadowed by mountains and boasting a fine Baroque centre, this erstwhile Saxon settlement is one of Transylvania’s most appealing cities.
Jump aboard the early-morning logging train for a meandering ride up the picturesque Vaser valley.
12 Bear- and wolf-tracking
Spend a day trailing Romania’s largest carnivores – if you’re lucky, you may see one of these magnificent creatures up close.
At this enjoyable and unusual spectacle, Transylvanian shepherds vie to see who has the most productive animals.
True to its name, the Merry Cemetery is a riot of beautifully carved and brightly coloured wooden headstones.
Wonderful rural retreats offering cheap, friendly and relaxing accommodation, and great home-cooked food.
The beguiling landscape of this isolated region is dominated by marvellous wooden churches.
The crucible of the 1989 revolution, this most cosmopolitan of Romanian cities promises handsome architecture, fine parks and a vibrant arts scene.
Fresh from the highland pastures, a sample of tasty sheep’s cheese is a must.
Atmospheric medieval town with a brooding skyline of ramparts, towers and spires.
The spectacular peaks of the Făgăraş provide access to some rewarding hikes.
The Princely Court at Târgovişte is just one of many sites linked to the Dracula legend.
The monasteries of southern Bucovina and Moldavia are renowned for their magnificent exterior frescoes.
Don’t miss the wild, irrepressible sounds of Romanian folk and Gypsy music.
24 The Carpathian range
One of Europe’s least spoiled mountain ranges, full of wildlife and first-class hiking trails.