DROBETA-TURNU SEVERIN (usually known simply as Severin) lies on the north side of the River Danube, the country’s natural border with Serbia and Bulgaria. The river narrows below Moldova Veche before surging through the Kazan gorge towards Orşova, only to be tamed and harnessed by the dam at the mighty Iron Gates before reaching the town. Dubbed the “town of roses” for its beautiful parks, notably the archeological park around the Museum of the Iron Gates, with its lovely roses and walnut trees, the towns has a modern appearance that belies its origins as the Dacian settlement of Drobeta, more than two thousand years ago. As pleasant as Severin is, there’s not a lot to get excited about, but it does make a decent base if you’re intent on exploring the Kazan gorge.

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