Unmissable Interesting Facts About Romania, The Home Of Dracula!

Transylvania and Count Dracula! That’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Romania. But if you read some Romania interesting facts, you’ll find that there is much more to discover about Romania.

If you plan on visiting Romania, you’ll fall in love with the country. The lovely River Danube that starts in Germany empties itself in Romania’s Danube Delta. The Carpathian mountains have Europe’s largest virgin forests.

The Romanian Athenaeum showcases neoclassical architecture with a romantic flare. The Herastrau Park and the Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest are on the top Romania travel tips list. Grand architecture, beautiful museums, great food, and amazing culture are just some of the most interesting facts of Romania.

Romania is a country bordered by the Black Sea and has a temperate climate. The best time to visit Romania is in spring or early summer from March to July when the weather is good and the costs are affordable. You can either organize a trip on your own or choose an accessible tour with the scheduled itinerary. No matter which option do you choose, read these fun facts about Romania that will encourage your decision to visit.

Romania Has One Of The Most Beautiful Waterfalls In The World

Bigar Cascade Falls is one of the most beautiful in the world
Bigar Cascade Falls is one of the most beautiful in the world

Water flying off cliffs and pounding the rocks below, the gushing pounding waves thundering in the applause of nature and its beauty – waterfalls hold a special place among nature’s attractions.

There are many lists of the best waterfalls on the planet, and right up there on that list with the Niagara Falls in Canada, Plitvice Falls in Croatia, Dettifoss in Iceland, and more are the Bigar Cascade Falls in Caras-Severin. This beautiful liquid veil is called the “miracle from the Minis Canyon” by locals. A must add to your list of Romania tourist spots!

Romanian Is A Romance Language

Romanian is a romance language
Interesting facts about Romania: Romanian is a romance language

90% of Romanians speak a romance language. Did you know that? An interesting fact about Romania is that the 1700-year-old Romanian language is part of the Eastern branch of romance languages along with Aromanian, Istro-Romanian, and Megleno-Romanian.

The Western branch includes French, Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese. So next time you hear someone talking in Romanian, remember they’re speaking in the language of love.

Romanians “Steal The Bride” At Weddings

Customs include stealing the bride at weddings
Interesting facts about Romania: Customs include stealing the bride at weddings

Romanian wedding customs include stealing the bride at weddings. One of the fun facts about Romania is that in Romanian culture, marriage celebrations include kidnapping the bride during the wedding ceremony.

Romanian traditions dictate that a few of the guests steal the bride for a ransom of candy or booze or in exchange for small gifts. Most guests end up taking the bride to a popular club or pub to dance for a short while.

Sarmale Is Considered The National Dish Of Romania

Sarmale is thought of as the national dish
Fun Fact About Romania: Sarmale is considered the national dish

The cuisine in Romania is rich and varied. Sarmale or sarmalute is considered the Romania national dish. It is one of the traditional Romanian dishes made from cabbage rolls stuffed with spicy pork and rice.

Other famous dishes are the mici, tochitură and mămăligă. Romanian Christmas dises include sarmale – the cabbage rolls, ciorba de perisoare – roast gammon and pork chops, and cozonac – rich fruit bread.

Famous Romanian sweets include the papanaşi, gogosi and covrigi. Ţuică is a local plum brandy that is will always be famous than wine and beer.

Romania Has An Extensive Rail Network

Romania has an extensive rail network
Interesting facts of Romania: The country has an extensive rail network

The system for transport in Romania is amazing. Romania’s rail network is 22,298 km long.

That’s the 15th largest on the planet. Isn’t that a fun fact about Romania, since it’s only the 81st largest country in the world?

The Hand Painted Voronet Monastery Is A World Heritage Site

Beautiful frescoes at Voronet Monastery
Facts About Romania: Beautiful frescoes at Voronet Monastery

Any Romania tour guide will tell you this; Romania has 7 World Heritage sites. And the churches are some of the best Romanian tourist attractions.

One of these is the Voronet Monastery, a medieval monastery in Gura Humorului that has been hand-painted. It has beautiful blue frescoes painted in a color that’s known in Romania as Voronet blue. You can’t miss visiting the Voronet Monastery and gazing at these frescoes.

Romania Has An Answer To Mount Rushmore

Decebalus, the last Dacia king
Fun fact about Romania: Decebalus, the last Dacia king

The rock sculpture of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia is cut into the rock of the Danube’s Iron Gates. It was made between 1994 and 2004 and looks like Romania’s answer to Mount Rushmore. 

Romania Has The World’s Heaviest Building

The world's heaviest building
Amazing Fact About Romania: It’s home to the world’s heaviest building

One of the best cities in Romania to visit is the capital, Bucharest. And an interesting fact about the capital of Romania is that the Palace of the Parliament located here is the heaviest building in the world.

Completed in 1997 and costing 3 billion Euros, the building is second in size only to the Pentagon in the US. At 2.55 million square meters, the volume of the building is more than the Great Pyramid of Giza. The decadent interiors of the Palace make it one of the most beautiful places in Romania.

Romania Has One Of The Happiest Cemeteries In The World

The world's happiest cemetary
The world’s happiest cemetary

This absolutely has to go on the Romania interesting facts list! In a little village of Sapanta in the Maramures region of Romania, there is a cemetery that’s turned into a tourist attraction for many. It’s the Cimitirul Vesel or Merry Cemetery.

Local woodcarver and sculptor named Stan Ioan Pătraș began designing the beautiful Voronet blue cemetery was designed in 1935; a tradition that is continued by locals.

The wooden crosses on the tombstones are painted with scenes from the deceased individual’s life and have witty epitaphs to go with them. There are over 800 of these oak crosses in the cemetery. 

Romania Is A Perfect Destination To Relax

spa thermal Romania
It’s worth going to Romania to relax in one of its thermal spas

Romania has one of the most remarkable networks of spa resorts in all Europe. One-third of the continent’s thermal and mineral waters are located there!

The most famous spa towns in Romania are Amara, Baile Felix, Baile Govora, Baile Herculane, Baile Govora, Borsec, Calimanesti, Eforie, Voineasa, Vatra Dornea, Sinaia, and Sangeorz Bai.

The First Road Built In Romania Was Called The Wooden Road

The first road in Romania was paved with wood
Interesting Romania Facts: The first road in Romania was paved with wood

The first road built in Romania used to be called Podul Mogoșoaiei or the Mogoșoaia Wood-Paved Road because it was paved with tree trunks. The ruler Constantin Brâncoveanu commissioned the road in 1692 to run from Splaiul Independenței to Piața Victoriei. 

The road was initially called Ulita Mare or Large Street, but got nicknamed The Wooden Road. Because the road connected Bucharest with the city of Brasov, it was also called the Drumul Brașovului or Brasov Road. 

On a related note, the first street paved using cobblestones in Romania was the Calea Mosilor in 1825.

The Transfagarasan Is Spectacular!

The Transfagarasan is the second-highest road in Romania after the Transalpina, but at 152 km long it’s 4 km longer than the Transalpina. The road is only open from June to October, but if you visit Romania, driving along the Transfagarasan is a must! The views are spectacular. 

Sighisoara Is Still Inhabited!

Sighisoara Citadel is still inhabited
Interesting facts about Romania: Sighisoara Citadel is still inhabited

Founded by German colonists in the 12th century, Sighisoara Castle is the only medieval fortress in South-Eastern Europe that’s still lived in. A UNESCO Heritage site since 1999, the Citadel of Sighisoara is filled with narrow cobblestone lanes and colorful houses. 

Vlad Tepes, the real character on who Count Dracula was based was born in Sighisoara. How’s that for an interesting fact about Romania?

Bucharest Is Called Little Paris Of The East

Bucharest, has been inhabited since 500 BC and is currently home to more than 2.2 million people. The Capital of Romania since 1862 AD, Bucharest had a lot of new buildings built in the first half of the 20th century. The elegant architecture led to it being called ‘Little Paris of The East’ or ‘Micul Paris”.

There’s also an Arcul de Triumf that resembles the Arc de Triomph in Paris. You’ll find it on the Kiseleff Road near Herastrau Park. 

Romania Has More Gold Per Person Than The Rest Of Europe

Romania has the most gold per person in Europe
Interesting facts of Romania: Romania has the most gold per person in Europe

Here’s an interesting fact about Romania that you won’t forget. Romania has the richest resources of gold in Europe.

Also, the only Gold Museum in Europe is in the Romanian city of Brad! It holds over 2000 pieces of gold from all over the planet on exhibit.

You Don’t Have To Go To Hollywood To See The Sign!

Hollywood’s big sign on the Santa Monica Mountains in California are famous. You’ve seen them in a dozen photos! But if you can’t get to Hollywood, why not head over to Brasov and Rasnov.

They have signs that look just like the famous Hollywood sign. The Brasov sign is at Mount Tampa! Rasnov’s sign is near the castle!

The Podul Bisetz In Romania Was The World’s First Curved Bridge

The first curved bridge in Europe, the Podul Bisetz was built in Romania in 1905.

Although it’s now a pedestrian-only bridge, at the time it was designed by Anghel Saligny and Ion Ionescu Bisetz in Giurgiu in 1905, it was the first curved bridge in Europe. 

Romanian’s Love Alcohol

Pure drinks
Interesting facts about Romania: Romanians drink the purest alcohol

Romanians drink around 14 litres of alcohol a year. That’s well over the British average of 11 liters per year. And that’s just talking about the consumption of pure alcohol! 

Romania Has More Brown Bears Than Other Countries In Europe

60% of Europe's brown bears are in Romania
Interesting facts about Romania: The Majority of Europe’s brown bears are in Romania

Romania has Europe’s largest population of brown bears. That’s over 60% of the bear population in Europe!

The Hoia Forest Is A Hotspot Of Paranormal Activity

The Hoia Forest near Cluj-Napoca has been the hotspot for many paranormal activities and sightings; so much so that it’s become a tourist hotspot. Only go there if you’re open to the eerie.

Romania Has The World’s Oldest Oven

Campeni in Romania has the world's oldest oven
Interesting facts of Romania: Campeni in Romania has the world’s oldest oven

Romania has the world’s largest oven. Used over 6500 years ago, it was found in Campeni by archaeologists. All those centuries ago, it was used for cooking food, heating water and warming the home. 

Romania Has The Church With The Largest Organ In Europe

Largest Pipe Organ in Europe
Facts About Romania: Black Church Brasov Has The Largest Pipe Organ in Europe

The most important among the interesting facts about Romania is that the Biserica Neagra is in Romania.

The Black Church as it is called has the largest pipe organ in Europe. It has 4000 pipes! Built by Carl August Buccholz in 1839 the pipe organ is still used at events and gatherings. 

Romania Is As Close To The North Pole As It Is To The Equator

Romania is located in the earth’s Northern hemisphere. But here’s an interesting fact about Romania! Romania is equidistant between the North Pole and the Equator! Isn’t that amazing?

Beautiful castle in Romania
Beautiful castle in Romania

Other Fun Romania Facts For Everyone

  • Romania is derived from the Latin word ‘Romanus’ meaning ‘Citizen of the Roman empire’.
  • The Romanian mentality is to complain about politics and work, but they still love their country.
  • Bucharest was the first city in the world to use oil lamps for street lighting in 1895.
  • Timisoara in Romania was the first city in Europe to have electric street lights in 1889.
  • The world’s first oil refinery was opened in Romania in 1857.
  • Insulin was discovered by a Romanian named Nicolae Paulescu.
  • The tallest wooden church in the world called Peri Monastery is in Romania.
  • It is also home to Europe’s largest mammal, the European bison.
  • Prince Charles is a fan of Transylvania and owns land there that he visits often.
  • Romania’s national coin is the Leu or Lion. 
  • The first Tarzan actor ever, Johnny Weismuller, that yummy guy, was Romanian. Did you know that?
  • The creator of the famous Illy brand of coffee, Francisco Illy was born in Romania.
  • The Scarisoara cave is the second largest in Europe and aged over 3500 years. 
  • The Astra Open-Air Museum in Sibiu is the second-largest on the planet.
  • Henri Coanda, the inventor of the jet engine was Romanian!

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