Wednesday Wanderlust: Romania

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For some reason my mind keeps going back to Eastern Europe, specifically Romania.  I’ve never been here, but I find myself dreaming about it.  I, of course, want to go to well known places like Bran Castle which some believe was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula’s Castle.  However, there are other places I desperately want to see in Romania–the landscape is breathtaking and I have a feeling this is a country I could spend a lot of my time out in the mountains or countryside–although let’s get real, I search out those kinds of place anywhere though.

Hunyad Castle

hunyad castle, romania

The Hunyad Castle, also known as Corvin Castle, is a Gothic-Renaissance castle in the Transylvania region of Romania.  Bran Castle is the one that most everyone hears about in Romania, but I’d love to visit some other others in Romania.

Piatra Craiului National Park

piatra craiului national park, romania


The Piatra Craiului Mountains are located in the Southern Carpathians.  I’d love to the two-day ridge trail as it’s considered one of the more beautiful sites in the Carpathians.  Not sure there could be a site considered ugly in the Carpathians, but there’s that.

Danube Delta

pelicans, danube delta, romania


The Danube is a river that originates in the Black Forest in Germany and travels through and/or touches ten countries before emptying into the Black Sea in Romania and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It’s home to over 300 species of birds and 45 freshwater fish species that can be found in the lakes and marshes.

Retezat National Park

Retezat national park, romania, waterfall


 If this photo is any indication of this national park, I’m ready to go right now.  Many animals also call Retezat home including wild boar, bear, wolf, fox, lynx, otters and many more.  And, we all know how I feel about animals.  I’ll sign up for just about anything that has to do with them.

Bucura Lake

bucura lake, romania


 Lake Bucura is the largerst glacier lake in Romania and is located in the Retezat Mountains.  I’m fairly sure I could just sit here for days.

It looks like castles and nature are abundant in Romania.  What more could a person ask for?


Have you ever been to any of these locations?  What else would you suggest for a trip to Romania?

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  1. Simon

    February 12, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Some beautiful places to visit here, I had no idea Romania contained such gems. If I had to pick I would choose the Piatra Craiului Mountains especially if I can stay in that igloo.

  2. Audrey

    February 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    My Father-in-law was born in Romania, so you’d think I’d know more about it’s rich cultural heritage. But alas I do not. Some beautiful places. Maybe after I see Australia and Paris we can head to Romania. If only in my dreams…

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 12, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      It’s always fun to explore where we or our significant others are from!

  3. Sammi

    February 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM


    Well, I have not been to Romania, either, but I *so* want to. Tho’ I did go through parts of Eastern Europe last summer & will be going to more places this summer- so excited 🙂

  4. Caitlyn

    February 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    I’ve just heard so many good things about Romania in the last couple of years so it’s on my to-visit list for this summer. There’s so many budget flights that go there too so I really don’t have any excuse!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Ah I want to go so bad! I’m thinking of hitting Eastern Europe next summer 🙂

  5. Gabor Kovacs

    February 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Romania and especially Transylvania have so many wonderful spots. I lived quite close to the Hungarian-Romanian border, and know the region quite well. Beautiful landscape, and especially the medieval cities with Hungarian roots are wonderful. Feel free to contact me when you travel around there!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Thanks Gabor! I’m jealous, but I’ll definitely get in touch with you when I do!

  6. Sharon

    February 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    It does look gorgeous!! Unfortunately, I missed it when I travelled around Eastern Europe purely because I needed a visa and I didn’t for the surrounding countries. I will get there one day though!

  7. Madagascar

    February 18, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    One day, if I plan a vacation to Romania, I won t forget to view your blog as well as these beautiful pictures.

  8. Cyra

    February 21, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    I’ve not been to Romania either but I am dying to go! I think it would be really interesting.

    The Piatra Craiului Mountains look beautiful!

  9. Silviu-Florin Salomia

    April 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    It’s always great to see travelers dreaming about Romania. You’re list is just the beginning to the best that Romania has to offer…authentic villages, medieval castles, old towns and modern cities, mountains, sea, landscapes, culture…a little bit of everything…

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      I really really really want to make it to Romania next year!

  10. Luminita

    December 21, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    I highly recommend you visit Transylvania sometime. The medieval towns, castles, fortresses, fortified churches and charming villages with interesting local traditions are worth it. It’s especially nice for a winter holiday.

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