After a couple of days in Bucharest, Romania, it is easy to feel like you have seen most of what all of the travel website tells you are the “must-sees”. If you start to feel like you’ve “seen it all” it might be time to head out on an amazing day trip outside of the city to explore more of this amazing country.
Popularly known as Dracula’s Castle, Bran Castle is the perfect day trip from Bucharest. To arrive, you will need to charter a tour or catch a train to the nearby city of Brasov before getting a ride up to the castle. Brasov alone is worth the trip, a beautiful and romantic city surrounded by the majestic Carpathian Mountains.
Accessible by train but better reached through a private tour, Bulgaria is just a fairly quick drive along the side of Danube River. Veliko Tarnovo, one of the most popular stops for these tours, is the old Bulgarian capital and an idyllic, historic city.
The closest castle to Bucharest and one of the most beautiful in all of Europe, Pele’s Castle is a short train ride away from the Central Station. The ornate castle is impressive to see even against the surrounding landscape of dense forests.
One of the oldest towns in Romania, Constanta sits peacefully on the banks of the Black Sea. Perfect for a warmer retreat in the dead of winter, Constanta is also the city in Romania with the mildest and driest climate.
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