Romania, a land where time (in many ways) has stood still is a fascinating blend of old world pleasures and natural treasures. If you're considering joining us on our "Romania: Enchanted Villages, Culinary Traditions, and Hiking Transylvania", read on!
Here are 10 fun facts about Romania:
1. The name “Romania” comes from the Latin word “Romanus” which means “citizen of the Roman Empire.”
2. The Carpathian Mountains are home to one of the largest virgin forests in Europe.
3. The Romanian language is 1,700 years old.
4. What do Halle Berry, Adele and Nicole Kidman have in common? At some point or another, all of them wore fashion inspired by the Romanian traditional blouse – the "ie". The ie (pronounced ee-eh) is a blouse, traditionally worn by Romanian girls and women.
5. Romania is known for having one of Europe’s largest Roma (gypsy) populations.
6. Bucharest’s mass transit network is the fourth largest in Europe.
7. The most famous novels inspired by Romania are “The Castle in the Carpathians” by Jules Verne, and “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. Also, Nobel Literature Prizewinner Elie Wiesel was Romanian.
8. Romania is home to Europe’s largest population of brown bears. According to a 2014 wild animal census, Romania’s forests are home to some 6,000 bears.
9. Romania is one of the world’s largest wine producers.
10. Eating and living local is important to Romanians and their food exemplifies this.