Originally we wanted come to Romania for 4 days, but after checking the information, realized that we would not see anything, and came for 7 days. This is also not enough, so we tried to see different parts of the country.
On the next map you can see the historical regions of Romania. Almost everyone has heard of Transylvania, here you can see where it is.
July and August - high season, it may be hot. Although we were in July and the weather was excellent.
September and October - also good months and the weather is cooler.
January and February - ski resorts.
We rented an inexpensive car at the airport (7 full days for 220 euros + 84 euro insurance). The asphalted roads are in good condition, but they are not everywhere. Consider that there is only one autobahn and most of the time you will drive through small towns and villages, which greatly increases the travel time.
If you have a little time and no car, it will be difficult. You can go to Brasov and see everything you can visit during daily trips. The fact is that Romania is a rather large country and it is impossible to see even the main interesting places on public transport in one or two weeks. Moreover at least half of the places that we visited can not be reached by public transport.
Find below links to the websites with the schedule of trains and buses.
Romanians are very fond of traveling around their country. We can put Romania in second place after China by this parameter. Given that they thavel mostly by cars and most of the roads are narrow, there are always traffic jams. During planning we even took into account days of the week, to avoid the 20-kilometer Sunday traffic jam from Brasov to Bucharest.
During high season a minimum of 40-50 cars are standing near each more or less significant attraction. And here is the parking lot near popular location.
You can pay euros or dollars in most hotels, but in other places only Romanian lei.
Dracula and Transylvania are the most famous words related to Romania. A lot of places are connected with the famous vampire and not all of them are "real". For more information on how Dracula became the national brand of the country, read the article about Bran Castle.
Romania is the country with the largest bear population in Europe, not counting Russia. In 2017 government even allowed hunting for 175 bears to reduce their number. The EU Commission authorized this step considering the increasing number of attacks on people and various damage (video)
During our week-long trip the bear with the cubs blocked access to the attractions 2 times (!). This even happened with the Bran castle, which is located in the city.
Corruption and security
There are many stereotypes about Romania, mostly about corruption and bribes at the border and on the roads. Because of this, tourists are afraid to travel here. After joining the EU in 2007, the situation has improved significantly, you can rent the car without any problems.
BloodRayne (2006) - another box office failure of Uwe Boll. Completely filmed in Romania, many locations, many castles, many beautiful views of the Carpathians (video)
Borat (2006) - the Kazakh village of Borat was shot in Romania (video)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) - a film that made Dracula a cult. All events take place in Romania, but the shootings were conducted in the USA. Bran Castle was partially shown (video)
Ghost Rider 2 (2012) - filmed in Romania and Turkey, shown Corvinus Castle, Transfaharas road and Bucharest (video).
Top Gear. Season 14. Episode 1 (2009) - special edition about Romania, was shot on the Transfagaras road (video). This episode probably made the road world famous.
There is also a famous studio Castel Film Studios in Romania, hundreds of category B films were shot here. The Romanians are actively promoting their country for filming, the website with locations will be also interesting to travellers.