Romania’s fourth largest city and capital of the Banat historical province is shining its light in 2023—quite literally—as it picks up the baton as European Capital of Culture. The first city on mainland Europe to introduce electric street lighting in 1884 is celebrating with a wealth of concerts, exhibits, and festivals under the slogan “Light up your city!”
In recent years, Romania has emerged as a go-to destination for gastronomy, distinct heritage sites, and ecotourism. An exploration begins in the much-renewed, dynamic capital of Bucharest, the gateway to an enigmatic Transylvania and the unparalleled Carpathian Mountains. Following a decade in New York City and nearly settling in France, travel writer Monica Suma shares why she moved back and why you should visit, too.
It’s hard not to fall for Prague. The Czech capital exudes a simply staggering wealth of architectural beauty and detail. The city is chockablock full of early-20th-century buildings that survived the Second World War, and resplendent, marvellously preserved old palaces are everywhere. Read on for seven authentic experiences to embark on in and around Prague, including heritage sites, the bounty of nature, and plenty of enthralling mysticism.
Blessed with a plethora of mountain peaks and bucolic pastures, fringed by the Black Sea and the lush Danube Delta, Romania’s borders pack a variety of backdrops to marvel at. While inducing fantasies of vampires for many, there are age-old customs to discover and ancient monasteries in the heart of the countryside as well as medieval Transylvanian castles to keep you busy.
Cinematic nature at its best - this is what Ireland promises. A jolly lineup of colorful villages, each seemingly equipped with its own haunting castle. Add some Irish music jamborees, whiskey jaunts and sea-born delights and you’re well set with a most rewarding menu.
Romania brims with rich folk culture, centuries-old monasteries and lively cities humming with art, restaurants and nightlife. Hop on this road trip and be rewarded with castles, fortresses, Saxon villages and fortified churches that give a deeper look into its rich history and culture.
You may have your eyes set on Germany’s ever popular capital, but look further northwest and you may just find everything you could wish for in Hamburg, the Hanseatic port city boasting North German good looks, scrumptious Fischbrötchen, and culture aplenty. Top it all off with a generous dose of parkland and waterways, and you’ll tick off more than you had expected.
Mention Bucharest to most Americans and here comes the reply... "Did you mean: Budapest?" And a wonderful city Budapest is! But overlook the Romanian capital of Bucharest and you’ll miss easily one of the most interesting places in Europe right now -- a bohemian, Balkans-meets-Mediterranean city that wears its recent history on its sleeve as it redefines itself in real time.
In Romania, food isn't served merely to temper hunger and delight the palate but to teach visitors something about a culture they may not know well. In the past few years, a new generation of young chefs returning from stints abroad is redefining Romanian food.
This passionate group is introducing the new Romanian cuisine as an experience, through new techniques and a firm revival of not only the Romanian culture but an entire way of life.
Rotterdam wins all the plaudits for its innovative drinking and dining scene, but the adjacent city of Schiedam is in a league of its own when it comes to one particular tipple.
Jenever, the forefather of modern gin, has been distilled in Schiedam for hundreds of years, earning it the title of one of the Netherlands’ so-called ‘jenever cities.’
With perilous Dracula imagery and misty mountaintops in mind, Transylvania usually allures travelers darting straight to the better-known, southern towns of the region. But boasting Romania’s biggest music festivals and a burgeoning art scene like none other, Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital of Transylvania, more than deserves its spot in the limelight.