General information: Republic of Romania

Capital: Bucharest Official languages: Romanian Official alphabet: Romanian, based on the Latin script
Area: 238,400 km2 Population: 19 051 562 people Currency: Leu (RON)

EUR 1 = 4.97 RON

Drives on the: right Calling code: +40 Seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn

Curious facts about Romania

  • The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania is the second-largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon in the United States.
  • Peles Castle, in Sinaia, Romania, was the first European castle entirely powered by its own power plant. The castle’s central heating system, built in 1888, is still functional and in use today.
  • The name Romania comes from the Latin word “Romanus” which means “citizen of the Roman Empire.”
  • Sibiu, one of the cities in Transylvania, was the European Capital of Culture in 2007, together with Luxembourg.
  • Bucharest is also called “Little Paris.” The city’s Arcul de Triumf was constructed in 1935 to be modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
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Balkan tour: experience the Balkans

Visit Bulgaria, Romania, and North Macedonia