In this page:
Entry Requirements |
Organizing Your Trip |
Living Conditions |
Different Forms of Tourism
- The city of Bucharest,
- The Black Sea,
- The Valleys of the Prahova,
- The Monasteries of northern Moldova,
- The Danube Delta,
- The Maramures,
- The Apuseni Mountains,
- The Oltenia ....
See the page on medieval tourism in Romania.
Museums are often closed on Monday and in some villages on Sunday as well.
Churches and monasteries (classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO) attest to the medieval legacy.
See page of the Office of Tourism.
Spas and thermal cures are numerous in Romania.
Visit the site of the Organization of Spa Owners or to book a trip online to a seaside resort.
Also see the site of the Romanian Tourism Office.
In summer it is nice to visit the Romanian Black Sea coast, particularly in the south between Mangalia and Mamaia. There are sandy beaches and numerous spas and thermal cures.
- Outdoor Activities
Fishing in Bolitza and in the Aries valley.
Hiking: in the Apuseni, Maramures, and Bucovina mountains, or in the mountains of Moldova.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Bucharest (GMT +2 in winter, GMT +3 in Summer)
- Summer Time Period
DST is from late March to late October.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
The climate type is temperate continental.
In winter, the temperature drops below 0°C and as low as -15°C in the mountains and -7°C in the city. It snows heavily.
Spring and autumn are rather short and rainy.
Summer is usually very sunny and temperatures can climb to 35°C.
The coldest month is January and the hottest month is July.
- For Further Information
Daily weather in major Romanian cities
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
The Romanian cuisine is extremely rich in specialties: the mamliga (polenta) that is often eaten with cheese is commonly served at breakfast.
Other dishes of vegetables, meat or fish are served throughout the day:
- sarmales: stuffed grape leaves
- zacusca: an appetizer of vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs preserved in oil or brine
- mititei: small grilled sausages
- ciorba: sour fermented vegetable soup
- muschi: barbecue
- cozonac: a sweet yeast cake swirled with a raisin walnut, and poppy seed filling
For more information on traditional recipes.
Romanian beer, red wine and rarely white wine, following the meal a small cup of Tuica or Rachiu, the traditional plum liquor, is an "eau de vie".
In areas near the borders, schnapps or vodka is also served.
‘Ceai’ is Romanian for ‘Tchai’, a tea infusion.
- Dietary Restrictions
Serving rare meat is unthinkable in Romania, so if you really want a rare steak, you will have to give instructions about how long to cook the steak. Snails are not generally consumed.
- Domestic Currency
Romanian New Leu
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
The Romanian currency is the Leu (“Lei" in the plural) (pronunciation: lay). Bills are in the denominations: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 lei. The coins are in the denominations: 1, 5, 10 and 50 bani rooms (pronunciation: bahnee) 1leu = 100 bani. The transition to the euro (EUR) is expected in 2012.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and official exchange bureaus ("casa de schimb" or "birou of schimb valutar"). Money exchange bureaus are available in airports and major hotels. The ATMs are accessible at major city banks, airports and shopping malls. However they are rare in villages. Credit cards American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted at major hotels, car rental agencies and shopping malls in large cities. Far from the tourist centers and large cities, credit cards are not so widely accepted.
- Possible Means of Payment
It is preferred to pay in cash rather than with credit card.
- Official Language
Romanian, spoken by 89.4 % of the population.
- Other Languages Spoken
It is important to note that the Hungarian and German are also widely spoken in the country. Regarding foreign languages, the most commonly spoken in Romania are English and French. After a decade, the speaking of Russian has slightly diminished.
- Business Language
French, English and German.
- Getting Some Knowledge
For courses Romanian: Easyromania.com
To learn a few phrases: Romanianlessons.com
- Free Translation Tools
Tranexp : Translation software and handheld translators
Ectaco : Handheld translators
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Last Updates: December 2014