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Enigma Steampunk Cafe in Romania Unleashes Kinetic Energy

A steampunk cafe can easily quench the thirst for unconventional design. The Enigma Cafe and Bar in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is a unique place where the decor comes alive through kinetic energy. You’ll be intrigued at first, then hypnotized.

Inspired by the idea of time travel, Romanian designers of 6th Sense Interiors imagined the cafe as a tribute to time and motion: “At the center of it is the often-visited idea of the time machine, but we all have to admit that there is more to time than just time traveling. Time is, after all, the material that life is made of; and all the details in between, which are constantly added to the common act of growing and evolution, are time constrained.”

Introducing kinetic elements in public-space design was an inspired idea, as the Enigma Cafe is filled with decor that moves you. Just as the entrance of Epic Society in Timisoara, Romania, is guarded by a mirror mosaic-covered dummy, the entrance to this steampunk cafe is guarded by a familiar silhouette: a man pedaling a bike.

This familiarity dissipates when you take a good look at it, however. “The ‘time slave’ produces shock with the visible synaptic connections inside its transparent skull,” the designers say.

The story of time is a story about ourselves, as the designers explain: “Universally, time is a giant clock. This is why our design story starts with a clock — not just any clock, but one that gives you the feeling of being inside it. Placed on the far wall of the bar, the clock impresses at first because of its size.

“Framed by a wooden rim, the clock offers an inside perspective, with dozens of wheels of different sizes moving at the same time. The clock is also illuminated by an LED band on the edge of the wooden frame. Mechanically, what we were trying to build here was an inside view of time itself.”

There’s a deeper idea underlying the concept of this space, as the designers unveil: “Various details focus on labyrinthian imagery: the patterns on the ceiling, multiple industrial boards representing secret entrances to all those possibilities life has reserved for us, the key to which are the ultimate choices we make, choices which will either imprison us or set us free.

“Like any piece of machinery, the time we have created in Enigma is powered by an engine also clearly visible to the naked eye, placed on the front wall of the bar counter. This serves as a power outlet for both the giant clock and the time machine shaped as an elevator meant to take you to different time zones. We’ve set it all up for you: a designed story of time.”

Plenty of photos and a video by Gabriel Rosca show us details of the club. The kinetic sculpture‘s motion also can be seen in the video below. Another uncanny cafe design to look for in Cluj-Napoca is one that mixes cardboard, coffee and culture. Public spaces should be inspiring, and Romania’s natural beauty seems to do wonders for creative minds.

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12 Things I Bet You Didn - t Know About Romania

12 Things I Bet You Didn't Know About Romania

Although still regarded by many as an off-the-beaten-path destination, Romania is a country full of surprises, folklore, and exciting places that leave long lasting impressions on visitors’ minds. Check out these interesting, wacky facts about my beloved country:

1. Romania has one of the happiest cemeteries on Earth

Tucked away in a tiny village of Maramures county, near the Ukrainian border, the Merry Cemetery (Cimitirul Vesel) is not only a very unique burial site, but also an open-air museum and a tourist attraction in its own right.

Designed in 1940 by the local woodcarver Stan Ioan Pătraș, Săpânța’s cheerful cemetery stands out for its colorful high wooden crosses carved in oak and painted with scenes of the deceased’s life. Each tombstone features a witty poem depicting the person’s life and the way he/she died. To give you an idea, here is a funny epitaph roughly translated by Wikipedia:

Under this heavy cross

Lies my poor mother in-law

Three more days should she have lived

I would lie, and she would read (this cross).

You, who here are passing by

Not to wake her up please try

Cause’ if she comes back home

She’ll criticise me more.

But I will surely behave

So she’ll not return from grave.

Stay here, my dear mother in-law!

2. Romanian inventors have changed the world

Romania gave birth to some extraordinary scientists and engineers, most of whom have actually changed the world. Some of these include Nicolae Constantin Paulescu – discoverer of insulin; Eugen Pavel – inventor of Hyper CD-ROM; Aurel Persu – the first engineer and car designer to build a car with the wheels inside its aerodynamic line; Petrache Poenaru – inventor of fountain pen; Emil Racoviță – founder of biospeleology (the study of organisms living in caves); Anastase Dragomir – inventor of parachuted chair, an early version of today’s ejection seat.

Furthermore, Romanian engineers have successfully contributed to the history of flight. Henri Coanda, Traian Vuia, and Aurel Vlaicu – all of them have played an important role as pioneers in aerodynamics and aviation.

3. Romanian is the only Romance language in Eastern Europe

Most people believe that Romanian language is very similar to those spoken in Russia or other Slavic countries, but in reality, Romanian is a Romance language closely related to Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese.

4. Romania has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List include the Churches of Moldavia; the Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains; the Historic Centre of Sighisoara; the Monastery of Horezu; the Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania; the Wooden Churches of Maramures; the Danube Delta.

5. Romania is Europe’s richest country in gold resources

6. Romania boasts the world’s largest administrative building

Built by former Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament – also known as the People’s House – is the largest, heaviest, and most expensive civil administration building on the planet.

7. Romania’s national currency is Leu, which means lion (English)

8. Romania has the best preserved Delta in Europe

Although the second largest river delta in Europe after Caspian Depression’s Volga Delta (Russia/Kazakhstan), the Danube Delta in Romania is the best preserved on the continent. It features no less than 23 natural ecosystems, boasting an amazing variety of unique flora and fauna.

9. The largest population of brown bears in Europe lives in Romania

10. The Statue of Decebalus in Orsova is Europe’s largest rock sculpture

Somewhere along the Danube, near the small city of Orsova, in southwestern Romania, lies a 55 m high rock sculpture depicting Decebalus, the last king of Dacia. The monument is the largest rock sculpture in Europe and can only be reached by boat.

11. The only gold museum in Europe is found in Romania

Also known as the Mineralogical Collection of Brad, The Gold Museum in the small Romanian city of Brad is the only one of its kind in Europe. Founded some 100 years ago, the gallery contains a mind-blowing collection of over 2,000 pieces of gold gathered here from across the world.

A highlight of the museum is the native gold, which is displayed exactly as found in the mines of the Romanian mountains. The pieces are so unique and spectacular that their value does not depend on grammage anymore. For instance, a lizard-shaped item of only seven tenths of a gram of gold has been evaluated at 3 million euros.

12. Timisoara was the first city lit by electric street lamps in continental Europe

Timisoara, one of the most beautiful and vibrant Romanian metropolises, was the first mainland European city to be lit by electric street lamps, back in 1884. As per international standards, it was second only to New York City.

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Thank you for this. I really want to visit Romania one day – and in fact, have written a series of books set there. Perhaps I can visit on a research trip some day.

Good to see you also included new things that most people would not know about. Will be sharing this on my blog.

Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed my post! Hope you’ll make it to Romania one day, because it really is a country full of surprises and beautiful places.

Excatly Romania is a beautiful country.I just came back.

If you haven’t yet visited it you’d love it. I grew up in Neamt Romania and have been to almost all parts of Romania. You’d truly love the culture and history of it

Thanks much for sharing such interesting information! I’ve really inspired me to visit Romania one day!)))))

That’s great Natalia! For a truly authentic experience, I would suggest anyone interested in Romania, to visit as soon as possible, as tourism here is on the rise.

I’ve done my share of research on Romania and even learned quite a bit more when I spent 10 days there in September, but there were things listed here that I didn’t know and wish I had before my visit. Oh well, now I have even MORE reason to go back again and again. (I fell even more in love with Romania after my 10 day adventure)

Beautiful Romania. Have been twice for short family events but gathered much of the life and history of the country.

WHY isn’t there any description on 5. ROMANIA IS EUROPE’S RICHEST COUNTRY IN GOLD RESOURCES??Isn’t there any information for the public,regarding the GOLD resources(that explains a lot of the things that are happening right now in the country and around!) ?

Hi Elena, you can check out the European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals for some accurate info. Thanks for stopping by!

That’s because even though yes, Romania has the most gold resources in all of Europe, we can’t afford to mine out any of the gold. So basically it’s all sitting underground waiting to be extracted. Which is another dilemma since other countries want to mine it out, but then Romania’ll only get about 6% of the total that’s extracted.

Romania doesn’t have the knowledge and skills to mine the gold efficiently but they are scared of foreign investment so they have delayed the gold projects for years with no real reasoning. Some people will quote a 6% number as Romania’s share but do some research and you will find it is closer to 70%.

At the national museum in the treasury exhibition you will also find some old Dacian and Roman glod artefacts that stunning and priceless.

Greg, you are very wrong. We have the only Gold Museum in Europe, with a reason, friend. We have gold mines 3000 years old… and yes we know how to extract gold. We posses the knowledge and the skills, but the problem is other countries want that mountain (Rosia Montana – Red Mountain), countries as Canada, USA, Germany…France and so on. So please if you are not informed or miss-informed, do not polute with wrong info`s. We are on the same ground for more than 5000 years, it is a reason for that, we love and respect our lands. The international powers won`t allow us to extract that gold, becasue we will become rich, but they are trying to take it away and extract gold using methods which will ruin the zone, for life…we dont want that. Please stop be ignorant and get your facts right. P.S. The first mines in Europe are in Romania, the first and the biggest petrol rafinery is in Romania…So please…respect us, as yet we didnt went to other countries to “tech” them our ways.

I was born & raised there but live in the US now but I still enjoy visiting Romania very much. Each time I go, I learn something new & see lots of beautiful places. I’m so glad I’m Romanian 😉

And the food is AMAZING, mmm!!

Thank you! Very realistic observations!

People palace is the second biggest building , 1st is the Pentagon , nonetheless Romania is indeed beautiful

“According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building” – Wikipedia

Wikipedia is not the most reliable resource. But your sentiment is appreciated.

The Pentagon is a military building , the People Palace is a civilian building

Actually it is more accurate than the dictionary. Nice try.

The Palace has about 340000 square meeteres and the Pentagon has 604000

The Pentagon isn’t a civilian building, so that is probably true.

Sincerely, I’m not Romanian but a big fan of people and FOOD…….. I only wish Romanians stop comparing themselves with anyone or anything in figures or in standards. Your country is beautiful, people are warm and food to feast with. Be proud and start using your brain to expose it the way you want people to notice your country…… Just because I love you guys sooo much

To be honest, the largest building in the world is the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington D.C. So, the Pentagon isn’t the biggest anymore. Probably it was when it was constructed, but since then other buildings are claiming that rank.

Dear Ionut, It may be true that Everett has the largest building structure, but one correction. Washington State and Washington D.C. are two different places and far from each other.

So how come you’re so poor? ahaha

Cultural we are not poor ,in fact people all over the world come and visit our history houses that are still preserved. We make more school then your west schools. Our problems are starting in the past we never had friends ( ally countries ) , you all were allied with us just for your own benefit. So how can a country prosper without somebody that can collaborate with? How can we even be friends with people like you that think money is more important then what people can do. With people that don’t make the difference between gypsies and normal persons that want a better life. You West people need to realize some things before asking stupid questions like “why are you so poor ? hahhaa “. In fact i think you don’t have more then 16 years old.

We are not poor. I agree with Marius in everything he said. I just wanted to add a minor detail. In Bucharest, our capital city, you can see more Ferrari and Lamborghini cars on square kilometer than in most of the western cities. Not to mention other luxury car brands. So, if you were interested in the money matter, you should know that we are not poor. Among the huge cultural heritage that stands behind out nation and other things like common-sense (that I noticed you lack), which is priceless, i would say, we do have money: most families from the urban area own a house, a Romanian out of ten has more than one car, we can afford a holiday in a foreign country . Every country has poor people but our faulty management created this defective image that has spreaded around the world. And one more thing: every Romanian that has answered here used the English language. Isn’t it ironic that you call us poor when you wouldn’t be able to make yourself clear in our native language?

Sadly ana you and marius are extremely lame to even bother answering his/her commentary. The truth of the matter, Romania is a Poor country but that shouldn’t/doesnt reflect on its people… Dumb comments like all these western countries are against us and we have the most Ferraris in a square kilometer just shows how shallow and small minded you are. We all know that brands and cars don’t reflect on a countries GDP (well actually let me retract that statement because you obviously prove me wrong). Regardless, I’m not here to bash Romania because it truly does have a lot to offer and also has some extraordinarily talented and smart individuals (I must obviously reiterate the term “SOME”)! In addition to this list I would also add “transfagarasanul” which is simply one of the most amazing roads ever paved with truly breath taking views!

Actually I dont think they’re “extremly lame” to bother answering people like “Gaura” .

People in west don’t know the real CURRENT fact about Romania so it’s good that somebody like Marius and Ana open new viewpoints for them.

Sorry Observer, excuse them, they haven’t outgrown their inferiority complex yet. You’re perfectly right, that much I can tell you, and that’s coming from a Romanian.

Dear Ana, if you gauge a country’s wealth by how many Ferrari and Lamborghini shops you have in your capital, that’s is pretty sad. It is a fact that half of Romani’s population still uses an outhouse in the backyard to do their business. So you have a long way to go to reach the standards of other countries that you so desperately think you are at par with. You and I both know that most wealthy people in Romania did not gain their wealth via honest work. I agree with the article, Romania is a very interesting place to visit. Romania is steeped in corruptions and that’s a major problem at the moment in my first-hand experience.

Excuse me poor ? Romania is an expensive country!! I’m a proud ROMANIAN.

#13 Romania has the most beautiful women in the world 🙂

What about Gogu Constantinescu? Wiki quote: “During his career, he registered over 130 inventions. He is the creator of the theory of sonics, a new branch of continuum mechanics, in which he described the transmission of mechanical energy through vibrations.”

I guess you understand now how little Science is understood and appreciated in Romania.

Regarding point 6, have you ever heard of the Pentagon ?

Hello “Bla Bla”. Have you ever heard there are certain things to consider before leaving a comment? Reading the article and the other comments are some of them.

Bla Bla is right. The Pentagon is the world’s largest administrative building. This is what the article says and the article is incorrect!

I’m not 100% sure but I believe the Pentagon has 2 floors underground where as the Romanian Parliament has 15 underground floors. Would that make a difference, I don’t know and it doesn’t really matter because it’s a monstrosity anyway; impressive to look at but a constant reminder of One’s ego.

Actually Bla bla isn’t right. The article says: “is the largest, heaviest and most expensive CIVIL administration building”. The Pentagon, as you may know, is a military establishment.

Corerct. civil, not military

I agree with this list, people SHOULD know what a beautiful country Romania is. However, it would have been nice to mention that the electric street lights were put in by hungarians..just for the record 🙂

Actually I had no idea it was the Hungarians who did that, but thanks for letting me know.

1884 Timisoara was in Transylvania. So the Transylvanians put on the street lights. At some point Transylvania and Walachia decided to unite and thus Romania. Hungary was part of the Austrian Empire in the 1800. We could wonder how much of any deed in Hungary was thanks to the Austrians.

The hungarians did nothing. If we have someone to thank to, we should thank the austians and the germans…

I just wonder why hungarians did not start that project in their own country. So, just back off and enjoy the article ’cause there is no need to start some stupid dispute in this context.. PS The information about the Palace of the Parliament is 100% correct. Anyways, nice article and great publicity.. for our beautifull country.

palace of the palriament in Romania it’s the largest civil adminstrative building in the world and the pentagon it’s the largest guvernal adminstrative building in the world so you should make a difrent

ffs … the pentagon is a MILITARY administrative building , the palace is a CIVIL administrative building

Just a small mistake. House of People is the 2nd largest in the world. After Pentagon

With some help from the Alkaida, the House of People will be again the first.

Hahaha this just made my day!

Is not a mistake…Pentagon is not a civil buiding.

oh by the way. Great article ! Truly inspiring

# 13 In Piatra Neamt – Romania, you will find the only Museum in Europe dedicated to the Cucuteni Culture http://maecpn.muzeu-neamt.ro/

I really enjoyed reading your post about this beautiful country and I will distribute in on my profile. I know many people cannot see the beauty of these places because of the media/political barrier.

One sincere post like yours can break through the barrier and maybe make even more Romanians love their country and try to make a better future for them and generations to come here, in these very lands.

There are lots of beautiful places to visit there!

I’m living in ROmania right now, and when people ask me what to visit I always add Salina Turda to the list!

I was actualy wondering if someone would leave this comment. You sir, have my appreciation.

And mine! I’m from Turda but live in London .I can promise you an exceptional experience if you ever decide to visit Salina Turda

Being going to Romania for a month a year for over 22 years it’s one of the most wonderful countries I’ve ever been and hope to continuing visiting for years to come.

I am glad you like our country and you are welcome to come and enjoy here!

Thankyou! I’m planning on moving back to Romania soon !!

I am reading most of my Romanian fellow comments here and I might admit I am really surprised. How can anyone assume Romania is not poor? Romania is a poor country, one of the poorest ones from Europe, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have cultural heritage, beauty and simplicity, which most of the other European countries miss terribly. We live in a very beautiful country but you can realize that just when you get out of the cities and visit the country-side, otherwise our country is horrible, polluted and full of idiots. Our country has been sucked of all its beauty in the past decades by communism and corrupt politicians. Instead of prospering after the fall of communism in the winter of ’89 we kept going downwards mostly because politicians kept and even accentuated their mentalities towards stealing and seeing their interest first. Probably one of the biggest mistakes we made was to get into EU because prices for everything nowadays are approximately equal if not equal with countries such as Germany, Denmark, UK etc. (I live outside the country and I can confirm prices for electricity, heat, gas and so on are almost the same), but salaries remained the same or have been cut down. How can you, foreigners, ask us why we are poor? I’ve encountered this question a million times in the last year and I am in complete shock you still haven’t figured out the answer on your own. You’re either completely stupid or simply ignorant.

On a brighter tone, I really enjoyed this article and I always recommend people I meet to visit Romania for its natural beauty and simplicity.

correct. excellent and pertinent comment.

Beautiful Romania i LOVE IT 🙂 you should add salina turda 😉

this list is too short,there are many other interesting things about Romania 🙂 still big :like:

Currently planning a break to Romania with some friends in March, and this post has got me very excited about our trip 🙂

– The first country in the world with a petroleum production officially registered in the international statistics, followed by the United States in 1859, Italy in 1860, Canada in 1862 and Russia in 1863.

– The world’s first refinery. Distillation on industrial way starts with the refinery built by Mehedinteanu brothers at the periphery of Ploiesti city.

– Bucharest, the world’s first city public illuminated with kerosene.

– The world’s first School of Driller Foreman.

– Romania was the first country in the world which exported gasoline from 1900

That’s probably the best comment on this page.

Definitely have to go there. Despite of what everybody says about it, the country is superb! It has its problems here and there, but overall it is a country you have to see.

I want to visit Romania more than any other country on the planet!

Mandru ca sunt Roman .

Thank you for this interesting information. We will come for a visit next spring (2014) and see for ourselves.

I have only heard good things about Romanians, and we have seen some spectacular photos of the the Romanian country side. I am looking forward to our trip!

Just for the record: I am a Hungarian who was borne in Romania, is living in Romania and has no intention to leave Romania! 🙂

Excellent job, Miruna! And the list could continue with many other thing, places and people. Starting, for example with the founder of Tibethology and the author of the first Tibetan-English dictionary… Search on him…

As always, there are persons whom can not face history. Why is so important for some Romanians to immediately react against a Hungarian, even he is saying true things? The meaning of this site is to promote Romania, not to scare eventual visitors… Happily those who comment are guys who, in 90% of cases, nothing to do with Transylvania… Guys, you must face it: Hungarians and their contribution to the development of Transylvania is a reality that no one can deny. You like it or not it’s a reality. Instead of over reacting let’s be proud of what Romania has, what Romania can offer… Doing that that we all help to increase Romania’s GDP and to change some of our visitors who says that Romania is a poor country… That’s true: today Romania is a poor country. It is in our hand to make it richer. And commenting in contradiction just because a Hungarian writes some true things certainly will not help… You must get over it: Transylvania was a part of Austro-Hungary, just like Banat and Bucovina, that’s why there exists cadastre… In the rest of Romania there is not… :p

Guys just keep visiting Romania! At least for these 12 reasons. I can assure you that there are at least another 50 reasons… Mountains, plains, Delta, salt mines (not only at Turda, but in Praid, Slanic Prahova and Slanic Moldova), castles, fortresses, wild life, sea side, ski resorts…. Certanly you will not regret it and you will looking forward to come back!.

Hi! Finally a very nice and interesting post on this topic! Make many more, you have very igood deas 😀

Thanks for sharing. It makes me miss it more than usual. I am fortunate to have visited most of those places before I left. I highly recommend a few days traveling along the Danube. Start in Brasov and go down through the Carpathians to Bucharest. Then down to the Danube and follow it into the Delta until is spills into the Black Sea.

back in 1884 Timisoara was not In Romania.

I am married to a Romanian man and I have lived there for 6yrs. I am from South Africa. I love Romania it’s so beautiful, there are so many things to see.

Insulin was discovered by Canadian Frederick Banting and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work. Paulescu got no further than injecting pancreas pulp.

You should do some research! “Insufficient recognition has been given to Paulesco, the distinguished Roumanian scientist, who at the time when the Toronto team were commencing their research had already succeeded in extracting the antidiabetic hormone of the pancreas and proving its efficacy in reducing the hyperglycaemia in diabetic dogs.” (Professor Ian Murray – professor of physiology at the Anderson College of Medicine in Glasgow, Scotland) Frederick Grant Banting and John James Rickard Macleod both got the Nobel Prize. Plus Professor Tiselius in a recent private communication, head of the Nobel Institute, has expressed his personal opinion that Paulesco was equally worthy of the award in 1923.

Romania is a very rich country . ( that sadly is plagued by corruption and outside interests ) the gold , silver , oil , tourism , and agricultural and industrial potential proven sadly under the communist rule is known to surpass some titans in the European and global economy market . The agricultural potential alone could feed 5 countries around us ( research the studies in this aspect on your own, hint: the stock exchange price for grain was set in the past at New York and Braila , a old romanian city by the Danube where I am form , giving Romania the nickname “Europe’s bread basket” ) . Like in any global economy ploy the emergent market is kept under a boot so it would not cause a shift in power away from already “big players “.

About the Hungarian aspect … the history of Romania goes back to cro-magnon and very large empires like the Roman and Otoman have tripped over us because of that aspect , a roman emperor once said after coming to ancient Romania ” i have arrived home !” in regard to the complexity of culture , medicine and linguistics resemblance between the roman empire and the ancient dacians ( ancient dacian leaders are depicted with great detail by roman sculptors on an triumph arch where normally roman military leaders and politicians should be … again research this on your own , what I say is tangible proof all over Europe with hard documentation behind it , not wikipedia or “gesta hungarorum” ) .

The military power was proven over thousands of years by the simple fact that we have been at war with all the great military powers that passed through Europe and we still exist as a independent state ( we have less than 35 consecutive years of peace and prosperity in all our over 2000 years of existence) .

In regards to other places and facts :

1 Stefan Obleja is the father of cybernetics

2 Nadia Comaneci a romanian gymnast got the firs 10.00 in the history of gymnastics

3 Mircea Eliade wrote the first complete history of religions

4 Some of the most beautiful women on earth ( not to say other countries don’t have them but the sheer number of model grade women that here are considered “average” is incredible , and you might be surprised that a very large number of them have masters degrees , again this is normal here )

5 The food and alcohol here are some of the best all around ( some romanians literally cry for our native food when they move abroad, I know I did)

6 The American national sport is derived from “oina” , a game played by sheep herders and children in romania since ancient times , yes Baseball !

7 Beer , a lot of beer , one of the oldest businesses in the world that started with less than 50 employees and is still standing is the beer firm “Timisoreana” , not kidding , I’m talking west-india naval commerce old . An old roumour says that we invented beer because an ancient leader burned the grape vines to prevent his soldiers from getting wasted , they invented beer and a fruit spirit similar to vodka that put hair on your chest called “palinca” or “tuica” . Try it , vodka and tequila has nothing on this !

8 Bucharest is called “Little Paris ” you will see why if you visit it . It has the good and the bad of Paris.

9 The “Trans Fagarasean” road is a driver , bikers wet dream . Its a huge racetrack like road set in a stunning mountain scenery . It will leave you in awe if you drive slow and it will test you to the max if you go fast . Dont drink and drive , we have a 0 tolerance for that , not even one beer not kidding!

10 Largest salt mine in Europe . Its out of this world huge !

11 We have over 190 castles and palaces . Some sadly need desperate repair but even the ruins of some of them are magic.

12 You can visit Romania with the equivalent of 29 $ a day or go to the Hard Rock caffe and blow a years salary , your choice .

13 If you see someone under 30 he most likely speaks at least english and we are are very friendly ( just be careful , don’t offend us , dont get easily offended , we are not politically correct , we are brutally honest )

14 Your have starbucks , kfc , mecdonalds , dominos wok , gucci , d&g , boss, guess all that noise if you want it , we don’t really care for it but you can do that money out the window thing if you want 5 star hotels , limousines etc.

15 If you read all of this you are awesome and what I told you is only the tip of the iceberg , this country has some hidden , old , profound secrets , traditions and stories that you only have acces if you understand us at a deeper level . Thank you for reading and hope to see you soon .

amazing! amazing and true!

Not everything you read on Wikipedia is true. When you make statements you should bask them up with real evidence. See inventor of insulin …. Claims vs reality…

Banting stole the discovery from Paulescu, thus winning the Nobel Prize. Charles H.Best, Banting’s partener in “discovering” insulin sent a letter admitting that all they did was copy-ing the process published in a science magazine…

Hey, don’t forget the Romansh language – retoromana – (romanși is one of the official language in Swiss).

I visited Romania last year in September and spent 2 weeks in and around Brasov…rented a beautiful, romantic villa. This year, I’ll be visiting in late July or early August. Trying to decide where to visit this time. The Black Sea coastline certainly looks beautiful but also very, very crowded 🙁 Any suggestions based on knowledge of summer festivals or any little known attractions of which I have no knowledge?? Even though my other half still lives in Romania he’s not traveled much outside of Bucharest/Slatina…so we’re exploring his country together 🙂

For some interesting summer (music) festivals, you certainly can’t go wrong with the Black Sea Coast, but if you’re looking for something more traditional and authentic I would recommend visiting Bucovina and Maramures – two wonderful corners of Romania full of time-honored traditions, beautiful people and fantastic landscapes. I really hope you’ll enjoy your time in Romania.

Yes, Maramures is filled with wonderful traditions and a few festivals which have been held for some time now that are worth seeing. There are a lot of Monasteries there that have been preserved through time. The ‘happy cemetery’ is truly amusing

! Thank you Miruna for making this article! Proud to be Romanian!

Great article. Proud to be a romanian and to teach my kids about this beautiful country. Another place to visit is the Alba Iulia fortress – which after restorations is absolutely wonderful. Thanks for a great article.

Congrats for the article. It’s very self-inclusive, one of the best I’ve read.

One minor issue: I would also include some reference to the Romanian castles and beautiful landscape (I know you mentioned the Delta, but the mountainside is also worth of attention; or at least the Transfagarasan Road – as “the best road in the world”).

Now of course, we could always come up with new entries to add, but you did a pretty good job at summarizing the essential ones 🙂

Thank you, Lore! You’re absolutely right about Transfagarasan and the castles, they’re certainly worth mentioning.

As long as one only comes to visit, than Romania turns out to be pretty wonderful! As a Romanian I strongly recommend it!

It’s sadly a whole other story if you have to leave here, I myself, am very glad I don’t have to anymore. Therefore don’t trust those Romanians who say that they are proud be live there, they are only people who live in their own pretty little bubble of comfort. The reality in Romania is something else entirely.

Gave up checking when I knew number 12 was wrong. The Holborn Viaduct in London was the first street and by 1881, London had more than 4000 street lights. However, this is a good example of internet ‘facts’.

You’re right, in England they first used electricity for street lighting 1879, but mainland Europe doesn’t include England or other islands.

I love Romania! I came there in 1977 not too long after the earthquake with my high school orchestra. The Russians were still there and we had 2 KGB Officers assigned to us, which was not very cool, but no one had any trouble with them. I think we played 12 concerts in 11 days as we toured your country and even gave a special concert for Nadia Comăneci after someone found out that she was staying in the same hotel as us. When she and her coach came back from her practice she found a full orchestra in the lobby of hotel. She cried and we gave her flowers. In later years she escaped and came here to Norman, Oklahoma, USA where she subsequently got married to gymnast Bart Conner. We learned the truth about Prince of Wallachia (1431–1476/77), saw the house he was born in and saw the castle where he spent much of his life at. We did quite a bit while we were there and it was a trip that I will cherish to the end of my days!

I meant to add Vlad the impaler (Dracula) before his title, Prince of Wallachia (1431–1476/77). (Sorry).

I love reading articles about Romania and its people but somehow along the line people start to get so personal and defensive filled with low self esteem. In every country there are goods and bads and in fact Romania being one of the safest, culturally rich country in the world why don’t you all people of Romania take PRIDE in it. Stop being poor all the way and please learn to be broad minded, supportive of each other as countrymen these will take you guys a long way in this competition for everything world! La Romania te iubesc 😉 with love

Some really cool and wonderful facts about Romania…loved reading these…thanks for sharing 🙂

Very good article! Congrats! It was a pleasure to read it.

Makes me want to learn more about this country my Jewish ancestors had to leave, many years ago. Thank you

Nice post in such a neat travelblog. Congrats on the organization, beautiful pics, etc.

It made me want to do the same for Brazil, usually know just by soccer and carnaval. A country and its culture are much more than the superficial marketing.

Wow am in love with this, thanks for this information, am Zambian, and I would love to do my studies in Romania,

Can’t wait to see the place,I would love to know more so I know what to expect.

I am Indonesian, i have a plan to pursue PhD degree at IASI and bring my family there. After i finished my doctoral program i want to live and work in Romania. Is easy to find a good job in Romania?

I hate to tell you that, but finding a job in Romania is pretty hard, let alone a good one.

Mr. X. All the good doctors leave Romania because they aren’t paid very well. However, maybe you will find a decent job in your profession and decide to stay. After all Money inst everything all the time.

These are such Beautiful places (I wish I was there).

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