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Once upon a time there was a castle in Romania. Actually there were a bunch of castles, and tour buses filled with curious older folks flocked to these castles from all across the land as they toured the region on their Balkan holiday. The Peles Castle in Sinaia, Romania is one of the most famous castles in Europe and well worth a visit. Peles Castle Romania Peles Castle is eye-catching as it is constructed in a neo-Renaissance style. It is quite beautiful, with large, intricate façades and an expansive green lawn that makes for terrific pictures. It is found in the scenic town of Sinaia near the Piatra Arsa River and is towered over by the Bucegi Mountains. Peles Castle History The Peles Castle was commissioned by King Carol to be used by the Romanian royal family as a summer residence. It was built in the 19th century, took 10…

Beautiful Brasov, located in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, is the main tourism hub for the famous/infamous Transylvania region of Romania. A steady stream of curious travellers, mountain lovers and Dracula buffs make their way out to this scenic area as part of their Balkan holiday, most of which get their visit started among the medieval streets, classic churches and pleasant plazas of Brasov, Romania’s 7th largest city. Even though it is a fairly large place (approx. 250,000 people), most of the best sights are found in the compact Old Town area, making it the perfect introduction to this fascinating, diverse country. This post will help you plan your visit to Brasov, Romania which was a great stop on our travel through the Balkans. Back on the road, Romania is the first country we visited after a summer at home and, with a full week in Romania now under…

The Balkans are nearly the perfect holiday destination. Wonderfully scenic, with a fascinating (although often brutal) history, this loose collection of countries tucked away in Southeastern Europe are easy to get to, extremely affordable and, for the most part, not nearly as touristy as comparable destinations in Western Europe. They offer extraordinary geographic diversity – from gorgeous Mediterranean beaches to spectacular alpine mountain ranges to lush valleys with crystal clear rivers cascading down the middle. The historical variations are endless, with a rich variety of castles, palaces, forts and bridges to explore. Culturally, this broadly defined region offers a diversity that seems almost implausible at times, with stark societal, political, religious and linguistical differences not only between nations, but often even neighbouring villages. So, the hard part isn’t deciding on a Balkan holiday for your next trip. It is deciding exactly where to go and what to do. Alexander Nevsky…

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