Churches and monasteries, aside from its scenic mountain landscapes and unspoiled countryside is what make Romania truly unique. A large country situated in the north of the Balkan Peninsula on the western shores of the Black Sea, Romania shocks tourists and travellers with its contrasting cities, with some cities adopting Western Europe ideals and some seemingly sprouted from the past. It is also known for its strong Latin heritage, something that the country is worth visiting for.
Where to go
As Romania’s capital and largest city, Bucharest is the primary entry point for Romania. It is a booming city with a number of infrastructure projects and interesting, sophisticated European capital. While in Bucharest, do not miss the chance to visit the Parliament Palace that can be found near the Piaţa Unirii, deemed as the largest parliament building in the world. You should also visit the Old Center or the Lipscani, part of the city’s historical heart that was spared from demolition. Here, you will see a number of 19th-century buildings, with ruins of the Wallachian princes’ medieval court, churches, few hotels, as well as a number of clubs, restaurants, and shops. Meanwhile, on the eastern area of the Kiseleff Park, a small World War II American Memorial dedicated in 2007 can be found.
The “university city” of Timişoara is often described as the most cosmopolitan city in Romania. While in Timişoara, you should not miss the Piaţa Unirii or the Union Square, which houses The Catholic Dome, and The Baroque Palace which is now at present a beautiful art gallery, among other important buildings. Should you grow weary of sightseeing; you can enjoy the view while sipping a cup of good coffee in one of the coffee shops. Nearby the Union Square, you can also visit the beautiful Botanical Park.
From Henri Coanda International Airport, you can reach nearby destinations such as Amsterdam, Doha in Qatar, or Prague in Czech Republic. At par with Paris when it comes to natural beauty, Prague is a city of bridges, cathedrals, towers, and church domes, mirrored altogether in the surface of the Vltava River. Unlike other cities, Prague was spared from the wrath of the World War II, making its medieval centre a trip down memory lane with its wonderful cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires. A fine mixture of medieval aura with a modern and vibrant city hub, Prague is also boasting of cultural hub, fine dining, loud music, and other live entertainment options that will surely satisfy the traveller’s quest for adventure.
From Henri Coanda International Airport, you can reach destinations on the other side of the world. However, the airport majorly serves nearby major cities in Europe and the farthest destination it could fly out of would be Middle Eastern capital Dubai in United Arab Emirates, with travel time roughly taking five hours.
How to get out
You can book a flight to get out of Henri Coanda International Airport via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap and trusted flights. Romania has about 17 civilian airports, 12 of which are being served by scheduled international flights. Main airports include Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport in Bucharest; the Traian Vuia International Airport in Timisoara is the second largest in the country, and the Cluj-Napoca International Airport in Transylvania. Of these, it is best if you get out of the country via the Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport, the largest and busiest airport that covers nearly all major cities in Europe and a few Middle Eastern capitals.
Henri Coanda International Airport is being served by airlines such as Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air Berlin, Air France, Air Moldova, Air Serbia, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, British Airways, Czech Airlines, El Al, Germanwings, KLM, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Qeshm Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, TAROM, Turkish Airlines, and Wizz Air. Meanwhile, airlines that offer seasonal flights to and fro the airport include Air Bucharest, Air Europa, Air Malta, Nouvelair, Tunisair, and Vueling.
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