That it is not featured in most of the windows of travel agencies does not mean that Romania It is a country that is not worth visiting. On the contrary. There are beautiful cities, such as the well-known Bucharest.
I'm going to talk about the most important ones in this article, so I recommend paying attention to develop a route that allows you to visit them all. Shall we start?
It is the capital and largest city of Romania, a place that has the privilege of being considered as «little paris«. It is full of shopping malls, its architecture is amazing, there are parks and gardens everywhere, prestigious museums, shops of the main luxury brands ... In fact, there are even a lot of nightlife plans to not get bored at any time. Its more than 2 million inhabitants are proud to be part of a city that surprises tourists, since they usually visit it with little expectation and leave with a very good taste in their mouths.
With just over 350,000 inhabitants, Cluj-Napoca could be said to be the second largest city in Romania. It is very old, but it shows that its soul is young. It is in the heart of Transylvania (it is its old capital) and it has a history that you will want to know, in addition to 11 universities that explain why in 2015 it was chosen as European Capital of Youth. I recommend you to stroll through its streets and stop at its squares to contemplate buildings influenced by Hungarian architecture, such as the Bánffy Palace, which is baroque in style and dates from the 18th century.
Timisoara is an important city for something more than its location (it is on the border that separates Romania from Hungary and Serbia). In it live a little more than 300,000 inhabitants who boast of heritage, especially when it comes to visiting its old historic center. It is known as «little Vienna»Because it is full of museums and art galleries, in addition to having many green areas as in the capital of Austria.
It is very close to neighboring Moldova. It also has more than 300,000 inhabitants and it must be said that between 1916 and 1918, during the First World War, it was the capital of Romania after the Austro-Hungarian occupation. There the first university of the country was built, although apart from being known for it, it is also considered an industrial power. I recommend you visit the Ticau neighborhood, which is on a hill called Iasi and is characterized by its narrow streets, by the good atmosphere that is breathed and by the old buildings that comprise it.
It has around 300,000 inhabitants and is another city worth visiting. Constanza has a port and a lot of history behind it, which is why nobody is surprised that some of the buildings that the Greeks created when they passed by are still visible. It is an important cultural and economic center that has the privilege of having the fourth port of Europe after those of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Marseille.
Fewer than 300,000 inhabitants live in Craiova, a city that also boasts a university and which houses important companies in sectors such as food, chemical and construction, which is why it is not difficult to find work there. Of course, the proliferation of factories that the Jiu river, which accompanies you throughout your geography, no longer what it was.
Despite not having as many inhabitants as the previous ones, Brasov is a city very visited by tourists due to its proximity to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's castle. It is only 25 kilometers away and that makes the most curious decide to spend a night or two there. In addition, Brasov has one of the best ski resorts in Romania, the Poiana ski resort.
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With some 250,000 inhabitants, Galati is fortunate to rest on the shores of the Danube river, which is why it has become an important river port located very close to the border with Moldova. There is the largest iron and steel production plant in the country, as well as a huge shipyard with good access to the Black Sea. There is also a university, which is public and first opened in 1974.
We finish the review of the most important cities in Romania with another town of around 250,000 inhabitants. Ploiesti is relatively close to Bucharest (56 kilometers to the north) and is known as «the capital of black gold«. This nickname is due to its four refineries and other industries that are closely related to the extraction and treatment of oil.In 1940 it suffered a serious earthquake, and years later it did not seem to recover due to the attacks it suffered when it became a source of oil for Nazi Germany. Anglo-American forces bombarded it and it fell into Soviet hands in 1944.
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