The big mingle.
For Romanians, Romania has always been Romania. However, in the early days, it was a merge between empires. It formed part of the Roman Empire until the early 7th century. Then later on, the Russian Empire, the Austrian Empire and the Ottoman Empire took over and forced the Ro
manians to live under their rules and their ways to do things, such as religion. The Romanians never gave up. They wanted to be independent, an independent state with their own rules, their own culture and their own currency. At last, in 1877 they gained independence from the Ottoman Empire. Then came World War I, followed by World War II. With World War II Romania suffered under communism dictatorship until 1989.
Today, they can look back on a long war of independence. They kicked out three empires. Said NO to Russian communism. Removed a dictator and became a trusted member of the European Union. Today, you will be able to see hard-working Romanians with a smile on there face and trust in a prosperous future.
Weather and Climate
Best time to visit Romania is from May to November.
Romania has a temperate-continental climate with four distinct seasons, hot summers and long, cold winters in the north.
Temperature depends on latitude: The annual average temperature is 8°C (46°F) in the north and 11°C (52°F) in the south. In the mountains, the annual average temperature is 2.5°C (36°F) while it is 12°C (54°F) in the plains.
Daytime temperatures in the winter is about 0-5°C (32-41°F) and in the summer about 25-30°C (77-86°F).
Winter in the northern and eastern mountainous districts of Transylvania can be much cooler, down to about -10°C (14°F) and summer in the southern areas can be much warmer, with temperatures up to about 40°C (104°F).
The average temperature in Bucharest in January is -2°C (28°F) and in July 22°C (72°F).
The average precipitation for Romania is about 750 mm. (29 in.), in the mountains up to 1000 mm. (39 in.) and in Bucharest about 570 mm. (22 in.). Spring is the driest season. In the summer season, showers and thunderstorms are common, especially in the mountains.
The terrain is almost equally divided between plains, hills, and mountains. Rivers, the Danube Delta, the Black Sea and the Carpathian Mountains all form a big part of Romania.
The Danube River in the south is the largest river and follows for a large part the borders to Serbia and Bulgaria. The Danube spills out into the great Danube Delta before it flows into the Black Sea.
The 5 longest rivers is: Danube 1.075 kilometer (667 miles), Mures 761 kilometer (472 miles), Prut 742 kilometer (461 miles), Olt 615 kilometer (382 miles) and Siret 559 kilometer (347 miles).
The only coastline is to the Black Sea and is about 225 kilometers (139 miles) long.
The Carpathian Mountains is a vast mountain range, which with Moldoveanu – the country’s highest point – reaches 2.544 metres (8346 ft.). It extends through Romania from southeast to the north and further on into Ukraine; it’s accompanied to the south and east by the Carpathian foreland with the low Moldovan Plateau.
5 things Romania is known for, outside Romania.
- Vlad Dracula (Ruler, 1428-1477. Fictional character by Bram Stoker in 1897)
- Nicolae Paulescu (Professor of medicine – inventor of insulin, 1869-1931)
- Palace of Parliament (World’s second-largest administrative building. Construction began in 1984)
- Simona Halep (Professional tennis player, 1991-)
- Dacia (Car brand, founded in 1966. The biggest company in Romania)