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Romania has the majestic castles, medieval towns, great hiking and wildlife, and cheap skiing of much of the 'undiscovered' former Eastern Bloc. You'll be floored at how different it is, but you'll almost certainly see signs that it's chasing the dreams of the rest of the West.
Horse-drawn carts jostle for space against fast cars whose drivers are talking money on mobile phones; farm workers watch Baywatch on satellite in their medieval farmhouses. Romania is clawing itself forward, slowly and surely sloughing off the remnants of the Ceausescu era.
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BUDAPEST Tours, Travel and Activities
There is more to Budapest than fish soup, paprika and Zsa Zsa Gabor. With its multifarious and often embittered history, incredible architecture and rich cultural heritage, Hungary's capital has the justly deserved sobriquet of the Paris of Central Europe, set apart from other Hungarian and European cities by its beauty.
The city straddles a gentle curve in the mighty Danube River, the Buda hills rising dramatically on the west bank while the Pest district marks the start of the Great Plain to the east.
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BAIA MARE Tours, Travel and Activities
There is more to Baia Mare is an important city in northern Romania and the seat of Maramures, County. It is located in the northern part of the county, on the middle course of the Sasar River. Due to the concentration of economic activities found in the city and their importance, Baia Mare ranks third in northwest Romania, after Cluj Napoca and Oradea.
During the Bronze Age, the region around Baia Mare was the realm of the Thracians, from whom the Geto-Dacians later descended. It was also part of the large Dacian state formed by Burebista. The first mention of the settlement is from 1142, when King Geza II of Hungary settled it with Transylvanian Saxons.
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BRASOV Tours, Travel and Activities
There is more to Brasov is a city in Romania and the capital of Brasov County.
Brasov is located in the central part of the country, about 166 km from Bucharest. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians, and is part of the Transylvania region. The city is notable for hosting the Golden Stag (Cerbul de Aur) international music festival.
The oldest traces of human activity and settlements in Bras,ov date back to the Neolithic. Archaeologists, working from the last half of the 19th century, discovered continuous traces of human settlements in areas situated in Brasov,
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SIBIU Tours, Travel and Activities
Sibiu is a city in Transylvania, Romania with a population of about 170,000. It straddles the river Cibin, a tributary of the river Olt.
The city was founded in 1190 by German settlers. It was probably built near a Roman settlement, one that would be known during the early Middle Ages as Caedonia, and may have been deserted at the time of the Saxons' arrival. In the 14th century, it was already an important trade center.
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TULCEA Tours, Travel and Activities
Tulcea is a city in Dobruja, Romania. It was founded in the 8th century BC under the name of Aegyssos, mentioned in the documents of Diodorus. Ovid referred to it in Ex Ponto, saying that its name would have originated with that of its founder, a Dacian named Carpyus Aegyssus.
In the 1st century, Aegyssos/Aegyssus was conquered by the Romans, which were to establish a base for the Roman fleet defending the Empire's northeastern border, strengthening it with tall defence walls and towers (ruins of which are still visible).
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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES: ROMANIA
Hungary's domestic transportation system is efficient, comprehensive and inexpensive. Volán run yellow buses between neighboring cities and towns, and yellow-and-red long-distance buses to smaller communities. Rail services, run by MÁV, are less extensive. There are also a number of narrow-gauge trains, operated by United Forest Railways, which run in wooded and hilly areas.
There are no scheduled domestic flights in Hungary at present, although several routes are planned.
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