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  • A first-timer’s guide to Central and Eastern Europe: 10 places to visit

    A first-timer’s guide to Central and Eastern Europe: 10 places to visit

    December 12th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Central and Eastern Europe are among the culturally diverse parts of the world, preserving a plethora of deep-rooted traditions. What’s more, large tracts of the area remain off the mass-tourism radar, ensuring that there is still a great deal to explore. The following ten suggestions will ensure you get the best out of this huge, compelling... Read more »

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  • 7 reasons you need to go to Romania now

    7 reasons you need to go to Romania now

    October 25th, 2016Norm Longley
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    A vast, remarkably diverse country, Romania packs in an outstanding synthesis of natural and cultural heritage, from majestic mountain ranges and Europe’s most extensive wetlands to startlingly pretty medieval towns and timeless villages. Add to the mix some of the continent’s most impressive ecclesiastical monuments, invigorating treks and an abundance of spectacular wildlife, and you’ve... Read more »

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  • You can now rent Dracula’s Castle on Airbnb

    You can now rent Dracula’s Castle on Airbnb

    October 19th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    For one night only Airbnb are offering the chance for a daring traveller and their companion to sleep in the home of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – or so they say. Bran Castle – all ramparts and towers – sits on precipice surrounded by impressive mountains in Transylvania, Romania, just like the castle described as belonging to... Read more »

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  • 16 pictures that will make you want to go to Romania

    16 pictures that will make you want to go to Romania

    October 5th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    With its dark forests and gorgeous mountain scenery, Romania is destination bound to awe. But it’s not just the countryside that can impress: elaborate castles are dotted throughout the country, then there’s the colourful citadel of Sighișoara and the imposing Stalinist architecture of the capital, Bucharest. If you’ve not thought about visiting Romania before, you certainly will... Read more »

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  • Coffee, cocktails and communism in Bucharest

    Coffee, cocktails and communism in Bucharest

    August 14th, 2015Norm Longley
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    It’s fair to say that Bucharest is usually given a wide berth by most travellers eager to reach the country’s more obvious sights, such as Transylvania, but this is a shame. Romania’s invigorating capital has much to commend it. Beyond the welter of concrete – which in itself has a strange allure – you’ll find... Read more »

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  • The world’s most spooky haunted places

    The world’s most spooky haunted places

    October 29th, 2014Steve Vickers
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  • 19 places to get utterly lost

    19 places to get utterly lost

    October 23rd, 2014Keith Drew
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  • Visiting Vlad the Impaler, Romania

    Visiting Vlad the Impaler, Romania

    May 6th, 2014John Malathronas
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    The whereabouts of Dracula’s grave is a contentious issue; two monasteries in Romania are fighting for the title of the resting place of Vlad the Impaler – but which one has the strongest argument? John Malathronas goes to Snagov monastery to find out. “You need four people for an impalement,” says my guide, Gabriel, in taciturn... Read more »

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  • 18 places to go back in time

    18 places to go back in time

    January 16th, 2014Helen Abramson
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  • 24 breaks for bookworms

    24 breaks for bookworms

    October 28th, 2013Eleanor Aldridge
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  • Tracking bears in Transylvania, Romania

    Tracking bears in Transylvania, Romania

    October 23rd, 2013Greg Dickinson
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    Home to over 8,000 brown bears, the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, Romania are one of Europe’s last frontiers. Greg Dickinson joined Romania’s leading wildlife guide in search of a bear. He was now just inches away from me. Sharp, feral fangs. Thick wires of hair covering every inch of his heavy frame. And not to forget the... Read more »

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  • The world’s most honest cities

    The world’s most honest cities

    September 27th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Losing your wallet or purse while travelling is often a painstaking mistake. We keep so much of our lives in there: cash, plastic, drivers’ licence, ID cards. When all of those things go missing together, it can be a costly process to get them back. If you’re prone to losing your wallet, dropping things or... Read more »

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