Romania

Romania

Etymology

Eastern European nation, name taken officially in 1861 at the union of Wallachia and Moldavia, from Latin Romani “people from Rome,” which was used to describe the descendants of colonists there from Roman times; see Roman + -ia. In early use often Rumania, or, from French, Roumania. [online etymology dictionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Brasov Explorers – We are living in one of the most charming cities of Transylvania… come on, let’s say Europe! For God’s sake, Brasov definitely deserves some exploration. [meetup]

Brasov Tech Meetup – Brasov Tech Meetup is a community initiated by freelancers and developed together with the local IT engineers and entrepreneurs. [meetup]

Bucharest Happy Cafe Meetup – “We meet since 2011 in the elegant Grand Cafe Galleron, in the center of Bucharest, as members of the very first Happiness Club of Romania – Club de Fericire. The first Happy Cafe of Romania seek to bring together, inspire and support people to live better lives in terms of happiness and well-being and for creating a happier, healthier society. Be creative and have a contribution – quotes, jokes, books, stories, ideas, smiles, hugs, films, music. Scientific explanations about happiness are also welcome. We have fun together and stay healthy. Be happy!” [meetup]

Friday AfterWork – We meet at top venues in Bucharest every second Friday or so and mingle, laugh and have a generally good time while enjoying nice beverages. We welcome anyone who is open minded and enjoys socializing. We have no program but the socializing and what that means is up to you… [meetup]

Friends in Bucharest (FIB) – Started from the initiative of a group of friends, Friends in Bucharest (FIB) is the venue for people willing to spend their spare time in a friendly international environment. Our non profit and non business events aim to bring the open-minded people together and create connections and friendships, to bring people closer. [meetup]

Lean Startup Brasov Meetup – We want to ask about remarkable people to build great things together. Brasov Lean Startup group addresses those who wish, on the one hand to learn about Lean Start Up entrepreneurship in general, and on the other hand want to identify entrepreneurial opportunities through direct talks with people with similar goals. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Ro-mantik – Ro-mantik is a free online dating and contact service especially for romanian and moldavian single girls. Lovely and unusually good looking women around of all ages seeking friendship, romance, marriage or just a date. Subscribe for free and get in touch with beautiful Eastern European Brides! [ro-mantik]

Romania Kiss – At RomaniaKiss.com, we excel at helping you find your match safely and quickly. Through our extensive profiles, members can learn about each other before meeting in person. Our great quality assurance and customer service means all you have to worry about is looking good in your photo. [romania kiss]

Romanian Dating – Looking for Romanian women dating men at Romanian dating sites is common in recent years. There are thousands of Romanian women for dating and marriage at these free Romanian dating services. Singles in Romania seeking romance and love online have been popular in Romania these days. [romanian dating net]

Romanian Mates – A community of romanian singles looking for friendships and relationships in a safe environment, with foreign singles. Our goal is to help people all over the world to meet romanian people. That’s why we started romanianmates.com to give people a place to meet, chat, and maybe find their mate. [romanian mates]

Sentimente.ro – Sentimente.ro is the best and largest online dating site in Romania. It is the only one that will be worth your time. The site launched in 2001 and has over 1 million members. At any given time when I logged in to this site, there were over 20,000 users online. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Bucharest Walks – We offer daily scheduled small group tours of maximum 7 people and private walking tours led by some of the best tour guides available. Of course, groups of friends and families are welcome. We like to show our guests different sides of the city. We like history, but we also like the modern city Bucharest is today, with its vibrant cultural life and alternative scene. We’ll show you nooks and crannies not even Bucharestians know exist! Have a look at our tours and write us. On request, we can customize the tours to fully meet your expectations. Besides that, we offer cultural daytrips and extended small-group tours, that will give you a deeper understanding of Romania. [bucharest walks]

Responsible Travel – Our Romania walking holidays open a land made for exploring on foot – as free of fences as crowds, where you walk for hours without meeting a soul, taking in oak meadows, dramatic mountain passes and lakes, deep gorges and virgin forest rustling with wildlife (mind the bears!). And if you do meet someone, it’ll likely be engaging locals driving a horse-drawn cart and happy to offer a ride. [responsible travel]

U Tracks – A walk through the Romanian countryside is stunning. Enjoy a walking holiday in Romania and be rewarded with vistas boasting superb mountain views, beautiful rolling hills and numerous rivers and lakes. [u tracks]

Walks Worldwide – The Carpathian Mountain range curves through delightful Romania and includes some of the wildest mountain walking in Europe. We are proud to offer one of the most varied choices of walking holidays to a country with vast tracts of unspoiled natural beauty, all based on our very own trekking adventures. [walks worldwide]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bran Castle – Also known as Dracula’s Castle, the Bran Castle can be found in Bran, in close proximity to the important city of Brasov. This majestic structure is commonly regarded as the home of the famous Dracula character brought to life by Bram Stoker, but its history is much more comprehensive than that. [true nomads]

Bucegi Mountains – The Bucegi Mountains can be found in the central part of Romania, just south of the city of Brasov. Apart from their immense natural beauty and high peaks, the Bucegi Mountains are also the home of 2 of the most famous natural landmarks of Romania – the Babele and the Sphinx. Making it one of the coolest places to visit in Romania. [true nomads]

Corvin Castle – The beautiful Corvin Castle can be found in Hunedoara, in the Transylvania region of Romania. This Gothic-Renaissance masterpiece was commissioned by John Hunyadi in 1446, and it was meant to replace an already existing keep that was built by Charles I of Hungary on the same site. [true nomads]

Danube Delta – The Danube Delta is located in Tulcea County, in the Dobrogea region of Romania, and it is one of the largest and most well preserved deltas in Europe. The Danube Delta includes numerous ecosystems, 23 to be precise, which house a significant number of flora and fauna. [true nomads]

Ice Hotel at Balea – The Ice Hotel at Balea can be found in the Fagaras Mountains of Romania, and it is definitely one of the most original and appreciated holiday destinations in the country. The Ice Hotel is open for business exclusively during the cold season for obvious reasons, and it features a different theme every year. [true nomads]

Neamt Citadel – The Neamt Citadel is perhaps one of the most impressive citadels in Romania, and it can be found in the northeastern part of the Country, in close proximity to Targu Neamt in Neamt County. This imposing yet elegant structure was built in Moldavia in the 14th century, when Petru I of Moldavia was in charge. [true nomads]

Palace of Culture – The Palace of Culture is an extraordinary palace that can be found in the city of Iasi in Romania. As one of the most exquisite examples of neo-Gothic architecture in the country, the Palace of Culture occupies a total area of 390,000 square feet and boasts no less than 298 massive rooms. [true nomads]

Palace of the Parliament – The Palace of the Parliament is a record-breaking building that can be found in Romania’s capital – Bucharest. This massive structure was designed by Anca Petrescu and flaunts 12 stories, 4 underground levels as well as a total floor surface of 3,7 million square feet. Finished in 1997, the Palace of the Parliament is a fine example of neoclassic architecture, but it does feature multiple design elements borrowed from other sources. [true nomads]

Peles Castle – The Peles Castle is undoubtedly one of the most exceptional tourist attractions in Romania, boasting a fabulous architecture and a rich heritage. The castle can be found near Sinaia in Prahova County, nestled within the majestic Carpathian Mountains. This fantastic landmark was built by King Carol I of Romania between 1839 and 1914, and it was meant to serve as the monarch’s summer retreat. [true nomads]

Transalpina – The Transalpina is a road that can be found in the Parang Mountains in Romania, and it is currently the highest road in the country. The road connects the Novaci city and the Sebes city, and it runs across 4 counties as it traverses the mountains from south to north. [true nomads]

Transfagarasan – The Transfagarasan is one of Romania’s most exceptional roads, and it can be found in the Southern Carpathians, between the cities of Sibiu and Pitesti. The road stretches for 60 miles from north to south, and it runs through some of the highest peaks in the country, including Moldoveanu and Negoiu. [true nomads]

Turda Saltworks – The Turda Saltworks represents a very important tourist attraction in Turda, Romania. This place was a very important salt source ever since the times of the Roman Empire, but salt mining was particularly popular between the 15th and 17th century, especially during the Hungarian occupation of Turda. [true nomads]

Festivals

Festivals

Bachata Romanian Dance Festival – The Romanian peoples are proud of their folk heritage in these modern times, but they’re also very keen on Latin American dance forms. The annual Bachata Dance Festival held on the cusp of August and September is a demonstration of three major dance styles, with a national championship contest held as well as exhibitions, and everyone is welcome to join in the fun and festivities. [iexplore]

Bucharest of Old – This traditional recreation of the city as it was several centuries ago takes place in July and has as its highlight a colorful parade of people in traditional costume driving horse-drawn carriages. In the streets, traditional food and drink is offered and music, dancing, street markets and theatrical performances take place. [iexplore]

Halloween – The originally pagan October festival of Halloween, held on the Christian All Hallows Day, has been celebrated in towns and villages all over Romania for untold centuries with bonfires, ancient rituals to drive away evil spirits, children’s games and general merriment. Perhaps due to Bram Stoker and the recent popularity of vampire movies, celebrations nowadays include shows and entertainment featuring Dracula. [iexplore]

Hora de la Prislop – This festival is held in August to celebrate the traditional ties between Romania’s three main regions, Maramures, Moldova and Transylvania. The Carpathian Mountain villagers of Prislop parade in traditional costumes up to Prislop Pass and spend the festival day dancing, feasting, singing and generally having a great time. [iexplore]

Romania International Shakespeare Festival – This June celebration of the great English playwright takes place biennially in Cralova, and presents chosen plays by well-known theater companies as well as acting, directing, and design workshops headed by some of the most famous international names in the world of theater. [iexplore]

Sambra Oilor – This October festival is held in all the country’s hillside villages, and marks the bringing down of the sheep herds from the lush, summer, mountain passes to the safety of the lower slopes before the snowy winter sets in. Traditional dress, feasting and music and dance are the highlights. [iexplore]

Sighişoara Medieval Festival – Set in the picturesque medieval town of Sighişoara, this annual July festival is a must for visitors fascinated by Romania’s history. The three-day event is a celebration of the town’s historic lifestyle, beliefs and customs, and includes open-air concerts, costumed parades, street carnivals, jousting contests and craft displays. [iexplore]

Wine Festivals – During October, wine festivals are held in all Romania’s winemaking areas, celebrating the start of the grape harvest. Unsurprisingly, the highlight of the festivities is a large quantity of the previous year’s vintage, accompanied by feasting, music and song. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus, Tram, Maxitaxi & Trolleybus – Romanian cities generally have good public-transport systems comprised of buses, trams, trolleybuses and, in some cases, maxitaxis. Bucharest is the only Romanian city with an underground metro. The method for accessing the systems is broadly similar. Purchase bus or tram tickets at newsagents or street kiosks marked bilete or casă de bilete before boarding, and validate the ticket once onboard. For maxitaxis, you usually buy a ticket directly from the driver. Tickets generally cost from 1 to 3 lei per ride. [lonely planet]

Taxi – Taxis are cheap, reliable and a useful supplement to the public-transport systems. Drivers are required by law to post their rates on their doors or windscreens. The going rate varies from city to city but ranges from 1.39 to 1.79 lei per kilometre. Any driver posting a higher fare is likely looking to rip off unsuspecting passengers. [lonely planet]

Train – Trains are a slow but reliable way of getting around Romania. The extensive network covers much of the country, including most of the main tourist sights and key destinations. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Atelierele LEADERS – This group is for those interested in exploring creative learning methods that addresses the main theme of leadership and various related items. Regardless of experience they have gained so far, workshops LEADERS is an element that should not miss from your luggage. Each topic is addressed directly related to our core, namely, leadership, representing the most important stages in the formation of a leader. [meetup]

Brasov PHP – Meet local people that have an interest in PHP and general web technologies.Let’s meet and discuss the latest technologies, trends, grow the local community and meet new people. [meetup]

Brasov Remote Web Developers – Our group is for Basov techies who work from home, work remotely, and even work from anywhere in the world. We’re productive, fun, smart, and our colleagues come from all over. This group helps connect tech-savvy “Remoters” in Brasov, and also people who want to become “Remoters” and to make new friends. [meetup]

Bucharest BI & SQL User Group – We are a community of professionals interested in Microsoft SQL Server database products . [meetup]

Bucharest IoT Meetup – Developers passionate about IoT from Bucharest Romania [meetup]

Bucharest Java User Group – Welcome! If you are a passionate developer using either Java, Scala, Groovy, Clojure, JRuby or any other language based on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) you are in the right place. Our plan is to organise a monthly face to face meeting with 2-3 presentations starting around 7PM and later on move to a pub for drinks. [meetup]

Docker Brasov – Meet other developers and ops engineers using Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. [meetup]

Meteor Brasov – Exchange ideas and work together on meteor: an open-source platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you’re an expert developer or just getting started. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Bucharest International Social English Learning Club – Bucharest Social English Learning Club is an international Social Club where people come to have fun, to socialize, to learn new things and to improve their English language speaking skills. The meetings here are varied: debates, discussions, public speaking meetings, movie nights, game nights, museum visits and many others. 🙂 [meetup]

Expat Meetup Bucharest – This group is for all English-speaking expats, repats and locals from Bucharest, be they American, Brits, French, Spanish, Austrians, Germans, Dutch(ies), Aussies, Kiwies, Romanians or anything else! [meetup]

ExpatPub  Bucharest – is more than just a regular pub, it’s a place to exchange experiences and ask questions (about Bucharest, about points of interests, about the opportunities that Romania offers you as an expat or visitor), to make new friends or business partners. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Bucharest Polyamori / Open Relationships – Meeting group for people having already or wanting to have alternative love life styles. Whoever has an interest for alternative open love and relationship style, please sign up so we start organizing real life meetups so we get to know each other and in the end establish some kind of regular events. [meetup]

Resources

Resources

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