The main destination of this trip is Romania, a fascinating country with a long history influenced by the christian Habsburg Monarchy on the one side and the Ottoman Empire on the other side. This lead to a rich cultural and architectural heritage and some phantastic UNESCO world heritage sites. With the Carpathians Romania owns the largest and one of the last primeval mountain forest areas of Europe where still thousands of brown bears live and the Danube Delta at the Black Sea forms the second biggest river delta of Europe with a very special ecosystem for flora and fauna. Hence, the cultural heritage, the nature and the wildlife create a perfect mixture for an interesting trip on the Balkans.
As our way to Romania leads along the river Danube, we also visited some of the historic towns in Germany and Austria along this longest river of Europe.

 

Passau - Germany

Danube at Schlögen - Austria

Melk Abbey - Austria

Hofburg - Vienna


Schönbrunn Palace - Vienna

 

 

Belvedere Palace- Vienna

Main square of Timisoara

Abandoned luxury hotel in Baile Herculane


Old railway station in Oravita

Rock formation "Eisernes Tor" of the river Danube

Narrowing of the river Danube at the "Eisernes Tor"

Cornflowers in Oltenia


Sunset of the river Danube

Peles Castle (unfortunately with scaffolding)

Cantacuzino Castle (also known as Nevermore Academy)

Prejmer Fortified Church


Hărman Fortified Church

Hărman Fortified Church

City Brasov with Black Church

Entrance hall of an abandoned hospital


Facade of an abandoned hotel

Bran Castle (known as Dracula's castle)

Rasnov castle


Mud volcanos close to Berca

Mud volcanos close to Berca

Mogosoaia palace

Snagov monastery


Parliament Building (second largest administration building globally - after the Pentagon)

Unfortunately a very typical city neighbourhood - stalled construction site, old communist block and renovated town house.

Storks in the countryside

Abandoned cement plant



 

UNESCO Natural Heritage DANUBE DELTA (4700 sqkm)





Sucevita monastery with frescos from the 16th century

Moldovita manastery with frescos from the 16th century

Neamt monastery

Typical farm house