Travel to Romania through Books

Travel to Romania through enticing stories inspired by its riveting history, rich folklore, and my extensive travels-as a native Romanian and an armchair historian.

Travel to Romania with Dreamland: Banat, Crisana, Maramures, Transylvania, 100-WORD STORIES, Folklore and History

Dreamland: like a river flows free, like the bird knows no boundaries, and like clouds spread over the entire horizon, so is the history, and the tales of these Romanian provinces. Dacians and Romans, Vlachs, Moti, Mocans, Huns, Peri, Magyars, Transylvanian Saxons , Swabians, Szeklers, Jewish refugees, Ottoman invaders, hajduks and emperors, priests, these are the folks who shared this Dreamland and together they shaped its history, culture and architecture.

Today Romania has ten defined historical provinces: Banat, Crișana, Maramureș, Transylvania (Ardeal or Erdély) presented in this book, Dreamland, but also Bucovina, Moldova, Basarabia, Oltenia, Muntenia, and Dobrogea.

Banat: local population lived mainly in huts scattered over the valleys because the main occupation was pastoralism without transhumance. This historical region often bordered various empires that made the area somewhat insecure, and often depopulated due to war outbursts. Today Banat is a land peacefully shared between Romania, Serbia, and Hungary.

Crisana: is a geographical and historical region in north-west Romania named after the Criş Rivers guarded by the peaks of Apuseni Mountains. The etymology for Crişana goes back to the old name for Criş Rivers, Chrisola, deriving from Ancient Greek golden due to golden specks often spotted in its waters.

Maramures: located in the very north of Romania, the very birth of Maramureş has its legend. Its people love to share it by the fire of the woodstove, during cold January evenings steeped in snow. The wood-carved Maramureş Gates are one of the most precious symbols of Maramureş Country.

Transylvania is a historical plateau located at the heart of Romania. Dominated by large pastures, Transylvania is sheltered by the Carpathian Mountains which stand guard around it: to the west, Apuseni Mountains; to the east, Harghita Mountains; and to the south by the Fagaras Mountains nicknamed the Alps of Transylvania and traversed by the spectacular Transfagarasan Road. A multicultural region with a noteworthy history and a rich cultural heritage, Transylvania is known as Ardeal to its millennial Romanian inhabitants, Siebenbürgen to the German Saxons who lived on this land for centuries, and Erdély to the Szeklers and the Hungarian people living here today, alongside Turks, Jews, Serbs, and Roma Gypsies.

This isn’t a history book, or a storybook, but rather a collection of fleeting impressions, lived truths, reflections, descriptive essays, and snapshots of a life lived in fabulous ways.

These short texts are meant to evoke passages from history and I tried to write them with passion and lyricism, and, I hope, wit. Telling stories is the best way to keep the past, this untouchable treasure, alive.

In chronological order:
117 Stories punctuated by historical details.
Over 80 color photographs.

Dreamland historical fiction Patricia Furstenberg
Dreamland historical fiction Patricia Furstenberg

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Travel to Romania with Transylvania’s History A to Z in 100-word Stories

Transylvania’s unspoiled natural beauty, its tumultuous history, and the people who created it are depicted in this book:

Transylvania's History A to Z


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Travel to Romania through these stories and travel accounts on my blog:

Dare go down in Bran Castle’s Time Tunnel
Visit medieval Corvin Castle, Transylvania
Be thrilled by the Story of the Golden Gate Portal, Black Church, Brasov
Dream of Sighisoara in Winter
Leisurely Stroll as Time Stands Still in Romania
Be thrilled by Transylvania’s ocean-blue window frames

If it is historical fiction you enjoy best, browse through my 100 words stories inspired by Romania’s rich and tumultuous past.

Ahead of my upcoming historical fiction saga travel to Romania with these stories inspired by its history:

Travel though the historical and romantic Rucar Bran Pass
Must: Vlad the Impaler’s Place of Birth

Romanian folklore, spanning over two millennia, is rich in myths and legends and has left its whimsical touch on this country’s vast culture. You can discover my findings on my blog here.

I wholeheartedly hope that you discovered something you enjoyed here, among these stories inspired by the history, travel and folklore of Romania. If it sounds to you that I quietly advocate my love for Romania, I can only blush and admit that it is true!

Romania is:


Patricia Furstenberg
Romania through Stories of History, Travel, Folklore

Let’s discover together more of Romania’s historical locations, whimsical castles and fortresses (haunted or not it’s still up for debate).

If it is historical facts that interest you, dig into my work on the history of Romania.

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