Romania is more than just Bram Stoker's Dracula and his penchant for blood. You'll be surprised that beyond the white peaks of the Carpathian Mountains, Romania is a unique patchwork of quaint villages, colorful murals, and fabled castles enclosed by lush nature. Relics of war have left more than just destruction in its wake: it created mighty fortresses such as the famous Bran Castle and lovely ones such as the Peleș Castle. The vibrant murals of Sucevita Monastery and the Merry Cemetery are also a testament to that. As Romania endured, so did its native wildlife found at the Danube Delta and up the Transylvanian Alps. A hidden gem, Romania thrives at the crossroads of Europe.