7 things you didn’t know about Romania
- The most famous novels, inspired by Romania, are “The Castle in the Carpathians” by Jules Verne, and “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.
- Romania is the ninth largest wine producer in the world.
- The modern jet engine was invented by the Bucharest-born Henri Coanda in 1910.
- Bucharest’s mass transit network is the fourth largest in Europe.
- The city of Brasov is home to the largest Gothic church between Vienna, Austria and Istanbul, Turkey.
- Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electrical current. The electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant.The castle’s central heating system, built in 1888, is still functional and in use today.
- Europe’s second largest underground glacier, the Scarisoara glacier, is found underneath the Bihor Mountains in Romania. It has a volume of 75,000 cubic meters and has existed for more than 3,500 years.