Transylvania (Romanian: Ardeal or Transilvania; Hungarian: Erdély; German: Siebenbürgen (help·info); Latin: Transsilvania. In other languages: Polish: Siedmiogród; Bulgarian: Седмоградско; Ардял; Трансилвания; Serbian: Трансилванија / Transilvanija or Ердељ / Erdelj; Turkish: Erdel) is a historical region in central Romania. Outside of Romania, it is strongly associated with the novel Dracula, while within Romania the region is known for the scenic beauty of its Carpathian landscape and its rich historic heritage.
Transylvania is the best region you could hitchhike in all of Romania. The people here are much more friendly, due to the fact that they are closer to Western Europe than the rest of the country. The road network in Transylvania is highly developed, although there are no highways. A bunch of European roads, along with smaller, national or regional roads interconnect the cities of Transylvania, making hitchhiking easy.
The people are friendly, they often stop for hitchhikers. People generally speak English, especially the youth. In some areas, people speak other foreign languages too, due to the history of the regions (German – Sibiu area, Hungarian – Oradea area and the Eastern part of Transylvania, where in some regions the locals speak better Hungarian than Romanian).
Largest 10 cities, by population within city limits:
- Cluj-Napoca – 310,243
- Timişoara – 307,347
- Brasov – 277,945
- Oradea – 205,077
- Arad – 167,238
- Sibiu – 154,458
- Targu Mures – 145,943
- Baia Mare – 139,870
- Satu Mare – 113,688
- Bistrita – 81,467
> 1.000.000: Bucureşti
300.000–500.000: Cluj-Napoca • Constanţa • Iaşi • Timişoara
100.000–300.000: Arad • Bacău • Baia Mare • Botoşani • Brăila • Braşov • Buzău • Craiova • Drobeta-Turnu Severin • Galaţi • Oradea • Piatra-Neamţ • Piteşti • Ploieşti • Râmnicu Vâlcea • Satu Mare • Sibiu • Suceava • Târgu Mureş