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Muntenia or Wallachia got its name because its population used to live mainly in the mountains or hill areas. Hundred of years ago, what are now the plains surrounding Bucharest, were just virgin forests.
That’s why all old towns and cities are located close to the mountains and that’s why all southern cities have been established in modern times.
Muntenia is famous for Curtea de Arges monastery and its legend (the chief architect Manole, sacrificed his wife by bricking her up in the church walls). This monastery is famous also for being the entombment place for Romanian kings.
Not as famous as Bran Castle in Transilvania, the Poenari Castle in Muntenia, or what was left of it, is the true Castle of Count Dracula. Climb to it through a dense forest but not at night! It’s scary and you can hear wolves and other beasts.
Count Dracula is being linked with Snagov Monastery where his grave was discovered few years ago. When opened up the grave was … empty, another reason for those who believe in Dracula to get scared.
Tragoviste is a mountain town of Muntenia that one must visit for its 100 churches and old downtown. It was the capital city of Muntenia until the same… Count Dracula decided to move it to Bucharest. Now, Bucharest does not need other introductions.
What we have to say about it is that its people have fun in Sinaia, Azuga and other mountain resorts located on Prahova Valley.
The food of Muntenia is very much influenced by Turkish and Russian cuisine. Its soups are refreshing and generally speaking the local people use more vegetables to cook than their compatriots located in other regions. Every Romanian dish has a variant for this region but what stands and make them special are the sweets, not different in name or taste with the ones being made in Istanbul. Pickles are delicious and so are the dishes made of olives, common only to this specific region.
Gambrinus Beer, Azuga Beer, are just few of the beers with history in Muntenia region. Our team recommends you a Gambrinus, the cheapest and the best beer, preferred by students and grandpas alike.