She might not be as starry as Verbier (though Jude Law and Nicole Kidman have left a sequinned trail), but with her winter coat on Poiana Braşov (1030m) is a very pretty ski resort and well serviced by a plethora of hotels and chalets. While advanced skiers will head for Sinaia, intermediates and beginners will appreciate gentle runs to practise their carve.
Curtea de Argeş
Curtea de Argeş has a humble, likeable charm, enriched by the captivating treasures left over from town's role as a Wallachian capital in the 14th century. St Nicholas Church in the former Princely Court is a must-see and considered to be one of the oldest monuments preserved in its original form in the country.
These sandstone and limestone mountains rising 2505m are hugely popular with Romanians (and a healthy population of bears). While some trails are poorly marked, there is a decent selection of cabanas and shelters should you lose your way, go trekking for a few days, or the weather turns inclement.
Lively Târgu Mureş, with its nearly even Hungarian and Romanian populations, as well as a sizeable Roma population, offers a different slice of Transylvania past and present. Buildings in its centre sport a more colourful, even flamboyant, Habsburg spirit, with tiled rooftops of government buildings jutting over heroic statues and floral paint jobs.