February 18, 2012

Do Transylvania's Castles Help With Romania's GDP?

Transylvania and Romania have a growing economy at the moment, and this is in part due to tourism.  


However it should be noted that there was only one way to go after the fall of communism.  The economy still relies strongly on the services sector in Romania.  The tourism section, and the historical landmarks of Transylvania, mean the economy has a better chance at growing and building

In particular this is true when it comes to tourism in Romania, and this has an effect on Transylvania.  Most people come to Transylvania to see its ancient castles.  One of them is the well-known Bran Castle, but another is Hunyad Castle (also known as Corvin Castle, which was given to ) that, like Bran Castle, was restored in the last few years.

This is a picture of Hunyad Castle before the restorations happened.  In later years much of the restoration is based upon ideas as to how the Castle was supposed look like since it wasn't completed before Hunyadi died.  There is a link here as well to Vlad III Tepes.  After he was disposed as Prince of Wallachia in 1462, he was supposedly kept a prisoner there.

Chances are that this story is only a legend but the part says Vlad III Tepes of Wallachia was disposed is true.  It certainly makes a good tourist story, and in the process will earn money for the local economy.

The Hunyad Castle was built in 1409, and it became the property of Johann Hunyadi later, and from him it got its name. This is one of many castles in Transylvania and Romania which tourists can go and visit.  Huniade castle, in the city of Timisoara, was also one of the buildings commissioned by Hunyadi.  It was built over an older royal building.  In Transylvania,  after years of neglect many of these castles have been restored, to vary degrees.  

Castles like the two castles Johann Hunyadi commissioned to be built, have in turn helped in building the tourism industry in Transylvania. It seems that European visitors enjoy the sites of Transylvania a lot, as there is a large number of visitors who come each year.  Bran Castle and Hunyad Castle both rank high on the list of places tourists frequently visit in Transylvania.  Unlike Bran Castle which is privately owned by members of the extended Romanian Royal Family (the grandchildren of Queen Marie of Romania own it) most of the castles in Transylvania provide direct money to the area.

Tourism creates much needed jobs and capital in Transylvania, which generates about 35% of Romania's GDP. Transylvania's castles play a large part in this role of GDP producer.



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