December 1 - Ziua Marii Uniri, the Great Union Day, is the National Day of Romania. It is celebrated every year on December 1st, marking the unification of the last Romanian provinces - Transylvania, Crișana, Banat and Maramureș, with the Kingdom of Romania in 1918, at the end of World War I.
We continue to celebrate the National Days of our member Nations in 2021 by introducing one of our staff members and unveiling facts that are usually not found in travel guides.
Did you know that the first king of Romania was born in Germany?
Peles Castle, the favored royal residence.
Carol I. of Romania was born on 20 April 1839, as Prince Karl von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, in the city of Sigmaringen, 80 kilometres West of Ulm, home of the JSEC. He was elected Prince of Romania in 1866, ruling as Prince (Domnitor) from 1866 to 1881, and as King of Romania from 1881 to 1914.