23 Things to Do in Romania in 2024: Popular, Cool and Unique!

23 Things to Do in Romania in 2024: Popular, Cool and Unique!

There are so many things to do in Romania and places to visit - but most tourists have no idea where to start! Most people come with low or no expectations about our country because it's still one of the lesser-known tourist destinations in Eastern Europe.

But they soon realize it’s a beautiful holiday destination with friendly people, lots of tourist attractions and cool things to do! So put Romania on your 2024 bucket list and use this article for inspiration! What is Romania known for? In this article we'll look at:

  • famous tourist cities such as Bucharest, Brasov or Sibiu
  • popular attractions such as the Palace of Parliament, Bran Castle, Corvin Castle, Peleş Castle, Transfagarasan Highway and UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • tourist regions known for their cultural heritage: Transylvania, Maramures and Bucovina

But besides the usual touristy places to visit, we’re also going to tell you where to go and what to do so you have an authentic local experience of Romanian culture, for example:

  • how to experience the traditional rural life our country is famous for
  • why our wooden churches, painted monasteries and fortified churches are more than spiritual places
  • best places to try local cuisine
  • why a visiting a merry cemetery is a good idea

And, finally, there are some unique things to do in Romania such as:

  • seeing wild animals and brown bears... in the wild!
  • visiting a haunted forest filled with mysterious legends
  • exploring the incredible Danube Delta

The list is long because our country is BIG with many things to do :) but if you're wondering - our personal favourites are 5, 8, 12, 14, 17 and 19.

Before we start, if you're looking for practical info check our guide on how to visit Romania for the first time or the best time to visit .

Table of contents

  • 1. Visit Dracula's Castle aka Bran Castle
  • 2. Romania's most beautiful castle: Peleș Castle

3. A Gothic Masterpiece in Brasov: The Black Church

4. discover the cultural heritage of sibiu, 5. go hiking in the wild carpathian mountains, 6. romania’s most famous natural site: the danube delta, 7. discover how good romanian wines are, 8. watch brown bears... in the wild, 9. admire the 500 years old painted monasteries of bucovina, 10. go on a slow and picturesque steam train ride, 11. a famous unesco world heritage site: sighișoara citadel.

  • 12. Try traditional Romanian food & tasty vegetables

13. Visit Merry Cemetery... wait, what?

14. ride an underground ferris wheel in turda salt mine, 15. visit europe’s biggest building: palace of parliament in bucharest, 16. a famous tourist attraction: transfăgărășan highway.

  • 17. Go out in Bucharest's Old Town

18. See the Romanian Sphinx in Bucegi Mountains

19. experience authentic romanian village life, 20. visit romania’s haunted forest - for real, 21. cantacuzino castle of the richest romanian family, 22. best among medieval castles: corvin castle, 23. poenari castle - the real dracula castle.

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1. Visit Dracula's Castle aka Bran Castle

Of all the remarkable places to visit in Romania, Bran Castle remains the most popular with international tourists and by far one of the most famous castles in our country. Although this Transylvanian castle was an important medieval fortress and home to Romania's Queen Marie, it's far better known for one fictional resident: the vampire Count Dracula .

Honestly, nobody's sure how much Bram Stoker was inspired by Bran Castle or Vlad the Impaler who is one of the most famous people from Romania … but that hasn't stopped Hollywood movie fans and tourists renaming it to "Dracula's Castle."

This is the #1 tourist attraction in Romania so brace yourself for crowds of tourists... Bran Castle turned into a tacky place with cheap Dracula souvenirs, low-quality wines, chocolate and so on.

Lots of tours and non-Romanian travel guides will give you made-up Dracula stories too. But if you’re looking for the real history of the castle, Vlad the Impaler's life and even info about Poenari Castle - then our guides will do that.

Bran Castle Tours

Bran Castle Tours

Dating back to the 13th century, Bran Castle was built to protect the nearby city of Brașov and the Carpathian crossing into Transylvania from foreign invaders. There are four floors and 57 rooms tourists can explore. Each room is full of historic furniture, armour and clothing - so anyone passionate about medieval history will have a good time here!

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2. Romania's most beautiful castle: Peleș Castle

If Bran Castle speaks of Romania's medieval heritage, then Peles Castle in Sinaia is a symbol of our short-lived royal family. It was built in the late 19th century at the orders of King Carol, the first Romanian king, to serve as summer residence for Romania's royal family.

The castle was built in neo-Renaissance architecture with beautiful stained glass windows and was considered an engineering masterpiece for its time. There are 160 rooms in total for guests to explore over 2 floors, with art works you'd find in art galleries, impressive crystal chandeliers and an armoury with pieces dating back to the 15h century.

During the communist regime (1947-1989) it was untouched which means it's well preserved - and worth adding to your plan. Be sure to check out Pelisor Castle nearby, the little brother.

Peles Castle Tours

Peles Castle Tours

A personal favorite of ours, Peleş castle is one of the best castles in Romania . A good guide can tell you how in the span of 100 years 3 distinct principalities under foreign domination united into a democratic, flourishing monarchy that was eventually overthrown by communist dictatorship in 1944.

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If you’re planning to visit Bran Castle - a stop in Brasov's Old Town is a must. The city is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Romania. It's famous for its charming, well-preserved medieval atmosphere surrounded by mountains.

The city’s iconic landmark is the Black Church which is also a great example of medieval German-Saxon architecture. This imposing Gothic church finished in 1477 is not just one of Romania's top attractions but it also serves as the largest place of worship for Lutherans.

The Black Church is hard to miss on a walking tour through the Old Town area of Brasov. Towering over the main square and imposing from afar, inside you'll find many impressive Romanian artifacts including a huge mechanical organ, a wide array of Oriental carpets, and an intricately carved pulpit dating back to the late 1600s.

There are lots of things to do in Brasov , arguably one of the most visited cities in Southeastern Europe and known as Romania's 'darling city'.

There are lots of things to do in Brasov county: medieval castles in Romania (Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress [currently closed for restoration], Peles Castle, Rupea Fortress, Sighisoara Citadel), go hiking or on wildlife trips. It’s a great city to use as a base for 3 days during your trip to Romania.

Tours & Day Trips in Brasov

Tours & Day Trips in Brasov

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One of the best things to do in Transylvania is to visit the famous city of Sibiu.

With significant Saxon influences, an aristocratic air to it and a vibrant cultural scene, Sibiu competes with Brasov as Romania's top tourist destination. Even if I've been in both many times, it's hard to pick my favorite :)

Sibiu's Old Town with its Lower Town and Upper Town is an architectural delight with many cultural sights, artisan shops and chic cafes. Make sure you have enough time to walk - or get lost - on its streets!

The Brukenthal National Museum is housed in an elegant building in the Large Square, the heart of its Old Town. Originally the residence of an 18th century aristocrat of Saxon descent (and rich art collector) named Samuel von Brukenthal who lived in Sibiu.

Brukenthal opened the doors to his home in the early 1800s to share his art collection with the community as he was a big fan of educating the masses. Today the Brukenthal National Museum in the city center is an important tourist attraction in Romania and cultural hotspot.

In contrast, the open-air museum Astra Traditional Folk and Civilisation Museum received 3 Michelin stars for the amazing cultural experience it offers as an ethnographic museum. Over 400 houses from all over Romania and "rural technology" will show you why the Romanian village is at the heart of our culture, literature and national spirit.

Tours & Day Trips in Sibiu

Tours & Day Trips in Sibiu

With an airport served by many low cost flights from all over Europe and conveniently located in the heart of the country, there are lots things to do in Sibiu . Popular attractions such as Corvin Castle, Sighisoara Citadel and the fortified churches of Transylvania, or Transfagarasan Highway are nearby so this is a perfect place for a city break in Romania. Now, let's switch gears:

55% of Romania's territory is occupied by the Carpathian Mountains starting from foothills of 800m high and reaching 2,554m at their highest point called Moldoveanu Peak. So our country is not only an amazing - and undiscovered - hiking destination but also a great place for mountaineering adventures, wildlife watching and all outdoor activities (MTB, via ferrata, enduro trails, camping, canyoning).

The Romanian Carpathians offer a wide variety of trails for everyone, from city folk looking to be out in nature, to amateur hikers and experienced mountaineers looking for a challenge.

Lots of natural attractions too: the Babele and Sphinx in Bucegi Mountains, Zarnesti Gorges, Turda Gorges, Fundatura Ponorului, 7 Stairs Canyon, as well as many waterfalls, glacial lakes and caves. And 12 peaks over 2,500m waiting to be summited :)

Best part? You'll discover untouched sceneries and traditional mountain villages untouched by civilization. You'll disconnect fully - which is why I think it's one of the best things to do in Romania and one of my favourites :)

Hiking & Trekking Trips

Hiking & Trekking Trips

But because Romania's Carpathian Mountains are so wild and undiscovered - tourist hiking infrastructure is severely underdeveloped and unfriendly even for locals! Check our guide for hiking in Romania to find out how to plan your trip, why you should hire a licensed mountain guide to stay safe and where to go.

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OK - every country has castles, churches and Old Towns. But how many countries with a Delta do you know of?

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Danube Delta is an amazing place to see in Romania as long as you don't underestimate its logistics

The Delta formed where the Danube river flows into the Black Sea and it's the 2nd largest in Europe and has the 3rd largest biodiversity in the world exceeded only by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Galapagos Archipelago in Ecuador.

The Danube Delta is considered one of the largest and best preserved deltas worldwide. In addition to its picturesque canals, numerous lakes and soft marshes, it is home to over 3,450 animal species which includes over 300 species of birds, 1,700 of plants, many fish and animals, including wild horses in the sub-tropical Letea Forest.

A natural reserve unlike anything else in Europe The Danube Delta is one of the best places to visit in Romania if you're into wild natural sceneries and have an interest in birdwatching and enjoy scenic boat trips. And the sunsets in the Delta offer breathtaking views - pure magic!

This combo makes it a perfect destination for those who appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature, photographers and, of course, wildlife conservation enthusiasts :)

If you want to visit the Romanian Delta then hiring a local tour guide to take you on a boat ride is a must because the region is impossible to navigate on your own without local knowledge and... a boat! There's no public transport in the Delta and few locals speak English.

So if you want to experience the best of the Delta and do birdwatching you'll need a knowledgeable guide with a specialized boat. Beware - speed boats scare animals! That's why we created an amazing 4-day itinerary and organise small group tours. You'll visit the Delta the right way while protecting nature and giving back to the community.

Danube Delta tour

4-Day Danube Delta: Birds, Letea Village & Lakes [Group Trip]

Start from: Tulcea

The Delta is a 4h drive from Bucharest and you'll need 2-3 days to actually see something in the region because of its complicated logistics.

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2-Day Danube Delta & Birdwatching Tour from Bucharest

Start from: Bucharest

Oh, and the Danube Delta is also known for its unique fish cuisine (hint: it's not grilled fish!) so this is a great spot to discover new recipes.

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You’ll be surprised to know that Romania is Europe’s 5th largest wine producer! With vast hills bathed in Sun and moderate weather, our country's geography is ideal for vineyards. And Romanians love to socialise over a glass, or two, or three... :)

In the last 15 years the quality and variety of our wines and the culture surrounding wine drinking has exploded. Besides popular large-scale producers who go for the whole spectrum of wines, there are many craft, artisan small wine makers who focus on 2-3 types which are exceptional. This will be a great souvenir from Romania to surprise those back home.

Just 1h away from Bucharest is the Dealu Mare region, famous for its vineyards and premium producers. Some are also in Transylvania though less accessible. Most of them are housed in aristocratic 18th century villas overlooking picturesque vineyards.

Oh, and the wines have amazing value(taste)-for-money, comparable to what you’ll find in France or Italy. So you know what this means, right? A wine tasting is one of the most underrated things to do in Romania!

Wine tasting tour in Romania

The Wine Tradition of Romania: Premium Wine Tasting in Dealu Mare

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Bike & Wine Tasting Trip in Bucharest Countryside

Start from: Dealu Mare wine area (or Bucharest)

Unfortunately due to high demand and low capacity, most wineries organise wine tastings only for groups of 4 people or more. So if 2 people show up it’s unlikely they’ll take them. But luckily for you we developed strong partnerships with some premium wineries so if you want a Romanian wine tasting paired with local cheeses for two - we can arrange that!

Let’s go back to the mountains! One of the more unique things you to do in Romania is wildlife watching - especially brown bears of which we have the largest population in Europe!

As many areas in the Carpathian Mts. are untouched and wild, lots of animals roam these lands freely: bears, deer, lynx, bisons, boars, wolves and many more. Romania is known as Europe’s last wilderness reserve with two documentaries about this: Wild Carpathia and Untamed Romania.

And that's part of the reason why it may be dangerous for hikers to go on their own.

But if you want to see wild animals in their natural habitat while staying safe we have a selection of wildlife tours most of which take place in Brasov county. Our specialist wildlife guides will take you deep in the mountains.

85-100% chances of seeing bears on this tour:

wild bear watching at the hide

Short Bear Watching Experience from Brasov

Start from: Brasov

60-80% chances of seeing bears and other animals on this tour:

Bear Safari Transylvania

Bear Watching Safari in the Wild

70-100% chances of seeing animals on this unique trip in Romania's wildest area run by a conservation non-profit:

Our luxury mountain lodge

3-Day Hiking & Wildlife Trip at an Eco-Luxury Private Cabin in Fagaras Mts

Start from: Rucar, Arges county

Please note - these tours are NOT regular hiking trip: you will go on unmarked trails or difficult terrain to high-altitude observation points. Difficulty is higher, logistics complex and prices reflect that.

Here's how animals have fun in Piatra Craiului National Park

Remember - Mother Nature can't be controlled or predicted, so seeing animals is not guaranteed. But our wildlife guides are experts with a good sense for animal movement. They will do their best to increase the chances of you seeing them and will give you a live lesson about tracking animals their natural habitat. So this is a great way way to learn about Mother Nature - especially for teenagers and young people!

Birdwatching can also be done in some forests close to Brasov where our specialist bird guides can take you on a private trip. Or in one of the many national parks in Romania .

Seeing wild animals is definitely a unique activity in Romania - but you can also see friendly animals such as sheep and cows during a hike in Piatra Craiului National Park (close to Brasov) or Apuseni Natural Park (close to Cluj-Napoca). You'll probably go hiking in traditional villages and try local specialty cheeses cold cuts and homegrown vegetables from the villagers.

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Ok - back to culture! There are many beautiful churches in Romania tourists can visit because spirituality plays an important role in our culture and life. But among them the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina definitely stand out.

Built between the 15th and 16th centuries, these monasteries are known for their impressive exterior frescoes which depict scenes from the bible and are incredibly well preserved despite their age - almost by miracle!

So vivid and unique these paintings are that they are part of World Heritage . There are 6 painted monasteries to visit each located in small villages in the Bucovina region: Voronet, Humor, Moldovita, Pataruti, Probota, Suceava, and Sucevita.

Each of the monasteries’ frescoes use different colours to depict saints, major Biblical scenes and local legends. The quality and style of these paintings is truly impressive considering how old they are. And because they're so well preserved with only minor works carried out over hundreds of years, religious people believe these churches have significant spiritual power and meaning.

A great place to start visiting the Romanian painted monasteries is the UNESCO world heritage site of Voronet which is the most famous among them for its unique 400-year old unchanged blue nuance that depicts Judgement Day in an impressive frescoe.

The region of Bukovina

5-Day Complete Tour of Traditional Maramures & Bucovina

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

Even though the monasteries are among Romania's most famous tourist attractions, please keep in mind they are also active religious sites served by monks and nuns who live there. Romanians are very religious people so visiting these sights require that you be respectful of local customs and not use selfie sticks or act like an ignorant tourist.

Finally, the logistics of visiting the churches is a bit more complex too: you'll need at least 3 full days to travel to Bucovina region from Bucharest and have enough time to visit the monasteries and other attractions in the area, of which there are plenty. You may want to check our guide for public transport in Romania to understand why we keep saying logistics are complicated... :)

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The Semering Oravita-Anina train in Timisoara

The best way to enjoy Romania’s natural beauty is through slow travel. Hiking or going by car on countryside roads may be what comes to mind - but there’s a better alternative: old steam trains moving at 50 km/h through beautiful natural areas not accessible any other way! How cool is this?

The Mocanita Steam Train in the North-Western Maramures region is probably the most famous.

A 3-hour long ride (with multiple stops) through valleys, hills and woodlands will make you appreciate nature’s simple beauty - best enjoyed slow, of course! This narrow railway was originally used for forest exploitation activities and the Mocanita (name of the train) is the only one capable of navigating it.

Guided tour in Maramures

2 or 3 Days in Maramures: Wooden Churches, Traditions & Village Life

A similar steam train ride can be found in the neighbouring region of Bucovina and is called Hutulca.

Bigar Waterfall

Hotspots around Timisoara: Bigar Waterfall & Oravita-Anina Steam Train

Start from: Timisoara

But my favourite train ride is lesser known – and more beautiful – the Oravita-Anina Semering train, South of Timisoara (pictured above). The Semering (name of the train) will take you on a route where picturesque scenery with mid-level mountains and open valleys dotted by traditional villages.

  • Pro tip: the best time I like to go on these train rides is during mid-September - late October when the autumn foliage offer spectacular views!

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Sighișoara is a small city in the heart of Transylvania where you'll find one of the most culturally significant and popular tourist places to visit in Romania: Sighisoara Citadel another UNESCO heritage site with a long history to tell.

Situated on a small hill overlooking the plains of Transylvania, this fortified citadel from the Middle Ages was built in the 12th century by German Saxon merchants to protect their trading routes. It's one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in Europe and once you see the Clock Tower you'll understand why.

One of the best things to do in Romania is to get lost on a walking tour of the cobbled streets in Sighisoara Citadel. Oh, I forgot to mention: in these medieval houses people still live! My favorite time to visit this place is during winter in Romania when the cold air, snow-covered streets and few tourists create a magical medieval atmosphere.

Besides the many photos you'll take, make sure to check the seven figurines of the Clock Tower the main attraction in Sighisoara Citadel, which represent the days of the week - but who are those figurines? Go with a guide, there is much history to learn here :)

Conveniently located in the heart of Transylvania, we have day trips that will take you on a guided tour to Sighisoara from every city.

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12. Try traditional Romanian food & tasty vegetables

When people think of things to do in Romania they tend to think of castles (and vampires), communist architecture and... who knows what else! While the typical tourist attractions are undeniably awesome, what most travelers don’t know about is just how tasty Romanian food is. Why?

Bucharest street food tour

Bucharest Street Food Tour: Farmers' Markets & Hidden Streets

Start from: University Square

Because Romanian cuisine is a unique mix - a reflection of our agrarian roots and self-sustainable households at the intersection of Turkish/Balkan, Austro-Hungarian and Russian influences. Our traditional dishes have surprising, delicious flavours reminiscent of grandma's comfort food.

  • Pro tip: if you're a vegetarian or vegan - you're in luck! Thanks to the long Orthodox Lent (fasting) periods which some Romanians strictly observe, there are lots of recipes without meat or any animal products. just ask for mancare de post or religious fasting foods and you'll enjoy filling, nutritious and delicious recipes!

Romanian local food (especially outside major cities) is wildly appreciated by Western visitors who've had enough of processed and tasteless industrialised food. They are delighted by the delicious taste of simple, organic ingredients (a label that doesn't exist in the countryside!) like eggs, milk, veggies, honey or meat from household animals. Hand-to-mouth farming is widely practiced in traditional regions such as Transylvania, Maramures or Apuseni.

In simpler terms - if you want to know the real taste of an unsprinkled tomato or let your kids discover the flavours of freshly picked veggies or fruits from a farmer's garden - come to Romania!

Food & Wine Tours

Food & Wine Tours

Authentic Romanian dishes you should try include sarmale, mici and ciorba (sour vegetable broth), mamaliga (polenta) with shepherd's cheese and sour cream, or stuffed peppers. That is if our appetizers (vegan-friendly) such as eggplant salad, zacusca or baked beans paste won't already fill you up! And then you get to ciorba a vegetable sour broth, with or without meat, that's so filling and will warm you up on the inside!

And, like all agrarian people, there's a variety of cheese (white/fresh, aged or smoked), cured meats and sausages to discover, usually served with seasonal veggies! And leave room for desert: papanasi, sweet cheese pies or homemade sweet bread (cozonac) filled with nuts, poppy seeds or Turkish delight.

We've got food tours in all major cities where our guides will take you to farmer's markets where, besides the cultural shock, you'll also get to try authentic Romanian food. And if you're looking to experience more of Romanian cuisine - go in the countryside! Few restaurants in the cities can compete with that!

Our mission is to support responsible tourism in Romania and that's why most our trips include home-cooked meals which is, for me, arguably the most interesting thing I want to experience when visiting a country besides typical tourist sightseeing.

And to top it off -- since 2010 specialty coffee culture and consumption boomed in Romania. Check our list with the best coffee shops in Romania so you finish your meal in style - like Romanians do!

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One of the more unusual things to do in Romania is to visit a cemetery with a happy and funny view on death: the Sapanta Merry Cemetery is like an open-air museum in the village of Săpânța, Maramures region. Unlike the usual sombre and grey cemeteries, the Merry Cemetery is filled with colorful tombstones where the story of the deceased is told in a humorous way - with life lessons that will make you think!

  • Pro tip: the stories are written in Romanian so without a local guide to translate there's really no point in visiting

Started in the 1960s the Merry Cemetery is a unique tourist attraction in Romania and Europe for its unorthodox approach despite being located in one of the most religious regions of Romania.

For context: on Sundays people in Maramures wear their best folk costumes to attend service in their UNESCO wooden churches.

There’s an interesting reason this 'happy' cemetery exits. And if you visit with our guide , a native of Maramures, he'll tell you what that is and also take you to the local artisan who makes these crosses. Though the merry cemetery is an interesting place for tourists to visit in Romania, don't forget that, well - you’re in a cemetery! - so be respectful of the dead.

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40 minutes South of Cluj-Napoca in the city of Turda is one the most popular and interesting tourist attractions in Romania: Salina Turda as the locals call it, a salt mine dating from Roman times that now houses an insane, unexpected amusement park! So this day trip is one of the many things to do in Cluj you should put on your list!

In this huge underground complex you'll discover impressive caverns and corridors carved in salt where carefully-placed lighting installations create a magical feeling! In addition to its famed Ferris wheel, this underground amusement park has a bowling alley, a mini golf course and even an underground lake where you enjoy a unique boat trip... underground! So this is a perfect place to visit on a family holiday in Romania .

Turda Salt Mine Tours

Turda Salt Mine Tours

If this wasn’t enough to convince you to visit Turda Salt Mine, you should know that breathing salty air is good for your lungs and prescribed as treatment for people with any kind of respiratory issues. So spending 3 hours in this popular place will be one of the best things to do in Romania for your health!

Bonus: go on a boat trip in the underground like, a unique thing to do in Romania and in the world!

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When travelers start searching for places to visit in Romania, images of the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest inevitably show up. This national monument was the most ambitious and infamous megalomanic dream of communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu - that's why it's commonly referred to as Ceaușescu’s Palace or House of People.

An entire neighbourhood was razed and huge human, material and financial sacrifices were made over the course of 6 years in the 1980s to make space for it. And Romanians are still divided on the value and importance of this most famous attraction...

The building houses Romania’s democratically elected Parliament. With over 1,000 rooms, 4,500 chandeliers and 12 stories high - only the US Pentagon building has a larger on-the-ground footprint than the Palace of Parliament! And the inside is beyond impressive. Undoubtedly this is one of Romania's most famous tourist attraction, so it's a must see even if only from the outside.

Tours inside are led by official staff but they'll only tell you facts about the building - nothing about the communist regime or Ceausescu. So read our blog about communist Romania if you want to find out more historical facts, communist attractions to visit (e.g. Palace Square where the 1989 revolution started!) or go on our dedicated communist tour to get the 'real deal:'

house of people

Complete Bucharest Communism Tour: Palace of Parliament & Ceausescu's Home

Or visit this unique time-bubble communist apartment to feel what it was like to live in communist Romania:

Bucharest communism museum

Museum of Communism: A Time-Capsule of Ordinary Lives

And in case you're wondering is Bucharest worth visiting? the short answer is - YES. For the long one - read our city guide on the many things to do in Bucharest and decide for yourself.

The capital of Romania is by far the largest city and is worth visiting even if only to see go for a short walk in the city centre, for example in University Square and then on Calea Victoriei Boulevard to see some of the most beautiful buildings in Romania such as the Romanian Athenaeum. You can also visit the Village Museum - one of the best Romanian museums - in case you don't have enough time to go in the country.

The ultimate sightseeing – and driving – experience in Romania is a road trip on Transfăgărășan Highway - I know, a mouthful to pronounce! :)

3 hours drive from Bucharest or 1h30 from Sibiu or Brasov, this 150 km scenic road crossing Fagaras Mountains was built during communist years for military purposes using approx. 6,000 tons of dynamite - and much, much effort.

Transfagarasan highway is one of the main tourist places to visit in Romania thanks to an episode of the popular BBC show Top Gear when Jeremy Clarkson named it the best road in the world! Driving enthusiasts will absolutely adore the many twists and turns of this incredible drive - even if someone else is driving! - and everyone will enjoy the jaw-dropping sights of Fagaras Mts. the wildest and tallest in Romania!

Transfagarasan Road Tours

Transfagarasan Road Tours

The road ends at the glacial Balea Lake reaching 2,200m altitudes and offers breathtaking views of Transylvania’s plains in the far distance - in contrast with the nearby peaks over 2,500m altitude. This is also the starting point for many hiking routes into Fagaras Mts. so it tends to get very crowded. Keep in mind the road is open for driving only from 1 July - 30 October. Outside this period it can be visited only coming from Sibiu or Brasov and taking a cable car over it - if weather permits - to the glacial lake Balea.

  • Local tip: less famous but equally spectacular are Transalpina and Transbucegi roads - two other high-altitude driving roads that offer more than just a driving experience!

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17. Go out in Bucharest's Old Town

Another unique thing to do in Romania is to experience Bucharest's diverse and intense nightlife. The trendiest area with today's youth is (ironically!) the Old Town area in the city center.

On Lipscani Street you will see both locals and tourists hopping from bar to bar since there are over 50 in the area. Stag and bachelorette groups from all over Europe come here to party for good reason: Romanians love going out!

But even if you're not a big fan of clubbing - there are many beautiful restaurants, hip bars and cosy wine bars in Bucharest. And during Summer months most of them turn into beautiful urban gardens! And you'll probably go out for dinner anyway - so why not go for drinks after in a different place? You'll see Romanian local life at its best!

Bucharest nightlife tour

Bucharest Nightlife Tour: Craft Beer & Hip Bars

Bucharest Pub Crawls

Pub Crawling & Bar Hopping in Bucharest Old Town

Start from: Lipscani street

If the Old Town is for everyone and tourists - for a luxury clubbing head to the Northern part of Bucharest. In clubs such as Fratelli, Gaia or on the shores of Herestrau Lake, you’d better dress well to not feel out of place. Local tip: the real Bucharest nightlife starts after 11-12 pm - read our post on places to go out in Bucharest to find out more!

  • Pro tip: during Summer months Bucharest's nightlife scene moves to the Black Sea resorts ! In Mamaia beach resort you'll find the posh clubs by the beach while in the hippie resort of Vama Veche people go just to party all day, night and weekend long!
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The Sphinx is a mysterious natural rock formation located high up in Bucegi Mountains . It's accessible via cable car from the small town of Busteni or on our hiking tours.

Local legends claim the rock represents a god who was worshiped long ago by our ancestors the Dacians before the Romans conquered these lands. There are also stories that link the rock to aliens! In any case, many believe the location possesses a special energy and so there are always lots visitors to this unique attraction in Romania's mountains.

The Romanian Sphinx is also the subject of folklore and conspiracy theories that make it incredibly intriguing. So, if you are into paranormal activity or just want to see what all the fuss is about - this popular tourist attraction should be on your list of things to do in Romania!

Nearby are also the Babele rock formations and on a 4h hike (one way) you can reach Omu Peak the 7th highest in Romania at 2,505m altitude.

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You haven’t experienced authentic Romanian culture until you spend a couple of days in the countryside, a real life village museum. You'll disconnect from civilisation, slow down and reconnect with living in tune with nature's rhythm.

Villagers in some areas have preserved their ancestral way of life, customs and values - which is why the Romanian village represents the heart of our culture.

Believe it or not, life in the small traditional village is one of the things Romania is so famous for - even if it's not your typical popular tourist destination. It's not 'a place to go' - it's something to experience! It's why King Charles owns 3 restored village houses Viscri, Breb and Valea Zalanului. Going into traditional regions such as Transylvania, Maramures and Bucovina, or in the mountains in Apuseni (close to Cluj-Napoca), in Marginimea Sibiului (close to Sibiu) or the mountain villages of Magura, Pestera and Sirnea (in Brasov county) is a favorite holiday activity for locals. And it should be for you as well!

Sibiu Countryside tour

Day Trip: Village Life in Sibiu Countryside

Start from: Sibiu

Hiking trip in Apuseni Carpathians

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Start from: Cluj-Napoca or Sibiu

Some small villages in these areas are true time-capsule even if you have all the modern amenities: shepherds will greet you, roosters and cows will wake you up, and public transport is reduced to horse drawn carts with locals are happy to give you a ride. All this against a backdrop of fortified churches...

Fresh vegetables and fruits from people's gardens and 'in-house' animal products will create simple, delicious meals. And - best of all – this is the perfect place for you to slow down, relax and enjoy a quiet, peaceful life with beautiful scenery.

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2-days of Agro-Tourism in Transylvania at a Local Farm

Start from: Cobor or Brasov

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Day Trip to Traditional Mountain Villages: Magura & Pestera

Rural regions of Romania may look poor or underdeveloped from the outside but that's part of their charm and - to your surprise - you'll see locals are much happier, welcoming and authentic than city folks. Untouched by consumerism or the business of our modern, tech-heavy society, their way of life is the purest example of resourcefulness and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

Local folklore, crafts and traditions handed down from one generation to another are well preserved especially in the regions of Maramures and Bucovina. If you're looking for authentic Romanian culture these are the best places to visit for this, especially around Easter or Christmas in Romania .

However, once again, there's no tourism infrastructure for non-locals: few people speak English, no public transport, cash is king and without a local guide with connections in local villages, it's harder to experience the beauty of these place. It's like going into the mountains of Morocco to see berber tribes, the remote villages or Vietnam or in the Amazonian jungles without a guide...

That's why we support inclusive tourism in Romania by including local services, meals and visits in our trips, so local communities benefit too while you have an authentic Romanian experience.

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Let’s close the list with one of the most unique places to visit in Romania: Hoia Baciu forest near Cluj-Napoca. The forest was named after a shepherd and his entire flock of sheep went missing without an explanation! In 1968 the forest gained even more popularity when a military technician claimed he saw a UFO flying over the forest. And there are plenty of other stories and myths in local folklore which our guide knows.

Hoia Baciu Haunted Forest Tour

A Night Tour of Haunted Hoia Baciu Forest

Start from: Cluj - Napoca

What also makes this place unique is the unusual shape of trees and weird natural layout you don't normally see in a forest. One of the strangest spots is a clearing, a perfectly round-shaped patch of land in the middle of the forest (!) where not a single ounce of vegetation grows - without any human intervention! Many locals are truly afraid to go into the forest and some have said voices and sounds can be heard at night. Hence the ‘haunted forest of Romania’ title.

To be honest the first time I heard about this "tourist attraction" I was skeptical. Until I went on a tour in the haunted forest of Romania with a "show me what you've got!" attitude with our guide who is truly passionate about this unique attraction in Romania.

It was unlike any other night-walk I've ever been on, with an eerie feeling to it. Besides hearing the stories about the Hoia Baciu forest and seeing trees like nowhere else, our guide will also give you special measurement equipment for paranormal activity - so you'll see for yourself! Whether you’re superstitious or not - this is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Romania!

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Not too far from Peleș Castle is the lesser-known Cantacuzino Castle . It belonged to Prince George Cantacuzino considered to be the richest person in Romania in the late 19th century and part of a famous political dynasty.

He built Cantacuzino Castle in the unique Romanian architectural style known as Brancovenesc (or Wallachian Reinassance for connaisseurs). The castle has now become an international sensation thanks to another Hollywood hit: it was featured in the popular Netflix series Wednesday directed by Tim Burton.

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Corvin Castle, also known as Hunyadi Castle, stands as a striking example of Gothic-Renaissance architecture in South-Western Transylvania.

It belonged to John Hunyade, a military ruler of Transylvania and father of the king of Hungary whose statue you can admire in the city of Cluj-Napoca.

Corvin Castle is one of Europe's largest castles and best preserved, with a history filled with mysterious legends. Besides it being stunning, I think it's better than its famous rival from Brasov county, Bran Castle.

Corvin (Hunyadi) Castle Tours

Corvin (Hunyadi) Castle Tours

Visitors can explore the impressive structure and learn about its transformation from a military fortress to a noble residence. The castle's rich history, coupled with its stunning architecture, many rooms, tall columns and defense towers, makes it a must-visit attraction in Romania.

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Perhaps lesser known among so many medieval castles, Poenari Castle is still famous thanks to its real connection with Vlad Tepes.

Perched atop a cliff on the road leading to Transfagarasan Highway, it offers a rich glimpse into Romania's medieval history. It was the stronghold of Vlad the Impaler which is why it's called the real Dracula's Castle.

The ruins of Poenari Castle offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes if you're ready to climb the 1480 steps there!

Whoa, that’s a long list!

And even if we haven’t mentioned other tourist attractions in Romania (like or , the Mud Volcanoes , Dacian Ruins ) or great things to do for outdoor adventure fans: (rock-climbing, local craft workshops, caving, MTB or via ferrata).

I think this should be enough to get you started with planning your trip to Romania.

On our website you'll find lots of resources, articles and tours and if you need help with your itinerary send us a message – happy to help!

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List Of The 40 Most Amazing Things To Do In Romania

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Written by our local expert Anca-Gabi Cucos

Romanian local, Anca-Gabi is a freelance writer who loves to travel and share her stories about Romania with the world.

Every region in Romania is unique! Here is my list of the best things to do in Romania. This list moves away from Bucharest and also covers areas across the entire Romanian countryside.

This guide to Romania includes many popular tourist attractions, as well as everything from the fortified churches of Transylvania to the Romanian Orthodox Monasteries and other unique things and places to see, to help you plan your trip to Romania this year. 

Discover Romania With These Destination Ideas

  • A Spa Day At Therme
  • See The Palace Of Parliament
  • Plan Half A Day At The “Village Museum”
  • Spend The Night Clubbing In Bucharest’s Old Town
  • Visit The Cărturești Carusel Bookstore
  • Water Rafting On Buzau River (Buzau County)
  • Mud Volcanoes (Buzau County)
  • Constanta Casino
  • Constanta Aquarium
  • Dinner By The Yachts In The Constanta Tourist Harbor
  • Constanta Old Town
  • Sun Bathing On Mamaia Beach (Constanta County)

Take A Boat And See The Danube Delta (Tulcea County)

  • Relax At Gura Portitei (Tulcea County)
  • Sinaia Casino (Prahova County)
  • Peles Castle (Sinaia – Prahova County)
  • Cantacuzino Castle (Busteni – Prahova County)
  • The Sphinx And The Old Women (Sinaia/Busteni – Prahova County)
  • Brasov City Center (Brasov County)
  • Dino Parc (Brasov County)
  • Poenari Castle (Brasov County)
  • Horseback Riding In Sambata De Jos (Brasov County)
  • Skiing In Poiana Brasov (Brasov County)
  • City Center (Sibiu County)
  • Astra Museum (Sibiu County)
  • Transfagarasan (Sibiu County)
  • Getting A Taste Of Medieval Life In Sighisoara (Mures County)
  • Transalpina (Gorj County)
  • Danube Cauldrons (Caras-Severin County)
  • Bigar Waterfall (Caras-Severin County)
  • Tunnel Of Love (Caras-Severin County)
  • Visiting The Secluded Monasteries (Neamt County)
  • Hiking At The Bicaz Gorges (Neamt County)
  • Visiting The Suceava Fortress (Suceava County)
  • Sapanta Merry Cemetery (Maramures County)
  • See The Wooden Churches Of Maramures (Maramures County)
  • Turda Salt Mine (Salina Turda)
  • Cluj City (Cluj Napoca County)
  • Scarisoara Cave (Alba Iulia County)
  • Corvin Castle

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Attractions In Romania

With some of the hottest spots in Europe becoming, well… a bit too hot for the taste of many, countries in Eastern Europe have started getting some of the tourist attention they are long overdue .

You may have the option of queueing up for 30-40 minutes in front of the Mona Lisa to get a picture of the picture or take the same photo of the leaning tower of Pisa, or you could head to Romania.

So, now you must be wondering what to see in Romania – lucky you, I promise the sightseeing in Romania will not disappoint. So, let’s go through all the great things to do in Romania.

Best Things To Do In Bucharest

Let’s start by saying that Romania is a huge country. You can visit the seaside , the countryside, and the beautiful mountains – but first, let’s begin in the country’s capital city – Bucharest. 

Bucharest Itinerary: Calea Victoriei Bucharest Sunset

Romania is Instagrammable; there is so much to see and do. Let’s start with what to see in Bucharest.

1. A Spa Day At Therme

Therme is one of the most impressive modern attractions in Bucharest . This wellness center with saunas, pools, and other enjoyable recreational activities is only 10 minutes outside Bucharest. So, if you are still feeling jet-lagged, this is the best place to relax and unwind .

2. See The Palace Of Parliament In Bucharest

Things to do in Bucharest - The Palace of the Parliament,Bucharest

This is the second-largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon – and has to be on top of your what to do in Romania list.

There is a lot of drama around this building as Ceausescu had many old historical buildings demolished in the center of Bucharest to build it. There are some horror stories about dissidents having been convicted of working to their deaths to construct this place. But we will leave it to the guides to explain this to you.

3. Plan Half A Day At The “Village Museum”

Vladimir walking down a path in the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum

But don’t pick a rainy or cold day for this one, as it is an open-air museum. Here you can step back in time and wander through traditional houses from all over the country that are grouped into regions.

You will see some significant differences between their constructions. This is only to give you a taste of what to expect when visiting the rest of the country. Speaking of taste, there is a restaurant in the center of the museum; you will need to try it out.

4. Spend The Night Clubbing In Bucharest’s Old Town

Practically every building in Bucharest’s Old Town has a restaurant, bistro, bar, or club you can spend a few precious hours in – making finding the best thing to do in Romania easy! You can choose one great spot, stay for the night, or go bar hopping .

The is a popular place, and it will be packed with locals and tourists having a good time.

5. Visit The Cărturești Carusel Bookstore

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You don’t need to be a bookworm to enjoy a wander through the Cărturești Carusel (Carousel of Light) Bookstore in Bucharest . Located in the Old Town, this is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

Housed in a building constructed in 1903 by wealthy Greek bankers, the store encompasses three floors and thousands of books . Elegantly curved balconies dominate the interior design, while a top-floor tea house provides a superb view of the bookstore below.

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Romania is one of the most beautiful places to visit , especially if you get out of the big cities. 

6. Water Rafting On Buzau River (Buzau County)

Are you looking for adventurous things to see in Romania? Rafting is always a blast, and this is no different. Hop into your raft, under your Raft skipper’s direction, and make your way down the Buzau River and get drenched by the river rapids.

7. Mud Volcanoes (Buzau County)

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Maybe it’s one of the weirdest attractions in Romania. If you visit the mud volcanoes in Romania, bring a change of clothes for when you are done.

What To Do In Romania – Dobrogea Region

There are dozens of top attractions in Romania on this list, and we know you’ll love the Dobrogea region. 

8. Constanta Casino

Right between the Constanta (Dobrogea County) Port Authority and the Tourist Port, the Constanta Quai is a beautiful promenade where you can see the beautiful old Constanta Casino. The pictures of this place with the battling waves behind it will be worth the trip.

9. Constanta Aquarium

The Aquarium faces the Casino on the Constanta Quai.

10. Dinner By The Yachts In The Constanta Tourist Harbor

Make sure to call ahead and book a table at one of the restaurants overlooking the tourist harbor. It is charming and usually pretty full.

11. Constanta Old Town

If you do not have reservations for lunch or dinner, you can try any of the restaurants in Constanta Old Town. It is close to the Quai, right above it.

As you make your way up from the Quai to the main square, you will notice a street with a Mosque built right next to a big Orthodox Church and the ruins of the old Roman city of Constanta–Tomis. Several small streets radiate from Ovidiu Square in the center, and since  you are there, you can also visit the Archeology Museum.

12. Sun Bathing On Mamaia Beach (Constanta County)

This is one of the most happening locations on the Romanian seashore . It is packed with clubs, restaurants, and many beaches. If you travel up north along the sea line, you will get to Vama Veche, the most funkiest seaside destination you can imagine.

Do not miss these incredible resorts in Mamaia (& the Black Sea Coast)!

 Danube Delta. Photo Credit: JC Kole Also, in the Dobrogea area, but in Tulcea County , you’ll find your way to the Danube Delta. This place is one of the most unique, with its species of birds, incredible history, and extraordinary local cuisine. Choose any of the Delta villages with accommodations and get a local to take you down the canals for a tour.

Fun fact:  The Delta is the second largest and one of the best-preserved river delta in Europe.

13. Relax At Gura Portitei (Tulcea County)

This is a secluded resort on a patch of land between Golovita Lake and the Black Sea . The location is unique, the accommodation is lovely, and reservations must be made in due time—a perfect place for rest and relaxation.

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Saschiz Church and Clock Tower in the village Saschiz, Transylvania, Romania

14. Step Back In Time At The Sinaia Casino (Prahova County) 

A testament to the fantastic heritage left by the Royal Family in Romania , the Sinaia Casino was designed by architects who had worked on some of the most prestigious casinos in Monaco. The tour will amaze you with some of the stories.

15. Peles Castle (Sinaia – Prahova County)

Castles in Romania - Romanian Castles - Peles castle, Sinaia, Romania

Peles Castle is one of the castles of Transylvania you have to see to belive. It is one of the most famous castles in Romania, as it was once the summer residence to the Royal Family. The castle was equipped with all the comfort and innovation of the time. Dive deep into its long history, and you may even hear a ghost story or two in this castle in Transylvania.

16. Cantacuzino Castle (Busteni – Prahova County)

From any of the balconies of the Cantacuzino Castle, you can see the Bucegi mountains in all their glory. And it is a sight you will not regret. Take the tour, find out the story, and take in the beauty of the place as you take lunch on the terrace. If you are lucky, you might even catch a classical music concert in the evening.

17. The Sphinx And The Old Women (Sinaia/Busteni – Prahova County)

These are rock formations situated on a platform 2206 meters high. You can get there by hiking, as there are several scenic routes you can take, or you can take the cable car .

18. Brasov City Center (Brasov County)

How to get from Brasov to Bucharest - Brasov, Romania with an old Christmas tree

This is one of the most popular things to do in Romania. Brasov is beautiful, impressive, and welcoming, with Gothic, Belle Epoque, and Medieval castles and constructions.

Check out the great Brasov accommodations here!

19. dino parc (brasov county).

Take that, Jurassic Park! This is a theme park designed for children and adults alike. Built in a forest, you follow the evolution of dinosaurs throughout the various ages. There are models of dinosaurs constructed according to the latest discoveries.

20. Poenari Castle (Brasov County)

To get to this castle, you need to be fit. You must go up some 1480 stairs, then travel through the woods. Once you get there, a guide will reward you with the castle’s story.

21. Horseback Riding In Sambata De Jos (Brasov County)

22. skiing in poiana brasov (brasov county).

If you happen to be visiting in winter .

23. City Center (Sibiu County)

No, this place is not in Austria, although it looks like it. Sibiu is genuinely one of the best Romanian vacation spots for locals and foreign tourists alike!

Also known by its German name, Hermanstadt, the city represents Transylvania’s multiculturalism and displays many signs of its Saxon heritage. It has a rich and varied cultural agenda, with internationally renowned theater, jazz, and other arts events. There’s also a booming food scene, drawing on modern reinterpretations of Transylvania’s rural gastronomy.

And this beauty of Romania also hosts a top Christmas market in The Balkans !

Check out these excellent hotels in Sibiu, then visit for yourself!

24. astra museum (sibiu county).

This is one of the largest Ethnographic museums. It is located in an open space, so pick the day of your visit wisely.

25. Transfagarasan Highway (Sibiu County)

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Of all the things to see in Romania, the Transfagarasan might be the most photographed. This spectacular winding road cuts through the heart of Transylvania , literally the land between the forests. Start from the picturesque villages of Sibiu and end up at Balea Lake, a glacier lake situated at 2,040 meters altitude.

26. Getting A Taste Of Medieval Life In Sighisoara (Mures County)

Things To Do In Sighisoara - A Medieval-city-center

This is one of the oldest inhabited medieval fortresses. You can spend the night in the fortress as well.

Don’t  miss our guide on how to explore Sighisoara.

What to do in romania – oltenia region, 27. transalpina (gorj county) .

This is the highest and most dangerous road in Romania . It is also the most beautiful. Drivers must be careful on a dry summer day . Therefore, the road is pretty dangerous in the dark or rainy weather. Check ahead as the road closes in the cold season.

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28. Danube Cauldrons (Caras-Severin County)

As breathtaking as the Delta but completely different, the Danube Cauldrons represent the river’s entry point into the country. This is a place you will not regret visiting . Boat trips are mandatory.

29. Bigar Waterfall (Caras-Severin County)

This waterfall looks like something out of a fairytale. You might expect some magical creature to pop out at any moment. It is a natural monument that you can visit for free.

30. Tunnel Of Love (Caras-Severin County)

Instagram fanatics and professional photographers will surely want to visit the so-called Tunnel of Love on their to-do lists. Located in the town of Obreja in western Romania , this extraordinary place is an abandoned section of an old railway. The railroad runs through a lush, green tunnel created by bushes and trees. Light filtering through the leaves makes for fantastic photo opportunities. Pure magic!

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31. visiting the secluded monasteries (neamt county).

Moldova is the spiritual center of Romania . They have here the highest number of monasteries and churches. Some of them are very old and once served as fortresses. Others are high in the mountains, yet they are impressive constructions. 

32. Hiking At The Bicaz Gorges (Neamt County)

A remarkable scenery will open up in front of you as you go hiking around the Bicaz Gorges. Remember that the Ceahlau Mountains are wilder and less accessible than other mountains in the country.

33. Visiting The Suceava Fortress (Suceava County)

The fortress was rebuilt so visitors could get a clear image of how the place was supposed to look. Even so, there is a clear line between the ruins and the new construction, so you always know when you touch rocks that date back centuries. versus the new ones.

Things To Do In Romania – Maramures Region

34. sapanta merry cemetery (maramures county).

This is a place where everybody has to write a funny epitaph for their tombstones. You will see poems and humorous drawings and get a sense of a different relationship with death.

35. See The Wooden Churches Of Maramures (Maramures County)

These unique constructions you will appreciate from up close.

36. See The Wooden Gates Of People In Maramures (Maramures County)

The county in itself is like a huge ethnographic museum. Every wooden gate is unique, and it represents the social status of the owner of the house.

For more information on what to do in Maramures, check out this post dedicated to the region!

Things To Do In Romania – Ardeal Region

37. turda salt mine.

Europe, Romania, Turda, Salina Turda salt mines, Cluj, Romania

It says salt mine, but this place is entirely unexpected . It’s an underground world, looking like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. Business Insider put it at the top of the ‘coolest underground places.’ Well worth the visit!

38. Cluj City (Cluj Napoca County)

Things to do in Cluj_Unirii Square

This is the second-largest city in Romania . It has many museums, archaeological sites , tourist routes, excellent accommodations, and leisure facilities. t is a place many tourists will love to discover, well-developed and with a Western-like vibe.

Don’t miss our favorite things to do in Cluj-Napoca!

39. scarisoara cave (alba iulia county).

Here, you can visit the biggest underground glacier in Romania and the second-biggest one in South-Eastern Europe .

40. Corvin Castle

A wooden bridge over a body of water. Corvin Castle Hunedoara, Transylvania

Are you looking for spooky things to see in Romania? Well, some say this is one of the most haunted places in the country and on this side of the world .

And if you stop and read the cards on the walls, you will find that there are hardly any rooms in this castle where nobody has died. All in all, it is a fascinating visit. Just stick with big crowds and do not go after dark.

If you are traveling in the cold season, check ahead and see whether some of the outdoor attractions are accessible.

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Visit Romania FAQs

What is the most popular attraction in romania.

The most famous tourist attraction in Romania is Bran Castle, which is popularly known as “Dracula’s Castle.”

What are some notable architectural attractions in Romania?

Some notable architectural attractions in Romania include Peleș Castle, Cantacuzino Castle, and the Black Church in Brasov.

What natural attractions does Romania offer?

The Carpathian Mountains occupy 55% of Romania’s territory and offer excellent hiking and wildlife-watching opportunities. The Danube Delta, a UNESCO natural reserve, is another significant natural attraction with the third largest biodiversity in the world.

Does Romania have a tradition in wine-making?

Yes, Romania has a rich wine-making tradition reflected in its vineyards. Visiting Romanian vineyards is a popular tourist activity.

What are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina?

The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina are a UNESCO World Heritage site in Romania. They are well-preserved, age-old religious sites featuring unique exterior frescoes.

What are some scenic trips available in Romania?

The Mocanita Steam Train in the Maramures region and the Oravita-Anina Semering train near Timisoara offer picturesque trips through Romania’s beautiful countryside.

What are some of the key tourist attractions in Romania?

The UNESCO Sighișoara Citadel, Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, the scenic Transfăgărășan Highway, and the Merry Cemetery, among others.

What is unique about traditional Romanian food?

It offers unique and delicious flavors attributed to the nation’s agricultural roots and diverse cultural influences, with options for vegetarians as well.

What experience does Bucharest’s nightlife offer?

The area is known for its vibrant energy and cultural richness, with numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs across the city, particularly in the Old Town.

Why should one visit the Romanian Countryside?

It presents an opportunity to experience authentic Romanian culture in its truest form and enjoy life’s simple pleasures in the local villages.

What unique natural formations are there in Romania?

Visitors can explore the mysterious Romanian Sphinx in the Bucegi Mountains and the ‘haunted’ Hoia Baciu forest near Cluj-Napoca.

What types of tours are available for tourists in Romania?

Romania offers a variety of historical and cultural tours, including local food and wine tasting tours, communist tours, and several others.

What type of experiences does Romania offer?

Whether touring major cities, trying traditional food, exploring historical landmarks, or learning about the country’s history, Romania provides diverse experiences for different types of tourists.

If you’re planning a trip and looking for something unique, Romania should definitely be on your list. Forget just hearing about Dracula and Vlad the Impaler; there’s so much more to see and do here.

From bustling cities with walking tours that dive deep into history, to quiet spots in the countryside that’ll make your Instagram pop, Romania is packed with must-see places. Think about enjoying a holiday here as hitting the refresh button with a mix of adventure, culture, and some of the best landscapes Europe has to offer.

It’s all about having a good time and making memories, whether you’re exploring on your own or with friends. So, when you’re plotting your next getaway, give Romania a thought. It’s not just another holiday destination; it’s a place where every visit turns into a story worth telling.

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Comments (7)

I like how you categorized the activities and places to visit into regions, it’s helpful for those who are not familiar with Romania. I would also add for Transylvania a tour of the fortified churches which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Last year I made a trip to Romania with a group of close friends. We made a nice trip and we decided to visit Bucharest, Brasov and Sibiu in a rented car. It was so beautiful in Brasov. I`m in love with it. We visited Bran Castle and Peles Castle and we had very nice weather.

In this country, you have so many optionswhen you rent a car.

Romania is one of the beautiful place to visit ,in this blog explained very well about the place it is use full to the people who are planning to move there thanks for telling my home country stories.

Hello. Romania is so beautiful country. We visited Transylvania last summer. It was family trip. We mainly focused on the superb mountains and the Transfagaras route and Transalpin. A terrible bear rash this year:) Because of lack of time we didn’t see so many places…

Hello, Romanian here, I can’t believe you guys didn’t include Bran Castel (Dracula’ Castle) located in the Brasov County. It’s an iconic castle. There’s much more you could add to visit, but all in all it’s a good list. My advice, engoy the country, not the people (urban ones).

Well, that’s a good point, but as you say it’s so iconic that everyone knows about it, we wanted to show other ideas. We’d love to know other things you think we should add – we’ll gladly update it. Thanks.

Hi, The Prahova county is part of Muntenia region. Ordeal is Transilvania.

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It’s not possible to see everything Romania has to offer in one trip – and we don’t suggest you try. What follows, in no particular order, is a selective and subjective taste of the best things to do in Romania: outstanding architecture, natural wonders, spectacular hikes and unforgettable festivals.

1. Take a tour of Peleş Castle in Sinaia

2. immerse yourself in romanian capital life in bucharest, 3. floating down the danube delta - one of the exciting things to do in romania, 4. lounge in the sunshine on the black sea coast, 5. take a sightseeing tour of romanian fortified churches, 6. enjoy the architectural monuments created by constantin brâncuşi, 7. go skiing in poiana braşov, 8. stay at sibiu, 9. take a walk in bucovina hills, 10. visit braşov, 11. take a train ride in vişeu de sus, 12. go bear-watching, 13. attend the measurement of the milk festival, 14. walk around the merry cemetery in săpânţa, 15. try a rural retreat in the local villages, 16. appreciate the cultural heritage of wooden churches of maramureş, 17. discover the beauty of timişoara, 18. try sheep’s cheese, 19. explore the street of sighişoara, 20. hiking the făgăraş mountain - one of the breathtaking things to do in romania, 21. immerse yourself in the mysterious legends of dracula, 22. visit painted monasteries, 23. listen to folk and romani music, 24. explore the vast surroundings of the carpathian range, 25. climb towers of corvin castle, 26. see the chambers of turda salt mine, 27. have a taste of traditional romanian food, 28. marvel at the one-of-a-kind mud volcanoes in buzau county, 29. visit the national museum of natural history in bucharest.

The information in this article is inspired by The Rough Guide to Romania , your essential guide for visiting Romania .

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Once a refuge for Ceauşescu and visiting dignitaries, Peleş remains the country’s most opulent palace. Set in a large English style park, the castle outwardly resembles a Bavarian Schloss and visiting it is one of the best things to do in Romania.

Built in 1875–83 for Carol I, and largely decorated by his eccentric wife Elisabeta (better known as the popular novelist Carmen Sylva), it contains 160 rooms. These rooms are richly done out in ebony, mother of pearl, walnut and leather – all totally alien to traditional styles of Romanian art.

Visit Romania's most beautiful castle, Peleș Castle, and learn about its amazing history. Explore the beautiful grounds and admire the Carpathian Mountains, sitting high just behind the castle on the Castle Tour with An Expert Guide .

Where to stay in Sinaia:

  • Best for location: Forest Apartments features mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Sinaia, less than 1 km from Stirbey Castle.
  • Best for spa: Hotel Sinaia . The centrally-located Hotel Sinaia is right next to the Dimitrie Ghica Park, on the main shopping street. The emblematic hotel offers spa services and features free access to the indoor pool, a sauna and fitness facilities.

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Peleş castle, Romania © cge2010/Shutterstock

Romania’s noisy, chaotic capital boasts a number of terrific museums, remarkable architecture and arguably the best nightlife in the Balkans. The first point of arrival for many visitors is the capital, Bucharest.

While not an easy city to love – its wide nineteenth-century Parisian-style boulevards are choked with traffic, once-grand fin de siècle buildings crumbling and the suburbs dominated by grim apartment blocks – its cultural institutions, abundant greenery and lively Old Town nightlife reward patience.

In recent years, the gastronomic scene has improved beyond recognition, while a wave of artisan coffee joints has revitalized the city’s café culture.

Explore more things to do in Romanian capital with our guide to the Coffee, cocktails and communism in Bucharest .

Where to stay in Bucharest:

  • Best for comfort: Crystal Palace Hotel . Renovated in 2018, Crystal Palace Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance from Promenada Mall and 10 minutes by car from Otopeni International Airport and downtown Bucharest.
  • Best for old town location: Europa Royale Bucharest . Located in a 19th-century building in the very heart of Bucharest’s centre, Europa Royale Bucharest offers air-conditioned rooms and an on-site restaurant serving international menus.

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Revolution Square, Victoria Avenue in Bucharest, Romania © Augustin Lazaroiu/Shutterstock

This remote and beautiful landscape is teeming with fabulous wildlife, and promises some of the finest birdwatching in Europe. The Danube Delta is a paradise for wildlife, and after years of environmental neglect culminating in Ceauşescu’s plan to drain the Delta for agricultural use, it was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1990, with over 500 square kilometres strictly protected, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site the following year.

The area is particularly important for birds, which pass through during the spring and autumn migrations, or come from Siberia to winter here or from Africa to breed in summer.

Spend 2 days discovering the wonderful Danube Delta. In addition to experiencing this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll visit the ancient port city of Tulcea and the old Roman territory Constanta. Enjoy a boating trip to fish or watch the bird life on the 2-Day Tour from Bucharest .

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Pelican colony Danube delta, Romania © Calin Stan/Shutterstock

Pelican colony Danube delta, Romania © Calin Stan/Shutterstock

Strewn with lively resorts and sandy beaches, the Black Sea coast offers everything from wakeboarding to kayaking, while Constanţa is a cultural hub with a fine restaurant scene. Romania’s Black Sea coast holds the promise of white beaches, dazzling water and an average of ten to twelve hours of sunshine a day between May and October.

Travelling from Bucharest or the Delta, your first stop on the coast will almost certainly be Constanța, a relaxed seaport-cum-riviera town, dotted with Turkish, Byzantine and Roman remains, which has always seemed to keep a discreet distance from the surrounding resorts.

Spend the day at the coastal city of Constanta and get amazing views of the Black Sea. Learn more about traditional life in Romania and top up your tan at the seaside resort of Mamaia on the Constanta and Mamaia Day Trip .

Where to stay in Constanţa:

  • Best for view: Maritimo Luxury ApartHotel . Located 200 m from Modern Beach and 800 m from Aloha Beach, Maritimo Luxury ApartHotel in Constanţa provides air-conditioned accommodation with views of the sea and free WiFi.
  • Best for sauna: JMR Royal . Situated in Constanţa and with Aloha Beach reachable within 1.7 km, JMR Royal features a bar, allergy-free rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a garden. Boasting room service, this property also provides guests with a children's playground. The hotel has family rooms.

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Relaxing at the Black sea beach is one of the best things to do in Romania © mandritoiu/Shutterstock

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Scattered among the lush hills of southern Transylvania are dozens of marvellous fortified Saxon churches. Prejmer (Tartlau), 7km east of Hărman has the most comprehensively fortified and perhaps the most spectacular of all the region’s churches – now on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Access is through a 30m-long vaulted gallery with a sliding portcullis in the middle. Built by 1225, the cross-shaped church was taken over by the Cistercians in 1240 and enlarged in their Burgundian early Gothic style. The nave has late Gothic vaulting, and there’s a fine Passion altarpiece (1450–60). There is also a small museum, boasting fine examples of Saxon costume.

Discover two of Eastern Europe’s best preserved fortified churches on a half-day guided tour from Brasov . With your guide, learn about and explore the history-rich Harman and Prejmer churches which date back to the fascinating Saxon era.

Aerial view of Prejmer fortified Church. UNESCO world heritage site, Romania ©  Iulius Agency/Shutterstock

Aerial view of Prejmer fortified Church. UNESCO world heritage site, Romania © Iulius Agency/Shutterstock

Romania’s greatest sculptor has bequeathed an impressive legacy of striking works of art, such as the Endless Column in Târgu Jiu. The most iconic of Brâncuşi’s works is the stunning Coloană Infinita (Endless Column), a vast 30m-high totem pole of seventeen (fifteen whole) smooth rhomboidal blocks, cast in iron and threaded onto a carbon steel post embedded into the ground.

The column’s rippling form is echoed in many of the verandas of the old wooden houses throughout the region. Brâncuşi actually began working on variations of the column in 1918 (the original, oak, one is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York), though this structure wasn’t installed until 1938, following a request from the local authorities to create a memorial for those killed during World War I.

It is, without question, one of the most striking – and recognizable – pieces of architecture not just in Romania, but anywhere in Europe.

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The Endless column in Targu Jiu, Romania© Radu Bercan/Shutterstock

Hit the slopes in Poiana Braşov , or at one of the country’s other popular, good-value centres. Poiana Braşov sits at an altitude of 1000m on a shoulder of the spectacular Mount Postăvaru, 12km south of Braşov. Coming by car, it’s worth stopping at some great viewpoints over the city at km 4.5.

This is Romania’s premier ski resort, and while it’s a great place to learn, with lots of English-speaking instructors, experienced skiers may soon be bored (although some slopes are steep and often icy). It’s crowded at weekends, and it’s no longer cheap, but there has been considerable investment in lifts and new pistes, as well as snow-making and grooming equipment so that the season can extend into late April.

Ski gear can be rented at hotels and the cable car and gondola terminals.

Where to stay around Poiana Braşov:

  • Best for families: Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor . Picturesquely located on the shore of Miorita Lake, in the mountain resort Poiana Brasov, the 4-star Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor hotel offers stylish accommodation. Free WiFi is offered.
  • Best for relaxing: Hotel Escalade . Only 100 m away from the ski slopes and a skating rink in Poiana Brasov, Hotel Escalade offers a spa including an indoor pool and sauna.

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Poiana Brasov famous ski resort in Romania © Gaspar Janos/Shutterstock

Beautiful architecture, terrific museums and fabulous festivals make the once great Saxon town of Sibiu one of the alluring things to do in Romania.

Nowadays, the city is surrounded by high-rise suburbs and virtually abandoned by the Saxons themselves, but the Old Town’s brightly painted houses, with “eye” windows to ventilate their attic grain stores, are still startling. Sibiu has many fine old churches and some of Romania’s best museums, as well as the remains of the bastions and fortifications.

Get a perfect introduction to the recently renovated old town of Sibiu and discover one of the cultural capitals of Romania on this Sibiu Sightseeing Tour .

Where to stay in Sibiu:

  • Best for design: Hotel Anastasia . Situated in Sibiu, within 1.5 km of Union Square and 2.3 km of The Stairs Passage, Hotel Anastasia features accommodation with a bar and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and room service. The hotel has family rooms.
  • Best for families: Harteneck Apartment . Apartments Inn Sibiu-The Old Town offers accommodation in Sibiu, offering an apartment with free WiFi and a well-equipped kitchenette. Great Square is 200 m away and the Bridge of Lies is 450 m away.

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Cityscape with old house of historical center of Sibiu town Transylvania, Romania ©  Chursina Viktoriia/Shutterstock

Cityscape with old house of historical center of Sibiu town Transylvania, Romania © Chursina Viktoriia/Shutterstock

Cloaked in beech, fir and pine, the gorgeous rolling Bucovina hills are a walker’s paradise. The painted monasteries of Southern Bucovina, in the northwest corner of Moldavia, are rightfully acclaimed as masterpieces of art and architecture, steeped in history and perfectly in harmony with their surroundings.

The monasteries are scattered across a region divided by rolling hills – the obcine or “crests” which branch off the Carpathians – and by the legacy of history. Although settlers from Maramureş arrived here in the mid-fourteenth century, the area remained barely populated for two centuries until Huţul shepherds moved south from the Ukrainian mountains.

They lived in scattered houses in the hills, and the region was a sort of free republic until the Habsburgs annexed northern Moldavia in 1774, calling it Bucovina, a Romanianized version of their description of this beech-covered land (Büchenwald).

Visit five of the most beautiful and representative painted churches in Bucovina on this Private 2-Day Bucovina Monasteries Tour .

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Mountain landscape with fog and a haystack, Bukovina, Romania ©  Seqoya/Shutterstock

Mountain landscape with fog and a haystack, Bukovina, Romania © Seqoya/Shutterstock

Shadowed by mountains and boasting a fine Baroque centre, this erstwhile Saxon settlement is one of Transylvania’s most appealing cities. The town’s proximity to a host of attractions – such as the Piatra Craiului mountain range, the alpine resort of Poiana Braşov, the fortified Saxon churches of Hărman and Prejmer, and “Dracula’s Castle” at Bran – makes it an excellent base.

Most visitors make a beeline for the largely Baroque Old Town, around Piaţa Sfatului, a strikingly handsome, quintessentially Germanic square dominated by the Black Church. Nearby, all coiled beneath Mount Tâmpa, are museums, medieval ramparts and the Schei quarter.

In this full-day tour from Brasov , you will discover 3 of the most beautiful and important touristic sights that Romania has to offer. You will encounter Peles Castle, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), and the Rasnov Fortress.

Where to stay in Braşov:

  • Best for charming vibes: Casa Mandl is set in the centre of Brasov, in the historic Council Square, and offers stylish accommodation with views of the Black Church and the Tampa Mountain, free WiFi, and public parking 200 m from the building.
  • Best for panoramic view: Belfort Hotel . Located at the foot of Tâmpa mountain, Belfort Hotel enjoys a central location in a tranquil area of Brasov, just a 5-minute walk from the main pedestrian street.

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Brasov, Romania © emperorcosar/Shutterstock

Brasov, Romania © emperorcosar/Shutterstock

Add to your list of things to do in Romania a ride up the picturesque Vaser valley by early-morning logging train. Just east of Vişeu de Jos is Vişeu de Sus, a logging town that’s growing into a tourist town thanks to the popularity of the steam train from here up the steep Vaser valley.

The narrow-gauge railway up the wild Vaser valley, towards the Ukrainian border, is still used by diesel-hauled logging trains; in addition, tourist trains run as far as Paltin, 21km up the valley. These are hauled by small steam locomotives – known as mocăniţa, meaning “little mountain shepherd” – which have been restored by enthusiasts, the oldest dating from 1910.

There’s a pleasant café in a typical wooden house at the departure point, with a small exhibition on the town’s vanished Jewish community. There are also three preserved steam locomotives here, including a huge standard-gauge beast near the train-hotel.

Enjoy a guided day trip to Maramures Mocanita train from Cluj-Napoca and discover Europe’s last historic forest railway. Learn its history, and admire this spectacular 20th-century working train.

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Steam train, Romania © Andreica Ioan Daniel/Shutterstock

Spend a day trailing Romania’s largest carnivores – if you’re lucky, you may see one of these magnificent creatures up close.

The Piatra Craiului National Park is ideal for all kinds of outdoor pursuits, from observing animals in the wild to guided walks and sporting activities such as climbing and caving. These are organized by various local agencies, mostly members of the Association of Ecotourism in Romania dedicated to nature conservation and sustainable tourism development.

The most popular is bear-watching, which is now offered by dozens of companies, as well as some accommodation providers, though the following come highly recommended: Carpathian Nature Tours or Discover Romania . You’ll typically be taken up to a forest hide at dusk, and although patience is key (which is why it’s unsuitable for young children), there’s about an eighty percent chance of seeing a brown bear in its natural habitat.

Discover the Romanian Carpathian where over 5500 bears roam, on a wildlife watching adventure . Admire species like lynx, wolves, and bear from a special observation hide.

Carpathian brown bear in the wilderness © Angyalosi Beata/Shutterstock

Carpathian brown bear in the wilderness © Angyalosi Beata/Shutterstock

At this enjoyable and unusual spectacle, Transylvanian shepherds vie to see who has the most productive animals.

The practice of shepherds spending summer in the high pastures protecting the flocks from bears and wolves while making cheese gave rise to Measurement of the Milk Festivals (Măşurisul Laptelui). At dawn on the first or second Sunday in May, the flocks are brought to a glade outside the village, where the “measurement” takes place.

The nanny goats are milked by women and the ewes by shepherds – the yield of each family’s animals is measured to determine the share of cheese that they will receive that season. The ritual is followed by much feasting and dancing.

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Buckets of milk, Romania © eugenegurkov/Shutterstock

The Merry Cemetery (Cimitir Vesel) is a forest of beautifully worked, colourfully painted wooden grave markers carved with portraits of the deceased or scenes from their lives, inscribed with witty doggerel (in Romanian).

Some are terse – “who sought money to amass, could not Death escape, alas!”. While a surprising number recall violent deaths, like that of the villager killed by a “bloody Hungarian” during World War II. Or a mother’s final message to her son: “Griga, may you pardoned be, even though you did stab me”.

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Merry Cemetery, Romania © Niall O'Donoghue/Shutterstock

Romania is home to several wonderful rural retreats offering cheap, friendly and relaxing accommodations, and great home-cooked food. Staying in these homestays is one of the best things to do in Romania.

Village homestays (agroturism) – rural farmhousestyle accommodation – offer visitors the opportunity to spend some time with a Romanian family (most of whom won’t speak English) in often lovely surrounds. The downside is that many places are in fairly remote locations, and are therefore difficult to reach without your own transport.

This excellent website lists a number of homestays throughout the country. The official nationwide body for homestays is ANTREC .

The church from Magura village, near Zarnesti city, Brasov county, Transylvania, Romania ©  Iulius Agency/Shutterstock

The church from Magura village, near Zarnesti city, Brasov county, Transylvania, Romania © Iulius Agency/Shutterstock

The beguiling landscape of this isolated region is dominated by marvellous wooden churches.

A swathe of wooden churches stretches across Eastern Europe, from northern Russia to the Adriatic, but in terms of both quality and quantity the richest examples are in Maramureş. From 1278, the Orthodox Romanians were forbidden by their Catholic Hungarian overlords to build churches in stone, and so used wood to ape Gothic developments.

It was long thought that most were rebuilt after the last Tatar raid in 1717, acquiring large porches and tall towers, often with four corner-pinnacles, mimicking the masonry architecture of the Transylvanian cities. However in 1997 a tree-ring study showed that the wood used in many churches – notably those of Corneşti, Breb and Onceşti.

A tour to Rural Romania bringing you to the rural region of Maramureş, a place with beautiful natural landscapes where traditions such as wood carving have been maintained for generations.

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Barsana Wooden Monasteries, Maramures, Romania ©  Mikadun/Shutterstock

Barsana Wooden Monasteries, Maramures, Romania © Mikadun/Shutterstock

The crucible of the 1989 revolution, this most cosmopolitan of Romanian cities promises handsome architecture, fine parks and a vibrant arts scene. The engaging city of Timişoara has long been the most prosperous and advanced of the Banat’s cities. It is the first place in Romania to have a public water supply, the first in Europe to have electric streetlighting and one of the first in the world to have horse-drawn trams. It still boasts Romania’s premier technical university.

Close to the borders with Serbia and Hungary, and with flights from all over Europe and Romania, Timişoara is also a major transport hub. The city’s sights are clustered around the two large main squares, Piața Victoriei and Piața Unirii.

Where to stay in Timişoara:

  • Best for deluxe stays: Old Town Hotel . Featuring a bar, shared lounge and views of city, Old Town Hotel is located in Timişoara, 400 m from St. George's Cathedral Timișoara.
  • Best for modern stays: Mercure Timisoara . This 4-star hotel has city views, and guests can enjoy access to a shared lounge and to a terrace.

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View of one part at Union Square in Timisoara, Romania, with old buildings and mineral fountain ©  Martina Pellecchia/Shutterstock

View of one part at Union Square in Timisoara, Romania, with old buildings and mineral fountain © Martina Pellecchia/Shutterstock

Fresh from the highland pastures, a sample of tasty sheep’s cheese is a must. Romanian cheese (brânză) is mainly handmade from sheep’s milk by shepherds who spend the summers in the hills with their flocks. The standard hard cheese is known as caşcaval, while caş is a less salty version of feta, and telemea is a soft and creamy white cheese matured in brine.

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Sheep cheese, Romania © Maryna Kovalchuk/Shutterstock

Sighişoara is an atmospheric medieval town with a brooding skyline of ramparts, towers and spires. A forbidding silhouette of battlements and needle spires looms over Sighişoara (Schässburg to Germans and Segesvár to Hungarians); as the sun descends behind the hills of the Târnava Mare valley it seems a fitting birthplace for Vlad Ţepeş, “The Impaler” – the man known to so many as Dracula.

Now on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Sighişoara makes the perfect introduction to Transylvania. The Old Town or citadel is unmissable, dominating the newer quarters from a rocky massif whose slopes support a jumble of ancient, leaning houses, overlooking the steps leading up from Piaţa Hermann Oberth to the main gateway.

Explore the narrow streets of the only inhabited medieval citadel in Europe and enjoy the history of this UNESCO heritage site as you listen to the stories about the most famous vampire in the world, Dracula on the Sighişoara Tour of Dracula's Home Town .

Where to stay in Sighişoara:

  • Best for unique stays: Casa Savri . Located in a historic building, Casa Savri welcomes its guests with a blend of modern amenities and traditional Transylvanian Saxon architecture and décors. You will find yourselves right next to the inhabited Medieval citadel of Sighişoara.
  • Best for food: Pensiunea Gasthaus Alte Post is located in the historic centre of Sighişoara, just 300 m from the Clock Tower, and offers a restaurant serving local Transylvanian cuisine. Free WiFi access is available in all public areas.

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Sighişoara, Romania © Cristian Balate/Shutterstock

The spectacular peaks of the Făgăraş provide access to some rewarding hikes. The Făgăraş range, composed mainly of crystalline schists with occasional limestone outcrops, is a series of pyramidal crests, linked by narrow ridges harbouring a score of lakes at heights of 1800 to 2250m. Up to about 2000m the slopes are covered with spruce forests sheltering deer, bears, chamois and other wildlife.

Most hiking routes are well marked and easy to follow with Dimap’s 1:60,000 Munţii Făgăraşului map, which can be bought in Braşov, Bran, Făgăraş or Sibiu, or in the mountain cabanas. It’s useful, but rarely essential, to reserve accommodation. Always carry ample food and water, waterproofs and good boots – the weather is very changeable on the ridge.

 Transfagarasan highway, the most beautiful road in Europe, Romania (Transfagarash), Ridge Fagaras ©  Yevhenii Chulovskyi/Shutterstock

Transfagarasan highway, the most beautiful road in Europe, Romania (Transfagarash), Ridge Fagaras © Yevhenii Chulovskyi/Shutterstock

The Princely Court at Târgovişte is just one of many sites linked to the Dracula legend. Truth, legends and fiction swirl around the figure of Dracula like a cloak, and perceptions of him differ sharply.

In Romania he is renowned as a patriot and a champion of order in lawless times, while the outside world knows him as the vampire count of a thousand cinematic fantasies derived from Bram Stoker’s novel of 1897 – a spoof-figure or a ghoul.

Although the tourist industry focuses on Bran castle in Transylvania, which has almost no connection to the Dracula myth (aside from the fact that he may have attacked it on occasion),Cetatea Poienari (Poienari Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle) was once Vlad the Impaler’s residence, and its location in the foothills of the Făgăraş mountains makes for a wonderfully dramatic setting.

Discover some of the medieval castles of Transylvania on a full-day tour from Bucharest and visit the castle most associated with the legend of Count Dracula. Visit Peleș Castle and take a walking tour of Brașov.

Read more detailed information about one of Romania's symbols in our guide: Visiting Vlad the Impaler .

Bran castle in autumn, Romania ©  Zamfiroiu Dragos Marian/Shutterstock

Bran castle in autumn, Romania © Zamfiroiu Dragos Marian/Shutterstock

The monasteries of southern Bucovina and Moldavia are renowned for their magnificent exterior frescoes. Given that almost everyone comes to Southern Bucovina to visit the painted monasteries but public transport to them is limited, it’s not surprising that many visitors opt for organized tours, which can be arranged either in Suceava or Gura Humorului. .

However, by making the trip independently, you’ll be able to spend more time at each monastery and stay in Bucovina’s charming pensions, many of which serve terrific home-cooked, organic meals. There’s not much choice at Moldoviţa, but plenty at and around the other monasteries.

The Moldovita Monastery, Romania. One of Romanian Orthodox monasteries in southern Bucovina ©  emperorcosar/Shutterstock

The Moldovita Monastery, Romania. One of Romanian Orthodox monasteries in southern Bucovina © emperorcosar/Shutterstock

Don’t miss the fantastic, irrepressible sounds of Romanian folk and Romani music. In recent years Romani music has shown an extraordinary growth in popularity — particularly outside of Romania.

Some 40km southwest of Bucharest is the small village of Clejani, which is renowned throughout the region as a centre for Romani music. This area was home to members of world-famous bands such as Taraf de Haidouks and Mahala Rai Banda. It is also the home of many other talented Romani musicians.

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Romani violin musician © Aleksandar Kamasi/Shutterstock

One of Europe’s least spoiled mountain ranges, full of wildlife and first-class hiking trails. Crisscrossed by an intricate nexus of forestry tracks and waymarked paths, the beautiful and unspoiled Romanian countryside offers some of the most enjoyable hiking anywhere in Europe, with trails to suit all abilities.

Cutting across the country are the sinuous Carpathian mountains – a continuation of the Alps – whose best-known range is the Făgăraş, between Braşov and Sibiu in the south of Transylvania, harbouring more than seventy lakes and Romania’s most elevated peaks, the highest of which is Moldoveanu (2544m).

A beautiful mountain landscape in Carpathian mountains, Romania © Romija/Shutterstock

A beautiful mountain landscape in Carpathian mountains, Romania © Romija/Shutterstock

Hunedoara (Vajdahunyad/Eisenmarkt), 16km south of Deva, would be dismissed as an ugly, run-down industrial town were it not also the site of Corvin Castle, Romania’s greatest fortress. Patrick Leigh Fermor found its appearance “so fantastic and theatrical that, at first glance, it looks totally unreal”.

The castle is an extravaganza of galleries, spiral stairways and Gothic vaulting, most impressively the Knights’ Hall (immediately to the right), with its rose-marble pillars, a display of weaponry and a statue of Iancu. To the southwest a long gallery bridge leads to the isolated Neboisa Tower (from the Serbian nje boisia or “be not afraid”), built by Iancu in 1446–56.

To the east the Council Hall is similar to the Knights Hall, divided by a row of columns. To the north, the Mátyás wing, which sports a fine Renaissance loggia, houses a display of costumes and sixteenth-century Florentine cassone chests. Viewpoints outside the fortifications give views of the fifteenth-century rhomboid pattern on the exterior of the Painted Tower, and of the steeple added in 1873, with a bronze knight on top.

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Corvin castle, Romania © RossHelen/Shutterstock

Corvin castle, Romania © RossHelen/Shutterstock

The Salina Turda (Turda Salt Mine), the Turda’s main attraction, is on its northern edge in Valea Sărată, where a new entrance allows access by modern panoramic lifts, instead of rickety wooden staircases. Gradually excavated over 240 years, the mine consists of several huge hangar-like chambers, the most impressive being the cavernous Rudolf Mine, some 80m long, 42m high and 50m wide.

It is now a glitzy underground theme park, with a Ferris wheel, bowling, minigolf and table tennis among the many activities, though all of these do cost a little extra. You’ll also pass through the Joseph Mine, known for its twenty or so echoes, and another with an altar sculpted from salt, allowing religious services and prayers before miners began their shifts.

Discover Turda Salt Mine and Corvin Castle, the largest gothic structure in Romania on this day trip from Timisoara . Climb towers, see chambers and descend 120 meters below ground.

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Turda salt mine in Romania © FrimuFilms/Shutterstock

Turda salt mine in Romania © FrimuFilms/Shutterstock

Romanian cuisine tends to be filling and wholesome, with menus dominated by meat, in common with the rest of the Balkans.

Perhaps the most authentic Romanian dish is sarmale – cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, meat and herbs, usually served (or sometimes baked) with sour cream or horseradish; they are sometimes also made with vine leaves (sărmălute in foi de viţă).

Stews (tocane) and other dishes often feature a combination of meat and dairy products Muşchi ciobanesc (shepherd’s sirloin) is pork stuffed with ham, covered in cheese and served with mayonnaise, cucumber and herbs, while muşchi poiana (meadow sirloin) is beef stuffed with mushrooms, bacon, pepper and paprika, served in a vegetable purée and tomato sauce.

From the heart of the city to the tastes of the country, this tour takes you on a historical, architectural, and culinary adventure through the many faces (and tastes) of Bucharest!

Meat rolls sarmale in clay bowl, Romanian food © Shutterstock

Sarmale in clay bowl, Romanian food © Shutterstock

Pākelele Marie and Pākelele Michi mud volcanoes are located in the Buzau county of Podkarpackie. These are the only miniature mud volcanoes in Europe whose existence is determined by the eruption of gas from beneath the ground. You can see a real mud volcano erupting in this area.

Among the locals they are known as "pacla" (Romanian for "fog") and their similarity to real volcanoes is remarkable. Although the processes involved in these small volcanoes are similar to their majestic counterparts, what sets them apart is what they spew to the surface. Instead of bubbling lava, these little gurgles bring mud and water to the surface.

Explore the largest salt mine in Europe, Slanic Prahova, and the botanical reservation of the Berca Muddy Volcanoes. Enjoy a private and guided tour from Bucharest .

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Erupting mud volcanoes in Buzau, Romania © Shutterstock

Erupting mud volcanoes in Buzau, Romania © Shutterstock

One squarely for the kids, the Muzeul de Istorie Naturală Grigore Antipa (Natural History Museum) is named after the noted conservationist and founder of Romanian ichthyology. Indeed, Antipa (1867–1944) was the museum’s director for more than half a century.

The museum’s centrepiece is Deinotherium gigantissimus, a 4.5m-high fossil elephant from the late Miocene period unearthed in Vaslui County, Moldavia, in 1890 and believed to be the largest of its kind in the world.

The basement covers Romania’s wonderfully diverse geographical regions, from the Delta and Black Sea Coast to the Carpathians, while the ground floor is devoted to world fauna; among the obligatory selection of stuffed animals, keep your eyes peeled for some rather gruesome-looking reptilia, like the hellbender salamander and the saw-scaled viper.

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By Tara Coughlin · Last updated on May 4, 2024

The mysterious and alluring country of Romania is guaranteed to captivate you from the moment you cross the border. Although many people link this relatively untouched destination to Transylvania and Dracula, there are so many more things to do in Romania.

Marked by towering medieval castles and ancient fortified churches, Romania has no shortage of jaw-dropping architectural achievements. It’s also home to some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet, including the Carpathian Mountains and the Danube River. If you’re looking for a country rich in history and full of outdoor adventure, then look no further than Romania.

17. Corvin Castle

Corvin Castle

The Corvin Castle is a stellar example of traditional Transylvanian architecture. Built in the 15th-century by Hungarian military leader John Hunyadi, the castle’s massive stone towers and brightly colored roofs can be seen from miles around. It’s perched atop a rocky cliff overlooking the city of Hunedoara and the Zlatsi River.

Not only is Corvin Castle one of the largest castles in Europe, but its history is also steeped in mysterious legends. It is believed to be the residence of Vlad the Impaler. Many visitors also argue that it was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula.

16. Statue of King Decebalus

Statue of King Decebalus

The Statue of King Decebalus may be one of the most unique things you’ll see in Romania. As you sail through the Iron Gates on the Danube River, you’ll encounter a 141-foot-high face of Decebalus carved into the side of a rock. This sculpture honors this last king, who fought for the country’s independence against the Roman emperors Domitian and Trajan.

While it may look ancient, the sculpture was actually commissioned in the mid-90s by Romanian businessman Iosif Constantin Drăgan. Under the sculpture’s face, you’ll see the Latin text “DECEBALUS REX—DRAGAN FECIT,” which translates to “King Decebalus—Made by Drăgan.”

15. Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)

Palace of Parliament

The imposing Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is a spectacular architectural achievement. Designed by over 700 architects, this massive structure is the heaviest and most expensive administrative building in the world. Composed of 23 sections, it is constructed with materials like crystals, marble, wood, and carpet entirely of Romanian origin.

The Palace of Parliament houses both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. Besides being an administration building, the Palace of Parliament also has three on-site museums and an international convention center. However, roughly 70% of the building remains empty due to seasonal events and conferences.

14. Sarmizegetusa Regia

Sarmizegetusa Regia

Step back in time with a visit to the ancient capital of Sarmizegetusa Regia. It was built an astounding 2,000 years ago as the central defense system of the Dacian Empire to protect against Roman conquering.

During your visit, you’ll be able to see the layout of different buildings that were used, including a giant quadrilateral fortress as well as workshops, houses, and water pipe systems. As you walk through the ruins and stone fragments, you’ll be able to imagine what daily life was like for the Dacians.

13. Palace of Culture (Iasi)

Palace of Culture

It’s hard to miss the monumental Palace of Culture, which towers over the bustling city of Iasi. Located on the former grounds of the Princely Palace, the Palace of Culture was used as an administration building and courthouse until 1955. It now contains four different museums – the History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Science Museum, and the Art Museum.

Besides the museums, the palace has almost 300 different rooms and halls. One of the most notable rooms is Voivodes’ Hall, which is ornately decorated and filled with paintings of kings, emperors, and royal families. You can also walk up to the clock tower for panoramic views outside the palace.

12. Sighisoara Citadel

Sighisoara Citadel

As one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Romania, the Sighisoara Citadel is a must-see attraction to add to your itinerary. This historic city was built in the 12th-century and is most notably known as the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.

As you walk the winding streets through the old city, you’ll see charming city squares and brightly painted houses. Don’t forget to visit the Sighișoara Clock Tower, which sits in the heart of the village. By spending a few hours in this picturesque town, you’ll start to truly soak in the history and culture of the Transylvanian Saxons.

11. Merry Cemetery

Merry Cemetery

Visiting a cemetery might not be at the top of every traveler’s to-do list. However, the Merry Cemetery in Săpânţa is unlike any cemetery in the world, and one of those places you must visit during your trip to Romania.

On the 800 or so colorful tombstones, you’ll find poems and illustrated pictures depicting the life stories of the people that are buried there. Some of the stories are symbolic, but many of them are joyful and even humorous. Don’t forget to look closely at the illustrations – they often explain how the person died.

10. Poiana Brasov

Poiana Braşov

The mountainous resort of Poiana Braşov is an outdoor lover’s paradise. You can come throughout the year and enjoy a plethora of sports and outdoor activities. During the winter, it’s a popular destination for skiing, ice-skating, and tubing. In the summer, the slopes are full of hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders.

Even if you aren’t the adventurous type, you can still enjoy a visit to Poiana Braşov. The town is filled with bustling hotels, restaurants, and even nightclubs. You can also indulge in traditional cuisine and alcoholic drinks, like the famous pepper-spiced Țuică.

9. Danube Delta

Danube Delta

Flowing across Romania and into Ukraine is the Danube Delta, the second-largest river delta in all of Europe. As you navigate through the narrow canals into the Black Sea, you’ll cross wetlands and marshes teeming with numerous plants and animals. The water is home to an abundance of marine life, like carp, mollusks, and sturgeons. The delta is also home to a variety of bird species, including the rare pygmy cormorant.

Much of the delta can only be reached by boat, so it’s a good idea to join a cruise or tour in order to make the most of your visit.

8. Sibiu Big Square

Sibiu Big Square

Nicknamed the “Little Vienna” of Romania, Sibiu is a quaint, colorful town lined with charming Baroque houses and Gothic buildings. In its center is the Big Square, a beautiful plaza that is dotted with hotels, shops, and restaurants. It’s been around for over 500 years and continues to be the center of daily life and the beating heart of the city.

In the middle of the square, you’ll find a statue of St. John Nepomuk, the square’s main attraction. Grab some lunch or a cup of coffee and relax while admiring the view of one of Romania’s most beloved squares.

7. Fortified Churches

Fortified Churches

Romania is home to some of the most spectacular fortified churches in Europe. These churches are testaments to the rich, cultural heritage of the Saxons that came over from Germany to settle in Transylvania. There are over 150 fortified churches in Romania, many of which were built between the 13th and 16th-centuries.

Visit the meticulously preserved church of Biertan or the rare 15th-century murals in the church of Harmam. The picturesque fortified church of Viscri is also another popular tourist destination, along with the church of Calnic and church of Prejmer.

6. Transfagarasan Highway

Transfagarasan Highway

With breathtaking views of sparkling blue lakes, rolling mountainous hills, and ancient castles, the Transfagarasan Highway is guaranteed to delight all travelers. Extending 56 miles from Wallachia to Transylvania, the Transfagarasan Highway is one of the most popular road trip destinations in the world.

Because of the steep hairpin turns and winding S curves, the highway is only open in the summer, where there is little chance of rain or snow. The drive may be challenging, but it’s an unforgettable journey for anyone willing to tackle its roads.

5. Turda Gorge

Turda Gorge

The untouched Turda Gorge is a tranquil destination for anyone who wants to escape to the great outdoors. The jagged cliffs of the limestone canyon are practically made for hiking. At almost five miles long, it should take roughly 1.5 hours each way to complete the trek.

Along the way, you’ll encounter a variety of plants, trees, and animals. There are over 1,000 plant species in the gorge, and over 67 types of birds, fish, and mammals. The Gorge is also home to the incredibly rare rock eagle.

4. Peles Castle (Sinaia)

Peleş Castle

Situated on the foothills of the Bucegi Mountains, Peleş Castle is a striking Renaissance castle that needs to be seen to be believed. It was commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and was used as the summer residence of the royal family.

Inside the castle, you’ll find over 160 rooms that are all designed in a different theme. Many of them are ornately decorated with Germain stained-glass windows, Murano crystal chandeliers, and colorful murals and frescoes. In fact, the castle is home to over 4,000 artifacts, paintings, and furniture items.

3. Painted Monasteries

Painted Monasteries

The painted monasteries throughout Romania are pristine examples of Byzantine art. Instead of traditional brick or stone, you’ll find the exteriors of the monasteries decorated with colorful frescoes. The paintings on these monasteries often date back to the 15th and 16th-centuries, and many of the frescoes depict scenes from the bible. They may also include images of saints, prophets, heaven, and Jesus.

Some of the better-known painted monasteries include Humor, Moldovita, Probota, and Suceava. These small but incredibly unique buildings are worth visiting during your trip to Romania.

2. Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Bran Castle is arguably one of the most important landmarks and attractions – not just in Transylvania, but in all of Romania. It is often referred to as Dracula’s Castle, since it was believed to be one of the inspirations for Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula.

Built in the late 1300s, Bran Castle was initially used to house and protect German colonists. It was then given to Queen Marie in 1920, who made it her royal residence. After being passed to her daughter, the castle was later used as a hospital during WWII. It’s now a museum dedicated to the life and art collection of Queen Marie.

1. Brasov Old Town

Brașov Old Town

Brașov is one of the most visited cities in Romania, and for a good reason. The city’s picturesque old town is lined with winding stone alleys, colorful houses, and historic fortified churches. With centuries worth of history in its quarters, Brașov Old Town is a charming destination to spend a few days in Romania.

Standing in the center of the town is the Black Church, which got its name after being burnt in a devastating fire in 1689. You can walk down Strada Sforri, which is the narrowest street in all of Europe.

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Are you looking for the  supreme Romanian adventure?

Yet, your head is spinning with a huge number of questions?

Where to start? What to visit?  What are the best places to visit in Romania?  How many days? Is the country safe? And the list can continue…

I can feel your turmoil; I’ve been there several times. For those of you who don’t want to rush headlong into Romania travel planning, here’s this  comprehensive post on the most representative places to visit . I am a native, so that gives an extra edge on the best places to visit in Romania.

I had all the time to explore, discover and inhale this staggeringly beautiful corner, named Romania.

Worried about safety in Romania, or means of transportation? Check  here my crash course  with lots of relevant info. Want to visit Transylvania, but you don’t know where to start? This is  Transylvania must-see  and check the  complete guide  before visiting to know what to expect.

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Travel to Romania!  Land of natural beauty and history, remote villages and vibrant nightlife, spectacular castles and traditional monasteries, Romania is a destination rich in stunning objectives. Famous for the stillness of time illusion, as well as trekking in the Carpathians, the East-European country has a bit of everything for the picky traveller.

Romania tastes  like the last virgin forests of Europe, untamed landscape and free wild animals. It tastes like hearty home-made food and garlic. It tastes like former communism, traditions and lust for life.

Feel  the true spirit when exploring the best places to visit in Romania! It comes alive with every Danube delta sunrise, sculpted Maramures gate, shot of palinca or music and traditions. But you will also feel Romania’s heart in the hospitality of the simple people.

So, here are the  best places to visit in Romania . At the end,  you will find some Romanian itinerary suggestions and a map  to be your lighthouse.  

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Useful facts for your Romanian itinerary Best places to visit in Romania 1. Bucharest 2. Brasov 3. Bran Castle 4. Peles Castle, Sinaia 5. Hărman Fortified Church 6. Rucăr – Bran area 7. The Danube Delta 8. Transfăgărășan Highway 9. Cistercian Abbey of Cârța 10. Sibiu 11. Sighișoara 12. Viscri 13. Biertan 14. Turda Salt Mine 15. Rimetea village 16. Oradea 17. Maramureș 18. The Merry Cemetery of Săpânța, Maramureș 19. Bucovina region 20. Iași 21. Mohoș Peat Bog 22. Corvin Castle 23. Timișoara 24. Retezat Mountains Romanian itinerary ideas Interactive map

Useful facts for your Romanian itinerary

If you’re hungry to solve your Romanian trip, I am here to provide useful information before even asking:

  • Is Romania safe?  Romania is considered a safe country. And it is. No need to worry. Still, risks exist, so beware of petty theft, mugging, and scams. Try to be vigilant especially on crowded means of transportation.
  • Romania has 4 seasons.  You can visit anytime depending on your availability. Of course, summer is the most claimed season. In winter you have the opportunity to practice winter sports, while spring and autumn are maybe the best to consider.
  • The Romanian currency  is called  leu (plural lei)  and you can find it abbreviated as  ron. 1 euro = 5 lei 1 USD = 4.60 lei
  • For your Romanian itinerary, it’s good to know  the airports to fly in. Of course,  Bucharest, the capital  has the largest flight palette and is a good start for exploration. But you should also consider the following cities:  Iași (eastern Romania), Cluj (heart of the country) and Timișoara   (western Romania) .
  • Renting a car  allows you to be independent and run on your own schedule. Romania has all the international major companies. You have to be at least 21 to rent a car and need to have had your license for at least one year prior. The maximum age for rentals is 70.
  • If you don’t want to bother with driving, take the train . The main train company is called CFR , they are reliable and offer many options, but are not famous for speed. Besides this state-owned company, there are other private options worth checking :  Regio Calatori ,  Astra Carpatic ,  Transferoviar Calatori  or  Softrans . 
  • Sometimes,  taking the bus/shuttle  is a better option as it can take you to places the train doesn’t. But watch out! Oftentimes buses leave from bus terminals that can be situated next to a railway station, but not always!
  • Food budget/person Cheap lunch: 40-50 lei Dinner in a restaurant (1 main course + 1 desert): 80-100 lei Main course in a top restaurant + a glass of wine: 100+ However, if you prefer to save money, you can cook for yourself or simply grab a snack, you can go shopping at discount supermarkets like  Lidl, Kaufland or Profi . On average, you may spend around 40 lei/day.
  • Accommodation budget Here are the tariffs/person/night updated 2024. Budget: hostel 80 lei – 150 lei/ budget hotel 120 – 170 lei Mid-range 160-250 Splurge 300+ For private tours, opt for  Viator ,  GetYourGuide , or  TripAdvisor . Take a free city guide from  Guruwalk , always incredible!

Check my  ultimate guide to Romania trip planning  with lots of relevant info!

Read my  crash course on Romania  for a quick introduction.

  Best places to visit in Romania

1. bucharest.

Bucharest, the capital, is a combination of old and new and one of the best places to visit in Romania. It is a patchwork of French elegance, hints of communist shadow and contemporary modernist buildings . And today’s Bucharest bears all these fingerprints with style. The pulsating city tempts the visitor also by its many eateries and nice atmosphere of the historic Old Town , or by its hipster coffee culture.

Bucharest is a European capital, mostly. Sometimes rough at the edges, but exciting. As contemporary Bucharest is shedding skin, it puts on street art, festivals or going out as a prerogative to equality with other important capitals.

Read more about Bucharest:

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Top experiences

There are some milestones in terms of downtown architecture: CEC Palace, The Athenaeum, Hotel Marmorosch, Stavropoleos Church, Mita Biciclista House, Carusel Carturesti bookstore. Then there’s the main communist one: The Palace of Parliament (second largest building in the world). As museums, try George Enescu Museum and Cotroceni National Museum, while Cișmigiu and Herăstrău are fine parks.

How many days in Bucharest / Accommodation tips

If you consider Bucharest as your starting point, you can wrap up your visit in one day. But ideally, consider three days to explore and get a taste of culture.

In terms of accommodation, Novotel Hotel City Centre has a flawless location and a reasonable price-quality rapport. You could also try the excellent Moxy Bucharest Old Town. Looking for budget accommodation? Try First Hostel or Hostel JAZ.

The Athenaeum is spectacular

Brașov is one of the top places to visit in Romania. Placed in the middle of the country, Brasov is close to the mountains and not far from Bucharest, boasts great architecture, rich past and medieval charm . It is a really photogenic destination and a chic city with a lively atmosphere ! Besides, Brasov is closely surrounded by Bran Castle, Poiana Brasov (fanciest winter resort in the country) or lots of hiking opportunities!

LEARN MORE: Brasov – Top things to do for first-time visitor

Don’t miss out on the Council Square, The Black Church, the Hollywood sign on Tampa hill, the Black and White Towers or the very narrow Rope street! Take your time for a drink on a pretty terrace!

How much time do you need in Brasov / Accommodation tips

Brasov is compact enough to be explored in one day. However, it can be a great base for Bran Castle, Peles Castle, Rucar-Bran pass, or some fortified churches in the area (Harman, Prejmer).

Robi Studio has an unbeatable location, while Zozo is a friendly hostel.

Brasov is a fabulous city

3. Bran Castle

Bran Castle is to many, synonym with Dracula and one of the best places to visit in Romania . However, if you come to Transylvania thinking you will shake hands with Dracula or meet werewolves, you are mistaken. After all, it is just a legend created by Bram Stoker, who never visited Transylvania. The kernel of truth starts from Vlad the Impaler, voivode of Wallachia, famous for his merciless and cruel ways of punishing people. Dating back to the 13 th century, the castle has a medieval look. Initially, it served economic and strategic reasons due to its good position over Bran gorges. The castle is positioned in an area often surrounded by fog that perfectly matches Stoker’s description.

READ Bran “Dracula” Castle, between legend and history for more info.

Visit the Royal apartments of Queen Marie of Romania and her husband, King Ferdinand, the Royal Dining Room, or the Saxon Chamber (it is a fortress-style castle). Experience the exhibition of dreaded Romanian mythical creatures and the Time Tunnel (a multimedia experience).

How much time do you need for Bran Castle / Accommodation tips

A few hours are enough to visit the Castle. But it would be very wise to book tickets online, especially in high season. Another option would be to set your basecamp in Brasov and take a half-day trip to Bran.

Opt for  Transylvania Mountain Exclusive or Transylvania Mountain View CDI  in Bran.

Bran Castle is one of Romania's main attractions

4. Peles Castle, Sinaia

Another fabulous place in Romania is Peleș Castle , in Sinaia. This castle should be on every Romanian itinerary, as it is one of the best places to visit in Romania. Former summer residence of King Carol I in the second half of the 19 th century, Peleș is the embodiment of beauty and luxury. It doesn’t have a history of sieges, nor does it look like a fortress, but this elegant building shows the cultivated and art-lover Romanian royals. The sumptuous castle with 160 rooms and 30 bathrooms made a title of glory for having ahead of its time an elevator, a mobile glass ceiling of the Hall of Honour, or being the first electrified castle in Europe.

LEARN MORE: Visit Peles, Romania’ s most beautiful castle

The fabulous Hall of Honour, the Royal Library, the Weapons’ Room, the Theater Hall, the Imperial Apartment (decorated especially for emperor Franz Joseph), the Music Room, the Moorish and Turkish rooms. Unmissable!

Insider tip:! If time (and physical condition) permits, take the cable car that takes you up to 2000 m altitude and hike to Babele and Sfinxul  (well-known huge rocky forms in the shape of old ladies and a sphynx), or to the  Caraiman Cross  and  Omu Peak .

How many days to spend in Sinaia / Accommodation tips

The castle itself takes about 2-2.5 hours to visit. If you stick to the castle alone, you may opt for a half-day trip from Brasov, or a day-trip to see Peles and Bran Castle.

Spending the night in the area? Vila Norbe  from Busteni or  Casa Hera  from Sinaia are good accommodation options, the latter offers free bikes to roam around the area. Aiming for something fancier? Try Hotel Sinaia or Alexandrion Experience , both superb!

Peles Castle is one of the top places to visit in Romania

5. Hărman fortified church

One of the typical places and best places to visit in Romania are fortified churches . These architectural marvels date back to the medieval times, mainly from 13 th to 16 th centuries. They were built by the Saxons, former inhabitants of Transylvanian lands.

To find out more information on the topic, read Best guide to villages with fortified churches in Transylvania.

Harman fortified church is a lesson of humanity. As each building with the same purpose, this one also served as place of worship, community centre and defensive structure . However, it is on this must-visit list for the degree of preservation, its rare pre-Reformation paintings, or area of natural beauty.

Expect to find a church that meant village life and community in its purest sense. And beautiful surroundings.

The two concentrical walls, the small chapel and the firing chambers. Observe the impressive size of the fortification: it was designed to shelter the entire village, more precisely 800 locals! Go up the stairs for the Saxon ethnographic museum.

How much time in Hărman / Accommodation tips

Insider tip!: Exploring the church takes no more than two hours at the most. You can design a fortified church visiting day: Prejmer, Harman or Viscri, and the Emerald Lake from Racos.

Harman is very close to Brasov (12 km away), that is why getting a hotel in Brasov comes in handy. Pinehouse Luxury Apartment or KOA Aparthotel offer great stays in Brasov. However, The Good House and Gastehaus Honigberg are two very good options in Harman.

Harman fortified church

6. Rucăr-Bran area

Rucăr-Bran area is famous for beautiful landscapes. Besides, Rucar-Bran pass is a 23 km corridor with majestic views at every step. And if you are a true explorer, wander off the beaten path to the east or west to experience authentic village life! I fell in love with the area after seeing some pictures featuring simple life: scattered villages, instagrammable landscapes or proud haystacks.

READ MORE: Rucar Bran area: top landscapes in a fairy-tale location

Inhale the beauty of nature! Pin on your map some villages to explore: Fundata, Fundățica or Șirnea-Ciocanu! Go for Bran Castle (the so-called Dracula Castle described above), Amfiteatrul Transilvania or Grădiștei Gorges… and taste some delicious cheese from the last true shepherds!

How much time do you need in Rucar-Bran area / Accommodation

Truth be told, having a car in the area definitely works as an asset! If you are in a hurry, you can just scan the whole Rucar-Bran pass in under a day, but it would be a pity not to stop and fill yourself with the majesty of nature. I’d recommend around two days in the area.

Pensiunea Malina  from Moieciu de Sus offers decent accommodation for the money, while  Casa Muntelui  in Fundata is truly welcoming.

Majestic nature is one of the top experiences

7. The Danube Delta

The Danube Delta  is the second largest delta in Europe, but the best preserved one. It is the last wild place in Europe , which makes it one of the best places to visit in Romania. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for  the third largest biodiversity in the world. Water paradise, the delta contains 5500 square kilometers of rivers, canals, marshes, islands, and lakes. It features diverse flora and fauna, boasting many  various species of birds (over 300) and fishes . It contains three arms that correspond to the three ports, the main inhabited places of the Danube Delta, where you can also find accommodation and meals based on fish, obviously.

Get rid of the car and use the boat extensively.

Curious about the Delta? Learn more: Reasons to Visit the Danube Delta Romania .

Sulina (only town in the Delta with wide sandy beaches), Letea forest and village (a special place which combines forest and desert, where you may see wild horses), Mila 23 village, Sacalin island, Gura Portitei (a resort-village) or Crisan village. Take one of the day tours offered in the area: boat tour, fishing tour, kayak, birdwatching or photo tour.

How many days / Accommodation in the delta

The delta is a destination in itself and one of the top places to visit in Romania. A thorough exploration and relaxation in the Danube delta can take up to several days.

Insider tip:! Since you arranged a trip to this unique place, why not indulge a few days at some of the Black Sea resorts? Try Mamaia, Neptun-Olimp, or Vama Veche, the place of the free thinkers.

Hotel Sunrise si Satul pescaresc  in Crisan is a pleasant accommodation option, as well as  Cherhana Resort .

The Danube Delta is one of the best places to visit in Romania

8. Transfăgărășan Highway

The Transfăgărășan is the most majestic highway in Romania that winds its way through the Carpathians. It is a concrete ribbon that connects Transylvania to Wallachia on a beautiful adventure that comprises both spectacular driving and guaranteed magnificent landscape or hiking possibilities. Built at Ceausescu’s orders, originally, the highway had a strategic purpose by enabling soldiers to cross the mountains. The numbers and costs connected to the Transfagarasan (officially called DN7C) are huge not only in terms of finance, but also in the deaths resulted from the gruelling construction process.

Be aware that Transfagarasan is open from May to October , weather permitting.

Insider tip!: This is one of the few places where you need a car (or motorbike). But don’t worry, there’s always possibility to book a guided tour made by Viator , GetYourGuide or toursbylocals.com . It would just be a pity to miss!

READ MORE: Transfagarasan road trip – all you need to know Poenari Fortress – Vlad the Impaler’s secondary residence

Bears roaming around are one of the top experiences on Transfagarasan. From one end to the other you shouldn’t miss: Poienari fortress (the fortress of Vlad the Impaler), Vidraru Dam and Storage lake, Balea Lake, and at least one hiking trail. Not to mention hairpins, of course.

How many days / Accommodation on Transfagarasan

If you have the time, two days would be ideal. However, it can be done in one day by focusing mainly to the road and landscape!

The classic accommodation hotel is  Balea Lac  (here, an ice hotel is available throughout winter), right at the top, but make sure to reserve ahead as in summer it is often fully booked. Another good option is  Vila Balea.

View over Transfagarasan

9. Cistercian Abbey of Cârța

Cârța is a unique monastery created by the order of the Cistercians as far as 1202. T he Cistercians are Catholic monks that originated from France in 1098 and were – what we would call today – vegan sustainable monks. They got many privileges and soon became very rich. In architecture, this is the time when early Gothic appears . In Romania, this monastery is the only ruin remaining from the Cistercians, and has a special peace and atmosphere.

LEARN MORE: The Cistercian Abbey of Cârța: Transylvanian Gothic and horror

The garden and its peace seem unreal, even spooky sometimes. Everything has a story to tell: the Evangelical church, the parish house, the watermill with three hammers. You should also know that the place served as set for the horror movie, The Nun .

How much time / Accommodation around Cârța

Insider tip!: The village of Cârța is within reach from the Transfagarasan (the Sibiu end), but if you look for cozy accommodation with homemade food with a touch of sophistication, spend the night at Cincsor Guesthouse !

We did spend the night at Cincsor and it only takes some minutes to the abbey. However, if you come from Sibiu, you should consider around 40 minutes driving time.

The Cistercian Abbey of Carta in ruins

Sibiu  is not just a landmark of Transylvania, but also one of the best places to visit in Romania. Former European Capital of Culture (2007), the city of Sibiu blows the trumpet as being one of the seven fortified citadels built by the Saxons back in the Middle Ages. The city is a  symbol of multi-ethnicity and multiculturalism . Moreover, some of the city’s fortifications are kept in an excellent state. One of the best Romanian destinations, Sibiu features lots of tourist attractions that will charm you , but this city is also famous for its vivid cultural life along with the tourist profile.

LEARN MORE: Visit Sibiu, Romania: top 10 attractions (+ bonus)

Insider tip!: Marginimea Sibiului  is a genuine land of Romanian traditions and customs preserved. The many awards it got (let’s just mention European Destination of Excellence for Tourism and Gastronomy) stand as testimony for its beauty, authenticity and outstanding cheese and smoked produce.

Insider tip!: Not far from Avrig, you have the opportunity to see the   Clay Castle  in the Valley of the Fairies,  a castle that the owners built thinking of Snow White.

Fairy Castle

You cannot miss in Sibiu the Great and the Small Squares, the Bridge of Lies, the Council Tower (climb to the top), or Brukenthal Museum. The ASTRA Museum is truly interesting if you have the time, it is a huge open air museum that preserves authentic and traditional values.

How many days to spend in Sibiu / Accommodation tips

Like other larger cities, Sibiu is also relevant not only as a visit, but also as a basecamp for nearby destinations. You can easily spend 2-3 nights here and explore the city and surroundings, or spend around one day to form an idea.

There are plenty of accommodation possibilities according to everyone’s whim:  Maison Elysee ,  Vendi Grand Square Residence  or  B13 Hostel  in Sibiu.

For a travel back in time and connection to customs, I recommend   La Mama Anica  in Porumbacu de Sus,  Casa Lopo  just around the corner from Sibiu,  or  Richis 22  (especially if you get to visit Biertan).

Sibiu is charming and one of the best places to visit in Romania

11. Sighisoara

Sighisoara  sounds familiar to Transylvania lovers and is considered one of the best places to visit in Romania. Everyone who’s ever been to Romania will tell you that Sighisoara, this charming small town situated in the middle of the country is a must. Even nowadays  Sighisoara looks like a medieval burg , being the only inhabited fortress in south-eastern Europe and one of the best preserved settlements from the Middle Ages. Medieval, knights, colors or narrow cobbled-alleys are the highlights of this place, whose historic centre is a UNESCO site.

Insider tip:! Go to  Mesendorf,  the Transylvanian village which manufactures cheese delicacies.

Insider tip:!   Transylvania Bike  Trails  Race  (a bike trail that passes through Transylvania and connects within the 100 km of trails 10 Saxon villages) is an attraction that combines movement in the open air with attractions of the area. The yearly   Haferland Festival , one of the most important festivals dedicated to Saxon culture in Transylvania is another milestone of the region.

LEARN MORE: Visit Sighisoara – true Transylvanian medieval gem

Stroll along the winding cobbled lanes, climb your way up to the Clock Tower for a great view (a landmark today that used to be a cell for prisoners sentenced to death), test your physical condition on the Scholars’ Stairs, or say a prayer in the Evangelical Church! Enjoy your time buying souvenirs, or prepare to land in time for the already famous Medieval Festival!

How many days in Sighisoara / Accommodation tips

Sighisoara is small and compact, so it can be visited in half a day. It has however very good vibes. Make Sighisoara your base camp for the area, or visit it on its own.

You can find good accommodation in Sighisoara at  Casa Cositorarului,  or  Casa Georgius Krauss .

Sighisoara and the Clock Tower are some of the best places to visit in Romania

In Viscri time stood still, civilization is remote, produce is fully organic and the landscape magical … Life is simple, while communion between man and animal is still strong. The tiny white church placed atop a hill seems to watch over the handful of inhabitants left. Its fame is of course fuelled by UK’s King Charles passion for the land and his guesthouse in Viscri.

LEARN MORE: Viscri – the authentic Saxon village

Visit the Lutheran fortified church with traditional Saxon objects and climb up to the tower, stroll around the village, enjoy delicious slow food at Viscri 32 barn and watch the clouds pass … just relax!

How much time in Viscri / Accommodation in Viscri

Viscri is just a village, therefore you can see all of it in around half a day. However, if you want to embrace peace and calm, you may wanna spend the night there.

Being rather touristy, accommodation is not the cheapest. You can choose Viscri 32 – White Barn and Blue House , a great renovated place that encapsulates authenticity, or opt for accommodation in Sighisoara. The closest airport is in Targu Mures, 100 km away.

Viscri and nature

13. Biertan

Biertan is another masterpiece in terms of Saxon fortification. One of the best things about Transylvania is its uniqueness in diversity. Although there are several fortified churches, you won’t get bored as most of them look so different!

This UNESCO site has some aces up its sleeve, making it one of the best places to visit in Romania. The Lutheran church of Biertan lies majestically on top of a hill and watches quietly over the village. If it could speak, it would have plenty to tell, such as the old supremacy of Biertan over the neighboring places or boast being invaded only once in 500 years.

Find out more: Biertan Fortified Church – UNESCO Heritage

The attraction is the Lutheran fortified church. Observe the church altar, the special door (with a clever mechanism with 15 bolts that can be simultaneously activated by a key), the famous Marriage Prison Tower (the ancient way of doing couple therapy), or the three massive fortification walls, as well as the Lard Tower.

How much time / Accommodation around Biertan

Being a small and somehow remote village, Biertan is best approached as part of a fortified-church exploration tour (Viscri, Meșendorf, Mălâncrav or Alma Vii in the area). Personally I loved this place, it is so quiet and serene!

Opt for Hotel Amel Rooms or Mercure Medias Binderbubi , the latter with spa included, both in Medias, 11 km from Biertan. Or, take a day trip from Sighisoara or Sibiu.

Biertan fortified church

14. Turda Salt Mine

Although not the only salt mine in the country, it is by far the biggest and most spectacular. This underground gem is known for its curative properties, being an important treatment destination. It has several objectives, such as galleries, mines or chambers, and due to its extensive process of modernization, even the pickiest visitor can find something interesting, as it houses a huge amusement park.

Insider tip!: As a suggestion, don’t miss out the nearby restaurant Sarea in bucate and Issa vinery where you can taste delicious wines!

READ MORE: Turda Salt Mine – the healthy and fun underground gem of Transylvania

Observe the grandeur of the salt mine – it is home to 38 million tons of salt! Try the Ferris Wheel inside the mine, play table tennis and roam around in a boat. Explore Rudolf mine and change landscape when going 13 floors down.

How much time / Accommodation in and around Turda

If you choose to spend the night in Turda, accommodate at Salina Gymnasium , or choose an accommodation in Cluj, just half an hour away!

Turda Salt Mine is a fun place

15. Rimetea

Rimetea is the Romanian village that looks so … not Romanian! This is a bold statement: somehow it is very Romanian, while at the same time it looks as if from Switzerland! Rimetea  boasts well-groomed houses with green wooden windows, perfectly aligned.  There are lots that keep the tradition of 19th century architecture, and attract many tourists from abroad.

The place has become touristic lately, and despite an impressive number of guesthouses, you need to book in advance  to enjoy the beautiful landscape, the hospitality of the inhabitants, and obviously, a bucket of relaxation. The population is 90% of Hungarian ethnicity and in spite of growing tourism, inhabitants are genuinely surprised that visitors go to visit their humble village.

Insider tip!: Since you are here, book dinner at Conacul Secuiesc restaurant! So traditional and delicious!

MORE: Rimetea – magic sunrise and traditional food

Take a walk in the village to discover a peaceful and neat area! At no. 48 go check the water mill. If you love nature, climb the Szekler’s Rock (2,000 m) or go to Trascaului fortress, just 5 km away! Don’t miss Conacul Secuiesc, another splendid spot both for nature and food!

How much time / Accommodation in Rimetea

Rimetea is obviously small and you can quickly make an impression. However, you can spend more time here considering the beauty of nature and hospitality.

Casa Botar or Kristaly Vendghaz are good choices in Rimetea. Conacul Secuiesc is also a typical guesthouse.

Detail from a typical house in Rimetea

Oradea  is, for many, a gate to Transylvania if you come from Hungary. From this perspective, this western city doesn’t get the well-deserved attention. But the truth is, Oradea is a destination in itself and one of the best places in Romania, and still, partially, a hidden gem. Part of the  European Art Nouveau network , Oradea gets a lot of attention coming from architecture.   Full of palaces and a famous pedestrian street,  the city’s legacy stands proud. Peaceful, beautiful and romantic are the words to describe this city crossed by Crisul Repede river.

Insider tip!: Feel like relaxing? Try Baile Felix resort , just 8 km from the city, a tourist attraction famous for its thermal waters. Or, go hiking in the Apuseni Mountains to enjoy breathtaking scenery, caves, waterfalls or lakes.

Oradea, mon amour! – Top things to do in this charming city Darvas – La Roche House, the first Art Nouveau Museum in Romania

The Art Nouveau buildings from Oradea are just stunning. Keep your gaze up to observe the Black Eagle Palace as well as the tens of buildings downtown. Plan a visit to Darvas-La Roche House, marvel at the blue ceiling of the Zion Neolog Synagogue, take a stroll in the old fortress or enjoy an ice-cream at a terrace!

How many days in Oradea / Accommodation tips

Often overlooked, Oradea has a lot of potential. Spend at least one day here, or plan a trip to the mountains. If you’re looking for accommodation, try  Ramada Hotel  that offers beauty treatments based on vinotherapy or Liberte Apartments.

The Black Eagle Palace

17. Maramures

Maramures is a unique etnographic area and one of the best places to visit in Romania. The villages of Maramures are a true landmark displaying beautiful rustic houses and  wooden churches which stretch across Eastern Europe,  but reach their peak in Maramures. Like many parts of the country, Maramures takes pride in  traditions, amazing nature and numerous wooden churches .

READ MORE: Best 2-day itinerary in Maramures region (with map)

The specificities of the region: traditions, wooden gates, the popular costume or the last remaining craftsmen! Visit the famous wooden churches in Desesti and Budesti-Joseni, the splendid Barsana monastery with its heavenly garden. The Mocanita Steam Train  is another must that will take you around the area and offer a unique experience. The Memorial of the Communism Victims is a one-of-a-kind museum situated in the former political prison. Breb is highly appreciated as an authentic village. Besides, Maramures offers lots of nature and hiking trails.

How many days / Accommodation in Maramures

If you plan an extensive visit to Maramures region, it’ll take at least three days… and a car would come in handy. If you only have one day, pick two-three objectives that are nearby.

For accommodation, the offer is plentiful. We suggest  Casa Ralucai  from Moisei, halfway between Viseu and Borsa,  Poiana Creasta Cocosului  in Breb for traditional accommodation,  Casa Chira  for excellence and quiet, or  Valea Vinului Dome , a glamping experience.

Barsana Monastery is simply stunning

18. The merry cemetery of Săpânța, Maramures

In Săpânța Maramures, death is seen under a luminous facet, where the dark gravestones have been replaced by colorful poems that highlight life’s beauty. Even if some crosses seem to contain insensitive messages, their goal is to describe life with good and bad moments, as it truly is. The idea belonged to a local artist who initiated the naïve pictures on the blue crosses. Written in the first person, the short poems give the feeling of conversation with the other side.

Insider tip!: All poems are in Romanian; it would be useful to have a translating app.

Insider tip!: Close to the monastery, for a fee you can visit the house of the local artist who had the idea and initiative of the cemetery.

The cemetery itself. In the middle, there’s a wonderfully painted church; it is astonishing both on the inside and outside. In Sapanta you can also visit the Peri-Sapanta monastery, the tallest of its kind in Europe.

Accommodation in Maramures

Check out Casa Susani , an oasis of beauty.

Church and the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, one of the top places for a Romanian itinerary

19. Bucovina region

This area, meaning beech land, is situated in the northern part of the region of Moldova, bordering with Ukraine.  Bucovina is one of the best places to visit in Romania and has proudly preserved its traditions and customs . Time seems to have stood still; locals use horse drawn carriages, pay an utmost importance to the culinary process and are always happy to receive visitors. It is in this harmonious atmosphere that you will find  the painted churches, 8 of them UNESCO heritage sites  that have been standing for about 5 centuries.  Voronet monastery  is famous for its shade of blue and is named “the Sistine Chapel of the east”. But Bucovina is so much more than these religious sites; it has  two national parks, high hills, lakes, volcanic and fabulous landscape , but also boasts fabulous Gorges.

Suceava  is the only city in Bucovina; visitors appreciate the castle circled by the defensive ditch and the medieval festival held every summer that rivals the one from Sighisoara. You have the opportunity to try  the longest zip line in Romania  here, called La Palma.

LEARN MORE: 15 interesting things to do in Bucovina, Romania

Visit Voronet and Putna monasteries, Daniil the Hermit’s cave, Marginea’s Pottery and Suceava fortress. Or explore the area by the steam-powered railway Hutulca   from Moldovita.   The Museum of Decorated Eggs  is an interesting visit with over 3,000 painted eggs from all over the world. If you love nature, go hiking, as the options are plentiful.

How many days in Bucovina / Accommodation tips

For a circuit of Bucovina, I would recommend at least three days. If you can only allot one day, opt for a tour of the monasteries or a hiking day.

Casa Lucretia  is situated near Suceava and offers a decent price-quality rapport. If you’re looking for genuine  accommodation, choose  La Roata  from Gura Humorului, or  Casa Poveste , two guesthouses where traditions are alive. Don’t be shy to taste their homemade food as well!

Monasteries in Bucovina are a must of any Romanian itinerary and a Romanian attraction

Iași,  Moldova region’s capital, is one of Romania’s largest cities and is not scrooge on tourist attractions . You will definitely be amazed by the Palace of Culture, a Neo-Gothic masterpiece from the early 20 th  century and the absolute landmark of Iasi, having a privileged position.

Iași, whose attractions range from cultural and architectural to religious ones , is today a major university centre in Romania, boasting a splendid library to the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University. It is undobtedly one of the best places to visit in Romania.

Insider tip!: If time permits, adventure yourself to  Sturdza Miclauseni Castle (one-hour drive), a Neo-Gothic jewellery, almost unknown, yet very beautiful.

Insider tip!: Although situated at a considerable distance from Iasi (around 3 h drive),  Bicaz Gorges are a nature’s splendor , so don’t miss out if you are around.

READ MORE: The best things to do in Iasi – Romania’s eastern beauty

Visit the iconic Palace of Culture, the churches Three Holy Hierarchs and Saint Nicholas, take a stroll in Copou Park, one of the first public gardens in Romania or the Unirii Square. Relax in the Botanical Gardens and enjoy a prosecco at one of the many terraces in Iasi!

How many days in Iasi / Accommodation in Iasi

Set aside one day for the main tourist attractions in Iasi. You can find cosy accommodation at  Velvet Guesthouse , Boutique Hotel Elena Doamna  or  CityLife Apartments. Are you looking for a hostel? Check out Hostel Andrei !

The Palace of Culture: Iasi

21. Mohoș Peat Bog

If 30 years ago, Saint Ana Lake was a must-see, Mohos Peat Bog slowly made room into a popular destination, more interesting than a pretty lake. A bog is a wetland that accumulates peat as a deposit of dead plant materials. They occur where the water at the ground surface is acidic and low in nutrients and is typical for cooler northern climates. Mohos Bog is very close to Tusnad, in the heart of Romania, in a beautiful mountainous area, just half an hour walk from the volcanic lake St Ana.

The vegetation is composed only by a few floral species that have adapted to the extremely poor environment. Botanists consider some species as the remnant of the ice age of the peat. It is supplied with water exclusively from the precipitation. All these elements make the bog one of the best places to visit in Romania.

Insider tip!: The tour of the Mohos peat bog can be done in an organized tour with a guide. You can find information about the periodically organized group visits at the information point, situated next to the road.

The bog itself is fantastic, the reflections in the water, the rare vegetation typical of the tundra. Something unique.

How much time / Accommodation in Tusnad

It only takes around one hour to visit the bog, but if you plan a visit to both objectives (bog + Saint Ana Lake), you should set aside half a day.

Casa Karola offers you everything you need in Tusnad. Besides, it is not far away from Hanul Secuiesc that provides both accommodation and eating options. We only tested dinner in the latter and it was truly heartwarming!

Mohos Peat Bog has an interesting past and a unique present

22. Corvin Castle

The castle is located in Hunedoara, central-western Romania. One of Romania’s seven wonders , Corvin Castle (or Huniazilor Castle) boasts medieval history intertwined with Gothic mystery, haunted spots or fairy-tale legends. Not to forget the impressive architecture that covers all of the above elements. It was initially designed as a fortress and prison, then, underwent some transformations and additions for military and aesthetic purposes. Considered by many one of the best places to visit in Romania, the fortress-architecture castle surprises the visitor by its impressive dimensions (largest in Transylvania).

READ MORE: The Gothic Mystery of Corvin Castle (+ Gardens of Zoe)

You’ll be impressed by the outer architecture of the castle, the Knight’s Hall and the Diet Hall. Don’t miss the large kitchen, the bedroom, the torture chambers and the well in the court. Enjoy the yard, find out more about the legends behind the Castle and if time permits, visit the Guilds’ House, a wonderful exhibition on ancient craftsmanship for kids and adults alike!

How much time / Accommodation in Hunedoara

A visit to the castle lasts around 2 hours. You can combine it with an exploration from Timisoara (2 – 2.5 hours drive)

Curtea Veche is not just great, but has an amazing position, close enough for a walk to the castle! Casa Mora is another option, in Deva, 20 km from the castle!

Corvin Castle

23. Timișoara

One of the best places to visit in Romania, Timișoara  is a multicutural city in the western part of the country. Compared to some parts of the country, Timisoara is often overlooked. Still, it got dressed in the best clothes for  European Capital of Culture in 2023  and shone its light. And, yes, there must be a reason for Timisoara to win this title! It is  the city that started the Revolution in 1989  that led to the fall of communism. 

Timisoara has good vibes and is lively , also due to the great number of students it attracts every year. It is not the type of city that suffocates the visitor with lots of museums, but there are a few. However, Timisoara has  many festivals  throughout the warm season especially that you will enjoy. It is a city of relaxation with  many squares filled with bars and cafés  situated in pedestrian areas.

READ MORE: Top 20 attractions in Timisoara – Multiculturalism in Romania

Take a walk and enjoy the beautiful buildings of the city. Explore the Unirii Square, Libertatii and Operei Squares or the Cathedral, while enjoying a delicious lunch on a terrace. Dive into the funny Museum of the Communist Consumer or the Village Museum. Gulp lots of cheap beer produced right here, at the first beer factory in the country.

Insider tip!: Wine amateurs and nature lovers have the opportunity to visit  Recas  Vineyards , around 25 km from the city, where some of the top Romanian wines are produced. In the area, there’s also  Petrovaselo  or  Aramic .

Insider tip!:   The Oravita-Anina railway  has a long history, being the first mountain railway in south-eastern Europe. It is 34 km long and the entire trip is a display of scenic beauty.

How many days to stay / Accommodation tips

Timisoara can be explored in one day, but it also makes a good basecamp. You can explore nature at Cheile Nerei Beusnita Natural Park, for instance!

For Timisoara accommodation, the price range varies from hostels, like  Hostel Cornel  to hotels, such as the classic  Hotel Silva  or  Rox Central Apartments.  

Aerial view of Timisoara, one of the best places in Timisoara

24. Retezat Mountains

Romania is crossed by the Carpathians, and Retezat Mountains are some of the best mountains in the country. Why is this? The typical landscape of Retezat is awesome: there are lots of glacial lakes, the mountains are covered in pristine forests and several peaks reach over 2500 m. Besides, the vegetation is spectacular in early summer with pink rhododendrons and cute fluffy marmots! Of course, let’s not forget a wide range of animals: wolves, chamois, brown bears or lynx! So, if you are a mountain lover, this is one of the best places to visit in Romania!

FIND OUT MORE: Tips for hiking – A weekend in Retezat National Park

Hiking, camping, sunset over Bucura Lake, sunrise over Taul Portii Lake, climbing up Peleaga Peak, watch for cute marmots and black goats (if you are lucky) and have a wonderful time in nature!

Accommodation in Retezat

The best accommodation possible is worth a million stars as it is under the starry sky in tent. Watch out to dress accordingly as temperatures can drop to negatives even in summer!

Sunset over Retezat Mountains

Romanian itinerary ideas

Here are some itineraries that link together the best places to visit in Romania. All of them are entirely customizable according to your time and interests, that’s why some destinations are between brackets. Most of them include both cities and nature (oftentimes traditions as well) to get a true idea of what Romania is really like.

1.” A BIT OF IT ALL” ITINERARY (7-10 days) : Bucharest (1-3 days) – Brasov (1 day and overnight basecamp) – Peles Castle + Bran Castle (1 day) – Harman fortified church + Rucar-Bran pass (1 day) – Transfagarasan ( Curtea de Arges to Cartisoara; 1-2 days) + Cistercian Abbey of Carta (optional) – Sibiu (1 day) – return to Bucharest.

2. “NATURE, CULTURE AND TRADITIONS” ITINERARY (7-10 days): Bucharest (1-3 days) – Brasov (1 day) – St Ana Lake + Mohos Peat Bog (1 day)- Bicaz Gorges and The Red Lake (1 day) – Suceava (1 day) – Bucovina (painted monasteries + vintage steam train ride) (1 day) – Iasi (1 day).

3. “HIGHLIGHTS OF OLD AND NEW” ITINERARY (5-6 days) : Bucharest (1 day)- Brasov (1 day) – (Peles Castle + Bran Castle; 1 day) – Sighisoara + Biertan (1 day)- Sibiu (1 day) – Transfagarasan (direction Cartisoara to Curtea de Arges) (1 day) – return to Bucharest

4. “TRANSYLVANIA: CASTLES AND CULTURE” ITINERARY (7-10 days): Bucharest (1-3 days) – Brasov (1 day) – Peles Castle + Bran Castle (1 day) – Sighisoara + Biertan (1 day) – Sibiu + Corvin Castle (1 day) – (Retezat Mountains/Cheile Nerei Beusnita National Park) (1 day) – Timisoara (1 day) – Oradea (1 day).

5. “TRADITIONS AND ARCHITECTURE” ITINERARY (6-7 days): Iasi (1 day)- Suceava (1 day) – Bucovina (painted monasteries + vintage steam train ride) (1 day) – Maramures (1-2 days) – Oradea (1 day)- Timisoara (1 day)

6. “TO THE POINT” ITINERARY (5 days): Bucharest (1 day) – Peles Castle (1 day) – Brasov (1 day) – Sighisoara + Sibiu (1.5 days) – return to Bucharest.

7. “TRANSYLVANIA MEETS BUCOVINA” ITINERARY (5-6 days) : Bucharest (1 day) – Suceava (1 day) – Sighisoara (1 day) – Brasov (1 day) – Sinaia (1 day)- return to Bucharest  

8. “WESTERN ROMANIA” ITINERARY (4-8 days): Cluj (1.5 days)- Turda (0.5 days)- Oradea (1 day) – (Apuseni Mountains) (1 day) – Maramures (1-3 days).

9. “SHORT TRANSYLVANIA” ITINERARY (4-5 days): Cluj (1 day) – Sighisoara (1 day) – Brasov (1 day) – Sibiu (1 day) – return to Cluj Napoca.

10. “DISCOVER TRANSYLVANIA AND MARAMURES” ITINERARY (4-8 days): Timisoara (1 day) – (Retezat Mountains/Cheile Nerei Beusnita National Park) (1 day) – Corvin Castle (0.5/1 day) – Sibiu (1 day) – Turda Salt Mine (0.5 days) – Oradea (1 day) – Maramures (1-3 days).

11. “DANUBE DELTA AND BLACK SEA” ITINERARY (3-7 days): Bucharest (1 day) – the Danube Delta (1 -3 days) – The Black Sea (1-3 days).

Interactive map

I have included my list with the best places to visit in Romania. The red markers represent the 24 main attractions; the blue markers are general attractions, the green markers represent nature and hikes, while the yellow ones are religious sites and fortified churches.

Have you been to Romania before? How did you like it? Do you have any further visiting tips or suggestions? I look forward to reading your experiences!

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15 Best Places to Visit in Romania

Located in central Europe, Romania is most easily known for its famed Transylvania region.  Second to that are the wonderfully preserved medieval spots like Sighisoara and fortresses like Bran Castles – which is usually associated with Dracula legend.  In just a few hours you can go from the Danube River to the capital city of Bucharest, and then on to the Black Sea. Romania is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains which attract tourists looking for excellent climbing, trekking, skiing adventures. Romania can be described simply:  natural beauty and a wealth of folk culture. Spend time exploring its architectural gems, vibrant art scene, and pristine landscapes and you’ll see why.

Lets explore the best places to visit in Romania :

1. Bucharest

Bucharest

Romania’s capital and commercial centre has a great energy and the locals know how to have fun. Without doubt, Bucharest’s most iconic landmark is the communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building.  With 1,100 rooms and its massive blue-print, it’s the second largest building on the planet.

Enjoy everything from the nightlife in the Lipscani district to the 15th-century Curtea Veche palace where Vlad the Impaler once ruled. Must-sees include the Romanian Athenaeum and Cismigiu Garden.

The city is a combination of modern capitalism and remnants of the communist era, but tucked away in surprising pockets are graceful villas, 17th century churches, lovely parks, and trendy cafes.

Brasov

Located in Transylvania and ringed by the Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is one of the most visited tourist locations in Romania. Home to the towering Black Church with its 4,000 pipe organ (13th century), it’s definitely worth your time.  It combines city life and old world charm with stunning landscapes and rich history.

You’ll want to see Piata Sfatului (Council Square) and the Casa Sfatului (local museum).  But the real reason to visit is Bran Castle – otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle.

There’s a ton of myth to sort through, but Bran the setting of Bram Stokers Dracula and is now a museum open to tourists. You’ll love strolling through Brasov’s maze of streets, boho cafes, and real life gingerbread houses.

Sibiu

A couple hours north of Bucharest is Sibiu , situated on the Cibin River in Transylvania. Considered a cultural gem, the baroque squares and quaint cobblestone streets have a unique appeal.

Voted the European Capital of Culture in 2007, Sibiu created the countries first library, pharmacy, and hospital. There’s a large handful of “must visit places,” but the top of the list includes the Brukenthal National Museum, the Gothic church with 6,002 pipes and a dizzying church tower you can climb, the tomb of Prince Mihnea the Bad, who was murdered in front of the church, and the ASTRA National Museum Complex.

Sibiu has more festivals than any other city in Romania – not to mention plenty of theatre, opera, and exhibitions.

4. Sighisoara

Sighisoara

Step back in time in Sighisoara , a 12th century Transylvania-Saxon town; perhaps the best preserved medieval town in all of Europe.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a completely intact gem dating from the 16th century.  With nine towers, burgher houses, cobbled streets, and stunning churches, it’s drenched in ambiance and atmosphere.

There’s more to discover about the Dracula legend here – it’s the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler.  Vlad ruled during the 15th century and is Bram Stokers inspiration for the fictional Count Dracula. Visitors can stop by his home as well as the Church on the hill, the Dominican Monastery, and the Venetian House.

Sulina

If you’re looking for a sleepy fishing port to put your feet up for a bit, then Sulina, and its tranquil beach, is just the place.

The town is Romania’s easternmost point and possibly the loveliest stopping point on any Danube journey. Most tourists use Sulina as their home base for deeper explorations into the delta and along the Black Sea.

Explore the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, visit Argamum and Enisala, medieval fortresses, and discover Saon and Celic Dere, two orthodox monasteries. No matter what, you’ll be amazed at the diversity of wildlife and the beauty of this tiny town.

Deva

The standout attraction in Deva is Citadel Hill, a nature reserve being protected because of the rare floral species found there as well as the horned adder. Built in the 13th century, the ruins of the citadel remain on top of the hill – which you can climb or reach by cable car.

For those on their way to Corvin Castle, it’s a perfect overnight stay. You can enjoy the Arts Theatre, Patria Cinema, and the Old Centre.  Some trivia for you: Deva is the gymnastics capital of Romania (remember Nadia Comaneci?)

7. Baile Herculane

Baile Herculane

Archaeological digs confirm that humans have inhabited the area of modern day Baile Herculane since the Palaeolithic period. You can visit Pestera Hotilor (The Cave of Thieves) to see proof for yourself.

The town is now famous for its luxurious thermal springs.  Legend holds that Hercules himself once stopped here to bathe and rest.  The city is so fond of its famous visitor that no less than six statues of him have been discovered here.

Since WWII, people have come for the healing properties of the hot springs.  Baile Herculane is a funny mix of senior citizens enjoying their retirement and the university crowd, looking for a great holiday.

8. Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca

The unofficial capital of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca is a vibrant university town. It boasts an energetic nightlight as well as historical landmarks dating back to Saxon rule.

Everyone will tell you, this is a town that’s big on charm.  It serves as the film capital of Romania and each May the Transylvania International Film Festival is held here.

Visit Piata Unirii, a Gothic-style church, the baroque-era Bánffy Palace, now home to a Romanian art museum, and a dramatic statue of King Matthais Corvinus (15th century). Cluj often serves as a launching point for trips to the Apuseni Maramures mountain ranges.

Suceava

Suceava is considered the gateway into all things cultural, historical, and natural in the Bucovina region.  It’s also home to the Painted Monasteries.

Once the capital of Moldavia, the city has some incredible landmarks, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint George’s Church, the Buconvina Ethnographic Museum, and the Princely Court.

At first glance, this is a pretty unassuming town. However, it makes a perfect base camp for visiting the many fortresses in the area. Plus, it’s a great place to return to every night as the food here is phenomenal and the laid-back nightlife enjoyable.

10. Timisoara

Timisoara

Timisoara is the main social and cultural centre in western Romania. It’s a popular destination among urbanites who love its diversity. Often called Primul Oras Liber (First Free Town), the first anti- Ceausescu protests broke out here and ultimately led to the demise of Ceausescu and his wife in 1989.

City planning dates back to the 13th century and over the years the Romans, Turks, and Serbs, and Austrians have laid claim to the place.

With such a unique history, Timisoara’s public squares, gorgeous parks, neighbourhoods, and beautiful gardens have incredible cultural influences. The city’s second nickname is “Little Vienna,” because of the year-round music festivals, theatre, art exhibitions, and museums.

11. Vama Veche

Vama Veche

Near the border of Bulgaria and sitting right on the coast of the Black Sea is Vama Veche.  This city knows what its word is, and that word is: Party! (Exclamation point required!).

All summer long you’ll find enticing beach-front bars, restaurants, and clubs with non-stop 24/7 service. Thousands of people flock here at the end of the work week to let loose on the beach. Grand opening weekend is always May 1st weekend and the season closes with the Stuff Stock Music Festival at the end of August.

Swim in the Black Sea, fall in love with the Boho free spirit attitude, and soak up as much sun as you want.

12. Maramures

Maramures

Travel to Maramures, a mountain region in northern Romania in order to relax and take a long deep breath of fresh air.  The region is famous for its wooden churches, most of which are several hundred years old.

The place to be in Maramures is Baia Mare, the capital. For over 2,000 years, people have been mining for silver, gold, and other metals in this traditional Romanian town.

Much of its medieval past has been preserved in the main square, Piata Libertatii. Baia Mare is the best place to get a taste of traditional Romanian life. While there visit Piata Izvoarelor, the open air food market, and Butcher’s Tower.

13. Hunedoara

Hunedoara

Ask any Romanian and they’ll tell you that, hands down, the best castle in the country is Corvin Castle, found in Hunedoara.  Located in Transylvania in the Poiana Rusca Mountains, the city is a mix of Romanians, Hungarians, and Germans.

Lush trees flank the streets making it an idyllic setting as you make your way to the castle. Also known as Hunyadi Castle, it’s one of the largest in Europe and for those that love visiting European castles, this one is always at the top of the lists.

Don’t let the castle blind you, there is plenty to see and do in Hunedoara.  Cinci Lake is nearby, as are Nandru Cave, the Furnace of Govajdia, and St. Nicholas Church.  Many tourists also use the city as a staging point for trips into the Poiana Rusca Mountains.

Peles Castle, Romania

Sinaia is named for Mount Sinai and high above the town, you can see a cross on the mountain, placed there by a nobleman in 1965 who later went on to found Sinaia monastery there.

This mountain resort has a number of things to attract the average tourist, not the least of which is Peles Castle; dating from 1883, it’s an extraordinary site and home of Romania’s first king. It’s filled with hidden passages to tease the imagination.

Sinaia is situated in a small valley filled with marvellous fir-trees.  It’s a quaint town that fills with hikers each summer and skiers each winter.  Set against the breath-taking crags of the Bucegi Mountains, many tourists come just for the dramatic day hikes.

Salina Turda

Ranked as one of the top 22 spectacular tourist destinations, Salina Turda is a salt mine in Durgau-Valea Sarata that’s been open to tourists since 1992.

Roughly two million tourists find their way there each year to see the eclectic coloured Hapsburg facades of the village. Visit the Turda Gorge and the eerie, yet still awesome, salt mine. Strangely, there are some 1000 varieties of plant and animal species in this small area, some of which are quiet rare or endangered.

Just an hour outside of Cluj-Napoca, it makes a great day excursion.

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17 of the Best Places to Visit in Romania for Every Kind of Traveler

17 of the Best Places to Visit in Romania for Every Kind of Traveler

If you’re wondering where to go in Romania, we’ve got you covered. We asked a group of professional travel writers to share their favorite Romania vacation spots, plus we’ve added a few of our own, to come up with this comprehensive list of the best places to visit in Romania!

When planning your Romanian itinerary, keep in mind that public transportation times between cities can often be deceptively long. We don’t encourage anyone to come to Romania and try to zip around too fast, instead we love slowly exploring one region at a time instead of rushing from place to place. Romania is a country that is best enjoyed when you savor small moments, rather than just seeing the country’s highlights.

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Want to travel Romania? We’ve covered the most beautiful places to visit in Romania, from Bucharest to Transylvania (Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara, and beyond) to the Black Sea coast of Constanta and Danube Delta to under-the-radar Romanian cities like Timisoara, Cluj, and beyond. Full of the best things to do in Romania and Romania travel tips. From nature to mountains to food, this is your one-stop spot for Romania itinerary inspiration!

Here are the best places to visit in Romania (as picked by travel experts!)

In no particular order…

Since Bucharest is the most visited city in Romania (and many people’s entry point into the city) it should surprise no one that it’s the favorite Romanian vacation spot of many travel writers! We were lucky enough to get two separate takes on this great Romanian city.

Romania - Bucharest - Best Places to Visit in Romania Collab

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a must visit for anyone visiting this lesser known corner of the world. You can spend hours meandering around the city marvelling at the broad range of architecture dotted throughout this metropolis.

There’s so much to see here – from the hard to miss, ginormous Palace of Parliament, so large that barely fits into one photograph, to the beautiful domed Stavropoleos Monastery and Bucharest’s own Arc de Triomphe! Take a break from the bustling streets and head to Herastrau Park, a green oasis in the midst of the city encircling the Herastrau Lake, where you’ll find many locals enjoying a relaxing walk or bike ride in the fresh air.

When it comes to food, although Romania isn’t famed for it’s cuisine, there are two absolute gems to put on your list whilst exploring Bucharest.

For a truly traditional affair head to Caru’cu Bere, an ornate beer hall serving up pints of great value local beer and classic Romanian dishes including mittitei and tochitură. The live Romanian folk music and over the top venue may make this seem more like a tourist haunt but you’ll find many locals also frequent this authentic place.

On the other end of the scale make your way to The Artist, one of Bucharest’s only and certainly the best fine dining you’ll find in the city. Serving up inventive dishes including quail with crab, apricot and white chocolate this is one restaurant you don’t have to choose one dish as you can opt for the ‘spoon tasting’ a mouthful or two of each delicious dish.

Contributed by Laura from The Travelling Stomach.

Romania - Bucharest - Skating Rink Mall

I loved living in Bucharest , Romania. Bucharest is the capital of Romania and there is lots to see and do. You can visit the Old Town, take a tour of the markets, go ice skating in a mall or enjoy some of the architecture. Also, be sure to try some traditional foods, pass time in their near perfect parks or even heck out parliament. This is just a glimpse, there are lots of things to do in Bucharest.  

Why really won Bucharest over for me was how livable it was. The accommodations in Bucharest are quite affordable to start with. The internet in Bucharest is some of the fastest in the world and many people I met spoke English.

I really enjoyed the variety of foods available and the nightlife was rock solid as well. That said, like anywhere “there are pros and cons to living Bucharest”.   Since Romania is the capital though, there is really something for everyone from history buffs, to foodies or even digital nomads like myself.  

It should go without saying that if you’re traveling in Romania, set some time aside to explore Bucharest.

Contributed by Rob Lloyd from Stop Having a Boring Life.

Romania - Sighisoara - Best Places to visit in Romania collab

Home to one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in Europe (and one of the few that remain inhabited), Sighisoara is a must-visit in Romania.

Located 300 km north-west of Bucharest, Sighisoara is one in a constellation of fortified Transylvanian cities. It was established in the 12th century by the Saxons, craftspeople and merchants dispatched to the area to safeguard the Austro-Hungarian border from the Ottoman.

Members of Sighisoara’s 15 trade guilds (Rope Makers, Furriers, Tanners and Butchers, to name a few) took care of the town’s walls and defensive bastions. Today, each of the towers retains the name of its forbearers.

Like other Transylvanian cities, Sighisoara revolves around its Clock Tower (Tunul cu Ceas) and square. The tower’s shimmering roof tiles can be spotted from anywhere in the city. The wooden Scholar’s Stairway, first built in 1642, leads to the Biserica din Deal and German Cemetery high above the town.

Other highlights of Sighisoara include visiting the canary yellow house where Vlad Tepes, AKA Count Dracula, was born in 1431. It’s now a restaurant and small museum. A couple of hours can happily be spent wandering amongst the cobbled lanes and pastel houses that helped earn Sighisoara a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1999.

Sighisoara can easily be reached from Bucharest by rail or bus. It’s also possible to visit as a day trip from Sibiu or Brasov.

Contributed by Emily from Wander-Lush.

Romania - Brasov - Center of Town

Brasov is a charming medieval city in Transylvania Region of Romania. Known for its colorful baroque structures and history, Brasov is one of the hidden gems in Europe.  

This town has one of the best locations in Romania if you want to go sightseeing. In the town center alone, you’ll find several things to do in Brasov.  

The main attractions include the famous Black Church which earned its nickname when it survived the fire in the 1600s. The town square of Piata Sfatului is where the locals and tourist alike go people watching or just to relax.  

And Piata Sfatului is probably one of the quirkiest things to do in Brasov as it’s the narrowest street in Europe. For us, one of our favorite things to do in to simply walk around town and admire the beautiful traditional homes that make up this beautiful town.  

The entire town is bordered by the Carpathians on three sides which means it is also close to some of the best spots for nature tripping and skiing during winter. Also, its central location in Romania makes it a good base for several day trips from the town center.

These day trips include a tour to Bran Castle which is known as the Dracula’s Castle and other castles in the area such as Peles and Cetatea Rasnov.  

So if you want a less crowded but beautiful and relaxing town, a trip to Brasov is a must.  

Best places to visit in Romania collab

Quite regularly, only travelers who have already been in the country for a few days, or visit Romania for a second or third time, discover the wonderful area of Bucovina, in the north of the country. And again, most of those who finally decide to visit it, do so for their famous collection of painted orthodox monasteries, which have been the cover of many international travel magazines in recent years and, frankly, they are wonderful.

Today I am not here to repeat what you already know but to bring you this snapshot, a perfect document that conveys how impressed the Bucovina landscapes left me. Maybe the stars lined up so that I could experience one of the most beautiful sunrises of my life, maybe it’s like this on a daily basis.

Whatever it is, seeing the fog rise over the hills – only populated by a few small wooden huts here and there – as the sun was rising, it was one of the most sublime moments I have lived throughout in my travels. And so it was, ladies and gentlemen, how Bucovina stayed in my retina – and, like the visual-being I am, therefore in my heart.

Don’t be afraid to visit Romania during the coldest months. It is one of the best winter destinations in Europe !

Contributed by Inma from A World to Travel.

Piatra Neamt & Neamt Fortress

Romania - Bistrita - Piatra Neam

One of the most picturesque cities in Romania, the highlight of Piatra Neamt is a (short) trek up to Piatra Neamt fortress. Beyond the stunning views from the top of the fortress, you’ll also get to explore one of the most important historic sites in Romania.

To get to the top, the hike is about one kilometer, and there is a small tourist center set up at the bottom. When we were there, we saw some adorable puppies towards the bottom.

The fortress was built in the thirteenth century, and played an important role in the system of defenses organized by Stephen III of Moldavia during the fifteenth century. 

Editor’s Choice.

Peles Castle

Best places to visit in Romania collab

Peles Castle, known locally as Castelul Peleș is a stunning Neo-Renaissance castle that looks like it has hopped right out of a fairy tale book! This medieval castle is nestled in the hillside of the Carpathian Mountains and is one of my favourite places in the whole of Romania! Peles Castle was built between the years of 1873 and 1914 and was one of the major stops along the medieval route between Transylvania and Wallachia.

Peles Castle comprises of pristine turrets and terraces as well as muralled walls and manicured gardens. This picture-perfect palace is now a museum which displays halls, parlours and salons in exquisite condition with a whole host of paintings, tapestries, furnishings and fabrics to admire. Outside, the grounds feature a range of sculptures, many created by Italian artist Raffaello Romanelli.

While Peles Castle was once home to the Romanian Royal Family, it is now mainly enjoyed by the public and is only intermittently used by the royals to host celebratory events such as the 150th anniversary of the Romanian Royal Dynasty a few years ago.

Visiting Peles Castle is a must for those who love all things magical as it has a truly enchanting presence, and photographers will be in awe of this photogenic castle from every angle! Peles Castle can easily be reached as part of a day trip from Bucharest as it lies just two hours away, so there really is no excuse not to visit this captivating castle.

Contributed by Chrysoula from Historic European Castles.

Horezu Monastery

Romania - Horezu Monastery

While Bucharest is lacking nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a great day trip from Bucharest is to visit the UNESCO Site of Horezu monastery in the Southern Carpathian mountains.

According to UNESCO’s inscription :

Founded in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brancovan, the monastery of Horezu, in Walachia, is a masterpiece of the ‘Brancovan’ style. It is known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculptural detail, the treatment of its religious compositions, its votive portraits and its painted decorative works. The school of mural and icon painting established at the monastery in the 18th century was famous throughout the Balkan region.

It’s easiest to visit from Bucharest by car or you can spend a few days in the area.

The Danube Delta

danube delta romania

One of the most incredible places to visit in Romania is the underrated Danube Delta.  Most people associate Romania with castles and its gritty capital city but they completely miss out on the Delta, which is situated in the northeastern corner of the country on its border with Ukraine. 

The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has the third largest biodiversity in the world behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos.  There are over 300 recorded bird species calling the Delta home and the landscapes feel like you’re in the southeastern United States… not in the middle of Europe.

There are an abundance of things to do in the Danube Delta , but I definitely recommend spending some time slowly traveling through its three different channels. 

The three channels that eventually flow into the Black Sea are Chilia, Sulina, and Sfantu Gheorghe.  Chilia is the youngest and most of it is located within Ukraine.  Sulina is the most known and actually has been manipulated by man a lot over the years.  And Sfantu Gheorghe is the most sparsely populated and, perhaps, the most remarkable in terms of beauty.

Several interesting settlements and places exist along the Danube Delta.  Mila 23 is a laid-back village accessible by boat through the Sulina Channel and its colorful houses, dense forests, and chilled-out vibe will make you think you’ve landed on an island in the Caribbean. 

Letea Village is home to an ancient forest and some of Europe’s most famous inland sand dunes.  It is also Romania’s oldest nature reserve.  Sacalin Island is Europe’s newest piece of land and is located in the Black Sea right beside the Sfantu Gheorghe branch of the Delta.  This piece of brand new land is only accessible by boat and is uninhabited. 

While it is not a small village but rather a large city, Tulcea makes a great base for exploring the Danube Delta and there is a lot to do there, as well.

The Danube Delta is an incredible place to take some time and explore some of Romania’s (and Europe’s) best nature.  It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Romania.

Contributed by Megan Starr from MeganStarr.com.

Romania - Timisoara

The pretty city of Timosoara is much more than a point of entry to Romania, although it does make for an excellent stop-off if coming overland from Budapest or indeed anywhere in Eastern Europe. Although Timosoara isn’t anywhere near the size of Bucharest, it offers something the latter doesn’t: a charming, historic centre lesser touched by the American-style burger bars that dominate the capital.

With three sunny historic squares, Timosoara offers learning and people-watching opportunities aplenty. During the summer, Victory, Independence and Unity Squares are inhabited by locals who meet to socialize and drink coffee in the sun.

Once you’ve admired the historically significant buildings and learnt about Romania’s rich yet troubled history, you should pull up a chair and join them! Other things to do in Timisoara include walking the river path, heading inside the ornate Orthodox Cathedral and learning about how people once lived at the Communist Consumer Museum.

For foodies, there are some highly recommended cafes and restaurants in Timisoara. Check out Casa Bunicii 1 or Gratarul cu Staif for traditionally meaty Romanian cuisine or Lera’s Bistro for a taste of Serbian food. Family-run Jolie Bistro serves the best international food in town, while Il Gelato Di Bruno are renowned for making the best ice cream.

Contributed by Rose Munday from Where Goes Rose.

Romania - Sibiu - Best Places to visit in Romania

One of the most beautiful cities in Romania has to be Sibiu. This stunning town in Transylvania has a long history of German influence.  

Within the UNESCO recognized historic center, you’ll find many beautiful buildings with peeking eyes and colorful facades. Beyond the historic center, you’ll find the old fortifications of Sibiu with its impressive towers and walls.

I especially loved Sibiu as although it’s certainly a touristic attraction in itself, it is walkable, fairly quiet, and full of cozy cafes that you’ll want to pop into.  Even after visiting other Romanian cities, I fell in love with Sibiu’s quiet beauty that only becomes even more lovely as the sunsets and golden hour sets in.  

If you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to enjoy one of the local fairs or the annual Christmas market held in the Grand Square.

Do not miss taking the impressive covered tunnel up to the hill towards the Evangelical Church, a beautiful Gothic church that dates back to 1350. WIthin the church, you’ll have impressive views over the city and be able to learn more about the German past of Sibiu.

Eating local is easy in Sibiu as you’ll find several cafes and restaurants that focus on regional food and drinks. 

Contributed by Karen Turner from WanderlustingK.

Romania - Arad - Best Places to Visit in Romania Collab

If you are going to visit Timisoara, you should consider visiting Arad. Arad is a city located in the western part of Romania just 60 kilometers far from Timisoara, close to the Hungarian border. It has a population of 160 000 inhabitants and is one of Romania’s biggest industrial regions but also the cultural center with the philharmonic, theater, and museums.

I’ve been in Arad only a few days but it was enough time to jump out in the afternoon and see some of the local attractions. What is worth recommending to see among the others is the 18th-century Stronghold in Arad – it’s quite close to the city center (anyway, Arad is not so big). In the historical market square, you will find many buildings with classical architecture like 19th century Ioan Slavici Theater or the City Hall.

In the evening you can eat really good food as well as drink different kinds of craft beers in Euphoria Restaurant located just next to the Continental hotel where I stayed.  If you are going to wander a little further, I recommend using trams. What is interesting is that Arad’s trams are one of the oldest in Romania – the company was founded in 1869.

Contributed by Lucas from Lean Traveller Guide .

The Transfagarasan

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My favorite place to visit in Romania is the Transfagarasan. Constructed between 1970 and 1974 for defensive purposes, this road is now one that offers spectacular views. You can get to the Transfagarasan by car – you can go on a one-day trip from Bucharest  or as a stop on your Romania trip.

The road is a bit challenging – it has numerous hairpin turns – but not that difficult. It is open from July to the end of September (sometimes just until mid-September) – it actually depends on the weather.

The road takes you to an altitude of 2,042 meters (6,699 ft) and rewards you with amazing views and several waterfalls along the way. There are places where you can park the car and soak in the beauty – and take pictures to remind you of this amazing road trip.

At the top, there is also a cabin – Balea Lake Cabin – where you can stay at. There is also a lake – Balea Lake – and you can snap the perfect Instagram photo here with the cabin reflected by the lake. While you’ll visit this during the summer, you can expect to see some snow! How’s that for a fun experience?

Words can’t really express the beauty of the trip and the amazing feeling you get when reaching Balea Lake. While you may have to go slowly – as many people go there and sometimes lines are formed – the trip will be amazing, I guarantee it.

We try to get to the Transfagarasan once a year – and we never get tired of the views, the smell of the forests, and of the trip itself!

Contributed by Loredana from Earth’s Attractions.

Rupea Fortress

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Even though Rupea Fortress is one of the most iconic sites in Romania, it’s not as famous as other Romanian castles , especially compared to other Transylvanian castles like Bran and Peles.

Located about halfway between Sighisoara and Brasov, it was built in the fourteenth century by the local Saxons to protect against incursions from Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. 

Combine a visit to Repua Fortress with stops in the local villages of Viscri and Crit.

Targu-Mures

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Targu Mures is a unique, historic city in Romania that is full of culture and artistry. The famed city’s name literally translates to “market,” and the city’s bustling streets have once served as the hub for local artisans to showcase their crafts.

Now, the artistic city has evolved into a modern hub for unique restaurants, cafes, churches, and monuments. It’s simply an amazing city for anyone looking to deeply engage with the history and culture of Romania.

Targu Mures is home to many unique landmarks, such as the Apollo Palace and the Palffy House. But its main cultural attraction is located in the southern heart of the Targu Mures Square, where the “Culture Palace” is located.

The Culture Palace hosts many unique museums in the heart of Targu Mures, and the traditional Romanian architecture will be sure to evoke awe in its viewers. I recommend visiting the Teleki Library and the St. Michael Wooden Orthodox Church, both of which are historic landmarks that embody the ancient knowledge and culture of Transylvania.

Targu Mures offers the travel experience of the modern world, with unique restaurants, bars, and other amenities, but also offers the experience of the past unlike any other city in Romania.

Contributed by Andrew Kim from RoadGoat .

Cluj Napoca

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Cluj Napoca, the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region in northwestern Romania, is one of the best places to visit in Europe. A perfect getaway for families, Cluj Napoca has many open spaces and attractions that will bring awe to your children’s eyes. 

First, Cluj Napoca’s Botanical Garden with its exotic flowers and ponds can bring fairytales to life. Then, for a bit of a thrill take a walk around the Hoia Forest with its haunting, crooked trees. Perhaps you can even tell them local stories of alien encounters and people who disappear when the mist falls. Another place for an adventure is underground within the salt mines, where a boat ride amidst glistening walls awaits. Later on, take a walk around the charming city center and they will feel like they have taken a tour of a storybook.

Aside from its stunning attractions, Cluj Napoca is also a great place to try traditional Romanian food . It has its own delicious culinary specialties like the Varză à la Cluj, a meat and cabbage dish flavored with thyme, cumin, and paprika, and the Ciorbă de fasole cu ciolan, a hearty bean soup topped with smoked pork meat and served in a bread bowl. 

As one of those lesser-known cities in Romania, another advantage of visiting the lovely region of Cluj Napoca is that it is rarely crowded and traveling from one place to another is as easy as hopping on an Uber. Accommodation is also affordable and easy to book with all the family packages offered by the hotels. 

Contributed by Karolina Klesta from The Lazy Travel Blog.

Bran Castle

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The Bran Castle is by far, one of the most spectacular medieval castles in Romania. It’s located in Bran, near the town of Brasov in Transylvania. Transylvania has always been strongly connected to the many vampire myths and folklore and  Bran C astle is also often called ”the Dracula’s Castle.”

However, Vlad Tepes (also called Vlad the Impaler, the Prince of Wallachia), the real-life paragon of Dracula, never actually lived in the castle. But he still has a brief, known association to the castle, he was imprisoned there for two months in 1462. 

But don’t let that small detail diminish the splendour of this place, Bran Castle is still a fascinating place to visit and you can fully immerse yourself into the colorful history of the region and the castle itself. However, still worth mentioning is that in the villages near Bran there is a belief in the existence of evil spirits called  ”strigoi” or ”steregoi” (kind of ghosts) that can be mixed with the vampire folklore as they have many common characteristics. So, maybe these beliefs have supported the myth of Dracula, too.

I recommend reserving several hours for your visit to Bran Castle so that you can explore all the narrow corridors and corners of this remarkable, historical place. The castle is surprisingly big. Bran Castle was built in 1382 and it’s a national monument of Romania. You can reach it conveniently by car or train in just 2.5-3.5 hours from Bucharest. But whatever you do, don’t skip this magical place on your visit to Romania. 

Contributed by Piritta Paija from Bizarre Globe Hopper.

Rasnov Fortress

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Also known as Rasnov Citadel, this fortress is often overlooked for visitors planning to see Peles or Bran Castle, but you can actually easily combine Rasnov with a trip to Bran Castle from Bucharest.  

Located high above the town of Rasnov in the Carpathian mountains, the citadel was built by the Teutonic knights in the fourteenth century and protected the local Saxon population for centuries.

Abandoned in the mid-nineteenth century, it has been recently restored and is now a popular (and photogenic) Romanian tourist destination, complete with a museum about the history of Rasnov.

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What to Bring with You to Romania

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If you’re planning a trip to Romania, you’ll want to pack all the normal essentials, but here are a few things we strongly recommend bringing that may not have crossed your mind. For more, check out our complete Romania packing list.

–  A physical guidebook, in paper or on Kindle . We love  Lonely Planet Bulgaria & Romania for this region and strongly recommend it to supplement blogs. Blogs are great, but a combination of a blog and a guidebook is key to having the best access to information easily at your fingertips.

–  Layers in case of poor weather.  We had really bad luck with weather our last trip in Romania – it snowed before Halloween! We always recommend bringing a rainproof jacket like Allison’s personal favorite,  the Marmot PreCip , which she has had for years and has held up well to countless abuse over 3+ years of travels.  (Here’s a men’s version, too!)

–  A water bottle with a filter . While generally, the tap water in big cities in Romania is drinkable, such as in Bucharest and Brasov, we generally recommend using a water bottle with a purifying filter to reduce your plastic consumption and ensure you won’t drink any funny-tasting water on your stomach that could make your trip unpleasant! We recommend  the GRAYL water bottle  – it filters water perfectly in an instant so that you can even drink from lakes, bad taps, etc.

–  Motion sickness pills . Romanian roads are winding and road conditions are not good – not even getting into the drivers, either. If you have a weak stomach like we do, save yourself and bring some  non-drowsy motion sickness pills .

–  Wet wipes, hand sanitizer, TP & other Balkan transit needs.  Bathrooms in the Balkans tend to be… how can we say it?… not so well-stocked. Save yourself the disappointment and bring a mini-rescue pack of  wet wipes  &  hand sanitizer .

–  Travel safety items . We think Romania is very safe to travel, but at the same time, it never hurts to be prepared! Some people like to carry  money belts , but neither Stephanie or I use these. Instead, we both carry the same  PacSafe anti-theft backpack . It has locking zippers, slash-proof construction with metal mesh hidden in the fabric, and tons of other smart security features — all while being cute and stylish enough to be our everyday bag. We recommend it highly for both male and female travelers, as its neutral enough to be unisex. We also strongly recommend travel insurance! Our recommendation is at the bottom of the post.

Read more:  Essential Romania Packing List: What to Wear & Pack for Romania

Where to Stay in Romania

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We’re in the process of creating comprehensive guides on where to stay in different Romanian cities, but for now, we recommend checking out  Booking.com  as early as possible. While Romania is underrated by international travelers, many of the best places can book early during the high season because Romanians know where to go.

Romania Travel Resources

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If you’re going to Romania, we have a goldmine of resources for you to take advantage of! First, check out this guide to  planning a trip to Romania . It’s a good starting point for planning your trip.

Next, check out all the  things to do in Transylvania  and  things to do in Bucharest . You can also check out our Instagram guides to  Sibiu ,  Brasov , and  Bucharest  – more are on the way.

You can also read about the best  Romanian castles , the  Romanian food  you should try on your trip, the best Romanian souvenir s, and inspirational travel quotes about Romania . Plus, how to plan some epic  day trips from Bucharest .

We publish new content nearly every day! Bookmark our pages on  Romania  and the Balkans  so that you don’t miss out on any new info or resources that we publish before your trip!

Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance

I’m sure you’re aware that  travel insurance  is a good idea for traveling in Romania (or really, any part of the world)! Stephanie and I have both been paying customers of  World Nomads  for the last three years. We love the peace of mind it gives us in case of emergencies, accidents, illnesses, theft, or trip cancellation or disruption.

While the Balkans are perfectly safe to travel around, there’s always a risk inherent in everyday travel, so it’s better to play it safe. The saying goes “if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel” is true!

>>  Get a travel insurance quote for your trip here  <<

Pin this Guide to the Best Places to Visit in Romania for Your Trip!

Want to travel Romania? We’ve covered the most beautiful places to visit in Romania, from Bucharest to Transylvania (Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara, and beyond) to the Black Sea coast of Constanta and Danube Delta to under-the-radar Romanian cities like Timisoara, Cluj, and beyond. Full of the best things to do in Romania and Romania travel tips. From nature to mountains to food, this is your one-stop spot for Romania itinerary inspiration!

Stephanie has been living in and traveling around the Balkans for the past three years. She’s written for National Geographic Online , appeared on CNN Arabic and in the New York Times , and ridden more Balkan buses than is good for a person.

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22 Remarkable And Unique Things To Do In Romania

Romania is such a large and diverse country with so many different things to see and do, that no list would actually do it proper justice. Therefore we have selected only the most remarkable and unique things you can do to make your visit to Romania truly unforgettable.

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1. Go Hiking In The Breathtaking Carpathian Mountains

With an incredible diversity in scenery, hiking is a real treat in Romania and the Carpathian Mountains offer a large number of trailes from short and easy to longer and more challenging routes for the more adventurous hikers. The mountains are also the home of a wide variety of animal species, so it’s also great for wildlife spotting.

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2. Visit The Fortified Churches Of Transylvania

Romania has a total of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites and part of this list are seven villages with fortified churches in Transylvania . Biertan , Câlnic , Dârjiu, Prejmer, Saschiz, Valea Viilor , and Viscri each have a fortified church that was built by the Transylvanian Saxons during the Middle Ages. The area was part of the Kingdom of Hungary, but the ongoing threat from Ottoman invasions called for the need to fortify each settlement. In total there are over 150 of those fortifications, but only 7 of them made it to the UNESCO list.

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3. Take A Drive Over The Transfăgărășan – The Best Road In The World

When you look at this road from above, you might rather think of a rollercoaster ride, but the Transfăgărășan has actually been named the best road in the world by the famous Brittish tv show Top Gear. In fact it is the second highest paved road in Romania as it crosses through the southern section of the Carpathian Mountains, between the Moldoveanu and Negoiu, the highest peaks in the country. The views are absolutely breathtaking, which is why the road is very popular among visitors and car fanatics. However, the road initially served a military purpose as a quick passthrough of troops in case of a Soviet invasion during the communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu.

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4. Take A Tour In The Palace Of The Parliament – The Largest Building In Europe

Another piece of heritage from the communist era is the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest , which was also built by the order of Nicolae Ceaușescu. The enormous palace is the heaviest and most expensive building in the world, and the second largest administrative building after the Pentagon. The building currently housese both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, as well as three museums and a conference center. Do we need to say more why you should pay a visit?

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5. Watch The Mysterious Living Fires Of Lopătari

In Buzău  you can experience a real natural wonder: the Living Fires of Lopătari . Gases flow to the surface through cracks of the earth’s crust and are ignited by the sun. The constant flow of gas keeps the fires burning eternally, so you can watch the fires also at night, when the phenomenon is most spectacular.

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6. Visit Dracula’s Castle – The Most Famous Castle

Bran Castle is definitely one of the most famous and popular attractions in Romania among international travelers, due to its link with Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Although the castle was in fact the home of Queen Mary, most people consider the castle and the Walachian ruler Vlad the Impaler as important sources of inspiration for Bram Stoker to develop his main character Dracula. This is why Bran Castle is widely known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’.

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7. Visit Peleș Castle – The Most Beautiful Castle

Despite its popularity, there are actually more beautiful castles than Bran Castle, and on top of our list is definitely Peleș Castle . While Bran Castle is medieval and more rough, Peleș Castle is more sophisticated and breathes the royal history of Romania. Located in Sinaia , the castle was built in the 19th century as a summer residence for the royal family and is a real peace of art from both the outside and the inside. The castle has been well preserved and you can visit all three floors where you can still find most of the original furniture and art pieces to get a real impression of the 19th century royal life.

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8. Explore The Danube Delta – A World Heritage Site

The Danube Delta is where the second longest river in Europe, after the Volga, mouths into the Black Sea. The total area spans over 4,152 square kilometers, of which 3,446 is in Romania and the other part in Ukraine. It’s not only the scenery of lagoons, islands and waterways that is appealing, but the area also has a very diverse biosphere with 23 different ecosystems. It is the home of many animal species and around 320 species of birds. The area is well-preserved and has been declared a natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A visit should be top of your list if you enjoy birdwatching or simply want to enjoy the natural environment on a boat ride.

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9. Take A Ride In The Underground Theme Park At The Turda Salt Mine

Salina Turda used to be a salt mine as early as the antiquity and was operational throughout the middle ages and beyond, but has no longer been in use as such for a long time. The mine now calls itself a ‘halotherapy center’ and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cluj County . You can visit the mines and discover the history of salt mining, but the complex also hosts the deepest underground theme park at 120 meters, including a spa, bowling alley, ferris wheel, and you can swim or take a boat ride.

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10. Have A Communist Tour Of Bucharest

The communist era has greatly impacted the modern history of Romania, which is still visible today. To learn more about communist Romania, you can take a guided communist tour of Bucharest . While visiting important landmarks and sights, like the Palace of the Parliament and Ceaușescu’s house , you will hear more about the communist past and how the leaders transformed Bucharest, and how the communist regime fell during the 1989 revolution.

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11. Have A Lough At The Merry Cemetery Of Săpânţa

Loughing at a cemetary? Yes, you heard that right! The Merry Cemetery proves that you don’t always have to be in a graveyard mood when grieving for the death. In line with the local Dacian culture, at the remotely located Merry Cemetery colorful paintings and dark humor can be found on gravestones. The cultural philosophy is that death is not something indelibly solemn, but rather a moment of joy as one expects a better life for the immortal soul. The unusual place has made Săpânța village famous and the Merry Cemetery a popular open-air museum.

12. Stay At The Hotel Of Ice

Have you ever dreamed about sleeping in an iglo? Then you don’t have to go all the way to the north pole, as you can just book a night in the Hotel of Ice in the Făgăraș Mountains of Transylvania . Every year the hotel is rebuilt with a new design by local craftsmen, using bricks of ice from the nearby Balea Lake. The Hotel of Ice also has a restaurant and a magical church made of ice. The hotel stands at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level and can only be reached by a cable car.

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13. Enjoy The Nightlife Of Bucharest’s Old Town

For the best nightlife, head to the Old Town of Bucharest , where you’ll find streets full of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. It’s the most vibrant area with both locals and tourists hopping around from bar to bar. Romanians love to dress up and go out in style, so even if you don’t like partying or clubbing it’s worth strolling around the Old Town at night to absorbe the vibe. The area is also where you can find some of the best traditional restaurants and taste some of the best local craft beers and wines.

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14. Visit The Berca Mud Volcanoes

The Berca Mud Volcanoes are a natural and geological phenomenon in Buzău County , about 2.5 hours outside Bucharest . Gases erupt from 3,000 meters deep through layers of clay and water, pushing up salty water and mud towards the surface. Bubbles pop up when the gas emerges and the mud dries up, creating the volcano-shaped structures of a few meters high. The mud and salty soil make vegetation around the volcanoes scarce and cause a strange and unique lunar landscape.

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15. Visit A Vineyard For A Wine Tasting

Although many people don’t know, Romania is actually among the largest wine producing countries in the world. During communism wine production focused more on quantity than quality, which didn’t help Romania’s reputation when it comes to wine exports. A transition back to private hands and a growing know-how has considerably changed wine-making since the 2000s, and the entrance of Romania to the EU has also attracted more investments into modernizing the production facilities and a higher quality standard.

So if you love a glass of wine, you should definitely have a taste of some of the quality wines available. And what better way to do this than by visiting a vineyard or going on a wine tour?

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16. Visit The Painted Churches Of Bucovina

In Suceava County in the historic Bucovina region, there are 8 churches that together form one of the Romanian UNESCO World Heritage Sites . These orthodox churches were built in the 15th and 16th centuries and have earned their UNESCO listing for their unique style and unique external fresco paintings that refer to different religious themes.

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17. Go Underground In The Scărișoara Ice Cave

The Scărișoara Ice Cave is the world’s largest underground glacier and has been named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Romania. The ice cave was formed 3,500 years ago and is located at an altitude of 1,150 meters above sea level in the Apuseni Mountains. Inside the cave you can see several rooms, over 100 stalagmites, and a frozen pool.

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18. Go Back Memory Lane On A Steam Train Ride

Train enthusiast will be very happy in Romania as there are many beautiful tracks, but in the end nothing beats a ride on a real historic steam train. There are still a few steam train rides left in Romania, but the most famous one is the Mocăniță of Vișeu de Sus , in Maramureș County . The last forestry narrow gauge steam railway in Europe takes you on a 2-hour ride through the forests of the Vaser Valley and into the Carpathian Mountains. An unforgettable experience you can’t find anywhere else!

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19. Indulge Yourself With Traditional Romanian Cuisine

Romanian cuisine has historically been strongly influenced by other countries like Turkey, Hungary and other Balkan countries, but most dishes have been strongly modified by using local herbs and spices. This has made the traditional Romanian food into a delicious blend of its own and any trip should include a taste of the mostly harty and comforting dishes.

Also read: 15 Traditional Romanian Foods To Try

20. Climb The Stairs Of The Seven Ladder Canyon

In the Piatra Mare Mountains, close to Brașov , a canyon has been carved in Jurassic limestone. A beautiful hike through the canyon will bring you along 7 waterfalls, with the tallest being around 35 meters high. The total trail takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete, with several metal stairs and platforms leading you along beautiful view points.

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21. Visit The Volcanic Crater Lake Of Saint Ann

The mud volcanoes are not the only volcanic heritage you can find in Romania. In Harghita County in the Eastern Carpathians, you can find the extinct Ciomatu Mare volcano. Its crater has filled up with water and now forms Lake Saint Ann , the only crater lake in Romania. The purity of the water is extremely high, since its only supply is from precipitation. In the winter, the lake is covered with a thick layer of ice.

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22. Watch Brown Bears In Europe’s Last Wilderness Reserve

Romania is definitely one of the best countries for wildlife watching as it has many vast and wild areas which are home to a wide variety of wildlife species. The animals can roam around freely in their natural habitat, which is why Romania is called Europe’s last wilderness reserve. The Capathian Mountains host around 6,000 brown bears, the largest population in Europe.

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15 best places to visit in romania in 2024 (after a 3 week trip).

Cazzy Magennis

In 2021, Bradley and I road tripped through Europe in our campervan and spent around 3 weeks in the wonderful country of Romania!

We fell in love with the country, and 3 weeks was a great amount of time to see all the best attractions that Romania has to offer.

Romania is a fantastic country that offers something for every type of traveller.

It’s bursting with culture, history, and castles. 

The people are friendly, the mountains are fresh, and you might even see a bear on your travels! 

This is also a perfect place for those wanting to visit a country in Europe that's budget friendly, we found Romania to be super cheap, and didn't feel like we had to miss out on any activities or experiences due to prices!

So we thought it would be a great idea to showcase all the best places to visit in Romania.

Along with a few added travel tips and tricks to help make the most of your time here.

Before we get stuck into the details, I thought I'd round up my ultimate top 5 places to visit in Romania (just in case you're short on time! ;) )

  • The home of Dracula:  Bran Castle- seriously one of the coolest things about Romania is all the castles, and you can't miss Dracula's! 
  • Peles Castle:  yes another castle, but serioulsy beautiful! 
  • Transfăgărășan Highway : one of my favourite drives in all of EUROPE! Chance to see bears and experience snow in November! 
  • Liberty Bear Sanctuary: a bear rescues sanctuary which is super informative.
  • Salina Turda : without doubt, one of the most unique and coolest places in all of Europe.

Now that's done,

Let’s get stuck in …

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15 Best Places To Visit In Romania

1. discover the capital of bucharest.

Bucharest

Bradley and I have been to Bucharest not once, but twice!

And both times, we loved it!

The second time was actually for Bradley's 30ths birthday celebrations with lots of friends, so it was also great that they got to witness the sights of Bucharest too.

Not only is Bucharest Romania’s capital, but it’s also the largest city in the country and studies have suggested it’s going to become Europe’s richest city by 2050. 

Situated on the Dâmbovița River, Bucharest is a scenic city that offers plenty to tourists. 

Some of the most popular places to visit in Bucharest include exploring the city’s old town, the National Museum of Romanian History and the Romanian Athenaeum which is the city’s most prestigious concert hall. 

Before WWII, the capitals’ nickname was ‘Paris of the East’ due to its similar architecture and Art Nouveau palaces.

If you want to get a feel of this part of the city, then head to the Arc de Triomphe, the beautiful gardens or the quaint streets lined with restaurants. 

The Palace of Parliament is also found within the city centre and is the world's largest Parliament building. The building consists of over 1,000 rooms and guided tours are available. 

If you are planning to visit Bucharest, you won’t be disappointed.

It’s one of the best places to visit in Romania and should be at the top of your itinerary. 

I can also say that it's a really great party destination if you're hoping to meet some locals, fellow travelers and have a few drinks!

We took a private bar crawl with Buchaest2night and it was awesome, they even arranged a limo rental which was special.

2. Visit Bran Castle: The home of Dracula

bran castle

I'll admit it, Bradley and I are vampire fans, and by that I mean, we like the Twilight movies, it's our guilty pleasure, which is why when I knew were going to visit the home of Count Dracula himself, I was super excited...

Bran Castle is a landmark and National Monument in Transylvania and is known as Dracula’s Castle. 

Fun fact, even though the castle is often linked with Bram Stokers ‘Count Dracula’ although the author never actually visited Transylvania. However, he depicts the scenes in his book so well, that you would never realise. 

The surrounding villages believe in the existence of evil spirits, ghosts or ‘strigoi’, and until half a century ago thought these individuals were living among them.

A strigoi is someone that leads a normal life in the day, until their souls leave their bodies at night and they come out to hunt their prey. 

Today, the castle is a museum that has been dedicated to displaying furniture and art pieces collected by Queen Maria, who was the castle's previous royal resident.

Along with her exhibitions, and her husband King Ferdinand's room, the castle also has exhibits about Romanian vampire lore, Vlad the Impaler and Bram Stoker. 

Bran Castle is one of the most popular Romanian tourist attractions and is a must-visit.

It won't take you too long to wander around, and afterwards you can grab some Dracula theme souvenirs, including little Dracula dolls, and Dracula wine (Romanian wine is pretty nice btw!)

3. Explore the beauty of Peles Castle

Peles Castle

Peles Castle is located in the charming town of Sinaia, nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains. 

It’s a Neo-Renaissance castle with intricate and wonderful architecture and is recognised by many as one of the most beautiful castles in Europe.

Peles Castle was commissioned by King Carol I in 1873, and after it was built served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. 

The king spared no expense, and Peles was the first castle in Europe to have electricity.

It even had its own power plant, along with 160 rooms which are full of European art, crystal chandeliers and German stained glass windows. 

During communist Romania, the castle became national property and many of the items were transferred to the National Arts Museum in Bucharest. 

Peles Castle is one of the most beautiful places in Romania, due to its scenic surroundings and its stunning interior. 

4. Drive the famous Transfăgărășan Highway

Transfăgărășan Highway

If you are heading out on a road trip in Romania, then driving the Transfăgărășan Highway is a must. 

This is regarded as one of the best road trips in the world!

And we can confirm, it's cool!

The highway was built in the early 1970s as a strategic route to cross the Fagara Mountains if Romania were to be invaded by the USSR. 

Transfăgărășan highway is over 150km in length, and its highest point is at 2,042m so as you can imagine the views are spectacular. 

Thanks to its appearance on BBC’s Top Gear, the highway has now become one of the most popular attractions in Romania. 

However, it’s only fully open from June to October as the road is dangerous during the winter conditions due to ice and snow. 

Although a spectacular road, this drive isn’t for the faint-hearted.

With large sections of road without barriers and sheer drop-offs of over 1,000 ft, this isn’t a journey you want to do if you aren’t a confident driver. 

When we visited, we actually didn't get to do *all* of the drive, because it was still wintery and they had not fully opened the road yet.

However, we have full intentions of returning and completing the drive! 

5. Climb 1480 steps to Poenari Citadel

poenari citidel

Poenari Citadel (or Poenari Castle) is one of the most well-known places in Romania, as it was home to the famous Vlad the Impaler. 

Vlad the Impaler was an important prince of Wallachia and is recognised as a national hero of Romania.

However, he was best known for his cruelty and wickedness when it came to punishing his enemies. 

Poenari is located high on a cliff edge near the Făgăraş Mountains, and in its day was one of the most impenetrable fortresses in the country. 

In 1888 a landslide brought down part of the citadel, but otherwise, Poenari is quite well maintained and is one of the best places to visit in Romania. 

Climbing up to the top of Poenari Citadel is no easy feat with 1480 steps to climb, but the views are worth it. 

If you are planning to drive the Transfăgărășan highway, then you can combine the two sites as the citadel is located at the start of the mountain road. 

I'll be totally honest with you, we didn't climb the steps....but we did fly our drone for a closer look!

Again it was closed due to the time of year we visited.

6. Visit the Historic town of Râșnov

major tourist attractions in romania

Râșnov is located in the Carpathian Mountains, within the region of Transylvania. It’s thought to have been built in the Thracian-Roman times although it’s most famous for its fortress.

Râşnov Fortress is found on a rocky hilltop 650ft above the town and was built by the Saxons to protect the town from invaders. 

There is a legend attached to the fortress about two captured Turkish soldiers. As the citizens were concerned about the availability of drinking water, the soldiers were set to work digging a well. 

They were assured of their freedom if they were to complete the task, and according to local legends, it took them 17 years to finish.

However, even after being promised their freedom, the soldiers were killed anyway and the famous well is still found within Râșnov Fortress.

Currently, the fortress is undergoing restoration works, so unfortunately entrance inside isn’t permitted, but people can still access the grounds and view the fortress from outside. 

Other popular attractions in Râșnov include the old Saxon houses, the old Evangelical Church and the old Orthodox Church. 

7. Visit the Liberty Bear Sanctuary

liberty bear sanctuary

The Liberty Bear Sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in Romania if you love animals. 

In the 1990s it was common to see bears sitting in small cages outside of restaurants.

They were used to attract customers, and unfortunately, it was a frequent sight throughout Romania.

However, one woman named Christina Lapis wanted to rescue these distressed animals and change the public's attitude towards these beautiful creatures. She wanted to stop this cruel and illegal exploitation and give these bears a new life. 

Today her dream has come true, with the Liberty Bear Sanctuary now being home to over 100 bears enjoying their freedom over 69 hectares of land. 

Most of the bears here were found in tiny cages up and down the country where they had been used as pets or public attractions. However, Betsy was the first bear to be transported overseas from the United States after spending her life as a circus bear. 

The bears were all caught from the wild as cubs and had lived their whole life in a cage. However, today these bears have the chance to climb trees, swim in the pools and explore to their heart's content. 

8. Explore the city of Brașov

brasov

Brașov is often known as the gateway into Transylvania and is located about 166 km (103 miles) from the capital of Bucharest. 

It’s one of the most visited cities in Romania and that's due to its picturesque location, beautiful architecture and relaxing atmosphere.

Some of the most popular places to visit in Brașov include the Piața Sfatului (the council square), the Biserica Negara and Catherine's Tower. 

Make sure you also wander down Strada Republicii which is the city's lively main street.

However, one of the most popular things to do is to take the cable car or hike up to Mount Tâmpa.

The most famous hiking route up is the ‘the Knight's Road’ which dates back to the days of the citadel making it the oldest route to the summit.

Not only is there a Hollywood-like ‘BRASOV’ sign at the top, but Mount Tâmpa is also home to golden eagles, grey wolves, brown bears and Eurasian lynxes. 

9. Venture back in time at Cetatea Făgărașului

It’s thought that Cetatea Făgărașului began as a wooden fortification in the 12th century, until it was destroyed. 

Then throughout the 15th century, Cetatea Făgărașului took on the form of a walled fortress to protect from invaders. 

The fortress's position was incredibly strategic, as it was located halfway along the trade route between Sibiu and Braşov, and also within the vicinity of Wallachia. 

It has also had several uses over the years varying from a garrison for the Romanian army, a camp for white Russians and a prison for political prisoners. 

Today, Cetatea Făgărașului is a museum that houses interesting exhibitions, and various artefacts including roman items, folk art and medieval weapons. It’s a great spot to visit if you are interested in learning about Romania's history.

10. Visit the traditional, authentic village of Viscri 

Viscri

Viscri is a very well preserved Saxon village located in the centre of Transylvania. 

Some of the popular things to do in Viscri include eating traditional dishes, staying in an old Saxon house and making the most of the cycling trails that run around the village. 

However, the most famous attraction in the village is the Viscri Fortified Church.

The church forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is named ‘villages with fortified churches in Transylvania’. The church is the most popular attraction in the village, with plenty of iconic areas to see.

Viscri Fortified Church.

While visiting Viscri Church, make sure you head to the Holy Font, the Church Museum and the Tower which gives an amazing view of the village.

If you are wondering where to go in Romania, then make sure Viscri is on your list. 

11. Take a trip to the Sighişoara Citadel

Sighişoara Citadel

Sighişoara Citadel is the only inhabited medieval fortress in Southeast Europe, and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘ the Historic centre of Sighişoara ’.  

It’s one of only seven Saxon walled cities in Romania, which were all built at a similar time during the 12th century. 

There is a lot of history located within this spot, as the citadel has experienced many tragic moments throughout time. This includes the Mongal invasion, various fires, rebellions, witch trials and executions. 

Today, however, Sighişoara Citadel is a place full of charm, colour and beauty. Once you step through the gates and wander down the cobbled streets you will be transported back in time. 

There are plenty of incredible sights to see here including the famous clock tower, the Scholars Stairs, the torture museum and the ‘alleged’ birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. 

Sighişoara is one of the best places in Romania to visit and is a must whilst travelling through the country. 

12. Discover an underground funfair in a salt mine: Salina Turda

major tourist attractions in romania

Salina Turda is the world’s most spectacular underground formation that has been shaped by people. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Romania, and upon entering it isn’t hard to see why. 

It’s thought that salt was first extracted here during the Middle Ages from 1075 to the early 20th century. 

However, one of the most interesting facts about this place? It’s estimated that salt from the turda salt mine could cover the salt required for the entire planet for the next 60 years! 

After opening to the public in 1992, Salina Turda now attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year for a very unique reason.

There is an underground funfair located within the salt mine, that has mini golf, ping pong tables and a bowling alley.

It’s also possible to hire a boat to go round the underground lake, sit on a ferris wheel or visit the amphitheatre.

boat hire at salina turda

Due to its unique geographical setting, the beautiful salt formations and clean, purified air, it’s no wonder so many people love this site.

When it comes to hidden beautiful places in Romania, Salina Turda is right at the top of the list. 

13. Scărişoara Glacier Cave

Scărişoara Ice Cave is home to the biggest underground glacier in Romania and the second biggest in Southeastern Europe. 

It’s considered to be one of the natural wonders in Romania and was first mentioned in 1863 by Austrian Geographer Arnold Schmidl.

The Scărişoara Ice Cave is estimated to have formed around 3,500 years ago when this area was covered by glaciers.

What’s even more interesting is that although the cave was first mentioned in 1863, the exact date when the cave was first discovered by humans is unknown meaning it could have been discovered centuries before. 

Only certain parts of the cave are open to tourists and that includes the Big Hall, the Church and the entrance shaft. Access to the other chambers is reserved for scientists only. 

14. Bánffy Castle

Bánffy Castle has many architectural features including Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and Gothic styles. The castle has undergone many different construction phases and is owned by the Banffy family. 

Between the years 1437 and 1543, the Banffy family built this castle and lived here up until 1944. At this point, they were evacuated by the Germans who turned it into a military hospital. 

Towards the end of the war, the castle was burned by retreating German troops, and then suffered neglect after the war when it was looted for building materials, and vandalised. 

However, Bánffy Castle has been included on the World Monuments Watch and it’s expected that the castle complex will be completely restored by 2026. 

In 2012, the Transylvania Trust established the Electric Castle Music Festival, where some of the revenue helps to support the conservation work. 

15. Admire the beauty and backdrop of Sibiu

major tourist attractions in romania

The city of Sibiu dates back to the 12th century and is nicknamed ‘the city of eyes’, due to the roofs here which look like they have multiple eyes. 

There looks to be a clear division in Sibiu, and that is down to the Saxon history of the city. The Saxons made a division between the lower town and the upper town, based on the citizens class.

The upper town would be for more affluent citizens and the elite, while the lower town would be for merchants and peasants.

Connecting the two are a labyrinth of stairways, passages and alleys.

Some of the most popular attractions in Sibiu include the ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilisation, the Sibiu Lutheran Cathedral and the Catholica Basilica. 

Simply wandering around this magical city is a must. Allow yourself to get lost in its picturesque streets and narrow alleyways. 

When is the best time to visit Romania?

major tourist attractions in romania

Romania is a great country to visit, no matter which time you choose to visit. However, the climate varies throughout the year and the best time to visit will depend on what you're hoping to do in the country. 

In springtime, the temperatures start to warm up, although May is notorious for having lots of rainfall so it’s important to be well prepared. 

The summer months of June, July and August attract plenty of crowds as temperatures can reach up to 29ºC.

However, the popular tourist spots can get incredibly busy during this period. 

Autumn in Romania is beautiful with bright fall colours, warm temperatures and fewer crowds. 

The winter season in Romania can be incredibly chilly depending on which area you visit. Some regions can experience temperatures of around -6ºC, and plenty of snow. This is of course perfect if you want to get involved with winter sports. 

In general, the best time to visit Romania is between September and October.

This is when the crowds are thinner, temperatures are milder but still warm and the fall colours are beautiful at this time of year. 

Getting around Romania

major tourist attractions in romania

Getting around Romania is incredibly simple due to their extensive and reliable public transport network. 

Travelling by train is one of the most popular options as every major city or town in Romania has a train station.

The trains travel long distances across the country, and there is the option of taking overnight sleeper trains depending on your destination. 

Buses are a great choice if you are travelling within cities, but a lot of routes don’t cover inter-city travel. This is where Maxi-taxis come in. They are small bus-like vehicles that are independently operated and are used to travel outside of the city and to other areas. 

Whilst exploring Bucharest, you will also have the pleasure of taking the metro. It makes getting around the city very easy and is extremely cheap. 

In our opinion, if you want to make the most of travelling to this beautiful country, then we would recommend hiring a campervan. 

OR convert your own like we did and travel around in it!

There are plenty of campsites to choose from across Romania but something even better?

Wild camping and standing free with a motorhome are legal, which will save you plenty of money on the road and you'll be able to stay in some amazing locations.

There's also the option to hire a car in Romania !

How long do you need to visit Romania?

There are so many incredible places in Romania to visit, that we would recommend a minimum of 10 days.

However, the country is incredibly large and even 10 days would mean rushing your time. 

If you want to see the best this country has to offer, we would recommend spending between 2 to 3 weeks exploring Romania.

That allows you to visit a variety of destinations, whilst also being able to take your time in each place. 

Final thoughts

If you are planning to visit Romania, you won’t be disappointed.

There are so many incredible things to do in this country like visiting 12th century Saxon villages, driving the Transfăgărășan Highway and exploring Bran Stoker's famous Dracula's Castle.

If you aren’t sure of the best way to get around, we always recommend hiring a campervan if that’s possible for you.

It’s one of the best and cheapest ways to see a country, and you aren’t restricted to public transport timetables.

It means you truly get to see the best of Romania.

If you're interested in seeing more areas of Eastern Europe, then check out Montenegro for some more amazing sites.

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50 Best Places to Visit in Romania, Europe’s Underrated Gem

I don’t know why I waited such a long time to share a list of the best places to visit in Romania.

Not only do I love this country because that’s where my grandparents were born but also because it’s an underrated beautiful destination and one of the cheapest countries to visit in the world .

If you’re a first-time visitor to Romania , you’ll see that it’s full of surprises, from medieval cities and villages to jaw-dropping natural landscapes to the most unique historical landmarks .

On my Romania road trip , I obviously only got to see some of them, so I’ve gathered the recommendations of a few more bloggers to create this awesome Romania bucket list just for you.

* This post may contain affiliate links from which I earn a commission (for more info, read my disclosure ). As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

* I try to keep the information on this blog as updated as possible, but I still recommend consulting the latest prices, opening hours, and other details on the official website of each site, hotel, and tour, as well as checking the updated public transport routes and timetables.

Romania travel guide: beautiful places in Romania, travel tips, and more.

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Historical Landmarks and Unique Points of Interest

Castelul de lut.

Contributed by Rachelle from  Adventure is Never Far Away

Tucked away in the Transylvanian countryside of Romania lies the Castelul de Lut Valea Zanelor, translated to “Clay Castle of the Valley of Fairies.”

This quirky, soon-to-be-open hotel is made entirely of clay, straw, and sand, with all 10 rooms having their own unique style. The structure itself was built by the craftsmen from Maramures, a region in Transylvania known for beautiful wooden churches.

Castelul de Lut is set in a picturesque location within sight of the mighty Carpathian mountain range. Local legend says that fairies still roam there, protecting the magical area.

For just 5 Lei a person, you can wander the grounds, check out each room, take all the pictures you want, and relax in the fairy garden by the babbling brook nearby!

Best places to visit in Romania - Castelul de Lut

Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Contributed by Kristin from  Adventures with Ensuite

In the northeast of Romania, close to the border with Ukraine, lies Bucovina. It is nearly six hours by car from the capital Bucharest, but it is worth it to see the eight UNESCO-listed painted churches and monasteries from the 15-16th centuries.

From the outside, the churches look like forts, surrounded by heavy defense walls and towers. However, the interior and exterior walls of the churches are covered in mural paintings, depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

The churches are spread over a relatively large area with limited public transport, so renting a car is the best way to get around. If you don’t have time to see all eight, make sure you include Voronet, Moldovita, and Sucevita in your itinerary.

During winter, there is a lot of snow, so the best time to travel is from mid-April to mid-October.

Monastery in Bucovina

Corvin Castle

Contributed by Odette from Omnivagant

Located on the edges of Transylvania, you will find one of Romania’s most beautiful castles:  Corvin Castle .

The history of this castle dates back as far as the 14th century, and visiting this place will almost feel like you are stepping into a fairytale, or a Harry Potter Movie.

To access this castle, you will have to walk across a beautiful wooden bridge through the ports of the castle until you reach the courtyard.

From here, you can visit various sections, such as the knights’ hall, the towers, and plenty of rooms that have been filled with original and replica furniture to give you a better idea of what Corvin Castle truly looked like back in the day.

Visiting the Corvin Castle is one of the best things to do in Romania – it’s a magical experience, one that undoubtedly deserves a spot on anyone’s Romania itinerary.

Corvin Castle

Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti

Spreading across 70 hectares (160 acres) of forested area, this incredible, unique sanctuary is the home of dozens of rescued bears (and also wolves and deers).

Hearing their heartbreaking stories yet seeing them so free and content, I couldn’t help but feel sad and happy both at the same time.

It is, without a doubt, one of the best places to see in Romania – it was one of the highlights of my trip, and it must be on your Romania bucket list!

Libearty Bear Sanctuary

Ruins of the Carta Monastery

Located near the city of Sibiu, this abbey is assumed to be founded by Cistercian monks in the 13th century. It is the only Cistercian monastery in Romania, and I’m certain you’ll want to see its fairytale-like remains.

Turda Salt Mine

Contributed by Nicky from That Anxious Traveller

Turda Salt Mine is one of the most extraordinary things to see in Romania! Easily accessible from the  pretty town of Cluj-Napoca , you might think that this is going to be your standard historical sight – but you’d be wrong.

Enter the mine, walking through increasingly chilly rooms, and you’ll certainly see mines with ye olde excavating equipment.

But the big surprise comes when you descend to the Rudolf Mine – and discover that here, hundreds of meters below ground level, is a fully functioning theme park and recreation area!

Take your pick of activities under the stalactites hanging from the cavern’s roof – there’s ping pong, a basketball court, an auditten-pinor concerts, ten pin bowling… oh, and your standard boating lake (saltwater, of course), and a Ferris wheel. Yes, seriously.

Turda salt mine

Dumbrava Sibiului Natural Park and the Astra Museum Complex

Just outside Sibiu’s city center, you’ll find a natural park that houses one of the largest outdoor museums in the world and one of the most amazing points of interest in Romania.

The park is a protected area, home to hundreds of flora and fauna species, and the museum complex is located in its forest area – the Dumbrava Forest.

The open-air complex consists of four ethnology and history museums, including the unmissable Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, which showcases the way of life in different parts of Romania before the industrial era.

From houses and windmills to workshops and fairs, this place makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

ASTRA Museum

Bran Castle

Who hasn’t heard of the infamous Bran Castle ? Often known as ‘Dracula’s Castle,’ it is one of the biggest attractions in Romania. I have to admit that there was something creepy about this place, but I couldn’t leave Romania without visiting it.

When learning about its history, the actual connection between the castle itself, Dracula’s author (Bram Stoker), and his alleged inspiration (Vlad the Impaler) remains unclear, but everybody likes good old European myths and legends , which are the reason why it’s such a popular sight.

Transfagarasan Road

Contributed by Kat from Wandering Bird

If you’re heading to Romania, make sure you add the  T ransfagarasan Road  to your itinerary. This is the road made famous by the car show Top Gear in 2009 – and thousands visit every year to experience it for themselves.

The road winds through the Carpathian mountains and rises to 2042 meters at its highest point- making it the second-highest paved road in Romania.

The entire road is about 90 km long and takes a couple of hours to drive – unless you choose to stop for photos! 

There aren’t many facilities along the way, so be sure to bring some food and drinks with you – a picnic is perfect and a great excuse to enjoy the incredible views.

If you’re not keen on driving in Romania, you can also book a Transfagarasan Road tour .

Transfagarasen road

Sarmizegetusa Regia

Seeing photos of this intriguing place, you’ll probably think you’re looking at ancient ruins in South or Central America, but no – this surprising spot is one of the top sights in Romania!

Sarmizegetusa Regia was the capital of the ancient Dacian Empire, and the elaborate archaeological works that took place here revealed three areas – the fortifications, the sacred zone, and the residential zone.

Just one glance at them explains why this place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and why you must visit this Romanian hidden gem.

Wooden Churches of Maramureș

The wooden churches of the region of Maramureș totally deserve to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Well, only eight out of almost a hundred surviving churches are listed by UNESCO, but they all should be appreciated.

Dating back to the 17th-19th centuries, they were created as a response to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire’s prohibition to build churches with durable materials like stone.

These uniquely beautiful structures will surely make you feel like you’ve been transported to the past, and you can find them in the villages of Barsana, Desesti, Surdesti, Ieud, Budesti, Rogoz, Plopis, and Poienile Izei.

Wooden Churches of Maramures

Fortress of Suceava

If there aren’t enough medieval landmarks on this list, I’m adding the Fortress of Suceava, a 14th-century citadel that was built to defend Suceava, the capital city of the former Principality of Moldavia.

Today, it also houses a medieval history museum, including some amazing multimedia exhibits.

Baile Romane (Roman Baths) of Geoagiu-Bai

Do you want to visit a unique archeological site in Romania?

Head to the tiny village of Geoagiu-Bai to see its ancient thermal baths, preserved in almost the same shape as in antiquity. While there, be sure to also visit the Clocota Fall, a thermal waterfall created by 16 natural springs.

Rock Sculpture of Decebalus

If you love hidden gems and quirky places (like I do), this one will knock your socks off.

Imagine this: you’re taking a boat tour on the Danube, enjoying the views, and suddenly, there it is in front of you – a giant face carved in the rock overlooking the river.

So who is so important that people would make such an effort to commemorate him? Meet Decebalus, the last king of the ancient kingdom of Dacia, who fought against the Roman Empire multiple times and is considered a hero in Romania.

How to get there: This landmark is located in the Porțile de Fier Natural Park, where you’ll find many other points of interest and accommodation options.   Not too far from the sculpture (on the road alongside the river), you’ll find quite a few companies that operate boat tours to see it.

Things to do in Romania - Rock of Decebalus

Fagaras Fortress

There’s no shortage of beautiful fortresses in Romania, and the Fagaras Fortress has to be one of the best-preserved.

Dating back to the 14th century, it was one of the strongest fortifications in Transylvania, and today, it houses the Fagaras County Museum.

Densus Church

Though you’ve probably never heard of the Densus Church (Biserica Sfântul Nicolae din Densuș), many consider it the oldest church in Romania (and Southeastern Europe!).

The stone structure standing today dates back to the 13th century, but it is believed that it was built on a 4th-century temple, making it a must-see place in Romania for history lovers.

Rupea Citadel

The Rupea Citadel is an extremely important historical landmark.

Not only was the area already inhabited by humans in the era of 5500 BC–3500 BC, but a local legend also says that the citadel is the place where the last Dacian King, Decebalus, took his own life instead of being captured by the Romans.

Today, this hilltop fortress is open to the public and occasionally even hosts different cultural events.

Rupea Citadel

Feldioara Fortress

Built in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights, this is the oldest fortress in Brasov County.

After a few years of restoration that was meant to preserve its remains and give it the shape and appearance it had in the 17th century, the fortress is now reopened to the public.

Curtea de Argeș Monastery

Located in one of the oldest towns in the region of Wallachia, this 16th-century cathedral is a Byzantine-style masterpiece and the burial place of many Romanian kings and queens.

With legends and myths regarding its construction and unique architectural style, it’s no wonder why it is one of the most famous, most important monasteries in Romania.

Horezu Monastery

Contributed by Stephanie from Sofia Adventures

An often overlooked place to visit in Romania is Horezu Monastery. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in southwest Romania in the southern Carpathian Mountains of the Walachia region.

Founded in the 17th century by Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu, it is one of the country’s best examples of the Brancovan style of monastic architecture.

Horezu is still a working monastery. The town is also famous for its Horezu pottery, which makes a great souvenir from Romania to bring home with you.

While there aren’t many tours that run here, you can easily get here by renting a car and driving or by hiring a private driver through a rideshare app. It makes a great  day trip from Bucharest  since getting here takes about three hours each way.

Horezu Monastery

Cantacuzino Castle

There’s always room for one more castle on this Romania bucket list, and the Cantacuzino Castle should have it. This little beauty was built in the 20th century by the order of Prince George Grigore Cantacuzino and is now open to the public.

To tour the castle itself, you’ll need to join a guided tour in Romanian (English tours must be requested in advance), but you can also purchase a ticket to the castle’s park.

It includes access to places like the interior courtyard and hunting tower, and of course, you can also enjoy the castle’s photogenic exteriors.

Rasnov Fortress

Built by knights (how cool is that?), this 13th-century hilltop fortress was also a place of refuge for the local community, though it was abandoned in the 19th century.

Today, it’s restored, and you can visit the citadel’s remains as well as a small museum.

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Merry Cemetery

Visiting a cemetery doesn’t sound particularly tempting, I know. But some cemeteries around the world have legitimately become highly-visited tourist attractions.

In Romania, close to the border with Ukraine, you’ll find the Merry Cemetery (Cimitirul Vesel), known for its colorful tombstones created by the artist Ioan Stan Patras.

It may sound weird to us, but it’s assumed that the unusual vividness of this place comes from the Dacian belief that death is a joyful moment because the soul continues on to find a better life.

Merry Cemetry, Romania

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Best Places to Visit in Romania: Cities, Towns, and Villages

The Romanian capital holds a special place in my heart because that’s where my grandfather was born. I have to admit that I don’t think it’s the highlight of this list, but it’s still worth spending 2 or 3 days in Bucharest .

Planning your itinerary, don’t miss landmarks like the Palace of the Parliament (an architectural masterpiece and the second-largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon), the Romanian Athenaeum, and the National Museum of Art of Romania.

For something more relaxing, stroll around the old town, grab a drink at a rooftop bar, or wander through beautiful parks like Herăstrău Park and Cișmigiu Park.

There’s plenty more to see and do, including enjoying Bucharest’s nightlife and culinary scenes, so this is just a taste of what this city has to offer.

If it’s not the first post you’re reading here, you probably already know how much I love roaming the streets of beautiful towns, and medieval Sibiu is one of them.

The colorful buildings of the old town (most of which were built by German settlers), the iconic eye-shaped dormers on their roofs (also called the Eyes of Sibiu), the little cozy cafes, and the medieval vibe – doesn’t that sound dreamy?

If you want to go sightseeing in Romania’s cutest town, some of its points of interest include the 14th-century Sibiu Lutheran Cathedral, the Altemberger House (Sibiu History Museum), the Potter’s Tower, and the Brukenthal National Museum (locates in Piata Mare, one of the prettiest European squares ) .

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Frequently referred to as ‘Little Vienna ‘, Timișoara is known for its secessionist architecture. It is the country’s most cosmopolitan city, as well as the third-largest city and the social and cultural capital of  Romania .

Fun Fact – it was in Timișoara, that the Romanian Revolution of 1989 took birth, which ultimately ended Ceauşescu’s dictatorship, making Timisoara quite an important city in Romania’s history.

When it comes to recommending things to do in Timisoara, the majority of attractions are found in the Old Town.

Iconic sights and attractions in Timisoara such as the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, Opera House, Strada Alba Iulia (Umbrella Street), the Roman Catholic Cathedral, and Piata Libertatii – all will be covered along if one starts at Piata Victoriei and walks all the way to Piata Unirii.

It’s no wonder why Brasov is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Romania.

With a mix of architectural styles, a well-preserved fortification system, and the fact that it was founded by knights – who can resist such a fascinating place?

Apart from the fortified medieval towers, gates, and bastions, you should also check out Council Square, the Black Church, Rope Street (the narrowest street in Romania), the Beth Israel Synagogue, and the Brasov History Museum.

If you want to visit in winter, the nearby Poiana Brașov is a highly popular ski resort.

Brasov, Romania

If you’re looking for an offbeat weekend getaway in Europe, Craiova can be a great option. It is not a super touristy city, yet it offers enough to fill up a laid-back two-day itinerary.

Its must-see spots are the Madona Dudu Church, the Cosuna Monastery, the Craiova Art Museum, the Oltenia Museum, the Botanical Garden, and the Nicolae Romanescu Park, but you can also take a day trip to the city of Targu Jiu.

Sinaia (Peles Castle)

The town of Sinaia is mostly known for the Peles Castle, an architectural stunner, which was a royal summer residence up until 1947. A few fun facts about it:

  • It was the first European castle to have electricity.
  • It has 30 bathrooms (because why not?).
  • It houses a collection of thousands of pieces like paintings, armors, porcelain, tapestries, and more.

But this little beauty is not the only building worth seeing in Sinaia. Be sure to also check out the Pelisor Castle, the Sinaia Monastery, the Stirbey Castle, the Sinaia Casino, and the St. Elias Church.

If you’re an architecture lover, you’ll be gawking at these buildings for hours.

Another medieval city waiting to be explored by you is Sighisoara. A few fun facts about it:

  • The origins of Sighisoara go back to Roman times.
  • Thanks to its intact nine-tower citadel, its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • It’s the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (aka the possible inspiration for Dracula).

Apart from the citadel’s towers and Vlad’s birth house, there are plenty of things to see in Sighisoara like the Venetian House, the Stag House, the wooden Scholars’ Stairs, many beautiful churches, and of course – the old town’s enchanting colorful streets.

Sighisoara

Cluj-Napoca

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Cluj-Napoca is the most populous city in Romania. It has an aesthetic that makes itself known as both a lively, university city and a former medieval old town filled with beautiful historic buildings, including many houses painted in bright colors.

This city has trendy cafes and bars a stone’s throw away from the gothic architecture, which the  Transylvania region , for which Cluj-Napoca is the unofficial capital, is most famous. St Michael’s Church and the Reformed Church are impressive examples.

Alongside a great foodie scene and nightlife, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Cluj-Napoca . There’s a large variety of museums and gardens all being walking distance from each other.

Popular day trips include castle and fortress tours, the Turda Gorge, and the unique underground amusement park at Turda Salt Mine.

Targu Mures

The underrated Targu Mures is one of the best cities to visit in Romania and should not be overlooked.

You’d be surprised to know that almost half of its population is actually Hungarian and that it’s home to some of Romania’s most amazing landmarks.

These include a medieval fortress, the impressive Status Quo Synagogue, churches and museums, and the Culture Palace, a stunning early-20th-century building (that should be seen on the inside as well).

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There is one place that I really loved during my trip to  Romania: Viscri .

This little village in the middle of Transylvania is out of the usual tourist routes because you need to take a long detour from the main attractions (I highly suggest renting a car to get there).

The region is famous for Dracula, of course, but also for its Saxon villages and their stunning fortified medieval churches.

Viscri is probably the most beautiful for its location, lost between fields. The village is very small and there are almost no cars, as most people get around with horse carts.

If you want to see more UNESCO listed fortified churches in Transylvania, head to the villages of Biertan, Calnic, Dârjiu, Prejmer, Saschiz, and Valea Viilor.

Viscri

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Alba Iulia is one of the oldest settlements in Transylvania. A Dacic fort existed here even before the Romans conquered the region. During the Roman occupation, they extended the fort to a Roman Castrum and named it Apulum.

Modern Alba Iulia played a major role in the Romanian Union of 1918. The final act of Transylvania’s unification with the rest of Romania happened in Alba Iulia in 1918. You can now visit Union Hall, where the final vote took place.

Other places you need to visit are the 18th-century Alba Carolina Fortress and the Coronation Cathedral, where King Ferdinand and Queen Mary were sworn in as monarchs in 1922.

The star-shaped citadel is also a must-see. It features Baroque gates, museums, bastions, and restaurants (my favorites are the bronze statues). Also, don’t miss the guard-change ceremony at 11:50 AM every day.

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Located right at the border with Hungary,  Oradea  is like a hidden gem of Romania. The city was founded in the 11th century and for years has been an important center in the region. At some point, Oradea was even a burial place for Hungarian kings!

The biggest development of the city took place in the 18th century, and that’s when most of the buildings you can admire now were built.

Oradea is a great place for fans of art nouveau architecture. You can find many stunning buildings, but the most impressive one is the “Vulturul Negru” Palace (“Black Eagle” Complex) from the beginning of the 20th century with two symmetrical parts and a beautiful passage in the middle.

The whole center of Oradea is such a lovely place and wandering around is pure pleasure.

Oradea

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The combination of a romantic cityscape full of ancient Roman relics and a beautiful coastline with clear water and a vibrant party scene makes Constanța a perfect Romanian destination for couples,  solo travelers , and families alike.

Enjoy a romantic evening strolling through the old city center and watching the sunset from the minaret of the Carol I Mosque or spend a fun day swimming in the Black Sea and dancing the night away in the Mamaia Beach Promenade.

Besides all that, you can enjoy delicious Romanian cuisine in traditional restaurants, Autoservire canteens, or through inexpensive street food stalls right next to the water.

For history buffs, Constanța not only houses impressive Roman mosaics and other ruins but was also the very place in the Roman Empire where the poet Ovid spent his last days. Doesn’t that make it even more romantic?

Last but not least, Constanța is also a great base to explore other coastal towns and villages in the area like Vama Veche, Mangalia, and Neptun.

Székelyudvarhely (RO: Odorheiul Secuiesc)

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Székelyudvarhely is one of the most charming towns at the feet of the mountains of the Eastern Carpathians.

The town is mostly populated by Hungarian Székelys, who have a long history in the area. The town is famous for its charm, great traditional restaurants, and the beautiful nature surrounding it.

While here, you must see the 300+ years old churches, such as the Protestant church on the north side of the town center.

Visit the park of statues on the east side, where you’ll see sculptures of all the famous figures from Hungarian history, as well as the Catholic and Protestant schools which have lovely architecture!

Take a walk in the town center and admire the rose gardens, then, make sure you visit the famous Alexandra pastry shop! It’s the best in the region! Outside the town, visit Szejke, with the must-see 14 gates going up on the hill!

Szekelyudvarhely

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One of the most charming features of Romania is its wide stretches of pristine countryside and rustic traditional villages.

Because of the lack of transportation in these areas, most travelers don’t get to see the beauty of these places unless they are going on a  Romania road trip .

One of the most idyllic villages is Rimetea, a small hamlet of about 1000 inhabitants located an hour away from Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital city of Transylvania. Because of almost 1000 years of Hungarian rule, most of the villagers are still Hungarian and speak Hungarian.

Strolling on the gravel-stoned roads and exploring the simple way of life is a great experience in Rimetea.

Another popular activity is hiking the Piatra Secuiului – at 480 meters above the town, the views up there are surely breathtaking!

If you’re already road-tripping through the region of Maramureș, add a short stop at Baia Mare to your itinerary.

This city has been an important mining center for thousands of years, and you can visit the Museum of Mineralogy and marvel at its unique mineral collection.

Although Medias is the second-largest city in Sibiu county, it seems a lot more like a medieval village. It’s home to one of the best-preserved historical centers in the country and is such an enchanting place, yet you’re likely to be the only tourist there.

It’s definitely worth dedicating a few hours to explore its old town and see the 15th-century St. Margaret’s Church, as well as the fortified Trumpeters’ Tower.

Best Places in Romania for Nature Lovers

Ceahlău national park.

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Ceahlău National Park is a hiker’s paradise! Located in Neamt County in Romania’s Eastern Carpathians, this park is bounded by Lake Bicaz to the east and the Bicaz River to the south.

What makes this place a must-visit destination in Romania is its natural beauty. Picture dense forests that offer a cool canopy to hike under, fossil limestone peaks that tower on the horizon, and rolling clouds that play hide-and-seek, surprising you with majestic vistas when they finally blow over.

This group of mountains known as Ceahlău Massif is often nicknamed the Mount Olympus of Romania, and there are ancient legends of Dacian gods that trace their origins thousands of years back to these very mountains.

The two main peaks in the  Ceahlău National Park  are Ocolaşul Mare (1907m) and Toaca (1904m).

For anyone looking to spend the night atop the mountain, there is a hikers’ cabin (Cabana Dochia) and a campsite (Camping Ceahlău). If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, this is a destination you won’t want to miss in Romania!

Ceahlau National Park

Piatra Craiului National Park

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Romania’s Carpathian Mountains are possibly Europe’s last true wilderness. The mountain range is home to ancient unspoiled forests, as well as several wildlife species, including brown bears, wolves, and lynx.

If you want to go  hiking in Romania , spend a few days exploring Piatra Craiului National Park in Transylvania.

Forming part of the Southern Carpathians, the park offers several hiking trails through remote mountain villages and deep gorges, with views of sweeping meadows and an impressive limestone ridge that stretches for over 15 miles and rises up to a height of 6560 feet.

The town of Zarnesti is a great base if you want to hike Piatra Craiului. Make sure you hire an experienced guide, as the park is inhabited by brown bears and it’s easy to get disoriented in bad weather.

There are several attractions close by, including Libearty Bear Sanctuary, Bran Castle, and the colorful city of Brasov.

Piatra Craiului National Park

Danube Delta

Danube Delta – Europe’s second-largest river delta, is one of Romania’s hidden gems.

After meandering through 10 countries, the Danube River splits into three main distributaries in the delta, namely Chilia (120 km long), Sulina (64 km long), and Sfântul Gheorghe (70 km long), before emptying into the Black Sea.

Fun Fact – the Danube Delta, which is home to 250+ bird species, is the third-largest biodiversity hotspot in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1991.

I highly recommend you spend 2-3 days in the Danube Delta on your next trip to Romania, visit during the summer months, and go on a bird-watching boat trip.

If you’re looking for accommodations, one of the best places to stay during your  weekend in the Danube Delta  is Green Village Resort – a luxurious Oasis surrounded by nature.

Danube Delta

Trovanti Museum Natural Reserve

Romania is home to some pretty curious places, and the Trovanti Museum Natural Reserve (Muzeul Trovanților) is definitely one of them.

Home to unusual geological formations, also known as the “growing stones,” this is where you’ll find rocks that literally get bigger with time. Bizarrely resembling the trolls from Frozen, you don’t want to miss this quirky natural phenomenon.

Sphinx Natural Monument

Situated in the Bucegi Natural Park (and accessed with the Busteni Cable Car), the Sphinx is one of the most unique rock formations in Romania.

You can guess that the name derives from its resemblance to the Great Sphinx of Egypt, though it’s not certain whether it was created naturally or by humans.

Along with the adjacent Babele rock formation, it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Romania, and it’s even said that it has “a special mysterious energy.”

Situated in the Făgăraș Mountains, this glacier lake and its surroundings provide some of the most gorgeous natural landscapes in Romania.

You can simply enjoy the views or hike to either Balea Waterfall or Capra Lake. If you also want to wake up to this scenery, book a night at one of the chalets sitting on the lake.

How to get there: I visited it in summer when it was accessible by car. In winter, this area becomes a paradise for skiers, but it is only reachable by cable car or a day tour .

Balea Lake

Berca Mud Volcanoes Reserve

Lunar landscapes and bubbling mud volcanoes? Are you sure this is Romania?

Probably one of the most unusual natural phenomena you’ll see in the continent of Europe, it derives from gas erupting through salty mud, creating little volcano-shaped natural structures.

If you’re looking for out-of-this-world scenery and love offbeat gems, this reservation, which is reachable by car, must be on your itinerary.

Tip: Be sure to bring appropriate footwear and avoid visiting on rainy days.

BERCA MUD VOLCANOES RESERVATION

Nerei-BeușNița Ravine National Park

For relatively easy (yet not necessarily short) hikes, add this national park to your bucket list.

Here, you’ll find spectacular waterfalls (like Bigar, Vaioaga, and Beusnita), caves, gorges, and the famous turquoise Devil’s Lake and Ochiul Beiului Lake.

You can check out the full list of hikes on the park’s official website (use Google Translate).

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Tulcea, Romania is one of the best places to visit if you want to truly appreciate Romania’s natural beauty. That’s because Tulcea is the perfect base for exploring the extraordinary Danube Delta.

Several tour companies leave from the Tulcea Harbour and take visitors on either all-day or half-day boat trips around the Danube Delta. This is one of the most biodiverse regions in the entire world, and you can see many different unusual birds and over 1000 plant types here. 

Back in Tulcea, you can also learn more about the Danube Delta by visiting the Danube Delta Eco-Tourism Museum Center, which includes a fascinating aquarium.

By the end of your trip, you’ll be an expert on the Danube Delta. Tulcea is about 5 hours away from Bucharest by either bus or train.

Retezat National Park

With mountainous landscapes dotted with dozens of glacial lakes, the Retezat National Park is an avid hiker’s heaven. It’s also home to thousands of flora and fauna species and is a UNESCO Reserve of the Biosphere.

Some of its most popular hikes are Bucura Lake, Retezat Peak, Peleaga Peak, and Păpușa Peak, but I’d say this is a destination for adventurers rather than newbie hikers, and a trip to this remote area requires careful planning.

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18 thoughts on “50 Best Places to Visit in Romania, Europe’s Underrated Gem”

We spent a week in Romania about 6 years ago. I am itching to go back. It was truly amazing. One thing we did, which I didn’t see mentioned was the “Seven Ladders Canyon”. Anyone with a little adventure would spend a day in the forest to accomplish this task. At the time, we took 21 Zip Lines back down the mountain – it was AMAZING! So memorable. Some day we will return to see this spectacular Country! Thanks for the write-up!

Thanks for the recommendation!

As a local, my top 3 places in Romania are Transylvania, the Carpathian mountains and the Danube’s Delta. And Sibiu is my city of choice since I live there 🙂

I loved Transylvania too 🙂

Ahhh! I made it to a few of these – Brasov, Peles Castle, and Bran Castle, but I want to go to all of them! Romania is definitely way underrated.

Yeah, there’s a lot more to it than the popular touristic spots 🙂

Wow! Romania looks incredible. I’ve been interested in visiting for a while but other than Bucharest I don’t know very much about the country. I’m definitely going to check out some of these places when I eventually get around to planning a trip there in the future though. The national parks in particular look incredible! Thanks for sharing this.

I’m happy this post inspired you, Stuart! I love introducing new places to others, and I hope you get to visit soon!

You shared so many interesting places! I would love to see all those cool and beautiful spots in Romania!

Thanks, Ophelie! TBH, while creating this post, I myself felt the urge to go back to Romania – it’s really beautiful and special!

The most comprehensive Romania bucket list on the internet!

Aww, thank you, Arabela! That was the goal 🙂

I was in Romania just over a year ago a d you brought back some wonderful memories. Loved your photos too. Thanks for the inspiration, Or! 🙂

Always happy to inspire others 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Romania seriously looks like my fairytale dream! Love this comprehensive post – just pinned it for future inspiration!

It’s filled with fairytale places, so it’s the perfect destination for you, Elena 🙂

Amazing guide, love the detail! I visited just before covid and really loved it, esp Peles Castle. But it seems there is so much more to see!

There’s plenty to see 🙂 I feel like even this list might not be long enough 😛

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15 Top Tourist Attractions in Romania

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In spite of its negative reputation, Romania remains a fantastic travel destination. There are plenty of walled churches and castles to see, but there is also a beautiful landscape to explore, with amazing medieval towns and monasteries juxtaposed with ultra-modern cities and towering mountains.

Placed on the Balkan Peninsula, Romania is surrounded by Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine, and Moldova, making it a hub for travel between Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. The country’s southern boundary is formed by the winding Danube River as it makes its way to the Black Sea from the southern end of the country, where the harsh Carpathians and other mountain ranges dominate. The majority of the territory is made up of undulating hills, virgin forests, and vast plains; the shoreline is rather small in comparison.

Some of the most visited towns in Romania include the old towns of Brasov, Sibiu, and Sighisoara, all of which are scattered across the country’s picturesque landscape. In addition to the restored historic centers and bustling market squares, visitors can enjoy world-class museums and breathtaking natural beauty.

Bucharest, the capital and biggest city of Romania, is often overlooked despite its beautiful historic core, megalomanic monuments, and exciting nightlife. The city of Cluj-Napoca, known as “the heart of Transylvania,” and the nearby Black Sea beaches make Constanta, located on the coast, a popular tourist destination.

Many visitors utilize the former as a jumping-off point to explore the area, in addition to taking in its fascinating art, architecture, and culture. The interesting painted monasteries of Bucovina and the spectacular castles of Bran, Corvin, and Peles are just a few of the many stunning medieval monuments that dot Romania’s beautiful hills, forests, and plains.

You would be mistaken if you thought Romania was merely a scary place full of bloodsucking vampires hiding in abandoned castles to pounce on unwary visitors. Romania is more than just Count Dracula and the Brukenthal Palace from Bram Stoker’s Dracula novels. The picturesque alpine terrain of Romania is great for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, and the country also boasts a fair number of medieval castles. Great quaint villages and beautiful painted churches can be found there. In the Danube Delta, where the river meets the Black Sea, you can find an incredible array of birdlife. A rundown of the best sights in Romania for tourists:

15. Wooden Churches of Maramures

major tourist attractions in romania

The inhabitants of Maramures chose to build with wood rather than stone since their foreign rulers would not allow them to construct permanent stone churches. Over a two-hundred-year span, they built three hundred wooden churches, of which one hundred are still in use today. Some of these Gothic buildings are Greek Catholic, but the majority are Orthodox. The churches show a high level of carpentry skill with their typically tall and skinny bell towers. They are both simple and sophisticated. Many churches’ interiors have hand-painted murals.

14. Vaser Valley Forestry Railway

major tourist attractions in romania

Travel back in time on a steam-powered train through the lush forests of the Carpathian Mountains. The Vaser Valley Forestry Railway has been operating since 1932, initially to transport logs from the forest to the mill along the banks of the Vaser River. Today, it also transports sightseers who enjoy the nostalgia of riding on a narrow-gauge railway through a forest. There will be a two-hour break in Paltin to take in the sights and eat your picnic lunch.

13. Danube Delta

major tourist attractions in romania

The Danube Delta, the biggest protected river delta in Europe, is located mostly in Romania and is an ideal destination for ecotourists. Binoculars are highly recommended since this location is a birdwatcher’s heaven. Some of the birds that come to nest or spend the winter here come from as far away as Egypt and China. In this area, 300 different species of birds have been seen enjoying the canals bordered with willow trees. Animals like bobcats, foxes, bobwolves, and even a wild boar or two can be seen here and there.

12. Poiana Brasov

major tourist attractions in romania

If you’re getting bored with tracking down vampires, Poiana Brasov could be a good option. This is the most well-known ski area in all of Romania, and visitors come from all over Europe to enjoy it. The ski resort in the Carpathian Mountains has seven runs for a total of 25 kilometers (15 miles). Both alpine skiing and ice skating competitions are held at the resort. Warm up with some mulled wine or tuică, a plum-based, pepper-spiced drink, after a day on the slopes.

11. Corvin Castle

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The Gothic castle of Corvin is often regarded as Romania’s best medieval castle. You can also hear it referred to as Hunyad Castle, after the powerful official who commissioned its construction. A wooden bridge honoring St. John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of bridges, leads to the storybook castle of Corvin. The castle’s mascot, a raven with a gold ring, dates back to the 15th century. Check out the torture dungeon and the bear pit while you’re there.

10. Sucevita Monastery

major tourist attractions in romania

There is little question that the Sucevita Monastery has a unique design. Moldavia’s painted churches and the Gothic and Byzantine styles come together in a breathtaking structure. While the front is cylindrical with a conical roof, the rear is rectangular with a small tower protruding from it. Murals from the early 1600s and silver-thread embroidery adorn the tomb coverings within. The monastery is one of the most significant painted churches in Moldavia, and it can be found in northeastern Romania.

9. Salina Turda

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If your day job makes you feel like you’re toiling away in a salt mine, you’ll fit right in at Salina Turda. After excavations ceased in 1932, the salt mine, which had been in operation since the 17th century, served as anything from a cheese storage facility to a bomb bunker during World War II. It’s been renovated into a fantastic science-fiction theme park. Salina Turda, located in Ciuj County, is widely regarded as one of the world’s most fascinating underground destinations. If you want to see this underwater paradise, you’ll have to descend roughly 120 meters (400 feet). A bowling rink, a theater, a lake with prow boats, and even a Ferris wheel await inside.

8. Transylvanian Alps

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The Transylvanian Alps, or Southern Carpathians, are a mountain range in Transylvania. They are far lower in altitude than the Rockies or the Himalayas, at about 2,000 meters. Mount Moldoveanu, Romania’s tallest peak, stands out at 2,544 meters (8,346 feet) in elevation. You can go hiking or skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer in these rough mountains that are speckled with sheep and covered with fields of wildflowers. Instead of leaving the comfort of your couch, you could go on a search for legendary vampires in your very own mist-covered Gothic castle.

7. Biertan Fortified Church

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The Biertan Fortified Church, originally a Catholic church constructed when the area was a part of Hungary, towers above the town’s other structures. After the Protestant Reformation, it was reformed into a Lutheran church. When the Ottomans came, the citizens of the town didn’t construct a fortification; they fortified the church. It is one of the biggest fortified churches in Romania and was built in the late Gothic style. Notable features of the church include a tower that was used as a food storage facility during times of siege and another that was used to confine spouses who had filed for divorce.

6. Piata Mare

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The Piata Mare, also known as “Big Square,” is an important medieval square in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. In the early 15th century, the square was used as a marketplace for selling grain. This was followed by the construction of the Tailors’ Guild Building some decades later. Then came the houses, the Jesuit church, and Brukenthal Palace. There were festivals and beheadings held in Big Square. The “lunatic’s cage” was a public exhibit of criminals and other troublemakers.

5. Merry Cemetery

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If you’re looking for a standard cemetery, go elsewhere; Merry Cemetery in Sapanta is everything but. The brightly painted tombstones, crosses, and statues honoring the dead make it seem more like a folk art museum. In 1908, a little child started carving crosses, marking the beginning of a vibrant tradition. Sometimes he would even depict the manner of death with a photograph of the dead as they hung on the cross. A custom was established at that point. Everything has a dark blue backdrop, while the other colors represent various aspects of life, death, and fertility.

4. Peles Castle

major tourist attractions in romania

Though it lacks the military significance of other European castles, Peles Castle’s location on a Carpathian hill makes it a sight to see. King Carol I of Romania commissioned this Neo-Renaissance castle for his 1860s vacation. Among Europe’s most impressive castles, its look is straight out of a fairy tale. The king’s interest in military matters is reflected in his 4,000-piece weaponry collection, while the queen’s passion for the arts is reflected in the cinema room’s frescoes. There, Romanians could see the very first film ever broadcast in the country.

3. Palace of Parliament

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The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, the country’s capital, is everything but medieval, despite the prevalence of medieval architecture across the country. It’s the biggest administrative building in the world, and it’s completely up-to-date and contemporary. Thirteen years and the efforts of twenty thousand workers were required to complete the structure. It’s a design marvel that required the work of 700 architects and engineers. Since it was constructed by Romania’s reviled despot Nicolae Ceaușescu, the palace is a famous tourist attraction among foreigners but not so much among locals.

2. Sighisoara Historic Center

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Sighisoara Historic Center will live up to any and all expectations you may have had about what it would be like to visit a medieval town. Old Town Sighisoara is undeniably the pinnacle of medieval architecture. Sighisoara, a superb example of a walled medieval town, was founded by Transylvanian Saxons in the 12th century. You’ll recognize it by its small, winding lanes and brightly painted stone structures. Bram Stoker got the idea for Dracula from Vlad the Impaler, who was born there. During the month of July, the town of Sighisoara hosts a festival honoring its medieval roots.

1. Bran Castle

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Despite its frequent mention as Dracula’s home, there is no evidence that author Bram Stoker was familiar with the medieval castle of Bran. The castle, a major tourist attraction in Romania, seems like something out of a storybook, perched on a hilltop in the forests outside of Brasov in Transylvania. Medieval in origin, this castle was transformed into a museum by Queen Maria and now displays her extensive collection of art and furniture. There’s also an outdoor museum there that features structures from all around Romania that were formerly owned by peasants.

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