16 wonderful sites of Romania that you cannot miss

16 wonderful sites of Romania that you cannot miss

Romania is an amazing country that has scenic nature sites, various historical attractions: churches, monasteries and castles and can impress with the beauty of its small cities. I would like to share my favorite places with you (mostly out of the capital) to proof the uniqueness of Romania.

Bucegi Sphinx

Somewhere high in Bucegi Mountains you can discover naturally shaped by the wind European version of Sphinx. There are lots of legends that surround this figure. Some say that Sphinx is a message from the Gods, another says it is a landing place for aliens’ ships.

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Transfagarasan Road

This is one of the most exceptional roads in Romania located between cities Sibiu and Pitesti. It was meant as a strategic route for easy army access across the mountains due to expecting USSR invasion. Local weather conditions can make this road quite dangerous to pass, however stunning views of this area definitely worth exploration. So, if you are not scary of its numerous hairpin turns, and steep descents get a car and have a ride on Transfagarasan Road.

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Salina Turda Salt Mine

This is one of my favorite sites of Romania, and it is considered as an important tourist attraction in Turda. It was an important salt source since the times of the Roman Empire and in XX century because of obsolete technologies mine was closed. Later the Turda Saltworks has opened again as a tourist place.  Not it has an amphitheater, treatment rooms, lovely salty lake and opens for visitors all year around.

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Bigar Waterfalls

It is situated in the Anina Mountains on the Mini River and impresses of its unusual look. The waterfall is a bit more than 7 meters high, and the water falls over green carpet of moss and transforms into many small streams.

The beauty of this area worth reaching to this part of Romania.

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Mud Volcanoes

I enjoyed looking at strange mud bubbles forming and popping over and over again caused by the gas erupted from the Earth underground. As Mud Volcanoes are relatively rare in Europe, the location Berca is a great tourist site, especially for nature lovers.

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Cluj Napoca

Romania’s amazing city with a beautiful bohemian feel. It has lots of bars and shops and considers to be a student site and unofficial capital of the Transylvania region. Few Gothic-style churches, the dramatic statue of the king Matthias Corvinus, multiple music and film festivals will leave a great impression so you would return back here every time visiting Romana.

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Peles Castle

I cannot skip this landmark, that became a “must see” place for every tourist. This castle seems to be taken from fairy-tale Disney cartoon. This fabulous castle located within the majestic Carpathian Mountains creates a magical feeling for every visitor. There you can see as well few statues that surround gardens and inside a vast collection of arms, armor and art pieces. If you would like to visit it, it is available only on a guided tour whole year beside November.

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Bran castle

That is Dracula themed landmark that links to Vlad the Impaler and has the reputation of being ‘Dracula’s Castle’. This attraction definitely needs to be visited. This noble castle we associate with Transylvania and famous Dracula character. There you can hear some bloody stories about Vlad and his punishments. In 1920, the Bran Castle was an official royal residence and ended up being the favorite retreat of Queen Marie.

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Poenari Castle

It is a ruined castle in Romania located on the cliffs of the mountains at the height of 860 meters. Some legends say it was a real residence of Vlad the Impaler but difficulties to reach made it not so famous as a Bran castle. Decades later the castle was abandoned and left in ruins. In 1970, Romanian government decided to make this place accessible for tourists and built 1.480 steps in the rock of the mountain, so you can enjoy a fantastic view after the tough hike.

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Brasov

The wonderful historical city that has its own kind of Hollywood sign that sits on the local mount. The city surrendered with Gothic and Baroque buildings with beautiful churches and charming squares that you can see by taking a cable car to the top of the mountain.

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The Palace of Culture

The Palace of Culture is an unusual palace that can be found in the city of Iasi. It is a fantastic example of neo-gothic architecture in the country, that total area is 390,000 square feet. Now this palace is home to few important museums. I have numerous historically significant objects related to many fields and there take place many important events and exhibitions.

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Sangov Monastery

The legend says in this solitary monastery may hold the remains of Vlad the Impaler. Beside the unproven fact, that confirms the possible Dracula’s interment, this church has an incredible interior and worth to be seen.

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The Mery Cemetery

A small ridiculous Romanian cemetery, where you can find many gravestones with life stories, dirty details, and final moments of the bodies they mark. Gravestones filled with bright, cheery pictures and annotated with limericks are the stories of almost everyone who has died in the town of Săpânţa. It doesn’t look like any other cemeteries in Europe and can be an attractive place for visitors.

By Remus Pereni. Flickr. Licensed under CC 2.0.

Casino Constanta

Casino Constanta is one of the most amazing abandoned buildings in Romania. It was built right on the waterfront of the Black Sea and became the symbol of the city. At the end of the 2-th century, the building was closed for the expensive maintenance.

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Densus Church

This church is one of the oldest in Romania. It says it have been built on the site of a pagan temple.

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Written by Elizabeth View all posts by this author →

Elizabeth is a passionate traveler and sports lover. While visiting different countries I enjoy observing medieval architecture (esp. gothic), exploring nature sites and discovering hidden places. For the past several years she was one of the founding members of the startup Cultree, that helps people to get more authentic experience while traveling.

There are 17 comments for this article
  1. Luminita at 9:38 pm

    This is a great list for first time travelers to Romania. I would also include Sighisoara on this list. This little medieval town has something charming about it that makes it a great travel destination because of its rich history.

    • Elizabeth at 2:08 pm

      Thank you,
      We somehow skipped that place, but while visiting Romania next time will definitely add Sighisoara to my plan!

  2. Charles McCool at 3:27 am

    These places look so beautiful. I want to visit Romania to see the villages where my great-grandparents came from. When I do travel there, I would also love to these these wonderful attractions.

  3. Lori at 9:06 am

    I’m so happy to see this list here 🙂 Indeed Romania has a lot to offer to any type of traveler! My country can be a great choice for traveling in Eastern Europe – from castles to old churches, from mountains to the sea and the unique Danube Delta and more… we have many gorgeous places worthy to be discovered 😉

    • Elizabeth at 2:11 pm

      Yeah, totally agree with you. Now Romania became one of my favorite destinations, much better for me than overrated Western European countries.

  4. raisingyourpetsnaturally at 7:09 pm

    Amazing! I’m not sure where I’d start. No, I know. The BIGAR WATERFALLS for sure. That place looks stunning. So green, so lovely. I’m a sucker for water.

  5. Diane Hoffmaster at 7:31 pm

    This would be an amazing place to add to my bucket list. Bran Castle would be especially exciting. We went to London recently and saw a ton of castles. The concept of such a large structure being built so long ago just astounds me.

  6. Shirley at 11:32 pm

    This is a great list for first time travelers to Romania. My husband loves to travel more then me. I will for sure recommend him this place for our next vacations.

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