Best Places to Visit in Romania
Romania is located in the middle of Europe and is known for the famous Transylvania region. This is followed by well-preserved medieval attractions such as Sighisoara and Bran Castle, which are often associated with the Dracula legends. In just a few hours you can travel from the Danube to the capital Bucharest and then to the Black Sea.
Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Romania attracts tourists looking for great mountaineering, hiking and skiing adventures. Romania can simply be described as: natural beauty and rich folk culture. Take time to explore its architectural gems, vibrant art scene, and pristine landscapes and you’ll see why. Have a look at our list of the Best Places to Visit in Romania and make your trip enjoyable.
10 Best Places to Visit in Romania
Let’s explore the top 10 Most Beautiful and Best Places to Visit in Romania:
Travel back to the 12th-century Transylvanian-Saxon town of Sighisoara; perhaps the best preserved medieval city in all of Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a complete gem dating back to the 16th century. With its nine towers, residences, cobblestone streets and charming churches, it is full of atmosphere and ambiance. Here’s more to discover about the Dracula saga – this is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, aka Vlad the Impaler. Vlad reigned in the 15th century and inspired Bram Stokes’ fictional Count Dracula. Visitors can stop at his house, the church on the hill, the Dominican monastery, and the Venetian house.
Located in Transylvania and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Braşov is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Romania. Home to the towering black church with 4,000 pipe organs (13th century), it’s definitely worth your time. It combines city life and old world charm with stunning scenery and rich history. You’ll want to visit Piata Sfatului (Parliament Square) and Casa Sfatului (local museum).
But the real reason to visit is Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. There are many mythologies to unravel, but Bran was the backdrop for Bram Stokes Dracula, now a museum open to visitors. You’ll love wandering through Braşov’s labyrinthine streets, bohemian cafes and real-life gingerbread houses.
Romania’s capital and commercial hub are lively, and locals know how to have a good time. Without a doubt, Bucharest’s most iconic landmark is the communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building. With 1,100 rooms and a large plan, it is the second largest building on the planet. Enjoy everything from the nightlife of the Lipscani district to the 15th-century Curtea Veche palace, once ruled by Vlad the Impaler.
Must-see places include the Romanian Atheneum and the Çeşmeci Gardens. The city mixes remnants of modern capitalism and communism, but elegant villas, 17th-century churches, beautiful parks, and trendy cafes are hidden in surprising pockets.
A few hours north of Bucharest is Sibiu on the Cibin River in Transylvania. Considered cultural treasures, the baroque squares and quaint cobbled streets have a unique appeal. Sibiu, which was selected as the European Capital of Culture in 2007, created the country’s first library, pharmacy and hospital.
There are many must-sees, but the most important is the Brukenthal National Museum, the 6,002-pipe Gothic church and its dazzling church tower and front and the ASTRA National Museum building. Sibiu has more festivals than any other city in Romania – not to mention plenty of theatres, opera and exhibitions.
If you’re looking for a sleepy fishing port to take a break, look no further than Sulina and its peaceful beaches. The town is Romania’s easternmost point and probably the best stop on a Danube cruise. Most tourists use Sulina as a base to explore the delta and the Black Sea coast in depth. Explore the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, visit the medieval castles of Argamum and Enisala, and explore the two Orthodox monasteries on Saon and Celic Dere. Either way, you will be amazed by the diversity of wildlife and the beauty of this city.
6. Baile Herculane
Archaeological excavations confirm that people have lived in the modern Baile Herculane area since the Paleolithic period. You can visit Pestera Hotilor (Cave of Thieves) to see the evidence for yourself. The town is now famous for its luxurious spas. Legend has it that Hercules stopped here to bathe and rest. The city loved the famous tourist so much that at least six of his statues were found here. Since WWII, people have been coming for the healing properties of spas. Baile Herculane is a quirky mix of seniors enjoying retirement and the college crowd looking for a great vacation.
Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital of Transylvania, is a vibrant university town. It features vibrant night lights and historic landmarks dating back to Saxon rule. Everyone will tell you this is a charming town. It is the film capital of Romania, where the Transylvania International Film Festival is held every May. See the Gothic-style Piata Unirii church, the Baroque Banfi Palace (now houses the Romanian Art Museum), and the dramatic statue of King Matteis Corvinus (15th century). Cluj is often used as a starting point for excursions to the Apuseni Maramures mountains.
Suceava is considered the gateway to all cultural, historical and natural things in the Bukovina region. It is also home to the Painted Monastery. Once the capital of Moldavia, the city is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. George home to some incredible landmarks, including the Buconvina Ethnographic Museum and the Royal Court. At first glance, this is a pretty remarkable town. However, it is an excellent base for visiting the many castles in the area. It’s also a great place to come back to every night as the food is delicious and the casual nightlife enjoyable.
Timisoara is the main social and cultural center of western Romania. It is a popular destination for urbanites who love diversity. Often referred to as Primul Oras Liber (First Freedom City), the first anti-Ceausescu protests erupted here, resulting in the death of Ceausescu and his wife in 1989. Its town planning dates back to the 13th century, and over the years Romans, Turks, Serbs and Austrians have claimed it. With such a unique history, Timisoara’s squares, beautiful parks, neighborhoods and beautiful gardens have an incredible cultural impact. The second nickname of the city is “Little Vienna” because of the music festivals, theatres, art exhibitions and museums held throughout the year.
10. Vama Veche
There is Vama Veche on the Black Sea coast, close to the Bulgarian border. The city knows its word, and that word is a party! (exclamation point required!). During the summer, you will find charming beach bars, restaurants and clubs open 24/7. At the end of the work week, thousands flock here to relax on the beach. The grand opening weekend is always May 1 weekend, and the season ends with the Stuff Stock festival at the end of August. Swim in the Black Sea, fall in love with the bohemian free spirit attitude and soak up the sun.
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