My bucket list for Romania

Having traveled through this amazing country for 3 months, I just know I am getting myself in trouble by doing a bucket list for Romania, there’s simply way too much to do! 

Romania is an excellent country for outdoor sports, wildlife spotting and hiking. Its cities are diverse: rural towns like Sinaia and Busteni are great for visiting the castles and enjoying mountain views, while Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu have that medieval vibe going. Bucharest is great for people who love modern art, a mix of traditional and communistic buildings and great parks to wander through.

And then there’s the countryside, unspoiled nature and ancient traditions that are sometimes just a train ride away. I could easily bore you to death with everything there is to do, yet I’m keeping my list down to 30.


My bucket list for Romania

1. Stand on Bucegi mountain, next to the cross

2. See the sfinx

3. Visit the Rasnov citadel and stand on top for amazing views

4. Explore romantic Sibiu

5. Sleep at the Sambata de Sus monastery

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Fall weather in Borsec

6. Drive the Transfagarasan (and spend the night there if you can)

7. See the giant Vidraru dam (Transfagarasan)

8. Visit the Zarnesti bear sanctuary

9. See the Hunedoara castle

10. Indulge in the vibrant student life of Cluj Napoca

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Enjoying Sfanta Ana in autumn glory.

11. Party in Gradina Eden, Bucharest

12. Descend into the Turda saltmine, one of the new world wonders.

13. Hike Tampa hill (Brasov)

14. Take the train from Bucharest to Brasov for amazing views!

15. Have a barbeque at Tampa Gardens (Brasov)

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Hike up for amazing views from Tampa hill

16. See the merry cemetery

17. Visit Peles castle, Sinaia

18. Drive the Transalpina

19. See the statue of Decebal

20. Visit Poenari castle (the real castle of Dracula)

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Wander historic Sighsisoara

21. Walk the cobbled streets of Sighisoara

22. Get your healthy water at Borsec (and explore the bear cave while you’re at it!)

23. Go bird spotting at the Delta

24. Explore medieval Deva

25. Gaze over the lake of Saint Ann (or Sfanta Ana)

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View over the Transfagarasan road.

26. Visit Bran castle (or Dracula’s castle)

27. Go for a dip in the Black Sea at Constanta or Mamaia

28 Visit the Fagaras fortress

29. Wander through the immense palace of Ceaucescu

30. Don’t forget about cute, tiny towns like Medias and Biertan


What would you add to the list?

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  • Reply
    July 6, 2015 at 11:28

    Hi Rose, sounds like a great trip. Enjoy doing what you want to do, have a great time with your mum and most importantly relax and recharge your batteries. Look forward to lots more posts.

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      The Brave Dame
      July 7, 2015 at 14:45

      Thanks, Jill! I already feel born again. There’s something about the mountain air… 🙂

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    L. Spaans.
    July 6, 2015 at 17:57

    Enjoy your trip together and close the atmosphere en the friendlyness of the people and nature in your hart and when you come back feel like a newly born .!

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    July 11, 2015 at 20:51

    If you have the chance and time you have to go to Peles Castle! Is one of my favourite 😀

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      The Brave Dame
      July 12, 2015 at 00:06

      Peles is absolutely beautiful indeed! I was there last year but I’m sure to take my mom to it when I have the time. 🙂

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    December 15, 2017 at 07:55

    Hello. Could you please let me know how I can make reservations to stay at Sambata de Sus monastery? Thank you. And thank you for all the useful information. I am so excited to visit Romania.

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      The Brave Dame
      December 18, 2017 at 12:25

      Hi Ana! You’re welcome, I hope you’ll have a great trip! Where are you heading exactly?

      As for the monastery: for some reason, the information about sleeping in the monastery (which is called Brancoveanu) is nowehere to be found. From what I’ve heard, they sometimes take in travelers for a small fee, however it is not a hotel or B&B. You could try and call this number: +40-0268-241237

      Good luck and let me know how it worked out! 🙂

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        December 19, 2017 at 07:07

        Thank you for your response. I am traveling with my brother and sister in May/June timeframe. No itinerary yet that was why I was researching and came across your blog. It was interesting to see that sleeping in a monastery was in your list. I’ve always wanted to do that.

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