25 Incredible Places to Visit in Romania

Romania is probably one of the most underrated countries in Europe. Sure, it gets more visitors than roughly 10 years ago, however, there are still so many places in Romania that have been kept under the radar for way too long! 

Since I visited Romania in 2014, I have been back and forth to explore more of this gorgeous country. I’ve stayed a month in Bucharest, where I lived in a hostel and traveled the country as much as possible on my days off. I road tripped Transylvania with a local, lived in Brasov for another month and a half and still I haven’t seen everything.

If you’d ask me now, I would return to Romania in a heartbeat.

There are so many places to visit in Romania that it’s almost impossible to filter out just 25 of them! Below I’ve listed the most important (and fun!) cities as well as gorgeous nature reserves, cute villages and spectacular roads. I’ve tried to select some off-the-beaten-path activities to do in each place as these became my best memories of visiting Romania. Sometimes, however, one can’t escape the tourism highway, which is okay because these specific things are popular for a reason.



If you’d like to know how to reach all these places, check out my guide on road tripping Transylvania before you get started. A lot of places in Romania can be reached by train as well, make sure to do your homework before you go!

 

25 AWESOME PLACES TO VISIT IN ROMANIA

 

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1.Bucharest

Bucharest used to be known for its grey flats and street dog problems, but luckily all of that is changing. Did you know you can find the second-largest government building in the world in Bucharest? Romania’s capital is everything an Eastern Europe lover wants: gorgeous architecture in the shape of churches and palaces, as well as the leftovers from communist times. Whether you’re interested in its rich history or you just want to party until you drop, there’s nothing Bucharest can’t offer you!

On your bucket list:

  • Watch couples’ wedding shoots at the Athenaeum (Strada Benjamin Franklin 1-3) every Saturday.
  • Take a tour of Ceaucascu’s Palace (Don’t forget to bring an ID!).
  • Relax in the park and watch local life pass by (Herastau and Cismigiu are my favorites!).
  • Wander the Armenian quarter (around Armenească street) to spot gorgeous architecture.
  • Eat at Caru’ cu Bere (Strada Stavropoleos 5), one of Bucharest’s most beautiful restaurants. Reservations are advised!

Where to sleep

I personally love Bucharest’s sector 1 too much not to stay there. I take an apartment, like this one, to experience most of Bucharest’s local life. I haven’t stayed in much hotels in the city due to my stay at the hostel, which doesn’t exist anymore. Apartments or Airbnb’s are the way to go for a successful stay in Bucharest.

How to get there

You can fly to Bucharest from most cities in Europe (and the world). The city is also connected to a great deal of other cities, like Budapest or Sofia, which makes it easy to hop onto a train or bus without hurting your wallet too much.

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2.Brasov

Brasov is one of the most popular places in Romania for several reasons: fresh mountain air, the historic old town and the amazing hiking opportunities. Life goes at a slower pace here compared to Bucharest.

When you stay inside the old town, chances are you’ll find Brasov, although strikingly beautiful, incredibly touristic. You can find authentic and quiet places when you step just outside the city center. Poiana Brasov is famous for skiing opportunities.

On your bucket list:

  • Visit the amazing Black Church.
  • Hike up Mount Tampa and walk all the way to the Racadau neighborhood.
  • Admire the colorful town center.
  • Explore the Schei district, an authentic neighborhood with a rich history.
  • Pose in front of the Brasov sign (because everybody seems to love it!).
  • Eat a chicken schnitzel sandwich at Ando’s (Bulevardul 15 Noiembrie 6).

Where to sleep

Whenever I’m in Brasov for a short visit, I always end up in Casa Reims. The owners are just adorable and they treat their customers as family. Hostel Boemia is probably the best place to stay when on a budget. This cozy hostel is located right next to the main square and the staff is more than excellent.

How to get there

Brasov is easily reached from many places in the country by train, bus and car. From Bucharest, it takes about 3 hours by train to get here.

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3.Sighisoara

Sighisoara is known as the birthplace of Dracula but in reality, it’s so much more! The World Heritage Site by UNESCO is one of the seven walled citadels the Saxons built in Romania. Large mansions, burgher houses and nine towers make the typically Transylvanian old town the popular attraction that it is today. Along the cobblestoned streets you’ll find the colorful houses that’ll light up any Instagram feed and if you squint your eyes and ignore the dressed up guards, the town looks like it did hundreds of years ago.



On your bucket list:

  • Visit Vlad Dracula’s birth house (the funniest tourist trap I’ve been to).
  • Take a million photos of the colorful houses.
  • Walk up the hill to visit the church and admire the city from above.
  • Visit the Festival of Medieval Arts and Crafts in July.

Where to sleep

Sighisoara’s city center is full of great hotels, I personally like small pensions, like Casa Lia. This pension is quite affordable with great, personal service.

How to get there

Sighisoara is easy to reach when you’re traveling in Transylvania already. You can take a train or bus from most major cities or drive there yourself.

Read more: Sighisoara – A Touristic Hotspot on the Rise

 

 


4.Alba Iulia

Alba Iulia is located right in the wine region of Romania. The city offers many ways to relax as well as to learn something about Romanian history, art and architecture. Enter one of the gates of the 18th-century Vauban-type Alba Carolina fortress, which takes two entire hours to walk around, to discover why Alba Iulia is listed here.

On your bucket list:

  • Walk around the Alba Iulia Citadel.
  • Watch the ceremony of changing the guards.
  • Admire the Sebes Mountains, these red rock formations are well-worth a half day trip from Alba Iulia.
  • Visit the National Union museum.

How to get there

Alba Iulia is right in between 3 airports and can be reached by car, bus and train. When you prefer to fly, take Cluj-Napoca’s airport as it is the most convenient.

 

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5.Cluj-Napoca

Cluj, as the locals lovingly call the city of Cluj-Napoca, is a bit different from the other cities in Transylvania. The city is a mix of the classic Romanian architecture and modern, sometimes a tad Soviet-looking buildings, separated by big lanes and large green parks. Because of the large number of students living here, the city is surprisingly modern. The center is filled with little bars and restaurants and on the streets, you’ll find young people looking for a fun time. Most of them speak English as well, which is great if you’re there to meet people or get local recommendations.



On your bucket list:

  • Climb Fortress Hill for a spectacular view over the city.
  • Have a meter of mici, a Romanian sausage made of minced meat at Casa Vikingilor (Strada Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu 70).
  • Grab an affordable lunch at a student cafeteria.
  • Wander through the stunning Botanic Garden.

Where to sleep

Cluj is full of lovely boutique hotels, fun hostels and comfortable apartments. Lol et Lola Hotel offers colorful rooms and a delicious breakfast. Their quiet, green patio makes the city noises disappear, which is great when you’re staying this close to the center!

How to get there

Low cost airlines fly to and from Cluj-Napoca from various cities in the world. Other than that, you can reach Cluj by train, bus and car. From Brasov, it takes 7 hours by direct train to reach Cluj.

Read more: 24 Hours in Cluj-Napoca

 

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6.Sibiu

There are so many beautiful places in Romania, but Sibiu is something else! This incredibly picturesque place is known for its romantic squares, outstanding museums and gorgeous, historic walls. The upper town contains most of the historic center while the lesser town is home to an amazing maze of cute houses, bars and restaurants. There’s no chance you’ll visit Sibiu without falling in love with it, so watch out!

On your bucket list:

  • Wander the lesser town and its beautiful arches.
  • Check out the huge collection of paintings at the Brukentahl museum.
  • Have dinner with live music at Atrium (Piața Mică 16).
  • Get a glimpse of how Romanians used to live by visiting the Astra museum.
  • Explore the amazing Citadel Park.

Where to sleep

When you’re on a budget, Smart Hostel is a good place to be at! Their staff makes sure you won’t miss out on any information about the city as well as fun events to visit.

How to get there

Sibiu is accessible by plane, train, bus and car. From Brasov, it takes less than 3 hours to get there if you use the fast train. In summer, you might want to take a bus instead of a train as it took me up to 5 hours to get there due to the hot tracks. From Bucharest you can take a TAROM flight to Sibiu as well.

Read more: Explore Romantic Sibiu

 

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7.Sinaia

A small town of Sinaia, tucked away between the hills of the Prahova district, is mostly known for King Charles I of Romania’s summer residence. In the late 19th century he chose Sinaia as his summer residence and built the incredible Peles Castle. Nowadays you can still visit the castle and its little brother Pelisor Castle, which is right next to Peles Castle.

Because of its location, Sinaia’s regular visitors might scare you a bit: at night bears come out of the forest to feast on the garbage, which they simply take out of the bins at residential parts of the town.

Where to sleep

Although Sinaia is small, I still wanted to spend the night. Rina Cerbul Hotel wasn’t anything spectacular (comfortable though!), its location in the town center made up for that.

How to get there

Sinaia is incredibly easy to reach by train from Bucharest (20+ trains departing each day) and Brasov. The best thing to do, if you don’t want to stay in Sinaia, is to get a stamp on your train ticket from the train station clerk. This way you can get on one of the next trains heading to Brasov without buying a ticket.

 

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8.Rasnov

The town of Rasnov is famous for one thing: the Rasnov fortress. A shame, considering the lovely location of the town. Close to the mountains, the village of Bran (see #10) and the Zarnesti Bear Sanctuary, Rasnov really tends to grow on you when you look beyond its famous highlight.

The fortress, built by the Saxons in the 14th century is, of course, well worth a visit! Just the many viewpoints would be worth the hike (or cable cart) up the hill.

Rasnov itself is built right next to the forest that goes up to the mountains. Hiking is one of the best things you can do here, as long as you’re well aware of Romania’s wildlife and how to survive being in the same forest with them.. 😉

How to get there

You can take a bus from Brasov’s “Autogara 2” (Codreanu station), which takes you there within an hour. The same bus also stops at Bran and Zarnesti, should you be interested in visiting those as well.

 

 

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9.Iasi

Iasi is known as the cultural capital of Romania and is in the Moldova Region. The city offers a history lesson when it comes to religion as more than 100 churches and monasteries grace Iasi and the surrounding area. Iași is the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina, and of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Iași, which makes it an important place in religion in Romania.

The city itself is typically Romanian, with palaces and big mansions on one side and grey flats on the other. When you like architecture, try to get lost in the city. Just like Bucharest, Iasi offers loads of interesting stuff.

On your bucket list:

  • Visit the the neo-Gothic Palace of Culture, built on the old ruins of the medieval Princely Court of Moldavia.
  • Wander through the Botanical Garden.
  • Take a stroll over the old market square.

Where to sleep

Casa de Oaspeți Sfântul Nicolae, with its incredibly clean and comfortable rooms, is close to all the major attractions. The hotel is also known for serving delicious breakfast!

How to get there

Iasi is located 7,5 hours from Bucharest and is accessible by train. On the way you’ll pass the village of Roman, which is quite lovely to visit as well. You can also fly to Iasi.

 

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10.Bran

Just like Rasnov, Bran is mostly known for Bran Castle, or the Castle of Dracula. The town itself has two faces: the buzzing center that is overrun by souvenir shops and tour buses and the residential areas, where no tourist ever comes. Again, what a shame! The area around Bran is incredible for hiking (again, watch out for bears!) as well as mountain climbing and watching wildlife.

Bran Castle itself is actually not a place I would recommend visiting when you don’t like large crowds. The story behind Dracula is an interesting one though, so when you’re following his footsteps, you can’t miss it. In any case, make sure to visit Bran Castle on a weekday as Romanian tourists tend to visit on weekends.

Where to sleep

When I visited Bran and Rasnov, I decided to sleep in nearby Brasov. There are plenty of pensions and hotels to find in the area, just make sure you’re not located directly in the touristy center.

How to get there

Take the bus from Brasov’s “Autogara 2”, which stops at Rasnov and Zarnesti as well. Bran is also accessible by car.

Read more: A Guide Through Dracula Tourism in Romania

 

 


11.Deva

Deep in the nooks of Transylvania you’ll find Deva, a very Transylvanian town and a must-visit place in Romania! Deva is not as touristic as Brasov or Sighisoara, which has everything to do with its location and not with the cool things you can do here. Close to Deva, you’ll find Hunedoara Castle, which is one of the most spectacular castles (from the outside!) to visit in Transylvania.

On your bucket list:

  • Marvel at the Franciscan Monastery (Strada Progresului 14).
  • Explore the luscious Fortress Hill.
  • Wander through the Bejan forest, which holds all oak species to be found in Romania.
  • Visit the museum of Dacian and Roman civilization (Strada 1 Decembrie 39).
  • Marvel at Hunedoara Castle’s exterior (the inside is a bit disappointing.).

How to get there

Deva is accessible by train when you go through Sibiu or Alba Iulia. It’s also (relatively) close to Timisoara, from where you can also take a train. In this part of Transylvania, public transport is significantly slower and less frequent than in the popular areas like Brasov and Bucharest. This makes the travel experience way more authentic and fun though!

 

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12.Băile Tușnad

The cute town of Băile Tușnad, located near the border of Covasna and Hargitha county, is in the middle of a few gorgeous places in Romania. The rolling hills and pine forests that surround the town are the reason to visit, just as the gorgeous Lake of Saint Ann.

When I visited in the fall of 2014, there was no tourist to be seen anywhere. We drove to a parking area close to the lake and walked the rest down to the lake in absolute silence. Around the lake you’ll find a few interesting places to visit as well.

Driving in this part of Romania is an experience as well. Covasna and Harghita county are known to be “Hungarian”, which results in entire Hungarian villages, Romanian street names crossed out and replaced by their Hungarian equivalents. The locals were quite friendly and helpful, even to our Romanian friend, as long as we approached them with some respect.

On your bucket list:

  • The Lake of Saint Ann, duh!
  • Take a million pictures of the hills, don’t forget to stay until golden hour!
  • Pay a visit to the Chapel of Saint Ann.
  • Hike through the forest.

Where to sleep

Fortuna Eco Boutique Hotel is located 3,4 km from the Lake of Saint Ann and offers free parking space to visitors. From here you can explore the lake, which is located inside a national park. You practically can’t get any closer!

How to get there

Băile Tușnad (and especially the Lake of Saint Ann) are best accessible by car. You could walk or hitchhike to the lake as well.

Read more: Why You Must Visit the Lake of Saint Ann in Autumn.

 

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13.Bicaz Canyon

Bicaz Canyon is, again, more of a general direction in which to see cool things rather than just one place you have to be. Driving from Gheorgeni to the village of Bicaz, there are a few stops only Romanians know about. These secrets were revealed to me on my road trip through Transylvania and stuck with me ever since.

On your bucket list:

  • Enjoy the Red Lake (Lacu Rosu), right next to Bicaz Canyon (but don’t go there in summer because of the crowds!)
  • Carefully walk along (and a little underneath) narrow Bicaz Canyon.
  • Hike along the shore of Lake Bicaz.
  • Wake up with an amazing view at Pensiuna Lostrita.

Where to sleep

Waking up in Pensiuna Lostrita, mentioned above, was one of the highlights of my Transylvanian road trip and I would gladly call it one of the most beautiful places in Romania. Apart from the freshest trout I’ve ever eaten, the rooms look out on Lake Bicaz, offering a mesmerizing view every morning.

How to get there

By car!

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14.Transfăgărășan

Named “best road in the world” by Britain’s Top Gear, the Transfăgărășan road (or DN7C) attracts many visitors from May to October. Built by the orders of Ceaucescu, under inhumane circumstances and resulting in many deaths, this road connects Transylvania with Wallachia through the Fagaras mountains.

Tourists, local and foreign, love to drive the road because of its extreme turns and spectacular views. On the way you can find some amazing stops, such as the spectacular Vidraru Dam. Depending from where you’re coming, you can visit most attractions driving past them, for some you have to search a little.

On your bucket list:

  • Visit Poenari Fortress, the real Dracula’s Castle.
  • Hike around the Baleac Lake.
  • Walk over the Vidraru Dam.
  • Take scenic pictures off the road.
  • Have a picnic along Vidraru lake (again, watch out for bears!)

Where to sleep

There are some amazing locations to rest your head at when it comes to the Transfăgărășan road. Pension Irina is next to Poenari castle, which is a great view to wake up to!

How to get there

Obviously by car, although I’ve seen some daredevils do it by bicycle. The road is open from April/May until October, depending on the weather conditions.

Read more: Driving the Transfăgărășan

 


15.Danube Delta

“The mighty Danube River flows 1,788 miles from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea. Just before reaching the sea it forms the second largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas: 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands. The Danube Delta is a wildlife enthusiast’s (especially a bird watcher’s) paradise.” (Romaniatourism.com)

The Danube Delta is the must-see place to visit in Romania, according to the many locals recommending it to me. However, I was never “in the neighborhood”. Silly, I know! To make sure you don’t miss out, I’ve included it in the post.

For more information, visit Romaniatourism.com

 

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16.Turda

According to Business Insider, the Turda salt mine (or Salina Turda) is #22 on the list of most unbelievable travel destinations in the world. The mine has been visited by over 2 million tourists, mostly Romanians, for health reasons and historical value. Inside it’s nicely decorated with a gorgeous lighting system and even some artwork. Visitors can do different activities to maximize the amount of fresh air they breathe in when they’re there.

 

How to get there

The salt mine is located slightly outside of Turda, the second largest city in the Cluj-district in Romania. Fly to Cluj Napoca and take a bus to Turda to get there.

Opening hours: 9:00 – 16:00 (Monday – Sunday)
Adult ticket: 30 lei/ person (2018)

Read more: Visiting the Turda Salt Mine

 

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17.Busteni

On your way from Bucharest to Brasov you’ll pass Busteni, a cute little mountain town with some cool attractions to see. First of all, you won’t be able to ignore the mountain with the cross on it. Did you know you can hike up (don’t worry, there’s also a cable cart) and stand next to it? In winter people come here to ski and in spring to hike the Bucegi Mountains. Busteni, roughly translated from Romanian, means ‘tree log’.

On your bucket list:

  • Hike up mount Bucegi and stand next to the Heroes monument.
  • Take a million photos of the amazing view.
  • Pay a visit to the Sfinx, a rock formation that is believed to have special powers.
  • Hike (90 mins) to the Urlatoarea waterfall.
  • Admire Cantacuzino Castle, located on a hill at the end of town.

How to get there

Take the train to Brasov from Bucharest (or the other way around). To hike up Bucegi Mountain, you can start all the way in Sinaia. It’s supposed to be a fierce hike that can take all day. There’s also a cable cart, starting in Busteni.

 

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18.Borsec

Borsec is known for its mineral springs and beautiful surroundings. When you’ve traveled in Romania, you might remember drinking Borsec water, too. Borsec is located in the Carpathian Mountains, the perfect place for a lovely hike or picnic. As always, be careful of wildlife.

On your bucket list:

  • Explore the ‘Bear cave’.
  • Hike the forested area.
  • Drink from the mineral springs for loads of extra iron.

Where to sleep

Vila Borsec is built in the typical Transylvanian style. This comfortable villa offers visitors comfort and pleasant views, while located in the very center of Borsec.

How to get there

Take the train to Topliţa, regular buses depart from there and take you to Borsec in 30 minutes.

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19.Black Sea

Constanta, and mostly Mamaia, is mostly visited because of its location at the Black Sea. People from all over the world, and a lot of Romanians too, flock the beaches and boulevards, looking for sun tans, booze and relaxation. Mamaia is known for being affordable, especially when it comes to luxury. It’s also a bizarre circus, with loud music and loads of different attractions.

Whenever Mamaia is too crowded for you, there’s other places along the Black Sea coast to enjoy a little sunshine. Places like Vama Vecche have been discovered as well and although they’re less busy than Mamaia, being completely alone on a deserted beach is out of the question.

On your bucket list:

  • Eat amazing seafood.
  • Party until you drop on the boulevard.
  • Pay a visit to the old Casino in Constanta.

Where to sleep

Villa Reyna is located right next to a beach, which is not too crowded. The hotel offers comfortable rooms, however they’re not even close to Mamaia. I loved that 😉

How to get there

Traveling from Bucharest to Constanta is probably most comfortable by bus. Buses depart from the bus station Autogara Baldovin Pârcălabul (Strada Mircea Vulcănescu), close to the Bucharest’s Gara de Nord Station.

 

 


20.Transalpina

The Transalpina is a road, located in the Southern Carpathians, connecting Novaci to Sebes. The Transalpina, or DN67C, is the highest road in Romania and driving it doesn’t come without risks. Everytime I was in Romania, it was closed due to construction work so I unfortunately didn’t get to see it. It’s supposed to be as spectacular as the Transfagarasan road, which I can’t really imagine.

The road’s highest point is at the Urdele Pass, where the elevation is 2,145m above sea level. Due to the altitude, the road is closed during the (most of the) fall and winter months.

 

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21.Medias

Mediaș is the second largest city of Sibiu county, but when you’re there it feels like a town. Close to cities like Sighsoara and Sibiu, most of the people seem to forget about Mediaș, which makes it the ideal place to peacefully wander around in. The place comes across very German, and looking at the population it’s no surprise to find out 44% of them is in fact German.

The city doesn’t have many attractions to offer but a nice church and square, however, it’s local life in this quaint town that’s the main attraction. There’s hardly tourism to find in Medias, which makes it one of my favorite places in Romania.

Where to sleep

Pensiuna Mimi is owned by the cutest lady of all time. She doesn’t speak much English but the apartment we got offered was incredibly clean and comfortable. Medias, because of the non-existent tourists – is affordable as well!

How to get there

Take a train from Sibiu station. From Medias there are buses departing to other Transylvanian villages, like Biertan.

Read more: Medias, a Must-Stop City

 

 


22.Biertan

Biertan is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania and has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. The village feels like it has been frozen in time, not much seems to have changed over time: cobblestoned streets and cute little houses decorate the village, where everything seems to go by horse and carriage.

On your bucket list:

  • Stop by Mr. Ion Constantinescu’s painting and sculpting workshop to watch his crafts.
  • Cycle to the nearby villages for the full Transylvanian experience.
  • Visit the old church of Biertan.

Where to sleep

Pensiuna Oppidum is located right next to the famous fortress. The pension itself is situated in a building dating back from 1800 and is decorated in a traditional fashion.

How to get there

Biertan is best to reach by car. If you don’t have one, take the train from Sibiu to Medias. From there you can take a bus to Biertan.

 

 


23.Maramures

The northwestern Romanian region of Maramures is home to many villages where century-old traditions are still part of daily life. The local inhabitants have preserved the rural culture and crafts of their Dacian ancestors perfectly. Maramures’ villages distinguish themselves by their unique wooden churches. The region is mostly covered in woodlands which made it a popular spot for artists to work their wood skills.

On your bucket list:

  • Admire the carved, wooden Maramures gates.
  • Pay a visit to the world famous ‘Merry Cemetery’ in Sapanta.
  • Learn about Romania’s farm culture and ancient traditions.
  • Visit the town of Sighetu Marmaţiei with its many museums and churches.
  • Visit Maramures Mountains Natural Park, the largest and wildest national park of Romania.

How to get there

From Bucharest, you can directly fly to Baia Mare or Satu Mare with TAROM. Due to its location, the city is also on the route of the Budapest to Bucharest train.

 

 


24.Suceava

Seceava is just one of the amazing places to visit in the Bucovina region and serves as the perfect starting point for visiting the attractions the region has to offer. The region itself is known for its beautifully painted monasteries and Bucovina music.

Suceava, once capital of Moldova, has some noteworthy attractions, such as the remains of the Fortress of Suceava, which was built in 1388. From the fortification, you have an amazing view over the city as well.

On your bucket list:

  • Hike Ceahlau National Park.
  • Visit the painted monasteries.
  • Enjoy the view at the Fortress of Suceava.
  • Hike Bicaz Gorges, a steep climb with many spectacular turns.

Where to sleep

Agropensiunea Ioana is famous for its super friendly hosts. This pension, located 5 km from the center of Suceava, is everything you need when you’d like to explore the surroundings by car.

How to get there

TAROM flights take you from Bucharest to Stefan cel Mare International Airport, 11 km from the city. You can take trains from a few directions, such as Bucharest, Ploiesti, Cluj Napoca and Constanta. Like almost anywhere in Romania, bus is one of the most affordable ways to travel.

 

 


25.Timisoara

Timisoara is the largest city in Western Romania and dates back to 1212. The Romans used Timisoara as a crossing point before it got destroyed by the Tartars in the 13th century. Lovers of architecture and Romanian culture love this place for its incredible buildings and rich history. The city is filled with theaters, clubs and art galleries to snoop around in, making it the ideal place for a weekend getaway.

On your bucket list:

  • Take a stroll over Victory Square.
  • Hunt for local art at the city’s fine art galleries.
  • Party like there’s no tomorrow at clubs like Fratelli and Epic.
  • Check out the Bastion, Timisoara’s old defensive walls.
  • Timisoara’s nickname is ‘city of parks’: you know what to do! 🙂

Where to sleep

Exit Routine Hostel offers dorms as well as private rooms and is located in a quiet area, close to the city center. The hosts go out of their way to give you the best tips on what to visit in Timisoara.

How to get there

Low-cost airlines fly to Timisoara airport from many cities within Europe. You can also reach Timisoara by train and bus as it is connected with cities like Arad and Alba Iulia. Note that the deeper you get into Romania, the slower the trains go.

 

Ready to visit Romania?

Here’s what you should know before you visit!

 

Bravo! You’ve come to the end of this enormous post about awesome places to visit in Romania! Want to know more about this incredible country? Visit my Romania section to see everything I’ve written so far about my travels through this European gem.

As always, don’t forget to tag me in all your travel photos, make me jealous!

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Jowita
    February 14, 2015 at 12:06

    Wow, that was interesting! There’s so much on this site about Romania! Did you think about living there?

  • Reply
    Ross @FreeYourMindTravel
    February 16, 2015 at 01:00

    Very interesting post! I especially like that you visited so many places! Cheers, Ross

  • Reply
    Andreja Jernejčič
    February 16, 2015 at 22:17

    Awesome places! Can’t wait to see them all!

  • Reply
    Luminita
    May 1, 2018 at 20:52

    I love that you included some lesser known places on this list, such as Borsec and Suceava. Most people know about Bran Castle or the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, but the `hidden gems` are always a nice addition to a travel itinerary.

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      May 3, 2018 at 10:24

      Thanks, Luminita! Romania’s hidden gems are the reason for me to visit the country over and over again. I believe I could do 25 more 🙂

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