Romania’s most beautiful places

50 reasons to visit Romania

50 reasons to visit Romania

Romania is a real gem for tourists, filled with pristine forests and epic mountains, and its beautiful castles remind us of the country’s rich medieval history.

The nature, traditions and sights of Romania guarantee an unforgettable experience of traveling through its lands.

Photos from Romania:

1. Bigar Falls

Biger Falls

Author of photos: Petru Valentin Oprya

2. Romanian Tunnel of Love

Romanian Tunnel of Love

Author of the photo: Alexandru Mahu

3. mossy bogs

Mossy swamps

Author of the photo: Adrian Borda

4. Bucegi mountains

Bucegi mountains

Author of the photo: Dumitru Doru

5. Transfăgăraş highway, Transylvania

Trans-Fagarash highway, Transylvania

Photo by: Ben Taylor

6. Foggy autumn morning in the village of Bjertan

Foggy autumn morning in the village of Bertan

Photo by: Nicu Hondra

7. Cehleu, Romania

Cahleau, Romania

Author of the photo: Lazar Ovidiu

8. Bucegi mountains

Bucegi mountains

Author of the photo: Zsolt Kiss

9. Dracula’s Castle, Bran

Castle of Dracula, Bran

Photo source: alpharooms.com

10. Rodna Mountains

Rodna Mountains

Author of the photo: Lazar Ovidiu

11. maramures

Maramures

Author of the photo: Oana Andrea

12. Sunflower fields

Sunflower Fields

Author of the photo: Adrian Borda

13. Dechebal

Decebal

Photo by: Luis Salha

14. Pelesh Castle

Pelesh Castle

Photo by: Nora de Angelly

15. Rodna Mountains, Romania

Rodna Mountains, Romania

Author of the photo: Zsolt Kiss

16. Corvin Castle or Corvinesti

Corvin Castle or Corvinesti

Photo by: Nadia Girardini

17. National park Retesat, Carpathians

Retesat National Park, Carpathians

Photo by: Janos Gaspar

18. The West Romanian mountains

The West Romanian Mountains

Photo by: Stan Sosmin Ovidiu

19.

Ţara Bârsei

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

20. A spring day in the mountain village of Holbav

On a spring day in the mountain village of Holbav

Author of the photo: Katalin Kaciuk

21. Brasov

Brasov

Photo by: Ana Malina

22. Mountain road

The mountain road

Photo by: Ioan Balazanu

23. Ţara Bârsei

Ţara Bârsei

Photo caption: Vali and Cristina

24. The city of Sigishoara

Sighisoara

Author of the photo: Andrey Andreev

25. Lake Bylia

Lake Bârsei

Author of the photo: Andrei Grososiu

26. Sunrise on Magura

Sunrise at Magura

Author of the photo: Andrea Oana

27. Sibiu

Sibiu

Author of the photo: Camille Girkoias

28. Scarişoara Cave

Scarişoara Cave

Author of the photo: Sokachiu Marcel

29. Jolly cemetery, Maramures

Fun Cemetery, Maramures

Author of photo: vikilitoos

30. Bukovina

Bukovina

Author of the photo: Mihai Joimir

31. In the morning in a Romanian village

A morning in a Romanian village

Author of photo: mega002

32. Somewhere in the mountains

Somewhere in the Mountains

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

33. Monastery in the area of Brasov

Monastery in the Brasov Region

Author of the photo: Tudor Migia

34. Moyecu de Jos, Bran

Moyecu de Jos, Bran

Author of the photo: Domino Harvey

35. Sigishoara

Sigishoara

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

36. Sarmizegetuza-Regia

Sarmizegetuza Regia

Photo by: Danna

37. The salt mine in Turda

A salt mine in Turda

Photo by: Kristi Zhora

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38. The Rarau Mountains

Rau Mountains

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

39. The gorge Bikaz or the Keys of Bikaz

The Bicaz Gorge or the Bicaz Keys

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

40. Magura

Magura

Photo by: Kosmin Bada

41. The small town of Ieud

The town of Ieud

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

42. Black sea

Black Sea

Photo by: Bogdan Cernea

43. Poyana Merului

Poyana Merului

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

44. Vatra-Moldovice

Vatra-Moldovice

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

45. Chahleu Mountains

Cahleau Mountains

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

46. Borsha, Maramures

Borsa, Maramures

Author of the photo: Smo Smo

47. Bukovina

Bukovina

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

48. Kostinesti

Kostineshti

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

49. View from Poenari castle

View from Poenari Castle

Author of the photo: Domino Harvey

50. Transfagarash highway

Transfagaras highway

Author of the photo: Lavrentiy Parashiv

The most beautiful cities of Romania

Romania is a small state located in the southeast of Europe. It is not one of the most popular tourist destinations like Turkey or Cyprus, but it is completely undeserved. This is a bright and beautiful country with colorful landscapes that capture the imagination. Romania – it’s beautiful ancient castles, ancient temples, charming villages. Magnificent palaces and cathedrals tell stories about the royal dynasties, mighty fortresses will tell amazing stories of the Middle Ages. Beautiful nature of Romania will charm any traveler with the purity of deep lakes, snow-capped mountains, blue azure sea. This is a country of not only ancient architecture, but also ski resorts, beautiful beaches, thermal springs.

Top 10 most beautiful cities in Romania

  1. Bucharest is the historical and cultural center.
  2. Brasov is the most mysterious.
  3. Sibiu is the religious center of the country.
  4. Constanza is a resort city.
  5. Iasi is the spiritual capital of Romania.
  6. Sighisoara is the birthplace of Dracula.
  7. Sinaia is a city on mineral springs.
  8. Timisoara is multinational and cosmopolitan.
  9. Cluj-Napoca is the capital of youth culture.
  10. Alba Iulia – the ancient city of Transylvania.

Bucharest is a major tourist center

Bucharest is the capital of Romania, its cultural center with many attractions. The city is quite large, with a population of 1,800,000 people. It is constantly expanding, filled with new high-rise buildings. Bucharest is very versatile. Attracts both its historical part and modern architecture. There are also magnificent gardens and parks for recreation. Traditionally, tourists begin their tour of Bucharest with the historical district. The oldest building is the Princely Court (Courtya-Veche). This architectural complex dates back to the existence of medieval Wallachia. It includes the Church of St. Anton and the court of Hanul-lui-Manuk. Originally on their site was a fortress built by the Wallachian Voivode (14th century). Then it fell into decay and was rebuilt a century later by Vlad Tepes (the famous Dracula). On the ruins of the first fortress Tepes built a new stone fortification – Dymbovica (1459). This date is considered the beginning of the emergence of Bucharest. Another hundred years later, the Church of Curtia-Veche appears. The fortress is expanded and the cellars are strengthened. The church is used for the coronation of the rulers of the Romanian lands.

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Another ancient building of Bucharest is the Patriarchal Cathedral. It is a complex of buildings located on the Metropolitan’s Hill. Construction of the church began in 1656 by order of Prince Basarab. It is dedicated to St. Constantine and St. Helen. It is the spiritual center of the Romanian Orthodox Church. There is a silver sculpture of St. Demetrius, inside the walls of the temple are decorated with paintings with religious images. Tourists will be interested in the church of Stavropoleos. This is a small but very beautiful building from the 18th century. The facade is decorated with frescoes with the faces of saints, openwork arches, carved columns. The interior decoration is even richer and more luxurious. The church forms an integrated complex with the female monastery. According to the reviews of tourists, it is the most beautiful and spiritual place in Bucharest.

The attention of lovers of antiquity will also attract the Museum of Romanian villages under the open sky. It is located in a park which occupies 15 hectares. There are 300 peasant houses with interiors and buildings, typical for medieval Romanian villages. It is located on the shore of a picturesque lake and is more of a nature reserve than an ordinary ethnographic museum. Also worth visiting in Bucharest:

  • art museum;
  • Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History;
  • Palace of Parliament;
  • Cismigiu Park.

Brasov – a halo of mystery

Brasov is a very interesting Romanian city lying in the center of the most mysterious place of the country – Transylvania. All tourists visiting Romania are interested in it. This region is shrouded in mysterious legends about Count Dracula, who became a character in books and various mystical stories. Brasov has a long history; its foundation date is 1234. There are many attractions preserved from the Middle Ages. A popular place is the ski resort located in the Carpathian Mountains. One of the most famous religious buildings in Brasov is the Black Church. It was built by Transylvanian Saxons around the 14th century. The church got its name after a big fire, when its walls turned black from soot and smoke. It is the largest Gothic building in Romania. The basilica has a design characteristic of German cathedrals, as its architects were of German origin. Inside is an organ of 4,000 pipes. The interior decoration consists of stone patterns, arches, columns, sculptures of saints.

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A beautiful and unusual construction of Brasov is the Gate of Catherine. They were built in the 16th century for defensive purposes, in place of the old gate, destroyed by a flood. The structure gets its name from the monastery of St. Catherine, previously located on this site. The gate consists of 3 floors and has beautiful turrets in the corners, ending with bell-shaped domes. In the Middle Ages it was the only entrance to the city. Now there is a museum here.

Pelesh Castle is one of the most popular attractions in Romania. It is located on the medieval route from Transylvania to Wallachia, among the Carpathian mountains. It was built in the 19th century in the Neo-Renaissance style. It is a beautiful building with a stone facade, numerous balconies, towers, and bay windows. The upper floors, finished in the style of half-timbering, speak of the influence of the German school of architecture. It is a palace, but it is called a castle because it is architecturally closer to this structure. It was erected for King Karol I, who was captivated by the picturesque nature of these places. Inside the castle there is a collection of antique furniture, paintings, weapons and decorations from Eastern and Central Europe.

On the outskirts of Brasov, surrounded by the slopes of the Carpathian mountains, is the most famous castle in Romania – Bran. It is also known as the Castle of Dracula. It is a grandiose construction, standing on a rock among the mountain ranges overgrown with forests. It was built by the locals at their own expense in the 14th century. The castle served as a strategic defensive fortress. It has 4 levels, the arrangement of premises is a labyrinth. Legends say that Vlad Tepesh stopped here during his campaigns and hunted in this area. There is a version that he was later imprisoned in the dungeons of the castle for his crimes. The building is now the property of a descendant of the Romanian kings, Dominik Habsburg.

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Constanza – the center of beach tourism

The Romanian city of Constanta is located on the Black Sea coast. It is the largest seaport in the country. It is famous for its magnificent clean beaches, healing mineral springs. It also has a lot of ancient architectural structures, through which the popular routes of tourist groups. It is a multifaceted, lively city, loved by tourists. There are not only ethnographic and historical museums, but also a museum of the sea and the Romanian Navy. Walking through the streets and boulevards of the Old Town, you can see interesting houses of the late Middle Ages. They still preserve the original atmosphere of the city. Here lived, fishermen, artisans, merchants.

Famous among tourists is the Catholic Cathedral of St. Anthony, built in the Romanesque style. It is a beautiful, but a little gloomy building. The interior walls of the cathedral are painted with images from the lives of saints, figures of angels. Also will be interesting to visit the Karol Mosque and the Orthodox Cathedral of Peter and Paul. A bit unusual is the casino building. This building is in the Italian style, with arches, columns and cornices. There are drama and musical theaters and a planetarium. Constanta’s gigantic aquarium is one of the best in the world. Constanta is famous for its beautiful wide, sandy beaches. Here are the mud resorts of Mamaia and Eforia.

Sinaia – center of ski tourism

Sinaia is a small Romanian town with a population of only 14,000 people. However, it is world-famous for its ski and balneological resorts. Sinaia is situated in a beautiful place called the natural amphitheater. Its lower part is formed by alpine meadows, surrounded by mountain ranges covered with dense forests.

A popular attraction is the Sinai Orthodox Monastery. The date of its construction is 1695. The first buildings of the monastery were built in the architectural style of “brinkovenesk” (Romanian style of the late Middle Ages). The complex consists of: Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Trinity Church, brotherhood building, the bell tower. Among the natural attractions will be interesting park Dmitri Gika with a fountain and multi-level stone staircases. You can take a ride on one of the ropeways to admire the beauty of nature. There are ropes that lead to the slopes on the eastern and western slopes of Vyrful ku Dor Mountain. From there you have a fantastic view of the scenery.

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Cluj-Napoca – a tourist favorite

This city also has the names Cluj, Kolozhvar, and Clausenburg. It has a rich history, beginning with the formation of a Roman legion base called Napoca at the beginning of the 2nd century. During the Middle Ages it was under the rule of the Kingdom of Hungary. The official date of origin of the city of Cluj is 1270. It is considered the most non-Romanian place of the country. At different times it was inhabited by the Dacians, the Romans and the Hungarians. There are many old buildings harmoniously blending in with the modern ones. Cluj-Napoca is a favourite place for Romanian youth and has a vibrant nightlife.

The historical center is full of old buildings. The most famous is the Roman Catholic Church of St. Michael (1390) built in the Gothic style. Its southern side is decorated by an equestrian monument to King Matyas I. Popular places for tourists are:

  • Baboša Palace;
  • A monument to the King of Wallachia Mihai the Brave;
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church;
  • Banffi Palace;
  • Museum of King Matyash.

Many modern buildings are of unprecedented beauty. The National Theater named after Lucian Blaga is one of them. Its facade is decorated with columns, shaped windows, tower superstructures, topped with sculptural compositions. The building of the Cluj County Prefecture attracts attention. It reminds one of an ancient castle with turrets, balconies, and architectural elements stretching upwards. It will be interesting to walk in a botanical garden, located near Alexandru Borza University. It is laid out on the slopes of a hill, and preserves the natural terrain. In addition, Cluj-Napoca has the status of the youth capital of Europe. Every year the city hosts a great number of cinematic and musical events of international importance. Festivals of electronic, popular, jazz music gather a huge number of fans of this art and tourists. These are very bright, memorable events with laser shows, colorful decorations.

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