Romania Attractions

Romania Tourist Attractions

Romania is a beautiful country which remains a popular tourist destination. The country lies at the crossroads between the Central, Southeastern, and Eastern Europe. It is titled as the “12th largest country” and “7th popular European Union member state” with about 20 million residents. The country charm lies in the natural marvels, striking flora and fauna, quaint fortress, and tinted abbeys.

In Romania, Bucharest is the largest city with glorious destinations. In the early times, it was known as the ‘Little Paris of the East.’ The splendid architectural-built monuments make it a major visiting place. In 1459, the city was mentioned in the documents for the first time. In 1862, it became Romania’s capital and the center of Romanian attraction places. Bucharest’s charm can be explored by the parks, gardens, historical monuments, museums, and art galleries. Let's talk about some of the Top Bucharest and Romania Tourist Attractions:

Best Places to Visit in Romania & Bucharest:

1. The Old Town, Bucharest

Bucharest’s Old Town is also known to most locals as Centru Vechi (the Old Centre). This town is defined by the area bordered by the Dambovita river to the south, Bulevardul Brătianu to the east, Calea Victoriei to the west, and Regina Elisabeta to the north. The area of this town is more or less all which is left of pre-World War II Bucharest. While much of this city has changed beyond recognition after 1989, nothing can be compared to the transformation of the old town during the boom years of the late naughties, which saw what was very much an abondoned area with almost nothing to provide travellers into one of the Romanian capital’s rocking entertainment districts.

The Old Town Bucharest

2. Palace of the Parliament

The Palace of Parliament is the biggest and heaviest administrative building on the globe which is used for civilian purposes, and also the second largest administrative building overall, after the Pentagon. This imposing building currently houses the Romanian Senate and the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, and it is also the headquarters of the Southeast European Cooperation Initiative. This building is also known as the “People’s House”. It was an attempt of Nicolae Ceausescu of redesigning Bucharest by constructing a series of impressive buildings which are meant to prove to the world how wealthy, successful, and powerful was the Socialist Republic of Romania. The constructions started in 1983 when Romania was under the communist reign and by the time of the Romanian Revolution in 1989 the building wasn’t yet finished. The building today has only 400 chambers and 2 large halls which can be used, out of its total of 1,100 rooms.

Palace of the Parliament

3. Romanian Athenaeum

Romanian Athenaeum is one of the top ten places to visit in Bucharest. The concert hall is located in the Bucharest, Romania center and marks as a landmark in the list of Bucharest sights. It was opened during 1888 in the shape of a circular design. It is built in a neoclassical style with some amorous traces. The small park present in the hall’s front gathers huge attraction. The statue of Mihai Eminescu (Romanian poet) makes it a picturesque place. Being the city’s top-picked a destination among tourists, the concert hall remains a fascinating place to explore with the Costin Petrescu’s extensive fresco. In 2007, it was recorded in the list of “Label of European Heritage Sites".

Romanian Athenaeum

4. Stavropoleos Church

The Stavropoleos Monastery is in the Bucharest central location which is built with Brancovenesc architectural style. St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel are the saints of the church. Its choir gives a magnificent impression about the Byzantine melody piece which was created in 1994. It holds the largest collection for this melodious book in the city. It was erected during the time period of 1724. Ioannikios Stratonikeas was the Archimandrite who constructed it. When Ioannikios died in 1764, his dead body was buried in his assembled church.

Stavropoleos Church

5. Revolution Square

When roaming around the Bucharest tourist places, Revolution Square can’t be missed. The Palace Square (name until 1989) is on the Calea Victoriei in Bucharest, Romania. Later, in 1989, it was named after the Revolution in Romania. It remained a royal palace which is now transformed into the National Museum of Art of Romania. It has an Athenee Palace Hotel, University of Bucharest Library, Memorial of Rebirth, and Athenaeum. The statues of King Carol I and Corneliu Coposu make it one of the top ten Bucharest attractions.

Revolution Square

6. The Arch of Triumph

The Arcul De Triumph is one of the major Bucharest tourist attractions which is located in the city’s Northern area on the Kiseleff Road. It was the first wooden arch which came into construction for the heroes of the World War I and War of Independence. It reaches a 27-meter height from the ground, which makes it a picturesque site. The foundation is measured as the 25x11.50 meter as a rectangular shape. Ion Jalea and Dimitrie Paciurea were the Romanian carvers behind the decoration of the elevation. Every year on December 1st, a military parade is scheduled to happen underneath the arch in respect of Romania’s national holiday. The Romanian Royal Family’s residence, Elisabeta Palace is located in Herastrau Park, which is near to this triumphal arch.

The Arch of Triumph

7. National Museum of Art

In the list of Romania tourist attractions, the National Museum of Art is a famous site. The Royal Palace lies in the Revolution Square in Bucharest, Romania. With the presence of archaic and contemporary Romanian artwork, it becomes a Major Romania Tourist Spot. The exquisite catholic collection, which is congregated by the Royal Family in Romania is also gathering huge attraction. During 15th July to 2nd October 2005, a giant exhibition was held with the title “Shadows and Light.” It was titled as the largest exhibition held with the French artwork and paintings in the four centuries.

National Museum of Art

8. Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum

In the list of top ten things to do in Bucharest, this village museum cannot be skipped to explore. The open-air museum lies in King Michael I Park in Bucharest, Romania. It showcases a beautiful attraction of the historic conventional village life of the Romanian people. It has 272 sterling farmhand plantation and vineyard from all over the Romania country. During the time of 1936, the museum came into existence.

Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum

9. National Museum of Romanian History

In the list of Attractions in Romania, the National Museum of Romanian History remains a famous sight in Romania. It lies on the Calea Victoriei located in Bucharest city. The archival artifacts from the Romanian ancient period till the twenty-first-century are present in the museum. It has a surface which spreads over 8000 sq meters with about 60 exhibition halls. The perpetual views comprise the Pietroasele treasure, Trajan’s column, and Romanian crown jewels. It showcases various pieces that are connected to the Siege of Plevna. In 1892, the building became authorized. The eclectic architectural style is really eye-catching. It has a giant porch along with the three built upper flooring.

National Museum of Romanian History

10. Bucharest Parks

Among the Bucharest Parks, there exist 9 parks which are present in the list of Bucharest tourist attractions. These include Kiseleff Park, Cismigiu Gardens, Botanical Garden, Carol Park, Herastrau Park, Circus Park, Titan Park, Tineretului Park, and Plumbuita Park. These gardens are a great site to enjoy peace from the city’s bustling environment. Some of the old parks feature a historical aspect. The lake view in these peaceful surrounding gives immense pleasure. During the summer season, tourist can enjoy boating activities. The winter calls for the skaters.

Bucharest Parks

11. Bran Castle

Among the Romania tourist places, Bran Castle remains a popular one. It lies in the region of Brasov. In Romania, it is marked as a landmark and comes under the list of national monuments. It lies between the border of Wallachia and Transylvania. It is popular with the name of “Dracula’s Castle” outside the Romania territorial boundary. In the Bram Stoker’s masterpiece “Dracula,” it was often regarded as the title’s character residence. Now, the monument has transformed into a museum, which is extremely dedicated to the art and furniture exhibition assembled by Queen Marie.

Bran Castle

12. Peles Castle

The list of Romania attractions remains incomplete without the presence of Peles Castle. It is one of a Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival built a castle, which lies in the Carpathian Mountains in Prahova County. The castle was constructed during the time of 1873 to 1914. In 1883, the building’s inauguration took place. King Carol, I was the person behind the construction of such magnificent work. It has a floor plan which reaches 34,000 square feet comprising 170 halls or rooms.

Peles Castle

13. Transylvanian Alps

Transylvanian Alps are mountain ranges situated in south-central of Romania. Also, known as “Southern Carpathians” these mountains stretch from Carpathian Mountain arc from Prahova River valley, to split in which the Timiş and Cerna rivers flow. These towering mountains are much elevated, closer and blocked than those in eastern and western Romania, making it a popular destination for hiking and skiing. The beauty of Transylvanian Alps is its alpine landscapes, lush forests, crystalline massifs and glacial lakes. Scientists also find these mountains attractive as they possess rich flora fauna for research. These mountain ranges are a reservoir for valuable resources like coal, iron and lignite deposits.

Transylvanian Alps

14. Salina Turda

Salina Turda is a century old salt mine in Romania located in Durgău-Valea Sărată area of Turda. The mine is popular for its 2000 years of history, preserved galleries and sci-fi amusement park, all situated below 120 metres below the surface of the Earth. It is one of the oldest mine ever known in history, where salt extraction started on the surface in antiquity, but the underground work was initiated during the Roman occupation of Dacia. The most impressive point about Salina Turda is that no explosives were used to hollow the mine, it was exclusively done by hand or machine. The Salt mine was functional till 1932 after which it was closed. Later it did serve many purposes like a Bomb shelter during World War ll and a warehouse for storing cheese. Today it has a huge museum, an amphitheatre, an underground lake, a ferry wheel, spa treatment and much more. Salina Turda is the most stunning place in the world and once in a lifetime place to visit.

Salina Turda

15. Sighisoara Historic Center

The beautiful Historic Centre of Sighișoara is also known as Sighișoara Citadel. Saxon settlers built it in the 12th century. The tourist comes here to see the well-preserved walled old town. In 1999, UNESCO designated this place as a World Heritage Site for its 850-year-old presence in history and culture of Transylvanian Saxons. It is the birthplace of Vlad III the Impaler and on this day every year, Sighișoara hosts a medieval festival where people celebrate it with local art, rock music and plays. The city exhibits medieval period architecture and cultural heritage.

Sighisoara Historic Center

16. Merry Cemetery

Merry Cemetery is a place in Romania where grave markers celebrate life with beautiful pictures, colours and ornate it. Located in a village of Săpânța, Maramureş county is a place famous for its colourful tombstone with naïve paintings. This tradition began in the 1930s by Ion Stan Patras and continues to be followed by the Pop, even today. Unlike usual graves, they are not marked with an austere and cold stone. However, each grave is decorated with a lively wooden cross painted in radiant blue of heaven and decorated with pictures and an original poem depicting the life and character of the eternal inhabitant. It is said that this unusual belief has connections with European societies and Dacian culture who believed in the immortality of the soul and that death was a joyous moment and anticipation of a better life.

Merry Cemetery

17. Piata Mare

Piata Mare is one of the few places in Europe which has received love, care and cold hard cash over the last few years. The stunning Square has always been famous for its imposing tower and the old historic houses. Everything in the square is protected and is a historic monument. Although, the Square was not where the Sibiu began. Its first market square was located in the corner of Piata Huet. However, as time passed by, in the 15th century, Piata Mare became the centre of Sibiu, hosting markets and public meetings. Its pedestrian-friendly place where one can walk around the Square and can view Urnul Sfatului, or Council Tower, the statue of Gheorghe Lazar, La Turn restaurant that runs in a building from the 1650s, elegant baroque Catholic church, and much more.

Piata Mare

18. Biertan Fortified Church

Biertan Church is a 15th Century fortified church located in Biertan, Transylvania. The village of Biertan was first mentioned in an official document in 1283, and so has an important link in the medieval history of Transylvania. Biertan Church is situated in the middle of this village surrounded by quaint streets and vineyards. It is protected by 35-foot-high strong walls, connected by towers and gates, making the church impossible to conquer during medieval times. The church depicts late-gothic architecture with heavy wooden doors. Visitors can admire the Church organ which was built in 1869 and has some 1290 pipes and 25 registers. Also, visitors can view the towers surrounding the church, namely the Clock Tower, the Bell Tower, the Gate Tower and the Bacon Tower.

Biertan Fortified Church

19. Sucevita Monastery

Sucevita Monastery is one of the eight painted churches from Bucovina that are included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Known for its mesmerizing and inspirational Moldavian art, the monastery marked an end to an era where medieval religious art reached a new level of innovation and creativity in Romania. During the times of the Ottoman Empire, the Moldavian state was asked to destroy its fortresses, however, the local princes fortified the monasteries for darker times. Today, the monastery is a place for inspiration for many artists.

Sucevita Monastery

20. Corvin Castle

Built by Anjou family, Corvin castle is the most stunning gothic style castle in Hunedoara, Romania. Until mid-14 century, the castle served as a fortress which was later turned into a spectacular Transylvania castle by Iancu de Hunedoara. The castle preserves beautiful medieval time rooms, a chapel, Knight Hall, an impressive drawbridge, high buttresses and many antiques from the past. The castle courtyard has a 100 ft well dug into the stone. It is believed that this well was dug by 3 Turkish prisoners who were promised freedom when the task was done. During 14th and 15th century Hunedoara was the main centre for iron extraction and processing. It is a must watch Castle as it is one of the largest castles in Europe.

Corvin Castle

21. Poiana Brasov

Among the Romanian ski resorts, Poiana Brasov is a famous one for the tourists. Being Brasov neighbor, it attracts tourist from the European states. With a speedy modernization in 2010, the resort experienced enhancement and enlarged from an area of 50 hectares to 80 hectares. The length of the slope also got raised to 23.9 km from 13.8 km. Among this modernization scheme, snow cannons were also installed on several slopes. During the time of 2013, several sports like alpine skiing, short track, and figure skating were introduced at the Olympic Winter Festival held for youth. This made it an adventure spot among the visitors. In the resort, there are seven snowboard or ski slopes are present, which include Bradul, Stadion, Drumul Rosu, Sulinar, Kanzel, Subteleferic, and Lupului. The traditional mulled wine and tuica are the famous drinks served at the place. The foreign tourists can spend their time in the hotels and enjoy the mouth-watering meals in restaurants hosted by the resort. Sura Dacilor and Coliba Haiducilor are two famed restaurants. The Capra Neagra is a nightclub for fun and enjoyment.

Poiana Brasov

22. Vaser Valley Forestry Railway

When the tourist visits Romania, Vaser Valley Forestry Railway is a famed place which reflects the dimensions of a high-tech ethnic patrimony. This unique place attracts the tourist with its picturesque look. It is an interesting place to explore by traveling through a distance of 60 km in the tapering pathway. The wood-flaming hazed locomotive is one of the most engrossing things about the site. In Romania, it stands the last example, operating with the use of steam locos. To give an amazing experience to the visitors, the steam railway is kept as a tradition. The regular steam operating trains give a fascinating experience while traveling within the track. There is a presence of catering services in the charter trains in case of the unique events.

Vaser Valley Forestry Railway

23. Wooden Churches of Maramures

The Wooden Churches of Maramures lies in the region of Maramures located in the Northern side of Transylvania, which is a residence to hundreds of Orthodox churches. The architectural designs from the past decades until the running time can be explored in the churches located in Transylvania. The construction of these churches begins in the seventeenth century and continued until the nineteenth century. The Wooden Churches of Maramures are built with an elevated wooden erection. It features a high towering and willowy bell tower, which captures huge attention of the viewers. The bell towers are standing on the western side of the edifice. The cultural topography-based appearance makes it a picturesque place among the tourists. Among the Maramures churches, eight were recorded in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites during the period of 1999. With their wooden structure and pious designs, these eight churches got an entry in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites which include Desesti, Barsana, Budesti, Surdesti, Poienile, Izei, Leud, Plopis, and Rogoz. Some of the local painters painted the churches with some Biblical scenes making it a fascinating place to explore.

Wooden Churches of Maramures

24. Danube Delta

In Europe, the Danube Delta is titled as the “second largest river delta” which makes it a populous place among the visitors. The first largest delta river in Europe is Volga Delta. All over the continent, it is the only river which is best preserved. A great portion of Danube lands of the Tulcea County, Romania. With a surface area of about 4,152 km sq., it is a picturesque river for the tourists. From the 4,152 km sq. area, 3,446 km sq.  Portion lies in Romania. It has the Razim-Sinoe lagoons which are reaching a surface area of 865 km sq. raising the total area of the Danube Delta up to 5,165 km sq. The Delta is falling from the ecosystem of the Pannonian steppe in the region of Eastern Europe. Along with it, it also hosts 23 more pure ecosystems.

Danube Delta

25. Dracula’s Castle

Dracula’s castle refers to the Bran Castle, which lies near the regions of Bran, and is a famous tourist attraction in Romania. The national monument is also a famed landmark which lies in the surrounding area of Brasov. Standing between Wallachia and Transylvania, the castle is a picturesque castle for the visitors. Outside the regions of Romania, Bran Castle is famous as the Dracula’s Castle. Often, it is fallibly regarded as the residence of the main character in the Bram Stoker's Dracula. The eye-catching view of the castle on a hill is soothing to see. It is a unique example of the medieval architectural style which is alternatively named as Mister Valentin’s house. The fortress is at an elevation of 2,500 feet, which makes it look more exquisite. Inside the fortress, a beautiful western tower can be seen with the naked eyes. The tourists get attracted to have a look of this location as it contains the view from the balcony towards Piatra Craiului. A secret passage is also present which connects the first and third floors.

Draculas Castle

26. Monasteries of Bucovina

In medieval times, the Monasteries of Bucovina remain greatly popular among the tourists. In Romania, the Monasteries of Bucovina are one of the picturesque places among tourists to explore. The eye-catching paintings made by the local painters on the walls of it make it come under the list of famous monuments in Romania. The exterior walls are adorned with the fifteenth and sixteenth-century paint which features magnificent prophets and saints' sketches. These painted walls reveal the life of Jesus with its drawing. Another focus laid by these painted walls is on the angels, demons, hell, and heaven paintings. In Europe, these monasteries remain the famous architectural examples set ever.

Monasteries of Bucovina

27. Prahova Valley

The exquisite valley is found at the place where the Prahova River flows between Baiu and Bucegi mountains. The Prahova Valley lies in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. The region is considered a tourist attraction with its picturesque features. The region remains a famous destination among the tourists who love to enjoy winter sports and mountain activities. Some of the well-renowned resorts grabbing the most attention include Azuga, Predeal, Breaza, Sinaia, Busteni, and Comarnic. In terms of geography, the Prahavo river acts as a separation tool between the Eastern and Southern Carpathians. Since the Prahavo valley failed to participate in hosting the festival for 2013 European Youth, it is making its chances clear for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Prahova Valley

28. The Black Sea Coast

The beautiful water body and sea present between Eastern Europe, Western Asia, the Balkans, and the Caucasus gives major sight-seeing goals. The Black Sea Coast is the only water body in Romania which is a contribution from major divine rivers which include Don, Dnieper, Rioni, Dniester, Danube, and Southern Bug. With an area of 436,400 km sq., the sea is fascinating to explore by the tourists. It has a volume of 547,000 km sq. and the depth is a maximum of 2,212 m. Both the dynamic and active aquatic ecosystems are supported by the sea. The tropic groups, autotrophic algae, diatoms, dinoflagellates can be easily located in the Black Sea. Within the water body, a wide range of animal species is present, including Common Carp, Zebra Mussel, Round Goby, marine megafaunas, and aquatic mammals.

The Black Sea Coast

29. Mamaia

Mamaia is an exquisite resort which lies on the Romanian Black seashore and a Constanta district. In Romania, Mamaia is considered as the most famed resort among the tourist attractions. Being situated right to the northeast city center of Constanta, it has become a most visited place. The resort lies between the eye-catching Siutghiol Lake and the picturesque Black Sea. In the Northern side, camping sites are open for visitors to enjoy and have fun. There are some private clubs open for the tourists and 4 to 5-star hotels for a comfortable stay. The beach house is giving major goals to have fun. The resort remains a soothing sight among the tourist attractions in Romania.

Mamaia

30. Sibiu

Sibiu lies in the region of Transylvania in Romania and is at a distance of 275 km to the north-west of Bucharest. In Romania, Sibiu holds a title to be a “famous cultural center.” It was given the title of “European Cultural Capital” for the coming period of 2007. The city also holds the right to administer Paltinis village which is a famed ski resort for the tourists. Sibiu city is one of the most visited places by tourists in Romania. Throughout the country of Romania, Sibiu is famous for its well-preserved ancient sites. The early fortifications in the ancient sites are kept in a sublime way to maintain its beauty and perfection. The main sights visited by tourists are Sibiu Lutheran Cathedral, Large Square Christmas Fair, Azilului Street’s ancient building, Cooper’s Tower, Sibiu City Hall, Liars Bridge, Lesser Square, and so on.

Sibiu

31. Timisoara

When visiting Romania, Timisoara can’t be missed from the list of tourist attractions. Being the capital of Timis County, the city remains a beautiful place to explore. In Romania, it is titled as the “third largest city” and “Main economic, social, and cultural center” in the western region. During the period of 2016, Timisoara was picked for the title as the “European Culture Capital” for the upcoming period of 2021. When exploring the beauty of Timisoara, the Victory Square pops up as a first place. At night, the view of Victory Square is worth watching. The tourist attractions present in the city include Union Square, St. George Cathedral, Millennium Church, Fabric New Synagogue, and so on. The cultural buildings also come under the tourist attraction places which are Huniade Castle, Capitoline Wold Statue, Museum of Banat, Maria Theresia Bastion, Bega Canal, and Timisoara Zoological Garden.

Timisoara

32. Sinaia

The beautiful town remains extremely popular in the list of Romania tourist attraction sites. It is a picturesque mountain resort which finds its location in Prahova County, Romania. The Muntenia historical area is graced with the presence of Sinaia resort. The hikers and winter sports lovers should come to the city when visiting Romania. One of the popular sports is downhill skiing which is mostly enjoyed by visitors. The tourist sites are also made with a magnificent attraction and include the Sinaia Monastery, Peles Castle, Sinaia Casino, Pelisor Castle, Franz Joseph, and Saint Anne Cliffs, and the Sinaia train station. George Enescu, a composer from Romania used to stay in the Luminis villa in the city. The adventure, sights include 16 ski slopes which makes it a popular destination for the hikers. The old villa present is giving some aspect of the historical background associated with the place. The Bucegi Reserve Museum and Dimitrie Ghica Park remains a major tourist attraction sites of the town.

Sinaia

33. Sighisoara

This beautiful city is a picturesque place for many visitors. It lies in the Mures County on the magnificent Tarnava Mare River in Romania. With a population of 28,102 as stated in the 2011 census record, Sighisoara is a historical town. The tourists find it as a perfect destination to plan a well-managed trip into the renowned town. With the presence of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, namely Walled Old Town, it has become a famed city in Romania. The town holds administration, powers for seven villages which include Viilor, Angofa, Aurel Vlaicu, Soromiclea, Venchi, Hetjur, and Rora. The cultural town has become a great tourist attraction place for its towers, churches, civil architectures, and the legendary natives. The church on the hill remains a magnificent architectural style build in the city and reflects the Gothic site in the most beautiful way. Some other famous churches include Leprosy Church, Saint Joseph Roman Catholic church, Monastery Church, and the Orthodox Cathedral of Sighisoara. The picturesque towers present in the town are the Clock Tower, Tinsmith’s Tower, Bootmaker’s Tower, and so on.

Sighisoara

 



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