Don’t know anything about Romania beyond Dracula and a national love of stuffed cabbage leaves?
I’m going to introduce you to 50 of the Best Places to Visit in Romania, and convince you this incredible country should be top of your bucket list! With a fairytale landscape, fortified churches and painted monasteries there is a lot to love in this mountainous nation. A strong Latin country full of contrasts with vibrant western cities and villages that seem stuck in a time warp. Dacia’s rule the road here and primeval dense forests provide shelter for the wolves and bears which call the Carpathian mountains home. There is alot to discover here so book your flight now and get planning – You won’t regret it!
50 of the Best Places to Visit in Romania
#1. Brasov Black Church and City Square
Wander around a medieval town preserved in time at the base of the Carpathian’s.
#2. Peștera Valea Cetății
Climb into a huge limestone caves carved out by water and time under the mountains.
#3. Râșnov Citadel
Climb up to one of Europe’s best preserved Citadel which still keeps a watchful gaze over the plains below.
#4. Zărnești LiBEARty Bear Sanctuary
Come face to face with nature in this safe space for the rescued brown bears of Eastern Europe.
#5. Bran Castle
Get goosebumps exploring the famous castle-keep that inspired Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
#6. Curtea de Argeș Monastery
Marvel at this Tentative UNESCO site and one of Romania’s most important churches where the royals are buried.
#7. Lake Vidraru Dam
Pack a picnic and enjoy this stunning dam set high in the Carpathian’s.
#8. Transfăgărășan Mountain Pass
Be transfixed by this seemingly impossible highway which was gouged out in the steep mountains through the sheer folly of Nicolae Ceaușescu
#9. Middle of Romania
Find your way into the middle of nowhere and the middle of Romania at 45°59′06.81″N 24°41′09.87″E
#10. Densus Church
Tune into your spirituality in the oldest church in Romania, most of which is still standing.
#11. Corvin Castle
Relive your childhood at this fairytale fortified castle protecting the Western Carpathian’s.
#12. Lacul Roșu (Red Lake)
Feel time slow here at this picturesque holiday spot high in the mountains, popular with families and hikers.
#13. Merry Cemetery
Ponder this colourful and humorous reinterpretation of life and death in a small rural cemetery.
Soak in the vibes of this bustling city in the heart of Transylvania with cobbled streets and imposing churches still protected by a grand city wall.
Traverse the highest mountain pass in Romania where you touch the clouds and follow in the footsteps of 13th century noble and traders.
#16. Bicaz Gorge
Feel smaller than ant in this deep valley gorge that weaves it’s way between ancient boulders and sheer cliffs.
Marvel at the fortified church keep which protected it’s villagers from pillaging invaders over the centuries.
#18. Han Pescăresc
Catch your own fish or just enjoy a traditional meal with a stunning view in this small Transylvanian-Hungarian community.
#19. Praid Salt Mines
Escape the heat and enjoy the healing abilities of this huge abandoned mine.
#20. Pelisor Castle and Peles Castles
Explore one of Romania’s most beautiful castles which is still home to their royal family today!
Discover a traditional village watched over by a crumbling church.
Follow in Prince Charles footsteps and explore every inch of this exemplary fortified church which is protected by UNESCO.
#23. Mănăstirea Corbii de Piatră
Find this ancient church perfectly hidden in a rock face to protect worshippers from nosey pagans.
#24. Horezu Monastery
Discover a hidden monastery tucked into the foothills of the Carpathian’s.
#25. Targu Jiu
View the artworks of Constantin Brâncuși which are influenced by geometrical designs and representational art.
Rest your head in a converted barn sat on a traditional farm in the middle of this mysterious region.
#48. Bâlea Lake
Take a moment to enjoy your surroundings, and a hot drink, at this serene alpine lake below the highest mountain in Romania.
#49. Hay Stacks
Be transported back in time as you amble around the countryside and are transported back to a pre-industrial way of life.
#50. Parliament of the People
Feel tiny standing in front of one of the world’s biggest buildings, which consumes as much electricity as a small city!
So there you have it – 50 of the Best Places to Visit in Romania! Perfect for a road trip and a few weeks of nature loving! Let me know your favourite sites – I could easily have made this list Top 100!
If your looking for more inspiration or information on Romania I highly recommend you to check out the Simple Life Romania. These guys actually live in the Maramures after falling in love with a run-down house there! You can find all their hints and tips for Romania Travel here!