50 of the Best Places to Visit in Romania

50 of the Best Places to Visit in Romania

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.

50 of the Best Places to Visit in Romania

#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.

#14. Sibiu

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.

#15. Transalpina

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.

#17. Biertan

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.

#22. Viscri

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. 

#26. Pensiunea Muntele Alb

Bath in a panoramic visit like no other while you enjoy traditional Romanian hospitality at this wonderful guesthouse.

#27. Wooden gates of Bârsana

Wander around a village unchanged by the modern world and marvel at the wooden craftsmanship on display.

#28. Sarmizegetusa Regia

Step back in time and unravel the secrets of the ancient Dacian people and their hilltop fortress often described as the Machu Picchu of Europe.

#29. Salina Turda

Eschew sunlight and fresh air for this subterranean labyrinth complete with sci-fi theme park, health spa and Ferris wheel.

#30.  Cluj-Napoca

Delight in the historical and culinary highlights of this cosmopolitan city.

#31: Wooden Church’s of Maramures

 Look on with wonderment at these ornately crafted Wooden churches with have survived unchanged for centuries.

#32. Borgo pass

Follow in the footsteps of Stokers Dracula and transverse the scenic mountain pass between Transylvania with Bukovina.

#33. Ciocănești

Enjoy a coffee in this quaint town renown for its individually decorated houses and valley setting.

#34. Churches of Moldavia

Gaze upon the timeless frescos and colourful churches of the Moldavia region, a World Heritage Site.

#35. Pensiunea Agroturistica Casa Coliniţa

Experience life as a traditional farmer in this secluded valley with evening cow milking and farm fresh gastronomy.

#36. TranzRarau

Breath in crisp Mountain air and survey this untouched alpine environment from above.

#37. Nation’s Heroes Mausoleum

Pay your respects to Romania’s fallen from the first World War, located near the battlefield of Mărășești in which Romania achieved it’s first decisive victory.

#38. Danube Delta

Test your ornithologist skills in Europe’s largest protected wildlife zone, with over 5,500 species

#39. Letea Forest

Wander around this bizarre forest which springs out of a  rolling dune system.

#40. Constanta Casino

Admire Romania’s crumbling ghost, once know as the Monte Carlo of the east!

#41. Palatul C.E.C

Tie up your shoes laces and get exploring the old town of Bucharest.

#42. Moldovița Mountains

Commune with nature and the shepards as you enjoy a day hiking between picturesque villages.

#43. Romanian Bonfire

Dance the night away around a Bonfire with folk dancing and plenty of music.

#44.  Jina

Admire the beauty of this small village which looks like it was transported from the Mediterranean.

#45. Sunflower Farms

Bask in summers warm embrace and admire the fields upon fields of sunflowers which cover the countryside.

#46.  TransBucegi

Take in a new vista at every turn on this windy pass through rural villages and traditional farmscapes.

#47. Maramures Hostel

 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!


  • Chris August 18, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    50 is such a large list. Which are your actual favourites?

    Best preserved citadel in Europe is a big claim, especially with the horrible, Hollywood-esqu ‘Râșnov’ sign too…

    Some cool looking spots though

    • Jordan Adkins - Inspired By Maps August 18, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      I wanted to put a more comprehensive list together as we had 3 weeks there and struggled to find something like this. Has so much more to offer than its big cities and plenty of people we meet didn’t know of the major attractions nearby / drove past them on the way and were disappointed when they found out!

      Of course I do like some more than others and Curtea de Argeș Monastery, Transfăgărășan, Corvin Castle and Turda Salt Mine would be my top top ….and the little country Pensiunea / guesthouses!

      Not my claim but well published – but I forgot to put ‘one of!’, it is completely intact though and rather impressive…but why they insist of ruining with that sign is beyond me. Same with nearby Brasov which has one…

  • Mar Pages August 18, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    The Transfăgărășan Mountain Pass almost looks like a racetrack. The Sunflower farms are one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen 🙂 I’d visit just for that!

  • Vyjay Rao August 26, 2016 at 4:42 am

    There are so many places and all with different experiences in Romania. You have given an excellent and total perspective of Romania. We do not find too many posts on Romania, will definitely mark this for reference.

  • evan kristine August 26, 2016 at 6:18 am

    These are great! I should have seen this prior booking my flights (I just did about an hour ago). I’ve been looking closely about Romania but quickly dismissed and is going to Croatia instead. Next time I will see romania for sure!


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