Don’t know anything about Romania beyond Dracula and a national love of stuffed cabbage leaves?
Thats OK….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.
If this was a Top Ten Places To Visit in Romania we would be done now, but luckily its not and we have another 40 beautiful places in Romania to explore….
#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!
With so many beautiful places to see in Romania how can you be expected to find them all on yourself? You can’t of course, but this list will help…30 more to go!
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.
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.
Delight in the historical and culinary highlights of this cosmopolitan city.
It’s impossible to choose the best places in Romania to visit…But you have to try right! Even narrowing it down to 50 was tough! 20 more to go….
#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.
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.
Experience life as a traditional farmer in this secluded valley with evening cow milking and farm fresh gastronomy.
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.
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!
On the home stretch now of the top 50 most beautiful places in Romania. Stay with me now. I promise you I have saved some of the best for last!