50 Incredible Places You Can’t Miss For A Epic Romania Road Trip!

Don’t know anything about Romania beyond Dracula and a national love of stuffed cabbage leaves?

That’s 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 yet mysterious 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 a lot to discover here so book your flight now, sort out your rent a car Romania and get planning your visit to Romania – You won’t regret it!

Romania Tourism in a Snapshot

 

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. And of course stay in the adorable hotels in Brasov.

Brasov Romania

 
 

#2. Peștera Valea Cetății

 

Climb into a huge limestone cave carved out by water and time under the mountains.

Peștera Valea Cetății - Romania Tourism

 
 

#3. Râșnov Citadel

 

Climb up to one of Europe’s best-preserved Citadel which still keeps a watchful gaze over the plains below.

Rasnov Cathedral Romania Tourism

 
 

#4. Zărnești LiBEARty Bear Sanctuary

 

Come face to face with nature in this safe space for the rescued brown bears of Eastern Europe.

Zărnești LiBEARty Bear Sanctuary - Romania Travel Ideas

 
 

#5. Bran Castle

 

Get goosebumps exploring the famous castle-keep that inspired Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.

bram stoker's castle dracula - Romania Travel

 
 

#6. Curtea de Argeș Monastery

 

Marvel at this Tentative UNESCO site and one of Romania’s most important churches where the royals are buried.

Curtea de Argeș Monastery - Tentative UNESCO Site

 
 

#7. Lake Vidraru Dam

 

Pack a picnic and enjoy this stunning dam set high in the Carpathian’s.

Lake Vidraru Dam Romania Tourism

 
 

 #8. Transfăgărășan Highway

 

Be transfixed by this seemingly impossible highway which was gouged out in the steep mountains through the sheer folly of Nicolae Ceaușescu. You might also know it as the Transfăgărășan made famous by Top Gear in Romania!

Transfăgărășan Highway Romania

 
 

#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

Absolute Middle of Romnia

 
 

#10. Densus Church

 

Tune into your spirituality in the oldest church in Romania, most of which is still standing.

Densus Church UNESCO Site

If this was a Top Ten Places To Visit in Romania we would be done now, but luckily it’s 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. Yes – The Corvin Castle is also the closest you will get in real life to living out your Hogwarts dreams.

Corvin Castle Travel Romania

 
 

#12. Lacul Roșu (Red Lake)

 

Feel time slow here at this picturesque holiday spot high in the mountains, popular with families and hikers.

Lacul Roșu (Red Lake) - Romania Vacation Spots

 
 

#13. Merry Cemetery

 

Ponder this colorful and humorous reinterpretation of life and death in a small rural cemetery.

The Merry Cemetery in Maramures Romania

 
 

#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.

Sibiu in Romania

 
 

#15. Transalpina Road

 

Traverse the highest mountain pass in Romania where you touch the clouds and follow in the footsteps of a 13th century noble and traders. The best way to see the Transalpina? Hire a car for the ultimate road trip Romania edition of course!

Transalpina Road Trip Romania

 
 

#16. Bicaz Gorge

 

Feel smaller than an ant in this deep valley gorge that weaves its way between ancient boulders and sheer cliffs.

Bicaz Gorge - Romania Travel Guide

 
 

#17. Biertan

 

Marvel at the fortified church keep which protected its villagers from pillaging invaders over the centuries.

Biertan Fortified Church Romania

 
 

#18. Han Pescăresc

 

Catch your own fish or just enjoy a traditional meal with a stunning view in this small Transylvanian-Hungarian community.

Han Pescăresc - Small Town Romania

 
 

#19. Praid Salt Mines

 

 Escape the heat and enjoy the healing abilities of this huge abandoned mine.

Praid Salt Mines Romania

 
 

#20. Pelisor Castle  and Peles Castles

 

Explore one of Romania’s most beautiful castles which are still home to their royal family today!

Pelisor Castle Romania

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 and so does the Romania Lonely Planet. Get it now in print or on a PDF for your phone so you are never stuck on the road in Romania… Now 30 more to go!

 
 

#21.Saschiz

 

Discover a traditional village watched over by a crumbling church.

Saschiz UNESCO World Heritage Site in Romania

 
 

#22. Viscri Village

 

Follow in Prince Charles footsteps and explore every inch of this exemplary fortified church which is protected by UNESCO. Viscri has strong Saxon roots and if you’re lucky, the Prince of Wales may be visiting his house here!

Viscri Fortified Church in Romania

 
 

#23. Mănăstirea Corbii de Piatră

 

Find this ancient church perfectly hidden in a rock face to protect worshippers from nosey pagans.

 
 

Mănăstirea Corbii de Piatră Travel Romania

 

 
 

#24. Horezu Monastery

 

Discover a hidden monastery tucked into the foothills of the Carpathian’s.

Horezu Monastery UNESCO Site

 
 

#25. Targu Jiu

 

View the artworks of Constantin Brâncuși which are influenced by geometrical designs and representational art. Of course, Targu Jiu has more to offer than this – but I’ll let you discover them for yourself!

Targu Jiu Romania

 
 

#26. Pensiunea Muntele Alb

 

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

Pensiunea Muntele Alb Romanian Hillside

 
 

#27. Wooden gates of Bârsana

 

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

 Bârsana Wooden Gates in Maramures Romania

 
 

#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. Yes – Sarmizegetusa Regia is as ancient as it is mysterious!

Sarmizegetusa Regia UNESCO Site Romania

 
 

#29. Salina Turda

 

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

Salina Turda Salt Mines Romania

 
 

#30.  Cluj-Napoca

 

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

Cluj-Napoca Travel Guide

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 Churches of Maramures

 

 Look on with wonderment at these ornately crafted Wooden churches with have survived unchanged for centuries. But be warned – the distance Maramures region is even more mysterious than Transylvania … 

Wooden Church's of Maramures UNESCO Site

 
 

#32. Borgo Pass

 

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

Borgo Pass

 
 

#33. Ciocănești

 

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

Ciocănești Painted House in Romania

 
 

#34. Churches of Moldavia

 

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

Colourful Churches of Moldavia UNESCO Site in Romania

 
 

#35. Pensiunea Agroturistica Casa Coliniţa

 

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

Pensiunea Agroturistica Casa Coliniţa

 
 

#36. TransRarau Pass

 

Breath in crisp Mountain air and survey this untouched TransRarau alpine environment from above. New infrastructure development here ensures that while the TransRarau maybe is less popular than other passes in Romania, it will not stay that way for long!

TransRarau Mountain Pass Romania

 
 

#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.

Nation's Heroes Mausoleum Romania

 
 

#38. Danube Delta

 

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

Danube Delta Romania Travel

 
 

#39. Letea Forest

 

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

Letea Forest Romania Travel

 
 

#40. Constanta Casino

 

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

Constanta Casino Romania Travel Sights

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!

 
 

#41. Palatul C.E.C

 

Tie up your shoelaces and get exploring the old town of Bucharest – one of the most liberal cities in Romania with a growing gay scene. 

 Romania Places To Visit in Bucharest - Palatul C.E.C

 
 

#42. Moldovița Mountains

 

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

Moldovița Mountains

 
 

#43. Romanian Bonfire

 

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

 Romania Places To Visit - Romania Bonfire

 
 

#44.  Jina

 

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

 Romania Places To Visit - Jina Romania

 
 

#45. Sunflower Farms

 

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

 Romania Places To Visit - Romanian Sunflowers

 
 

#46.  TransBucegi

 

Take in a new vista at every turn on this windy TransBucegi mountain pass through rural villages and traditional farmscapes. The TransBucegi is one trip you will never forget!

Beautiful Places in Romania - TransBucegi Mountain Pass

 
 

#47. Maramures Hostel

 

 Rest your head in a converted barn sat on a traditional farm in the middle of this mysterious region.

Beautiful Places in Romania - Maramures Hotel

 
 

#48. Bâlea Lake

 

Take a moment to enjoy your surroundings, and a hot drink, at the serene Bâlea Lake below the highest mountain in Romania. Or in winter enjoy the Frozen Bâlea Lake Ice Hotel! 

Bâlea Lake Ice Hotel

 
 

#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.

Beautiful Places in Romania

 
 

#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!

Beautiful Places in Romania - Parliament of the People


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 – Just don’t forget to look at the Romania Lonely Planet in print or on a PDF for your phone so you are never stuck on the road in Romania!

Let me know what you think and the most beautiful places in Romania – I could easily have made this list Top 100! This is a place where you are going to want to take your time to enjoy an epic Romania Road Trip (and sort your rent a car Romania) – and I just know you are going to love it as much as I did!


  

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Just add an adventurous attitude and plenty of smiles - they go a long way - and that about covers it all! Now go out, find your own path and don't forget to share your best inspiration stories with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram...I'd love to hear from you!

16 Comments

  1. […] you’re coming to Romania to road trip its famous countryside or simply passing through the region and wondering what to do in Bucharest […]

  2. Such a beautiful country I can’t wait to get back to! Enjoy

  3. Love these suggestions! Sibiu, Corvin Castle and Brasov have been on my list for a while! Great to get some more ideas though! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  4. Nicolas says:

    Its really an amazing country to visit BUT TRANSPORT ARE A NIGHTMARE ! you need to rent a car or Hitch hiking for visiting lot of places.

    It s possible to do easily a top 100 for Romania.

  5. Hopefully you get to enjoy as many of these sights as possible

  6. Luminita says:

    This is such an exhaustive and useful list, especially for those who never visited Romania before and who want to see as much as possible in a short time! Very helpful!

  7. I 100% agree and can’t wait to go back! Don’t forget to come back and share your favourite places!

  8. Nicolas says:

    Thank you for this article ! I’m going in June.

    Romania the most underestimated country in Europe for tourism !

  9. I can’t believe I forgot to put that magical place in – We spent 4 days and LOVED IT!! Thanks for updating me – I will edit this and put it in soon …. How did nobody notice this until now!

  10. Kristy says:

    Did I oversee it on your list or did you omit Sighisoara???
    We went in late January and it was almost deserted, blanketed in snow, and utterly beautiful.
    It was my favourite place in Romania

  11. Lori says:

    I am so happy to see so many wonderful places from my country included on your list. Indeed, Romania is a great country to visit in Europe – and it has something for any type of traveler!

  12. 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!

  13. Vyjay Rao says:

    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.

  14. Mar Pages says:

    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!

  15. 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…

  16. Chris says:

    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