Main attractions in Romania
Romania is famous among travelers for its main tourist attractions: Bran Castle, Transylvania region, Bucharest city, Peleș Castle in Sinaia, Transfagarasan road and Danube Delta. Of course, Romania has many more other beautiful places that are not so famous but this page is about the main tourist attractions in Romania.
Bran Castle and the surroundings
Bran Castle, also known as Dracula Castle, is maybe the most famous castle in Romania and well known all over the world. It is famous for its connection with Dracula. Actually, it is often erroneously referred to as the home of the title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Tourists can see the interior on their own or through a guided tour. Bran Castle is located in Brasov county between Piatra Craiului mountains and Bucegi mountains. The mountain villages around the castle are very picturesque and we offer guided hiking tours along them.
Transylvania is the central historical region of Romania and it is very famous for its medieval cities and towns (Cluj Napoca, Sibiu, Brașov, Târgu Mureș, Alba Iulia, Sighișoara) and for its authentic villages that still keep their customs (Biertan, Viscri, Alma Vii etc). Other must-see places in Transylvania: Bran Castle, Râșnov fortress, Biertan fortified church, Turda salt mine and Turda Gorge, Poiana Brașov ski resort.
Transfagarasan is the famous mountain road in Romania that crosses Fagaras Mountains. It starts from the village of Bascov, near Pitești, and stretches 90 kilometres to the crossroad between the DN1 and Sibiu, between the highest peaks in the country, Moldoveanu and Negoiu. Transfagarasan was built in the 1970s as a strategic military route and it connects Transylvania to the sounthern side of Romania. At its highes point, there is Balea Lake and a few huts – this is the starting point for many hiking routes in Fagaras mountains.
Peleș Castle is maybe the most beautiful castle in Romania. It is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, built between 1873 and 1914 for King Carol I. You can visit the yard for free but you have to pay an entry fee for the indoors, which are spectacular. Behind the castle there is a forest path (that used to be the secret path of fhe kings) which takes you to Stâna Regală – a beautiful place with a great view over the mountains and over Prahova Valley.
Danube River flows 1,788 miles from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea in Romania. Just before reaching the sea it forms the second largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas: 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands. The Danube Delta is a wildlife enthusiast’s and a bird watcher’s paradise – the highest concentration of bird colonies in all of Europe is there. Also, Danube’s Delta is one of the big treasures of Romania. With its water channels, fisherman houses and boats, sour fish soups and wet breeze, the Delta is a destination for those who want to explore the exotic part of Romania. The Black Sea is just around the corner so you can also have the seaside experience along with the Delta adventure.
Wooden churches of Maramures
Maramureș is the Northern region of Romania, well know for its wooden churches listed by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1999: Bârsana, Budești, Desești, Ieud, Plopiș, Poienile Izei, Rogoz, Șurdești. They were built starting from the 17th century all the way to 19th century, as a response to the prohibition against the erection of stone Orthodox churches by the Catholic Austro-Hungarian authorities.
Turda Salt Mine
Turda Salt Mine in Romania was ranked among the “25 hidden gems around the world that are worth the trek”. It is a spectacular place and a visit takes a full day. Salt was first extracted from Turda Salt Mine during the antiquity and the mine continuously produced salt from the Middle Ages, the mine being first mentioned in 1075, to the early–20th century (1932). Turda Salt Mine is close to Cluj Napoca city, one of the most beautiful and liveliest cities in Romania, the heart of festivals, events and universities.
Bucharest is the capital of Romania and the biggest city in the country. Bucharest is a main attraction for many tourists in Romania as it has a lively night life, events, festivals and the biggest building in Europe – the Parliament Palace. Also, Bucharest is fhe starting point for many other destinations around the capital.
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Sibiu has been the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2007 and continues to be the cultural heart of Romania. Besides the beautiful medieval town center, travelers can see and attend theatre and film festivals, street art manifestations and enjoy the local cuisine. Also, there are frequent culinary events and church towers where you can climb and see the city and the mountains around.
Brasov is one of the most beautiful mountain cities in Romania, roughly a 3 hour drive from Bucharest. It has a lot to offer and it is a good place for a city break or a starting point for day trips in Transylvania or hiking trips, as it is very close to the geographical center of the country. You should not miss the central square, the Black Church, a cable car ride to Tâmpa – it is a great photo shooting point. Also, Brasov is a great place for shopping, many people come here especially for this. More than that, there are plenty of diverse and great restaurants you should try. We will recommend the best for your guided tour in Romania.
Cluj Napoca has always been a beautiful city but in the last years it has become a big attraction for its festivals (Electric Castle, Untold) and concerts. Also, it is a big university center so there are many young local people and the nightlife is great. Some of our guided tours in Romania can start from Cluj Napoca.
Merry Cemetery in Maramures
The Merry Cemetery in Maramures is very famous as it addresses the death of the loved ones in a funny way. The crosses on the graves in the Merry Cemetery are very colorful and contain funny stories or poems about the deceased. Also, there are plenty of other interesting things to do and see in Maramures.
Bucovina is a historical region in the North-Eastern part of Romania very well know for its wooden and colorful painted churches and monasteries, authentic villages, the food, customs, the mountains and friendly people. If you plan a trip to Romania, book a private guided tour in Bucovina so you can enjoy all of this region has to offer.
Sighisoara is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Romania. Actually many people consider that the town center of Sighisoara is the most beautiful in Romania. Sighisoara is the birthplace of Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. His house in Sighisoara is a must-see. Also, visit the Church on the Hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ.