17 Best Things to Do in Romania

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Corvin Castle

This 15th century castle serves as the chancellery of Romania. Tourists can make a point of visiting and enjoying the rich history of the castle and the life it has seen throughout the span of centuries. A visit here is easily arranged.

Romanian cuisine
With centuries of history behind them, the Romanian cuisine is not at all lacking in variety and appeal as far as the average tourist is concerned. The central and southern regions of modern Romania serve as the birthplace of the famous cuisine developed in other parts of the world.

Romanina music
Romanian music is especially well-loved and familiar to the residents and visitors alike. In fact, the traditional music of Romania has been embraced by many Western musicians and bands. One can find live performances of Romanian music at The Arch Live Hall or The Loft in Bucharest.

Cupramari National Park – Romania

The Cupramari National Park, formerly known as the Peleaga Forest, is a small but well tended area that is dedicated to natural preservation. The forest is beautiful for hikers, cyclists, and even those who simply want to enjoy an outdoor pool.

Statue of King Decebalus

Located in the city of Alba Iulia, Romania, on a preserved section of the ancient Danube-Carpathian canal, this statue is carved into the side of a natural rock cliff. King Decebalus is sculpted in the center, holding a spear and riding a horse and a pillar.

The whole monument is 7.5 meters tall and weighs 26 tons. The bronze composition was made by the sculptor Gheorghe Leonida in the town of Cugir. The face of Decebalus, which spreads on the monument as if on Roman coins, is decorated with human hair used as highlights.

It was the last of the Danubian Dacian kings. The ancient Dacian population from whom he ruled was eventually conquered by the Romans in 106. The statue was created in honour of Emperor Trajan.

Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)

With some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, as well as the largest Palace of Parliament building, there is a lot that you can do in Bucharest. The city also offers lots of museums and the National Museum of History is a great tour for those that want to learn even more about Romania’s history.

The Palace of the Parliament was designed by the famous French architect Albert Galleron during the 1930’s and has won several awards for its beauty and uniqueness. The building is also located in the most scenic area of the city so whether you decide to take an aerial tram tour or simply enjoy a relaxing walk around the area, you will have a great time.

Although you will be able to enjoy the beautiful architecture throughout the Palace of the Parliament building, you will also be able to take in lots of history of the country through the many museums located within its walls. Some of these museums include the Museum of Natural History, Museum of the History of the Nation, Museum of Ethnography, Museum of the Military History, Museum of Science and Technology, and many more.

The National Museum of History is a great museum to visit as you will be able to learn about the important figures and events that took place within the country. The museum also focuses on domestic life in the past, and offers a great way to understand what life was like before mechanization came about.

Sarmizegetusa Regia

Just an enormous Roman fortress!

You can also climb the tower and zoom around with your drone. Hopefully, you’ll get a good perspective on the amazing armies and monuments that existed in the ancient times.

This is one of the best things to do in Romania probably with a trip to Bucharest and the Citadel in the afternoon included!

Palace of Culture (Iași)

One of the most iconic buildings in all of Romania is the Palace of Culture. During the communist era, it was used as one of the country’s many symbols to advertise it as a significant urban location. During the communist era, scores of Soviet-style concrete buildings were constructed for the display of the country’s power.

Today, the Palace stands in stark contrast to this principle with its colossal building and remarkable appearance. While the exterior is heavily decorated, the interior features an elegant and soft layout that boasts the building’s historical character.

The building is also a place for cultural learning with a variety of exhibits, concerts, and other events. Travelers can also learn more about the building’s history during their visit. You can also take a tour of the palace to learn about the architecture.

Sighisoara Citadel

One of the most beautiful places in Romania and it’s no wonder why. The castle was built in Transylvania, in southeast Europe, and was a fortification against the Ottoman army.

From the 18th century till 1983, it was an important military barracks for weapons, ammunition, and supplies. Nowadays, no weapons are allowed inside the castle, but you can still see the cannonballs, which are still in place, as well as the equipment.

The castle also centers around the town’s Museum of Transylvanian History. It’s a perfect place to visit if you are interested in medieval culture or, if you’re more of an art lover, then you should visit the Museum of Sighisoara’s Art.

You can learn more about the history of the region in the museums, or spend some time wandering around the town and exploring it.

It’s a beautiful, historical place that will get you out of the house and keep you excited and smiling at the possibility of what’s being hidden around the corner. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Merry Cemetery (Săpânţa)

You can see "merry cemetery" (also called "House of Corpses"), for all the famous and ordinary citizens of the city that have died over time, perched all around the hill.

A long time ago, in order to start a city's economic development, health authorities asked some well-to-do families to donate the best spot in their lots to bury their dead. In exchange, the living family members got a ticket to pay the duties or taxes on the land. The cemetery of Săpânţa is probably the best example of these two opposing motives.

It has got six different groups of graves. The oldest is in the form of a pyramid, the other five groups are shaped like Roman galleries.

There are 16 crones (funerary sculptures resembling women) erected by the Prut River, at the foot of Kalinderu Mountain. Some of these sculptures are gigantic and it seems that they are very ancient.

Merry cemetery is very important for the Black Sea Region because it was founded at the beginning of the 18th century and hosts those people who died from 1771 to 1797.

Poiana Braşov

A city at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Poiana Braşov, a picturesque town at 1409 m above sea level, a wonderful place to explore when visiting this country.

It is a popular destination for escapades and a summer time favorite for those looking to unwind. Its beauty, and close proximity to the bustle of the city make it a popular destination for all walks of life.

King Charles I of Hungary discovered Poiana Braşov centuries ago and ordered its development as a summer residence. It is a picturesque medieval town located in Transylvania, with one of the finest spas in Europe.

There are hundreds of restaurants, cafes and pubs. There are plenty of opportunities for exploring hiking and rafting excursions through the gorges and valleys.

Romania offers a vast array of other activities that will appeal to an interest range of travelers. In the city you can find many museums, a synagogue, theater and an art museum. There are also other sporting events such as track and field, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, women’s and men’s handball and basketball.

Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is one of the biggest and most diverse wetlands in the world. This is the second largest and second most extensive wetland in Europe. The delta stretches for over 320,000 km², spanning four countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and Hungary. It has an area of tidal marshes, shallow water and freshwater lakes, and a formed alluvial fan.

In Romania, the Danube Delta is divided between two artificial regions: The Danube Delta National Park and Delta Nature Reserve. Both are located on the Romanian side, in Oltenia. The natural accumulation of organic debris and sediments from the river, and the occurrence of some reptiles and amphibians, make the Danube Delta an extremely interesting place to visit.

Monasteriu in Romania

Monasteriu is situated in the north of the Danube Delta. It was a village in the old days, before alluvial fans formed in the delta. Today the village is a protected area where natural beauty, flora and fauna flourish. The visitor can admire the beauty of the place and make the most of the romantically located watermill, built in 19th century of the water collected by the river Braila.

Sighet, Romania.

Sibiu Big Square

(Piata Mare)

  • A marked improvement from Brasov, it’s perfectly safe to say that Sibiu is the cleanest city I stayed in. If the people were friendly in Brasov, those in Sibiu are even friendlier. They are so friendly in fact that I found myself almost at ease in vastly more crowded areas just because I was able to walk shoulder to shoulder with others without feeling even a hint of discomfort.
  • Besides the friendly people, the town of Sibiu is also home to Romania’s oldest citadel (Cetatea Sibiului).
  • Another must-see that you should not miss is the St. Nicholia’s Church. It is a 19th-century Neo-Romanic-Gothic church; much of the design is baroque. The inside of the church offers an amazing view of Sibiu.
  • While in Sibiu, you can also make the trip to the Citadel of the Captured by Count Dracula. This was actually a shooting location for the Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Fortified Churches

As you walk through the streets of Romania in one of their many historic towns and cities, you are sure to see a beautiful or even colorful church. These churches are to be found at the center of many of the Romanian villages and so are often a focal point of a town.

Romanian churches are often brightly colored and fortified, with an impressive steeple. The exteriors of every Roman Catholic church possesses a deep cross, called a crucifix, filled with bright colors.

The churches are believed to be a symbol of blessing, praying, and holiness. To this day, Romanians continue to flock to their churches for prayer, usually done in a choir while everyone pipes their voices together.

Romanian churches often have local carvings depicting biblical stories or simply of saints.

Clement, Basilica of.

In the heart of Bucharest, the capital of Romania, you can find a truly beautiful church. This church is recognized by the stone statues of Romanian saints. It dates from the 15th century and is the largest of its kind in town.

Inside this large church are stone statues carved into the walls of the Greek Cross, with stairs leading to the altar from either end. These stairs grant entrance to the upper galleries and seating area.

Churches with wood furnishings are a common sight in Romania.

Transfagarasan Highway

It’s called the “Romanian Alps” for a reason … the spectacular Transfagarasan Highway is the only road leading to the Piatra Craiului Mountains. The road is overcrowded with cars on the weekend because of the amazing vistas of Transylvania and a lovely mountain retreat. Particularly beautiful are the places in the Piatra Craiului Mountains, where, even in the heart of summer, you can be warmed by a summer breeze on the faraway peak.

The road is open to hikers, cyclists, and horse riders, and downhill skiing enthusiasts also have an option with the many well-maintained ski resorts within an hour’s drive.

The road is also famous in the history books. It all started in the fifteenth century, when Vlad the Impaler paid a visit to the area … you know, the Dracula guy.

This was a trip he took, witnessed by the locals, because he didn’t want to walk the entire way. He was making his way to the bat lair in order to pick up some treasure.

Turda Gorge

Turda Gorge is located in the Bargaului Mountains area in Turda National Park, Huedin County, Romania, and is one of the highest bridges in Europe. It is 4km long and a total height of 60m.

The gorge is very narrow, and the water below is still, so the bridge can tremble and shake. Although it is not known for the size of its roads, Turda is a very scenic town. I could understand why the ancient Romans would have chosen it to put a capital of their kingdom.

Peleş Castle (Sinaia)

Visit the baroque castle perched on a hill overlooking Sinaia, high above the gorgeous Bucegi Mountains. Having been built in the 17th century, the castle is full of artwork and antique furniture, and served as a home to Romania’s royal family.

The castle is surrounded by a medium-sized park, containing a statue of Karl Marx. He was born nearby and had made his home here until his death in 1883. Lenin stayed here for a time, but the property has hosted a wide variety of illustrious guests throughout its history.

The castle is open to the public as part of a tour, but you can easily tour the royal quarters, just as Queen Marie and King Ferdinand did when Sinaia was their summer palace. You can also tour the great hall, which is decorated with portraits of members of the royal family.

A number of state events, such as balls, were also traditionally held in the castle’s state rooms during the season, while the summer months were reserved for hunting.

Painted Monasteries

Brasov monastery is also often called the pink monastery. The reason is that while the outside walls are red brick, the inside is painted pink.

The monastery is a World Heritage site and features as many as 1400 works of art. It is a world cultural heritage site, included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

The monastery’s most famous work is a fresco painted by angels. Now known as “The Glaring Angel……, it would have been a flaw in the wall if the artist had painted it so it looked like an ordinary angel!

Bran Castle

Bran Castle is located in Bran town, a town in Caras-Severin County, Romania, 36 km west of the capital city, Bucharest, close to the border with Bulgaria. A castle was first built here by Vlad III the Impaler, prince of Wallachia. He ordered the construction of the castle between 1457 and 1460, to serve as a residence for the royal family, in an attempt to make his reign more secure.

On 5 December 1495, Vlad III was assassinated in the castle. Vlad and dozens of his court had been killed by a boyar named Pazvantium. Vlad III’s remains were later moved to a nearby monastery.

Later, the castle was purchased by the Ghica family, and, together with the surrounding area, has been completely renovated. In July 1922, due to the war with the Turks from the north, the prince hetman ordered the evacuation of nearby villages and the setting up of defensive fortifications.

In 1938, King Carol II of Romania declared the castle his home. During World War II, the castle was used as a refugee camp for several famous figures, including composer George Enescu.

When the Communist regime came to power in Romania, the princely family handed Bran Castle over to the state so that it could be used as a museum.

Brașov Old Town

Some of the best things to see in Brașov, Romania, are found in the Old Town Square. On one side of the square is the Basilica Cathedral, which was the cathedral of the bishop for Brașov from the 17th century until the 18th century. The old church was destroyed during the Turkish attack in the 17th century.

In the center of the square is the White Swan, a beautiful marble building built in 1385. On the other side of the square is the Town Hall of Brașov. The rooms inside contain some interesting relics from the town’s history.

One of the best parts of the town, the Old Town Square is worth visiting.