The south-eastern European country of Romania has lots to offer for a dream escape, from impressive castles and medieval towns to its buzzing capital city. Rich in history and arts, this is truly an explorer’s paradise, boasting a plethora of stunning UNESCO declared World Heritage Sites, from monasteries to historic villages.
The country is a territory of breathtaking natural beauty which is not to be missed. With a temperate-continental climate of hot summers and long, cold winters, you can enjoy a holiday exploring the country’s landscapes in the sun or hit the slopes on a fantastic ski escape!
Check out our top seven reasons why we love Romania, one of the most beautiful countries in Europe…
1. Magical castles
Romania is home to an exciting array of castles scattered across the country, including Bran Castle, the renowned landmark near Bran. The castle is widely known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’, in relation to the legend of Dracula, and popular amongst tourists who can enjoy it as a museum displaying historic art and furniture.
Corvin Castle is also sure to impress, as one of the largest castles in Europe. The 15th century building, also known as Hunyadi Castle, is a Gothic-Renaissance castle located in the city of Hunedoara. Romania is also home to the magical Peleș Castle in Walachia, at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains. The 19th century castle boasts more than 160 rooms displaying historic European art on offer to explore through a guided tour.
2. Beautiful Bucharest
The capital of Romania, Bucharest, is a buzzing metropolis located in the south of the country. The city is home to the second largest administrative building in the world, the People’s Palace. The palace, also known as the Palace of the Parliament, comprises around 1,000 rooms! Visitors can take a fantastic tour inside the building, located in central Bucharest, which is also the third biggest building in the world.
The Romanian Athenaeum concert hall in the centre of the city is a renowned landmark here. The 19th century building is Bucharest’s main concert hall, located on the Victory Avenue, offering great tours inside as well as festivals throughout the year. A visit to this brilliant capital should also involve the Memorial of Rebirth on Revolution Square, which commemorates the struggles and victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989.
The Transalpina, also known as ‘The King’s Road’, is the highest road in Romania, located in the Parang Mountains. This beautiful mountain road reaches an altitude of 2,145 metres and is 150 kilometres in length, connecting Oltenia to Transylvania. A drive down this renowned mountain road boasts breathtaking panoramic views, including gorgeous glacial lakes, pretty Romanian towns and imposing mountains.
4. A palace of culture
Romania is home to The Palace of Culture, one of the largest buildings in the country located in the city of Iaşi. The 20th century palace today houses four museums for visitors to enjoy and is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments. The building and iconic monument comprises nearly 300 rooms including a gothic room, art galleries and a clock tower, as well as the impressive museum of complex.
5. Gorgeous parks
Romania is home to a great variety of National Parks, including Retezat National Park in Hunedoara County and Cozia National Park, in the north-east part of Vâlcea County.
Aside from these large protected areas, boasting stunning natural beauties throughout, you can also choose from a plethora of beautiful landscapes to relax on. The public park of the Cismigiu Gardens, near the centre of Bucharest, is a great example of this! The park, which dates back to the 18th century, stretches on a surface of 17 hectares, with a beautiful lake which converts into a open-air skate rink in the colder months.
A picnic in Herăstrău Park, a large park on the northern side of Bucharest, is also sure to please all! The park spreads over 187 hectares around Herastrau lake – a glorious area to visit on your Romanian break.
6. Medieval Transylvania
Transylvania is a spectacular destination on your Romanian getaway, bordered by the impressive Carpathian Mountains. As the largest region in Romania (and the most developed), it is renowned for its medieval towns, castles and of course, association with vampires! The region boasts countless natural beauties, attracting tourists all-year round, especially avid hikers looking to trek through the Carpathians. Winter in Romania is extremely cold, especially in the mountains and high plateaux of Transylvania, and many flock to the region for a brilliant ski break!
Throughout the year, a great area to visit is the historic city of Sighişoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site offering a great day-out, easy to explore on foot.
7. The Merry Cemetery
Romania is home to an unusual and quirky cemetery – the Merry Cemetery located in the village of Săpânța, which is famous for its colourful tombstones, decorated with funny poems about the deceased! The cemetery ‘Cimitirul Vesel’ is now a popular tourist attraction in Maramureş county, filled with bright graves of beautifully carved wooden crosses and original poems – some hilarious, others emotional. The Merry Cemetery is a great area to visit, offering a unique way to pay tribute to those who have passed.
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