Vacation in Romania
If you have in mind Romania as a vacation destination, and you’re also a first-time visitor, you should keep in mind that the country will offer you many possibilities and one-of-a-kind experiences. Romania is a considerable big and diverse country.
It packs everything you ever wish in a marvelous synthesis of natural and cultural heritage. Moreover, the country offers mountain and sea landscapes, medieval towns, and one of the most intriguing histories.
Here are some short facts about Romania:
- situated in Eastern Europe, being the 12th biggest country in Europe by area
- it has a diverse geography and fantastic natural environments
- Romania’s population reaches almost 19 million people; 85 % Romanians, and other ethnic minorities such as Germans, Turks, Hungarians or Italian
- politically, Romania is a NATO member since 2004 and part of the European Union since 2007
- Bucharest is the capital of Romania, followed by other significant and more extensive cities like Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara.
Romania would offer you some of the greatest opposites ever. Just imagine how fabulous are the medieval castles mixed with the royal ones. Also, one of the most beautiful attractions, one that can be seen very well on the map, is the Carpathian Mountains.
The Danube Delta is very significant, and you might know it because it is pretty famous, too. The river flows 1,788 miles from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea in Romania.
Moreover, it is the second-largest river in Europe, is best preserved on the Romanian continent. The more significant part of the Danube Delta lies in Romania, with a slight amount in Ukraine. If you are looking for more reasons or you are just curious check-up the 10 attractions below.
Turda Salt Mine from Transylvania
Turda Salt Mine is, for sure, one of the most significant and unusual places you need to be once in your lifetime. The Salt Mine could be found near Cluj city, being accessible and well-positioned, too.
The mine was built between 2008-2010, and it includes optimal conditions, a modern elevator, an immense recreation space, and a wheel with gondolas. Turda Salt Mine is a compound of mine galleries and other operating rooms. During the Middle Ages, it was used for salt exploitation.
The access could be done from the city Turda. The Salt Mine has two entrances, one from Turda and the other it could be done from Durgau. The last one is also the main entrance. It is recommended to visit it whenever you want, from Monday to Sunday.
The sights from the assembly are the following: The Salt Valley, The Call Hall, Franz Josef Gallery, Josef Salt Mine, The Wealthy Scale, Terezia Salt Mine, Ghizela Salt Mine, and much more.
Bears Cave from Bihor County
Bears Cave is one of the marvelous attractions from the Apuseni Mountains. An ancient place full of a diversity of stalactite and stalagmite formations and cave bear fossils. Discovered in 1975, when a dynamite execution occurred, the cave is situated in Bihor County close to Chiscau town and Pietroasa. Bears Cave has a 1,500 length, located at 482m.
Its interior embodies a diversity of things, such as a vast amount of traces and fossils of cave bears. The animals disappeared 15,000 years ago, according to researchers.
The cave is disposed on two levels, the first one is for tourists, while the other is for scientific reasons. The first gallery has three galleries and other rooms known as Bears Gallery, The Candles Gallery, Gallery Emil Racovita, Spaghetti Hall, The Bone Room, and Candle Hall. Other attractions include the lake with water lilies, the Portal, the Little House of the Dwarves, the Elders’ Council, and many more.
You can arrive at Bears Cave by train following the Orades-Vascau route, until Beius or Sudrigiu train station. From there you can choose any bus or a taxi. By car, you can select the DN 76 Oradea-Deva + DJ 763 Chiscau route.
The Bran Castle
The Bran Castle is located near Bran Town, close to Brasov City. The castle represents one of the most appreciated national monument and landmark in Romania.
The castle-fortress is part of Transylvania’s historical border with Wallachia. It was built between 1377-1388. You probably recognize the castle by its other famous name, which inspired author Bram Stoker to write “Dracula.”
Dracula Castle, however, has nothing to do, unfortunately, with any legend of the character, but it is for sure, one-of-a-kind location. Currently, the castle embodies beautiful art and furniture, all gathered by Queen Marie.
You can choose to visit this marvelous place whenever you want, from Monday to Sunday. The Castle is located at the entry to the Rucar – Bran passage, on the road linking Brasov to Campulung. Bran is at 30 km far from Brasov if you follow the DN73 route.
The Merry Cemetery (Cimitirul Vesel Sapanta)
Probably the most unexpected cemetery you will ever encounter. The Merry Cemetery became famous for one thing, making people laugh since 1930! The cemetery is situated in the marvelous Maramures County, in the Sapanta Village.
What makes it so unique? Well, apparently, the tombs have their ways with words. They know how to make you laugh for a lifetime!.
The wooden crosses, beautifully combine humor, tradition, and design. They are all painted in bright colors, such as blue or red, filled with many funny poems of the deceased ones.
This tradition shows how the family wanted to remember their loved ones. The humorous poems contain details about the life of dead people and some funny illustrations as well.
If you take a chance of visiting it, you will be amazed by over 800 bright-colored crosses. You can visit it any time of the year, being easy to access.
Sarmizegetusa Regis is located in the Orastiei Mountains, the ancient capital of Dacia, a kingdom of the Geto-Dacian people. Sarmizegetusa has over 2000 years of history.
The ancient fortification is at an incredible 1200m height and had a defensive role. Sarmizegetusa was also the capital of the Geto-Dacian population and a political, military and religious center. You can resemble a Stonehenge look-alike monument, called the Great Sanctuary, which is believed to have calendar functions.
Moreover, you can find other small sanctuaries and relics of Dacian history. A pot with the message “Decebalus per Scorilo,” meaning “Decebal son of Scorilo,” some limestone blocks, and many gold coins with the text “KOSON.” Sarmizegetusa is a part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage.
Getting there is very easy, because the roads are well-paved, and there is also a big parking lot. Until the fortification, you will have to walk uphill on the pedestrian-only paved road, almost 1km. Other attractions from the area are the Church of Densus, Malaiesi Fortress, Hateg Fortress, and more.
Transfagarasan Road Adventure
The Tranfagarasan Road crosses the Fagaras Mountains, splitting northwestern and southern Romania. Fagaras Mountains are part of the Carpathians Mountain Range.
From the south, Transfagarasn begins at the little town of Sibiu known as Cartisoara. The road is estimated to be 130km long, meaning it should take you a 3-hour drive. For a better experience, you might want to stop and admire the Balea Lake. The Transfagarasan Road has been built between 1970-1974, as a way to get military access across the mountains.
Take a walk this time in one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, the Peles Castle! It displays a majestic environment filled with history and high-class. Situated near the Sinaia town, and in the Carpathian Mountains.
The Peles Castle, a German Neo-Renaissance masterpiece, had first opened in 1883 as a home for a royal family. It is disposed of on a 3,200-square-meter floor plan, and it has an incredible number of 168 rooms.
Many themes various are present in the Peles Castle, such as offices, armories, art galleries, or libraries. Also, styles like French, Imperial, Moorish, Florentine, or Turkish, marvelously embodied the design of the rooms. Moreover, you can see some of the most lavishes furniture and decorations.
You can choose to visit the Peles Castle from Tuesday to Sunday, almost all year round, except November, when its doors get closed for tourists.
Just imagine an infinite quietness, cheerful chirping of birds, and the fresh air. Everything heaven and earth is it possible in the Bucegi Mountains, being such a delight for your senses. The mountains show quite the spectacle once a year, a real phenomenon of light and peace.
On November 28th, the sunset rays easily reflect upon the face of the Sfinx rocks, and the basis of a pyramid is created. You can find the following attractions: The Bucegi National Park, Orzei Gorges, Bolboci Lake, Tatarului Gorges, Ialomicioara Cave, Urlatoarea Waterfall, Babele and the Sfinx, The Heroes’ Monument, Omu Peak, and much more.
The Voronet Monastery
One of the most known monasteries in Romania, also called “the Sistine Chapel of the East,” will amaze you with its grace and unique color blue. The Voronet Monastery was built over 500 years ago, on the ruins of an ancient Moldavian style church.
The monastery is situated at 36km from the city of Suceava. The one-of-a-kind blue, called “The Voronet Blue” is compared to Rubens’s red. The monstery was included in 2004 on the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
The Danube Delta
If you were in Europe before, it is possible to hear about the marvelous and majestic Danube Delta. The River flows through more countries than any other river does.
It starts its way in Germany’s the Black Forest, and it finishes in Romania, in the Black Sea. For a better experience, if you want to see most of the Danube Delta, you can choose to start from Tulcea city.
From there on, you can take a ferry and begin your exploration in the Delta area, because after all, the only way inside of it by boat. You might also take into consideration places such as Sulina, Sfantu Gheorghe, or Chilia.