UNESCO Sites

Sighisoara fortress – The only inhabited medieval fortress in Europe

Somewhere in the middle of Romania, you will find a city unlike any other. German colonists were brought here in the 12th century in order to defend the empire's Eastern borders. The city was first mentioned in a document much later, in 1280. Currently, Sighisoara is the only inhabited medieval fortress in South-East Europe. It is also part of the UNESCO world heritage sites since 1999. Once the visitors step ...

Calnic Castle

In the 13th century, Calnic Castle was the home of the Kelling noble family, a dungeon defended by high walls and surrounded by moats. After the last noble descendants of the family lost their prerogatives, the Saxons living in Transylvania at the time took over the castle and used it as a refuge during rough times. Its history does not record bloody battles or sieges, yet the castle has a tunnel which remained secret ...

Humor Monastery

In the area with the highest density of UNESCO-listed monuments in Romania, surrounded by thick stone walls, stands the Humor Monastery. A small, cross-shaped church was built here in 1530. Red hues dominate the exterior frescoes showing scenes from the Lives of Saints, as well as significant moments from the locals' lives, such as the wars with the Turks. In the tidy and flower-filled courtyard, silence reigns; ...

Viscri village

Set in the heart of Transylvania, Viscri village is a paragon of genuine rural life, a place increasingly sought by tourists. Despite this,  it is still faithful to the principles of traditional life. This small village was founded one millennium ago by the first Saxon settlers arriving from the area of Luxembourg. It is tucked away in the Transylvanian forests and sheltered from the busy roads, has preserved ...

Voronet Monastery

Man's connection to the divine has taken many forms throughout time, from small altars and statues dedicated to the gods, to majestic cathedrals and to pyramids built in the heart of the jungle. The limits of creativity have been pushed ever further in the attempt to surpass everything that had been built before – taller, more ornate, more awe-inspiring. At a time when Western European Christians were erecting ...

The wooden Church of Pious Parascheva in Poienile Izei

This church was built 400 years ago and is one of the most beautiful Wooden Churches of Maramureş. People think its survival during the Tartaric invasion was a miracle, the metal crescent on the pinnacle of the tower, right under the cross, being a proof of the dangers it had to face. The church entrance is a genuine time portal, which takes you on a journey through the life of this small community throughout many ...

Prejmer Fortress

Prejmer village houses some of the oldest artifacts in Transylvania. Prejmer fortress Later on, in the 15th century, as the Ottoman menace was spreading, the exterior walls were added, 12 meters tall and three meters thick. As the battles with the Turks and the Tartars were quite frequent and the constant pillaging forced the villagers to start over after every invasion, each family set up small shelters inside ...

Horezu – the core of Romanian pottery

The town of Horezu, situated in the southwest part of the country, in Valcea County, is considered one of the most representative places of Romania in terms of traditional crafts and folklore. Despite its cultural richness and diversity, the Romanian pottery is the craft most valued and it was sacredly passed on from one generation to another. Since 2005 Horezu pottery is on UNESCO list as, even today, the craftsmen ...

Rimetea, the white-green village where the sun rises twice

Rimetea is a small village with white houses and green windows, loved by time and cherished by its inhabitants. Even though is nestled against the majestic mountains of Apuseni, it offers an image to treasure all your life. Like a true fairy-tale village, Rimetea is absolutely fascinating. It has an interesting history and an amazing architecture. Born in the 13th century from the hard work of the miners, Rimetea ...

Danube Delta

On the newest land of the continent, extraordinary conditions have helped create a unique ecosystem, a refuge for many species, this being the third richest area in the world in terms of biodiversity.In the paradise of the Delta, the splash of oars pushed by fishermen with long beards and sun-withered faces is one of the few man-made sounds disrupting the silence of this untamed place, of this green island populated ...