The best tourist attractions in Romania (for each county)

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When it comes to places to visit in Romania, the most famous attraction foreign tourists would be Bran Castle, popularized by Bram Stokers as Dracula's Castle. Of course, in Romania's top attraction, we may include the Peles Castle, Corvin Castle, the Wooden Churches of Maramures and the Painted Churches of Bukovina, as well as the medieval towns of Sibiu and Sighisoara. 


If you are looking for more than a day trip for getting around Romania you will discover places like Transfăgărășan Road and Transalpina,  Rasnov Fortress, Alba-Carolina Fortress (the majestic fortification of Alba Iulia), Turda Salt Mine, the Viscri Village - a paragon of genuine rural life with a beautiful white fortified church (UNESCO world heritage site), and many more.

 

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1. Alba - Alba Carolina Fortress

 

Built in Alba Iulia between 1715 and 1738, the Alba Carolina Citadel is the largest citadel in Romania. The fortress has a heptagonal shape, and it is surrounded by 12 kilometers of walls and guarded by a bastion at each corner.

 

Alba Carolina Citadel

Aerial view of Alba Carolina Citadel, photo by viziteazaalbaiulia.ro

 

Ever since 2009, the Citadel is home to a Change of Guards ceremony, which throughout the years became a symbol of the city. During the touristic season (May - September) the ceremony takes place on a daily basis, and sometimes even twice a day during weekends.

 

2. Arad - The Administrative Palace

 

The Palace is home to the Arad City Hall, and it is one of the most significant works of eclectic architecture in the city. The central tower of the building measures 54 meters in height, and at the top, it houses a clock with a bell.

 

Administrative Palace

Arad Administrative Palace

 

3. Argeș - Curtea de Argeș Cathedral

 

Curtea de Argeș served as the first capital of Wallachia, and the construction of its Cathedral gave birth to one of the most famous legends in Romania, the legend of Manole.

 

Orthodox Cathedral

Curtea de Arges Monastery

 

The Cathedral was built between 1517 and 1517, but it was partly destroyed by two fires in 1866 and 1867. During his rule, King Carol I decided to restore the cathedral and to turn it into the necropolis of the Romanian Royal Family.

 

4. Bacău - Slănic-Moldova Resort

 

Located in the foothills of the Nemira Mountains, the Slănic-Moldova Resort is renowned for its thermal and mineral waters. Despite being discovered in 1801, the first spa facilities were installed in 1877, and over the years, the quality of the water was rewarded with various medals at international exhibitions in Paris, Vienna, and Frankfurt.

 

Slanic Moldova Casino

Slanic Moldova Casino

 

5. Bihor - Bear's Cave in the Apuseni Mountains

 

Accidentally discovered by a local in 1975, the Bear's Cave is today one of the best-known caves in Romania. It gets its name from the numerous cave bear fossils found throughout its galleries, the main attraction being an intact skeleton more than 15,000 years old.

 

Bears' Cave

Bear skeleton in the Bears' Cave. Photo by Zátonyi Sándor

 

6. Bistrița-Năsăud - Rodna National Park

 

Located in Northern Romania, the Rodna National Park neighbors the historical regions of Bukovina and Maramures, spreading over an area of more than 46,000 hectares.

 

Rodna National Park

Rodna National Park

 

The park is home to a large variety of flora and fauna species, some of which are protected by law. In Rodna you will also find the highest mountain peak in the Eastern Carpathians - Pietrosu Mare, reaching an altitude of 2,303 meters. Besides the high peaks, the Rodna National Park is a great destination to explore some truly amazing caves (such as Grota Zanelor or Jgheabul lui Zalion, the most difficult to cross cave in Romania) or some of the glacial lakes (such as Lala Mare or Lala Mica).

 

7. Botoșani - The Old Town

 

Located on the Northern side of Moldavia, Botosani is a city which boasts a rich cultural life, having produced major scientific and cultural personalities such as Mihai Eminescu or Nicolae Iorga.

 

Botosani Old Center

Botosani Old Town

 

The city center of Botosani is home to 60 monument-buildings that perfectly combine history with modern architecture. The area was built in the late 18th century, but many of its buildings were damaged by a large fire in 1887. Nonetheless, the city center remained one of the most stunning in Romania, and it was partially restored between 2009 and 2011.

 

8. Brașov - Bran Castle

 

Probably the most famous landmark in Romania is Bran Castle. And for good reason. This medieval castle was built in 1377 by the Saxons of Transylvania, and today is widely famous for its alleged connections with Bram Stoker's Dracula.

 

Dracula Castle

Bran Castle

 

*While in Brasov you may also want to consider visiting Rasnov Fortress, one of the best-preserved fortification built in middle ages.

 

9. Brăila - Maria Filotti Theatre

 

Initially, the Maria Filotti theatre was designed to be an inn, but the property was destroyed by a fire in 1859. Known at that time under the name of the Rally Theatre, it was reconstructed and finalized in 1864, and throughout the 19th century, it housed the performances of numerous esteemed personalities from all over Europe.

 

Beautiful Theatre Romania

Maria Filotti Theatre

 

10. Bucharest - Palace of the Parliament

 

This colossal building has a height of 84 meters and an area of 365,000 square meters, making it one of the largest buildings in the world. The Palace of the Parliament is so massive that it sinks by 6 mm each year.

 

Palace of Parliament

Palace of the Parliament

 

The Palace was built as part of Nicolae Ceausescu's restoration project for Bucharest, and today it is home to the Romanian Parliament and to 3 museums, being composed of 23 sections.

 

11. Buzău - Berca Mud Volcanoes

 

Mud Volcanoes

Mud Volcanoes

 

Located less than 1 hour away from Bucharest, the Mud Volcanoes are by far the most famous attraction in the Buzau County. Wandering around the area makes you feel like you reached another planet, but be wary - the land is very slippery and you wouldn't want to find yourself covered in mud.

 

12. Caraș Severin - Iron Gates Natural Park

 

The Iron Gates Natural Park is the largest natural park in Romania, stretching over an area of 115,655 hectares. It includes part of the Danube River and of the Iron Gates gorge, which forms the boundary between Serbia and Romania.

 

Iron Gates Natural Park

Cazanele Dunarii

 

This stunning park is the perfect destination for a weekend hike, and you can wander around its thick forests and even visit the rock sculpture of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia.

 

13. Călărași - History Museum of Silistra

 

The History Museum of Silistra was built between 1923 and 1924, and it houses numerous unique monuments of the Romanian and Bulgarian culture. There are 2 main exhibitions - the ethnographic and the archeologic - and it shelters over 41,000 unique items from the pre-historic, antique, and medieval eras.

 

14. Cluj - Turda Salt Mine

 

The Turda Salt Mine was mentioned for the first time in 1075 when the salt was mined manually using pickaxes, hammers, chisels, and steel wedges.

 

Salt Mine

Turda Salt Mine

 

But today, the Salt Mine serves as one of the coolest underground amusement parks in the world. Inside this UFO-shaped mine, you will find a Ferris wheel, an underground lake, a mini-golf course, and numerous ping-pong tables. And not to mention that it makes up for the perfect location for a family picnic, especially during the hot summer days.

 

15. Constanța - Romanian Black Sea resorts

 

Stretching from the Danube Delta down to the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, the Romanian Black Sea resorts cover approximately 275 kilometers of coastline.

The most popular resort is by far Mamaia, which is famous both amongst Romanians and tourists alike. In total, there are 12 resorts, but we recommend visiting Neptun or Saturn for an amazing family holiday.

And if you're looking for a destination filled with youth and energy, you can't go wrong with Costinesti or Vama Veche.

 

Wild beach

Vama Veche

 

16. Covasna - Balvanyos

 

This spa resort is one of the numerous hydrothermal and volcanic featured in the area, and it is located only 10 kilometers away from Lake Sfânta Ana. Even though at first glance it might seem abandoned, the resort is a destination which promises peace and relaxation. The area is filled with countless trekking routes, and there are at least 3 beautiful nearby caves which you can explore.

 

Balvanyos Resort

Balvanyos Resort

 

17. Dâmbovița - The Princely Court in Târgoviște

 

Târgoviște served as the princely residence between 1396 and 1714, and during that period it was the most important economic, political, military, artistic, and cultural center in Wallachia.

 

Royal Court

Targoviste Royal Court

 

The Princely Court was moved to Târgoviște during the reign of Vlad Țepeș, also known as Vlad the Impaler, and visiting it will help you discover some of the legends and stories of the infamous voivode.

 

18. Dolj - Nicolae Romanescu Park

 

The Nicolae Romanescu Park was built between 1901 and 1903, and it is a great place where you can relax in the afternoon. The park features a suspended bridge, a castle, a hippodrome, a lake, and one of the oldest zoos in Romania.

 

Nicolae Romanescu Park

Nicolae Romanescu Park

 

19. Galați - Danube Seafront

 

The Danube Seafront is one of the most representative areas of Galati, and it is a great place to enjoy a relaxing walk, especially during autumn.

The whole area is often times considered an open-air museum, with numerous pieces of art being placed between the alleys. The Danube Seafront is also the perfect place to have a cold beer and a fish meal near the Danube River.

 

Danube Seafront in Galati

Danube Seafront in Galati

 

20. Giurgiu - Taraf de Haidouks

 

Taraf de Haidouks are a Romani-Romanian musical group of lăutari (traditional musicians), with their first album having been released in 1991.

Their music incorporates violins, double drums, accordions, flutes, as well as some wind instruments, and they even managed to conquer the heart of Johnny Depp, who considers himself one of their biggest fans.

 

Romani musical group

Taraf de Haidouks

 

21. Gorj - Parâng Mountains

 

The Parâng Mountains are the second-largest mountains in the Romanian Carpathians, with the highest peak reaching 2,519 meters (Parângu Mare).

They are a great destination for hiking and trekking, and the abundant flora and fauna can help you create some amazing memories in the wilderness.

 

22. Harghita - Lake Sfânta Ana

 

Lake Sfânta Ana is the only crater lake in Romania, and it is located inside the volcanic crater of Ciomatu Mare.

The oxygen concentration around the lake is very low, which makes it impossible for animals to survive around it, and swimming in the lake is prohibited except for sporting events.

 

volcnic crater lake

Santa Ana Lake

 

23. Hunedoara - Hunyadi Castle

 

The Corvin Castle is oftentimes called "one of the seven wonders of Romania", and for good reason. It is one of the largest castles in Europe, and a legend claims that this is where Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned for 7 years by John Hunyadi.

 

Hunyadi Castle

Corvin Castle

 

24. Ialomița - Lake Amara

Lake Amara is a protected area which houses numerous important bird species, and it is widely renowned for its sapropelic mud and for its therapeutic waters.

25. Iași - Palace of Culture

 

Iasi is one of the major cities of Romania, and its symbol is the Palace of Culture. This iconic monument was inaugurated in 1925, and it is the greatest expression of Neogothic architecture. The building features 298 rooms and it is home to four museums, with countless historical artifacts and several art galleries.

 

Palace of Culture Iasi

Palace of Culture

 

26. Ilfov - Mogoșoaia Palace

 

Situated approximately 10 kilometers from Bucharest, the palace was created in a Brâncovenesc style by Constantin Brâncoveanu between 1698 and 1702.

The Palace is surrounded by a beautiful garden, which makes it the perfect destination for relaxation and meditation. Oh, and did we mention that you can take horseback riding lessons?

 

Mogoșoaia Palace

Mogoșoaia Palace

 

27. Maramureș - The Merry Cemetery

 

Located in the village of Săpânța, the Merry Cemetery is famous for its colorful tombstones and funny epitaphs that depict the lives of the people buried here.

The cemetery was founded by Stan Ioan Pătraș, a local artist who sculpted the first tombstone crosses, with the first epitaph having been carved in 1935.

 

Merry Cemetery

Merry Cemetery

 

28. Mehedinți - The ruins of Trajan's Bridge

 

Trajan's Bridge, or the Bridge of Apollodorus over the Danube, was one of the greatest achievements of Roman architecture. Despite being functional for only a few decades, the bridge was built before the Second Dacian War to allow Roman troops to cross the Danube River.

 

The ruins of Roman Bridge

The ruins of Trajan's Bridge

 

After conquering Dacia, the wooden structure of the bridge was dismantled by Hadrian, but remains of the bridge can still be seen to this day.

 

29. Mureș - Sighișoara Citadel

 

A city famous for its colorful houses and cobblestone streets, Sighișoara is perhaps one of the most remarkable cities in Romania. The city is the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, and its Historic Center was inscribed in the UNESCO Patrimony in 1999.

 

Today, Sighișoara is the last inhabited medieval fortress in Europe, and a walking tour through the city will charm you with its medieval buildings, street performers, and numerous craftsmen.

 

Street performers in Sighisoara

Street performers in Sighisoara

 

*While in Mureș you may also want to consider visiting the Targu Mures Medieval fortress in Târgu Mureș.

 

30. Neamț - Vânători-Neamț Natural Park

 

The Vânători-Neamț Natural Park is a great destination for a short family trip.  The natural reservation is filled with wildlife such as deer, pheasants, and peacocks, but the highlight of the park is, by far, the European bison.

 

Bison Reservation

Neamt Bison Reservation

 

31. Olt - Constantin Poroineanu Park

 

The Constantin Poroineanu Park was built similar to the Cișmigiu Park in Bucharest, and it is the most beautiful park in the Olt county.

The park covers an area of 25 hectares, and it is filled with beautiful flora, numerous alleys and art monuments, a lake, a football stadium, and several handball fields.

 

Constantin Poroineanu Statue

Constantin Poroineanu Statue

 

32. Prahova - Peleș Castle

 

Peleș Castle was constructed between 1873 and 1914 following the instructions of King Carol I, and it served as the summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family.

Today, the castle serves as a National Museum, and it can only be visited within guided tours. Some of the most remarkable rooms are The Grand Armory, which houses 1,600 of the 4,000 pieces of weaponry and armor, The Imperial Suite, The Turkish Parlor, and The Moorish Room.

 

Royal Castle

Peles Castle

 

33. Satu Mare - Țara Oașului

 

Țara Oașului is one of the oldest regions on the territory of Romania, and it is renowned for its traditions that were preserved almost intact for hundreds of years.

The largest city in the area is Negrești, where you can visit the Țara Oașului Museum. Here, you will be able to observe hundreds of exhibits of ceramics, traditional clothing, household objects, and woodworking.

 

Locals in Tara Oasului

Locals in Tara Oasului

 

34. Sălaj - Vasile Fati Botanical Garden

 

The botanical garden was founded in 1968 by professor Vasile Fati, and it became the foundation of the study of biology. The garden is organized in several sectors, such as a research center, a zoo, a Japanese garden, and an aquarium.

 

Vasile Fati Botanical Garden

Vasile Fati Botanical Garden

 

35. Sibiu - Bierțan Fortified Church

 

Founded by the Saxons of Transylvania in the 15th century, Biertan is, together with the surrounding village, part of the UNESCO monument known as the Transylvanian Villages with Fortified Churches.

The church has three rows of exterior fortifications, linked with gate towers and protected by various defense towers.

 

Fortified Church

Biertan Fortified Church

 

*Take your time and visit the city of Sibiu too. Sibiu is a European Region of Gastronomy where you may find some amazing dishes besides the beautiful architecture.

*The informal European Council brought together the European Union heads of state or government in Sibiu, Romania on 9 May 2019.

 

36. Suceava - Painted Monasteries of Bukovina

 

Built between the late 15th century and the late 16th century, these 8 churches are deemed true masterpieces of the Byzantine art. 

 

Painted Monastery

Sucevita Monastery

 

37. Teleorman - Troianu Forest Natural Reservation

 

The Troianu Forest spreads over an area of 71 hectares, and it is renowned for its numerous Romanian peonies, which is an endangered species of flower. The forest is also known for being home to numerous species of Oak trees.

 

Romanian Peonies

Romanian Peonies

 

The local administration organized several touristic routes which you can take to explore the beautiful forest and enjoy this unspoiled corner of the world.

 

38. Timiș - Orthodox Cathedral

 

The Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral was built between 1936 and 1941 in a Neo-Moldavian style, with late Renaissance, Ottoman, and Byzantine elements.

The church features 11 towers, and it is home to numerous historic and artistic religious objects, including many vintage Romanian icon paintings.

 

Orthodox Cathedral

Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral

 

39. Tulcea - Danube Delta

 

The Danube Delta is one of Romania's top tourist attractions, and for good reason. The delta is a home to countless species of birds, fish, and amphibians, with over 320 species of birds making this area their home during summer.

 

Danube Delta

Danube Delta Wildlife

 

And besides the rich wildlife, the Danube Delta is also a place filled with cultural and historical heritage, which can be observed in the local way of living.

 

40. Vaslui - Copou Park

 

The Copou Park in Vaslui is by far one of the most beautiful public gardens in Romania. Well designed and carefully maintained, the park is a great place to spend an evening with your friends or family and to break away from the crowded streets and the urban noise.

 

Copou Park, Vaslui

Copou Park, Vaslui

 

41. Vâlcea - Cozia Monastery

 

The Cozia Monastery is one of the most valuable monuments of national medieval art and architecture in Romania. It was erected in 1388 by Mircea the Elder, a famous Voivode of Wallachia, and today it serves as his final resting place.

Even though the monastery was painted between 1390 and 1391, some of the original frescoes are still well preserved.

 

Cozia Monastery

Cozia Monastery

 

42. Vrancea - Mausoleum of Mărășești

 

This memorial site contains the remains of 5,073 Romanian soldiers and officers who died during World War I at the Battle of Marasesti, and it was unveiled on September 18, 1938, by King Carol II.

World War I monument

Mausoleum of Marasesti

 

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