Top 10 Destinations in Romania
The country that emerged from the ruins of Roman province of Dacia, formed in 1859 through a personal union of Moldavia and Wallachia Danubian Principalities, has been long known to be the center of politics from the times of Roman Empire to the Modern World. The country is known for its beautiful forested area of Transylvania and well allied to Castles, Churches, Monasteries and most fascinatingly, Dracula.
Following are the top 10 picks that need a place in your itinerary to Romania:
The city dazzles all throughout the day with the hustle bustle usually associated in every capital and thriving nightlife, which is loved by the people of all ages. Iconic structures like the Government Parliament Building, the Eastern Orthodox Stravropoleos Church and the Curtea Veche Palace display rich culture, heritage and history taking us into the past. Wide and tree line boulevards, and wonderful buildings are an iconic part of the city as well.
With the 90km road climbing to an altitude of 2,042 meters, Transfagarasan Highway makes it the second highest mountain pass in Romania. Balea Lake and Balea Waterfalls are also along the road that offers some breathtaking visuals of the surrounding environment, and has often been named as the world’s greatest road. The road also consists of 5 tunnels, and cycling competitions are normally conducted across difficult sections here.
If one intends to feel the old charm walking down the streets experiencing the modern lifestyle and a fascinating scenery comprised of iconic buildings and mountains in the backdrop, then undoubtedly one needs to visit in Brasov. “If you’re not going to visit Brasov, why bother to come to Romania?” this is one of the lines of a tourist who visited Brasov. Not far towards the West and South of Brasov, one would find Poiana and Predeal respectively that offers great tourism. The city of Brasov is typically known for its charm and cleanliness.
The Merry Cemetery, Sapanta
This is perhaps the only Merry Cemetery, not only in Romania, but also in the entire world. It is believed that during the Dacian times, passing away is seen as passing onto a superior and more satiating life. The carvings of the cemetery started in 1935 by Stan Loan Patras, a villager of Sapanta. There are around 800 crosses and walking through The Merry Cemetery leaves us with a happy experience.
Sinaia is a popular destination for Hiking in summers and skiing in winters. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and availability of great food, makes Sinaia a popular place for tourists. The city exfoliates history in the form of castles and unique monumental sights.
Known for Oradea University that offers world class education in Medicine and Sciences, the city of Oradea has been documented in the history books right from 1113 under the Latin name Varadinum. The city also boasts over 100 religious sites that includes three synagogues. Oradea, which is also considered to be a place for most important Jewish communities, is known for monuments which showcase the great architecture of the Romanian culture.
Peles Castle is regarded as one of the most beautiful castles built in whole of Europe. The Peles Castle is once home to Romanian Monarchs, including King Carol I who died in 1914. The iconic castle, which was built with wood, stone, bricks and marble, features 160 rooms and 7 terraces that are decorated with statues. The interior of the castle is also decorated copiously with paintings, gold, ceramics and silver plates.
The Voronet Monastery is by far the most famous of all the monasteries in Romania. The church is well known for its bright colors and exterior frescoes that are still intact and hundreds of well-preserved figures placed against the azure background. Prince of Moldavia kept his promise and built the church after winning the battle with the Turks in 1488. Voronet Monastery was constructed in just four and half months and was dedicated to Saint George.
The Danube Delta is the second largest delta in Europe after the Volga Delta. The delta hosts over 45 freshwater fish and 300 species of birds in its numerous lakes and marshes. The ecological and geological perspectives earned a place for the Danube Delta, making it a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The greater part of the Danube Delta is present in Romania while the northern part of the delta is located in Odessa Oblast, Ukraine.
Cobbled Streets, historic churches, Nine Towers and other historic monuments along the streets made the city of Sighisoara rightly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the city’s major attractions is the house of Vlad Dracula. The city of Sighisoara was built on the ruins of a former Roman Fortes by the Saxons. The 14th Century Clock Tower, along with Church on The Hill with its 500 year old Frescoes, form a long list of never ending rich historical and cultural attractions.