8 Places you Must Visit in Romania

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Heading further East in Europe always leads to a more spontaneous adventure, and that is certainly what I found when travelling onwards from Budapest to Brasov, a city in Transylvania, Romania. Whilst in Romania I had a week to explore the gorgeous towns and castles nearby, but soon discovered there is so much more to see and do in Romania than first meets the eye! If you find yourself in this gorgeous country with incredible landscapes and history, then here are the places you absolutely must visit in Romania!


1. Peleș Castle

Lets start with an old favourite of mine in the Carpathian Mountains: Peleș Castle. This is commonly referred to as the most beautiful castle in Europe and one look at this photograph is sure to show you why. The romantic castle was finished in the early 20th Century and remains to be one of the top attractions in Romania (of which you can probably see why!)


2. Brasov

Surrounded by the Carpathian mountains, Brasov is a great place to base yourself when exploring the Transylvania region of Romania. This region is where you will find the legend of Dracula and many beautiful castles to explore, making it one of the best bases for exploring the whimsical landscapes nearby.


3. Sibiu

Another picture perfect city in Transylvania is Sibiu, located on the Cibin River. This city is as pretty as a postcard and is another great choice for a base to explore the region. Don’t miss the views from the clocktower!

(Image via Horia Varlan / Flickr)

Romanian Athenaeum

4. Romanian Athenaeum

Located in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, the Romanian Athenaeum is an impressive concert hall both inside and out. If you find yourself in Bucharest for a few days, consider coming to see a concert for the full experience.

(image via wikicommons)

Draculas_Castle_Romania Draculas Castle Romania

5. Dracula’s Castle

This is perhaps the sole reason I came to Romania in the first place (okay, I won’t tell a lie, it is the reason I came!) The legend of Dracula centres around a 15th Century prince named Vlad Dracul III, who was known for impaling his enemies. The castle is now known as Bran Castle and owned privately, however you can visit the castle for a small charge. Well worth it!


6. Cluj-Napoca

Another beautiful city of Romania in the North-western region is Cluj-Napoca, unofficially considered to be the capital of Transylvania. This city is much larger than the aforementioned cities in the region with a very happening social scene, so a great place to base yourself if you’re looking to get out and about with a more happening night life.

(image via Dennis Jarvis / Flickr)


7. Transfăgărășan

If you happen to rent a car and drive around Romania, one of the most impressive roads to discover is Transfăgărășan, also known as Ceaușescu’s Folly. This section of road travels through the Carpathian mountains with dramatic scenery and an even more dramatic road route!

(Image via Wikicommons)

Palace of Culture Romania

8. Palace of Culture

If you find yourself in Iasi, be sure to check out the Palace of Culture – a landmark of the city and home to a variety of exhibitions year-round.

(Image via Andrew Colin / Flickr)

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    August 11, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Love this post! Romania is definitely on my bucket list and this post made me want to visit even more! 🙂

    August 4, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Wow, never thought of visiting Romania before but I’m totally considering it now! All these buildings look like they came straight from a fairytale or Disney movie. 🙂

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    Daniela @ Grumpy Camel
    August 2, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I visited Romania in March on a 5-day trekking trip in Transylvania and totally fell in love with the place! Brasov looks likes something straight out of a fairy tale. I wish I had time to visit Sibiu and Peles Castle.

    I would also add Piatra Craiului National Park to the list, especially for those willing to explore Romania’s unspoiled wilderness – and track wild bears 🙂

    Jeffrey | Reisbloggers
    August 1, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Don’t forget the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina!

    July 31, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Super beautiful places

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    July 29, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Transfăgărășan is stunning!

    July 29, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Thanks for this I am going to Romania in September! Looks great!

    July 28, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    I love Romania, especially for its mountains. The old cities are great and you should definitely visit them. I also recommend Maramures, a beautiful area. Besides that, mountains like Retezat (my favourite ), Fagaras, Bucegi always take my breath away. Whoever comes to visit should take that in consideration.

    My blog is written in romanian language, but if you can still enjoy pictures, so here it is:

    Danielle @ Our Passport Pages
    July 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Romania looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!

    July 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I even don´t know how beautiful is Romania yet. I definitely get this country on my bucket list!

    Mishelle xx

    July 28, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Romania seems like such a romantic and beautiful place! I didn’t know too much about it but definitely on my list now!

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    Tess Wicks | Words + Money
    July 28, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Gorgeous! Romania is on my list. Such a rare place to visit when looking to Europe as a travel destination, but I love the places that aren’t as tourist-laden and fly under the radar.

    July 28, 2016 at 3:04 am

    The name of the last city is Iasi, not Lasi (that actually means ‘cowards’ în romanian). Other beautiful places to visit would be the Sapanta Merry Cememtery and the whole Maramures region with their traditional house gates, Delta Dunarii, the Iron Gates, Huniazilor castle, Bucovina monasteries, Turda saltmine, the mud volcanos, Rasnov fortress, the Carolina fortress in Alba Iulia and many others.

    July 27, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Wow! Stunning shots of Romania! Romania’s definitely making it on my travel bucket list. Hope I get to visit some day soon.

    Love, V.

    Alin de la IASI
    July 27, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Cat pot fi de lași: Lași is the new Iași )))

    July 27, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve never been to eastern europe and I really should !

    July 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you for the article. I’m glad you liked our country and hope you’ll get to visit and write more about it in the future. All the best!

    sophie nadeau
    July 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    The architecture is so stunning!!! I had no idea that there was a Count Dracul but his castle definitely looks worth a visit!!!

    July 27, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Other items: the painted monasteries, Lacu Rosul, the salt mines, and Piatra Neamt.

    July 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Nice post as always, Brooke! I’m always glad to read about your travel recommendations in Romania. Speaking of cities pretty like a postcard, I think Sighisoara is also a “must – visit” destination. It’s a a town, not a big city, but it certainly has a special charm to it.

    July 27, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I think The Palace of The Parliament in Bucharest worth mentioning in this list too. It is the largest and heaviest administrative building on the planet, or maybe the second largest after the Pentagon.

    July 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Would love to visit Romania one day! It looks beautiful. I love that first photo! 🙂

    July 27, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Awww I’m so happy you wrote this article about my homecountry, Romania. I love the article and the pictures!
    P.S. Number 8, Palace of Culture is actually located in Iasi, not Bucharest 🙂

    July 27, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Nice article and I’m glad you liked my country. A little correction, the Palace of Culture is located in Iasi, not in Bucharest.