The name “Romania” comes from the Latin word “Romanus” which means “citizen of the Roman Empire.” Romania is an unseen gem, located in southeastern Europe. Full of history and culture, the country’s capital, Bucharest, is even called “Little Paris.” Curious about the most attractive places in Romania? Here are 10 most fascinating places Romania.
This trivial, medieval town in Transylvania has a UNESCO-protected historic center and delightful streets lined with colorful houses. But beware: It’s also the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, and is considered one of the world’s most haunted cities.
In the list of the most attractive places in Romania, Bucharest’s Palace is on top. Bucharest’s vast Palace of the Parliament, started during the final years of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s rule and not finished until 1997 (seven years after his death), is 240 metres long, 270 metres wide, 86 metres high (12 storeys), and cost a staggering €3 billion (£2.5bn) to build.
The Danube Delta
The Danube Delta is one of the largest and best-preserved deltas in all of Europe, with 23 ecosystems that are home to an enormous number of plants and wildlife. Located in Tulcea County in the Dobrogea region, the delta is a winding network of waterways that originate from the Black Sea. In total, the delta is 5,165 square kilometers, and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Search for some of the 300 species of birds that visit the delta or fish in the lakes and swamplands to find some of the 45 species of fresh-water fish. Visit during the springtime to avoid the mosquitoes, and don’t miss a remarkable sunset over the river.
Home to the country’s largest university, Cluj-Napoca is considered the unofficial capital of the historical region of Transylvania. The city, which pre-dates the Roman colonization, is one of Romania’s arts and cultural centers. Home to a huge Hungarian population, Cluj-Napoca features a statue honoring one Hungarian king. Built in the 14th century, the Gothic St. Michael’s Church has the highest church tower in the country. The National Museum of Art, housed in a former palace, has a large collection of work by Romanian artists.
Biertan is another incredible place where you can see the Saxon influence in its architecture. Be sure to visit the church on top of the hill. You can see it from the village square, and the whole village itself has been around since 1238.
Lacul Roșu (Red Lake)
In the list of the most attractive places in Romania, Lacul Roșu is of much importance. Located in the Eastern Carpathians, Lacul Roșu doesn’t exactly look reddish in color, but you’ll be too busy flattering the stunning mountain views and evergreen trees reflecting in the waters to care about semantics.
Located in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, this national landmark is also branded as “Dracula’s Castle”, due to its similarity to the fortress described in Bram Stoker’s novel.
The Sphinx and Babele
Located in the Bucegi Mountains, the Sphinx and Babele are two regularly visited natural rock formations. Shaped by wind and rain, the formations are located about a 10-minute walk from one another at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. The Sphinx was discovered around 1900. However, it acquired its name, which refers to the Great Sphinx of Giza, in 1936 when it was first known as a lookalike from a certain angle. Babele, which decodes to ‘the old woman’, is the name for the mushroom-shaped formations. The Sphinx and Babele can be reached by cable car from Busteni, by car, or by foot.
Maramures is the region to visit if you want to see more traditional Romanian villages. You will find lovely wooden churches, endless forests, and many traditional arts (especially carvings). Save your money to buy souvenirs here.
With extra-long S-shaped curves weaving through the southern Carpathians, it’s no wonder the Transfăgărășan is regarded as one of the most thrilling highways in the world.
You May Also Like: