Do you know anything about Romania other than Dracula and loaded cabbage leaves? That’s fine! We’ll show you 10 special places to visit in Romania and convince you that this beautiful country should be at the top of your bucket list! This hilly country has a lot to adore, with a storybook scenery, walled cathedrals, and painted monasteries.
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The Danube Delta
Whether you’ve made it to the Danube Delta or not, the sight of pelicans going about their lives undisturbed and water lilies floating proudly on the expanse of water is sure to indulge your imagination.
A walk of a few hours in the cradle of values on the arms of the Danube is precisely the painting of water touching the desert sand of a city soul, too often exhausted by the spiritual privations imposed on a suffocating city. If you think that the 5-hour route on the canals of the great river is too much, we promise that at the end of it you will have wished that the vacation was over. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wondering how that wild universe and office buildings can appear in the same world.
And if, upon returning from the lakeside walk, you will be intoxicated with dishes specific to Lipovinese cuisine, or if some fish freshly picked from the Danube and cooked on a bed of vegetables will appear under your nose, don’t resist. The way of cooking of Lipovans is as unique and authentic as the place where they were born.
Cailor Waterfall, Rodna Mountains
Cailor Waterfall is one of the most beautiful in Romania, visited every year by thousands of tourists. It is at an altitude of 1300 m and the water fall is 90 meters.
Cailor waterfall is located near the Borșa tourist resort, in the North-Eastern part of the Rodna Mountains. The water collected in a glacial cirque drains over a limestone cliff called “Podul Cailor”, in several steps, resulting in the largest waterfall in Romania. The best time to visit the waterfall is in spring, as the flow of water increases and its fall becomes spectacular.
The impressive curves of the Transfăgărășean, the ideal of any driver, took the news of this winding road far from the Romanian borders.
Perhaps because of his courage to fearlessly face the high mountains of Făgăraș and unite Muntenia with Transylvania. It is a wild road, despite the conquest by man, where the steep mountain form blends harmoniously with the road, and the valley offers landscapes to remain in the soul. The mountain runs downhill, but you can calmly stop by the side of the road to admire the fullness. And the sweet mountain air.
Sibiu has expanded from its 12-century beginnings, and fortunately, its beauty and attraction have risen as well. The medieval center of the city contains wide squares, stone wall fortifications, towers, and centuries-old houses and churches.
Staircases divide the Lower Town from the Upper Town, and traditionally, the wealthy Saxons resided in the city center, while the peasants lived down the steps in modest, colorful cottages in Sibiu old town.
Salina Turda, Cluj County
30 kilometers from Cluj and a few hundred meters underground, Turda Salina appears to the tourist eye as an underground world, cold at only 10 degrees Celsius, where nature and man have worked side by side, diligently, to put at your disposal a small town of salt.
The place where this natural deposit has been mined since the time of the Romans is, nowadays, not only a spa health oasis, but also a light and elegant mini-recreation center with a sports field, an amphitheater, a children’s playground, a museum natural, natural lake that allows you to go boating and others. And for your holiday to have its dose of frivolous indulgence of the senses. recently, salina opened its own accommodation unit equipped with a SPA center.
Peleș Castle, Prahova County
Of all the royal castles and palaces, Peles is certainly the most beautiful. Peleș Castle was the first residence built by King Carol I, the first of the Romanian kings who, together with his wife, Queen Elisabeta.
The castle is surrounded by splendid gardens, the work of several landscape architects, each of them leaving their mark in the design of the parks and gardens of Peleș. In the center of the architectural ensemble is a fountain made by Pietro Axerio in 1894 from Florentine marble. Next to the fountain are two bronze dogs, made in Stuttgart by the sculptor Paul Stotz.
Mocănița, Maramureș County
From Monday to Saturday, from May to October, for 84 years, the Mocănița locomotive runs the same 21.6 kilometers between Vișeu and Paltin to transport wood and delight tourists.
In 1932, the logging of the Vaser Valley forests, which at that time belonged to the Austrian state, began in Vişeu de Sus, mainly in the 18th century. Those who started the exploitation of the virgin forests in this area were the settlers of German origin, who transported the wood to the sawmills located in Vişeu de Sus with the help of the rafters.
Work in the hard-to-reach forests of the Carpathians, as well as the operation of transporting wood, were quite difficult and at the same time presented a rather high risk. In 1932, work began on a forest railway, an important technological step in comparison with planking.