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Romania Travel Blog: 39 Of The Best Things To Do In Romania
With some of the hottest spots in Europe becoming, well… a bit too hot for the taste of many, countries in Eastern Europe have started getting some of the tourist attention they are due.
So, while you may have the option of queueing up for 30-40 minutes in front of the Mona Lisa to get a picture of the picture or take the same photo of the leaning tower of Pisa with you trying to prevent an international catastrophe, there are some off the beaten paths interesting to the well-versed traveler.
Take Romania for example. While it is not a hugely touristy place, it sure has A LOT to offer any visitor. So, let’s go through the best things to do in Romania
Let’s start by saying that Romania is a huge country. You can visit the seaside, the countryside and the beautiful mountains, all while getting a taste of Romanian culture.
Best Things To Do In Bucharest
1. A Spa Day At Therme
Therme is one of the most amazing modern attractions in Bucharest. So, if you are still feeling jet-lagged, this is the best place to relax and unwind. This is a wellness center with saunas, pools, and other enjoyable recreational activities, situated only 10 minutes outside of Bucharest.
2. See The Palace Of Parliament
This is the second largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon. There is a lot of drama around it as Ceausescu had many old historical buildings in the center of Bucharest demolished to build it. What is more, there are some horror stories about dissidents having been convicted of working to their deaths for the construction of this place. But we will leave it to the guides to explain this to you.
3. Plan Half A Day At The “Village Museum”
But don’t pick a rainy or a cold day for this one as it is an open-air museum. Here, you will have the chance to see traditional houses from all over the country, grouped in regions. And you will see some significant differences between their constructions. This is only to give you a taste of what to expect when you will visit the rest of the country. And speaking of taste, there is a restaurant there, in the center of the museum, you will need to try out.
4. Spend The Night Clubbing In Bucharest’s Old Town
Practically every building in Bucharest’s Old Town has a restaurant, bistro, bar or club you can spend a few lovely hours in. You can choose one spot and stay for the night or go bar hopping. The place will be packed with locals and tourists having a good time.
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5. Water Rafting On Buzau River (Buzau County)
Rafting is always a blast and this is no different. Hop into your raft, which is under the direction of your Raft skipper and make your way down the Buzau river and get drenched by the river rapids.
6. Mud Volcanoes (Buzau County)
Make sure to bring along a change of clothes for when you are done.
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7. Constanta Casino
Right between the Constanta (Dobrogea county) Port Authority and the Tourist Port, there is the Constanta quai, a beautiful promenade where you can see the beautiful old Constanta Casino. The pictures of this place with the battling waves behind it will be worth the trip.
8. Constanta Aquarium
The Aquarium faces the Casino on the Constanta Quai.
9. Dinner By The Yachts In The Constanta Tourist Harbor
Make sure to call ahead and book a table at one of the restaurants overlooking the tourist harbor. It is charming and usually pretty full.
10. Constanta Old Town
If you do not have reservations for lunch or dinner, you can try any of the restaurants in the Constanta Old Town. It is close to the Quai, right above it. As you make your way up from the Quai to the main square, you will notice a street with a Mosque built right next to a big Orthodox Church, as well as the ruins of the old Roman city of Constanta – Tomis. There are several small streets radiating from Ovidiu Square in the center, and since you are there, you can also visit the Archeology Museum.
11. Sun Bathing On Mamaia Beach (Constanta County)
This is one of the most happening locations on the Romanian seashore. It is packed with clubs, restaurants, and many beaches. If you travel up North along the sea line, you will get to Vama Veche, the funkiest seaside destination you can imagine.
12. Take A Boat And See The Danube Delta (Tulcea County)
Also in the Dobrogea area but in Tulcea county, you will find your way to the Danube Delta. This place is unique with its species of birds, incredible history, and extraordinary cuisine. Choose any of the Delta villages with accommodations and get a local to take you down the canals for a tour.
13. Relax At Gura Portitei (Tulcea County)
This is a secluded resort on a patch of land situated between the Golovita lake and the Black Sea. The location is unique, the accommodation is lovely, and reservations must be made in due time. A perfect place for rest and relaxation.
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14. Sinaia Casino (Prahova County)
A testament to the amazing heritage left by the Royal Family in Romania, the Sinaia Casino was designed by architects who had worked on some of the most prestigious casinos in Monaco. The tour will amaze you with some of the stories.
15. Peles Castle (Sinaia – Prahova County)
Peles Castle is a must. Once home to the Royal Family, it was equipped with all the comfort and innovation of the time. Dive deep into the history of the place, and you will even get a ghost story or two.
16. Cantacuzino Castle (Busteni – Prahova County)
From any of the balconies of the Cantacuzino Castle, you can see the Bucegi mountains in all their glory. And it is a sight you will not regret. Take the tour, find out the story and take in the beauty of the place as you take lunch on the terrace. If you are lucky, you might even catch a classical music concert in the evening.
17. The Sphinx And The Old Women (Sinaia/Busteni – Prahova County)
These are rock formations situated on a platform 2206 meters high. You can get there by hiking as there are several scenic routes you can take, or you can simply take the cable car.
18. Brasov City Center (Brasov County)
This is one of the most popular destinations among tourists. With Medieval, Gothic and Belle Epoque constructions, Brasov is beautiful, impressive and welcoming.
19. Dino Parc (Brasov County)
This is a theme park designed for children and adults alike. Built in a forest, you follow the evolution of dinosaurs throughout the various ages. There are models of dinosaurs, constructed according to the latest discoveries. Take that, Jurassic park!
20. Poenari Castle (Brasov County)
To get to this castle, you need to be fit. You will have to go up some 1480 stairs, then travel through the woods. A guide will reward you with the story of the castle once you get there.
21. Horseback Riding In Sambata De Jos (Brasov County)
Giddy – up!
22. Skiing In Poiana Brasov (Brasov County)
If you happen to be visiting in winter.
23. Sibiu City Center (Sibiu County)
No, this place is not in Austria, although it looks like it. And it has one of the best Christmas markets in The Balkans as well!
24. Astra Museum (Sibiu County)
This is one of the largest Ethnographic museums. It is an open-space location, so pick the day of visiting wisely.
25. Transfagarasan (Sibiu County)
A spectacular winding road cutting through the heart of Transylvania. Literally the land between the forests. Start from the picturesque villages of Sibiu and end up at Balea Lake, a glacier lake situated at 2040 meters altitude.
26. Getting A Taste Of Medieval Life In Sighisoara (Mures County)
This is one of the oldest inhabited medieval fortresses. You can spend the night in the fortress as well.
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27. Transalpina (Gorj County)
This is the highest and most dangerous road in Romania. It is also the most beautiful. Drivers must be careful on a dry, summer day. Therefore, the road is pretty dangerous in the dark or in rainy weather. Check ahead as the road closes in the cold season.
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28. Danube Cauldrons (Caras-Severin County)
As breathtaking as the Delta but completely different, the Danube Cauldrons represent the river’s entry point into the country. This is a place you will not regret visiting. Boat trips are mandatory.
29. Bigar Waterfall (Caras-Severin County)
This waterfall looks like something out of a fairytale. You might expect some magical creature to pop out at any moment. It is a natural monument which you can visit for free.
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30. Visiting The Secluded Monasteries (Neamt County)
Moldova is the spiritual center of Romania. They have here the highest number of monasteries and churches. Some of them are very old and served as fortresses. Others are high in the mountains, yet they are impressive constructions.
31. Hiking At The Bicaz Gorges (Neamt County)
A remarkable scenery will open up in front of you as you go hiking around the Bicaz Gorges. Keep in mind that the Ceahlau mountains are wilder and less accessible than some of the other mountains in the country.
32. Visiting The Suceava Fortress (Suceava County)
The fortress was rebuilt for visitors to get a clear image of how the place was supposed to look. Even so, there is a clear line between the ruins and the new construction, so you always know when you lay your hand on rocks which have been there for centuries.
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33. Sapanta Merry Cemetery (Maramures County)
This is a place where everybody has to write a funny epitaph for their tombstones. You will see poems and funny drawings, and you will get a sense of a different relationship with death.
34. See The Wooden Churches Of Maramures (Maramures County)
These unique constructions you will appreciate from up close.
35. See The Wooden Gates Of People In Maramures (Maramures County)
The county in itself is like a huge ethnographic museum. Every wooden gate is unique, and it represents the social status of the owner of the house.
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36. Turda Salt Mine
It says salt mine, but this place is entirely unexpected. A whole world underground, looking like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. Business Insider put it in a top of ‘coolest underground places.’ Well worth the visit!
37. Cluj City (Cluj Napoca County)
This is the second largest city in Romania. Well-developed and with a Western-like vibe, it is a place many tourists will love to discover. It has a lot of museums, archaeological sites, and touristic routes, excellent accommodations, and leisure facilities.
38. Scarisoara Cave (Alba Iulia County)
Here you can visit the biggest underground glacier in Romania and the second-biggest one in South-Eastern Europe.
39. Corvin Castle
Some say this is one of the most haunted places in the country and on this side of the world. And if you stop and read the cards on the walls, you will find out that there are hardly any rooms in this castle where nobody has died. All in all, it is a fascinating visit. Just stick with big crowds and do not go after dark.
If you are traveling in the cold season, make sure to check ahead and see whether some of the outdoor attractions are accessible.
These are just some of the things to do in Romania, let us know what else we should add.
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