10 Must See Tourist Attractions in Romania

10 Must See Tourist Attractions in Romania

Located in Eastern Europe and part of the
former Iron Curtain, Romania does not draw in many tourists compared to many other nations
within the European Union. Nevertheless, in recent years their numbers
has been steadily rising to an annual total of 9.3 million international tourists. Given its geography and geopolitical past,
the country has a lot to offer in terms of both cultural heritage and diverse landscapes. It’s a blend of both the East and West,
in a mixture that can be found in everything from its architectural style to its cuisine
and local customs. Transylvania, the land of the mythical Dracula,
is also part of Romania, so you’re sure to be impressed. Here are 10 tourist attractions in Romania
you won’t want to miss. 10. Bucharest and the Palace of Parliament As an international tourist coming to Romania,
chances are that your first stop will be the country’s capital city, Bucharest. As the sixth largest city in the EU and over
555 years old, Bucharest has a lot to offer to the people who come and visit. However, Romania’s capital is not exactly
tourist-friendly. Not that it’s dangerous or anything, but
as far as public transportation and basic tourist information go, the city leaves a
lot of room for improvement. Nevertheless, what Bucharest lacks in convenience
it definitely makes up for in hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Romania developed its own distinct architecture
during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, known as the Brâncovenesc style, which it
then improved upon during the late 19th century. This architecture can be found all over the
city’s center, but can be better experienced in certain neighborhoods such as Cotroceni
or Dorobanti. And as far as nightlife is concerned, Old
Town is among the liveliest districts in the whole of the EU. One imposing feature that becomes immediately
apparent to anyone who’s visiting Bucharest for the first time is the Palace of Parliament. Commissioned by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu
during the country’s Communist Era, this building dominates the city’s landscape
for miles around. Over a fifth of the historic city was demolished
during the 1980s in order to make room for the grand boulevards and Soviet-style apartment
buildings. An entire neighborhood was also razed to the
ground in order to build the Palace of Parliament, which is the largest administrative building
in the world, and the heaviest structure ever built. With over 1,100 rooms, the Palace is a great
example of megalomania you can visit. 9. Peles Castle Commissioned by King Carol I of Romania in
1873 and finished ten years later, Peles Castle is considered by many to be among the most
beautiful in the whole of Europe. Built in a German new-Renaissance architecture
style, Peles is nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, in the picturesque town
of Sinaia – which is also a favored hiking and ski resort. The castle acted as a summer residence for
the royal family from the moment it was built, up until 1947. The interior, with its 160 rooms, is equally
as decorated as the outside – with each chamber maintaining its own décor and individual
theme. The Weapons Room holds over 4,000 pieces from
both Europe and Asia, while the castle’s movie theater is believed to be the first
venue where a movie projection took place in Romania. On the same grounds, a second castle was built
for King Carol’s successor, King Ferdinand. Known as Pelisor (Little Peles), this smaller
version is equally as striking as its larger counterpart, especially on the inside. The Golden Chamber, for instance, has its
walls and furniture covered in the precious metal. After the end of WWII and the rise of the
Communists to power, both castles were seized and the royal family was exiled from the country. Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu aimed at turning
Peles into a protocol residence, but thanks to the caretakers, that never happened. They reportedly told him that the castle had
a mold problem that could pose a serious health hazard to those living inside. In any case, Peles was closed to the public
from 1975 to 1990, after which it reopened as a museum. 8. The Danube Delta Located at the southeastern fringes of Romania,
where the Danube River meets the Black Sea, there’s Europe’s second largest marshland,
known as the Danube Delta. Second only to the Volga Delta in Russia,
this one has a total area of 1,994 square miles. It remains one of the most pristine locations
on the continent and an important pit stop for many migratory birds coming to and from
Africa and Europe. The Danube Delta is also home to the largest
colony of pelicans in the world, as well as 300 other species of birds and 45 species
of freshwater fish. Accessible only by boat, the delta’s marshlands
and many lagoons did not exist some 5,000 years ago. Back then, the area was nothing more than
a gulf in the Black Sea. But over the centuries, silt has been steadily
accumulating at the mouth of the Danube, slowly expanding the delta to its present form. Even to this day, the marshlands are growing
buy about 130 feet every year. But despite its ever-changing landscape, people
have been living here for many centuries. Still relying mostly on what the delta has
to offer, the locals haven’t changed their lifestyle that much. They are still building their homes with reeds
and you will still find them on their small wooden boats with a fish rod in hand. 7. The Old Wine Road Given its geographical location, Romania has
had a very long relationship with wine. Both archaeological and historical evidence
points to the fact that vineyards have been growing in the region for at least 2,700 years. Some historians even go as far as saying that
the Greek god of wine, Dionysus, and its Roman version, Bacchus, were based on a Thracian
and Dacian god, Sabazios. Even to this day, Romania is the 13th largest
producer of wine in the world and the sixth in the EU. Only a relatively small region within the
center of country isn’t suited for wine production because of its high altitude. Nevertheless, there are over 250 wine cellars
across the country which can be visited all year round. The best times to go, however, is between
April and October. The Old Wine Road follows the southern and
southeastern side of the Carpathian Mountains and passes by many vineyards, manors, monasteries,
wine museums, and other historical sites along the way. But this is by no means the only place to
have a great glass of wine, and wherever you may end up, wine tasting is a must for every
tourist (who enjoys the occasional adult beverage) visiting Romania. 6. The Mountainous Dacian Fortresses For a taste of Romania’s ancient past, the
best place to visit is high up in the mountains. Sarmizegetusa Regia was the capital of the
Dacian people who inhabited the area during the times of the Roman Empire. Built sometime during the 1st century BC,
this fortress, alongside five others in the area, acted as both the seat of the Dacian
Kingdom, as well as a unique defensive system that was used in the wars against the Romans. The main fortress is also the largest, being
separated into three areas: the stronghold itself, the civilian quarters, and a sacred
site. This sacred area was built on two terraces
and dedicated to the local deities. The Great Sanctuary has a circular structure,
somewhat similar to Stonehenge, and served as both a ritual site and an astronomical
calendar. Now, even though all six fortresses are nothing
more than ruins, each is unique in its own way, either for its function or hard-to-reach
location. Legend also has it that the last Dacian King
buried a huge treasure somewhere in those mountains. Prior to the Romans’ arrival, he had a river
temporarily diverted from its course, and hid the treasure beneath the riverbed. But before you decide to go and look for it,
the legend also talks of a curse. Anyone who goes searching for the hidden treasure
will be bitten by a venomous snake and die. 5. The Town of Sighisoara Right in the heart of Transylvania lays the
town of Sighisoara. Even though a settlement existed in the area
as early as Roman times, the town as we know it today was founded by the Transylvanian
Saxons during the 13th century. During the 14th and 15th centuries, Sighisoara’s
increasing economic strength ensured its survival throughout the centuries as one of the “seven
walled citadels of the Saxons.” And even though it was neither the richest
nor the biggest of the seven, Sighisoara has become the most popular in recent times. Today, the town is famous for its brightly
colored architecture, its cobbled alleyways, steep stairways, many defensive towers and
turrets, medieval churches, and the main citadel itself. Of the 14 original towers, only nine have
survived the test of time. Each of them was built and maintained by one
of the craft guilds in the city. Another fun fact about the place is that it’s
the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the infamous ruler of Wallachia and the inspiration for
Bram Stoker’s Dracula. His house, where he lived until the age of
six or seven, still exists and can be visited. 4. The Danube Gorges For its 1,780 mile-long course, nowhere is
the Danube River more impressive and awe-inspiring than when it passes through the Carpathian
Mountains. Forming the natural border between Romania
and Serbia, the gorges, also known as the Danube’s Cauldrons, sometimes give the impression
that the water is boiling. Now, even if this is not the case, this narrowing
of the mighty river does make navigation a bit difficult at times. Nevertheless, this is the biggest and oldest
river canyon in Europe. Besides taking a boat cruise on the Danube,
you can climb the surrounding mountains and enjoy the spectacular views. You can also explore the many caves found
here, which were used dating back to ancient times, either as safe havens or as ambush
spots against boats going up and down the river. And as proof that this place is drenched in
history, there is an ancient memorial plaque on the Serbian bank, commissioned by the Roman
Emperor Trajan to commemorate the building of a bridge used by the Roman Legions to invade
Dacia. On the Romanian bank, however, there’s a
180-foot-tall stone face carved straight into the cliff, depicting the last Dacian King. This is the largest such stone statue in Europe. 3. The Monasteries of Bucovina The northeastern region of Romania prides
itself with its many monasteries. Built during the 15th and 16th centuries,
these medieval churches are unique in Europe and famous for their exterior murals. Built by combining both a Gothic and a Byzantine
architectural style, and mixed in with their own unique elements, these monasteries are
enduring pieces of cultural heritage for the world to see. Commissioned by Prince Stephen the Great and
his successor Petru Rares, each of the 40 monasteries and churches are said to have
been built after various victories in battle, fighting the Tatar raiders from the east. Most of them have also acted as fortifications
against these marauders, safeguarding both people and ancient manuscripts alike. Eight of them are also included in the UNESCO
World Heritage Site list. Besides their architecture, these monasteries
also stand out for their unique coloring dyes used for painting the murals. The original recipes have since been lost,
and even with today’s technology, they are impossible to reproduce. Nevertheless, according to chemical analysis,
trace amounts of traditional Romanian plum brandy was found in both the plastering and
the colors themselves. 2. Turda Gorge and Salt Mine Back during the time of the dinosaurs, much
of what is present-day Romania was part of the ancient seabed. Because of this, certain regions are rich
is salt deposits, such as is central Transylvania. This is where you can find the Turda Gorge
and salt mine. The outside gorges offer a spectacular view
of narrow vertical cliffs, waterfalls, caves, lush forests, sunbathed meadows, and picturesque
villages. Over 1,000 plant and animals species call
this place home, and many of them are endangered. The entire area is a favored hiking destination,
with over 250 climbing tracks of varying difficulty. The underground is equally as striking as
the surface. The salt deposits have been under continuous
exploitation, ever since the time of the Romans. Today they are open to the public, offering
its visitors incredible views of the depths. The towering galleries, somewhat reminiscent
of the descriptions found in Tolkien’s books, are now lit by a mesmerizing lights display. Inside you’ll find various activities to
delight yourself with, like mini-golf, tennis, bowling, football, or pool. There’s also a large Ferris wheel that takes
visitors close to the roof of the mine, so as to see the many stalactites from up close. One of the many galleries also has a huge
underground lake, on which you can take a quiet boat ride. 1. Dracula’s Castle Bran Castle owes its notoriety in large part
to the myth created around Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Perched on a 200-foot-tall rock, the caste
was built by the Transylvanian Saxons during the 15th century, on the site of a former
Teutonic Order stronghold from the 1100s. And even though Stoker never visited Transylvania,
he envisioned Dracula’s Castle based on British descriptions of this particular fortress. So, as far as blood-sucking vampires are concerned,
this castle is the place to visit. And interestingly enough, there’s also a
connection between the caste and the infamous Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia. Bran Castle sits right at the entrance of
a mountainous pass that connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia. Back in medieval times, the castle acted as
a customs house, heavily taxing Romanians who wanted to do business with the then Saxon
town of Brasov. This made the relationship between Vlad the
Impaler and the lords of Bran, strenuous at best. Whether the Wallachian prince ever captured
the castle is unknown, but he was imprisoned there for two months, after he was himself
captured by the Hungarian King in 1462. Those who will go and visit this mythical
castle should also think about exploring the other medieval towns and fortresses in the
region, including the city of Brasov. The pass that sits at the base of Bran Castle
should also not be ignored. A series of caves exist here that were regularly
used by both outlaws and prehistoric animals, like the now-extinct cave bears. The nearby village of Pestera (Cave) offers
some truly amazing views of both the imposing Carpathian Mountains and of how people used
to live during a time when “vampires” still roamed those lands.

79 thoughts on “10 Must See Tourist Attractions in Romania

  1. Yes,Romania îs beautiful,her history,her arhitecture,churches,castles,palaces,these beauties makes our country truly famous,thank you for this video

  2. Excluding Transylvania from this vid.
    It’ll belong to Hungary again like the past 1000 years.
    Ria Ria Hungaria

  3. Bună dimineața. I love Romania. I had the good fortune to visit about 7 years ago and I'd like to visit again. Sighisoara is beautiful, I feel I could live there happily.

  4. The amount of quality content Simon and team upload makes me think they are clones or Android's with AI that was not developed on Earth. ?⚡??

  5. The disappearing wallet is the best attraction in Romania, you watch a street show and once the shows over your wallets gone

  6. Eastern Europe is over by the Urals, with the Volga, the Don, and all that.
    Presently in Sarajevo, BIH, Central Europe! Only venomous snake there is not terribly toxic.
    Thanks for the trave guide for April! Braşov…

  7. There is also Hatzeg "Island"….
    Where paleontologists discover numerous dinosaur fossils dating the Maastrichtian Cretaceous period(68-65 million years ago)

  8. Hey guys great video, but me beening from Sighisoara i have to say that "that's it? That was all you had to say about one of the few citadels were people still live in?"

  9. Thank you Simon!! You should look into the “Merry Cemetery” in Maramures. Our Transylvanian views on death are quite original.

  10. Thank you so much for the video! I am so happy you made it!!! It is so nice done!Very detailed and without any cliche! Thank you! 🙂

  11. Havent watched your vids for a few weeks and probably not going to watch this one. Are you a travel agent all of a sudden? How about top ten reasons to visit salisbury UK?

  12. I didn’t think this would be worth the watch but it was rather interesting and as always, very well done.

    Thanks for the great video guys!!

  13. I spent over 4 week's in Romania just a few months ago. Absolutely loved it! I'd go back for another visit to see what I missed anytime. By the way. Dracula's castle is massive in person and shouldn't be missed. Definitely an interesting attraction worth visiting.

  14. Another note to tourists: NEVER confuse Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany with Bran Castle in Romania.

  15. As a Romanian I strongly recommend going to se Rasnov Citadel. Very close to Brasov it has been steadily growing in popularity over the years.

  16. Thanks again Top Tenz for another great video, but you forgot to mention all the attractive single women there in Romania. Too many people think of the vampire stories to get to know the people of this nation.

  17. Thank you for making this video, so happy that at least Romania is promoted by foreigners, because our tourism authorities are really bad at it :)))

  18. What an imbecile stereotypical & boring video.

    "A lot to offer", you say it like Romania is not the most diverse and most complicated country of Europe. In fact it is, even has not visibility for this.

    "Mythical land of Dracula" – dracula is an English novel, has no connection with realities of Romania

    Peleș Castle, together with Neuschwanstein, are the kitchiest buildings in Europe, according to Abraham Moles, main theoretician about failed art.

    "Second largest delta in Europe" – another dumb clichee, Volga is not in Europe and in no way can be compared the natural and cultural richness of Lower Danube (Danube in Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria) with Volga. Lower Danube is the craddle of Europe's oldest civilisation – Lepenski Vir – that had a city several millenia before the oldest cities in Greece.

    Danube Delta is the region of Europe with richest wildlife, the only part of the continent that can be compared with biologically -rich regions from the exotic continents.

  19. Note to myself, 1 buy metal detector 2 research poisonous Romanian river snakes, 3 buy antivenom.

  20. Great video! Tnx for promoting our amazing country and we apologize in advance for the tourists that come and visit for the lack of infrastructure, stupid gipsys and sometimes poor servicies. But with a lot of patience you can have a great, somehow wild experience!

  21. Simon. Who edited this? There were places where it sounds like the voice track was speed up, badly. Now, the overall program was terrific with great information. Just wanted to let someone know that these issues are being seen lol!

    Please, keep up he great work!

  22. I'm sure someone has pointed this out, but the castle you initially picture as Dracula's, is actually Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

  23. Also,the first gymnast who got 10,I mean Nadia Elena Comaneci,Was born in Romania.And I really enjoyed watching about Romania's history that its such a beauty!!

    Great job

  24. It was because of this video that I went to Romania for a month holiday. Though for me I thought Poenari castle closer to Dracula's castle in both atmosphere and architecture.

  25. I always wanted to visit this nation, along with the UK. This area has always been invasion central, and the common people always suffer. Neat culture though. I would so visit the churches! I love holy places. I would love to learn more about vampires and werewolves, as I study them. I want to visit Belgrade too. I would so love to research and try to reproduce those paints. Maybe I could bring them back for humanity….

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