100 reasons why you should visit Romania – Part I

On 1 December 2018, Romania will celebrate its centennial anniversary. To mark this moment on my travel blog, I am publishing a two-part article containing 100 reasons why you should visit Romania, my home country. 

Though everyday life here can sometimes seem tedious to me, I recognize and appreciate the fact that I was in born in a country with so many natural beauties. And, despite recent-history events from the political sphere, I still believe that my home country is a place you (or anyone!) should come to. So here are the first 50 reasons why I believe you should visit Romania.

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White bird on lilly pads in the Danube Delta
The Danube Delta

1. The Danube Delta

To the South-East of Romania, at the border with Ukraine and, for a very brief length, the Republic of Moldova, the Danube finishes its journey into the Black Sea. The river forms a delta when splitting into three arms: Chilia, Sulina and Saint George (Sfântu Gheorghe). On the little ground left in-between, humans live a simple life, depending on fishing and tourism to make a living. There is much to see in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, from beautiful carpets of waterlilies and luxurious vegetation, to colonies of migratory birds and various fish. The Danube Delta is not only the home of over 360 bird species and more than 45 fish species, but also that of the wild horses in the Letea Forest.

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2. Măcin Mountains National Park

Not far from the Danube Delta, in the Dobrogea region of Romania, you can visit the Măcin Mountains National Park (Parcul Național Munții Măcinului). This is the home of over 1,770 plant species (out of which 72 are rare or vulnerable, and 27 can only be found here), 181 bird species (our of which 37 are endangered), and more than 900 butterfly species.

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Village in the Carpathian Mountains, Romania
Village in the Carpathian Mountains

3. The Carpathian Mountains

Moving away from the vicinity of the Black Sea and towards the center of Romania, we reach the Carpathian Mountains, surrounding Transylvania. The arch they form across Romania, but also the neighboring countries, is 1,500 km long, making them the second-longest mountain range in Europe.

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Pine tree forest

4. The Virgin Forests of Romania

In Romania, you will find the second-largest surface of virgin forests in Europe. Over half of these forests are to be found in the Carpathian mountains. There are many NGOs fighting to protect our forests from illegal and/or mass tree cuttings, but there is a long way to go until this unique natural resource can be considered safe.

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Bucura Lake, in the Retezat National Park
Bucura Lake, in the Retezat National Park

5. Retezat National Park

The Retezat National Park (Parcul Național Retezat), in the Carpathians, is the home of 1190 plant species, a third of the ones one can find in Romania. This includes rare and endangered plant species, but also 90 plant species which exist only here. The Retezat National Park is also the home of 185 bird species, and of large carnivores  (bears, wolves, lynxes) and herbivores (chamois, deer, boars).

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Transfăgărășan, one of the most beautiful roads of Romania

6. Transfăgărășan

The Transfăgărășan is mentioned in travel articles as one of the most scenic routes in the world. The road, which climbs to 2,042 meters, is also on the bucket list of many car enthusiasts after watching Top Gear’s episode about Romania.

Under Ceaușescu, it only took the workers from 1970 to 1974 years to cut a pass through the mountains. It was a strategic move, to ensure quick military access across the mountains in the event of a Soviet invasion. However, the building of the Transfăgărășan came at the cost of the lives of many of its workers. Official sources mention only 40 dead soldiers, but the unofficial ones put the number into the hundreds.

The Transfăgărășan, despite its dark beginnings, is now a splendid route attracting lots of tourists. Many of them come with their bike, to enjoy the speedy and thrilling descent towards Sibiu.

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7. Curtea de Argeș

Before passing the Carpathians through Transfăgărășan, one should also make a stop at Curtea de Argeș, the former capital of Wallachia, uniting the lands south of the Carpathians. 

Curtea de Argeș, birth place of the legend of Manole
Curtea de Argeș Monastery

A beautiful place to visit here is the Orthodox Cathedral Curtea de Argeș (Mănăstirea Curtea de Argeș), built in a Byzantine architectural style in the beginning of the 16th century. There is also a legend about the raising of the monastery. Very briefly, the legend says that every time Manole, the builder, tried to raise the monastery ordered by Radu Vodă, the ruler, the construction would collapse. Radu Vodă threatens Manole and his men with their deaths if they fail to raise the monastery. 
Short of ideas, Manole suggests the ancient custom of placing a living woman within the walls to make the building stand. They decide that the first wife bringing food would be the one to be sacrificed. Fate has it that this is Ana, Manole’s wife.

When you visit Curtea de Argeș, you can ask the guide to show you where it is said that Ana’s body rests within the walls. 

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8. The Stone Ravens Monastery

In the Argeș County, there is also the Stone Ravens Monastery (Mănăstirea Corbii de Piatră). The church and other parts of the monastery complex are built into the stone. It first appeared in historical documents in 1512, but it is believed that it had existed long before that.

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Bâlea Lake, in the Făgăraș Mountains
Bâlea Lake

9. Bâlea Lake

At the other end of the Transfăgărășan, in the heart of the Făgărași Mountains, there is a place where you can sometimes find some snow even in the middle of summer. That is on the shores of Bâlea Lake, a lake of glacier origins at 2,034 meters above sea level.

During the winter months, you can enjoy a special holiday, staying at the Bâlea Lake Ice Hotel. One has been built out of ice blocks every winter, starting with 2006.

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Transalpina, a beautiful road through the mountains of Romania

10. Transalpina

Despite Transfăgărășan being the most famous mountain road of Romania for tourists, it is not the highest one we have. And some say there is another even more beautiful: the Transalpina, once known as the Devil’s Path.

Though built long before the Transfăgărășan, its precise beginnings are unclear, with some sources mentioning it as a Roman strategic corridor.

Transalpina reaches its maximum height of 2,145 meters in Urdele Pass, in the Parâng Mountains.

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Sarmizegetusa or Sarmisegetusa, capital of Dacia

11. Sarmizegetusa

Since we spoke about the Romans, it is only fair to mention the Dacians, as well. Sarmizegetusa (or Sarmisegetusa) was the capital of Dacia, before their wars with the Roman Empire. The fortress had six citadels and it was the most important military, religious and political centre of Dacia.

About 40 kilometers away from Sarmizegetusa, there is also Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, the capital built by Emperor Trajan. Both sites are only ruins nowadays.

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12. Moldoveanu and Negoiu Peaks

Moldoveanu is the highest peak in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains. It is part of the Făgăraș Mountains and it has a height of 2,544 meters. In the same mountains, you can also climb to Negoiu Peak, which reaches the height of 2,535 meters.

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Heroes's Cross on Caraiman Peak, in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania
The Heroes’ Cross on Caraiman Peak

13. The Caraiman Cross

Not far from the Făgăraș Mountains, there are the Bucegi Mountains. Though of a lower altitude, they also have a lot of wonderful sights to offer. One of them is the Heroes’ Cross on the Caraiman Peak, raised between 1926 and 1928, in the memory of the railway heroes who died during World War I. The monument is 36 meters tall and located at an altitude of 2,291 meters.

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The Sphinx, a natural rock formation in the Bucegi Mountains of Romania
The Sphinx

14. Natural rock formations in Bucegi

On your way to see the Cross on Caraiman Peak, you can climb or take a cable car to see the Sphinx and Babele. These rock formations appeared following the constant erosion of the rocks by the powerful winds.

The Babele (Old Ladies) rock formation is associated to the Romanian legend of Baba Dochia (The Old Dochia). 

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15. Poiana Stânii

Poiana Stânii or Stâna Regală (translated to the Royal Sheep-yard), is a place located at an altitude of 1,285 meters, offering a wonderful view over the houses of Bușteni, Poiana Țapului, and Sinaia. The climb through the forest is wonderful, and, once you reach the top, you can also visit the Franz Joseph Rocks, Bogdan’s Cave and the monastery and rocks of Saint Ana. All of these are in the close vicinity of the meadow.

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16. Cantacuzino Castle

If you visit Bușteni, you should also climb to the Cantacuzino Castle. Built in 1911 in a Neo-Romanan style for Prince George rigore Cantacuzino, it is now a museum, housing interesting exhibitions. 

It is also nice to visit simply to have a coffee on its terrace, while admiring a beautiful view over the Bucegi Mountains.

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Peleș Castle, in Sinaia, Romania
Peleș Castle, in Sinaia

17. Peleș and Pelișor Castles

If you wish to learn more about royalty in Romania, you should visit Sinaia, known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Here, you can discover two wonderful castels — Peleș and Pelișor, known together as the Peleș National Museum.

The Peleș Castle was built between 1873 and 1914 by Carol I, Romania’s first king, to serve as his summer residence. The Pelișor Castle was also built by him between 1889 and 1902, as a gift to the princes heir to the throne. The latter’s interior was done according to the taste of Queen Mary.

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18. Seven Ladders Canyon

Seven Ladders Canyon - Canionul Sapte Scari
Seven Ladders Canyon / Canionul Șapte Scări

Close to the Bucegi Mountains, in Piatra Mare (Big Rock), there is a spectacular canyon carved in Jurassic limestone by a small river. On your visit to the Seven Ladders Canyon (Canionul Șapte Scări), you will climb on metal ladders and platforms, next to the seven waterfalls inside the canyon.

When visiting the Seven Ladders Canyon, you can also go on the longest zip-line in the country. It has a length of  2.1 kilometers and 23 routes for adults and children. The longest route is 273 meters.

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Saint Anne Lake - Lacul Sfânta Ana
Saint Anne Lake / Lacul Sfânta Ana

19. Saint Anne Lake

The Saint Anne Lake (Lacul Sfânta Ana), in the Mohoș Nature Reserve, was formed in the crater of the Ciomatu Mare volcano. It is the only volcanic lake in Romania.

Only 6.4 meters deep and with a surface of 220,000 square meters, it is supplied only by precipitations. In the past, people could swim in it, but this activity is forbidden to the public as of April 2018.

Saint Anne Lake is also a place often visited by brown bears, I have several friends with stories about bear sightings here.

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Brown bear from the Carpathian Mountains
Brown Bear

20. Bear Sanctuary at Zărnești

If you really wish to see brown bears on your visit through the Carpathians, but would rather do it in safety, I suggest you stop for a visit at the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zărnești. Over 70 bears live in the sanctuary today.

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European bison or Zimbru
European Bison / Zimbru

21. Bisons in Romania

The European bison (Zimbru) is a rare sight in Romania, and can easily be seen in reservations or in zoos in our country. Under 100 bisons have been released into the wild, after the species was re-introduced into Romania.

We currently have bison reservations in four counties: Neamț, Buzău, Dâmbovița, and Hunedoara.

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22. The Red Lake

Another unique lake for Romania is the Red Lake (Lacul Roșu), a natural damn lake formed in 1838, due to a landslide cause by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake. 

Its name comes from the Red River, whose waters were red due to the layers of iron oxides and hydroxides it passed through. However, in German, the Red Lake is called the Killer Lake (Mördersee). There is a legend saying that the landslide covered an entire village and the waters of the lake turned red from all the blood of the people who lived there before.

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23. The Bicaz Gorge

The Red Lake is within the Bicaz Gorge (Cheile Bicazului). Dug by the waters of the Bicaz River, this is now a passageway connecting the regions of Moldova and Transylvania. It is also popular destination for rock climbing.

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24. Bezidu Nou

The Bezidu Nou Lake was formed after an artificial damn was built as a measure against the floods of the Cușmed River. This, however, meant sacrificing an entire village, Bezidu Nou. If you liked the sight of the Red Lake, you should probably also visit the sunken village of Bezidu Nou

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Tihuța Pass or Bârgău Pass - Pasul Tihuța or Pasul Bârgău
Tihuța Pass (Pasul Tihuța)

25. Tihuța Mountain Pass

Further up North from the Bicaz Gorge, there is Tihuța Pass (or Bârgău Pass). Located at 1201 metres, it also connects the regions of Moldova (Vatra Dornei) and Transylvania (Bistrița).

The pass was made famous by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, where it was mentioned as the Borgo Pass. The place, however, doesn’t look as it belongs in a book of horrors, but rather in a fairy tale.

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Bran Castle or Draculațs Castle in Romania
Bran Castle

26. Bran Castle

Since I mentioned Dracula, a place that is always advertised as Dracula’s Castle is Bran Castle. While Dracula was inspired by Vlad the Impaler, is appears that the ruler never actually lived or visited the place. For a time, however, it was thought that this is the place where he was imprisoned by the Hungarians in 

Forgetting about Dracula for a bit, the 1388 castle is still worth a visit. Until you get to see the real thing, you can go on a virtual tour of Bran Castle

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Moieciu in the Rucăr-Bran Pass, in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania

27. Rucăr-Bran Pass

At a height of 1,254 meters, the Rucăr-Bran Pass connects two counties: Brașov and Argeș. The area is popular with tourists because of the splendid natural views. Moieciu and Fundata, both areas within the pass, are among the top choices of the visitors when looking for a mountain resort in the Southern Carpathians. 

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28. Poenari Castle

If you wish to see a castle which definitely had something to do with Vlad the Impaler, your should visit the Poenari Castle. It is actually more of a fortress or a citadel than a castle, and nowadays it’s mostly ruins. However, it is definitely worth climbing the 1,480 steps to reach it, not only to learn more about its history but also to enjoy the stunning views.

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Sighișoara, a medieval village in Romania

29. Sighișoara

Still following Dracula’s trail, we end up in the place where it is supposed that Vlad the Impaler was born. And this is where we drop the Dracula legend.

The inhabited medieval citadel of Sighișoara, listed by UNESCO in 1999 as a World Heritage Site, is very well preserved. There are many houses worth seeing, and one should also go on a tour to discover the towers, each associated to a guild.

You can experience more during Sighișoara’s annual Medieval Festival.

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Alba Iulia, Romania
Alba Iulia

30. Alba Iulia

Alba Iulia is a city located in the Alba County, in Transylvania. It is historically important not only to Romanians, but also to Hungarians and the Saxons living in the region. Alba Iulia used to be the capital of the Eastern Hungarian Kingdom, and it later became the Principality of Transylvania. 

It is also the place where, on 1 December 1918, the union of Transylvania with the Kingdom of Romania was proclaimed.

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Mathieu in Brașov, Romania
Mathieu in Brașov

31. Brașov

Another walled-in city is Brașov. Here, too,  you can walk to visit the well-preserved towers of the guilds, like in Sighișoara.  You can also visit the imposing Black Church and St. Nicholas’s Church.

Personally, what I like best in Brașov is simply wandering the streets, checking out the beautiful buildings, and discovering all the lively cafes and restaurants which have appeared over the past decade.

A cute sight is the Rope Street (Strada Sforii), one of the narrowest in Europe.

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32. Șinca Veche Temple Cave

About 50 kilometers away from Brașov, you can visit the New Șinca Church and the Old Șinca Church. The first may be beautiful, but it of no comparison to the old one, built inside a cave. The Old Șinca Church (Șinca Veche) is also known as the Temple of Wishes (Templul Ursitelor). The exact moment when the monastery was carved inside the rock remains unknown, but historians believe it is around 70,000 years old.

People believe that Șinca Veche is a place where you can come to be cured of various illnesses, and that once you find yourself beneath the surface, you instantly feel invigorated. They also believe that the entire area has magical properties, from the nearby spring whose water has healing properties to the grass the cows eat to give more milk.

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33. Transylvania’s Fortified Churches

fortified church in the village of Viscri, Romania

In the center of Romania, in the region of Transylvania, you will find many villages built around fortified churches. These were places to comfort the spirit of the villagers living in the area, but also a safe haven in case of invasion.

I think my favorite is the fortified church of Cisnădioara. Other well-known fortified churches in Transylvania are in Cisnădie, Biertan, Prejmer, Cristian, and Viscri. The latter are among those most mentioned in the guidebooks, because they are located in scenic places.

To the left, you can see a photo taken at the fortified church in the village of Viscri, not far from Brașov.

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Inside a house from the Village Life ASTRA Museum, in Sibiu, Romania

34. The Village Life 

There is a great difference between Romania’s cities (especially the touristic ones) and its villages. You can see how poor our country really is when you go to the rural areas. People still have outhouses, there are homes without running water, and places where children walk for kilometers to go to school, to say the least. 

Though living a simple life, villagers are welcoming, friendly, and hard-working people. Some of them are still working in the family business, which has been passed down through generations. However, though today you can still watch people involved in the old traits, it is unclear how these will survive in the future, with so many young people moving to the cities to have a better life.

For foreigners, what we still have is invaluable. One of them is Peter Hurley, an Irish guy who moved to Romania when he was 26 years old and fell in love with our country. You can discover some of our traditional crafts in Peter Hurley’s documentary, meant to promote the simple and sustainable ways of life in some of our villages.

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Interior of a building in the Village Life ASTRA Museum, in Sibiu, Romania

35. The Village Museums

An easier way to discover rural Romania without leaving the big cities is to visit the Village Museums built all over the country.

My personal favorite is the one from Sibiu, where the buildings are grouped by craft. The ASTRA Traditional Folk Civilization Museum takes about a day to visit properly, and is also the place where you can find the house from the 10 RON banknote.

Another two Village Museums accessible to many people visiting Romania are the one in Bucharest and the one in Cluj Napoca. 

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traditional house from Maramureș, Romania

36. The Maramureș Heritage Trail

If you have the time, you can go by foot, bike, horse or cart on the Maramureș Heritage Trail to discover the village life first-hand. The Maramureș Heritage Trail is an 88-kilometer greenway, the first of its kind established in the northern side of Romania. It connects seven villages (Ocna Șugatag, Budești, Breb, Hoteni, Hărnicești, Desești, and Mara), representative to the culture and way of life in Maramureș. 

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37. The Wooden Churches of Maramureș

In Maramureș, you can find almost 100 Orthodox churches and a few Greek-Catholic ones, all built in wood by skilled carpenters. The churches in this area of Romania have tall bell-towers above the entrances. Eight of these churches are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and two of them (from Budești and Desești) are also on the Maramureș Heritage Trail mentioned above.

Below is a video about the Wooden Churches of Maramureș, by UNESCOȘ

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the Merry Cemetery or Cimitirul Vesel in Săpânța, Romania
Merry Cemetery / Cimitirul Vesel

38. The Merry Cemetery

Another example of craftsmanship is the Merry Cemetery, located in Săpânța, Maramureș. It is unlike any other cemetery: all its wooden crosses are painted in lively colors and they have funny descriptions of the lives of those who passed away.

It is believed that the local Dacian culture had an influence on the creation of the Merry Cemetery. The Dacians believed the soul was immortal and that death was a joyful moment, not a sad one. Discover more about the Merry Cemetery through the video below:

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painted interior of Sihăstria Monastery, in Bucovina, Romania
Sihăstria Monastery, Bucovina

39. Bucovina’s Painted Monasteries

Located in the North of Moldova, Bucovina has several Byzantine-style monasteries, with skillfully painted outside walls. Some of the best-preserved ones are the monasteries of Humor, Moldovița, Pătrăuți, Probota, Suceava, Sucevița, and Voroneț. All of them, except Sucevița, have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Trail in 1993.

Voroneț is quite a sight. The color found on its exterior walls is known as Voroneț Blue – a unique shade of blue.

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40. The monastery built from a single oak tree

Mănăstirea Dintr-un Lemn can be translated as the monastery built from a single piece of wood. It is a small church, in Oltenia, built from a secular oak tree. The building is 13 meters long and 5 meters wide. It has no bell-tower, reaching a height of only 4 meters.

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Brâncuși's Table of Silence or Masa Tăcerii, in Târgu Jiu, Romania
The Table of  Silence / Masa Tăcerii

41. Târgu Jiu

Târgu Jiu is a city in the Oltenia region in Romania, on the banks of the Jiu River. It is known for some of Constantin Brâncuși’s most famous works of art. The renowned sculptor was born in Hobița, close to Târgu Jiu.

In Târgu Jiu, tourists get to see The Table of Silence (Masa Tăcerii), The Gate of the Kiss (Poarta Sărutului), and the Endless Column (Coloana Infinitului). 

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42. Jiu Gorge National Park

Known in Romanian as Defileul Jiului, the area is split between two counties: Gorj and Hunedoara.  It is an area inhabited by carnivores considered vulnerable in our country, such as brown bears, wolves, lynxes, otters, badgers, and wild cats. Defileul Jiului is also home to 701 plant species and 68 butterfly species.

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43. Densuș Church

Densuș Church, from the Hunedoara county, is one of the oldest churches in Romania, still standing to this day. It is believed it used to be a pagan temple in the beginning, because its altar isn’t placed in the Eastern side of the building.

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Corvin Castle or Hunyadi Castle -Castelul Huniazilor in Hunedoara, Romania

44. Corvin Castle

The Corvin Castle is also known as Hunedoara Castle or Hunyadi Castle (Castelul Huniazilor). Built in a Gothic-Renaissance style, it is one of the largest in Europe.

You can learn more about the castle by going on a virtual guided tour with the help of the video below:

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45. Romania’s Tunnel of Love

At this moment, it is uncertain if the Tunnel of Love is going to survive, as it collapsed this year. If it is fixed, it will once again be a favorite photo location for couples and wedding parties alike.

Born from the vegetation growing on the abandoned railway between Caransebeș and Băuțar, it was often compared to the famous Tunnel of Love in Klevan, Ukraine.

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46. Nera-Beușnița National Park

Established in the ’90s, the Nera-Beușnița Park is located in Southwestern Romania, in the Caraș-Severin County. It has a surface of 36,758 hectares, and includes the 22-kilometer Nera Gorge, two beautiful lakes (Bei, and the Devil’s Lake), and two impressive waterfalls (Bigăr and Beușnița).

The Nera-Beușnița National Park is filled with magic and legends. And, at night, if you’re not too scared of the brown bears, you can find fireflies.

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47. Bigăr Waterfall

Bigăr is an unusual-looking waterfall and it is often mentioned in articles as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Romania or the world. Part of the Nera-Beușnița National Park, it s easily accessible from the main road.

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48. The Devil’s Lake

In the beginning, the Devil’s Lake was subterranean, hidden inside a cave. However, it emerged when a part of the cave’s ceiling collapsed. With a surface of 20,000 square meters, the Devil’s lake is the largest karst lake in Romania. It is also the only one of its kind that we have, actually.

It is also a place surrounded by legend and people believe that those who jump in for a swim never return to its shores.

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49. The Cave with Bones

The Cave with Bones (Peștera cu Oase) is located in the Caraș-Severin county, in Southwestern Romania. Composed of a system of 12 karstic galleries and chambers, it is the place where some of the oldest early modern European human remains were found. They are estimated to be between 37,000 and 42,00 years old.

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Monastery in the Danube Gorge, on the side of Serbia
Monastery in the Danube Gorge, on the Serbian side

50. The Iron Gates Natural Park

At the border between Romania and Serbia, lies the Danube Gorge (Cazanele Dunării). It is 14.5 kilometers long and 230 meters wide. Close to its end, near Orșova, you can see on its Romanian bank the tallest rock sculpture in Europe, representing the head of Decebal, the last ruler of Dacia. The impressive sculpture, however, is not from that age — it was built between 1994 and 2004.

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82 Thoughts to “100 reasons why you should visit Romania – Part I”

  1. Jackie S.

    What a comprehensive list of reasons to visit Romania. I’m intrigued by all of the mountains and national parks that Romania has to offer. Love visiting waterfalls around the world and would definitely check out Bigar Waterfall. Can’t wait to see your second post on other highlights in this country.

    1. I’m glad I got you curious about my country. I’m hoping to get you to visit Romania one day.

      I am actually writing the second part of 100 Reasons Why You Should Visit Romania right now. I’m hoping to publish it today or tomorrow. 🙂

  2. I love my country and I believe it has a lot to offer to any visitor as we have different natural attractions, wonderful people, big and small cities, gem villages, and more! Great selection!

    1. Thank you, Lori! I completely agree with you on what Romania has to offer 🙂

  3. There certainly does seem to be at least 100 reasons to visit Romania! So much natural beauty in your photos, and I think it would be fascinating to see village life outside the big cities. I had no idea bison lived in Romania! I would love to see them. 🙂

  4. This is so awesome and so helpful! Romania has been popping up on my radar lately and I can totally see why this would be a great place to visit! Hopefully, I’ll get to find out for myself soon!

  5. Congratulations on the upcoming centennial anniversary in Romania. It is so beautiful and after reading this post, I am eager to visit it sooner than later. We love national parks and mountains and exploring destinations with historical stories and heritage. All the places shared here would make it to our list. Look forward to read part 2 ?

    1. Thank you, Navita! I hope you visit Romania soon, and if I’m here I would love to meet up and share travel stories over a meal or a drink. I adore your stories about India and the way you write.

    2. Thank you, Navita! I hope you visit Romania soon, and if I’m here I would love to meet up and share travel stories over a meal or a drink. I adore your stories about India and the way you write.

      1. Sure Mirela. Thank you for your offer. It would great to meet you in Romania as being from there, the way you would be able to make us see things and perspectives would be so unique. Travel stories is what we are all about and we would love to exchange a few whether in India or Romania 🙂

  6. WOW – there is so much information here. Romania sounds like a great place to explore and get lost in to discover its beautiful culture and history. I haven’t before thought much of Romania as the top of my travel destinations. Definitely going to have to look into it more now.

  7. That is an incredibly beautiful place! And being hikers and adventurers, we would love to hike there and climb those mountains. ?

    1. It really is! And there’s more to come. Still a bit of work left until I publish 😉

  8. Wow- I really didn’t realize how beautiful Romania is! Looking forward to part 2 to see more!

    1. Check back soon, Elizabeth! Or subscribe to the newsletter to get an update when the second part of 100 reasons why you should visit Romania gets published.

  9. That’s a lot of reasons to visit Romania. I have a co-worker who lives there, and she still go there every year. I guess there’s a lot of things to do and can’t squeeze it to 2 days. Thanks for this guide.

    1. Thank you for reading, Laurence. Regarding the visits, yes, they do take longer, especially because it takes some time to get from A to B. International flights on airports in Romania, from what I’ve noticed, get delayed or cancelled quite often, and if one flies to Bucharest, then there are car rides on roads that aren’t very good and most of our trains are slow and arrive late. So yeah, transportation isn’t one of the reasons to visit Romania, unfortunately, but it will give you more time to enjoy the sights 🙂

  10. I love learning about new places.

  11. Wow! Those numerous reason do have nice points! I’d love to witness Romania– its culture, architecture and places to visit first hand! Thanks for this blog post! 🙂

    1. I’m glad you liked it Rae, and I’m looking forward to your visit 🙂

  12. Jessica

    I have been hearing so much about Romania lately! There are so many wonderful things in this post. I love how so much is natural!

    1. Hello, Jessica! Thanks for liking the first part of my 100 reasons why you should visit Romania. There’s a lot more to come in the second part, so stay tuned 😉

  13. Heather

    I haven’t yet visited Romania but it’s high on my list and came onto my radar because of gymnastics actually! I would have to see Balea Lake, Bucovina’s Painted Monasteries, the Bigar Waterfall, all the Dracula locations and I would want to see Caraiman Cross if I possibly could. Ooh the Seven Ladders Canyon looks really exotic! And that would be an absolute YES to the Bear Sanctuary. Lots of great things to see on your list!

  14. Such a detailed list! There is no way i would miss anything if i were to ever visit… These really broke it down so much and gave me a better understanding of the people, culture, and foods.

  15. Waow this list is huge! When i first saw i thought there must be some exaggeration but Romania is full of attractions. Thank you for showing this

    1. It’s my pleasure to share Romania’s beauties, Gonca. I’m happy you enjoyed it and come back soon for the next 50 reasons or subscribe to the newsletter to receive an update when I publish the second part of the 100 reasons why you should visit Romania.

  16. FS Page

    Woah! 100 reasons! That’s quite a list. Never knew Romania has so much to see and do. I especially would love to visit Virgin forests and experience the village life.

  17. You already got me with 10 reasons! I had no idea that Romania had bizon and that 7 ladder canyon looks like something right up my alley!! I’ll keep this article as a guide for when I’ll be visiting Romania, I’m sure you’ve covered all the best things to see and do there.

    1. I hope you come soon on Basanti, Noraly! 🙂

  18. Happy Anniversary Romania!! This is the most thorough list I’ve seen on a travel blog- so well done! You have just enough information on each section for me to understand what I needed to know! Loved it! Thanks!

  19. Romania is one of the destinations we would like to discover. It is still not overcrowded and the scenery is just great. Now I’ve read the first 50 reasons why we should hurry. Great thank you!

  20. After reading your post, I am convinced that you don’t need 100 reasons to visit Romania, but more is merrier. haha. Thank you for this compilation, will definitely come handy.

    1. Thank you, Umang, I hope it does! 😉

  21. Well, you gave me some inspiration on where to go in Romania 😀 . I’m going to the Balkans this summer with 2 friends (Romanian & Bulgarian + I’m Greek 😀 ) for hiking & photographing landscapes. So… yeah there’s lots of stuff to see & do.

    1. Oh, you’ll love the Balkans or you already love them if it isn’t your first trip. But even so, since you’re Greek you’re used to the Balkan way to be. If you need any inspiration for your trip, you can find here a small recap of the places I’ve visited in the Balkans. And, if you need any advice or tips about any of the cities, places we’ve stayed etc, just send me an email at [email protected]. I’d be happy to help 🙂

  22. Soo basically this is a post of “100 Reasons you should MOVE to Romania”! There is much to do and see! The nature and landscapes are breathtaking.

  23. I look forward to reading the rest of this list but #18 is enough for me!! Pinning the article as well.

    1. I agree, Marcia. It’s my favorite place to go in that area of the Carpathians (Piatra Mare) 🙂

  24. Happy 100th Anniversary Romania! Romania is already high on my list of places to visit so thank you for this comprehensive and enticing list of things to see and do! Castles, natural beauty and interesting history gets me every time. Can’t wait to see the rest of the list and more importantly actaully get to your beautiful country.

  25. Wow that is a lot of reasons haha! Already looking forward to the next 50. Have to say that I haven’t really thought that much about Romania but the pictures are just awesome!

    1. Thank you, Emilio! I’m almost done with the list, still picking the photos from my (unsorted) archives 🙂 But check back soon or subscribe to the newsletter to get an update when it’s ready 🙂

  26. Jasmeet Singh

    Beautiful country. Love to visit it someday. I was convinced on reason 4 to put Romania on my future travel list.

  27. Woow!!!! It looks litteraly MAJESTIC! Definitely adding Romania to my bucket list!!!

  28. Luna S

    This is an awesome post thanks for sharing all of these great things with us, Romania sounds and looks like a wonderful place to visit.

  29. Monidipa Dutta

    The place looks so great. Such great captures I must say that and your description is lovely.

  30. Romania is a magnificent country, butI have not been there yet. And now reading your post I am tempted strongly to visit and explore.

    1. You should, Indu! Come over soon 😀

  31. Loved your detailed post and beautiful pics! There’s so much to see and do in Romania, I had no idea it was so wildly beautiful. It’s high on my list of places to visit, thanks for sharing!

    1. It was my pleasure to share it, Smita, thank you for loving it! I hope you come visit us soon.

  32. You gave me many reasons to visit Romania!
    It all looks amazing but Peles Castle, Merrys Cemetery and the Bear Sanctuary are my top places to go.
    Definitely a fantastic guide.

    1. Thank you, Ferny! Check back for more reasons soon or subscribe to the newsletter to get an update when I publish the second part of 100 reasons why you should visit Romania.

  33. OMG, I knew Romania was beautiful but this list just makes it more enticing to visit it soon. Can’t wait to scratch this of my travel bucket list!

  34. Very, very, very interesting! I absolutely love history and culture & always endeavour to experience or read about such things in a new place. Anything named Devil’s Pass, I’ll pass, lol, but those wooden churces and Bran’s Castle are one of many I wanna see. Pinning!

    1. I’m thrilled you enjoyed the first part of 100 reasons why you should visit Romania, Kemi.
      While it used to be called the Devil’s Pass, I can assure you it’s a very safe place to visit, even it you’re scared of heights. My aunt is scared of heights, but she enjoyed travelling there.

  35. Angela Fernando

    You gave some good reasons but I’m sure there are many more! I have been to Bucharest and I just loved it. Can’t wait to return during the summer and also go out from the capital!

    1. Thank you, Angela. I’m also certain there are more than 100 reasons why you should visit Romania. 🙂 I’m happy you liked Bucharest and I’m really curious to learn more about your coming visit to Romania. Where do you want to go?

  36. Woah! Lot many reasons 🙂 Bigăr is so so lovely!!! Romania is already on my list and your post made me shift it to the top 🙂

    1. Yay, so happy this is your next dream destination, Anjali! 😀

  37. Daniel

    It’s a great idea to share 100 reasons why to visit Romania! I visited it last year and can probably name even more than 100 🙂

    1. Hi, Daniel, thank you 🙂 If you have other reasons, please send me your suggestions and I’ll add them to the list 🙂

  38. Thanks for giving us a plethora of reasons to visit Romania. With so many reasons, how could one not visit.

  39. I am loving this post, I bookmarked it. I am looking to head to Romania soon and it’s great to see the many reasons to go there. It looks so beautiful.

  40. Yukti

    Wow, loved all these 100 reasons and I can see even 5 reasons are more than enough to convince me for exploring beautiful Romania. Peles Castle is truly magical and loved Danube Delta also.

  41. Renata - www.byemyself.com

    Oh my gosh, you’re such an avid ambassador! I’m impressed that you’ve actually put together so many reasons – I feel sort of urged now to make all your fantastic work worthwhile 😉

  42. OMG thats a huge list already. Can’t wait to read the next 50. Romania looks stunning , especially the castle

  43. Love how you’ve written this overview of Romania. I def want to visit.

  44. Romania is high on my list because of Brasov. But man, upon reading this, I just added more places to see in Romania. Hopefully I make it there next year. Thanks for this list!

  45. You had me at the first ten and then the reasons just kept coming!! I’ve only passed through Romania on coach and have always wanted to come back to explore it properly, especially to see the Carpathian mountains and the forests, not to mention those castle and the merry cemetery! Loved this post.

  46. So many great tips! Definitely want to visit Romania! Peles castle looks so magical and the Bigar waterfall is just wow! Thank you for sharing these amazing places!

  47. Wow, I’m impressed that you listed 100 reasons. That is impressive. The seven ladders canyon stood out to me the most. The photos look like this canyon is quite the adventure. I also would like to visit a bear sanctuary 🙂

  48. I’m all about nature and history and there are so many places on this list that fall into that category. I never knew that Romania had so much to offer. I’d love to go there. Very intrigued by the Stone Ravens Monastery.

  49. I especially want to visit the Red Lake! Time to add Romania to my travel bucket list.

  50. Wow. This is a long list. I am convinced:)

  51. Jaz

    Romania looks so natural and unspoiled! The Devils Lake looks beautiful, I would love to see it in all its glory. As for the seven ladders, not a chance of me climbing that! It certainly doesn’t look like it’s for the faint-hearted!
    Thanks for sharing,

  52. Juliette

    Wowsers there are lots of reasons to visit Romania! I get the feeling that it is an incredible place to witness nature at its finest, with those beautiful lakes and mountains. And a lot of greenery. I didn’t know that about Romania. I’m impressed with your list! They are all very good reasons to visit!

  53. leah

    WOW! Romania looks incredible! I love how much nature there is to explore there. The red lake and the cross on Caramain Peak would be high on my list!

  54. I haven’t even been to Romania yet but I seriously want to go because of the places you mention, especially the natural parks and spots!

  55. Paul

    I’ve neer really thought of Romania but you’ve put together a lot of things to convince us. That peak photo looks incredible, definitely like to check that out.

  56. Neil Alvin Nicerio

    Wow. Such a detailed article. Thank you for the information. 🙂 This made me want to visit Romania.

  57. Blair villanueva

    Wow with all your laid out reasons, Romania is definitely a place that many must not missed. Thanks for your awesome recommendations.

  58. Wow! Romania sounds like such an incredible place to visit. Definitely have it on my travel bucket list!

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