Best places to visit and tour in Romania
Romania was under the roman rule for thousands of years and that’s how it came to get its name. Located on the Balkan peninsula and it is a country that is definitely worth your time. The beautiful cities, the hiking places and the skiing resorts are just of the things that makes this country an unforgettable destination for many tourists. And when it comes to history, Romania is certainly no short of it.
I bet you have ever heard of the Dracula and guess what, the fictional character originated from Romania. There are several castle that you can be sure to explore and not forgetting wild buildings that were built during the communist era and pretty of other things to do. Here are some of the best places to visit and tour in Romania:
Sighisoara is located in Transylvania and it is definitely one of the best places to visit in the country. During the twelfth century the German merchants and craftsmen were invited here to settle as well as defend the frontier. A thriving trading town was established which led it to become one of the busiest town back in the days. The town was later expanded in the 14th century. Right now, the town is one of the most visited places in Romania and every July there is a medieval festival that takes place here. One of the highlights of the town is the clock tower that was built back in 1556 and which is 210 foot tall.
Sibiu was once a part of Hungary but now belongs to the country Romania. This magnificent city dates back to the 12th century and it is located in Transylvania, an area that is associated with Dracula and vampires. Don’t get your hopes high, it is highly unlikely that you are going to come across any vampire this days if they even exist.
But there are some pretty good stuffs to see and do. One of the landmark in the city is definitely the Grand Square that has been in place since the 15th century. Sibiu is also the home to one of the oldest museum in the world and you can be sure to witness the old fortifications that used to defend the city back in the days.
This modern city has that old feel in it and it is a place you don’t want to miss when you are in Romania. It has some fascinating scenery and it has some places to hike around. The city is surrounded by Carpathian Mountains and this has made the city to be referred as the mountain resort by some of the visitors.
One of the highlights of the city is the black church. The church was named the black church because of a fire outbreak back in the 17th century that darkened the stones on the walls of the church. You might want to take a stroll on the narrowest street in Romania, the rope street, I bet it will be an unforgettable moment.
4. The painted monasteries of Bucovina
The painted monasteries located in Bucovina and it is one the most picturesque attractions in the country. The decorations were made back in the 15th century and features portraits of prophets and saints. There are images of angels and demons as well as images of Jesus Christ. There are several monasteries that you can be sure to visit including Voronet, Suceava, Humor, and Moldovita.
This mountain resort town grew up around a monastery that was named for the great Mount Sinai. The monastery contains the first page of the bible that is printed in the language of Romanians. The place is the perfect place for anyone who loves hiking. And if you enjoy skiing then this a perfect destination for you. King Charles the first built his home around the area. It is a magnificent place to take pictures for your Instagram account as it has some pretty flowers but you should make sure not to pick the flowers as it can land you into hot soup.
This city that combines the old feel and the new feel. Visitors of the city enjoys the site of the old buildings that has been in the city for centuries. The city is the home of the largest parliament building in the world that is 12 stories high and contains 3100 rooms.
You can be sure to tour the building with the help of a guide, tours that are given throughout the day. The city is also a home to some of the oldest churches in Romania. Be sure to stroll on the narrow streets of the city and promote the local economy by doing some shopping in the local market and shopping centers.
Timisoara is one of the largest cities in Romania and it dates back to the 13th century. It is on the record as the first city in Europe to have electric street lamps. The city suffered a heavy blow world war 2 but it is really recovering and it has become one of the top tourists’ destinations in Romania.
One of the top highlights on the city is definitely the orthodox cathedral that was built back in the 20th century and one that has 11 towers. There are also many vintage icon paintings as well as religious objects in the city that you can be sure to explore.
Mamaia is definitely one of the top destination in Romania and the most populous seaside resort. It is situated on a strip of land that is about 5 miles long. The great white sand beaches that are really cute and shiny especially when it is sunny. You can just enjoy the view or you can get there and enjoy the feel too. It also have a water park but it is limited for children. Don’t panic though, adults can enjoy some surfing lessons at the wind surfing academy.
Cluj is the home to the largest university in the country and it is sometimes considered as the capital of the Transylvania region. It is an art and cultural center so if you are an art lover you are definitely going to fall in love with this city. Be sure to visit the national museum of art and enjoy the large collection of art by the Romanian artists.