The Romanian Sfinx in Bucegi Mountains

Must see places in Romania

BEST CASTLES

Bran (finished building in 1388)

Corvin (laid out in 1446)

Corvin Castle (laid out in 1446)

Corvin Castle (laid out in 1446) – Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned in this castle for a number of years

Peles (neo Renaissance castle built between 1873 and 1914)

BEST MEDIEVAL TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Sighisoara (the best preserved medieval town in Europe; dates back from 12th century; World Heritage Site on UNESCO’s list)

Brasov (Kronstadt – the crown city; mentioned in documents the first time in 1235AD;, gothic buildings, gates and cobble streets)

Brasov

Brasov formerly known as Kronstadt – the crown city

Biertan (the most Saxon village in Romania; first mention in 1283; World Heritage Site on UNESCO’s list; horror film festival)

Sibiu (voted European Capital of Culture in 2007)

The first official record referring to the Sibiu area comes from 1191 from Pope Celestine III

The first official record referring to the Sibiu area comes from 1191 from Pope Celestine III

BEST CHURCHES

8 painted churches of Northern Moldova and Bukovina

8 wooden churches of Maramures

Barsana Monastery

Barsana Monastery is one of the 8 wooden churches of Maramures

Both anssembles of churches are World Heritage Sites on UNESCO’s list.

BEST NATURAL WONDERS

The Sphinx (natural rock formation formed solely by natural erosion; lots of urban legends)

The Romanian Sfinx in Bucegi Mountains

The Danube Delta (World Heritage Site on UNESCO’s list; second largest river delta in Europe, 23 different ecosystems, unique species of plans and animals)

Any of the spectacular Carpathian mountain ranges (Bucegi, Piatra Craiului, Fagaras, Rodnei, Apuseni, Retezat, Iezer, Ceahlau, Rarau, and more)

Transilvanian country side (beautiful rolling hills with haystacks and sheep flocks)

Red Lake and Bicaz Gorge

Transfagarasan road

Transfagarasan Road

Transfagarasan Road

Moieciului and Gradistei Gorges

OLDEST OF THE OLD

Sarmizegetusa Regia (The Celtic tribes of the Dacians and Thracians lived there)

Sarmizegetusa Regia

Sarmizegetusa Regia. These are over 2000 years old ruins and were home to the Celtic tribes of the Dacians and Thracians.

I bless you, dear Romania, country of my joys and sorrows, the beautiful country that has lived in my heart and whose paths I have known all. The beautiful country which I saw united, whose destiny I was allowed to see fulfilled. Be eternally bountiful, be great and full of glory, stay forever towering among the nations, be honorable, loving and skillful! ~ Queen Marie of Romania

 

Daniela Popescu

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