Romania’s natural splendor is largely undiscovered. More and more tourists are discovering that the friendly people, folktales, and romantic appeal of Bucharest and the surrounding area is real. Everybody should visit these 10 must-see destinations in Romania.
A visit to Peonari Castle in Romania, at the top of nearly 1,500 concrete steps, is a must for anyone interested in seeing a surreal castle. In addition to the adventure and ancient architecture, the cliffside ruined castle has a bloodstained history. It is possible to find Poenari Castle on the right side of Transfagarasan Highway, clinging to the rock face of the Carpathians. In the 1800s, part of the castle was destroyed by a landslide, but it has since been restored and preserved for visitors to enjoy.
Romania’s central region is home to the glacier-fed Balea Lake, which is located in the nearby Fagaras Mountains (not far from Poenari Castle). During the summer, anyone can rent a car in Romania and travel the Transfagarasan Highway by car or cable car from Balea during the colder months. Everyone who visits is awestruck by the breathtaking beauty of the area. Take advantage of the few hotels and restaurants in the area that offer views of rolling mountains and a glistening lake while you enjoy a meal.
All of these elements come together in the Transfagarasan Highway: winding roads, terrifying hills, and breathtaking scenery. At number three on our list of Romanian destinations, this road is an absolute must-see. In addition to quaint inns and campgrounds for the more adventurous, the highway offers a slew of small towns and villages on either side of the route where travelers can stop for hot meals and scenic views. Top Gear has ranked the Transfagarasan highway as one of the best driving roads in the world, on par with Italy’s Stelvio Pass, so if you’re in the mood to get behind the wheel, you can rent a sports or luxury car and really let the valves open up the twists and turns of this famous roadway.
Sibiu’s Upper and Lower Towns, with their distinctive architecture, draw visitors from across the country. This Romanian city, with its cobblestone streets and defense towers overlooking the Cibin river, embodies the country’s strength and beauty. Three 15th century towers, historic squares, Roman Catholic churches, and the Brukenthal Palace are some of the city’s most notable landmarks.
Some of the storybook-like rooms, underground passages, old fashioned and antique furniture, weapons, and armor, all from centuries ago, are found in Dracula’s Castle. Tourists can now visit the castle, which has been converted into a museum to display the artwork and sculptures that Queen Marie collected while living there (the last queen of Romania).
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