1. Bran Castle
First things first- the castle in Bran is one of the Romania top attractions. According to the legend, it’s where the legendary Count Dracula was living. The truth is, it’s a fictional character so he couldn’t live there. What’s even more interesting, the author of Dracula book has never even been to Romania! Still, the medieval castle located on the hill is quite impressive and definitely worth visiting for those traveling to Transylvania.
2. Transfagarasan Road
Some call it the most beautiful road in the world. Located high in the mountains (2,042 meters/ 6,699 ft), it’s a must-see for everyone doing a Romania road trip. Transfagarasan starts near Brasov, and it’s 90 kilometers (56 miles) long. One of the best things to see on the way is the glacier lake called Balea.
3. Cluj Napoca
The capital of Transylvania is one of the best cities in Romania. There are many awesome things to do in Cluj Napoca. It is a perfect destination for those traveling to Romania with kids, solo, with a family, or as a couple. There are many things to do there, including wandering around Old Town, visiting the neighboring Turda salt mine or taking a Cheile Turzii hike.
Sibiu is another Romania cities to visit that you can’t miss! It’s located in the heart of the country and it’s famous for the beautiful Old Town. Sibiu was also listed by Forbes as one of the most idyllic places to live in Europe. When you ask Romanian what are the best Romania places to visit, the answer will probably include the famous 3 cities: Sibiu, Sighisoara, and Brasov.
This lovely town is located on top of the hill, in the pedestrian zone. It is probably the most colorful place in Romania. Why Sighisoara is so unique? Not only it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of legendary Count Dracula, but also the last inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. When you wander around the narrow, cobblestone streets of Sighisoara, you feel like you were a part of a fairytale. It’s one of the best things to see in Romania.
The city of Brasov is one of the most beautiful places in Romania. No wonder why- it’s surrounded by the mountains and it has a beautiful Old Town. Plus, the ski slopes are located only 30 minutes driving away from the city, so there’s a lot to do there even in the winter. When you sit at one of the cafes at Brasov’s Old Town and you look up, you can see the green hills and the huge ‘Brasov’ sign (which actually reminded me of the ‘Hollywood’ sign in Los Angeles). For those traveling to Romania to follow Count Dracula’s trace, Brasov is a perfect base. It’s located less than an hour driving from the famous Bran castle. If you are looking for a nice place to stay in the heart of Brasov’s Old Town.
If you are looking for a truly local place in Romania, where you can relax and unwind, there is no better place than Bazna. This village settled by Germans in the medieval ages may not have many tourist attractions but it’s definitely a place where you can find peace. The best way to experience this Romanian countryside is to stay in one of the guesthouses.
Hands down, Timisoara is one of the best cities in Romania. It’s located close to the border with Hungary and Serbia, that’s one of the reasons why it’s the truly multicultural place. The city has a beautiful Old Town, amazing architecture, and the street art that is pretty awesome. Check out his post about Timisoara to find out more and be sure to join a guided tour while in the city!
Some call Craiova the cultural capital of the country. It’s probably because the amazing Art Museum that is located there and a lovely old town with beautiful tenement houses. Even though Craiova may not be on top of the Romanian bucket list, it’s where you can go if you want to meet the friendly locals and see their everyday life. It’s the 6th biggest cities in Romania, that’s why it’s pretty comfortable to be there. You will have lots of cafes, shopping malls, and playgrounds to spend time in which is great when you are traveling with kids.
Last but not least- the most famous city of Romanian Black Sea coast. With the beautiful art nouveau casino building and the history of almost 2,000 years, Constanta is one of the top Romania cities to visit.