Don’t you love it when there are new things to discover in a city that you’re visiting? So do we! And that is why we put together this post, to help you make the most out of your visit to the Moldavian capital; where it is, why you should consider visiting it, why is it important for Romania, things to do in Iasi, and the rest of whats, whys, and wheres that we could think of.
1. Visit the impressive Palace of Culture Iasi
The Palace of Culture is an iconic building and it was partly built on the ruins of the medieval Royal Court of Moldavia. Its style resembles the one of the Palace of Justice in Paris, and it features a stunning clock tower. It also holds four museums, which are the Art Museum, Moldavia’s History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Moldavia and the Science and Technology Museum.
Tip: Bring your camera because you can take a picture near the cannons, who stood still for 124 years in the same place in front of the Palace of Culture. After 8 years of restoration within the Government Program for the Rehabilitation of Historical Monuments, the Palace of Culture Iasi is open to the public.
2. Visit the “Three Holy Hierarchs” Monastery and the Gothic Room
The church is an architectural monument of high value in Romania. If you like the monastic settlements, you must place this church on your bucket list. It has an impressive architecture and extraordinary stone laces which adorn the facades from the top to the bottom of the foundation with various motifs.
Tip: I recommend you to take a moment and rest on the bench near the church after you walk out. The atmosphere is so peaceful that you can’t even tell that you’re only a couple of feet away from the main boulevard. Besides that, you can see in the churchyard the building with the Gothic Hall, the old “Schola Basiliani”.
3. Enjoy a play at the “Vasile Alecsandri” National Theatre
Known as the first National Theatre in Romania, it shelters true monuments of art: the Painted Curtain by the Viennese master M. Lenz, the Iron curtain painted by Al. Goltz with ornamental motifs symmetrically arranged tightly separated from the restroom scene, and the painted ceiling by Al. Goltz. Numerous performances known worldwide have been staged here.
Tip: Currently, the building also houses the Opera House, so you can enjoy an evening with harmonious rhythms instead.
4. Taste the local wine at the Olteanu Family wine cellars
Gramma wines are an exquisite range of noble wines. Here you can talk with the family and see where and how the wine is produced.
Tip: Enjoy a glass of wine with a panoramic view over the vineyards.
5. Enjoy a city view from the Relay Platform
Want to soak up the atmosphere of the city? We have just the perfect spot for you. The relay platform offers a stunning view over the city of Iasi and it can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Tip: In the summer, you can perform all kind of recreational activities, have a picnic or even camp overnight.
7. Take a selfie at Palas Mall
There are plenty of spots where you can take a selfie that will make all of your friends regret not coming with you on vacation. Your background can feature the impressive Palace of Culture, the stunning Garden or the artisanal fountains. The choice is yours.
8. Visit Bojdeuca lui Creanga
Ion Creanga was a well-known Romanian writer, raconteur, and schoolteacher. When he stayed at Bojdeuca he was best known for his more than 30 cats (he was a cat person before it was cool) and each one of them wore a name associated with a real person in his life. Bojdeuca is the first literary museum from Romania.
Tip: This is a very kid-friendly spot. Throughout the year the place holds various workshops and events related to storytelling, handcrafts, drama, nutrition, health, and more.
9. Spend an evening at the Hamak Adventure Park
Hamak is the only adventure park in Iasi, and you can enjoy a large range of activities, such as horseback riding, hiking, zip lining, fishing, archery, badminton, cycling, mini golf, paintball and more.
Tip: If you want to spend one or more days here, there are possibilities of accommodation (tent or box).
10. Fly over Iasi
For those in search of adventure and out of the box experiences, you must try the aerial sightseeing. Wefly has qualified and experienced pilots you can get a bird’s eye view of the city.
We hope you’re not afraid of heights.
11. Visit one of the most beautiful libraries in the world
The Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” Library has been named by many one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, together with libraries like the New York Public Library, The City Library from Stuttgart, Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura from Rio De Janeiro.
Now that you know what to visit, put on your walking shoes and start exploring!
There are few cities in Romania with such a great personality like Iasi.