Traveling to a new country is always exciting. There are a lot of new places to visit, but unfortunately, our time is limited. So to help you make the most out of your trip to Romania, we’ve put together a list of some of the best activities and places that you can experience during your holiday.
The Mud Volcanoes in Buzau
Less than two hours away from Bucharest you’ll find a small village with a spectacular secret. The Mud Volcanoes cover the land of the village and can give you the feeling that you somehow reached the moon.
This area is one of the most photographed areas of Romania, and it’s a popular place for “trash the dress” photo sessions of young brides.
The Living Fires
Another weird phenomenon from Buzau is the living fire. An emission of gas through the cracked surface of the ground generates flames of up to 50 cm that have been burning for thousands of years.
The Painted Monasteries of Bukovina
Looking to the northern side of Romania, it would be a heresy not to mention the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina.
7 of the 8 Orthodox Churches have been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993, with Sucevita Monastery being added to the list in 2010.
The Rock Sculpture of Decebalus
Decebalus was the last king of Dacia, who fought against the invading Roman emperors Domitian and Trajan to preserve the independence of Dacia, which later became Romania.
With an impressive size of 42.9m in height and 31.6m in width, the Rock Sculpture of Decebalus was created between 1994 and 2004 at the border between Romania and Serbia, at The Iron Gates, and it is the tallest rock relief in Europe.
The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta
That’s right. A merry cemetery. As it turns out, cemeteries don’t necessarily have to be cold and creepy. In Sapanta, Maramures, you’ll find the happiest cemetery in the world.
The tombstones are colorful and they are decorated with images and poems that satirize the life of the ones buried there.
Take the steam train through Oravita, Anina
If you’re still sad about not receiving your Hogwarts letter, there’s still a way to cheer you up. The Anina Steam Train will take you on a unique trip through the mountains, similar to the one that out favorite wizards took on their way to Hogwarts.
On the ride, you’ll go through 14 tunnels, 10 aqueducts, 89 bridges and around 21 kilometers of mountainous region.
Turda Salt Mine
Don’t let the name fool you. Turda Salt Mine is one of the oldest mines in the world, dating back to the middle ages.
Inside, you’ll find a Ferris wheel, a boating lake, and a museum. You can also play bowling, mini-golf or get a spa treatment session. That’s because the Salt Mine was turned into an amusement park, and it is the deepest underground attraction in the world.
Scarisoara Ice Cave
The Scarisoara Cave houses the world’s largest underground glacier. What’s even more surprising, is the fact that the glacier didn’t form because of any special weather conditions, as in most cases, but because of a special ventilation system that determines the cave’s climate.
The Virgin Forest of Strambu-Baiut
Not taking into consideration Russia, Romania holds 65% of the remaining virgin forests in Europe. Strambu-Baiut is one of the best-preserved natural areas in Maramures, and it stretches over 250 hectares, with trees that are up to 500 years old.
Geamana village is a place that shows the repercussions of greedy exploitation. In 1977, Nicolae Ceausescu decided to exploit the massive underground copper deposit in the Apuseni Mountains, so he evacuated around 400 families to make way for the toxic waste generated by the mining pit. The toxic lake slowly engulfed the beautiful village, and all that remains today is the tower of the church and a few other houses.
Libearty Bear Sanctuary
The Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti is a place that is used as a refuge for bears saved from circuses and zoos that mistreat the animals. It houses over 70 bears and it spans over 70 hectares of oak and hazel forest.
Transfagarasan is probably one of the most famous roads in Europe, due to its height and due to the beautiful view that it offers. The road can reach as high as 2042 meters, and it spans over 92 kilometers.
As Jeremy Clarkson put it, Transfagarasan is simply “the best road in the world”.
Ochiul Beiului Lake
Situated in Caras-Severin, the Ochiul Beiului lake is supplied from an underground limestone spring. It is only about 3.6m deep, but its water has a beautiful color and it is so clear that you can see the fish swimming in it.
A surprising fact about the lake is that it never freezes, its temperature staying between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius throughout the year. That is why, during winter, migratory birds such as wild ducks and the gray heron stay here instead of leaving.
Hopefully, these places are more than enough to keep you busy throughout your holiday in Romania. And if you’re still not sure why you should travel to Romania, check out that article.