Best Things to Do in Romania

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Romania has plenty to offer to all curious travelers, from high-altitude hiking trails to unique museum visits and memorable experiences in remote villages. To help you plan better and faster, here’s our list of the best things to do in Romania. The order is simply random, it’s up to you to choose whatever fits best with your plans.

Try an active vacation

From easy nature walks suitable for families to intense multi-day hikes in the Carpathians that can only be done by the fittest, Romania is a great destination for outdoor activities.

Best things to do in Romania

Whether you prefer a soft adventure or a more challenging one, the country’s varied landscape offers numerous opportunities, hiking, trekking, climbing, rafting, canyoning, kayaking, cave exploration and the list does not stop here. If you’re the adventurous type, then an active vacation is definitely on your top things to do in Romania list.

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Nature and wildlife observation

Romania is the most bio-geographically diverse country in Europe and conserves the continent’s most numerous populations of large carnivores and many more iconic mammals as well as numerous species of rare birds. All thanks to its large areas of wilderness that, however, need our protection in order to survive. Be a responsible tourist, choose to watch animals instead of hunting them, and go on nature tours that leave indeed only footprints behind.

danube delta

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Uncover the traditional village

Largely rural for a great part of its history, Romania is still defined by its many villages and colorful countryside. If you’re looking to experience a different life, even if only for a few days, visiting sheepfolds or observing traditional activities still part of the communities’ daily life, then a rural vacation should be the top of your list of things to do in Romania.

Viscri

You have plenty of options to choose from. Transylvania, Bucovina and Maramures are the best places to start your search. Consider the villages of Viscri, Malancrav, Crit and Mesendorf in Transylvania; Ciocanesti, Gura Haitii, Moldovita and Sucevita in Bucovina; Barsana, Sarbi, Botiza, Desesti, Surdesti and Preluca in Maramures.

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Take a 2,000 years old history lesson

Romania traces its history back to the brave Dacians who lived in tribes north of the Danube River, a natural border the Roman Empire conquered almost 2,000 years ago. Even before, the ancient Greeks settled on the shores of the Black Sea, seeking the best commercial routes.

Ulpia Traiana Sarmisegetuza

A trip to Romania can be a full-time attractive and surprising history lesson, including medieval castles and anti-Ottoman crusades, Empires’ expansion, Balkan troubles, royal families, bloody World Wars and a long and dark communist regime.

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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

If you’re planning to see as many cultural and historical attractions as possible, then choosing a tour of Romania’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites is the best option.

Bucovina

You’ll travel across the country and even virtually across thousands of years, from the ancient Dacian sites to Europe’s youngest land, the Danube Delta. You will visit the painted churches of Bucovina, the wooden churches of Maramures and the magnificent fortified churches of Transylvania. Don’t miss destinations like Sighisoara, Viscri, Biertan or Horezu Monastery.

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Run a mountain marathon

If you’re the super fit Iron Man and Iron Woman kind, then a mountain marathon might just be your favorite idea of fun, plus this way you get to see first hand some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.

Many mountain marathons take place every year in Romania, and if you’re looking to run a marathon in all the regions of the world, then this is no doubt one the best things to do in Romania as the scenery is spectacular and the effort tremendously.

Try Romanian food

Romanian food is delicious and highly nutritive. Sure, we could be subjective, so it’s best you try it yourself. While the recipes vary in each historical region, some are found everywhere, the traditional ‘sarmale’, cabbage rolls with minced mead, polenta with cheese, sour pickles and many more delicacies.

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Plus, Romania has the advantage of still having tasty and natural fruits and vegetables. This makes any dish much better. Don’t forget to try Romania’s many types of cheese, especially the local specialties from the mountain villages.

Travel like in the old days

In Romania you can still travel in some old and authentic ways. You can take the steam train ‘Mocanita’ from Viseu de Sus, Maramures, on the last forestry railway in Europe, or you can navigate the mountain river Bistrita on a wooden raft starting in Ciocanesti, a small village-museum in Bucovina. Both the steam train and the wooden raft were traditional methods of transportation, one for wood, and the other one for all sorts of goods, the only ones adapted back in the day to the mountainous landscape from Bucovina.

Cycle or ride on the highest roads

Take your bike or your motorcycle and adventure yourself on two of the most stunning mountain roads in Europe: Transalpina, from Novaci to Sebes, and Transfagarasan, from Pitesti to Sibiu. You’ll reach altitudes of over 2,000 meters and see pristine landscapes that will take your breath away.

If you decide to go by bike, take into consideration you need an excellent physical condition. Also, check the weather before you leave and try to avoid the weekend when the number of cars reaches its peak.

It’s not easy to make a top of the best things to do in Romania. There are so many attractions to see and experiences to try that summing them up would require a complete guide book. But, we hope our list will help you plan better your next trip to Romania.

If you’re interested in a private tour of Romania, check our offers on www.uncover-romania-tours.com

About the author

Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer, focusing on sustainable tourism practices and destinations. You can find Diana Condrea on Twitter and Google+

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