BEST Time To Visit Romania: When Should You Visit?

BEST Time To Visit Romania: When Should You Visit?

Not sure when is the best time to visit Romania? We are not surprised.

As one of the biggest countries in Europe, Romania’s diverse landscapes offer something exciting at any time of the year. Each season represents a different side of Romania and your experience will greatly vary season by season.

This is why we have written this Romania guide to tell the pros and cons of visiting Romania in each season. That way you can decide when it is the best time to travel to Romania!

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Generally speaking, the best time to visit Romania is in the summer, when the weather is at its best and everyone is out to have a good time.

During this time, tourism in Romania is at its peak, nationally and internationally. Beach towns and cities in the mountains are popular destinations as local and foreign tourists seek refuge from the summer heat.

Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is saturated with tourists as it serves as an entry point to the rest of Romania.

Nightlife in Bucharest is at its full bloom, and the streets of Old Town Bucharest are flooded with people. The vibes are young and lively, perfect for anyone looking for a fun summer vacation in Romania.

Many spectacular events and festivals in Romania occur in the summer, and no Romania trip is complete without participating in one of them. No matter which city you decide to go in Romania, there will be something happening!

Because summer is the peak season in Romania,  we recommend booking your accommodation in advance.

Best Time Of The Year To Visit Romania

We all have our own interests and hobbies, so saying that summer is the best season to travel to Romania might be prudent. There is no “best” time to visit Romania because it depends on what your intent is.

Below we will discuss the pros and cons of visiting Romania in each of the seasons so you can have a better idea of how to plan your Romania trip. 


Winter In Romania (December To February)

Winter in Romania is one of the lowest seasons for tourism. Temperatures drop below freezing on most days and frequent snowstorms ravage the country. The streets of Bucharest that were inundated with tourists are now desolate, and the lively atmosphere becomes grey and uninspiring.

If you plan on doing a Romania road trip, you can forget about it. With the amount of snowfall, most roads are nearly impossible to drive on. The famous Transfagarasan Highway (the best driving road in the world) is usually covered in snow in the winter, and you definitely don’t want to leave Romania without seeing it!


Fortunately, the thick layer of snow creates the perfect slopes for winter sports. Skiing and snowboarding are popular in Romania during the months of January and February. As one of the cheapest EU countries, visitors don’t have to pay a hefty price for winter sports, unlike Switzerland or Austria. 


The ski resort town of Poiana Brasov is one of the best places to visit in the winter. When you are done skiing, enjoy some hearty Romanian food and soak in a spa to soothe your aching limbs!

Even when it is not winter, Poiana Brasov is one of the best places to visit in Brasov, as it is filled with hiking trails and beautiful scenery.

If you are not into winter sports, the Christmas Markets in Romania are sure to impress.

Romania might not be well-known for its Christmas Markets, but it surely won’t stay like this for long. 


When it comes to Christmas Markets, the ones in Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca (the capital of Transylvania) are the most spectacular. Hundreds of merchants set up traditional wooden cottages in the historic center of these ex-Saxon settlements, selling anything from mulled wine to traditional handicrafts to sweets like kurtoskalacs!

Along with the beautiful Christmas decorations, the whole town comes alive. The energy that swept the streets of Romania in the summer is revived, and Christmas just cannot be more perfect in Romania.

Though Sibiu and Cluj are known to have the most beautiful Christmas Markets, cities like Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, and Timisoara also have Christmas Markets that won’t disappoint.


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Winter Festivals And Events In Romania

  • Christmas Markets Throughout Romania

As we have mentioned above, Christmas Markets are some of the best winter attractions in Romania. Most of them will start in mid-November and last till mid-January, giving travelers plenty of time to explore them all!

The annual bear festival (yes bear, not beer!) is one of the most unique and traditional festivals in Romania. It usually takes place in a small town called Comanesti in the northeastern region of Romania, where traditions and customs are engrained deep into their everyday lives.

Between Christmas and New Year, hundreds of participants in bear fur costumes would go from houses to houses, singing and dancing to ward off evil for the new upcoming year. Many of the fur costumes are real and weight up to 40 kg; they can also cost as much as 2,000 euros.

This unique festival is off-the-beaten-path, but if you are willing to venture out there, you will get a glimpse into some of the most authentic Romanian heritage.

Autumn In Romania (September To November)

Autumn is our favorite season to travel to Romania.  Flocks of summer tourists are now gone, leaving the cities with a surreal sense of serenity. Many of the Romania attractions that were filled with visitors are now nearly empty, allowing visitors to fully enjoy their grandeur.

Autumn is the best time to visit Transylvania, a historic region with charming castles and medieval towns. Fewer tourists will allow you to enjoy the attractions more, and any photo you take will be accompanied by the colorful autumn foliage. 


Small towns such as Rimetea that were busy in the summer are now ghost towns with no one on the streets and everything closed on the weekdays. 

Nature starts showing us its true color, and slowly the countryside of Romania becomes saturated with colorful foliage. It is the best season to do a Romania road trip, as the landscape itself is enough to bedazzle you.


Autumn is also harvest season, giving visitors an opportunity to get a glimpse into traditional Romanian life in the countryside.

With fewer tourists, demand and prices have lowered. Fully-booked hotels are now eerily empty, and some accommodations won’t even operate in autumn. Entrance fees to many attractions are also cheaper in autumn, perfect for anyone traveling Romania on a budget.


Autumn is a great season for hiking, as the weather is moderate with low chances of rain.

However, the mountainous areas of Romania can get quite chilly, especially toward the end of autumn. It is not uncommon to see some snowfall towards the end of autumn.


Autumn Festivals And Events In Romania

  • Oktoberfest Brasov

Because of the Transylvania Saxon influences, many of the cities in Translyvania still hold German influences. Brasov is one of those medieval Saxon cities.

In the city of Brasov, autumn is extra delightful. The Carpathian Mountains that surround the city are darted with autumn foliage, and the annual Oktoberfest Brasov gives you “beer goggles” to further enhance the landscapes.

Traditional music, Bavarian costumes, sausages, and enough beer to cure a drought, Oktoberfest Brasov is an amazing time to visit Brasov.

  • CibinFEST (OktoberFEST Sibiu)

A similar Oktoberfest also happens in the nearby city of Sibiu, another medieval Saxon walled-citadels. This annual event celebrates the seasonal harvest the best way possible, with loads of Bavarian beer, cuisine, music, and dancing.

Starting in a big tent in the Large Square ( the center of the historic district), the party spreads and engulfs the entire city. It is certainly one of the most fun things to do in Sibiu!


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  • ASTRA Film Festival (Sibiu)

If you are a film or documentary enthusiast, the ASTRA Film Festival (AFF) in Sibiu is an event you cannot miss. As the oldest international festival in Romania, the world-recognized AFF features mainly films on Eastern and Central Europe.

Many of these films tell a story about Romanian culture and traditions. Visitors will surely learn something interesting about the traditional Romanian ways of life when attending the AFF.

  • Halloween Party At Bran Castle

Bran Castle is the alleged birthplace of the legend of Dracula, a skin-tingling horror character from Bram Stoker’s famous novel. During Halloween, Bran Castle becomes one of the biggest attractions in Romania, hosting its own Halloween party. The party usually consists of vampire costumes, delicious food, drinks, dancing, music, and a hint of spookiness.

This is your one and only chance to party the night in a Dracula’s Castle!

If you are traveling Romania with kids, the Halloween special at Bran Castle also has something for them, but they will not be able to participate in the adult-only afterparty.

Find out more on the official Bran Castle site.


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Spring In Romania (Mid-March To May)

By mid-March, the weather in Romania has started to improve. Gone are the dreadful winter days and comes the mild spring, along with frequent rain and spring blossoms.


Spring is the best time to go to Romania for birdwatchers, as migratory birds find shelter in Danube Delta. Even if you are not a bird enthusiast, you will find joy slowly cruising down the Danube Delta, admiring at the numerous species of wildlife that inhabit the area.

As the snow melts, hiking becomes more popular in Romania. Though the temperature might be ideal, hikers must beware of the rainstorms that frequent the area. 


The month of May is usually the month with the highest rainfall in Romania.

Accommodations and entrance fees are cheaper because of the lowered demand, similar to autumn. If you enjoy nature and a more authentic side of Romania, spring is a good time to visit.

Spring Festivals And Events In Romania

  • Martisor

Martisor is a Romanian traditional holiday celebrated on March 1st to welcome the arrival of spring.

To commemorate this seasonal tradition, small talismans (also called Martisor) made of red and white string in the form of a tassel are given to the ladies. These small trinkets are said to bring prosperity and health to anyone that receives one.

A week before Martisor, “Martisor” fairs will pop up in the big cities such as Brasov and Bucharest. There you will find local vendors selling Martisor-related items, accessories, and other handicrafts. With the “Martisor” fairs arrival, Romania is in high spirits once again!

  • Film Festivals (Cluj Shorts, Este Film Festival, Transylvania International Film Festival)

Spring is the season of film festivals in Romania. Many big film festivals such as Cluj Shorts, Este Film, and Transylvania International Film Festival take place in Cluj-Napoca or Sibiu. If you are a film-lover, don’t forget to check some of these out.

  • Spotlight Festival (Bucharest)

The Spotlight Festival in Bucharest is one of the most stunning festivals in the world. To call it a festival would be a little misleading because there usually isn’t loud music, dancing, or lots of booze (but that can be arranged).

A series of light installations and projections transform the Old Town Bucharest into its own art museum. By using these projects and installations, it adds another dimension to the already stunning buildings of Bucharest. This unique expression of art is a must-see if you are in Bucharest in the spring.


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  • Sunwaves Music Festival (Constanta)

With the temperature on the rise, music festivals start to make a comeback in the spring. The most famous of which is the Sunwaves Music Festival that takes place on Crazy Beach in Mamaia, a resort town in the coastal city of Constanta.

As one of the biggest music festivals in Romania, Sunwaves Festival features a wide variety of famous and rising artists. Come enjoy some nice music under the spring sun, dance on the soft sand of Crazy Beach, and wake up to the sounds of crashing waves!

  • Easter Celebrations

Since most of Romania is Orthodox Christian, Easter is one of the most celebrated holidays in Romania. Because of this, Romania usually celebrates Orthodox Easter, which occurs around a week after Catholic Easter. This might mean you get to celebrate Easter twice if you decide to travel to Romania after Catholic Easter!

Easter markets will spawn in many parts o the city, perfect for visitors looking to purchase some Easter-related gifts or try some traditional Easter food in Romania. Hand-dyed easter eggs are a big part of Romanian Easter, so make sure you check them out.

Be aware that some shops and attractions might be closed during the Easter holidays.


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Summer In Romania (June To August)

Like we have mentioned above, summer is generally the best season to go to Romania,. Why? The weather is at its best, rainfall is infrequent, and the streets are filled with energy and good vibes.

However, keep in mind that you will be paying more for accommodations and activities, though the prices will still be cheap for Europe.


On average, the temperature is around 30 °C (86 °F) in lower areas like Bucharest, but it can reach upwards to around 35 °C (95 °F). The temperature in the higher-elevated regions tends to be a few degrees cooler.

Hiking is one of the most popular summer activities in Romania, as the mountains offer lush landscapes and a way to escape the heat. If you don’t like hiking, head over to Constanta and cool off in the Black Sea.


Summer is not a bad time to visit Transylvania, but keep in mind the long queues and crowded attractions. Overcrowdedness diminishes even the more beautiful thing on earth.

However, summer is the best time to visit Bucharest, the capital of Romania.


During the other seasons, the cold weather and the grey communist-era buildings suppress any kind of enjoyment. As more tourists flock to the streets in the summer, the winter curse is lifted, and sightseeing in Bucharest becomes fun and cheerful again.

Another reason to visit Bucharest in the summer is its spectacular nightlife, all at the fraction of the cost of other popular European cities such as Berlin or Prague. With its trendy bars, charming outdoor cafes, and beautiful historic buildings, “Paris of the East” is once again in full bloom.


Summer Festivals And Events In Romania

  • Numerous Music Festivals
Music festivals are some of the best summer attractions in Romania. From the mega UNTOLD Festival (2015 Best European Festival) to the seaside NEVERSEA Festival to the hippie Dakini Festival, there’s surely a music festival you will enjoy. Because of how popular they are, we highly recommend you to reserve your ticket in advance, especially if you plan on visiting multiple music festivals in Romania. Other notable music festivals are the fun and chill Awake festival, the alternative Summer Well festival, the hardcore rock Rockstadt Extreme Fest, the unique Electric Castle (You party in a castle!), and the mysterious Waha Festival (it takes place in the woods!). 
  • International Vampire Film and Arts Festival (Sighisoara)

As we mentioned above, Romania has a reputation as the land of the vampires because of Bram Stoker’s famous novel, Dracula. In summer, Sighisoara (the birthplace of Vlad Dracula) holds the annual International Vampire Film and Arts Festival (Vampfest).

Here you will find different genres of vampire-related arts, such as films, literature, performing arts, and more. If you want to learn more about vampires and Dracula, Vampfest is worth a visit.

  • Sighisoara Medieval Arts and Crafts Festival

Sighisoara, one of the old Transylvania Saxon walled citadels, holds the unique Sighisoara Medieval Arts and Crafts Festival in the last few days of July. During this time, Sighisoara travels back to medieval times, and visitors will find costume parades, performances, concerts, traditional handicrafts, and much more along the well-preserved cobblestone streets.

This is one of the best times to visit Transylvania as the reenactment gives visitors a glimpse into life in a medieval Transylvania Saxon walled citadel.

  • Maiden’s Fair (Mount Gaina & Avram Iancu)

The Maiden’s Fair is one of Transylvania’s oldest and most popular folk events. In the past, the Maiden’s Fair was a matchmaking event that arranges marriages for young men and women.

Nowadays, the practice of arranged marriages has died out in Romania, and the Maiden’s Fair is mostly an ethnographic festival promoting local cultures. Here you will find music, performances, gorgeous local outfits, and as always, lots of traditional Romania food.

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As you can see, the best time of year to visit Romania all depends on you. We hope our guide has given you some crucial information to help you plan your trip to Romania!

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17 Reasons Why Bucharest is Worth Visiting (NOW)!

17 Reasons Why Bucharest is Worth Visiting (NOW)!

Is Bucharest worth visiting?

That is not usually a question you have to ask about the capital of a country. But when it comes to Bucharest, the capital of Romania, it is one of the most common questions asked.

As the location of one of the most gruesome communist regime that only ended 3 decades ago, it is not uncommon for travelers to think that Bucharest is still not suited for tourism.

As a result, many have the preconception that Bucharest is unsafe, and such issue is only paired with bleak communism era architecture.

But after our road trip in Romania, we have found a sense of appreciation for the city that’s called “Paris of the East”.

Without further ado, here are 17 reasons why you should visit Bucharest, Romania!

Why Visit Bucharest? Here’s Why!

1. It’s Home To The Palace Of Parliament, The Heaviest Building In The World


Did you know Bucharest is the home to the heaviest building in the world, the Palace of Parliament?

Weighing in at around 4 billion kilograms, or 9 billion pounds, the Palace of Parliament started construction in 1984, under Nicolae Ceauşescu, the last communist dictator in Romania.

Construction took longer than intended, as the Romanian Revolution in 1989 resulted in the Nicolae Ceauşescu’s death and the end of communism in Romania.  In 1997, the construction of the Palace of Parliament (or Palace of the People back then) finished, more than 13 years after construction began.

The Palace of Parliament was intended to show Romania’s grandeur. In fact, it was the most expensive building in the world at the time.


However, under the surface of elegant facades, Romanians were literally starving under communist rule. It was not uncommon to wait hours in a queue for your weekly ration of food, which was barely enough for survival.

The Palace of Parliaments measures at 84 meters (276 feet) tall, 270 meters (886 feet) long, and 245 meters (804 feet) wide. It also has a 16-meter (52 feet) deep basement to survive any nuclear attack.

With a total of 1100 rooms and a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3,930,000 sq ft), the cost for heating and electricity costs $6 million per year, enough to power a medium-sized city.

Ironically, what was a symbol of communism and oppression is now a symbol of democracy, housing many of the country’s legislative and administrative establishments.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the Palace of Parliament, but be warned, you will only see about 5 percent of the total building because of its size!

Find more about the guided tour of the Palace of Parliament here!

2. Arguably One Of The Best Nightlife In Europe!


Also nicknamed “Little Berlin”, Bucharest is known to have some of the best nightlife in the world. Once the sun sets, the Old Town Bucharest transforms into one major party.

Music can be heard blasting through the old facades of the building. Clubs and bars dominate the cobblestone streets, and everyone is out to have a good time.

Most of the clubs run until the early hours of the morning, and the only thing stopping you from having a good time is you! (and maybe your tired legs if you have been dancing all night)

3. Everything Is Cheap!


As the capital of a European country, you would expect the prices of Bucharest to be quite high.


Bucharest, and Romania in general, is one of the cheapest places to travel in the Europe. Even though Romania is in the European Union, its salary continues to be one of the lowest in the EU.

However, that doesn’t mean that people in Bucharest are living in slums or surviving on pennies. The standard of living in Bucharest is quite high; it is just that everything is so cheap in Bucharest.

When we were visiting Bucharest, we found decent hotels for 20 USD a night. A nice hostel in Bucharest can be as cheap as 7 USD a night. A half-liter of beer can be found for 2.5 lei (0.6 USD) in the supermarkets.

Here in Bucharest, you can splurge on a luxurious experience without paying the hefty price tag!

Find top accommodations in Bucharest here!

4. See The Aftermaths Of One Of The Toughest Communist Regimes


Romania has never been the same after 42 years of communist rule. As you walk down the streets of Bucharest, you will notice grey communist-era buildings where Romanians used to cramp into. But architecture isn’t the only aftermath of communist rule in Romania.

There is a lingering air of pessimism from all the hardships that were endured only a little more than 30 years ago.

During the era of communist rule in Romania, it wasn’t uncommon for your closest friend to work as a spy for the communist party, gathering a list of people who thought ill of the regime. Those who would badmouth the regime were disposed of.

Consequently, an air of distrust and suspicion continues to linger in society, especially with the older generation. Many tourists find Romanians to be quite cold, especially when compared to other European nations. But how can someone be optimistic and trusting when their whole lives have been filled with lies and oppression?

When we visited Bucharest, it reminded us of Colombia. Both countries suffered a terrible past but refused to let that define them. Transformation can be seen as the country welcomes more tourism and the younger generation set a new path.

If you really want to see the aftermath of communism in Bucharest, you might have to spend more than one day in Bucharest.

Also, check out this communism tour in Bucharest to help you understand more about its history!

5. Admire The Beautiful Orthodox Churches


Though after many years of communist rule, many of Bucharest’s beautiful Orthodox churches remain. Over 80 percent of Romania’s population are Eastern Orthodox, and Orthodox churches are scattered throughout Bucharest.

The one Eastern Orthodox church you must visit in Bucharest is the Stavropoleos Monastery Church. Built in 1724, the Stavropoleos Monastery was built for nuns. Nowadays, it is one of the must-see places in Bucharest.

Its charming Brâncovenesc style exterior will surely lure you in, but don’t judge a book by its cover (okay maybe just once). The inside is equally beautiful, featuring ornate decorations, enchanting ceilings, and stunning paints. 

If you are a church-lover considering adding the New St. George Church to your Bucharest itinerary. Though not as beautiful as the Stavrolopoleos Monastery on the exterior, the interior decor is truly magnificent!

6. Charming Streets That Will Remind You Of Paris


Did you know that Bucharest is also known as “Little Paris”?

In the period between the two World Wars, Bucharest’s elegant architecture and sophistication of the elite earned the city’s name “Little Paris”. Though you won’t lots of French culture left in Romania, many of the architecture has been restored after the devastating communism era.

Stepping into the Macca-Vilacrosse Passage in Bucharest is like stepping into a teleportation device. One moment you are in Old Town Bucharest, the next moment you are in a small charming arcade street in Paris.

A fork-shaped arcade street covered with stunning stained-glass ceilings, the Macca-Vilacrosse Passage was built in 1891. The two forks are called Macca and Vilacrosse and both end at Calea Victoriei; the other end opens at the historical Lipscani district, towards the National Bank.

Nowadays most of the shops are cafes, bars, and restaurants. While it is relatively quiet in the day, the Macca-Vilacrosse Passage turns up a notch at night, as it is filled with people smoking hookahs (shishas) in the bars.

If you want to take a photo of one of the most beautiful places in Bucharest, come in the daytime! 

7. Carturesti Carusel, One Of The Most Beautiful Bookstores In The World


Located on Strada Lipscani, Carturesti Carusel is the definition of “don’t judge a book for its cover.”

On the outside, Carturesti Carusel is a 19th century restored building that won’t turn any heads. But once you step in, you will see why the Carturesti Carusel (Carousel of Light) bookstore is considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world!

Upon entry, you will notice this is exactly the opposite of the cold and bleak streets of Bucharest.

The stunning spiral staircases will immediately seize your attention, as they guide your eyes around the beautiful interior decor. From the gorgeous columns that span 6 floors to the countless number of books, Carturesti Carusel is like a cathedral for books.

Visitors can spend hours here, browsing up and down the aisles and taking photos. Don’t miss your chance because the Carturesti Carusel bookstore is the most Instagram-worthy spot in Bucharest!

When you are tired of exploring, head to the top of the bookstore, where a bistro will serve you light refreshments!

8. Old Town Bucharest Is Gorgeous In Every Way


If you are traveling to Europe, chances are, you want to see some stunning architecture, historical buildings where it’s as if you stepped into a time machine. If that is the case, Bucharest might just be the perfect place for you.

Old Town Bucharest, or Centru Vechi in Romanian, is an area filled with stunning cobblestone streets, historical churches, and elegant buildings that just ooze charm.

Defined by the area that borders the Dambovita River to the south, Calea Victoriei to the west, Bulevardul Brătianu to the east, and Regina Elisabeta to the north, a stroll in the Old Town will certainly lead to many exciting discoveries.

While a pleasant historical district in the day, Old Town Bucharest becomes a party district at night. Filled with clubs, bars, and other nightly entertainments, visitors will surely have a good night in Bucharest Old Town.

9. Delicious Romanian Food That Will Melt Your Heart (And Maybe Give You A Heart Attack)

Romanian-food kurtoskalacs

If you are traveling to Romania, you mustn’t miss its delicious cuisine. Romanian dishes are known to be rich but yet simple, perfect for anyone looking for some comforting food.

The Romanian cuisine takes influence from many different backgrounds, including German (Saxon), Turkish (Ottoman), Hungarian, and more. Combine those influences with locally-grown produce, and you have yourself the perfect meal.

If you are a meat-lover, you would unquestionably love Romanian food, as it is filled with meats and stews.

For street food, you must try kurtoskalacs, a spit cake popular in the Transylvania region. For dessert, you must try the diabetes-inducing papanasi, a donut-shaped pastry with a small sphere at the top covered with sour cream and a jam topping.

And of course, you cannot leave Romania without trying Romania’s national dish, the Sarmale, or Romanian cabbage rolls.

Luckily, if you are going on a Bucharest trip, then you are in a treat. Bucharest is the home of some of the best Romanian cuisine.

Caru’ cu Bere, the oldest restaurant in Bucharest, is the best restaurant in Bucharest for Romania food. Don’t miss it when you are in Bucharest!

10. Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum To Learn About Traditional Romanian Life


Bucharest is filled with many amazing museums, but none is as exciting as the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum.

Featuring hundreds of traditional peasant homes and farms, this village museum in Bucharest is dedicated to giving visitors an incredible Romanian heritage experience. 

Most of the houses date back to the mid-19th century, and it is interesting to have a glimpse into traditional Romanian life. Because the historical region of Transylvania was given to Romanian at the end of World War I, the exhibits on Transylvania are unique.

The Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum is one of the must-see places when you visit Bucharest.

11. There Are Numerous Day Trips From Bucharest


Bucharest’s prime geographical location provides a good base to explore the nearby region.

To the north of Bucharest is the historic Transylvania region, where medieval castles and the old Saxon citadels reside. Here you will find the Bran Castle and the horrifying legend of Dracula, as well as the immaculate Peles Castle in Sinaia.

If you venture deeper into the Transylvania region, you will catch the old Saxon settlements of Brasov and Sibiu, both of which are our favorite cities in Romania.

To the east of Bucharest is the famous beach towns of Romania, such as Constanta. Sitting on the shores of the Black Sea, Constanta is the proper place to get your tan on and relax on the beach. Though a beach town, Constanta is also filled with numerous historical attractions, such as the Faleza Cazino Constanta.

To the south of Bucharest is Ruse, a historical city in Bulgaria known as “Vienna of the East”.

To the (north)west of Bucharest is the famous Transfagarasan Highway in Romania, also deemed as the best driving road in the world by the British television series Top Gear. The windy roads that traverse the Carpathian Mountains are some of the most beautiful landscapes in Romania.

Whichever way you decide to go, Bucharest is surrounded by wonderful destinations. Here are some day trips from Bucharest we recommend:

12. Beautiful Parks to Relax In


As a mega metropolitan city, Bucharest has a surprising selection of pristine parks to relax in.

If you are staying in Old Town Bucharest or nearby (which you should), the 15-hectare Cismigiu Gardens is a pleasure to walk around. On a nice day, you will see families having a great time, couples going on a date, or just locals lounging around on one of their numerous benches.

On the northern part of Bucharest is the King Mihai I Park, which is considered the more beautiful park in Bucharest. The park has an area of about 187 hectares, but 74 of those is a pristine lake used for water sports.

On the west side of the park is the famous Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum, a must-see on any trip to Bucharest.

13. Romania’s Own Arch de Triumph


Did you know that Romania has its own Arch of Triumph?

Located in the northern parts of Bucharest, the Romania Arch Of Triumph , or Arcul de Triumf, was built after Romania gained its independence in 1878. Originally, this 27-meter tall wooden landmark’s only use was to allow victorious troops to march under.

Because of its original wooden design, it quickly decayed. In 1935, the arch was rebuilt with a more Neoclassical design, closely modeling after the one in Paris.

That design can be currently seen in Bucharest today! 

14. Bucharest Is SAFE!

As an ex-communist country, many travelers have the belief that Romania is not a safe country, especially not Bucharest.

In fact, one of the most common questions we get about Romania is “Is Bucharest safe?”

We are here to tell you that Bucharest’s safety is some of the best in Europe. Serious crimes are less common in Bucharest than other major cities in Europe.

However, you might want to be careful when it comes to petty crimes such as pickpockets. The salary in Bucharest is much lower than many parts of the world, and an iPhone for them could be worth months of their salary!

15. It’s Not Too Touristy (Yet)!


Nothing ruins the beauty of a destination when you are constantly getting smacked by other people’s selfie sticks. Luckily for you, Bucharest is not that touristy yet!

As a result, not only prices are much lower in Bucharest than most other European countries, but you also get to see a much more authentic side of Romanian culture.

16. Young, Progressive, Creative, And Hip Vibes 


Bucharest is a city that has been going under a slow transformation. From the oppressive communist era, Bucharest has taken a complete-180 degree, becoming a city that is welcoming, progressive, and hip.

The city is becoming populated with trendy cafes, chic bars, and an overall young vibe. Many lively street arts can be seen throughout Bucharest, the opposite of the stone-cold walls a few decades ago.

Because of the various universities in Bucharest, the city boasts a very energetic crowd. If you are young (or young at heart), you will surely fit in Bucharest.

17. Concerts At The Romanian Athenaeum


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The Romanian Athenaeum is a concert hall located in the center of Bucharest.

Opened in 1888, the ornate structure resembles an ancient Greek temple and features a 41-meter-high dome. The interior decor is even more stunning, featuring spiral staircases and marble balconies. In the concert hall itself, a 75-meter long and 3-meter wide fresco depicting major events of Romania’s history can be seen.

Because of its significance, the Romanian Athenaeum is on the list of the Label of European Heritage sites since 2007.

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Those are the 17 reasons why Bucharest is worth visiting! What are you waiting for? Go pack your bags and book a flight to Bucharest now!

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The Epic One Day In Bucharest Itinerary: The Best Of Bucharest

The Epic One Day In Bucharest Itinerary: The Best Of Bucharest

Not sure what to do in Bucharest in one day? Don’t worry we are here to help.

Tackling the capital of Romania can be difficult, especially if you have a short amount of time such as a day or a layover in Bucharest.

That is why we have created the following Bucharest itinerary to help you maximize your time and see as much as possible.


Is 1 Day In Bucharest Enough?


If you are planning a trip to Bucharest, you must wonder how long is the ideal time to spend in Bucharest.

After all, is 1 day in Bucharest enough to see all the famous attractions the capital of Romania is known for?

The answer is: Unfortunately, yes.

While I would’ve loved to spend more time in a city known as Paris of the East, there really isn’t much to do outside of the historical attractions.

Bucharest Old Town is unquestionably beautiful, riddled with stunning medieval buildings and interesting history. However, all of that can be seen in one day, leaving visitors with a busy metropolitan city filled with congestion and noise.

If you are in Bucharest to see its culture and heritage, one day would be sufficient. If you enjoy city life, maybe even a bit of nightlife (Bucharest has some amazing nightlife), you can spend more time in Bucharest, especially given how affordable this city is!

The nightlife and historical attractions are the main reasons why Bucharest is worth visiting. 

One Day In Bucharest Itinerary: The BEST Things To Do in Bucharest, Romania

Morning: Bucharest Free Walking Tour

Rise and shine early because you have a long day in Bucharest ahead of you.

Given the years of history and amount of historic monuments in Bucharest, exploring Bucharest independently is a tough task. That is why the first thing you will be doing in Bucharest is attending a walking tour. But this isn’t any walking tour, this is a FREE walking tour of Bucharest.

Luckily for you, Bucharest is filled with free walking tours run by expert local guides. Local Romanians that have been living in Bucharest long enough to offer a great introduction to the capital of Romania.

Visitors looking for more specific information can also ask the tour guides, whether that is places to eat, must-see attractions, and so on. 


How do the tour guides make money? Great question.

At the end of the walking tours, involuntary tips are collected. Obviously, tips are encouraged but you don’t have to give anything, especially if you felt like it was a total waste of your time. On the other hand, if you liked the tour, you can give your entire life savings!

While there are many Bucharest free walking tours, we went with Civitatis. We absolutely loved our guide (if we remembered correctly, her name was Adriana); she was professional, knowledgable, and humorous!

The free walking tours usually start in the morning and lasts for 2-3 hours. If your hotel doesn’t offer breakfast, find one that does! 🙂

Alternatively, there are many coffee shops and restaurants in Bucharest Old Town, where you should be staying to maximize your time in Bucharest.


Afternoon: Exploring The Must-See Attractions in Bucharest

Now that your free walking tour has ended, we hope that you have learned a lot about Bucharest and its traumatic history. Evidence of the old communist Soviet regime can be easily seen throughout Bucharest, and the slow transformation has piqued our interest.

Before we spend the afternoon visiting some of the best attractions in Bucharest, we must first take care of that rumbling stomach. You must be starving after that long walking tour!

If Bucharest is the first stop on your Romania itinerary, it is time to familiarize yourself with some delicious Romanian cuisine. There is no better restaurant in Bucharest to do that than Caru’ cu Bere.

With over 130 years of history, Caru’ cu Bere is the oldest restaurant in Bucharest. Though originally a brewery, this iconic symbol of Bucharest is now one of the best places to try traditional Romanian dishes.


Credit: Caru’ cu Bere

While many people come here for the food and the ambiance, there is no denying how beautiful this place is.

The lavish art nouveau interior decor can be seen from the wood-paneling and gorgeous stained-glasses windows. The aged-wooden furniture complements the moody ambiance, and for a second you have to remind yourself you are not in a museum.

Usually, when something is so beautiful, they have something to hide, such as the food. But at Caru’ cu Bere, the food is absolutely delicious and the service is impeccable. Don’t miss the roasted pork knuckle and the traditional polenta soup, a dish made from boiled cornmeal!


Credit: Caru’ cu Bere

Now that your stomach is happy, let’s make the rest of you happy by seeing some of the best places to visit in Bucharest. Here are our recommendations:

1. Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului)


As the heaviest building in the world, the Palace of Parliament is one of the most famous landmarks in Romania. Weighing a little over 9 billion pounds, the Palace of Parliament has a height of 84 meters (276 ft) and has a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3,930,000 sq ft) in a total of more than 1100 rooms combined. 

It is the second-largest administrative building in the world, just behind The Pentagon in the United States. 

Built in the late 20th century by the communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, the Palace of Parliament was supposed to be a symbol of wealth and prosperity in Romania. However, underneath the beautiful facades, the people of Romania were actually suffering from the rule of the communist regimes. 


Visitors can visit the inside of the Palace of Parliament through a guided tour. Reservations must be made directly by phone. Because of its popularity, we recommend you to book at least a few days in advance.

Alternatively, check out our offer on tickets for the Palace of Parliament, you can even skip the line!

2. Visit the Cărturești Carusel (Carousel of Light) Bookstore


The Carturesti Carusel (Carousel of Light) bookstore is one of the most beautiful places in Bucharest. If you are looking for the perfect photo opportunity or Instagram photo, the Carturesti Carusel is a place you must visit in Bucharest.

On the outside, this 19th-century restored building does not amaze. However, the magic happens when you step inside. The breathtaking spiral staircase and intricate symmetry bring this unique bookstore to life. Compared to the cold and grey streets of Bucharest, this bookstore in Bucharest is a complete 180.

Comprised of 6 floors and a total of 10,000 books, you can spend hours getting lost between the bookshelves. When you are tired from walking up and down those dramatic spiral staircases, go up to the top floor and grab a coffee or a snack from the bistro.

Featuring large windows, the bistro also offers great views of Bucharest Old Town.

3. Visit The Stavropoleos Monastery and/or The New St. George Church


Bucharest is the home to many Orthodox Churches, but none are as famous as the Stavropoleos Monastery and the New St. George Church.

Located in Old Town Bucharest, the Stavropoleos Monastery is a small Eastern Orthodox monastery. Built for nuns in 1724, the famous building has a unique Brâncovenesc style exterior that exudes elegance.

The interior of the Stavropoleos Monastery is equally stunning, featuring tasteful paints and ornate ceilings. On the side of the monastery is also a small garden where visitors will find peace and quiet.

The Stavropoleos Monastery, though exquisite, is not big by any means. If you wish to see more Orthodox churches, then the New St. George Church should be your next stop.


From Stavropoleos Monastery, take Strada Lipscani, one of the most iconic medieval streets in Bucharest Old Town, to arrive at the New St. George Church. The walk only takes about 5-minute but it will surely take you longer because of the gorgeous buildings along the way.

Once you have entered the grounds of the New St. George Church, you will either immediately notice a metal globe that is the Kilometer Zero Monument (Monumentul Kilometrul Zero), the Constantin Brâncoveanu Monument, or the church itself.

The Kilometer Zero Monument features a metal globe that acts as “Kilometer Zero”. Around the metal globe are a bunch of notable Romanian cities’ names with a number next to it. The number next to it is the distance that the city is away from “Kilometer Zero”, or the globe. 


Near the entrance of the church itself is the Constantin Brâncoveanu Monument, a monument for honoring Prince of Wallachia between 1688 to 1714. 

Constantin Brâncoveanu was known for many achievements in his life, such as the unique Brâncoveanu style (also known as Romanian Renaissance) that can be seen in art and architecture around Bucharest.

Nestled in the rear is the New St. George Church, the biggest church during Constantin Brâncoveanu’s reign. Inside are some of the most stunning paintings and artwork we have ever seen, so don’t miss this place when you are visiting Bucharest.

4. “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum


Anyone yearning to learn more about traditional Romanian life must not miss the ethnographic “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum. Featuring hundreds of traditional peasant homes and farms, the village museum is devoted to provide guests with a Romanian heritage experience.

Located in King Mihal I Park (Parcul Regele Mihai I), visitors must find a means of transport to get there. Buses and Metro trains both leave regularly from Bucharest Old Town to the park, but the system is a bit complicated when purchasing your ticket.

If you take an Uber, it will take around 15 minutes instead, but beware of the horrendous traffic Bucharest is known for.

Avoid rush hour if you are taking a bus or an Uber.

Most of the houses in this open-air museum dates back to the mid-19th century, and entering this museum feels like you have stepped into a time machine. If you are lucky, you will be able to enter the majority of the houses, catching glimpses of the type of living environment of traditional Romanians.

All the houses come from a different region in Romania, and it is interesting to see their differences and similarities.


The Dimitrie Gusti National Museum is a must-see on any Bucharest itinerary.

Admission cost to the village museum in Bucharest is 10 lei for adults and 5 lei for children or students. Audio guides are available for hire for 50 lei, or alternatively, you can have the audio guide on your smartphone for 8 lei! Official guided tours are also available, but they cost 300 lei and you must call in advance.

In our opinion, the audio guide on your smartphone is sufficient and economical, perfect for anything traveling Romania on a budget.

The Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum is open from 9 AM to 7 PM daily, except on Monday when it is only open until 5 PM.

Note: Though the museum is open on Mondays, the individual houses are not! Avoid visiting on Mondays!

5. Macca-Vilacrosse Passage


If you are looking for a place in Bucharest that is just oozing charm, you must visit the Macca-Vilacrosse Passage on your Bucharest trip.

When we arrived in Bucharest, we didn’t necessarily encounter the Paris of the East. Most buildings were dilapidated, abandoned buildings dotted the city, and it was difficult to find the charm of this so-called Paris of the East. That was until we stumbled upon the Macca-Vilacrosse Passage.

The Macca-Vilacross Passage is a fork-shaped arcade street covered with gorgeous stained-glassed ceilings. When we stepped in, it immediately reminded us of Paris. Built in 1891, the Macca-Vilacrosse Passage is now the home to many cafes and bars.

If you want to admire its beauty, visit in the day time as it is less busy. Once night falls upon Bucharest, the passage is filled with people smoking hookahs (shishas), drinking beer, and chatting away.

If you are not sure what to do in Bucharest at night, the Macca-Vilacrosse Passage will definitely offer you a great time!

6. Old Town Bucharest


You should be no stranger to the Old Town of Bucharest (Centrul Vechi) at this point. Many of the sights you have been seeing today were located in Old Town Bucharest. However, the Old Town actually spans a huge area.

Defined by the area that borders the Dambovita River to the south, Calea Victoriei to the west, Bulevardul Brătianu to the east, and Regina Elisabeta to the north, Old Town Bucharest is full of charm in every corner.

To wind down your afternoon, spend some time just strolling down the streets, admiring what is remarkably left after World War II and the gruesome USSR communist regime. Stop at the numerous cafe and watch the sun set over the historical buildings, amplifying their beauty!

Night: Enjoying Bucharest’s Nightlife

Now that it is night in Bucharest, it is time to enjoy its famed nightlife. Everyone knows the recipe for a good night starts with an amazing dinner.

Luckily for you, there is plenty of amazing restaurant for dinner. If you wish to return to Caru’ cu Bere (where you had lunch), you may do so because that place does not disappoint. If are feeling adventurous and would like to try another place, we recommend Vatra Restaurant.

Serving authentic Romanian cuisine, patrons can dine in their beautiful Transylvanian interior decor, some of which dates back to the 1920s. The Vatra Restaurant is a combination of the village museum and a sublime eatery!

The papanasi dessert is one that you must not leave Bucharest without trying!

If you have been traveling in Romania for a long time and have been to some of the notable cities in Transylvania such as Sibiu and Brasov, you might be tired of Romanian food.

Other incredible eateries in Bucharest include the Excalibur, where you literally dine like a king; Or the Aubergine Restaurant, serving healthy and delicious Israeli/Middle Eastern cuisine.

Vatra Restaurant Bucharest
Credit: Vatra Restaurant

Now that you have all the energy you need for the night, it is time to enjoy the nightlife in Bucharest.

Start off with a nice and cozy outdoor bar called Gradina EDEN. Situated next to a beautiful green space, it is the perfect spot to chill out with a cocktail or beer in your hand.

If you are visiting in the summer or the weather is nice, you will find numerous hammocks and bean bags, and obviously no vacation is complete without laying in a hammock!

Their drinks are medium in price but for its unique atmosphere, it is a small price to pay.

Make sure you make a reservation or come early because this place does get busy!

Credit: Gradina Eden

The real party in Bucharest starts at around 10 PM to 11 PM, but doesn’t get crazy until it is about midnight.

Surprisingly, the historic center of Bucharest (aka the Old Town) is one of the best places to experience the Bucharest nightclubs. Historical buildings have been turned into clubs and bars, and loud music can be heard through the old facades.

While we aren’t huge partygoers ourselves, we heard great things about Shoteria, Nomad Skybar, and Club A.

If you are traveling solo in Bucharest and would like some company to check out Bucharest’s night scene, here are our recommended tours:

If you aren’t huge on partying, don’t worry; there are plenty of things to do in Bucharest at night. Many of the historic landmarks of Bucharest light up at night, making them sights to be marveled at.

As the Paris of the East, it shouldn’t surprise you that Bucharest has its own version of the Arch of Triumph, or Arcul de Triumf in Romanian.

The Arcul de Triumf was built shortly after Romania gained its independence in 1878 so victorious troops could march underneath it. Nowadays it is one of the top tourist attractions in Bucharest.

Since it is located next to King Mihai I Park (where the village museum is), people see it in the day time and think that’s all. Little do they know that the Arcul de Triumf lights up at night, glorifying its majesty.

For anyone that doesn’t want to venture out to King Mihai I Park (possibly again), the Palace of Parliament also lights up at night. It is a short walk from the Old Town, perfect for anyone doing a short stay in Bucharest.


More Than 24 Hours In Bucharest Or Spending A Weekend In Bucharest?

This part of our Bucharest guide is for anyone visiting Bucharest for a layover, one day, or even a weekend. Here we will recommend other things to do in case you have extra time!

1. Pasajul Victoriei (The Famous Umbrella Street In Bucharest) 


The Pasajul Victoriei is a small alley where colorful umbrellas hang above the narrow walkway. Not only does this provide shade for anyone passing by, but the beautiful umbrellas make this place of the most popular photography spots in Bucharest.

Pasajul Victoriei is also the home of numerous cafes. In good weather, you can see patrons enjoying a nice meal or a cup of coffee in the outdoor seating area.

2. National Museum Of Romanian History (Muzeul Național de Istorie a României)


Anyon that just cannot get enough of the rivetting history of Romania needs to visit the National Museum of Romanian History. Located on Calea Victoriei in Old Town Bucharest, the museum features historical artifacts dating from prehistoric times up to modern times.

The exhibit on the fall of Nicolae Ceaușescu (the last communism leader in Romania) is quite interesting and perfect for anyone that isn’t familiar with the USSR occupation of Romania.

The museum also features a copy of the Trajan’s Column, a replica of the famous landmark in Rome.

If you find history interesting, you can certainly spend some time in the National Museum of Romanian History.

Just keep in mind that it is open from 10 AM to 6 PM daily except for Mondays and Tuesday when they are closed.

3. Cișmigiu Park


If you wish to spend more time in the green spaces of Bucharest, head over to Cișmigiu Park. Located near the University of Bucharest, Cișmigiu Park is a popular location of students to hang out.

The park features an English-style garden with numerous fountains and a popular boating lake. In the summers, the park comes to life as you can see families out and about, kids chasing pigeons, and lovers on romantic dates.

Green space like Cișmigiu Park is rare in a big metropolitan city. If you are looking for a more peaceful Bucharest trip, consider adding a visit to the Cișmigiu Park to your itinerary.

4. Day Trip To Transfagarasan Road, The Best Driving Road In The World


If you are a huge fan of the British television series Top Gear, you might already be familiar with the Transfagarasan Road. Deemed as the best driving road in the world by Top Gear, the Transfagarasan Highway is why most people rent a car and do a road trip in Romania.

The twists and turns of the Transfagarasan Road (also know as DN7C) traverse the famed Carpathian Mountains, which acted as the natural protective barrier for the medieval Transylvania.

Nowadays this natural fortification is the home to one of the best places to visit in Romania. If you want to admire the Transfagarasan Highway, you must go to the Balea Lake viewpoint.

A glacial lake located at the top of the Fagaras Mountains, Balea Lake offers unparalleled landscapes of the natural landscapes surrounding the Transfagarasan Road.

Balea Lake is also the home of the famous ice hotel, as well as many street vendors selling traditional Romanian crafts and goods.

If you don’t have a car and would still wish to visit the Transfagarasan Road, check out our recommended Transfagarasan Road tour!

5. Bran Castle And The Legend of Dracula


Because of the Legend of Dracula, Bran Castle is the most famous attraction in Romania. Inspired by the spine-tingling horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, Bran Castle has become the alleged Dracula’s Castle.

When Bram Stoker was writing Dracula, it is believed that he took inspiration from Vlad III (also known as Vlad Dracula).

During his reign of the Wallachia Empire, Vlad Dracula developed a reputation for his cruelty methods. Some say that he would impale his enemies and let them bleed to death. Rumors also said that he would drink his enemy’s blood.

Nowadays, the Bran Castle is mostly a museum for the art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. At the top level of Bran, there is a special exhibit dedicated to Dracula where visitors can learn about the truth!

Bran Castle is located about 2.5 hours north of Bucharest. Visitors can decide to take a day trip from Bucharest and drive themselves there, or they can decide to go on an organized tour.

Find our recommended Bran Castle tour from Bucharest here!

If you are planning to go to Brasov, we recommend visiting Brna Castle from Brasov instead. It is much closer!

Best Time To Visit Bucharest, Romania


The best time to visit Bucharest depends on what you are looking for. The climate is relatively mild in Bucharest and many compare it to the climate in New York City.

The spring and fall seasons are generally considered the best seasons to visit Bucharest. The warm temperatures and sunny weather bring out everyone, and parks are filled with the year’s blossom. Tourism at these times tends to be so-so as well, perfect if you want a more local experience in Bucharest.

Summer is undeniably the peak season in Bucharest. The streets of Old Town are inundated with locals and tourists having the best times of their lives. The Old Town is known to be ridiculously busy, with music playing from sunup to sundown. One drawback of visiting Bucharest in the summer is the hot temperature, which can be uncomfortable for some travelers. 

Winter in Bucharest sees very little tourism, and it’s because of the freezing weather. Strangely, the bleakness of winter combined with the lingering trauma of communism gives off a certain charm, and Bucharest feels like it is at its rawest form. 

Where To Stay In Bucharest, Romania

Whether you have a layover in Bucharest, a weekend, or even just a day in Bucharest, deciding on where you base yourself is going to be critical. Pick the wrong place to stay in Bucharest and you will be far from the places you want to visit.

For that reason, all of our accommodation recommendations will be located in the Old Town, which is the best place to stay in Bucharest. Most of the points of interest in Bucharest are walking-distance away.

Best Hostel In Bucharest (Old Town) – Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel

If you are looking for an affordable hostel located in the center of Old Town Bucharest, Little Bucharest Old Town Hostel is your best bet. This no-frills hostel is equipped with basic amenities but makes up for it with its great staff and communal spaces.

At night, noise can be an issue as the Old Town is filled with bars and clubs. The reception does give earplugs to ease the noise.

Click here for more details!

Best Hotel In Bucharest (Old Town) – Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel

Featuring a gorgeous interior decor and spacious rooms, the Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel is one of the best value-for-money hotels in Bucharest.

Each room is equipped with its own balcony, perfect for people watching and admiring the beauty of the Old Town, which is where the hotel is conveniently located.

The hotel also features free breakfast!

Click here for more info!

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18 BEST Things To Do in Brasov, Romania (Day Trips Included)!

18 BEST Things To Do in Brasov, Romania (Day Trips Included)!

Not sure what to do in Brasov, Romania? Don’t worry, we are here to help.

As one of the most important Transylvanian Saxon settlements in medieval times, Brasov is filled with historical landmarks, charming streets, and more history than you can imagine.

Its strategic location meant that it was a link between the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe, something that would turn Brasov into one of the most fortified citadels in Transylvania at the time.

With such sophisticated history and beautiful architecture, experiencing Brasov to its fullest might be tough.

That is why we have written this blog post on the 18 best things to do in Brasov Romania, which includes some amazing Brasov day trips!


What To Do In Brasov: 18 Best Things To Do In Brasov, Romania

1. Taking A Free Walking Tour In Brasov


As one of the seven walled citadels constructed by the Transylvania Saxons in the 12th century, Brasov is full of history. As you stroll down the cobblestone streets of Brasov, you are surrounded by historical buildings, famous landmarks, and untold stories.

Uncovering the vastness of Brasov’s history can be difficult, especially without a tour guide.

Luckily for you, the Brasov free walking tour can help you with understanding Brasov’s 800 years of history. Led by local tour guides, the Brasov walking tours are incredibly useful to see the city from a local perspective.

On the free walking tour, expect to learn about the complicated history of Brasov, get personal recommendations on the city, and make new friends.

Typically, the free walking tours happen daily and all you have to do is show up at the right place at the right time. The free walking tour company I personally recommend is Walkabout Free Tours Brasov.

I have used them in both Brasov and Bucharest and their expertise is unmatched!

Though the tours are completely free-of-charge, a tip is expected at the end. Depending on your satisfaction, you can decide how much you want to pay!

2. Check Out The Black Church, The Most Iconic Landmark In Brasov


The Black Church (Biserica Neagră in Romanian) is one of the best attractions in Brasov, Romania. Standing at 89 meters (292 ft) long, 38 meters (125 ft) wide, and 65 meters (213 meters) tall, the stunning Gothic-style monument looms over Brasov’s historic center.

Many of you might wonder how the Black Church received its name. Churches were usually named after people or saints, but the Black church was not.


In 1689, a devastating fire ravaged the church. The walls were badly damaged and smoke-blackened. Ever since that day, it has been called the Black Church.

Anticlimactic? Maybe A little.

Before given its name the Black Church, it was a Roman Catholic church known as Church of Saint Mary. Its construction started in the late 14th century and took close to a century to complete due to the constant attacks from the Ottoman and Tartar armies. Resources were so scarce that a smaller version of the church was constructed instead.

Coincidentally, when the church was finished, the Protestant Reformation was sweeping through the nation, and the Catholic values of the church were replaced by Lutheran ones.

The history of this church is spectacular, but what is most spectacular is the treasure it currently houses. Home of the biggest mechanical organ in the country, a splendid collection of Oriental carpets, and much more, the Black Church is a must-see place in Brasov. 

3. Visit Mount Tampa For The Best Views Of Brasov


Anyone strolling down the charming old streets of Brasov will inevitably notice the Hollywood-style “Brasov” Sign on the top of a mountain. That mountain is Mount Tampa, one of the best places in Brasov for stunning panoramic views.

As part of the famed Carpathian Mountains, Mount Tampa soars close to 400 meters (1312 ft) over the city. The top of Mount Tampa sits an elevation of 960 meters (3150 feet). With such a beautiful natural wonder right at your doorstep, the instinctive move is to get to the top.

There are two ways to get to the summit of Mount Tampa: Taking the cable car (telecabina) or hiking.

The cable car is a great option to get to the top of Mount Tampa if you are traveling Romania with kids or the elderly. The ride costs 16 lei (<4 euro) for a round trip so it is hardly breaking the bank. Just be aware that the cable car runs from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, weather permitting.

Winter in Brasov can be unpleasant. It is wise to check with the attendants what the exact schedule is before taking the cable car.

Another option to get up Mount Tampa is by hiking. The 1.5-hour well-marked trail takes you through stunning landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains Range. You might even encounter some native species of birds and animals such as the Ural owl or the black woodpecker.

4. Explore Brasov Old Town, Especially Piata Sfatului (Council Square)

Old-Town-Of-Brasov Must See

If you are visiting Brasov, the Brasov Old Town is a neighborhood you must see.

Featuring important historical buildings, charming old streets, and delicious Romanian cuisine, the Old Town is one of the best places to visit in Brasov.

Located in the heart of the Old Town is the Piata Sfatului (Council Square). Every medieval town had a big square where trade was conducted, executions were held, and among other important activities. Piata Sfatului was that historic square.

Though nowadays you won’t find any public executions, you will find a gorgeous square surrounded by some of the most beautiful buildings in Brasov, as well as many fine-dining establishments.

The most important building in the Council Square is the former Council House. Built in 1420, it is now the home of the Brasov County Museum of History.

If you are exploring Brasov without a guide, the Council Square is the perfect place to start. Everywhere you go from the Council Square, you will encounter new sights in the historic center of Brasov. 

5. Stroll Down Strada Sforii (Rope Street), Eastern Europe’s Narrowest Street


Strada Sforii (Rope Street) is the third narrowest street in the world and the narrowest in Eastern Europe. Measuring a total of 80 meters (260 feet) long and a minimum width of 111 cm (44 inches), visitors can touch both sides of the wall at once.

The Strada Sforii was originally built in the 15th century for the fire fighting brigades. By giving them quicker access to the Old Town, officials were hoping to prevent more disaster.

Nowadays, this street has become one of the top places for sightseeing in Brasov.

6. Visit The Black Tower In Brasov, An Old Fortification Tower


Credit: WikiCommons

The Black Tower (Turnul Negru) was one of the first fortification systems set up in the medieval walled citadel of Brasov. Unlike the name suggested, the Black Tower is not exactly black. In fact, it is actually white.

The Black Tower was built in the 15th century to stop any attacks coming from the west side of town. In the year 1559, a lightning strike hit the exterior of the fort and blackened it. Ever since that day, it has been named the Black Tower.

Restorative works have been done on the old fortification. Nowadays, not only is the exterior white, but the Black Tower is also a museum featuring historical artifacts and exhibits.

The 4-story Black Tower also features a stunning glass roof, where visitors can get stunning views of the Old Town of Brasov from Warthe Hill. This is also the perfect spot to admire the Black Church, one of the top Brasov tourist attractions.

The Black Tower is open intermittently, make sure you check with the authorities before visiting! It is a short walk from the Council Square!

7. Visit The White Tower In Brasov, A Spectacular Medieval Fortification


Credit: WikiCommons

Along with the Back Tower, the White Tower (Turnul Alb) was also one of the first fortification systems set up in Brasov.

The 20-meter tall semi-circular tower was built in 1494 on top of a rock and gets its name from the white-colored facade. The impressive structure has a 4-meter thick wall near the base, as well as five machicolations (opening where objects such as stone or burning liquid can be dropped onto attackers). 

In medieval times, the tin and coppersmiths guilds were responsible for the maintenance of the White Tower.

Unfortunately, the tower was badly damaged by a fire in 1689, but it was repaired in 1723. Newly renovated in 2006, the White Tower now features temporary exhibitions provided by the Brasov County Museum of History.

Visitors can reach the White Tower from a 250-meter staircase from Bastionul Graft. Alternatively, visitors can also take a path through the woods from the Black Tower.

Similar to the Black Tower, the White Tower is open irregularly. Make sure you call ahead to find out if they are open!

8. Admire The Catherine’s Gate, The Only Gate Survived From Medieval Times


The medieval Catherine’s Gate looks straight out of a fairytale and is the only surviving gate from medieval times. The gate was built in 1559, after an old gate was destroyed by a flood in 1526. It received its name from the St. Catherine’s Monastery, which was situated adjacent to it at the time.

The Catherine’s Gate served as the only gate for Romanians to enter the citadel. During the Saxon rule from the 13th to 17th century, Romanians were not allowed to own property inside the fortified town, so they settled outside the town in an area that is presently known as Şcheii Braşovului.

Romanians were only allowed to enter the citadel at certain times and were only allowed to do so by paying a toll at the Catherine’s Gate.

Nowadays, it is one of the most incredible things to see in Brasov.

9. Visit Poiana Brasov, The Famous Ski Resort In Pristine Nature


If you are visiting Brasov in the winter, the popular Ski Resort in Poiana Brasov is a place you cannot miss.

Travelers from around the world come to ski at the pristine ski slopes in Poiana Brasov, also known as the Alps of Romania. While skiing is no rare commodity in Europe, many places are expensive. Not only is Poiana Brasov cheap, but the slopes are some of the best in Europe.

Skiing is available from late November to late February in Poiana Brasov.

If you are visiting during other seasons, you won’t be able to enjoy the winter sports Poiana Brasov is known for. However, there are many nature trails in the area, perfect for hiking, cycling, or even horseback riding.

The nature in Poiana Brasov is stunning, and any outdoor lovers will find this place a paradise.

Surprisingly, Poiana Brasov has some of the best traditional Romanian food you can find. The dishes vary depending on the season because local ingredients are often used.

Sarmale (Romanian cabbage rolls) and Mamaliga (Romanian polenta) are some of the popular traditional Romanian dishes. If you have a sweet tooth try the kürtőskalács, a traditional Transylvania street food popular in Hungary and Romania.

10. Explore Prund-Schei Neighborhood, An Off-The-Beaten-Path Attraction In Brasov


It is not uncommon for travelers visiting Brasov to miss the Prund-Schei (Șcheii Brașovului) neighborhood, an area with ethnically Bulgarians and Romanians.

As you walk down the village-like neighborhood, you will notice that this small neighborhood contrasts drastically with the historic center of Brasov. Most of the buildings are quite simple compared to the Old Town of Brasov.

In medieval times, Romanians and Bulgarians were forced to live in the Schei neighborhood by the Saxons, as they were the only ones that were allowed to live inside the fortified walls.

Romanians were only allowed to enter the citadel at certain times and through the Catherine’s Gate, where they had to pay a toll to sell their produce inside.

Inside the Schei neighborhood are two historic places you must visit: The First Romanian School Museum and the St. Nicholas Church.

The First Romanian School Museum is an impressive museum featuring many Romanian “firsts”, such as the oldest letter written in the Romanian alphabet, the first Romanian Bible, and the first Romanian printing press.

Adjacent to the First Romanian School Museum is the beautiful Romanian Orthodox St. Nicholas, a stunning landmark in the Schei neighborhood. The church is actually made up of 4 smaller churches inside and all of them worth the short but sweet visit!

Visiting the Schei neighborhood is one of the unusual things to do in Brasov, but we promise you it will be worth the trip. It is also not too far from the historic center of Brasov.

Day Trips From Brasov, Romania

1. Bran Castle, The Famous Dracula Castle


If you are visiting Romania, chances are you want to see Bran Castle, the alleged Dracula’s Castle. Inspiring by the skin-tingling horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, the Bran Castle is the most famous landmark in Romania.

Luckily for you, Brasov is the closest tourist city to Bran Castle, and getting from Brasov to Bran Castle is simple and quick.

It is no wonder why Bran Castle is one of the most popular day trips from Brasov.

Buses depart every half an hour on the hour on weekdays from Autogara 2 on Strada Avram Iancu. On weekends, the buses depart every hour on the hour. You can find the full schedule on the official site here. The journey takes about 45 minutes and costs 7 lei (<2 euros).

Since Autogara 2 is not located near the Brasov historic center, we recommend you to take an Uber to there.

Altnertiavely, you can rent a car in Brasov and drive from Brasov to Bran Castle. Renting a car in Romania is surprisingly very cheap. We highly recommend renting a car and doing a Romania road trip!

Besides being the home to the legends of Dracula, Bran Castle is now mostly a museum for the art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. On the top floor, there is an exhibit that will explain how Bran Castle received its spooky legend.

Don’t miss that when you are visiting Bran Castle.

2. Rasnov Fortress, A Historic Transylvania Fortification


The region of Transylvania is filled with medieval fortifications, as you can probably already tell in Brasov. One of the most impressive ones in Transylvania is the Rasnov Fortress.

Located in a vital region of Transylvania, Rasnov Fortress was responsible for the defense of many nearby villages. It provided refuges for many of the nearby inhabitants, often for long periods of time. Because of that, houses, a chapel, and even a school were built inside the citadel.

When visiting the Rasnov Fortress, make sure you climb the watchtower located in the front. The watchtower offers stunning views of the Rasnov Fortress in its entirety!

There were hardly any tourists when we visited the Rasnov Fortress. Combined with the cheap admission fee, this hidden gem in Romania is a unique experience.

Stroll around the remains of the Rasnov Fortress and take in the sights. Some parts of the fortification walls are broken, and visitors can see the beautiful city of Rasnov through the fragmented walls.

Rasnov Fortress is on the way to Bran Castle from Brasov. We recommend you to combine the two for an exciting Brasov day trip.

NOTE: As of February 2020, Rasnov Fortress is closed for renovation. The anticipated duration of renovation is 3 years.

3. Sighisoara, A UNESCO Heritage Site


Sighisoara, just like Brasov, was one of the seven walled citadels built by the Transylvania Saxons for defense in the 12th century. It is most famous for its well-preserved fortified Old Town, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Though Sighisoara is by no means the biggest or the wealthiest of the seven Saxon walled, it is one of the most well-kept. Stroll down its cobblestone streets and you will find guild towers built by craftsmen guilds, as each guild was responsible for the fortification of Sighisoara.

The charming streets will inevitably lead you to the Clock Tower, a 64-meter high tower that was the city’s main fortification. Nowadays, you won’t find arrows, stones, or burning liquids inside, but a museum on Sighisoara’s history. The open-air balcony at the top of the tower offers stunning views of the town of Sighisoara down below.

When you are tired of exploring the historical buildings inside Sighisoara, stop by one of their cafes or restaurants. As Europe’s last inhabited citadel, the citadel feels like a city (an old one) within a city.

Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad III or Vlad The Impaler. Vlad The Impaler was known for its cruel methods of defeating his enemies, impaling them and leaving them to bleed out.

Legends also said that he drank his enemy’s blood, which allegedly led to the character Dracula from Bram Stoker’s famous book Dracula.  Here in Sighisoara, you can visit Vlad Tepe’s bedroom, where he slept until the age of four.

Sighisoara is located an hour and 45 minutes away from Brasov. Because of its distance, the only way to take a day trip from Brasov to Sighisoara is to have/rent a car. Alternatively, you can take public transportation, but the long journey means you will have to stay in Sighisoara for a night! 

4. Sibiu, The City With Eyes


Sibiu was the wealthiest and largest of the seven Saxon walled citadels. With unique eye-like openings on the roofs of the buildings, Sibiu is also known as The City With Eyes or “Seebiu”.

Though Sibiu is located a 2-hour drive from Brasov, it makes for an easy day trip because all of the attractions in Sibiu are located in the historic center.

As the European Capital of Culture in 2007, Sibiu’s charm is omnipresent. The charming streets, the traditional Romanian gastronomy, the historic buildings, everything comes together and creates an elegant experience.

If you visit Sibiu, make sure you stop by the Large Square and Small Square. Both of these Squares were historical places where trade was conducted, executions were performed, and important gatherings were held.

5. Peles Castle, The Most Extravagant Castle In Romania


Many people visiting Romania will only know about the famous Bran Castle because of the Dracula legends. However, Bran Castle is not the biggest castle nor the most beautiful castle.

Located in a small town called Sinaia, the Carpathian Mountains surround the Neo-Renaissance Peles Castle, enhancing its lavishness. Its grandeur can be seen even before entering the 3-floor castle, as the courtyard contains intricate statues and beautiful fountains.

Built by King Carol I, Peles Castle took 10 years to complete. The 10 years did not go to waste, as the finished masterpiece has over 170 ornate rooms, including a concert hall and a movie theater.

Architecturally, a mix of Neo-Renaissance, Saxon, and Gothic Revival can be seen. The interior decor is most Baroque style, featuring carved wood and elegant fabric. It is also the home of one of the largest weapon collections in the world.

Every room has been meticulously designed and ornately decorated. It is a surreal feeling to be able to step foot into something so perfect in many ways. Matter of fact, you don’t just step foot into the Peles Castle. Plastic shoe covers must be worn at all times and a guided tour is the only way in.

Don’t worry though, guided tours happen multiple times throughout the day. Just rock up, buy your ticket, and wait for the next guided tour group!

If you want to take pictures inside the Peles Castle, an additional fee of 30 lei is charged!

Peles Castle is located in Sinaia, which is easily reachable via public transportation from Brasov.

6. Transfagarasan Highway, The Best Driving Road In Romania


The Transfagarasan Highway is one of the top attractions in Romania. Crossing the southern parts of the Carpathian Mountains range, the Transfagarasan Road is considered the best driving road in the world by Top Gear.

The Transfagarasan Highway (also known as DN7C) curves and twists along the sides of the Fagaras Mountains, and drivers have to remind themselves to look at the road instead of the incredible scenery.

Near the top of the Fagaras Mountains is a glacial lake named Balea Lake. Offering the best views of the Transfagarasan Road, Balea Lake is a popular place to stop on your visit. Here you will also find street vendors selling traditional Romanian food such as homemade cheese and handicraft, as well as the famous Ice Hotel.

Ideally, you would want to drive on the Transfagarasan Road and experience its madness firsthand. But if you don’t want to rent a car or drive one, then you can find tours departing from Brasov.

If you wish to secure your Brasov to Transfagarasan tour beforehand, click here!

7. Piatra Craiului Mountains, The Best Hiking In Brasov


The Carpathian Mountains surrounding Brasov acted like a natural defense barrier during medieval times, but nowadays it is one of the most popular places for hiking in Brasov.

If the hike up Mount Tampa wasn’t enough for you, I suggest hiking in the Piatra Criului Mountains. There are many trails in the region, so you can choose the length and difficulty suitable for you.

Because we were short on time when we visited Brasov, we decided to hike the Zarnesti Gorge. It took 4-hour and the autumn foliage was absolutely breathtaking, but nothing will triumph over the hike in Rimetea near Cluj-Napoca.

8. Hiking The Seven Ladders Canyon, The Most Adventurous Activity in Brasov


Because of the vastness of the Piatra Craiuiului Mountains, there are many different trails. If you are like me and have difficulty selecting a single trail, consider the Seven Ladders Canyon hike instead.

The Seven Ladders Canyon hike is unique in that you can see up to 7 waterfalls, and some of which are adjacent to the ladders you will need to climb to further along the trail. Keep in mind that the ladders might be wet at times, depending on how much water is coming down the waterfalls.

In the winter, some of these waterfalls freeze, and you are left with magnificent frozen waterfalls! Though the trail can be treacherous in the winter, you are reward with nature at its best.

In the other seasons, the trail is ideal for anyone adventurous. There is also the option to do ziplining at the Seven Ladders Canyon. The whole trail out-and-back takes about 4 hours to complete.

Best Time To Visit Brasov


The best time to visit Brasov depends on what type of experience you are looking for. There is generally no bad time to visit Brasov, as it is a lively city with many activities to do.

In the winter months, Brasov is generally very cold and receives heavy snowfall. This makes it the perfect time to explore Poiana Brasov, a place renowned for its winter sports. If you are visiting during the Christmas time, the Brasov Christmas Market is an event that you will rejoice.

The summer is when Brasov receives the most amount of tourism. The vibe of the city is young and there is plenty of excitement to go around. The warm Romanian summers attract international and local tourists. However, with an influx of tourists comes a surge in prices. Expect to pay a little more than usual in terms of accommodation and food.

Spring and autumn are decent months to visit Brasov. Tourism is very quiet these months, so you won’t have to worry about crowds. Some say the weather might still be too cold, especially if you are up in the mountains. Prices are generally lower in these months, perfect for anyone visiting Romania on a budget.

How To Get To Brasov, Romania


Getting to Brasov might be a little more difficult than getting to Bucharest or Cluj-Napoca, as Brasov does not have its own airport (yet).  The Brasov International Airport is set to open in June 2021.

As of right now, the closest airport to Brasov is the Sibiu International Airport. However, because the Sibiu airport is small in comparison to the Bucharest airport (Henri Coandă International Airport), flights to Sibiu tend to be more expensive.

If you are traveling on a budget, we recommend you to fly into Bucharest and then take the train from Bucharest to Brasov.

The Palace of Parliament (the highest building in the world) is alone worth visiting Bucharest for a few days!

Where To Stay In Brasov, Romania

Best Hostel In Brasov – JugendStube Hostel

JugendStube Hostel is the definition of a backpackers hostel – affordability, comfort, and a lively atmosphere. Equipped with a staff that will answer any questions you might have about Brasov attractions, guests can feel confident exploring Brasov. The hostel also provides a free basic breakfast, which is the perfect way to start your day in Brasov! 

Click here for more details!

Best Hotel In Brasov, Romania – Safrano Palace

If you are looking for a luxurious hotel but don’t want to break the bank, look no further. Safrano Palace is the perfect hotel in Brasov for you.

Featuring spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and a modern decor fused with traditional elements, guests are in the perfect accommodation. The free breakfast buffet every morning is the perfect fuel for Brasov sightseeing! 

Click here for more info!

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17 BEST Things To Do In Sibiu, Romania (Day Trips Included)!

17 BEST Things To Do In Sibiu, Romania (Day Trips Included)!

Not sure what to do in Sibiu, Romania? Don’t worry, we were in your shoes once.

Ever since Sibiu became the European Capital of Culture in 2007, tourism has started rapidly increasing. What was once one of the best hidden gems of Romania is now becoming a top tourist destination in Europe.

With such sophisticated history and interesting architecture, exploring Sibiu without a guide can be difficult. 

That is why we have written this blog post on the 17 best things to do in Sibiu Romania, especially if you are visiting for the first time!


What To Do In Sibiu: 17 Best Things To Do In Sibiu, Romania

1. Visit Piata Mare, The Large Square Of Sibiu


The Large Square (or Piata Mare in Romanian) is the most important landmark in Sibiu. Inside every medieval town is a huge space where gatherings occurred, executions are held, and among other important occasions.

Fortunately, nowadays you won’t find any executions, but a massive square surrounded by some of the most important historical buildings in Sibiu, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, the Brukenthal Palace, and the Council Tower.

The Large Square of Sibiu is one of my favorite places to people-watch. Grab a cup of coffee from a local roastery and get comfortable on one of the numerous benches, and watch as Romanian daily lives unfold in front of your eyes.

Strike up a conversation with the friendly locals, and learn about what it is like to live in an idyllic city like Sibiu. Sibiu is filled with history that can only be told by the ones that live there! 

2. Check Out Piata Mica, The Little Square Of Sibiu


Adjacent to the Large Square of Sibiu is the Small Square (A+ for creatively right?), an area where trade was historically conducted. Though given the name “Small Square”, it is not small by any means.

Nowadays this area has become one of the best areas of food, featuring numerous top-notch bars and restaurants serving a diverse selection of cuisines.

One of our favorite things to do in Sibiu is sipping chilled wine in the outdoor seating of a restaurant, admiring the stunning baroque architecture and creepy eyes on the roof of these buildings. It is no wonder why Sibiu is also called “Seebiu” and “The City With Eyes”. 

Strada Ocnei (Ocnei Street) starts in the Little Square and connects the Lower Town of Sibiu with the Upper Town, perfect for anyone that wants to go for a stroll after a meal!

3. Visit The Transfagarasan Highway, The Best Driving Road In The World


Though not located inside the city of Sibiu, a trip to the Transfagarasan Highway is a must on any Romania itinerary.

Known as the best driving road in the entire world, the Transfagarasan Road was made famous after a popular Top Gear episode filmed in Romania. The sharp twists and turns that slope along the southern parts of the Carpathian Mountains are not only fun for driving, but they also make for the perfect photo.

If you are doing a Romania road trip (which we highly recommend), then the Tranfsgarasan Highway is only a 1.5-hour drive away. Out of the other popular places to visit in Romania (Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj, and etc), Sibiu is the closest city to the Transfagarasan Highway.

If you decide to rent a car, make sure you have the proper documentation to drive in Romania. Though renting a car in Romania is usually cheap, you can’t drive it if you don’t have the proper documents.

The Transfagarasan Highway measures a total of 90 kilometers, and not every section of the road is stunning. The most beautiful place to see this marvelous man-made structure is the Balea Lake, a stunning glacier lake at the top of the Carpathian Mountains.

Here you will also find the famous Ice Hotel as well as many local street vendors selling traditional Romanian food and handicrafts!

Day tours to the Transfagarsan Highway can be found in Sibiu. Just ask your accommodation they should be able to set you up! Alternatively, if you do decide to visit Bucharest, the day tours from Bucharest tend to be more popular (though it is farther away).

4. The Council Tower, Best Place For Sightseeing In Sibiu


The ~45-meter tall Council Tower is one of the most important buildings in Sibiu. Nestled in between the Large Square and Small Square of Sibiu, the Council Tower served as a defense tower in historic times. Nowadays, it is a tourist attraction in Sibiu that offers stunning views of the Old Town.

Though it was originally built in the 12th century, the tower has been rebuilt many times, each time with a slightly different look than the previous. The current model was constructed in the 19th century.

The entrance fee is 2 lei (less than 1 Euro), but the catch is the over 100 steps of stairs you need to reach the observation deck at the top. Since we were dying to do some hiking in Romania (after the stunning hike in Rimetea), it was a nice warm-up for us. If you have mobility issues, then the spiral staircase might be a bit cramped.

From time to time, art exhibitions also happen in the Council Tower. Anyone who has paid for the entrance can get an outstanding view and enjoy an art exhibition!

5. Learn About Romanian Heritage at ASTRA National Museum Complex


If you want to learn more about the heritage or culture of Romania, ASTRA National Museum Complex is a place you must visit in Sibiu. 

Located 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) south of Sibiu, the ASTRA National Museum Complex is easily accessible by walking, car, tram, or buses. The museum occupies a total area of 0.96 square kilometers (0.37 square miles) and is the biggest outdoor museum in Romania and one of the biggest in the world. 

Pre-industrial traditional folklore houses are showcased in this complex. With over 300 buildings and two artificial lakes, the informational museum is pristine for learning about the Romanian traditional ways of life.

The rural setting of the museum sets the perfect tone for historical Romania, and even a stroll there is pleasant. Don’t miss the antiquated windmills on the western side of the museum. They are seriously cool!

Because the museum is huge, you can easily spend a few hours or even a day here. Inside the museums are several eateries and a bar ready to replenish you to keep you going.

6. Visit The Lutheran Cathedral Of Saint Mary And Climb The Watchtower


If you are looking for a panoramic view of Sibiu, you might think about going to the Council Tower.

Here is an insider tip: The watchtower at the Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary offers a much better view at a higher vantage point than the Council Tower.

At close to 70 meters above the ground, the beautiful buildings of Sibiu dominate the landscape and create one of the most impressive views I have seen in Romania.

To get to the lookout tower, you must take a guided tour of the place. When we visited, the Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary was under renovation, and only parts of it were open to the public. We could’ve imagined how amazing it would’ve been to see the main hall.

The guided tour is run by a member of the church, and he or she will first tell you the interesting history and significance of the Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary.

Afterward, the guide will lead you to the top of the lookout tower. The path to the top was interesting, as there were parts of the wooden structure that had steel reinforcement because it was too weak. It is impressive how some parts of the church are so well-preserved!

7. The Bridge Of Lies, An Iconic Place To Visit In Sibiu


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As the first cast-iron bridge built in Romania (second in Europe), the Bridge of Lies is a symbol of Sibiu. The 10-meter pedestrian street was rebuilt in 1859 by Friedrich Hütte to replace an old wooden bridge. Since this was the first bridge not built on pillars, it was called the lying bridge, or the bridge that lies.

Legends have it that is how the bridge has received its modern name, the Bridge of Lies.

Another popular legend on the origin of the name is that the bridge would creak and make a noise whenever someone is telling a lie on it. There are plenty of interesting legends surrounding this beautiful rustic bridge in the middle of the Little Square, and anyone visiting Sibiu must not miss this place of interest!

8. Take A Photo At The Picturesque Stairs Passage


Sibiu is not short of charming cobblestone streets, well-preserved historical buildings, and eye-catching architecture. If there is one place that exemplifies the beauty of Sibiu, it is the Stairs Passage.

The Stairs Passage is a short passage filled with historical fortification walls and arches. On one side of the passage is the 1st fortification wall built around Huet Square and the Upper Town, on the other side are charming buildings where you the deteriorating walls tell their own stories.

It is no wonder why this is one of the top places to visit in Sibiu.

Without a tour guide, you won’t get to fully appreciate the Stairs Passage. To be honest, we had to research what was its significance after we had seen it. Nevertheless, the Stairs Passage is a great spot to stroll by and take some photos!

9. Learn About Romanian Culture At Brukenthal National Museum


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In the Large Square (Piata Mare) is one of the most stunning baroque-style buildings in Sibiu. This important landmark in Sibiu is the Brukenthal National Museum, the first public museum in Romania established by Samuel von Brukenthal in the late 18th century.

The Brukenthal National Museum is known as one of the best art galleries in Romania.

Featuring a variety of authentic medieval Transylvanian artwork, visitors can get a glimpse of medieval Romanian life through the over 1200 paintings from the 15th to 18th centuries. Flemish, Dutch, and Italian paints are also displayed here.

Because the Brukenthal National Museum is 6 museums put into one, there are varying prices for admission. For example, admission to the Romanian Art Gallery costs 12 lei and the European Gallery costs 20 lei. You can find more information about the admission costs and the different museums here.

Unfortunately, taking photos is not allowed inside the property.

10. The Goldsmith’s Stairway Tower, A Beautiful Tower & Passage In Sibiu


If you are looking to get away from the crowd, look no further. The Goldsmith’s Stairway Tower is one of the best hidden attractions in Sibiu.

Built in the 13th century as a pedestrian gate ower inside the second fortified precinct, the Goldensmth’s Stairway Passage is one small street with a lot of history. The date 1567 can be seen inside the archway when the tower was modified.

Sadly, besides strolling down the passageway and seeing the tower, there really isn’t much to do at the Goldsmith’s Stairway Tower. Its narrow passage gives off a very medieval vibe and makes for a great photo-taking opportunity.

11. Dine At One Of The Best Restaurants In Sibiu


If you are not sure of what to do in Sibiu, dining at one of Sibiu’s finest restaurants can never go wrong! With such a rich history and international influence, you can find any type of cuisines in Sibiu with amazing quality.

However, when you are in Sibiu, you must try one of the traditional Romanian restaurants, and there is no better place to do that than Crama Sibiul Vechi.

Crama Sibiul Vechi takes your dining experience to the next level. The moment you step in, you are greeted by a friendly staff who will lead you to your seat in a rustic traditional Romanian setting. 

Though the prices can seem a bit high for Romania, the food is absolutely delicious. The polenta is a Romanian dish you must try here. 

If you are lucky, you might get to enjoy a live performance of Romanian folk music. Combined with the mouth-watering meal, it is an experience you won’t forget!

12. Sibiu Christmas Market, One Of The Best Attractions In Sibiu


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If you are planning on visiting Sibiu during Christmas, you cannot miss the world-famous Sibiu Christmas Market. 

Starting in October, the entire Large Square (Piata Mare) prepares for the yearly Christmas Market. Starting with the fairy lights that span from the center of the square to the perimeter, Sibiu slowly transforms into a Christmas wonderland.

Hundred of local merchants set up shop in their traditional wooden cottages. Visitors will find traditional elements of a German Christmas market (because of the Transylvania Saxon influence) fused with Romanian touches.

Selling a wide variety of products such as mulled wine, local traditional cheese, popular native sweets such as the kurtoskalacs, wooden toys and decorations, and much more, the Sibiu Christmas Market is nothing but joy and excitement!

Though the Christmas Market occurs at a slightly different time every year, you can expect it to at full bloom from the middle of November to early January of next year!

13. Check Out The Old Fortifications In Sibiu


As one of the largest and wealthiest seven walled citadels built by the Transylvanian Saxons, it is not surprising that some of these old fortifications are still in place.  In fact, parts of the medieval walls are still standing, and visitors can see that at the Citadel Park (Parcul Cetății).

Out of the 39 towers,  five bulwarks, four gates, and five artillery batteries in Sibiu’s original fortification, four towers remain to this present day. They are the Harquebusiers Tower (Turnul Archebuzierilor), Potters Tower (Turnul Olarilor), Carpenters Tower (Turnul Dulgherilor), and the Thick Tower (Turnul Gros). 

Since they are located on the City Wall, it is easy to reach all of them if you are not sure what to see in Sibiu.

14. Stroll Around The Lower Town Of Sibiu


Though most of the things to see in Sibiu are located in the Upper Town of Sibiu, you cannot miss the Lower Town of Sibiu as well. Where the Upper Town contains most of the landmarks, the Lower Town is home to well-preserved cobblestone streets and medieval houses.

Stroll down the Lower Town of Sibiu and you will inevitably fall in love with its rustic charm: The narrow streets, the exposed bricks in the buildings, locals going about their own business, the markets, and more.

Don’t forget to bring your travel camera!

Day Trips From Sibiu, Romania

1. Sighisoara, The Well-Preserved Walled Old Town


Similar to Sibiu, Sighisoara is one of the seven walled citadels built by the Saxons. Its well-preserved Old Town is a famous UNESCO Heritage Site, and visiting it is like stepping into a time machine.

The Transylvania Saxons had tremendous influence in Sighisoara when they settled here, bring with them valuable knowledge and skills. Sighisoara quickly thrived and became a popular trading post, giving the Saxon craftsmen more riches than they could imagine.

The craftsmen created as many as 15 craft guilds, and each guild was responsible for creating its own fortification to protect their riches. Many of those guild towers still remain in Sighisoara.

If you are visiting Sighisoara on a day trip, the one place you must not miss is the 13th century built Clock Tower (Turnul cu Ceas), a 64-meter high tower that served as the main tower in the fortification.

Looming over the medieval town, its presence can be felt as you walk down the old streets of Sighisoara. Nowadays, it is a museum and the most recognized landmark in Sighisoara.

2. Corvin Castle, One Of the Seven Wonders Of Romania


Located in Hunedoara in the western part of Romania, many travelers don’t visit Corvin Castle. Known as one of the Seven Wonders of Romania, Corvin Castle is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Romania.

Sitting on a rocky outcrop with only a wooden connecting bridge, the castle looks magical. The elegant orange and red hues of the castle coat the outer walls and the soaring turrets, and for a second you have to remind yourself that you are not in a fairytale.

As one of the biggest castles in Europe, exploring it can take a few hours. Wonder around the corridor and learn about the history and legends that surround this medieval Gothic-Renaissance architecture.

Because it is a 1.5-hour away from Sibiu, visiting Corvin Castle is at least a half-day activity. We recommend that you combine a visit to the Corvin Castle with Citadel Alba-Carolina, which we will talk about next.

3. Citadel Alba-Carolina, The Biggest Medieval Citadel in Romania


Many travelers visiting Romania do not know much about the Alba-Carolina Citadel.

That is a shame.

As the largest medieval citadel in Romania, the Alba-Carolina Citadel is a marvelous attraction in Romania. Prince Eugene of Savoy built the star-shaped fortress in the 18th century to fortify the defense of the newly conquered parts of the Habsburg Empire.

About an hour away, travelers can easily visit Alba-Carolina Citadel in Alba Iulia with a day trip from Sibiu. The admission to this giant fortress is free. However, there are museums inside the citadel that require an entrance fee. 

To properly explore the historical place, the city has installed QR code at each point of interest in the citadel. By scanning the code, visitors can gain interesting historical information about the places they are seeing.

Bars, restaurants, gardens, and fountains are located inside the citadel, making it feel like a city inside a city!

Best Time To Visit Sibiu


The best time to visit Sibiu depends on what you are traveling for. Obviously, if you want to see the famous Sibiu Christmas Market, you should come in the winter. However, the weather will be much cooler and some of Sibiu attractions might be covered in snow, preventing you from fully indulging in their beauty.

Summer months (June to August) are the busiest times in Sibiu. The city is filled with tourists and a new sense of liveliness takes over. It is a great time to visit Sibiu, but keep in mind that lodging and food will also be the priciest of the year. There also tends to be more rainfall in the summer in Sibiu.

Fall and spring are great times to visit, as the overall cost of visiting Sibiu will be lower. However, the temperature might still be a little too chilly for some travelers, especially if you are not used to the cold. Occasional snowfall is also to be expected. 

How To Get To Sibiu, Romania


Located in Translyvania, getting to Sibiu is not difficult at all. However, finding the cheapest way to get to Sibiu might be more challenging.

Sibu International Airport is a great way to arrive at Sibiu. However, given that it is not a popular destination, flights to Sibiu tend to be expensive.

Sometimes the cheaper option to get to Sibiu is from Bucharest. As the capital city of Romania, flights to Bucharest are cheap. From Bucharest, you can take one of the many trains departing for Sibiu.

Not only will you save money, but you can also spend a few days in Bucharest, exploring the so-called “Paris of The East”. 

Where To Stay In Sibiu, Romania

Best Hostels In Sibiu, Romania – B13 Hostel

B13 Hostel is the one-and-only hostel in Sibiu that will exceed your expectations. Located a 1-minute walk from the Large Square, sightseeing in Sibiu just got a whole lot easier. The hostel features spacious rooms and comfortable beds, so sharing a room with other travelers isn’t too bad. 

Featuring large common areas, guests can properly just relax and/or meet other travelers after a day of exploring Sibiu. 

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Best Hotel In Sibiu, Romania – Rabbit Hole

Located in the Large Square, Rabbit Hole’s location is one of the best in Sibiu. With large windows facing the Large Square, guests can enjoy splendid views of one of the best Sibiu tourist attractions. Though breakfast s not included in the price, guests can pay a little extra to enjoy some of the best breakfast in town!

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This is the end of our guide on the top things to do in Sibiu, Romania. Hopefully, this has given you an idea of what to do on your Sibiu trip!

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Hiking Piatra Secuiului In Rimetea, The Most Beautiful Village in Romania

Hiking Piatra Secuiului In Rimetea, The Most Beautiful Village in Romania

Rimetea (also known as Torockó in Hungarian) is an idyllic village in the Alba County of Romania. It is a magical place where “the sun rises twice”, a strange phenomenon that happens because of the neighboring Piatra Secuiului Mountains (Székelykő in Hungarian).

The Piatra Secuiului mountains soar 480 meters above the small village of Rimetea, so the sun rises once above the horizon, dips behind the mountains, and then once again above the mountains.

It is no surprise that one of the most popular activities in Rimetea is hiking the Piatra Secuiului mountains.

The peak of the Piatra Secuiului offers unparalleled views of the surrounding Romanian countryside, a view worth dying for (figuratively).

Our blog post will tell you how you can do the Piatra Secuiului hike in Rimetea and have those views yourself!


How To Get To Piatra Secuiului In Rimetea

The easiest trailhead to locate for the Piatra Secuiului Mountain is located in Rimetea, a village of about 1000 inhabitants located 1 hour away from Cluj-Napoca.

Because it is a small village in the rural areas of Romania, public transportation is lacking. The best way to visit Rimetea is to have your own car, as many of the locals in the villages do. We recommend you to rent a car in Cluj-Napoca and take a day trip from Cluj to Rimetea.

Alternatively, you can rent the car for your entire trip and do a Romania road trip!

Once you have arrived in Rimetea, the trailhead to Piatra Secuiului is located in the outskirts of town. You can park your car in the center of town and walk or drive a little closer to the bottom of the mountain.


Though it will save you 15 minutes or so, the roads leading to the outskirts of town are not well-paved. We visited in autumn when the weather is still decent and the road was gravelly, steep, and filled with potholes. We can imagine the road in the winter to be much more treacherous.

At the start of the trail, you will see a flag with a white square and a dark blue cross. That is the indicator for the trail and you are now on the proper route!

Half the struggle is locating the start of the trail. Now you get to enjoy the challenging hike and beautiful views!


Our Experience Hiking The Piatra Secuiului (Székelykő) In Romania

At 480 meters above the village of Rimetea, we expected the hike to be quite difficult. The difficulty doesn’t start with the first step on the mountain, but the intimidation from the looming giant that can be felt from the town.

Nevertheless, we have seen photos from the top of the Piatra Secuiului and knew it was worth the trouble.

Using as our navigation, we managed to find the trailhead and a place to park our car, a nice patch of grass in a large field. At that point, we were already many meters above the town, and the view was incredible. 


Once you have located the trail, it is difficult to get lost. What makes the trail so difficult is the elevation gained. 480 meters of elevation is not a big deal. But 480 meters in one hour, now that is physically strenuous.

The hiking trail for Piatra Secuiului is not too technical. Most of the trail is covered in big rocks and boulders so you might need a little bit of flexibility or a good stretch before hiking. Parts of the path also contain loose sand.


Though it is easy going up, descending on loose sand is a serious issue, especially if you don’t have proper hiking shoes. Here in Piatra Secuiului is where I encountered my first hiking accident, slipping on the loose sand and hitting my face with my own camera. 🙂

On the trail, we noticed many Hungarian flags painted onto the rocks. Being an old Hungarian village for close to 1000 years, we weren’t surprised to see it. In fact, even though Rimetea is in Romania, most of the population speaks Hungarian. Some locals barely speak any Romanian.


On the way to the top is a small “waterfall”. We were taking a break there when we met three Hungarian hikers coming from the other direction. They stopped at the “waterfall” and just started drinking the refreshing cold water from the waterfall.

It was difficult to resist the urge, especially after hiking in the Romanian sun at midday. But since food poison seems to follow me around like the plague, I endured the temptation and moved on. If I had a LifeStraw Water Bottle or something similar, I would’ve indulged in it.

When hiking up, don’t forget to take your time and check out the scenery behind you. The hike is very scenic throughout, with jagged mountains framing the idyllic village of Rimetea. 


After about an hour of hiking, we reached the ridge of the mountain. Behind us is Rimetea and the Alba County, on the other side of the ridge is the Cluj County of Romania, both are marvelous sights.

However, this isn’t the top of Piatra Secuiului. At the top of the ridge, we followed a path to the right for around 15 mins. This path was mildly vegetated and a lot easier to hike than the previous parts.

Alas, we overcame the final small slope and the Romanian countryside came into sight one by one. The clear blue sky (hopefully), the colorful foliage in the distance, then the small geometric farms, and then finally, the hidden gem of Romania, Rimetea.

One by one, these beautiful elements combine to form the picturesque countryside Romania is known for.


The difficult hike we endured to get here definitely enhanced the view, as the views took our breath away as much as the trail did.

We sat down for a bit and enjoyed a packed lunch we bought from the convenience store in Cluj-Napoca. The crisp autumn air and the warm autumn sun were blissful on our sweaty bodies, and the cheap sandwich we bought tasted like the best meal in our lives.


After taking in the views and having our lunch, it was time to head back. We were traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Sibiu that day and didn’t want to arrive too late.

Because of the loose sand and steep declines, the way down was extremely treacherous. If you don’t have hiking shoes, we recommend you to go down very slowly. You might have to slide on your butt at times (like I did). Once you get to the rocky bits, the trail becomes a lot easier.

The whole hike took us a total of 2.5 hours and every minute was worth it!


Additional Things To do In Rimetea, Romania

If you are doing a day trip to Rimetea for hiking the Piatra Secuiului, you might want to spend some time exploring the village itself. Because we visited during off-peak season and on a weekday, most of the restaurants, museums, and attractions were closed.

However, that didn’t stop us from walking around and enjoying the beauty of a simple rustic village. With its traditional features, Rimtea has earned a spot on the tentative list for a UNESCO Heritage Site, and you can see the heritage in the well-preserved white houses and barns in town.

We heard that during summer, the parking lots in Rimetea would be filled with tour buses from Hungary. With such a big Hungarian population, it is no surprise Hungarians would come visit Torockó (Rimetea in Hungarian).


Here are some additional things to do in Rimetea, Romania.

1. Visit the Ethnographic Museum Rimetea

At the Ethnographic Museum of Rimetea, visitors can learn about the history of Rimetea and its former glory as a mining town. This small museum features many artifacts that tell the story of its complicated history and will help you appreciate Rimetea a lot more.

Don’t miss this attraction!

2. Visit A Local Pub Such As Könyvtár Kocsma

There are several pubs in Rimetea, the one that’s highly recommended is the Könyvtár Kocsma (Don’t ask me how to pronounce that). An affordable local bar with a friendly owner, you can properly relax with a cold beer and an amazing view of the Piatra Secuiului.


3. Try Local Transylvanian Food At Szarvas

If you are looking for food in Rimetea, you really don’t have many options. The popular restaurant Szarvas is the place to go when it comes to food in Rimetea. Serving traditional Hungarian food at an affordable price, guests can have a pleasant experience at their beautiful rustic location. 

Best Time To Visit Rimetea And Hike Piatra Secuiului (Szekelyko)

The best time to visit Rimetea is the summer peak season. Every establishment is open, villagers are out and about, and the village comes to life. However, the tourist crowd might be a little too much, especially on the weekend.

If your only intention of visiting Rimetea is to hike the Piatra Secuiului, it is probably better to visit in the autumn or spring.

The village itself might not be as lively as the summer, but the temperate weather and low rainfall are ideal for hiking. Fall and spring are generally the best seasons to do any type of hiking in Romania. 


Where To Stay In Rimetea, Romania

Though one day in Rimetea should be enough, there is nothing wrong with staying for a few days to enjoy the beautiful landscapes in this region.

Here is where we recommend staying in Rimetea.

Best Hotel in Rimetea- Pensiunea ARANYOS

Out of the few hotels in Rimetea, Pensiunea ARANYOS is the best among them. With traditional decor and rustic vibes, the property is absolutely gorgeous and fitting of Rimetea. Included in the price is a traditional Transylvania breakfast prepared using local ingredients.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Combined with the cozy decor, the place feels like a home away from home.

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This concludes our guide on Rimetea and how to hike the Piatra Secuiului. We hope you will enjoy this beautiful village in Romania as much as we did!

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