Here you will find the top 10 sights in Romania. Read which highlights and attractions you should not miss on your holiday in Romania!
Romania is a country full of surprises. In Romania you will find spectacular mud volcanoes in a lonely lunar landscape, the colourful Moldavian monasteries, monumental castles and fortified churches, the legacy of Count Dracula, impressive historic wooden churches and the funniest cemetery in the world.
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Moldavian Monasteries in Bukovina
The Vltava monasteries captivate with their unique colourful frescoes that cover the interior and exterior walls as well as the protective walls all over. Many of the colourful places of worship have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993 and 2010 respectively.
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Palace of Parliament in Bucharest
The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is the largest parliament building in the world and ranks first among the largest buildings in Europe. The Palace of Parliament was built under the dictatorial President Nicolae Ceausescu in the 1980s as the "House of the People". The dimensions of the Palace of Parliament are breathtaking and far beyond anything ever seen before.
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Panorama Road Transalpina
The Transalpina panoramic road is about 150 km long and is the highest road in Romania that can be travelled by car. Fantastic views are guaranteed for travellers on the DN67C, also called the "Road of the King". Since 2011, the route has been completely asphalted, but this has not changed its natural character.
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Sighetu Marmatiei is one of Romania's most important tourist destinations. Romanians, Ukrainians, Hungarians and Germans, as well as Catholics, Orthodox and Jews have left their mark on the small town.
Definitely worth a visit: the Sighet Memorial impressively presents the horrors of communism in Romania in 50 exhibition rooms in a former political prison.
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Iron Gate Nature Park
The Iron Gate Nature Park on the Serbian border is home to diverse flora and fauna as well as Roman ruins, neat monasteries and caves with fossil remains and historical significance. The best way to explore the beauty of the spectacular Danube basin in the nature park is by boat. Alternatively, the Danube basin can also be enjoyed from the DN57 national road.
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The city centre of Sighisoara (Schäßburg) is one of the most beautiful medieval legacies in Europe. With its turrets, crooked houses and winding streets, the old town is the only surviving and inhabited medieval fortress in Europe. Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Historicism can be found here in concentrated and original form.
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Panoramic Transfăgărășan Road (Transfogarash High Road)
The Transfagaras High Road is 151km long and is considered the most spectacular panoramic road in the country. Also known as the Transfăgărășan, the road crosses the Făgăraș Mountains and is especially popular with motorcyclists. The mountain road, which is now completely asphalted, winds its way in long curves to an altitude of 2042 metres to the Bâlea Pass.
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Wooden churches in the Maramureș
The wooden churches in the Maramureș number about 60 wooden church buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries and impress with masterful architecture and beautiful paintings. Eight of the wooden churches were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1999.
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Bran Castle (Dracula Castle)
If the "real Count Dracula" existed, this would have been his castle. The description in Bram Stoker's horror story is astonishingly accurate for the eerie walls in Transylvania. Every year, more than 500,000 visitors wander through the dark corridors and gaze from the high walls into the valley below. The medieval museum in Dracula Castle is of little interest to most - the legendary vampire count could be lurking around every corner....
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Lacul Roşu and Bicaz Gorge
The 10-kilometre-long breathtaking Bicaz Gorge and the unique Lacul Roşu (Red Lake), with their fantastic scenery, are among the most worth seeing tourist destinations in Romania. Rugged steep walls rise almost vertically up to 300 metres and create a fantastic landscape.
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