Located on the shore of the Black Sea, the Casino is undoubtedly one of Romania’s most iconic architectural landmarks. A fine example of Art Deco which enchants with its shell-shaped windows and intricate adornments, it has a long and troubled history that lends it an air of mystery.
Erected in Târgu Jiu, the Endless Column is part of a sculptural ensemble by Constantin Brâncuși, one of the most influential names in 20th century art. The iconic column, made of truncated pyramids, can be replicated endlessly and as such evokes infinity.
Salina Turda may just be the world’s coolest amusement park. Located 400 feet (122 metres) down in an old salt mine, it was previously used as a cheese storage facility and later a bomb shelter during WWII. Now hosting a ferris wheel, rowboats, a bowling alley, and a mini golf course, it also comes with health benefits due to the salt content in the air.
Famous due to its association with Count Dracula, Bran Castle is everything you imagine and more. Built atop a rock and surrounded by thick forests, it does not, however, contain any vampire paraphernalia. Instead, its interior is cosy, decorated with taste and furnished with historic pieces by Queen Marie of Romania, one of the country’s most beloved monarchs.
Located deep down amid secular forests at 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) altitude, Sarmizegetusa Regia is a historic site very dear to Romanians. This ancient city was the centre of the powerful kingdom of the Dacians, the ancestors of the Romanian people. Today you can walk among the remains of a fortress, columns, and admire the impressive sun dial, while the site’s biggest treasures, the solid gold Dacian bracelets, are displayed in Bucharest, at the National Museum of Romanian History.
Perhaps the most iconic building in Romania, the Palace of the Parliament, also known was the Place of the People, was built by the country’s Communist ruler Nicolae Ceaușescu. With 1,100 rooms spread over 12 floors and eight underground levels, it is the largest administrative building in the world. Dwarfing everything else around, it is a feature of the Bucharest skyline many have found it hard to love.
Located at 2,216 metres altitude in the Bucegi Mountains, the Sphinx is Romania’s most well-known natural landmark, alongside Babele, a nearby rock formation. Its appeal lies in its resemblance to the Sphinx of Giza, as well as the specific energy many say they feel when walking the plateau.
The Romanian Atheneum, located in the centre of Bucharest, is the city’s main concert venue. With its round dome and beautifully-decorated interior, it is a must-visit building.
The Palace of Culture in Iași, hosting four museums, is one of the most iconic buildings in the region of Moldova. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, it is a great example of Neo-Gothic architecture.
Built by the first king of Romania, Carol I, Peleș Castle is the most beautiful and charming castle in Romania and, according to some, in this part of Europe. Featuring richly-decorated interiors, it houses a large collection of art and weapons.
Due to the way in which the water falls on the emerald green moss, Bigăr Waterfall is considered one of the most charming waterfalls in the country.
Built in the 13th century, the 64-metre-tall clock tower in Sighișoara is the city’s main landmark, as well as one of the most photographed towers in Romania.
Nicknamed the Black Church after a fire engulfed its walls, this cathedral in Brașov impresses due to its architecture as well as the many cultural and religious treasures it hosts.
The Danbue Delta is one of the most important natural landmarks in Romania. The nesting place for hundreds of species of bird, it is one of Europe’s richest natural areas in terms of biodiversity.
Transfăgărășan is a mouthful. But also one of the most exhilarating and beautiful roads in the world. Crossing the southern Carpathians, it was built in 1974 and stretches over 56 miles (90 kilometres).
A building that wouldn’t be at all out of place in a Game of Thrones episode, the Corvin Castle in Hunedoara is one of the biggest and most beautiful Gothic castles in Europe.
The Mud Volcanoes at Berca are part of a natural reservation and your best chance to feel like you’re walking on the surface of the moon.
This is the place where two of Romania’s most important natural formations, the Danube and the Carpathians meet to create a stunning landscape.
The beautifully-painted Voroneț Monastery is considered Romania’s Sistine Chapel, due to the beautiful frescoes that adorn its interior and exterior.
Built by the Transylvanian Saxons in the 16th century, UNESCO World Heritage site the Church of Biertan attracts many with its fairytale charm and architecture.
One of the most spectacular caves in the stunning Apuseni Mountains, Scărișoara Cave hosts the biggest glacier in Romania, a 4,000-year-old natural wonder.