The 13 Most Romantic Places in Romania
Sibiu central square in Transylvania, Romania © Calin Stan / Shutterstock
A unique mix of fairytale palaces, charming cities, hidden natural wonders and astonishing scenery, Romania has the perfect backdrop for romantic getaways. Let yourself inspired by the beauty of its landscapes, lured by captivating places and seduced by its marvellous architecture. When you want to avoid your routine, discover amazing places and fill your spirit with romance, wonder and enlightenment, pick one of these fascinating places and start organizing your dreamy trip.
Chosen by Forbes as one of ‘Europe’s Most Idyllic Places to Live’, Sibiu’s Old Centre has a particular charm. Boasting an eye-catching Baroque and Renaissance architecture, the city invites you to discover its art galleries, relax on its appealing terraces and restaurants and look out over the city from the Council Tower. For a great meal, go to Pardon Café and Bistro and discover the deliciously cooked shells, made with a secret recipe, and the mouthwatering homemade cheesecakes. If you are around in winter, the magical Christmas Fair will surely mesmerize you.
Sibiu, Romania I | © Tudor44/Pixabay
Transylvania’s ‘Garden of Eden’, Brukenthal Palace in Avrig is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic ambience in an 18th-century décor. Former summer residence of the Brukenthal baron, Bruckenthal Palace boasts the only Baroque Park in Transylvania and a marvellous Orangery, today a glamorous guesthouse. The location features a garden café and a restaurant where romantic candlelight dinners can be organized. Spoil yourself with gorgeous dishes, in a seductive location.
Brașov is a city of wonders and stunning views. In Brasov, the city meets the nature, creating amazing sceneries. Settled in the foothills of the Tâmpa Hill, the city surprises with its centuries-old Remparts, its small streets decorated with libraries, restaurants, cafes and museums and its extraordinary Gothic Church. Nevertheless, the panoramic views are unrivalled. Take the cable car to Tâmpa Hill and be ready to be fascinated. Don’t miss either the picturesque Rope Street and the lovely Rope Street Museum, its tasty cupcakes and handmade souvenirs.
Lying in the foothills of the Carpathians, Târgu Jiu is a beautiful city from Oltenia region, housing some masterpieces of the modern sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. In the Constantin Brâncuși park, just next to the Jiu River, couples stop under the Kiss Gate to mark their love. On the gate’s columns, two half circles stand as a symbol of the kiss, of the two halves that form one soul. If you visit with your lover, don’t pass under without kissing each other.
Among the most beautiful fortresses of Europe, Sighișoara Citadel is a charming place that you can easily fall in love with. Its little, cobbled streets adorned with coloured houses inspire a medieval era ambience. Inside, the fascination of the old times when the citadel was filled with craftsmen, merchants and beautiful people, makes one feel like they’ve travelled back in time. Don’t miss the picturesque views from the Clock Tower and capture the beauty of the city’s surroundings. In July, during the Medieval Festival, the old atmosphere is brought to life, together with its brave knights and admirable ladies of the citadel.
Sighisoara Citadel, Romania | © Dennis Jarvis/ Flickr
Sinaia is a charming resort of Prahova Valley, that late in the year is transformed into a vivid winter resort. However, stories of kings and queens are told in Sinaia all-year long, at the Peles Castle. Former summer residence of Romania’s King Carol Ist, the 19th-century castle is a jewel of the German Neo-Renaissance architecture. More than 150 rooms showcase a myriad of architectural styles, from Art Nouveau to Roccoco to Morrish styles. Next to it, the Pelisor Castle preserves the heart of Queen Marie, one of the beloved monarchs of Romania. A place of love and royalty.
The fairytale Peles Castle is conveniently located nearby the ski slopes in Sinaia | ©DennisJarvis/Flickr
One of the hidden gems of Romania, the Cantacuzino Castle located in Bușteni is an elegant place, where romance is mixed with history and classy events. The 20th-century building was erected by Gheorghe Cantacuzino, former prime minister of Romania. Today, the castle and its gardens house a restaurant, a souvenir shop, art galleries and a majestic ballroom hall, creating a romantic atmosphere through its exquisite decorations. Whether you choose just to visit, to take part in one of the classical music events, or to celebrate your marriage day inside, the Cantacuzino Castle will entrance you.
Castelul Cantacuzino | © Ștefan Jurcă / Flickr
One of Romania’s most beautiful cities, Oradea’s Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture will surely catch your eye. The majestic buildings invite to be discovered on an evening walk when small lights give a romantic note to the atmosphere. Near the city, you can spoil yourself in the luxurious spas. The area is well known for its thermal waters, recognized internationally for their therapeutical effects. You can spend your day in the swimming pool, getting a relaxing massage and enjoying a laidback time.
Union Square in Oradea, Romania I | © Catalin Lazar / Shutterstock
The Tunnel of Love
A site filled with magic, the Tunnel of Love is a surprising place. Located on the railway that connects Caransebes city with Bouțari, nowadays an abandoned place has been transformed into a green tunnel and a natural wonder. A remote place where lovers can hide from the rest of the world.
A small village in southern Transylvania, Viscri is an authentic destination, a unique mix of Saxon heritage, beautiful houses, warm people and a royal touch. Prince Charles himself fell in love with this village and bought a traditional house, transformed today into a guesthouse. The bucolic setting is ideal for those who want to spend some quality time in a century-old village adorned with quaint houses.
Viscri, Romania | © cge2010/Shutterstock
The cultural and artistic capital of Moldova region, Iași is an attractive city boasting an outstanding Palace of Culture, one of the most iconic buildings of Romania. The awe-inspiring monument houses four of the city’s museums, displaying the city’s history and art. Yet, one of the most idyllic places in the city is the Copou Park, where poet Mihai Eminescu used to find inspiration for his poems. However, if you love flowers, then the Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden is a must-see in Iași.
Palace of Culture, Iasi | © RaDu GaLaN/ Flickr
The sandy beaches of the Black Sea could not be left off a list of Romania’s romantic places. Its seaside resorts offer everything, from fancy beaches to hipster resorts to the Black Sea’s biggest port. But in Gura Portitei you will discover a true treasure of the seaside. White sandy beaches, a crystalline water and a calming ambience. Either you choose a rustic guesthouse, a modern hotel or just camping on the beach, it’s the perfect seashore retreat.
Part of a natural reservation, Nerei Gorges exhibits a wholesome nature. More than 600 species of plants and trees create a natural shelter, a place to get lost in the wondrous forests, to admire its blue lakes and the awe-inspiring Bigăr Waterfall. A place to explore, to capture the beauty of the mountains and to let yourself be surprised by nature’s wonders.
Bigar Waterfalls | © Giuseppe Milo