Romania is a country perfect for tourists. Whether you like history, nature, road trips or castles, you can spend an enjoyable time here. And if you’re overwhelmed with what to do, start with these five attractions:
1. Peleş Castle
Peleş Castle was built between 1873-1914. It has a fascinating architecture and amazing views as you can see from the photograph.
This castle is located in Sinaia, which is only about an hour and a half drive from Bucharest. You can also get there by train. You can find more detailed information about transportation here. The castle is closed Mondays and Tuesdays but it is open from 11am-4pm on Wednesdays, and from 9am-4pm Thursday-Sunday.
There is another castle that you can visit near Peleş Castle called Pelişor Castle. Entrance fee for both of them is 30 RON. If you would like to spend one or two days in Sinaia, which is an amazing place to ski, here is the link for the nearest hotels.
2. Bran Castle
Bran Castle is a popular tourist destination, partly because it resembles the home of Dracula in Bram Stoker’s novel. It is a magnificent place to visit, but prepare yourself for hoards of tourists.
This castle is located in Bran, a beautiful town close to Braşov. The best way to get there is by train, and the journey takes approximately 3 hours. The castle is open from 12pm to 4pm on Mondays and from 9am to 4pm Tuesday through Sunday. Ticket fee is 35 Lei for adults and 20 Lei for students. If you want to spend your weekend in Braşov, you can check out these hotels.
3. Palace of Culture
The Palace of Culture is being used as a museum, but previously it served as Administrative and Justice Palace until 1955. There are 298 large rooms and four different museums in the building which are The Museum of Art, The Museum of Science and Technology, The Museum of Ethnography and The History Museum. Also, this building hosts different events and exhibitions.
This edifice is located in Iaşi. There are three possible transportation options from Bucharest to Iaşi. You can go by plane which will take only 50 minutes, by train which will take approximately 6 hours or by car which will take 6 ½ hours. For further information about transportation and more information about Iaşi, check out this article from Romania Tourism.
4. Fagaras Fortress
In 1948, this building served as a prison until it was turned into a museum. The Citadel has 85 rooms, one of them being the torture chamber, still preserving the most infamous torture instrument in Europe.
The fortress is located in Fagaras, near Sibiu (44 miles west), and the trip takes about 3 ½ hours from Bucharest. Keep in mind that this building is closed on Mondays, like all museums. It is open from 8am-5pm Tuesday-Friday and from 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday. Also, you should get there one hour before from the closing time. Entrance fee is 15 RON for adults and 7 RON for students.
5. Herastrau Park
This park is located in Bucharest, very close to the city center. It has a huge area of about 187 ha, of which 74 ha is the lake. It is the best place to spend a Sunday afternoon. You can go for a walk, run, ride a bike or take your book with you and sit on the benches near the water. If you enjoy playing tennis, you can go and play tennis in courts. Also, you can have a delicious dinner in the lovely restaurants such as Isoletta.