Thinking about your first time in Romania and feel overwhelmed about all you should see? Or maybe you don’t have a lot of knowledge and don’t know where to start. Then you’re in luck. In this article we have compiled a list of the places to see and things to do on your first time in Romania. All those must see places in Romania and Instagram worthy scenery. This will give you a taste of all the beauty Romania has to offer and will most certainly make you book another trip to explore even more.

Brasov view from the Tampa mountain
Brasov view from the Tampa mountain

First time in Romania – 4 towns to explore

If you hold the belief that all Romanian cities are communist grey with small flats in tall building bunched up together, you could not be further from the truth. Romania has a beautiful and diverse architecture that changes depending on the region. From art nouveau buildings to wooden churches, lavish palaces and beautifully decorated houses, you will be amazed at every step. Our top 3 picks are:

Bucharest

Starting with the most obvious and crowded one, Romania’s capital city, should definitely be on your list. An outstanding architectural mix with traces of communism, monarchy and modern buildings, Bucharest has something for everyone and every season.

Bucharest Romanian Athenaeum
Bucharest Romanian Athenaeum

Rainy day? There are plenty of museums, art galleries, libraries, and great restaurants to choose from. Great weather? Then hit the parks, The National Village Museum, wander the streets of the Old City or spend a lazy afternoon on one of the many terraces and outdoor bars.

Next on the list for your first time in Romania should definitely be the medieval cities of Romania. Brasov, Sibiu or Sighisoara, are your best options and will let you mesmerized.

Brasov

A treat for the eyes, soul, and body this little city has it all. Think of beautiful architecture set in don’t know incredible mountain scenery.
For the trail enthusiasts, there are many hiking opportunities in Brașov.

The Black Church, the largest Gothic style church in Romania
The Black Church, the largest Gothic style church in Romania

All you need to know about Sibiu is that in 2007 it became the  European Capital of Culture and the first city in Romania to organize a Romanian Christmas Market.  To top it off, it is by far the most beautiful medieval city in Romania. UNESCO has listed The Great Square in Sibiu as an architectural monument.

Sibiu, a charming town in Transylvania
Sibiu, a charming town in Transylvania

Sighisoara

Sighisoara is for the bohemian soul. Much smaller than Brasov and Sibiu, it has a certain charm to it. After all it is the only currently inhabited citadel in Europe and listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Group visiting Sighisoara
Group visiting Sighisoara

Romania is known for its mountain scenery and wildlife. But don’t think that hiking is the only option. Think mountain biking, trekking, wildlife watching, fishing, boat rides and many more. Romania is for sure an adventure destination.

Our top 3 nature tours for your first time in Romania are:

Transfagarasan Road

Seeing Transfagarasan Road with snow
Seeing Transfagarasan Road with snow

Transfagarasan Road Tour from Bucharest – One day trip. If you could choose only one thing to do in Romania, then this should be it.
The tour takes you to the most popular landmarks like Poenari Fortress – considered to be the real Dracula Castle,  Vidraru Lake and Dam – the highest built dam in Romania and Balea Lake – a glacier lake and the highest point of the road. Not to mention that the high alpine road itself is the real gem. Transfagarasan was named the best road trip in the world by Top Gear.

Hike in the Carpathian Mountains

Hiking Transylvania
Hiking Transylvania

Starting with the Carpathian Mountains, wild and luscious, their trails offer something for everybody. Whether you’re an experienced hiker with a thirst for high peaks, or a family with small children seeking fresh air and beautiful scenery, you have plenty of options.
Seven Ladder Canyon -Just outside Brasov, a series of ladders and bridges take you along a narrow canyon and under the waterfall. It’s an easy hike but with incredible payoff.

Danube Delta

Seeing Pelicans in the Danube Delta
Seeing Pelicans in the Danube Delta

The Danube Delta. I told you that Romania is not only mountains and hiking. The Danube Delta is the second largest river delta in Europe, the best preserved on the continent and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the fisherman’s way of life, taste the incredible local food, explore the many canals on boat and chill while birdwatching.

First time in Romania? – top 3 experiences to get!

This is a hard one since there are so many cool things to experience in Romania. But for your first time in this beautiful country, here are our picks:

Get to know Dracula

Vlad Dracula Halloween Bran
Vlad Dracula Halloween Bran

While a visit to the infamous Bran Castle is a must, the story does not end here. Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula is the real Wallachian Prince behind the myth. You can find out more about his mysterious life by visiting his birthplace in Sighisoara, climbing the 1400+ stairs to Poenari Fortress, considered to be his real castle, in the heart of Bucharest’s Old City by the ruins of The Royal Court or just a short ride outside Bucharest where his burial place is supposed to be. Discover it all with a Dracula Tour.

Discover Rural Romania in the Maramures and Bucovina region

Mother and children attending Sunday Mass in Maramures
Mother and children attending Sunday Mass in Maramures

This is an all in one type of experience. Think traditional local home cooked food, a glimpse in the authentic Romanian rural way of life, a ride on the Mocanita, an old steam train that passes through a beautiful gorge, the Merry Cemetery, intricately sculpted wooden gates don’t know churches included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Get yourself there with the
Transylvania Maramures and Bucovina Tour.

Learn about Communism

Bucharest Union Square
Bucharest Union Square

Although a black spot in Romania’s history, Communism played a huge role in shaping the country and it’s inhabitants. The megastructures that enchant tourists in the heart of Bucharest stand as a reminder and a visual lesson.
The Parliament Palace or, most commonly known, The People’s House is the largest administrative building in the world and should definitely be visited on your first time in Romania. For a better understanding of that period and the marks that it left an  extended walking tour of Bucharest with a local guide that knows all the insights is a must.

Still not decided?

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