We invite you to a journey to discover the many facets of Romania. It can be either a one day trip, a tour across the country or maybe a long weekend. Any option will give the opportunity to explore, taste, see and understand the country and culture.
Besides the main attractions in Bucharest and in the country: the Black Sea with 45 miles of beautiful fine sand beaches, the Danube Delta - the largest and best preserved of Europe’s river deltas, the castles (Bran, Peles, Corvinilor), the Painted Monasteries in Bucovina or Maramures county – extraordinary for traditions and folklore, we would like to mention the unknown ones that are still definitely worth seeing.
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Shall we begin?
Turda Salt Mine “the coolest underground place in the world”, Business Insider
A unique and real museum of salt mining in Transylvania, this salt mine has existed for over 13 million years and has an average thickness of 250 m. It was first opened for tourists in 1952 and it is located 30 km from Cluj-Napoca. The Salt Mine features: health activities such as Medicinal Bath Salt for rehabilitation therapies in internal diseases and in prevention and sanogenesis; recreation aria with swimming pool, SPA and wellness centre, playground for kids, mini-golf, bowling, boating on the underground lake, big wheel, sport field.
Fabrica de Pensule (Paintbrush Factory)
At the end of the industrial area of Cluj-Napoca operates an independent space for contemporary art. Paintbrush Factory is a unconventional place, named due to its location in the former industrial facility, focuses on an area of 2,000 sqm, 29 contemporary art spaces: artists' workshops, galleries and cultural organizations active in the fields of visual arts, contemporary dance, music and theatre (the program is available on the internet in Romanian, Hungarian and English). The neighbourhood of this cool place for contemporary art is mostly industrial.
A phenomenon that is pretty rare in the world can be seen in Romania, in Buzau county. The mud volcanoes are formed due to natural gas coming out of the ground at a depth of 3,000 m. The gases cross a clay soil and push the water out. A cold mud comes to the surface forming cones so they appear similar to volcanoes.
Hoia-Baciu Forest, Cluj–Napoca
Allegedly paranormal, this forest has been the subject of many studies. Witnesses say that they have observed lights, shapes and colours, strange shadows, voices and human faces appearing and disappearing. Shapes and even UFOs have been caught on photo camera. Researcher Adrian Patrut says there are magnetic anomalies, fluctuations of electromagnetic field, emissions infrasound. Among the most shocking events are the foot tracks that occur on land on land, snow or grass directly under the eyes of viewers, without explanation.
Pestera Ursilor (Bears Cave)
Bears' Cave is located in the western Apuseni Mountains and it received its name after the 140 cave bear skeletons which were discovered on the site in 1983. With a length of 1.5 km, this cave lighted by candles has beautiful natural sculptures which invite the visitor to an imaginative spectacle. The biggest cave in Romania is of length of 47 km and it is called Wind Cave (Pestera Vantului).
Comana Natural Park (Parcul natural Comana)
Only 30 km distance from Bucharest, Comana Natural Park is considered to be the second Delta in our country. Comana has lots species of birds, fish, reptiles, plants, mammals. It is the perfect one day trip to relax by walking in the forest, or go boating or maybe fly with moto-paraglider. Aventura Park will tempt you as well with climbing for kids and parents. Spending the night is not a problem, you will find villas that offer great accommodation and meals.
The Merry Cemetery /The Happy Graveyard (Cimitirul Vesel)
The Merry Cemetery is one of the most unusual places to visit in Romania. Located in Sapinta, the cemetery is a place where resting is seen with joy, because the soul passes into another dimension. The carved headstones are painted to illustrate the moments of life that has passed into another dimension. The paintings are sometimes satirical and accompanied by short poems.
Ethnologists say Sapinta's laughing cemetery is likely a reflection of attitudes that come from the time of the Dacians, early inhabitants of Romania, and have been passed down in folklore ever since. The historian Herodotus said the Dacians were fearless in battle and went laughing to their graves because they believed they were going to meet Zalmoxis, their supreme god.
The Retezat National Park
The largest old-growth forests in Romania are present in the Retezat mountains. The park contains a sparsely populated area teaming with wildlife (including Carpathian brown bears, deer, fowl, etc.), including some of the most remarkable glacial lakes in the country and offering numerous opportunities for paragliding, zip lining, hiking and trekking.