We hear these “amazing” stories about Romania, gypsies, Vlad the Impaler, Dracula and so on. In fact, underneath these legends and rumors, Romania remains a beautiful travel destination worth taking into account for your vacation, with beautiful landscapes a hospitable people (at least those living in the countryside).
In a previous Smashing article, we listed Dracula’s Castle and the Praid Salt Mine as among the impressive European landmarks worth visiting. Today, we are giving you ten tourist attractions in Romania you will find charming.
1. The Merry Cemetery at Sapanta
The Merry Cemetery at Sapanta is truly a unique tourist attraction, not just for Romania, but for the entire words. It is a place where death isn’t gloomy, where life is celebrated in a fun, unique way. The naïve paintings on crosses are meant to portray important moments in the life of the deceased. Stan Ioan Patras si Dumitru Pop Tincu started this tradition a long time ago and they are the “authors” of over 800 crosses in the cemetery. Both of them are buried in the cemetery, but the tradition still goes on.
2. God’s Bridge
Two of the three (or four) natural bridges in the world are in Romania. One of them is God’s bridge (the Natural Bridge from Ponoarele ar Afrodite’s field). This is the biggest natural bridge in Romania and second in the world and the only one open to traffic, being 30 m long, 13 m high and 9 m wide. The legend says that in the Ponoarele cave lived a devil who harmed many people, so they prayed to God to separate them from him and so the cave collapsed and the devil could not get out.
3. Mogosoaia Palace
Another important touristic attraction in Romania is the Mogosoaia Palace, which has several attractions in itself: the building itself, the lighthouse, the burial place of the Bibescu family, the summer kitchen… all of them form an incredible complex that attracts many locals during the weekend since it’s just 1 km from the capital Bucharest. Here you see people enjoying nature (there is a beautiful lake as well), water sports, having picnics.
4. The Transalpine road
Also known as the King’s road, Transalpina connects Oltenia and Transylvania. It’s an amazing road with incredible landscape and the picture above speaks for itself.
5. The Dragomirna Monastery
Dragomirna Monastery is surrounded by defensive walls and towers giving it the appearance of a medieval castle. Dragomirna has a unique church in Romania for its unusual proportions. By far it is the highest and the narrowest church ever founded. Its walls are not painted but are decorated with stone carvings.
6. The Danube Delta
The Danube Delta attracts an impressive number of tourists each year with its incredible landscapes, incredible fauna and flora, making it the most beautiful place of its kind in the world. This is the place you need to be if you want to get away from the hectic city life and enjoy a wild nature, unchanged by man.
7. Seven Ladders Canyon
The landscape of the Seven Ladders Canyon is superb. The waterfalls are spectacular, and once completed the seven steps, tourists with a good physical condition can climb the peak Piatra Mare. The ride takes two to three hours.
8. Berca Mud Volcanoes
Though their name might lead us to think of something huge and scary, mud volcanoes are – in fact – cone bumps (funnel-shaped pointing up) that look like higher mounds. These cones are formed on the surface of the earth, through the eruption of gases from underground deposits of hydrocarbons (hydrocarbons are chemical compounds, organic, formed from carbon and hydrogen). Although it is a rare phenomenon in the world, Romanians and tourists can admire mud volcanoes in the Carpathian region of the city of Buzau.
9. The Kalinderu slope
For those who love skiing, Kalinderu slope is a must. The slope is certified by the International Ski Federation and thus it is able to host competitions and professional skiers.
10. The Red Lake
The Red Lake or the killer lake is a magical lake, whose waters are colored in unusual red colors. At the foundation of this colors are the Suhardul mountains, mountains that have a purple color.
The Red Lake is a natural dam at an altitude of 980 m, at a distance of about 26 km from Harghita county. It is in the shape of “L”, it is 10 m deep (maximum depth 10.5 m), with an area of 2.7 hectares and a 2830 m circumference. The lake was formed recently, in the summer of 1837. Then it happened that after heavy rains, a vast amount of rocky debris from the versatile northern Rock killer slipped blocking Bicajel river. Water accumulated forming a natural dam. The unusual magic is amplified by a lot of old hollow trunks of trees coming out of the water passing through Little Suhard, reflected image in the lake.