Romania has always been famous for the picturesque places that can be visited! Fortunately, there are many things to do and many reasons to visit our country. The seaside, the Delta or Dracula’s castle are just the most famous. Find out what unknown places in Romania are worth visiting.
Unknown places in Romania that will surely surprise you
Apart from these, there are some less explored wonders, less known, but which can easily enter the most demanding tourist guides! We have made a list of 14 places where you should go for a great vacation in Romania.
The Steam Locomotive Museum in Resita
It is the largest open-air technical museum in all of Europe with the oldest steam locomotives in Romania. The Locomotive Museum has a total of 16 imposing exhibits, of which 14 are manufactured in Resita, and their existence writes an important page in the history of Romania. Most locomotives were built following the model of Viennese locomotives. One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is the Resicza locomotive, which is part of the first series of locomotives built in Eastern Europe.
The sunken village of Geamăna
Geamăna village, from Alba county, has become a tourist attraction for most of us and especially for foreigners. Following the mining operations in Roșia Poieni, the village was transformed into a tailings lake and covered with tailings, through a series of events known as the natural disaster in Geamăna. The village of Geamăna is actually 100 meters below the surface of this tailings lake.
The houses, the cemetery and the people’s lands are down there, under those toxic deposits. The church tower is still visible because the church was built on the highest hill in the village – located 100 meters above the village hearth. Although it can be considered a sinister place, many people want to come here to see the disaster created more than 30 years ago.
Maldives from Aghires
The lake, also called the Blue Lagoon, due to the color of the water laden with clay dust, is not a natural one, but appeared on the place where the white clay was once extracted. The blue of the water, compared to the one you find in the Mediterranean Sea, manages to attract a lot of tourists every year. If you arrive in the commune of Aghiereşu in Cluj, you will discover with delight a fairytale landscape, around the Lagoon you can find a lot of reeds but also an oak forest. You must not miss this place.
The water mills from Rudăria
The 22 water mills from Rudăria, located in Caraş-Severin County, are included in the UNESCO world heritage. They are visited annually by thousands of Romanian and foreign tourists, because they are quite close to the Bigar waterfall. The locals use them for grinding, but also as a meeting place, a state of affairs, to share moments of life.
Coral Temple, Bucharest
Near Unirii Square in Bucharest, on Sf. Vineri Street, the Coral Temple contrasts in grandeur with the surrounding gray landscape. This building is the largest mosaic place of worship in Romania, being erected in the mid-1800s as a replica of the Tempelgasse synagogue in Vienna destroyed by the Nazis in World War II. The name comes from the fact that a synagogue does not normally have a choir, and when it has a choir, it is called a “coral” temple. There are about 100 coral temples in the world.
The rosary from Mândruloc is a rhapsody of perfumes and colors
If you love roses but don’t have a garden, you can make a trip to Mândruloc, Arad County, where the largest rosary in South-Eastern Europe is located. The rosary includes 2,000 varieties of roses, many of them awarded gold at various international competitions. Almost every two weeks, the landscapes change and take on different shades, depicting a rhapsody of flowers. A dream location, the “Eutopia Gardens” Rosary is a beautiful destination for tourists in Romania and beyond
Hoia-Baciu forest. Myth or reality?
Hoia Baciu Forest is considered one of the scariest in the world. It can be found on the outskirts of Cluj-Napoca and is spread over about 300 hectares. It is believed that the name of the forest comes from a shepherd who disappeared without a trace, along with his 200 sheep. This forest is also called by the visitors and the locals “Bermuda Triangle in Romania”.
Hoia Baciu Forest was included by the Spanish daily El Mundo on the list of main destinations for those who want strange phenomena, difficult to explain. The forest was also targeted by several British journalists who decided to spend a single night in the forest and later called it “the scariest forest in the world”.
Soveja – the resort with the most ozonated air in Europe
Even before reaching Soveja, the fairytale landscape, with towering firs and silver birches, enchants the tourist. Soveja is a commune located in the heart of the Curvature Carpathians, in the Vrancea Mountains and is notable for a high degree of afforestation (98.5%). The resort of Soveja was very popular in the 80’s especially among the hundreds of athletes who made their camps here, taking advantage of the fresh air. Located at an altitude of 600 meters, the town is recognized as having the most ozonated air in Europe due to the pine and pine forests that surround it.
Medieval fortress Saschiz
Very close to Sighişoara and Viscri, the town of Saschiz, which took its name from the peasant fortress built here around 1308-1310, is starting to become a tourist town, after it managed to attract the attention of many novelty enthusiasts. In this picturesque place you are happy to discover the clock tower, recently rehabilitated, a copy of the one from Sighişoara. Saschiz Fortress is 2 km from the commune of the same name. Inside the fortification there is still a fountain that measured 65 meters deep, which the legends say has a connection with a tunnel that leads to the middle of the commune.
The “exotic” resort of Berzasca
The first lake resort in Romania is located in Caraș-Severin County and is called Berzasca Lake Village. A complex with 15 rustic-style hanging houses, built about 20-30 meters from the shore, makes you think of an exotic vacation. The uniqueness of the place is given by the location, the superb view over the Danube and the song of the birds flying over it. In addition, the fresh air, the sun and the combination of the Almaj Mountains on one side and the waters of the Danube on the other, take you into an atmosphere of calm and relaxation.
The Church in the Wilderness
This place is located between the town of Carei and the commune of Petrești, Satu-Mare. There is a legend that the church was opened only once a year, on Saint Mary’s Day, at midnight. The door of the church would have opened on its own, without keys or anyone’s intervention, and it would have closed on its own.
Aerial photographs of the church were taken by photographer Ovi D. Pop and were awarded at several international festivals.
The bear sanctuary from Zărneşti – do you dare?
The LiBEARty Bear Sanctuary is the largest brown bear reservation in the world and is located in Zărnești, 38 km from Brașov. LiBEARty has been the subject of a documentary made by the London television station Animal Planet. In the series of 7 episodes, the directors presented the most impressive stories of the teddy bears from Zărnești.
Even National Geographic reporters visited the LiBEARty reservation to find out how the sanctuary’s staff managed to save the bears from terrible conditions. For children it can be a unique experience where they can watch bears from a few meters away and learn more about the importance of protecting animals.
Dragon Garden Reservation – come find out the legend
The Garden of Dragons protected area is located just 70 km from Cluj and is considered to be one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Transylvania. The fame of this protected area was born with the stories invented by the locals to make known this irregular ensemble of rocks, of various colors from dark gray to different shades of yellow. Each rock has its own story and its own name.
The reeds from Sic – the second reed expanse after the Danube Delta
The reedbeds from Sic, a stone’s throw from Cluj, are a nature reserve, a protected area located in the meadow of Fizeş Valley, made up of swamps, lakes, reed vegetation and rushes. It is a special and surprising place, hidden between the hills where, with an area of 200 hectares that houses about 100 species of birds. The green reed chain, the old wooden deck that seems endless and the sky that contrasts with the reed make this place a little corner of paradise.