Whenever people want to visit Romania, they know of Bran Castle, Dracula, Bucharest and maybe the Transfagarasan. However, Romania is a lot more than these places. Today we’ll bring you some of the best places to visit in Romania, but less popular than the ones mentioned above.
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Best Places To Visit In Romania – Part 1
Part of the Cheile Bicazului-Hășmaș National Park, Bicaz Gorge is among the main rock climbing destinations in Romania. Its 8 kilometres of ravines are a beauty for those who decide to choose one of the best places to visit Romania.
Bicaz Gorge, locally known as Cheile Bicazului, is the connection between Transylvania and Moldova. Here tourists will also find The Red Lake (Lacul Rosu), a natural lake created after a landslide in the 19th century. The lake takes its name from the reddish alluvial. People can still see the remainings of an old forest, due to the trees rising up from the lake.
Bicaz Gorge is a place for relaxation, natural beauty and peace. People can find cheap accommodation in this area, either at a hotel or a small cabin. One of the best places to visit in Romania, Bicaz Gorge can be visited throughout the entire year, since it is an amazing destination in any season. Plus, one of the most amazing views one may have is to see the forests of Bicaz Gorge during Fall, with red trees reflecting in the Red Lake.
Entrance Fee: FREE
The Bigar Waterfall is located near Bozovici, in Caras-Severin County. It is the most beautiful waterfall in Romania and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, according to The World Geography.
To reach it you need to depart from Timisoara and go South, towards the Danube. Then, once you’re in the Almaj Mountains, you will find it between the Bigar Rest Stop and the Valea Minisului Fish Farm. One thing that most people don’t know is that over the waterfall the Paralel 45 passes (middle distance between North Pole and the Equator).
Since the waterfall is located in the forest, the weather here is quite cold, so prepare some warm clothes to wear, just in case. You can visit it sitting on a wooden bridge, from where most tourists take pictures. Even though there are some photos showing people under it, the waterfall is protected by law and should not be touched.
Entrance Fee: 5 lei
The Rarau Mountains are located in the northern part of the country and they are one of the best places to visit in Romania. They can be reached from Vatra Dornei when travelling to Bistrita, turning left towards Pojorata. This place is also locally known as “Treasure Road”, due to the many attractions it offers.
For amateurs of motorsport, Rarau is also one unique place where Romanian drifters compete each other in the National Championship. The road crossing Rarau Mountains is called Transrarau and it’s a main competition for both Transalpina and Transfagarasan.
Some of the most beautiful views in this area are the Madam’s Stones, the Adam and Eve Rocks and the Giumalau Spring. In the following picture you will see a view from the Madam’s Stones, a very quiet place where you can hear a bird’s wing through the air.
Entrance Fee: FREE
Turda Salt Mine
Located in Turda, the Turda Salt Mine is one of the best places to visit in Romania. It is both a beauty of nature and a health resort, as its salt concentration is a cure for many people. It was open for tourists in 1992 and since then more than 2 million people have visited it.
The Turda Salt Mine was ranked as the coolest underground place in the world by Business Insider. It can be considered as an underground town, since it offers multiple tourist attractions and activities. Inside it, people can visit multiple mines, such as Terezia, Rudolf or Gizela.
Turda Salt Mine’s galleries are among the best places to visit in Romania, according to every Romanian who visited this amazing place. The walls of salt are a cure for those who have respiratory problems, who caught a cold or who can’t breathe well. All you need to do is to spend two hours in this place and you will feel a totally new man!
Entrance Fee: 30 lei
The Berca Mud Volcanoes are located in Buzau County. They are a place of unbelievable beauties, making this location one of the best places to visit in Romania. Here tourists can also visit the Bottomless Lake, the Vultures’ Lake and the Living Fires.
The Mud Volcanoes are not as tall as you would think. They are in fact mini-volcanoes, which spread a mixture of water and clay produced by the underneath gases. People who visit this place must choose a sunny day, to avoid being caught in the mud during rain.
The Bottomless Lake can be found in Siriu Mountains. Legend says that a shepherd once was tired of his job and resigned, then threw his walking stick in the lake. He then found it in the Danube (located very far from this place) and realized that his only meaning in life is to return at his sheep.
The Vultures Lake are the place where vultures come in Spring to drink water and teach their pups how to fly. Alexandru Vlahuta, a Romanian writer, described this legend in “Romania Pitoreasca”, a very known book about Romania’s beauty.
Another attraction among the best places to visit in Romania are the Living Fires at Lopatari. This is a natural phenomenon resulting from natural gases which burn when in contact with sun rays. Depending on the gas intensity, the fires can be taller or smaller.
Entrance Fee for the Mud Volcanoes: 4 lei
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