Places of Interest
Top 4 Architectural Sights
- Wooden churches of Maramures
- UNESCO World Heritage Site old town of Sighisoara
- Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest
- Villages with fortified churches in Transylvania
The Wooden Churches of Maramures in northern Transylvania number more than 100 and date from the 17th century. They typically have tall, slender towers and are known for their beauty. The UNESCO World Heritage Site old town of Sighisoara is an outstandingly preserved fortified medieval town. Beautifully painted buildings and narrow, winding streets make for a great place to visit. The Palace of the Parliamentin Bucharest is the second largest government building in the world (behind the Pentagon). It has more than 3,000 rooms and can be explored only by guided tour. You will need your passport to enter. One of the more unusual architectural features of Romania are the villages with fortified churches in Transylvania. These are found in seven villages across southeast Transylvania.
Top 4 Natural Sights
- Danube Delta
- Carpathian Mountains and Muntii Maramuresului Nature Park
- Liberty Bear Sanctuary, Zarnesti
- Balti Steppe
The Danube Delta is a UNESCO protected site and the second largest river delta in Europe (after the Volga). The delta empties into the Black Sea and is a haven for wildlife, especially birds, along its many channels. Among the marshes and woodland you will find everything from Egyptian pelicans to Arctic geese. The Carpathian Mountains and Muntii Maramuresului Nature Park encompass some of the last unspoiled wilderness areas in Europe. There are spectacular mountain peaks, cascading rivers and lush Alpine meadows to enjoy. You will also find wolves and the Carpathian chamois in the virgin forests. The Liberty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti does a great job in rescuing bears from exploitation. There are more than 70 bears in the sanctuary, which can be viewed as they enjoy their natural habitat in safety. The Balti Steppe is another area of unspoiled wilderness. The landscape includes steep gorges and barren highlands in a breathtaking high plain.