If you cannot get enough of the best places to visit in Romania and need a break from nature, then checkout these instagrammable cities! Call me nostalgic but the first two cities reminded me a lot of my home state. With its coloured houses and medieval cobblestone streets, both Sibiu and Sighișoara stood out as the best places to visit in Romania when it comes to city getways.
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In fact, it was in Sighișoara, located in Mureș County, that what a lot of Germans settled after fleeing Nazi Germany, hence its other name Schäßburg. Even until this day, while the Germans have been “bought back” by their mother country, there are annual gatherings of original families and their descendants. Make sure to climb the Old Clock Tower (Vlad the Impaler was born nearby!) and walk up the wooden, covered staircase to the old cemetery. It’s super scenic.
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Sibiu, Härmeschtat for Germans, is a super picturesque city in Transylvania. No wonder Forbes named it “Europe’s 8th-most idyllic place to live” in 2008 and it was the European Capital of Culture in the year before. Check out the old marketplace – especially during Christmas – and get lost in the historic centre. Pastel houses, medieval city walls and the Brukenthal National Museum will just make you fall in love with the city.
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Again, the Saxon influence is undeniable, down to the old city walls and bastions. Wander the old Council Square in Old Town and look up at the Hollywood-like sign on Tâmpa mountain. However, if you are indeed German and from Thuringia, you gotta visit the Lutheran Black Church. Its history is connected to the Reformation and the story how its name came to be is also spectacular. During a big fire set by invading Habsburg forces, the inside of the church was left entirely black, along with the Madonna. She remained mostly intact but her royal blue dress had turned black, hence she is referred to as the “Black Madonna”.
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Ok, this wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the absolutely wonderful capital Bucharest. It has such an eclectic style of architecture, blending massive city wall-like Communist housing projects with fine French architectur . Hidden passages and secret churches invite you to roam and just get lost. Plus, Bucharest has the cutest hipster cafés!
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If you have your own car, you can easily get around. Even if you’re on your first trip to Romania, trains and buses are relatively easy to use to get around Romania. However, if you want the hassle to be taken out of it all, why not join a tour? I swear even if you are a solo traveller, it can be so much fun as you meet like-minded travellers. (That’s how I travelled Australia!)
Which of these places would you put as best places to visit on your Romania travel list?
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I really loved Sibiu and Sighisoara, so colorful and like out of a fairytale! But Bucharest really stole my heart <3 Thanks for sharing!
Annemarie Strehl says
Hi Diana, those two were my faves as well but really nothing could beat Bucharest. You nailed it, they were fairy tale settings.
Sieht toll aus! Rumänien steht auch ganz weit oben auf meiner Wunschliste.
Annemarie Strehl says
Hallo Julia, dann solltest du unbedingt mal hinfliegen. Mit Ryanair gibt’s richtig billige Flüge von Berlin aus. :)
Sighisoara and Sibiu are some of the most beautiful cities in Romania. It’s a good thing that most Romanian cities rediscover their medieval past and several buildings dating from that period are being retored and recover their colorful appearance.
Annemarie Strehl says
Hi Luminita, they definitely are top ranking in terms of beauty. Fully agree!!