Recommendations for the top 3 places to visit in Romania:

1. Dambovicioara Gorges in the Piatra Craiului Mountains

Dâmbovicioara canyon is 2 km long and can be found in the southern part of the Piatra Craiului mountains, some of the rockiest and spectacular mountains in Romania.

Dambovicioara GorgesThe scenery of Dambovicioara Gorges, leading to Dambovicioara Cave and further on to Brusturet is breathtaking. With vertical walls that often exceed 200m in height, the Gorges were dug in a veritable canyon of rocky formations over a length of 8 km.

The actions of river water erosion have created authentic ravine and the most bizarre rocky shapes. On your way to Brusturet, crossing thourgh Dâmbovicioara Gorge, you can make a stop and visit the Dâmbovicioara Cave which is rather a small cave in an impressive karst area but one of the most known in Romania. Located in the biggest gorge complex in Romania the cave also contained some remains of the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus).

And since you have now reached Dambovicioara anyways, why not pay a visit to the ruins of the Oratea / Oratia Fortress in Podu Dâmboviței , where Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula) himself spent some time?

The ruins in OratiaThe fortress was conceived as a defense point to later became a customs check-point under the name of the Piatra Craiului Citadel. It was finally named Oratia, after the valley it looks over.

The fortress was built in the XVII-th century, some believing that the Teutonic Knights themselves. were involved in the building process. It is noteworthy that Vlad the Impaler himself spent some time here, with some inscriptions mentioning that this is the place where the Voivode got actually caught by the Turks.

2. See what God can teach you about Sculptures

Witness an amazing geological phenomena – intriguing stones which when cut through, show spherical and ellipsoidal rings similar to the ones of a tree trunk. Definitely one of those intriguing places to visit in Romania …

What also makes these formations unique and mysterious is that they are reproducing themselves after getting in contact with water.

If you never heard about Trovants, these stones will probably remind you more of the works of Brâncuşi than of geological formations.  The only reason the Trovants in Costesti are not already more popular is that the Trovanti Museum Natural Reserve is of relative young age , as it was only opened in 2005.

So you can even take pride in being among the early visitors of the place, before it became world famous and crowds would have flooded the place.


3. Underground Salt Therapy  at Praid Saline (The Praid Salt Mine)

Visit the Salt Mine in PraidIn the eastern part of Transylvania, on Szekler’s Land there is a region called Praid (Parajd) „the gate of Harghita county”, a paradise for all nature lover. Here is also located one of the largest salt mines in Europe, the Praid Saline (in Transylvania the history of salt mining traces back to Dacian times, a practice later continued by the Romans).

The ionized air from the heart of the salt mine is favourable for those suffering of breathing diseases whereas healthy people who come visit can benefit the relaxation, beautified skin and simply refreshment.

As for those who want to go to church while 120 meters below the earth’s surface, there’s an Ecumenical Chapel carved in salt.


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