Rodna Mountains is located in the north of Romania in the group of Maramures and Bucovina Carpathians. These mountains has the maximum height of 2.303 meters in Pietrosul Rodnei Peak (in Romanian: Varful Pietrosul Rodnei) and are the most difficult to cross from the Eastern Carpathians.

Rodna Mountains are the only mountains from Eastern Carpathians that well-preserves the traces of Quaternary glaciers. This Quaternary period is the last period from the geological history of the Earth which is known by the appearance of human development and the climatic fluctuations. These beautiful mountains have numerous glacier circuses like Lala Lake, Negoiescu Valey, Iezer Lake, Buhaiescu Lake and many more. Lala Lake looks just like a crystal and displays a breathable show on which Ineu Peak raises high over the valley.

Travelers who decide to visit Rodna Mountains can find here embankments and defiles just like Bisciaoara Embankment, Stramba Defile or Prislop Pass which is the highest thoroughfare from Eastern Carpathians. Prislop Pass is located between Rodna Mountains and Maramures Mountains and makes connection between Maramures Depression and Spring Gold Bistrita (in Romanian Valea Bistritei Aurii).

Rodna Mountains also offers to all tourists who love nature magical cascades such as: Horses Waterfall, Guset Cascade, Cormoaia Cascade, Anies Cascade and Puzdrele.

Besides all this, Rodna Mountains has also many beautiful caves: wild and mysterious Izvorul Tausoarelor Cave; Maglei Cave close to the River of Maglei; Jgheabul lui Zalion Cave; Grota Zanelor Cave; Izvorul Albastru al Izei Cave; Baia lui Schneider Cave. Izvorul Albastru al Izei Cave and the Blue Spring of Iza are part of the protected area which can be found in the east part of Rodna Mountains.

Rodna Mountains hosts the National Park Rodna Mountains which is the second national park from Romania and an important protected area. Biodiversity is the world that best describes this unique place and tourists will be delighted to enjoy all this wonders. Therefore, in this place visitors can discover forests, hay fields, rocks, valleys and also different species of flora and fauna.

Durgau – Salt Valley is a natural reservation from Turda city, Cluj County, which covers an area of​10 hectares. Is part of Natura 2000, the main instrument to defend biodiversity in the European Union.

This place is surrounded with halophiles vegetation specific to areas with large deposit of salt. Wonderful Durgau – Valea Sarata (Romanian: Durgau – Valea Sarata) hosts one of the most known tourist attraction from Romania – Turda Salt Mine. Here tourists can find a great deep inner world with a temperature of 10 grades. Even if its summer or winter, visitors need to keep in mind that they need warm clothes, because the temperature is pretty low.  In the heart of the mine the fun begins. In this area they will find plenty of activities dedicated to all ages. The beautiful lake located is an interesting area to visit and for the brave ones we recommend to take a ride with the boat. To discover this hidden salt palace people can take the elevator or use the stairs. The salt ceiling has a high of 13 floors and is a onetime experience.

Durgau – Valea Sarata is also known as a medical and recreational area having six beautiful lakes. All six are part of the Lake complex of Durgau.

Carolina Lake took its name after the Empress Karoline Auguste von Bayern (1792-1873) that visit this place in 1817. Was formed after the salt mine “The Great Saltern” collapse (Romanian: Ocna cea Mare). This lake has unstable banks and is continuously crumbles and slides. In its beginnings was an old saltern with an interesting form.

Durgau Lake was formed after the collapse of the Big Durgau Saltern (Romanian: Ocna Durgaul Mare). It has a depth of about 2.8 meters and in its beginnings had one or two small saltern.

Sweet Lake used to have two pools, but eventually dried up and collapsed. In the middle of the lake are two wells with a depth of 46 m.

Saltern Lake was created after the collapse of an old salt mine. In the south-east of this lake is an outcrop of rock salt.

Circular Lake is placed in the eastern most saltern from Durgau area.

Sulphurous Lake was made in the oldest saltern from Durgau.

Don`t miss visiting this temple of salt and natural beauties.

The Romanian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral is a place of worship for all Romanian Orthodox being located on Metropolitan Hill in Bucharest. Wallachia ruler Serban Basarab is the first person that starts the construction of this beautiful building, in the 17th century. The structure is finished in 1698 under the rule of Constantin Brancoveanu. The grandiose work of art has 28 meters in its interior and a nave of 14.6 meters. The cathedral is well-known, here being made the first Bible translated in Romanian language. The Bible had an important part in the Romanian literary language development.The Romanian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral is a larger copy of Curtea de Arges Monastery of Neagoe Basarab. This Cathedral is dedicated to Saints Constantine and Helena and is consecrated by Mihnea III in the 17th century. It is transformed in Metropolitan and after the First World War is changed in a Patriarchate. The Patriarchal Assembly is composed buy:

  • Patriarchal Cathedral “St. Constantine and Helena
  • Belfry Tower built by Constantin Brancoveanu in the 17th century
  • Patriarchal Palace Chapel finished in the 18th century by Prince Nicolae Mavrocordat and Bishop Daniil (1719-1731) carefulness
  • Patriarchal Palace is made for the first time as an abbot and then become the metropolitan residence

The Patriarchal Cathedral is for the first time painted in the 17th century in the times of Radu Leon Voivode (1664-1669). This ruler transforms this edifice in a Metropolitan one on June 8, 1668. During time, the Cathedral has gone through several repairs and after the restoration between 1960 and 1962, it was built after the architectural model of Curtea de Arges Monastery. Its interior contains an altar, a nave having a trefoil form. Visitors can see an expand narthex supported by stone columns, with outstanding carved capitals in composite manner. The four prismatic towers and the exterior surrounded by a stone belt approximately in the middle of the construction are worth seeing and discovering. The Romanian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral started to have mural paintings between the years 1932 and 1935. The Iconostasis is decorated with a glided sculpture same as the imperial doors. Travelers that visit the Patriarch Cathedral can see the Relics of St. Dmitry the New, assembled in a silver shrine. Saint Dmitry the New is the patron of Bucharest and is commemorated every year on October 27. These relics were brought from the village of Basarabi by Metropolitan Gregory II (1760-1787). This tourist attraction deserves traveler attention because of its impressive appearance, beautiful paintings and for hosting the relics of St. Dmitry the New, since 1774.

The interesting Palace of Justice is an important emblem of justice from Bucharest. This historical and architectural monument is built between 1890 and 1895 during the economic boom and is located on Dambovita River.

After Carol I was crowned, the old Judgment Court became too small and King Carol I decided to build the Palace of Justice which is worthy for an independent state. This wonderful construction is built on the same place where used to be the Judgment Court, constructed on lands of boyars Creţuleşti and Goleşti.

Following the steps of Minister of Justice, Eugeniu Stătescu, in 1882 the Parliament gave the first loan needed to start this work of art. Architect Albert Ballu was chosen to make this edifice and architect Ion Mincu was responsible with the interior design and finishes.

The Palace of Justice is made in an irregular quadrilateral plan, has a basement, ground and three floors. It is built in a Renaissance style and has six allegorical statues symbolizing the Law, Righteousness, Justice and Truth. The edifice’s clock has also two statues that represent the Force and the Prudence. On the Main Front are three doors on which visitors can enter in the building. The Palace rooms are vast with many decorations.

The most important hall is “The Hall of Lost Steps”, also known as “Hall Horologe”. It occupies a quarter of the total building area and on its exterior are two stairs of honor made of marble. In the center of this hall tourists can see the Justice Minister Eugen Statescu Monument made by Ernest Dubois and Lawyer Mihai Kornea Monument by Romanelli. On October 4, 1895, The Palace of Justice is inaugurated with an official document on parchment through Carol I that offers this building to the judicial corpus to achieve their mission.

This parchment is made in three copies, one is built in this edifice, one is submit to the State Archives and the last one is preserved by Minister of Justice.

Between 1954 and 1956 are made repairs because they wanted to transform this edifice in a Palace of Culture.After the 1977 earthquake this building needs serious repairs, as most of the buildings from Bucharest. It looks like between 1979 and 1981 are made consolidation works, but below the mark. Because of the 1986 earthquake and because there are no funds for repairs this edifice closes its justice activity.

On June 2003 under the governance of Adrian Nastase starts the restoration and consolidation made by Romanian and France architects.

The restoration of this Palace is finished in 2006 and the following institutions are returning: Court of Appeal, District Court 5 Bucharest, Romania Magistrates Association, National Union of Bars in Romania, Bucharest Bar.

Free Press Building is an enormous construction located in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. It was the biggest construction between 1956 and 2007. This mega construction waits its tourists to come and see years of culture and history that cross over it.

In the beginning, the building had the name Polygraphic Compound “Casa Scanteii I. V. Stalin” and after a while adopted the name Spark House (Romanian: Casa Scanteii). It’s compound by a central corpus which had 13 floors and 4 side corpses that are smaller than the central one. It was used for Publication state media, especially the ” Spark ” newspaper (Romanian: Scanteia). This was the Romanian Communist Party’s newspaper. The construction was possible with the workers donations that helped the Communist Party to fulfill this dream.

Proud of this new symbol, communists made it appeared on the back of the 100 Ron banknotes from 1952. In terms of architecture, this building used the predominance of Socialist style with Stalinist influences.

The Spark House combines the architecture of State University “Lomonosov” with the hotel “Leningrad”, both from Moscow, and specific religious details from Moldavia and Wallachia. Every corpus side has turrets dedicated to decorate the walls. These turrets have also windows that are associated with old Romanian churches and monasteries frames. On the Principal Tower visitor can see an interesting exterior decoration named “ocnita” that is a recessed rectangular window in the wall. Spark House is the first edifice on which was introduced the calculation of a possible earthquake resistance using some Old Italian Norms. The Antenna from this building was the Romanian television broadcaster, but without it, the construction had only 96 meters.

After 1989 this building becomes the Autonomous Printing “Coresi”. On February 1999 it changed in National Printing Company Coresi also name as Free Press House. From that year this edifice hosts paper editions as “Adevarul”, “Jurnalul National”, “Cotidianul”. This building is also the house of press agency Agerpres and Coresi printing. On September 2, 1960 in front of this construction was built a big statue of Lenin, removed 30 years later. The pedestal is still there.

If you visit Bucharest don’t forget to stop for awhile and admire the beautiful architecture of Free Press Building.

Maramures is considered by many tourists the heart and soul of rustic Romania, with its picturesque countryside of small villages, rolling hills, pastures, and riverside full of wildflowers.

Maramures is a small and unique county placed in the North part of Romania. People have regard-fully and distinctively conserved the culture, traditions and lifestyle of a medieval peasant past.

Namely here, in Maramures guests can find one of the most special village named Prislop. The location is very popular thanks to its feast known as: The Prislop Festival.

Another interesting and catchy feast is: Botiza Festival.  It is the holiday of lovers which takes place in Botiza usually the same weekend as Prislop, but its a two day festival so makes both festivals attainable.

Both festivals are similar. However the festival in Botiza is more of a village festival than the Prislop festival. It is interesting because the festival gather many people with different culture, habits and rules.

Another special festival who’s popularity is growing up year by year is: “Drumul Lung spre Cimitirul Vesel feast” (English: The Log Way to Merry Cemetery). It is organized usually in august. The idea of the festival and the first edition was created and started in 2010.

The purpose of the project is to promote cultural values, spiritual, national and international promotion of ideas, projects, concepts and individuals who have a strong impact in the social, community and spiritual education of citizens in ethnography, folklore, literature, cinema, painting and music.

Started from 2016, the project’s goal is to create a bridge to open a communication channel between rural and urban Romania sending a national message on behalf of more than 12,000 villages from the country:

“We are here! We are together!

We represent something valuable to you!

Visit us! Hear us! Help us! Enjoy with us!”

For seven years The Long Way Festival became a symbol of the region, identifying and promoting traditional values of Romania. The festival is a complex one, with many beautiful elements.

Don’t miss to visit Prislop area!

A gorge on the great Danube River, the Iron Gates trace a border between Romania and its neighbor, Serbia. Some consider the gorge to be a 134 km long route, as others consider the Iron Gates as the last barrier of this route, which encompasses the two dams as hydroelectric power stations of: Iron Gate I and Iron Gate II.

North from the Iron Gates there is the Romanian land and the whereabouts make up the Iron Gates Natural Park, whereas to the south, there is Serbia and its Derdap National Park. The Danube’s flow in this area plays the role of a separator between the Carpathian and the Balkan Mountains.

Both banks of this area of Danube’s pass were inhabited from the oldest of times, since the Paleolithic. Named Porta Ferea in Latin, this pass has caused problems for the Danube’s sailors for centuries on end, as it was a rock barrier with whirling waters which made navigation impossible. Today, the “murdering gates” are peaceful. The myriads of rocks peeking out of the water now sit quietly under the accumulation lake of Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Power Station. Some say that after centuries of continuous battle between the Danube and the Carpathians and Balkans, river and mountain, water and rock, have finally made peace.

Due to its narrowness, the Great Kazan is the most famous gorge on the route. Not far from this landmark there is the legendary bridge of Apollodorus of Damascus and onwards from here you can see the “Tabula Traiana” Roman commemorative plaque on the Serbian shore. The not far away Small Kazan hosts the majestic rock sculpture of Decebalus, Trajan’s Dacian opponent, known as the tallest rock relief in Europe.

The megaproject of the two dams began in 1964 with the first Iron Gate Dam finished 1972, whilst the second dam opened 12 years thereafter along with the hydroelectric power stations.

The construction of the two dams caused the Danube to ride 35 meters and the famous and deeply regretted Ada Kales Island.

While in this area, make sure you get to explore Antiquity with the Dacian fortresses from Divici, the Liubcova cliff, the roman castrum and Apollodorus’ Bridge, the Middle Ages by visiting the ruins of Saint Ladislau, Drencova and Tricule fortresses, modern history with Veterani Cave, the Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Power Station. There are also the churches on cliffs Saint Ana Monastery and Vodita Monastery.

Besides these landmarks, the Iron Gates natural park can also be the perfect relaxing getaway. Here you can navigate all day on the Danube, explore the rural life and do some sightseeing. You will not want to close your eyes!

Cheile Nerei-Beusinta National Park is an unrevealed tourist attraction which can be found between Soposul Nou locality and Sasca Romana district. From 1990 this space is recognized as a National Park and is also consider the wildest Ghats from Romania.

Cheile Nerei-Beusita National Park is a protected area which is dedicated to maintain the wildness of flora and fauna for all people.

Cheile Nerei National Park enchants its tourists with mystical caves and gorgeous cascades. A trip in this place delights the eyes of the visitors with treasures like Ochiul Beiului Lake with its special blue shade. This important attraction from Cheile Nerei Park had a legend that says that there was a time when Banat region use to be under Ottomans rule. There is an interesting legend about this place. It looks like in those times, a Turk boy and a shepherdess fall in love without caring about religion or culture. His father found out about their love affair and demanded his soldiers to go and kill the shepherdess girls. The Turk boy fought with them, but the girl is inevitably killed. He lost one of his eyes and when the eye fell, it transformed in the today’s lake. Because he lost his love, he committed suicide. All his tears formed the spring, nourish the lake. There is another legend that says that in the night of Sanziene feast the fairies from the forest baths in this water and dance. The locals from these places believe that all those who got lost in the forest and never returned, got into the clutches of these fairies. In reality, Ochiul Beiului Lake is a karst lake which is permanently nourished by a spring. Because of this, Ochiul Beiului Lake never freezes.

Another wonderful attraction from this park is the Devil Lake (Romanian: Lacul Dracului) which is also the biggest karst lake from Romania. It is formed by the falling of the ceiling cave.  The name of this lake comes from a bet between the devil and a goatherd. The devil appears in from of this goatherd and put him to cook a fish without getting hooked in the fire. The goatherd accepted this bet and also put the devil to cook a goat head without grinning in the fire. Of course, that goatherd wins because he put the fish in a stake. The devil becomes so mad that he throws him into water. It is says that this lake is a bottomless lake and those who adventure to swim here never returns back.

Beusnita Cascades and Susara Cascade are two beautiful places and we recommend to all tourists not to miss these places.

Cheile Nerei-Beusinta National Park is dedicated to all those who want to walk and see natural treasures and delights with unknown beauties.

Aiud is a small but beautiful city from Alba-Iulia, Transylvania region. It makes the connection between Alba-Iulia and Cluj and its rare beauty makes it perfect for a trip.

In Antiquity, the city of Aiud was a Roman settlement with the name “Brucla”. The first attestation of this city was in the 13th century when population was mostly Saxon. Aiud city becomes the most important, cultural and learning center of Calvinism religion from this area.

Visitors can see the wonderful Aiud Fortress, the oldest urban citadel from Transylvania. This fortress was built in two stages and in the first stage, the 14th century; the Saxons constructed a fortified church just like other citadels did. Aiud Fortress was made on the place of a Roman settlement.

This fortress had nine towers that took the name of clubs that owned them.These are: Gate Tower, Butchers’ Tower, Tower Locksmiths, Tailors Tower, Tower Kalendas, Shoemakers Tower, Potters Tower, Tower furriers and Coopers Tower. Also, the fortress hosts Calvin Reformed Church made in Gothic style.

Students Monument can be discovered by visitors in the city’s park. This monument was built in the memory of students that died in fights against Habsburgs. Now has a local historic value in stone canopy form.  In the interior there is an altar stone with the college oval emblem. All students names can be found on this local monument.

In the old Princely Palace, travelers can find the History Museum of Aiud which holds collections about history and archeology’s place. This museum consist in four rooms where public can admire sculptural and epigraph monuments from the Daco-Roman age. Other things that can be seen here are the vestiges of Paleolithic and beginning of the t Iron Age and pieces of bronze storage. Museum delights the viewer’s eyes with temporary exhibitions about art and ethnography.

Museum of Natural Science from Aiud is the oldest museum on this category from Romania. It had four rooms on where tourist can find precious stones and gemstones, fossils of marine snails and fossilized Palmer leaf. Also, viewers can see dinosaur fossils, fauna animals, sized alligator, and baby in mother’s womb and animals with malformations.

Strong essences are held in small bottles and this thing fits perfectly with the city of Aiud. Surrounded with historical facts and rare monuments is perfect to be visited in one day.

The region of Transylvania is located in the heart of Romania and is bounded by the beautiful Carpathian Mountains. This is the largest region of Romania and is full of delightful sceneries. It is deliberated the cradle of nation, because of its impressive fortresses and castles build by their ancestors – the Dacians. Transylvania is gifted with a large number of tourist attractions and various activities to do. It is a combination between rural and medieval, because every small village still uses the ancestral procedures for land cultivation, collecting hay for animals.

The name of Transylvania comes from the Latin expression “Trans Silva” which means “Country beyond the forests” for its forests that covers the mountains.  First people that stepped here were the Celts, and after them came that Dacian society who built the fortresses and capitals, still kept until now in Orastie Mountains.

Sarmizegetusa Regia was the most important capital of Dacian Empire. Wars between Dacian and Roman Empire made Traian emperor the winner of this area for a long period of time. After Roman Empire, Hungarians made Transylvania part of their territory. Also, during time, the Ottoman Empire tried to win this region, but they never succeeded. Starting with the 14th century this region was transformed in Transylvania Principality, being recognized as an independent state. On December 1, 1918, Transylvania is united with other principalities and together become the Romania country. Wonderful region of Transylvania has great cities that deserve to be discovered year around.

Alba Iulia is a lovely city that is located in Transylvania region. Alba Carolina Citadel is the most fascinating place for tourist to visit, especially after 12 PM when Austrian guards from III Gate are changing and during weekends when are wince bursts of smoke. Tourists can go on the Three Fortifications Route from which can discover: Mint gate Principality of Transylvania, Artillery platform, South Gate Camp Roman military camp. In the fortress travellers can see the Union Hall, the place where was signed the Act of Union of Transylvania with Romania, in 1918 and Union Museum. Also here is the cell of Horea where he needed to stay before he was executed; about him tourists can find more information from Romanian Heroes Route.

Cluj-Napoca is the biggest city located in the heart of Transylvania. Here visitors can discover the Orthodox cathedral decorate with fancy reliefs carves in stone, geometrical and floral motifs. The edifice attractions are the old books, manuscripts, documents about church history, and the past of the Romanian people. Saint Michael Church in an edifice built on the old Saint Jacob chapel. It’s imposing by its Gothic style and mural pictures from the 15th century. Visitors can see on this church a statue of a child without had.

Sibiu is a great city from Transylvania that deserves to be discovered. It’s easy because here travelers don’t need cars because the most important edifices are in the city’s historical center. People can visit the Union Square and the Three Towers: Potters Tower, Gunsmiths Tower and Carpenters Tower; all of them are part of the third fortified enclosures of the city. The Big Square for the old historical center is full of souvenirs, because this is the place where events like Easter and Christmas festivities take place.

Region of Transylvania has cities, fortresses, citadels, nature landscapes and many other things which can satisfy all travelers’ needs.