As the cold season approaches, you need to find new places to visit that will make you feel like living a fairytale. This time, let’s talk about Romania. Why should you visit Romania? Because this country is like a warm hug on a cold day. With its beautiful landscapes, calm people (especially Transylvania) and delicious food, you can be sure that if you visit Romania, you’ll have some quality time.
This year’s winter started with a 4-day vacation for Romanians due to 2 national holidays (St. Andrew’s Day – 30th of Nov. and the Great Union Day – 1st of December). This was a great reason for taking some time off and disconnecting from the daily routine. For me, this meant a quiet trip in the western part of Romania, through Alba Iulia, Cincis-Cerna Village, Hunedoara, and Sibiu. So if you want to visit Romania in the winter, here are a few places that I would recommend:
Alba Iulia, Romania
Alba Iulia is a really beautiful city where the Great Union was proclaimed. This city’s special thing is the fortress that lies in the middle of the city which has seven bastions in a stellar shape. Once inside the fortress, you can find the Union Hall, the National History Museum of Unification, the Coronation Cathedral and many more. All of them have a great historical significance for Romanians and the things they’ve been through. If hungry, I suggest Pub13 (it is like a fortress inside the fortress – check their website) and Dante Cafe (delicious food!).
During winter, there is a small Christmas Market really cute decorated. You can go ice-skating, eat warm food and drink a cup of mulled wine while admiring the beautiful lights of the city. If you plan to visit Romania, you must not miss this historical city located in the heart of Transylvania.
Sibiu is already widely known among travelers as one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. And for a good reason. As a plus, I strongly suggest you visit it in the winter since the city is filled with magical lights. It is beautifully decorated! Also, there is a cozy Christmas Market organized in the main square of the city. It will surely make you feel the Christmas spirit like nowhere else. While there, I also visited the Council Tower at night to see the city from above and had some Romanian Traditional Food at Restaurant Weidner (I recommend the traditional Romanian bean soup cooked into homemade bread and the “Papanasi”).
Cincis Lake, Hunedoara, Romania
This place was a total surprise for me because I booked it the night before the trip. I decided I wanted to stay in a quiet place, initially a wooden house. Being so unorganized with the trip and booking the night before, of course I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. But this place proved me that even if you don’t plan everything 2 weeks ahead, you can still have a great time! Lake Cincis is somewhere in Hunedoara and the motel we stayed at is located 28 km away from the city center. At night, when we arrived, it looked somehow creepy. But during the day, the place is amazing! It is completely isolated and the view is breathtaking.
The legend says that Lake Cincis is cursed. Why? Because it was built over some 5 villages and all the inhabitants were evacuated. So everyone had to take their stuff and leave to other places. The thing is that besides their personal stuff, the villagers exhumated their dead relatives to bury them somewhere else. But not all of them were relocated and the legend says that the dead people come to life at night to haunt the current inhabitants. Of course, it is just a myth and you should not believe it. 🙂
If you want to visit Romania and to entirely disconnect from the city noise, this is the place to go. You can really meditate here; the silence is the only thing you’ll hear.
Corvin Castle, Hunedoara, Romania
This amazing castle is the subject of some great photographies that are taken to describe Romania. It is one of the largest castles in Europe and it is truly impressive. It has a great history and the legends say that this was the place Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes) was held prisoner by John Hunyadi (Iancu de Hunedoara). If you plan to visit Romania and love castles, I suggest you give it a try. You will love it 🙂
So this is how I spent my mini-vacation: traveling through Romania. There are a lot of places that I really want to see in this beautiful country of mine and I am glad I crossed some off the list. What about you? Would you visit Romania & the places I’ve suggested?