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  • 1. Arcul de Triumf

    Echoing Bucharest’s pretensions as the “Paris of the East,” this landmark—built in 1922—commemorates the 1877 War for Independence and those who died in World War...

    Echoing Bucharest’s pretensions as the “Paris of the East,” this landmark—built in 1922—commemorates the 1877 War for Independence and those who died in World War I. Climb the stairs for an impressive view out toward the city.

    Piața Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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  • 2. Ateneul Român

    Gorgeous inside and out, this 19th-century concert hall, home of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, has a neo-Baroque dome and classical columns. In theory, there...

    Gorgeous inside and out, this 19th-century concert hall, home of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, has a neo-Baroque dome and classical columns. In theory, there are tours, but the building is often locked. For a look at the inside, it's best to attend a concert.

    Strada Benjamin Franklin 1-3, Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
    213-152–567
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  • 3. Biserica Creţulescu

    This 1720s redbrick church next to the former palace has lovely, though faded, interior frescoes and a noted iconostasis (screen separating the altar from the...

    This 1720s redbrick church next to the former palace has lovely, though faded, interior frescoes and a noted iconostasis (screen separating the altar from the nave in Eastern churches) depicting religious scenes.

    Calea Victoriei 45, Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
    214-107–116

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    Rate Includes: Daily 6 am–7 pm
  • 4. Biserica Sfântul Anton

    Completed in the mid-16th century, Bucharest's oldest church is an excellent example of that period's Wallachian church architecture, with alternating horizontal bands of brick and...

    Completed in the mid-16th century, Bucharest's oldest church is an excellent example of that period's Wallachian church architecture, with alternating horizontal bands of brick and plaster moldings. Note the frescoes next to the altar. The church stands opposite the Curtea Veche (the Old Court Palace).

    Strada Franceză 33, Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
    722-607-103

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    Rate Includes: Daily 6 am–7 pm
  • 5. Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

    A fantastic Gothic-style structure, built in the late 14th century by the German community, this formerly Roman-Catholic house of worship remains today one of the...

    A fantastic Gothic-style structure, built in the late 14th century by the German community, this formerly Roman-Catholic house of worship remains today one of the region's most important Lutheran churches. At its highest point, the church is 213 feet high. It has only one bell tower, but the bell weighs six tons and is believed to be the country's largest. In the 1830s, prolific organ-builder Carl August Buchholz built the 4,000-pipe organ that's still played here weekly (concerts are at 6pm, on Tuesday in June and September and on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in July and August).

    Curtea Johannes Honterus 2, Brasov, Brasov, 500025, Romania
    268-511–824

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    Rate Includes: 8 RON, Apr. 7–Oct. 11, Tues.–Sat. 10–7, Sun. noon–7; Oct. 12–Apr. 6, Tues.–Sat. 10–3, Sun. noon–3, Closed Mon.
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  • 6. Busteni Mountain

    The sweeping bird's-eye views you'll get during the cable car (teleferic) ride up Busteni Mountain alone are worth the 15 minutes' drive from Sinaia. You...

    The sweeping bird's-eye views you'll get during the cable car (teleferic) ride up Busteni Mountain alone are worth the 15 minutes' drive from Sinaia. You can also hop into the cable car in Sinaia and then hike over. The mountain, 8,215 feet high, has well-marked paths, but some of the trails can get quite steep so you'll need proper footwear. Hikers come to take in the vistas and to see natural rock formations called babele and sphinx. In the snowy months, which can last through April, locals come here to snowshoe. If you're a strong skier, you can shred powder here, and if you're a beginner, you can take lessons at one of the small local ski resorts.

    Village of Busteni, Sinaia, Prahova, Romania
  • 7. Casino Sinaia

    No longer a working casino but a conference center, this is nonetheless an impressive structure, commissioned and built in 1913 by King Carol I, who...

    No longer a working casino but a conference center, this is nonetheless an impressive structure, commissioned and built in 1913 by King Carol I, who died just a year later. It's a grand building and, provided no private events are being held, tours are given every 40 minutes. Sometimes the docents speak English, but if not there may be a local on the tour who will translate for you. Even without understanding the guide, the building's interior is a spectacular sight, particularly its more than 500 pieces of art, including works by Bogdan Mihai Radu, Vana Cornel, Calin-Raul Anton, and Rares Kerekes. The casino, which has an upscale café on the ground floor, is in Dimitrie Ghica Park, where there's a skating rink.

    Bulevardul Carol I 2, Sinaia, Prahova, 106100, Romania
    244-310–808

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    Rate Includes: 15 RON, Wed.–Sun. 10–7
  • 8. Clock Tower (Turnul Ceasornicului)

    In the town square, this clock tower dates to the late 18th century, during the Ottoman occupation, when the 72-foot structure was built to keep...

    In the town square, this clock tower dates to the late 18th century, during the Ottoman occupation, when the 72-foot structure was built to keep an eye on the town's goings-on. From 2005 to 2007 it underwent a thorough restoration, so what you see today is not truly the original, but standing beneath it, surrounded by modernity, you can try to imagine what the Ottomans saw when they looked down nearly 300 years ago—and how the brave inhabitants of the town felt looking up.

    Piața Unirii (Union Square), Giurgiu, Giurgiu, Romania
  • 9. Comana Monastery

    In the commune of Comana, 45 minutes' drive from Giurgiu, this Romanian Orthodox monastery has a long history. The original building, from the mid-15th century,...

    In the commune of Comana, 45 minutes' drive from Giurgiu, this Romanian Orthodox monastery has a long history. The original building, from the mid-15th century, was built by Vlad the Impaler as both a fortress and a place of worship, and he's believed to be buried here. In the late 16th century, when the monastery was falling apart, the future prince of Wallachia (Romania), Radu Serban, built a new monastery, which was later restored and is what you see today. The monastery is still in use, and is in fairly good condition, its facade a crisp white and its interior frescoes still relatively vibrant. There's a little museum within and, in the back, a small garden.

    Strada Radu Serban 392, Comana, Giurgiu, Romania
    246-283–075

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    Rate Includes: Daily dawn–dusk, but call ahead mid-Oct.–mid-Apr.
  • 10. Comana Natural Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Southern Romania's largest protected area is in Comana, a commune of five small villages. The park covers more than 60 acres and its management...

    Southern Romania's largest protected area is in Comana, a commune of five small villages. The park covers more than 60 acres and its management has done a great job catering to families and outdoors enthusiasts. Bike trails run through the forest (bicycles are available for hire), and there are tennis and basketball courts, a pick-your-own garden with herbs and vegetables, a few restaurants serving local cuisine, and an adventure park where kids (and eager adults) can climb trees and a rock wall, ride horses, and practice archery. You can fish, kayak, and canoe within the park and watch birds in the protected bird area. Weekends are quite crowded; come early.

    Comana, Giurgiu, Romania
    0372-998–863
  • 11. Council Square (Piața Sfatului)

    Historic District/Site

    This lovingly preserved town square has been holding markets since the mid-14th century. In the middle of the square is a pillory formerly used...

    This lovingly preserved town square has been holding markets since the mid-14th century. In the middle of the square is a pillory formerly used for public punishments, including those of witches. The square and surrounding Old Town are filled with medieval buildings, and these include the red-roofed former Council House, now the Historical Museum. Built in 1420, its watchtower was used to look out for approaching invaders. Nearby is the handsome Renaissance-style Merchant's House (once known as Hirscher House, named for its owners, and now a restaurant). Within the square is Strada Sforii, once a firefight's corridor and the city's narrowest street; it measures between 44 and 53 inches wide and 260 feet long. Spring and summer are when Council Square is at its liveliest, with sidewalk cafés and musical performances, but there's much to enjoy even in winter.

    Brasov, Brasov, 500031, Romania
  • 12. Curtea Veche

    Dracula buffs can check out the ruins of the palace built by Vlad Ţepeş, the 15th-century prince on whom the fictional count was based. There...

    Dracula buffs can check out the ruins of the palace built by Vlad Ţepeş, the 15th-century prince on whom the fictional count was based. There is a small museum.

    Strada Franceză 25, Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
    213-140–375

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    Rate Includes: 4 RON, Mon.–Sat. 10 am–6 pm
  • 13. Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Alexander

    In the city of Alexandria, about an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Giurgiu, is this once Romanian Orthodox cathedral (it became Episcopal in the...

    In the city of Alexandria, about an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Giurgiu, is this once Romanian Orthodox cathedral (it became Episcopal in the late 1990s). The Cathedral was built of wood in the early 19th century, then from 1869 to 1898 was re-built into what you see today. Its impressive entrance hall has Corinthian columns, its candelabrum came from Vienna, and its 33-foot Gothic-style iconostasis and the pews were hand-carved. The marble floor was installed at the end of the 19th century. The beautiful paintings you see within are the works of then very well known Romanian artists Constantin Pascaly, Constantin Artachino, and Stefan Luchian. Within the cathedral is the tomb of Alexandria's founder, Prince Alexandru Ghica. In 1994, during the celebration of 160 years from the foundation of the town, Prince’s Alexandru Dimitrie Ghica sarcophagus, made from Carrara marble, was brought from Bucharest, from the Ghica Tei Church and deposed on the right, at the entrance of the Cathedral. In 1997 the Cathedral of Saint Alexander became an Episcopal Cathedral, here is the bishopric of Alexandria and Teleorman, and the first bishop was His Holiness Galaction Stanga. With a beautiful architectural style, an impressive, monumental building, with beautiful interior, dominated by a veil of distinguished paintings by Stefan Luchian and Constantin Artachino, the Cathedral from Alexandria is a attraction that honors the city and the county of Teleorman.

    Strada Independenței 22, Alexandria, Teleorman, Romania
    247-314–377

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    Rate Includes: Daily dawn–dusk, but call ahead for visits mid-Oct.–mid-Apr.
  • 14. George Enescu Memorial House

    Regarded as Romania's greatest musician, George Enescue (1881–1955) was a composer, violinist, pianist, and conductor. He was a child prodigy—at age 10 gave a concert...

    Regarded as Romania's greatest musician, George Enescue (1881–1955) was a composer, violinist, pianist, and conductor. He was a child prodigy—at age 10 gave a concert for Emperor Franz Joseph—and went on to perform in Paris and to conduct the New York Philharmonic, living in France and Romania. After the Soviet occupation of Romania, he remained in Paris and is buried there. The large white villa is well maintained and furnished with handsome period pieces. On display are photographs, sheet music, and programs from his many concerts.

    Strada Menuhin Yehudi 2, Sinaia, Prahova, Romania
    244-311–753

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    Rate Includes: 6 RON, Tues.–Sun. 10–5, Closed Mon.
  • 15. Giurgiu Fortress

    At first glance, this fortress appears to be little more than a pile of stones, but it was once an important defense structure, and, if...

    At first glance, this fortress appears to be little more than a pile of stones, but it was once an important defense structure, and, if its walls could talk, oh, the stories they'd tell. It dates to the late 14th century and was seized and then regained from the invading Ottoman several times over. Giurgiu lso suffered terribly during the Crimean War, when it was occupied by the Russian and Turkish armies, and again during the War of Independence, when it was bombed by the Turkish army. In 1916, the city was almost completely destroyed when the Allies fought back against Central Powers. Given the turmoil, it's remarkable that ruins of the once grand fortress managed to survive at all for so many centuries.

    Strada Mircea Cel Bătrân, Giurgiu, Giurgiu, Romania
  • 16. Giurgiu-Rousse Friendship Bridge

    Take a stroll from Romania across the Danube to Bulgaria on one of just two bridges connecting the two countries. (The other runs between Calafat,...

    Take a stroll from Romania across the Danube to Bulgaria on one of just two bridges connecting the two countries. (The other runs between Calafat, Romania, and Vidin, Bulgaria). The bridge is about 3 km (2 miles) long, but the distance between the centers of each town is a little over 10 km (6 miles). Still, it's not a difficult trip and, as you stroll across the bridge, you can watch the boats on the river below. Don't forget to bring your passport. It's also easy enough to hitch a ride across.

    Giurgiu, Giurgiu, Romania
  • 17. Hanul lui Manuc

    In 1808, a wealthy Armenian built this evocative, timbered inn for the convenience of traveling merchants. After extensive renovations, the historic inn and accompanying café,...

    In 1808, a wealthy Armenian built this evocative, timbered inn for the convenience of traveling merchants. After extensive renovations, the historic inn and accompanying café, bistro, cellar restaurant, and garden were restored to something of their past glory and all are deservedly popular. Sit around the café's horseshoe bar for a yummy pastry and huge selection of coffee beverages, wine, beer, and cocktails; or under the bistro balcony's timbered eaves. Hearty Romanian-style bistro fare includes copious platters of sausages and potato pudding, or baked seafood with various homemade sauces. You won't go away hungry. The elegant cellar restaurant serves an excellent menu of more refined Romanian classics.

    Strada Franceză 62–64, Bucharest, Bucuresti, 030106, Romania
    730-188–653
  • 18. Ialomicioara Monastery and Cave

    Within Bucegi Natural Park, this pint-size monastery abuts the enormous cave, making it look even tinier. The monastery dates back four centuries, but the reason...

    Within Bucegi Natural Park, this pint-size monastery abuts the enormous cave, making it look even tinier. The monastery dates back four centuries, but the reason it looks in such good condition—you'll notice that the colorful paintings adorning its interior walls are particularly vibrant—is that what you see today was built 1993 following a huge fire. A guide will take you into the cave, which has 1,300 feet of accessible paths, so wear sturdy footwear. To get to the monastery, you can take the cable car from Busteni up to Babele and then hop on the cable car going toward Pestera (meaning cave). From there it's about a 10-minute walk.

    Sinaia, Prahova, Romania
    No phone

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    Rate Includes: 10 RON
  • 19. Lipscani

    Developed around 1750, the Lipscani district is one of the oldest in Bucharest. Dirty, confusing, and crying for renovation, it's still of interest, especially the...

    Developed around 1750, the Lipscani district is one of the oldest in Bucharest. Dirty, confusing, and crying for renovation, it's still of interest, especially the charming Hanul cu Tei, a rectangular courtyard between Strada Lipscani and Strada Blănari that houses art and antiques shops.

    Strada Lipscani, Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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  • 20. Muzeul Artă Populară

    The Ethnographic Museum has a fine collection of regional handicrafts and costumes....

    The Ethnographic Museum has a fine collection of regional handicrafts and costumes.

    Aristide Karatzal, Constanta, Constanta, Romania
    241-616–133

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    Rate Includes: June–Sept., daily 9–7:3; Oct.–May, daily 9–5

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