15 Reasons You Need to Visit Romania

If you only know Romania for Count Dracula, it might be time to catch up with the rest of the travel industry. With beautiful castles, historic cities, breathtaking scenery, picturesque towns, and more hiking than your gear can handle, this central European nation is quickly becoming a favorite off-the-beaten-path vacation destination.

To see what you’re missing out on, read on for the 15 Reasons You Need to Visit Romania:

1. Live out your princess dreams at Corvin Castle in Hunedoara

Trover photo by Jonas Vesterlund


2. Test your nerves (and your driving) on the famous Transfăgărășan road in Pitești

Trover photo by Christian Stef


3. Stroll quaint cafe-lined streets in historic Bucharest

Trover photo by Irina Gureeva


4. Ride a Ferris Wheel in Salina Turda, an underground salt mine!

Trover photo by Earl Baron


5. Experience real-life fairy tale living in Sighișoara

Trover photo by Amanda Williams


6. Hike through the beautiful Rodna Mountains in northern Romania

Trover photo by Carmen Heber-hall


7. See the beautiful and spooky Transylvanian Peleș Castle in Sinaia

Trover photo by Christel Hazard


8. Explore the Ramet Gorges in Cheia

Trover photo by Ioan Nascu


9. Soak up some history in the Translyvanian city of Brașov

Trover photo by Amanda Williams


10. Grab a drink at the trendy Nomad Skybar in Bucharest

Trover photo by Roaring Romania


11. Hike around the glacial Bâlea Lake in Sibiu County

Trover photo by Cristian Stef


12. See the beautiful colors of the Timfloralis Festival in Timișoara

Trover photo by Diana Savu


13. Hunt for Dracula in the halls of Bran Castle in Bran

Trover photo by JulieK


14. Find peace at the historic wooden Mănăstirea Bârsana in Bârsana

Trover photo by Jean Pearce


15. Watch the winter sunrise from Ceahlău Massif near Bicaz

Trover photo by Doru Oprisan


Need more reasons to convince you to visit Romania? Check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own Romania discoveries on Trover this summer!