Tourist Attractions

The central region of Romania, located inside the curvature of the Carpathian Mountains and on the upper and middle courses of Olt and Mures Rivers, is a space where nature shows its pure beauty, almost undefiled by the artificial, where the air is still fresh and time is in no hurry to elapse such as elsewhere. The area possesses a variety of tourist attractions such as practicing the mountain tourism, balneal, cultural and rural tourism.

Alba County, with main cities: Alba Iulia, Aiud, Sebes and Blaj, is a holiday destination that blends harmoniously the need for a getaway in a natural paradise-like background and the love for local traditions.

The “Gaina Girls Fair” is a major attraction for tourists eager to see the courtship ritual of future brides in search for luck and happiness in marriage. The event takes place on July 20th with the occasion of the Orthodox celebration “St. Elijah” (Sf. Ilie), on Gaina Mountain at 1484 m altitude.

Alba Iulia, the city with historical resonance, possesses an important number of noteworthy tourist attractions, such as the Catholic Cathedral and the Orthodox Church, the Reunification Cathedral, the Union Hall and the Bastionary Fortress, the National Museum, the Apor Palace, the Royal Palace and the former Police Station, as well as Alba Iulia Storehouse.

The medieval buildings of Abrud, the Mines Museum of Rosia Montana, Huda lui Papara Cave (Apuseni, Trascau Mountains), Sebes Fortress and Aiud Fortress, Ramet Valley Keys and Arges Keys are among the most popular and coveted targets of Alba County.

Another territory full of aesthetic, historic, natural and traditional charm is Sibiu County, with Sibiu (residence capital) and Medias Municipalities, as well as Avrig, Agnita Cisnadie, Copsa Mica, Saliste or Dumbraveni Towns.

The tourist attractions of Sibiu abound both in number and in charm: Lacul fara fund (“Bottomless Lake”) (Ocna Sibiu), limestone deposits from Cisnadioara and Turnu Rosu, Marginimea Sibiului (“Sibiu Surroundings”), Sarba Valley Reservation, Balea Lake, Iezerele Cindrelului, Stairs Tower and Furriers Tower of Sibiu and balneoclimateric resorts of Bacna Baths and Ocna Sibiu are a joy both for the eye and mind, but also for the physical well-being.

In Sibiu County, near Dealu Frumos town there is also the Geographic Centre of Romania, about 3 km from Agnita town.

Covasna County territory is a true show of the relief, with pronounced differences in height and massiveness. Thus, the mountain explorations constitute irresistible temptation for tourists.

As main attractions of this region we mention the following destinations that stand out: Mestecanisul of Reci Natural Reservation, Varghis Keys, Puturosul de la Balvanyos Cave, Inclined Plane of Comandau Covasna, Transfiguration of Christ Monastery in Sita Buzaului, Heathen City, Balvanyos (the tenth century), Peasant Citadels at Cernat, Ilieni and Aita Mare, Fairies City of Covasna and the Biborteni Reformed Church (XVI century).

Harghita County is the proud region holding unique natural elements, forests in which the man has not been able to penetrate yet and blessed waters, with special curative properties.

St. Anna Lake, a famous tourist attraction both for Romanians, but also for foreigners, is the only volcanic lake in Romania. The natural dam Rosu Lake is another objective near the Bicaz Keys.

Praid Salt Mine and the swimming place arranged in the same locality lure the visitors with their therapeutic, soothing and relaxing effects. Other destinations of interest are the baroque Complex Sumuleu, St. Elijah of Toplita Monastery, Miko Fortress, Tusnad Baths, Sacel Church or Lazarea Castle.

Brasov County is a nest of the history of the Romanian people, which boasts about some of the most interesting holiday destinations in Romania: the Temple of Sinca-Veche is over 7000 years old, Tampa Natural Reservation is the only in the world located in the centre of a city, the internationally renowned resorts of Poiana Brasov, Zizin and Predeal, Tigaile of Ciucas Mountains, Piatra Craiului National Park, Bogatii Forest, Racos Basalts, Comana caves, Barlogul Ursului (“Bears Lair”), Valea Cetatii (“Fortress Valley”), Liliecilor (Bats), Muddy Volcanoes and Tamina Waterfall and Seven Stairs Canyon of Piatra Mare Massive, Bran Castle, Fagaras Fortress, Rupea and Feldioara are places to see in a lifetime.

The list can continue with Fagaras Mountains, Postavaru Mountain, Ormenis Fossil Site, the Basalt Microcanyon of Hoghiz and the Franciscan Monastery of Brasov City.
Mures County also has a rich record of tourist attractions such as, special natural locations, resorts, historical sites and reservations.

The following destinations are recommended to the visitors: Scaunul Domnului (Lord’s Seat), Mures Defile, Mociar Reservation, Steppe Peony Reservation, Dendrologic Park of Gurghiu and Ursu Lake. The famous resorts of Mures are: Sovata, Sangeroiu de Mures, Ideciul de Jos, Rastolita and Lunca Bradului.

The history lovers can admire the medieval Fortress of Targu Mures and Sighisoara, Vlad Dracul House, Council Tower, Kemenu, Bethlen Cris or Lapusna Castles, Gurgiu Fortress ruins (XIII century) and the monument of Oarba de Mures.