As much as we love Bucharest - it is our home after all - we'd be remiss if we didn't share some of our favourite summertime destinations from around the rest of Romania with you, as the country is full of incredible places to see and explore!
So get ready to jump in your car or whatever means of transportation will get your out of the city faster, and visit some good ol’ Romanian attractions. But where to? Worry not, for we have compiled a list of Top Romanian places you can't miss this summer.
Lake Sfanta Ana
Once here, you will be able to bathe in the only volcanic lake in Central Europe, located at an altitude of almost 1000 meters. A trip to Szeklerland is equivalent to a journey across the border. Read a book, have a picnic, or engage in inevitable discussions about "how beautiful our country is," but get to the shores of Lake St. Anne as soon as possible. You will find preserved nature, a lake surface that you can cross by boat or swimming, and a few kilometers away it is waiting for you to explore, for the measly amount of 6 RON. If you pride yourself with being able to order from a Romanian restaurant, be prepared to feel powerless once again. In the end we are in Szeklerland and you may not even be able to understand the menus of the restaurants in its entirety.
7 Springs Waterfall (Cascada 7 Izvoare)
Hidden in the heart of the Bucegi Mountains, the 7 Springs waterfall is part of a spectacular route that you should not miss during the summer vacation. The 7 Springs waterfall is said to have the purest water in Romania and has never dried up, and a lot of people came here only to taste this water. 7 Springs waterfall is located at an altitude of 1,300 meters, has a flow rate of about 400 liters per second and is fed from an underground lake. The waterfall is part of the route route Zanoagei Keys-Scropoasa Lake-Seven Springs Waterfall, marked with a blue cross and which can be crossed in about two hours. A few steps from Cascada 7 Izvoare is Lake Scropoasa, an artificial dam lake surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
Moldova Nouă near the Danube
Wooden churches of Maramureș
Maramureș is one of the better-known regions of Romania, with autonomous traditions since the Middle Ages - but still not very much visited. Its well-preserved wooden villages and churches, its traditional lifestyle, and the local colourful dresses still in use make Maramureș as near to a living museum as can be found in Europe.
God's Bridge and Canyon 7 Stairs
Canyon 7 Stairs (Canionul 7 Scari)
Another wonder of Romania is the 7-stair canyon in the Piatra Mare Mountains. The canyon has a total length of 160 m and a difference between levels of 58 m. The first staircase of the waterfall has 8 steps, compared to the last one which has 35 steps. Up up, on either side, the road is guarded by old limestone. The name of the canyon comes from the 7 waterfalls that have formed over time along the valley.
Looking for headpounding adventure? Check out our special in-depth features to two of Europe's most incredible drives - the famed, BBC Top Gear approved Transfagarasan Highway and the lesser known but equally impressive Transalpina Highway, which owns the notorious title of Romania's most dangerous road.