South of Cluj-Napoca

Trips towards south to the center of Romania take around 3-4 hours by car for most destinations, and in 5 days it is possible to visit all the sights listed below. The locations of these sights are shown on this map.

Salina de la Turda

Turda is a small city about half an hour away from Cluj-Napoca. The main attraction of the city is the the salt mine with its entrance at the edge of the city. This mine was used for centuries to retrieve salt, now it has become a tourist attraction. The caves created by mining the salt are very impressive, the largest one is 38 m high and has almost the size of a soccer field. A German info page can be found here.

Sibiu

Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture in 2007. It is around three hours away from Cluj-Napoca and is close to the highest peaks of the Carpathian mountains. The historic center of the city has recently been renovated and is definitely worth a visit.

Sighișoara

Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, this medieval fortified city is really beautiful. Walk through the narrow streets and enjoy the feeling of how life must have been a few centuries ago between walls and towers. Sihișoara is about three hours by car from Cluj-Napoca and can easily be connected with a trip to Sibiu or Brașov.

Brașov

Brașov is a rather large city and is located literally at the foot of the Carpathian mountains (around five hours from Cluj-Napoca) and also has a beautiful old town which is worth a visit. One of the major attractions is the "black church", the name coming from a fire that destroyed that church once. We did not find the church extraordinary, but the old town we liked a lot.

Bran

Bran is a small village close to Brașov. The only attraction in this village is a beautiful small castle on top of a rock next to the village. Even though historians are not even sure if the famous 'Dracula' ever lived in this castle, this castle is the official Dracula's castle.

Carpathian Mountains

The Carpathians are a range of mountains forming an arc across Eastern Europe, stretching through Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Romania, and Serbia. The highest peaks of the Romanian Carpathians are around 2'500 m and are located close to Sibiu and Brașov. Compared to the Alps, the Carpathians are not as high, but since there is much less tourism, you feel much more in nature and hiking in these mountains is really beautiful.

Sinaia

If you have a few extra days, we recommend visiting Sinaia which is considered the "St. Moritz" of the Carpathians. The former royal palace 'Peleș' is also located there.