Top 5 places to visit in the Carpathian Mountains

Take a vacation in a land with mysterious, magnificent and rare environments! Why should you visit the Romanian Carpathian Mountains? Discover today amazing places in a pleasant manner! 

Why so many people are currently coming to Romania and more precisely in different mountain resorts? There are a lot of answers to this question. Some of them are present in the rows below. It doesn’t hurt to learn more things about the top places to visit near the Romanian mountains.

This is how you will manage to rediscover the pleasure of exploration. It pays off to have a well-drafted itinerary and obviously respect it later on. Are you ready to discover this beautiful chain of mountains?

Peisaj vegetatie muntii Rarau

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What should you know about the Carpathian Mountains? Well, there are a lot of things that can be said about them. These mountains are the second largest mountain chain in Europe after the Alps. Yet, when it comes to length, the Carpathians are longer than the Alps. However, when it comes to heights, the Alps take the center stage with the highest peak being Mount Blanc with over 4800 meters in elevation.

These two mountain chains can’t really be compared as they have very diverse reliefs and their beauties are quite unique. Every mountain has its own particularity and story. A trip to several locations within any of these mountain chains will provide different experiences that will certainly turn out to be worthy of your attention. You’ll be able to acquire memories to look at and cherish for a life time.

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If you have chosen to spend your vacation in Romania, be prepared to be amazed and impressed by the magic of the Carpathian Mountains. It’s not an overstatement when saying that the Romanian mountain areas are truly fascinating. When you’ll set foot for the first time in any of these locations, you will understand how incredibly beautiful and grandiose nature can be. You will learn to love nature even more!

There will be areas that will take your breath away through their rarity, wilderness and the magic that surround them. What makes Romanian mountains so unique, besides their numerous gifts from nature, is the fact that pretty much every place is associated with an intriguing legend. Your imagination will be captivated by stories of people that lived, loved and fought there. Every story has a specific idea which underlines the Romanian cultural values. Are you currently ready to discover the Romanian legends surrounding the Carpathian Mountains?

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Considering that the Carpathians are millions of years old, you can expect to find within them various remains of past civilizations (fortresses, castles, caves, waterfalls and so on). Every place has a lot to offer in respect to history, traditions and landscape. You won’t be disappointed in the food department. You will find here a lot of amazing culinary delights, worth cherishing with friends. Depending on the area that you’ll choose to visit, you will be able to treat yourself with many delicious traditional dishes that will leave you asking for more. So, are you ready for them?

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In order to insure the success of your vacation, a bit of planning will be required. First, you have to make an itinerary of the places that you’ll want to visit: gather the proper information and choose the ones that are most appealing to you. Secondly, you will have to consider what type of transport you will use, to help you get safe and sound to the desired destinations. But, one thing at a time. With that in mind, in the following lines you can take a look at a list with the top 5 places to visit in the Carpathian Mountains. Aren’t you curious to know more?

An unforgettable vacation in the heart of the Romanian mountains: make amazing memories in these incredibly beautiful lands…

Trying to come up with top 5 places to visit in the Carpathian Mountains can be an incredibly difficult task cut a pleasurable one as well. It’s almost impossible to choose only 5 locations and be firm about stating that they are the most beautiful ones.

Why? Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder and pretty much any corner of the Romanian mountains could be considered magnificent. If we were to make a full list of all the main objectives that you should visit, then we’d probably need to write a whole book on the topic (perhaps more). We took our time with this article and the recommendations in it.

However, we compressed a top 5 places to visit in the Carpathian Mountains based upon popularity and the preferences of various tourists that spent their vacation here. Without any further ado, let’s begin!

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Gura Humorului. There’s something really special about this place, that will make you want to linger for a couple of days extra. Here lies the heart of Bucovina, known for its beautiful traditions and surroundings. Gura Humorului is a small mountain city and got its name after the river Humor which is located nearby. According to the legend, back in in the XII-th century, the Tatars wanted to get across the river, but due to flooding, this task was nearly impossible. Therefore, they had to find another way. They named this place “Homor” which translated from the Turonian language means “long”, and the name stuck to present day. Amazing, no?

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If you’ll decide to visit Gura Humorului you will be able to engage into a mix of interesting activities. There are various entertainment possibilities (the ski slope, recreational parks, mountain trails and so on) that will keep you busy for days. Your thirst for culture and history can be satiated with trips at the well-known monasteries in the area.

Voronet Monastery is one of them and the reputation of its beauty has crossed the Romanian borders. It’s also known under the name of “Sistine Chapel of the East” due to its impressive frescos and the beautiful colours used to recreate various biblical stories. Don’t forget to visit this monastery!

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Vatra Dornei is another beautiful mountain city and resort that has been turned into a place of wonder ready to welcome tourists from all over the world. Here you can venture on a trip with on the mountain chairlift and get an eagle eye view of the entire location. The views and sceneries will leave you breathless and keep you glazing at nature’s design. There are several mountain trails that you can choose if you’re looking to discover new and perhaps hidden locations.

If you’ll want a relaxing, easy going day, then you can spend some time in the recreational park located in Vatra Dornei. And if you want to investigate more with respect to Romanian culture and religion, then you can take a short trip to the several monasteries nearby (Sucevita, Putna, Moldovita and so on).

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Cheile Bicazului (Bicaz Canyon) and Lacul Rosu (The Red Lake). These are two popular touristic attractions in the Carpathian Mountains and for good reason. The Red Lake is one of the most beautiful natural mountain lakes in Romania. It was formed due to a powerful storm that took place a few centuries ago and ever since it amazes visitors with its peaceful and calming surroundings.

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As it was to be expected, there is a legend (of romantic nature) associated with this lake. It tells the story of a young woman in love that was waiting for her soul mate to come and marry her. Unfortunately, he was killed during the war, but the young maiden did not know that and didn’t stop waiting for him. During this time, she was kidnaped by a common thief and taken to a cave nearby. She prayed every night to the gods to rescue her from this unbearable fate.

It is said that the gods listened and they created that terrible storm which collapsed the land and the cave she was in, leaving behind the beautiful Red Lake. Even today you can notice the broken tree trunks rising above the water, as a reminder of how powerful nature can be.

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Bicaz Canyon is really a unique place in the Carpathian Mountains. It’s a valley within the heart of the mountains and around it you will feel overwhelmed by the impressive height of the calcareous rocks surrounding it. On the way, you can stop at various flea markets and get yourself some souvenirs to remind you of this trip. We are pretty sure that you find here something interesting.

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The Transfagarasan Highway is another important landmark for the Carpathian Mountains. It’s over 150 km long and its Romanian’s most spectacular and known road. It’s a real masterpiece within the core of the mountains and the highest point of this impressive highway can lead up to over 2000 meters. The sight from up above it will be priceless and even if it’s not easy to get there, it’s definitely worth it. Top Gear producers named it one of the most exciting roads to conquer.

Bran and Rasnov Citadel are other incredibly beautiful locations within the Carpathian Mountains. This fortified ensemble is located on a limestone hill positioned at the south of Rasnov City and it’s one of the most amazing medieval constructions in Transylvania. The oldest structures of this citadel go back to the XIV th century and they are quite a sight to see. Nearby you can visit Bran City, where another important touristic attraction lies: The Bran Castle and the famous legend of Count Dracula. You could discover it with pleasure whenever you want.

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Clearly the list is not exhaustive and there are so many more incredible places to visit that are equal in size, beauty and history. However, we hope that this top 5 places to visit in the Carpathian Mountains will provide a reliable base to build your vacation itinerary. You’ll definitely not regret choosing an of these locations.

Nevertheless, in order to travel safely through the Romanian mountains, you’ll need a good means of transport by your side. If you can recall, at the beginning of the article, we mentioned that this was the second most important thing on your to do list before preparing for your holiday. And since it’s best to be “armed” with all the means to turn your vacation into a memorable one, then perhaps you should take into consideration the rent a car offers from AutoBoca. Why should you choose our company?

Travel safe, comfy and relaxed to the Carpathian Mountains behind the wheel of a car rented from AutoBoca

If you’ve been to Romania before, then for sure you are aware of how many difficulties you can encounter on the roads. Infrastructure is not our country’s strongest point, but we make up for it with magnificent natural sceneries. It can turn out to be a bit more complicated to get to your desired destinations, but with the right car by your side things can get a whole lot smoother.

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With this in mind, AutoBoca has prepared some special rent a car offers for your vacation within the Carpathian Mountains. We understand how important safety is, that is why all the cars within our fleet are thoroughly revised before being handed to our customers. We are very strict when it comes to quality because we want to offer you the best rent a car services on the Romanian market. Not only that, but most of our cars are in excellent condition, as they have very few kilometres under their belt. So you can expect a high quality vehicle, very well maintained and capable to transform your driving experience into a very pleasant one.

For mountain vacations, we would recommend that you’d rent a compact car such as VW Jetta, Citroen C-Elysee, Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Rapid and the list can continue. It all depends on your preferences and the number of passengers. Groups of larger people can consider renting a SUV like Suzuki Vitara or perhaps a minibus like Renault Traffic. With AutoBoca you’ll have diversity, flexibility and transparency! You will know exactly what kind of car you will get, how much it will cost and we will deliver it to the location that you wish!

Why don’t you take advantage of this opportunity and discover the beauty in the Carpathian Mountains with a car from AutoBoca?

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