If you want to see how is the winter in Romania, it is important to know that the temperatures are low and you can catch not very friendly weather. On the other hand, if you are willing to face the cold and enjoy beautiful places even in the cold season, you can meet beautiful landscapes, covered with snow.
Here are some activities you can do in Romania during winter.
Things to do in Romania in winter
Spend a night in the Ice Hotel in Bâlea
The Ice Hotel in Bâlea is built every winter in the Făgăraş Mountains. This hotel is unique in Southeast Europe and attracts thousands of curious tourists every year to see what a completely ice-sculpted hotel looks like.
Tourists who choose to spend the night at the Ice Hotel can choose to stay in a double room or in an igloo. The hotel’s bar and restaurant can offer specially made glasses of ice, and at the restaurant, you can dine on ice-exclusively tables and chairs.
The Balea Ice Hotel is located on Transfagarasan, the highest and most beautiful road in Romania. It is closed in winter to road traffic. But you can drive to Vidraru dam and even further away, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature.
However, access to the hotel is possible only from the opposite side of the Transfagarasan, from Sibiu. By car, you can go to Balea Cascada and from there, above, to Balea Lac by cable car.
Winter sports in mountain resorts
Due to the Carpathian arch in the centre of the country, Romania has quite a few mountain resorts prepared for winter sports enthusiasts.
From Bucharest, the most accessible are the resorts on Prahova Valley or Poiana Brasov. Sinaia, Busteni, Azuga and Predeal have the necessary equipment for skiing (slopes, chairlift and rental centres). Also, the chances of finding snow here are high, even if there is no sign of it in the capital.
Poiana Brasov is another destination suitable for winter sports. Here you will find modern slopes, horse riding centres, ice rinks, sports equipment rental centres and instructors ready to teach you the desired sport.
Usually, all these resorts are quite crowded during school holidays and weekends. During the week, however, you can have the slopes for yourself.
Explore Brasov and Bran Castle
Brasov is one of the most visited cities in Romania. Being located at the foot of the mountains, Brașov is worth visiting both in summer and especially in winter.
Every year, a beautiful Christmas tree is erected in Sfatului Square, and the streets in the centre that lead tourists to the square are decorated with rows of lighted garlands. In Piata Sfatului you can serve mulled wine with cinnamon.
Near Christmas, in addition to exploring the city on foot, it is worth entering the Black Church and listening to the organ concert.
And a stone’s throw from Brasov you can visit Bran Castle, the famous castle of Count Dracula. If you catch a dark and snowy day, you will see the perfect setting for the novel’s action. The castle is built on a steep cliff that becomes more dramatic when it is surrounded by snow.
Enjoy the traditions in Maramures
Maramures is a beautiful area, full of traditions and customs – especially in the cold season. In Maramures, you will really see what it means to keep the traditions sacred. Here you can take a ride with the horse-drawn sleigh among the trees loaded with snow. You can serve local dishes that are prepared around the winter holidays (sausages, pork mice, sarmale and cozonac) and you can warm up with their traditional drink, horinca.
The mocanita ride on the Vaserului Valley, an activity not to be missed in Maramures, has a special charm in winter. The road of the old steam train through the snow-laden valley has a special charm in winter. If you are in the area, you can’t miss this experience!
Visit the Christmas fair in Sibiu
Sibiu, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, is charming all year round. The well-preserved architecture, superb for photos, the places with delicious food and the quiet and chic atmosphere make this city an extremely desirable one at the moment, especially since it is located near the mountains.
But Sibiu has another advantage in winter: the Christmas Fair organized in the Great Square. It has often been voted the most beautiful Christmas fair in Romania. The fairytale scenery that delights the little ones and the big ones alike and the lighted Christmas tree in the centre are what makes the fair so attractive.
The old centre is of beauty comparable only to other cities in Europe, permanently maintained and restored. In any season you visit it, you will be delighted after a walk on the streets paved with cubic stone, surrounded by colourful houses. But in winter you also have the Christmas Fair as a bonus.
Admire the frozen Black Sea
The photos with the casino in Constanta, the frozen waves and the ice deposited on the seafront have already become famous. The frost works wonders at the seaside in winter. Therefore, Constanta suddenly becomes a winter destination in Romania, a spectacular one from a visual point of view.
It is enough to make a day trip from Bucharest to Constanta. On a walk on the seafront, you can enjoy the swirling sea and the wonders the ice leaves behind.
Another advantage in winter at sea is the late hour of sunrise. Thus, you can admire the sun from the beach at a reasonable time in the morning. Just make sure you have enough layers of clothing on you. If the breeze is pleasant in summer, it can be sharp in winter.
Swim in the thermal waters at Baile Felix
Among the most unique places to visit in winter in Romania is the Baile Felix resort. They give you the rare opportunity to relax in pools with hot thermal water while outside temperatures are below 0 degrees Celsius and the snow does not shy away from appearing.
After bathing, you can benefit from a dry or wet sauna session and other spa treatments for relaxation. Nearby, you have the opportunity to visit Oradea, known as the Art Nouveau city of Romania. And if time allows, you can opt for car trips to the Bear Cave and other natural wonders of the Apuseni Mountains.
Winter in Romania is a well-defined season with all the specific characteristics: snow and low temperatures. Those who have never seen snow before and those who like low temperatures and winter sports, can find many interesting things to do in winter in Romania. The list above includes just a few of them. But you must come to discover the others!
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