Are you planning a family vacation in Romania this summer? There are plenty of exciting things to do and places to see across the country, perfect for colorful memories and unique experiences. We have selected five destinations below.
Mini Transylvania Park
Transylvania is probably Romania’s most popular tourist destination, attracting many visitors every year with its castles and fortresses, old churches, charming towns and villages and, of course, the famous legend of Dracula. And discovering its main monuments has become easier, because mini-reproductions of the remarkable buildings of the region (and beyond) have been collected in a special place near Odorheiu Secuiesc – Mini Transylvania Park. And while the place may make adults feel like Gulliver in the land of the Lilliputians, kids will certainly be amazed.
Similar to the famous Mini-Europe park in Brussels, Mini Transylvania offers a truly unique experience, allowing visitors to discover the man-made wonders of Romania in a matter of hours. There are miniatures of famous castles like Bran or Peles, but also citadels like Fagaras or Deva, fortified churches, mansions and monasteries. And yet another surprise for the children: the whole family can go around the park in a little steam train.
The park is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Entrance tickets cost 30 RON for adults and 15 RON for children (free for children under 3 years old). More details here.
Closer to Bucharest (but also in Transylvania), children can discover the fascinating secrets of dinosaurs. Surrounded by forest, Dino Parc Rasnov covers 3.5 hectares and is home to more than 100 scientifically certified life-size dinosaurs. In fact, its owners say it’s the largest dinosaur park in southeastern Europe.
Visitors, for example, can take photos with the Tyrannosaurus, the 45-meter-long Seismosaurus, or the Hatzegopteryx thambema, the largest flying animal that ever lived. As of 2021, the park also hosts an 11-meter-tall replica of a Diplodocus (which might make it a bit tricky to capture in a photo).
But there is more. Children can also have fun with the interactive volcano which simulates an eruption, the platform which illustrates three types of earthquakes, the adventure course, the laser maze or the 360 degree cinema room. There are also unique exhibits and various other interactive spaces.
Dino Parc is located close to Rasnov Fortress in central Romania, which would translate to about a three hour drive from Bucharest. It is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost 36 RON for adults and 28 RON for children aged 3 to 18.
Learn more here.
The upside down house
If you are planning a trip on the famous Transalpina high mountain road, you should also add the strange upside down house to your “to see list”.
This rather strange construction in the small commune of Bumbesti-Pitic has attracted many curious people since its opening in 2020, with many coming in particular to see the bizarre building and to take unique photos. And the kids love it, most of them being fascinated by the way the house looks from the outside as well as the inside: everything is upside down, all the furniture is on the ceiling, and even the parking lot outside. is not what it should be. .
To avoid possible injuries or accidents, visitors are advised not to knock down or move objects in the house. It is therefore safer to keep an eye on the children when visiting the house.
The Upside Down House is open daily from 09:00 to 19:00 and the entrance fee is 15 RON for adults and 10 RON for children.
Some visitors also walk to the nearby ‘Colored Forest’ – another unique tourist attraction in Gorj County.
Bucuresti thermal baths
Therme might be one of the best places in Bucharest to go with energetic kids. And it is also excellent for relaxation and well-being, with many options designed especially for this: sunbeds and palm trees, a library with Himalayan salt walls, themed saunas or even a park “inspired by the genesis of the Earth”.
Back to the youngest, they can have fun in the many slides or water play areas. The little ones will also enjoy the Galaxy interactive beach play area, for example, where they can turn the sand into castles or test their skills at the mini amusement park.
To get to Therme by car, take the DN1 in the town of Balotesti then turn right about 300 m before the Hornbach store. By bus, line 442 connects the capital to the wellness and leisure center.
Therme Bucuresti is open every day. You can check visiting hours, prices and plan your visit here.
Buzau Mud Volcanoes
Located in Buzau Land, Romania’s newest site declared a UNESCO Global Geopark, Mud Volcanoes are quite a unique destination in Romania. And it’s safe to say the kids will love it too, especially since sometimes it feels like you’re on a weird planet (some say it looks a bit like the moon). So load up your camera or smartphone and get ready for spectacular family photos.
These volcano-like structures are formed by the eruption of mud and natural gases. They are active all the time, which means that the gas pushes the mud to the surface continuously, but at low speed.
The muddy volcanoes are in a nature reserve of several hectares of gray and dry land with little vegetation. With little shade, the place can get quite hot in the summer months, so it would be safer to also pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats for this trip.
More information on how to get there and what to expect here.
(Opening photo: Zurijeta/Dreamstime.com)