Wonderful Places To Visit in Romania For The New Year
New Year’s Eve is widely celebrated throughout Romania. It is a time to bid goodbye to the year that has passed by and welcome the new one with open arms. While most people celebrate this special evening in hotels, ballrooms, bars, clubs, and friends’ houses, others prefer more unconventional places to ring in the New Year.
Sighisoara is a city monument protected by UNESCO since 1999 and is included in the list of world heritage sites. The city is known for its medieval Citadel, which is still inhabited today. The Citadel was built in 1280, and in the 14th century, handcrafters immigrated to the area and organized themselves into solid guilds. They built a defence wall around the Citadel that is 930 meters long and 4 meters high.
The “House Georgius Krauss” tourist resort is in Sighisoara’s medieval Citadel. This resort is part of UNESCO’s patrimony and has maintained its image since the second half of the 20th century. Due to its unique design, the resort is now part of the boutique hotel category. Its name comes from Georgius Krauss, a well-known historical and cultural figure who wrote the chronicles of Sighisoara and Transylvania’s history and lived in this house.
The resort is running a special New Year’s offer, and upon request, a citadel tour can be organized with the Citadel’s drummer.
The Cantacuzino castle was built in 1911 upon Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino’s request. Cantacuzino, born into an aristocratic family, was a former mayor and Romania’s prime minister at the beginning of the last century. The castle was constructed on the site of the former hunting house of Cantacuzino Castle, covering an area of over 3,100 sqm in Busteni. The castle stayed with Cantacuzino’s family until the 1940s when it was nationalized and later transformed into a sanatorium. The castle was later turned into a museum and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Busteni. After renovation, the castle now hosts New Year’s Eve parties. This year’s party has an Italian theme, featuring exceptional Italian and French cuisine and one of the most popular cover bands, Special Guest Orchestra. Cocktails and fireworks will also be provided.
Sturdza Castle, also known as the Sturdza Palace, is a neo-gothic castle in Miclauseni village, Romania. Gheorghe Sturdza and his wife Maria built it between 1880 and 1904. Gheorghe Sturdza was a descendant of the Moldovan lords of Romania. The castle is 20 km from Roman and 65 km from Iasi municipality. The palace is owned by the Moldova and Bucovina Cathedral and has been listed as a historical monument since 2015.
The New Year’s Eve celebration at Sturdza Castle includes a tour of the castle, followed by a gourmet menu featuring seven unique dishes. There is also a dance contest with prizes, live music, a DJ, and a traditional customs assembly from Timisesti. The evening culminates with fireworks and champagne.
Medieval locality Biertan
Biertan is a village located in the north of Sibiu County, Romania. It is recognized as one of Transylvania’s most significant villages with fortified churches and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. The Biertan fortified church served as the seat of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishop in Transylvania from 1572 to 1867. In 1397, Biertan was acknowledged as a Citadel. Like other ancient German settlements, it had a central market, and a church citadel was built above it. The present-day church, built in 1486-1526, is later Gothic.
Biertan is home to the Medieval Complex Unglerus, which comprises resorts rehabilitated in the local architectural stle. The Thomas and Michael resorts were built within two old German traditional houses and came with a medieval restaurant. Their placement near the walls of the fortified Citadel of Biertan provides a unique atmosphere for celebrating New Year’s Eve.
Hotel Castle Dracula
Romania is famous for the legend of Count Dracula, and as a result, some tourists choose to spend New Year’s Eve at the Dracula Hotel Castle. The hotel was built in 1983 in a medieval stle and is located on the border between Bistrita-Nasaud and Suceava, near the national road DN17. The Dracula Hotel Castle is situated at an altitude of 1,116 meters in Piatra Fantanele, offering a stunning view of the Bargau Mountains, and it is believed to be located in the same place as the fictional Count’s castle.
The Viscri area, located in the heart of Transylvania, is famous for charming Prince Charles with its natural beauty. Situated less than 10 km away is the village of Crit, or Dutsch-Kreuz, as it was formerly known. Lush forested hills and meadows surround this ancient village, and its main road is listed as a historical monument.
If you plan to visit this charming village, check out the Home with Morning Glory Flowers. This accommodation offers a 3-4 night stay and a particular New Year’s Eve party. During this mini-holiday, guests can indulge in traditional Romanian food and beverages and enjoy a scenic drive by caravan.
The Danube Delta is Europe’s second largest river delta, after the Volga Delta. It is home to the wealthiest ornithic fauna in Europe and was recognized as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1991. Many bird species that nest beyond the Polar Circle, such as the winter swan, polar geese, and geese with red necks, find shelter here during the winter months. Visitors who want to spend their New Year’s Eve in this beautiful location can enjoy all these natural wonders. The Green Village resort offers a special New Year’s Eve package, but please note that access to the resort is exclusively by boat. Boats can be rented at the resort for an additional surcharge if needed. Visitors arriving by car can park in the town of Murighiol, which is 47 km away.
The package includes three nights of accommodation for one adult in a double room, with all meals and beverages included. Guests can enjoy a festive dinner on New Year’s Eve with prizes, surprise guests, and a piscatorial brunch on January 1st. Additionally, there will be a disco night on January 1st. The package also includes access to the entertainment centre and Lotus SPA, which features a dry sauna. Visitors will also receive a boat transfer from Murighiol to Sfantu Gheorghe and back.