Bucovina & Moldova

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We love Bucovina & Moldova

We love Bucovina because here, “time has patience with the people”, as Marin Preda would say.

  • We love Bucovina the most because God never left from here.
  • We love Bucovina for the mountains abundant with towering secular fir trees, fast and cold rivers, meadows with an inviting smell, monasteries and churches with interior and exterior frescoes of a rare splendor.
  • We love Bucovina for the history, culture, and folk costumes preserved for centuries that are indisputable treasures of the people of Bucovina.
  • We love Bucovina for the art of fabrics and seams, the egg decorations with splendid geometric miniatures, the making of folk costumes with bead embroidery and marten fur.

 

  • We love Moldova for its popular traditions and for its historical heritage.
  • We love Moldova for its pastoral and agricultural landscapes that overwhelm you with their simplicity.
  • We love Moldova for its vineyards that have brought honor and fame since the time of the Dacians.
  • We love Moldova for its forests and imposing fortresses.
  • We love Moldova for its sweet speech and for the welcoming people who greet us with open arms.

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As the great poet Mihai Eminescu describes it, “Bucovina is the oldest and most beautiful part of our country, the paradise of Moldova”, because, “there is the holy fortress of Suceava, the seat of the old reign, there the natural seat of a metropolitan which was equal to the patriarchs, there are the relics of the greatest Roman rulers, there sleeps the first dismounted Dragoș, the bison tamer, there Alexander the Great, the founder of laws, there the Blessed Voivode Stephen the Great and Saint, the defensive wall of Christendom. Bucovina is, “a holy land, whose defense has cost us rivers of blood, centuries of work, all our past intelligence, all the holiest movements of our heart.”

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  • Bucovina began to exist within the Habsburg Empire, lasting for 144 years, between 1774 and 1918. With the beginning of the Habsburg administration, the name of Bucovina (German Buchenland, ‘beech country’) was officially adopted. After the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, in November 1918 the region of Bucovina was united with Romania.
  • June 1940, northern Bucovina was occupied by the Soviet Union. In 1941, the Romanian forces, allied to the Axis, recaptured northern Bucovina. However, it was reoccupied by the Red Army in 1944, remaining part of Ukraine until today.
  • The historical region, Bucovina or Beech Country, which became the Duchy of Bucovina in the Austrian Empire, covers an area of 10,441 km², covering the area adjacent to the cities of Rădăuți, Suceava, Gura Humorului, Câmpulung Moldovenesc, Vatra Dornei, Siret and Vicovu de Sus in Romania, as well as Cernăuți, Cozmeni, Zastavna, Vășcăuți on Ceremuș, Vijnița, Sadagura, and Storojineț in Ukraine.
  • Various toponyms were used for the name of the province, including “Austrian Moldova”, to distinguish it from “Turkish Moldova”, or “Suceava County”. In time, in order to make the connection with Moldova forgotten, the name “Bukowina” was adopted, from the Slavonic word “buc”, which means “beech forest”, “beech”.
  • The relief of Bucovina includes both the mountainous part, made up of massifs, groups of massifs and complexes of peaks, separated by deep color and depression areas: Suhard and Calimani massifs, Pietrosu Bistriței − Grințieșu Broștenilor mountains, Obcina Mestecăniş, Giumălău − Rarău massifs Feredeului, Obcina Mare, Stânișoarei Mountains, Dornelor Depression, Vatra Dornei − Câmpulung Moldovenesc − Gura Humorului depression corridor, as well as the lower area, on average 200 meters from the easternmost and lowest mountain peaks.
  • The most important relief subunits in this region are: Marginea Piemontane Hills – Ciungi Rădăuți Depression, Suceava – Fălticeni Plateau, Dragomirna Plateau, Liteni Depression, Baia Piedmont Plain, Siretului Valley corridor.
  • The gastronomy of the region is very special. The people of Bucovina are graced by God through rich harvests, which once in the skilled hands of the people of Bucovina give birth to delicious traditional recipes. Remember the Rădăuți soup, tochitură with boiled eggs and polenta, chișcă, cighirul, baked muscles, boyar sausages, ribs, outlaw muscle and baked potatoes.
  • Let’s not forget the traditional desserts, which leave your mouth watering: poale în brâu, corn bread, potato pancakes (hash browns), alivinci, strawberries with sour cream and polenta.
  • Last but not least, Bucovina is differentiated by preserving religious traditions and customs.
  • Every year, on holy holidays, Bucovina Christians dress in traditional clothes, preparing for the most ancient customs. The last month of the year surprises us with the most beautiful religious events, customs and winter customs from antiquity that have withstood the passage of time. Both Christmas and New Year, a whole ritual of such traditions is performed with carols, star songs, various wishes and shouts  of Plugusor.
  • A holiday that has a special role in the soul of the people of Bucovina is Easter. This feast of the Resurrection of the Lord prepares the whole breath of Bucovina’s customs, first of all with the 6-week fast that is kept sacred in the area. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, silence is spread all over the land of the monasteries and the Holy Light of the Resurrection is awaited. Early in the morning, the people of Bucovina dressed in the traditional outfit go to the churchyard to the Saints’ basket full of traditional dishes. This basket does not lack red eggs, sweet cheese cake, sweet bread, and red wine.

 

Moldova is the region in the northeast of modern Romania, which includes the remaining territory of the Principality of Moldavia after the loss in 1776 of the northwestern region called Bucovina and in 1812 of the eastern half of the Principality, called Basarabia. Moldova is a historical region, currently located on the territories of Romania (46%), the Republic of Moldova (36%) and Ukraine (18%).

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The regions with which Moldova borders are: Bucovina and Transylvania to the west, Muntenia to the south and Dobrogea to the southeast. In the north is Ukraine, and in the east is the Republic of Moldova.

  • Moldova’s history is tumultuous, but under the leadership of rulers such as Stephen the Great, Moldova has managed to maintain its independence from the Ottomans and to deal with numerous invasions, such as those of the Tartars.
  • Moldova, in the 16th century, became a tributary state of the Ottoman Empire, and in the 18th century its autonomy was considerably reduced. In 1775, the Ottoman Empire ceded to the Habsburg Empire the northern part of Moldavia (Bukovina), and in 1812, it ceded to Russia, the territory between the Prut and the Nistru (Basarabia). In 1856, 3 counties in southern Basarabia (Cahul, Ismail and Bolgrad) rejoined Moldavia, and in 1859 it joined with Wallachia, forming the United Principalities, named in 1862, Romania, under the leadership of Alexandru Ioan Cuza.
  • The origin of the name of the region is much discussed by researchers, but the most famous legend is found in the work of Dimitrie Cantemir “Description of Moldova:”On the way he met a wild ox that Moldovans call a bison and they chased him until he reached the foot of the mountains. When his hunting dog, whom he named Molda and whom he loved very much, rushed upon the beast, it jumped into a river where the arrows killed it; but the dog that jumped into the water after the beast and drowned. In the name of this event, Dragos named the river Moldova, and the place where the battle took place Dragos named it Roman, after the name of his tribe and took the ox’s head as the coat of arms of his new principality.” writes Cantemir in” Description of Moldova ” (Dimitrie Cantermir, Description of Moldova).
  • Moldova has a very special relief because it is one of the largest regions of Romania. From the mountains to the plains, here you can find any form of relief from the main ones. The western part of Moldova is mountainous and offers the most spectacular landscapes in the region. The Tarcăului Mountains, the Ciuc Mountains, the Nemira Mountains, the Hăşmaş Mountains, the Ceahlău Mountains, the Stânişoara Mountains and the Vrancea Mountains they are the ones who make up this part and offer breathtaking hiking trails and landscapes. The central and eastern part of Moldova are covered by the Moldavian Plateau and Plain.
  • The climate in this region is quite cool. Here we encounter a temperate continental climate, and the influences coming from Siberia are very visible. Summers are warm, but sometimes cooler, and winters longer and harsher with rich snowfall. In the southern part of Moldova the climate is more temperate, and the maximum temperatures during the summer can exceed 30-35 ° C.
  • The region of Moldova is very rich in rivers. The longest and most important rivers are Siret, Bistriţa, Trotuş, Prut, Danube, Bârlad, Bahlui, Jijia and Moldova, and the largest and most important lakes are Drăcşani, Negreni, Hăneşti, Mileanca, Havârna, Brateş, Lieşti, Lupele and Izvorul Muntelui, which is also one of the largest lakes in the country
  • Moldovan cuisine is a side of the culture and civilization of Moldovan Romanians. It is characterized by fine, refined and tasty dishes, and in their preparation is used mainly chicken and fish, but also pork, beef, sheep or venison. The soups are soured with the traditional borsch, often made at home by housewives. Among the famous dishes we mention: Moldovan meatballs, sarmale, potroace soup, carp brine, Moldovan tochitura with mămăligă and many other dishes that the locals invite you to discover.
  • If we mentioned the traditional dishes, we must also mention the famous traditional desserts: Moldovan cozonaci, Moldovan pasca, the famous “Poale-n brâu” cheese pies and papanași.
  • The pride of every Moldovan is strengthened by the traditions and customs passed down from generation to generation. Traditions are highly respected at Christmas, Easter, New Year, Martisor, wedding or any important event over the year. Among the most important traditions we mention:carol singing, bear’s dance, goat’s dance, horse’s dance that take place at Christmas and New Year. The Moldovan wedding also follows a set of traditions, the most important of which are: forgiveness from parents, decorating the Christmas tree, the invitation to the wedding and throwing the pie.

How to get there?

Plane, car or train? Traveling in Bucovina, in the ancient land called the Land of Beeches, you will be able to reach almost all means of transport.

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  • Plane
  • The area is served by Salcea Airport, which is located 15 km from Suceava, a city that connects with the whole area. The companies that operate are Wizz Air and Tarom.
  • Also, Iasi Airport is located at 156 km from Bucovina. The companies that operate are Wizz Air, Tarom, Blue Air, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines.
  • Train
  • The transport by train to and from Transylvania is made on the Timișoara – Iași railway line and connects the most important cities in the west of the country: Arad, Oradea, Cluj Napoca, Dej passing in Bucovina over the mountains, then following the route Vatra Dornei, Câmpulung Moldovenesc, Vama, Gura Humului, Suceava.
  • Car
  • Bucovina is connected through the network of national and European roads to all corners of Romania. The national road DN 2 – E 85, Bucharest – Bacău – Fălticeni – Suceava – Siret connects the capital Bucharest with Suceava;the distance can be covered in about 6 hours.
  • DN 17 to connect Siret – Rădăuți – Sucevița – Câmpulung Moldovenesc and the national road DN18 connects Iacobeni – Ciocănești – Borșa, leading to Maramureș. Transport by train from Bucharest to Suceava takes place on the Bucharest – Bacău – Suceava – Vicșani railway line, with the branches Suceava – Rădăuți – Putna and Suceava – Gura Humorului – Câmpulung Moldovenesc – Vatra Dornei – Sîngeorz Băi – Năsăud – Beclean, branches that make connection with thore Rădăuți area and with the Humor – Câmpulung – Dorna area.

 

Plane, train or car? To travel to Moldova, you can travel with almost any kind of transport.

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  • Plane
  • The area is served by Iasi International Airport, which is located about 8 km from the center of Iasi and connects with other areas of Moldova. The airlines operating are: Blue Air, Tarom, Wizzair, Austrian Airlines and Aegean Airlines.
  • Train
  • The train transport from Bucharest to Iași takes place on the Bucharest – Ploiești Sud – Mizil – Buzău – Râmnicu Sărat – Focșani – Mărășești – Tecuci Nord – Bârlad – Vaslui – Bârnova – Nicolina – Iași railway.
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  • Due to national and European roads, Moldova is accessible from anywhere in the country. The distance from Iași to Bucharest is approximately 389 km, and the main routes are DN24 / E581 and DN24 / E85 but also the DN2 / E85 variant.

Main cities

The main cities in the Suceava, Câmpulung Moldovenesc and Vatra Dornei regions.

Suceava is located in the northeastern part of Romania and is one of the oldest and most important cities in the country. With a historical significance and a special location at the foot of the Municipality of Bucovina, Suceava is one of the most appreciated cities in Romania.

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  • For 2 centuries it was the capital of the principality of Moldova, and from 1774-1918 it was a city of the Austrian Empire. Among the most famous tourist attractions of the city are: Simion Florea Marian Memorial House, the Ruins of the Royal Palace, the statues of Stephen the Great and Peter Mușat, Zamca Medieval Complex, Bucovina Village Museum, Zamca Monastery, “Hanul Domnesc” Ethnographic Museum, the Planetarium, the Arbore Church, but last but not least, the Citadel of Suceava.

Câmpulung Moldovenesc (translated as ‘Moldavian Longfield’) is located in the central-western part of Suceava County, in the intramontane depression of the same name on the middle course of the Moldova River, which crosses the city.

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  • The legend from the area presents the brave outlaw, named Hălăuceanu, according to whom in the fight with the dragon that ruled the area, he was the only one who managed to bring it down. As a reward for his courage and bravery, he received the much desired freedom and lands. As, on its own, it is not enough to manage, the outlaw looked for a girl and a place to sit. He arrived in the land where the city is today, exclaiming with sincere astonishment “Oh, what a long field!” and here he remained.
  • Câmpulung Moldovenesc is a town at the foot of the Rarău Mountain, with tourist attractions being: the Wood Art Museum, the Ion Tugui Ethnographic Museum, the Moara Dracului Gorges, the Jewish Temple, and the Old Synagogue.

Vatra Dornei, nicknamed “Pearl of Bucovina” is located in the Dornelor Depression, in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. The city is surrounded by forested mountains such as the Giumalău Mountains, the Bistrița Mountains, the Calimani Mountains, the Rodna Mountains, the Suhard Mountains and the Obcina Mestecăniș Mountains.

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  • The place was located along one of the roads that connect Moldova with Transylvania and grew rapidly in importance among neighboring villages. The place became really significant once the authorities officially confirmed the healing property of mineral waters at the beginning of the 19th century.
  • The natural mineral springs attract visitors from all over Romania. Thus, there are 37 springs, which appear on the territory of Poiana Coșnei, Dorna Candrenilor, Poiana Negrii, Vatra Dornei, Ortoaia, Șaru Dornei, Panaci, Glodu, Darmoxa, and Broșteni localities. Mineral water sources are also known at Poiana Stampei, Dornișoara, Neagra Șarului and Drăgoiasa.
  • The main tourist attractions of Vatra Dornei resort are: the Ethnographic Museum of Bucovina, located in the town hall building, the Museum of Hunting and Natural Sciences, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Calimani National Park and Dornelor area is an extraordinary place for a wide range of activities.

 

The main cities of the region are: Iași, Bacău, Piatra Neamț, Botoșani, Galați, Vaslui and Focșani.
The city of Iași is located in the northeastern part of the country and borders the counties of Botoşani and Suceava to the north, Neamţ to the southwest, Vaslui to the south, and to the east is the Republic of Moldova.

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  • The history of this city is rich, it was the capital of Moldavia between 1564 and 1859, one of the two capitals of the United Principalities between 1859 and 1862 and the capital of Romania between 1916-1918. The city was set on fire by the Tartars in 1513, by the Ottomans in 1538, and by the Russians in 1686. In 1734, it was affected by an epidemic.
    In 1640, Vasile Lupu founded here the first romanian language school and a printing house in the church of the Three Hierarchs. In 1643, the first printed book in Moldavia appeared in Iasi.
  • The most important tourist attractions in Iasi are the Homosu Forest  Reserve, the Palace of Culture, the Golia and Three Hierarchs Monasteries, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the “Vasile Alecsandri” National Theater, the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, the Roznaveanu Palace, Bojdeiuca lui Ion Creangă, Copou Park and Eminescu’s Linden tree, Iași Botanical Garden, Memorial Houses of great Romanian writers, poets and politicians such as Mihail Sadoveanu (Paşcani), Costache Negruzzi (Trifeşti), Mihail Kogălniceanu (Iaşi), Vasile Alecsandri (Mirceşti), Alexandru Ioan Cuza (Ruginoasa) ) and many others, Studza Castle (Miclăuşeni), the History Museum of Moldova, the Art Museum, the Museum of Science and Technology “Stefan Procopiu”, the Ethnographic Museum of Moldova, the Museum of the Union and many others.

Piatra Neamț has as neighbors the counties of Suceava and Iaşi to the north, Vaslui to the east, Bacău to the south and Harghita to the west.

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  • The city is surrounded by five mountains, which gives it all the benefits of an unique environment. The oldest traces of civilization date back to the Stone Age. The famous Cucuteni culture (3600-2600 BC) was attested in the area by a remarkable number of archaeological sites and excavations. Right next to the city, the ruins of an old Dacian settlement called Petrodava were discovered.
  • The most important tourist attractions are: Ceahlău Mountains National Park, Cheile Bicazului National Park, Izvorul Muntelui Lake, Neamț Fortress, Petru Vodă Monastery, Agapia Monastery, Neamţ Monastery, Bistriţa Monastery, Văratec Monastery, Piatra Teiului cliff, Dragoş Vodă Bison Reserve, Ion Creangă Memorial House from Humuleşti.

Bacău is located in the eastern part of the country and has as neighbors the counties of Neamţ to the north, Harghita and Covasna to the west, Vrancea to the south and Vaslui to the east.

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  • Bacau is located in the region of Moldova, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. The city was first mentioned in 1408, during the reign of Alexander the Good. The region is ideal for raising cattle, so one of the theories is that the etymology of the name of the city is based on the Slavic word byk, which means “bull”. The word was written in the Romanian alphabet as bâc and was probably the origin of Bâcău, a name that appears in several medieval documents. In the First World War, Bacău was the central district of the Romanian army after the occupation of Bucharest by the Central Powers.
  • Among the most important tourist attractions we mention: Salina Drumul Sării – Târgu Ocna, Red Castle from Hemeiuș, George Bacovia Memorial House, Nicu Enea Memorial House, Știrbei Palace from Dărmănești, Cașin Monastery from Bacău, Poiana Uzului Lake, Bacău I and II Lake , Nemira Nature Reservation, Bacău Vivarium, Ion Borcea Museum of Natural Sciences, Iulian Antonescu History Museum, Victor Anestin Astronomical Observatory.

Botoșani is located in the northeastern part of the country and has as neighbors the counties of Suceava to the west and Iaşi to the south. To the north is Ukraine, and to the east is the Republic of Moldova.

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  • “The city of ladies”, as Botoşani is also called, gave the Romanian culture the most famous personalities and became a symbol of the national culture. However, the fame of Botoșani comes from its beginnings, being known as a large trade fair.
  • The main tourist attractions are: Nicolae Iorga Memorial House, Mihai Eminescu Memorial House, Ștefan Luchian Memorial House, George Enescu Memorial House, Mihai Eminescu Park, Old Center of Botoșani, Ethnographic Museum, Saint Nicolae Popauti Church.

Galați is located in the southeastern part of the country and is bordered by Vaslui counties to the north, Vrancea to the west, Brăila to the south, Tulcea to the southeast, and the Republic of Moldova to the east.

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  • Galați is one of the largest economic centers in Romania, respectively Moldova. The city has a rich history due to the fact that it is located on the Danube, the most important commercial-river artery in Europe. The first documentary mention of the city dates from 1445, in a deed signed by Prince Stephen II.
  • The main tourist attractions are: the Danube river and the seafront in Galaţi, the Museum Complex of Natural Sciences , the Galaţi History Museum, the Alexandru Ioan Cuza Memorial House, the Visual Art Museum, the Galaţi Village Museum, the Roman Camp from Tirighina-Barboşi.

Vaslui is located in the eastern part of the country and borders the counties of Iasi to the north, Neamt to the northwest, Bacau and Vrancea to the west, Galati to the south, and the Republic of Moldova to the east.

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  • This city is distinguished by the archaeological treasures found here, ethnographic values ​​and folk art, historical sites and monuments that attest to the existence of the Roman millennium in this area, as well as their contribution to universal culture.
  • The main tourist attractions are: “Curtea Domnească” Archaeological Reserve, “Ștefan cel Mare”  Museum Vaslui, “Emil Racoviță” Memorial Museum, Rosetti-Solescu Royal Ensemble, Caricature Museum from Huși, “Dimitrie Cantemir” Memorial Museums, Sturdza House from Bârlad , Village museums.

Focșani is located in the eastern part of the country and borders the counties of Covasna to the west, Buzău to the south, Brăila to the southeast, Galaţi to the east, Vaslui to the northeast and Bacău to the north.

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  • The city is known as the “City of Milcov”, this being the place where Stephen the Great established the border between Moldavia and Wallachia in 1482. After the Union of Principalities, Focsani became known as the “City of Union” because on July 6, 1862, Alexandru Ioan Cuza signed the decree unifying the Focsani, the one from Moldova and the one from Wallachia, which until then had been divided by the Milcov river between the two principalities.
  • The main tourist attractions are: “Maior Gheorghe Pastia” Theater, Museum of History and Archeology, Museum of Natural Sciences, Union Museum, Village Museum, Cheile Tişiței Nature Reserve, Putnei Waterfall, Focul Viu Nature Reserve, “Moş Ion Roată” Memorial House , Vineyards in Vrancea.

What to visit?

The tourist spots dear to us, which we visit over and over again with great fondness, every time we reach the lands of Bucovina , due to their beautiful landscapes and the good state of mind transmitted are listed below, without a specific order of their visit, because from wherever we start the wealth of the soul remains the same

  • Putna Monastery is an Orthodox monarchical shrine, one of the most important Romanian cultural, religious and artistic centers. It was nicknamed “The Jerusalem of the Romanian Nation”. The monastery is located in Suceava County, 33 km north-east of Rădăuți, in a picturesque place surrounded by hills and wild landscapes. The architecture of the monastery combines the Moldavian elements specifically with those of the Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance.
  • One kilometer from the Putna monastery is Daniil Sihastru’s Cell, represented by a cave dug in a rock on the valley of the Vițău stream where the monk Daniil Sihastru quietly retired. He was a good adviser to Prince Stephen the Great, as well as a great protector for the poor and sick.
  • Sucevița Monastery, located in the village of the same name, is a historical monument of our country dating back to the sixteenth century. The monastery impresses with the harmonious combination of architecture, painting, sculpture and examples of religious decorative art.
  • Moldovița Monastery is one of the old monastic settlements; located in Vatra Moldoviței commune, Suceava county. The monastery is considered a jewel of Moldovan spirituality and ancient art, being included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
  • Voroneț Monastery is a medieval complex built in the village of Voroneț, with a Moldavian architectural style, with Byzantine features and Gothic elements. The monastery is nicknamed the “Eastern Sistine Chapel” due to the fresco on the west facade that illustrates the Last Judgment.
  • The Museum of the Bucovina Village has an area of 6 hectares and shares with those who cross the threshold of life in the authentic Bucovina village through the prism of the old Bucovina architecture, the rituals of birth, wedding and burial staged in the present houses.
  • It is located in the immediate vicinity of the Citadel of Suceava, a medieval fortress located on a terminal spur of a plateau at a height of 70 m from the Suceava meadow.The Citadel of Suceava dates back to the 14th century, being the main residence of Moldovan rulers for 200 years. Today it is a national historical monument.

The tourist spots dear to us, which we visit over and over again with great fondness, every time we reach the lands of Moldova County, due to their beautiful landscapes and the good state of mind transmitted are listed below, without a specific order of their visit, because from wherever we start the wealth of the soul remains the same.

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  • Agapia Monastery – is located in Agapia commune, about 43 km from Piatra Neamț and 9 km from Târgu Neamț. The ensemble of Agapia Monastery is known for having the largest community of nuns in our country, as well as for the painting – treasure made by Nicolae Grigorescu in 1858, they have a special composition, combining elements of Byzantine style with neoclassical influences and with Romanian art. It is the only monastic community in our country that has the name of “Christian love”, from the Greek “agapis”
  • The natural bison reserve “Dragos Voda” – is an impressive place that is part of the Vânători Neamț Natural Park. The natural park was opened in 1968 out of the desire to bring back to the country one of the most famous animals that lived on the Moldovan lands. The bison is a real symbol especially in the area of ​​Moldova, it is found both in local legends and on the coat of arms of Moldova.
  • Neamț Fortress – is a place of legend for Romanians and is located near the highest peak of Pleşului Peak, on the outskirts of Târgu Neamț city. This is one of the most important fortifications from the medieval period and was built in the early period of the Moldavian state, during the reign of Petru Mușat (1375-1391).
  • Izvorul Muntelui Lake –  is the largest anthropic lake arranged on the inland rivers in Romania and is located on the upper course of the Bistrita River. It was built as a result of the construction of the hydropower dam of the same name. The lake impresses tourists with its size, and in 2000 it was declared an aquatic nature reserve.
  • Ceahlău National Park – many legends were born around Ceahlău Mountain. Of the mountains in the country, this is the only one that has a feast day, on August 6,  it is the Feast of Mount Ceahlau.
  • Cheile Bicazului National Park – is a jewel of nature and a real tourist attraction. The Bicaz canyon was formed due to the erosion caused by the Bicaz River and its tributaries and make the connection between Transylvania and Moldova. The road from Cheile Bicazului consists of serpentines, which offer spectacular views, and the main attraction is Red Lake.
  • Sturdza Castle – it was built between 1880 and 1904, in neo-Gothic style, in honor of Mrs. Sturdza.
  • The Palace of Culture in Iasi – is an emblematic building of Iasi, which was built between 1906 and 1925. It is built in neo-Gothic style and houses the National Museum Complex “Moldova”.

Events & Festivals

The most important events and festivals in the Bucovina area:

  • The International Folklore Festival “Bucovina Meetings” – takes place every year at the foot of the Rarău Mountains in the city of Câmpulung Moldovenesc. The festival is an event of European importance that presents the folklore and traditions of Bucovina, with the participation of six countries, where former inhabitants of Bucovina and their descendants live: Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and the Republic of Moldova. For a period of 4 days in summer, the festival delights our eyes with the beautiful traditional costumes of each country.
  • Vatra Dornei Snow Festival – held every year in February in Vatra Dornei, this famous festival takes place on the Squirrel Ski Slope. At each edition there is the traditional Alpine Ski Contest addressed to tourists of all ages, as well as the outdoor party spirited by Romanian teams.
  • The European Arts Festival “Ciprian Porumbeacu” – a festival that takes place in June; a festival of musical creation and performance that brings together fine arts, music and literature, but also the traditional International Musical Interpretation Contest “Golden Pound”.

The most important events and festivals in the Moldova area:

  • Hangariada | Art and Flight Festival Iași – is the first spring festival and the only art and flight festival in Romania dedicated to those passionate about airplanes and art. This festival lasts 3 days and offers participants air shows, parachute jumps, gliding flights, music concerts, art exhibitions, children’s playgrounds, food, drink and many fun and relaxing activities.
  • Afterhills Music & Arts Festival – is an annual music and art festival that takes place in the summer, in Iasi. The festival is based on the idea that art and music complement each other, the lineup is diverse and accessible for all tastes (electronic music, rock, pop, hip-hop, raggae, etc.).
  • KULT Fest Roman – is a general festival, dedicated to all ages, which takes place in the summer and combines quality music, culture, education and dynamic attractions, with the role of offering unique experiences to all participants. The festival offers unique attractions to the participants: hot air balloon flights, visual arts, street food area, children’s playground, competitions and various outdoor activities.
  • Iasi International Literature and Translation Festival – this festival is organized every autumn and brings together in Iași professionals in the field of books, both from the country and from abroad.
  • International Festival “Music Holidays” Piatra Neamț– this festival takes place in summer and for seven evenings, Neamt is surrounded by chords of various musical genres: symphonic, pop, opera, rock, jazz, old music, choir or chamber music.
  • Piatra Neamț Theater Festival – organized every autumn, this festival wants to be a meeting point for different generations of artists and spectators, but also for theater people from various parts of Europe.

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Most popular accommodation

Grand Hotel Traian / Iași, Moldova★★★★

  • Free parking
  • Historic building
  • 4 conference rooms

Rix Rooms Pension / Focșani, Moldova❀❀❀❀

  • Conference room
  • Located in the city center
  • Parking

Hotel Evianne Boutique / Galați, Moldova★★★

  • Located in the city center
  • Own parking
  • Refinement and style

Most popular tours

Iași City Break

  • History, culture and spirituality
  • Pedestrian tour
  • Guided historical tour

Moldova between Prut and Dniester Rivers

  • You will enjoy picturesque landscapes of Moldova
  • You will visit the amazing city of Chișinău
  • Small-group tour

Bukovina’s Painted Monasteries Tour

  • Painted Monasteries in Bucovina
  • Monasteries of Voronet, Moldovita and Sucevita
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites

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