Bran Castle, one of the most important medieval architecture monuments in Romania, is known worldwide as Dracula’s Castle. It has gained this name some decades ago, when, on arriving in Transylvania, tourists in search of Dracula came across a castle that highly resembled the one described by the Irish writer Bram Stoker. .
Built by a German architect between 1774 and 1785, Bánffy Palace is one of the most important Baroque buildings in Cluj-Napoca. Reference monument in the history of architecture in Romania, the palace is representative for the Baroque civil architecture, as it was the first of a big number of Baroque palaces and noble houses in Cluj-Napoca.
Peleș Castle in Sinaia is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, former summer residence of the Kings of Romania. Set in a large park landscaped in the English fashion and richly decorated, it is considered a Versailles in miniature. The castle is one of the best preserved royal residences in Europe and the first to have electricity and central heating installations.
The Royal Castle of Săvârșin
The Royal Castle of Săvârșin, built between 1650 and 1680, is now one of the residences of the Romanian royal family. Destroyed during the 1784 revolt and the 1848 revolution, it was rebuilt in the 19th century in Neo-Classic style and suffered numerous other interior and exterior transformations along the years.
The Princely Palace of Alexandru Ioan Cuza in Ruginoasa
The Princely Palace of Alexandru Ioan Cuza in Ruginoasa is a Neo-Gothic palace built in 1804 by the Sturdza family, now housing a museum dedicated to the Romanian ruler. It is included on the list of the list of the historical monuments in Moldavia, together with a church, a park, enclosure walls, towers and the prince’s tomb.
The Baroque Palace
The Baroque Palace is the oldest building in the Union Square in Timișoara, already existent in 1734, when it was documented to have housed the former Mining Office. The right wing of the actual palace was built 18 years later in order to host the Chancellery of the Banat Country’s Administration and the residence of the country’s president. In 1786, after important works of extension, the palace’s Baroque elements and Viennese architectural motifs are removed and it is brought to its current shape and dimension, even though the attic was not added until a century later. After 1944, the edifice was transformed from the headquarters of various regional administrative institutions to command office of the Soviet troops stationed in the city.
Sturdza Castle in Miclauseni
Built in Neo-Gothic style, Sturdza Castle was erected between 1880 and 1904 by Gheorghe Sturdza for his wife, Maria, in the village of Miclăuşeni, 65 km west of Iaşi. From an architectural point of view, the castle is very similar to the Palace of Culture in Iaşi and the Princely Palace in Ruginoasa. The German architects who designed the castle, I. Reincke and I. Grigsberg, included a superior floor, an attic, Neo-Gothic turrets and an entrance tower with a bridge over the moat.
The Ştirbey Domain
The Ştirbey Domain comprises an assembly of natural and historical monuments, part of the national patrimony. It belonged to the family of Barbu Ştirbey, prince of Wallachia, who, when designing the Domain, successfully combined the traditional values with modern innovations. Along the time, the Domain witnessed the development of the Romanian politics, by housing the Ştirbey family and receiving important guests.
The Romanian National Art Museum
The Romanian National Art Museum, former Royal Palace, is a sumptuous neoclassical edifice, housing one of the most valuable art collections in Romania. It has different galleries (Old Romanian Art, Modern Romanian Art, European Art), all including thousands of priceless works by Romanian or international artists such as El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, Nicolae Grigorescu or Constantin Brâncuși.
The Huniad Castle
The Huniad Castle (also known as the Corvin Castle), the greatest fortress in Romania, is an almost perfectly preserved Gothic castle. Founded in the 14th century, the Huniad Castle impresses through its imposing presence, which dominates the surroundings. In 1873, Jules Verne included it in his “Around the World in 80 Days” itinerary.