These mountains, also known as the Transylvanian Alps, form the natural border between the three historical regions: Transylvania, Wallachia and Moldova. With rugged peaks, rolling hills, serene lakes and lush forests, Romania’s landscape is beautiful, diverse, and perfect for hiking.
If you’re interested in exploring the high peaks and many mountainous trails of Romania, then have a look through this guide of some of the best hiking spots in Romania.
The Bucegi Mountains are the perfect place to experience the stunning landscapes that Romania has to offer. Mount Omu is the highest peak of the Bucegi Mountains, at 2505 meters, and is covered in snow for most of the year, however, you can find beautiful wildflowers blossoming on the other areas of the mountains during spring.
These mountain trails are very popular with tourists as there are plenty of gorgeous trails that are suitable for everyone.
From scenic day hikes to longer, multi-day treks, the Bucegi Mountains have numerous trails to choose from. So whether you’re an experienced hiker or just starting out, you can find a trail to suit your needs and fitness level.
One of the most popular hiking trails in the Bucegi Mountains is the trail to the Urlatoarea Waterfall. This is a very easy adventure to start off with and is perfect for beginner hikers. The trail can be done in about an hour but it’s recommended to take it slow and take in the beautiful scenery along the way.
The waterfall thunders down from a height of 15 meters and can be heard well before it’s seen. You can enjoy this beautiful, scenic hike with your family and spend some time admiring the views in the area.
The Făgăraș Mountains are the highest peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains in Romania. Moldoveanu Peak is the highest point, at 2544 meters, and is a more challenging climb that experienced hikers would enjoy.
The Făgăraș Mountains are the perfect spot for avid hikers and have multiple, stunning trails to explore. With waterfalls and lakes, there are plenty of beautiful sights to see. You can take on the challenging hikes to the peaks, or wander along the trails.
The weather can be unpredictable on the mountains so be sure to stick to the marked paths and check the weather forecast before you head out.
Bâlea Lake is a must-see landmark in the Făgăraș Mountains and is another very popular spot for tourists. This natural wonder sits at 2034 meters high in the Făgăraș Mountains.
You can enjoy hiking, skiing, sightseeing, cycling or ice climbing around the area. The hiking trail around the lake is a moderate level of difficulty and has several beautiful sights to see, including the lake, the Bâlea Waterfall, Lady’s Lake and Lady’s Valley.
Trek through the Retezat Mountains and see the many glacial lakes dotted around the rugged land. This is one of the most scenic places in Romania where you can enjoy hiking along several trails.
The Retezat National Park is also situated here so take some time to explore the area and see some wildlife, including wolves, deer, bears and lynxes. The Retezat Mountains have picturesque trails that are suitable for beginners and perfect for day hikes.
One of the top trails starts from Bucura Lake, which is the largest glacial lake in the country covering about 9 hectares. From this beautiful spot, there’s a trail that takes you past seven more peaceful lakes that make for excellent photographic opportunities.
The Apuseni Mountains is the perfect place to go exploring through caves and seeing some spectacular views. The landscape around the mountains is truly exquisite, with rolling green forests and dramatic peaks.
There are over 400 caves in these mountains, including the Peștera Urșilor, or Bears’ Cave, which was where over 140 cave bear skeletons were found. The skeletons are still on display, which makes this a very unique and interesting place to visit.
Another incredible cave to see is the Scărișoara Cave, which contains a 3500 year old glacier and is considered one of Romania’s natural wonders.
There are multiple hiking trails around the Piatra Craiului Mountains where you can find the most stunning views, charming mountain villages and brilliant sunsets.
Explore the rugged peaks and look out over the spectacular landscape that is lit up by the sun. There are countless incredible photographic opportunities as you look out over the land from the mountain trails.
If you’re up for an adventure, then it’s definitely worth checking out the Zârneștilor Keys, a striking, 2 kilometer long passage through rock. There are also plenty of mountain villages where you can try some of Romania’s traditional food.
Mark has trekked extensively in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. He founded Mountain IQ in 2014 with the sole aim to be the best online information portal to some of the most popular mountain destinations around the world. When not writing for Mountain IQ, Mark is out exploring the outdoors with his wife!
13 Best Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park
Mount Washington Hike – Survivor’s Insights (By Mike Cherim)
Best Hikes Near Portland – Easy Access, Lots of Fun (With Photos)
10 Best Hikes in Australia – Day Hikes and Multi-Day Adventures