10 National Parks in Romania For A Perfect Wildlife Trip!

Romania National Parks

1. Retezat National Park
2. Piatra Craiului National Park
3. 
Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park
4. 
Calimani National Park
5. 
Cozia National Park
6. 
Parcul National Domogled-Valea Cernei
7. 
Semenic - Cheile Carasului National Park
8. 
Buila Vânturarita National Park
9. 
Rodnei Mountains National Park
10. 
Ceahlau National Park

Explore the richness of nature and bask in lush greenery by visiting some of the most beautiful National Parks in Romania. There are around 14 such spectacular parks in the country each of which boast green meadows, majestic waterfalls, slopes of the Carpathians, and enviable flora and fauna. They are great places for adventurous activities such as hiking and river rafting. Besides this, you also enjoy magnificent views of mountain tops and glacier lakes from here as well as revel in the interesting cultural heritage by visiting some of the Roman castra and monasteries that can be found here. 

Some of the most famous Romania National Parks include the Retezat National Park, the Piatra Craiului National Park, and the Cheile Nerei-Beusnisa National Park. They are some of the most picturesque and biodiverse parks in the country. Witness a wide variety of wildlife and plant species at the Calimani National Park and Cozia National Park while you can also enjoy hiking and other activities at the Bulia Vanturarita National Park and Semenic - Cheile Carasului National Park.

Here are some of the best national parks in Romania:

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Retezat National Park

  • Take a tour of the oldest and most attractive Romania National Parks located on the western side of the Southern Carpathians.
  • Wallow in the rich biodiversity here that has given the park the status of a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
  • Go hiking to the high mountain tops and see around 80 glacial lakes such as the Bukura which is the largest and deepest one.
  • Catch breathtaking sights of mountain tops and glacial lakes from the Peleaga Peak.

Location: nr. 284 com, Nucsoara 337423, Romania
02

Piatra Craiului National Park

  • Visit one of the most splendid National Parks in Romania that was initially built to protect the Kings Rock Mountains.
  • Go on a hiking trip through the park to come across the biggest biodiversity and wildlife in the country.
  • Walk along the 25 kilometres long main ridge, the longest of its king in Romania that runs through the park.
  • You can also stay the night in the small and cosy villages surrounding the park such as Magura and Pestera.

Location: Located in the Southern Carpathians
03

Cheile Nerei - Beusnita National Park

  • Explore one of the most sprawling Romania National Parks spread across almost 36,000 hectares of land and 6 natural reservations.
  • You can come across a wide variety of wildlife in these thick forested lands including bears, badgers, stone martens, deer, wild boar, and more.
  • Witness over 600 different species of plants and trees that are spread across the entire park.
  • Discover some of the other attractions here such as the lakes Ochiul Beiului and Ochiul Dracului, and the Bigar Waterfall.

Location: Located in the southern part of Aninei Mountains
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04

Calimani National Park

  • Get a chance to spot some of the most incredible wildlife of the region by touring some of the best National Parks in Romania.  
  • Go for a stroll under the thick shade of the Pinus cembra which is a section of a scientific reservation here.
  • Witness some interesting wildlife such as the deer, the lynx, badgers, the brown bear, and wild cats.
  • You can also see the 12 Apostoli peak, a geological reservation in the volcanic Calimani Mountains.

Location: Located at Northern side of Eastern Carpathians
05

Cozia National Park

  • Established to protect the Cozia Mountain, this is one of the most popular Romania National Parks especially among hikers.
  • Revel in the breathtaking sights of beech and spruce trees that densely populated the sides of the steep slopes.
  • Catch breathtaking views of the surrounding region and wallow in rich cultural heritage. 
  • Explore the amazingly diverse flora and fauna including chamois, wildcat and many bird species.
  • Hike up to the Turnu Monastery and further up to the Stanisoara Monastery and the Gardului Waterfall.

Location: Valcea County Romania
06

Parcul National Domogled - Valea Cernei

  • Go on a trip to this massive park that spans the area from Retezat to the Godeanu Mountains.
  • Revel in the marvellous landscape at one of the most beautiful Romania National Parks that is dotted with exciting mountainous terrain and waterfalls.
  • Hike up to the Arjana mountain top that is located at a height of 1511 metres or take the 80 metres long trail which has the Vanturatoarea Waterfall as its end.
  • Indulge in several other thrilling activities such as rock climbing, bird-watching, rafting, and others.

Location: Located on the administrative territory of counties Caras-Severin, Gorj, and Mehedinti
07

Semenic - Cheile Carasului National Park

  • Discover the natural beauty of this park rich in biodiversity and vegetation located high in the mountains.
  • Take a closer look at the deep and steep gorges of the Caras River that comprises more than 500 caves.
  • Witness the Nera River’s Springs and one of the most expensive areas in Europe with virgin beech forests.
  • Go cycling, hiking, or even boating in the Valiug and Trei Ape lakes and spend the night in one of the nearby agro hotels.

Location: Located in the southwestern part of Romania, in the Anina and Semenic Mountains
08

Buila Vanturarita National Park

  • While this is the smallest among the Romania National Parks it houses an incredible variety of flora and fauna.
  • Encounter at least 23 different types of habitats in the mountain meadows, rivers, waterfalls, and more than a hundred caves.
  • Go hiking up to a height of almost 1885 metres on VânturaritaMare and look out for rare plant species such as the Lilium jankae, Martagon lily, and Viola alpine.
  • Make a stopover at the beautiful 16th century church of Schitul Pahomie and the Patrunsa Monastery, located in the park.

Location: Located in the central-northern part of Valcea County
09

Rodnei Mountains National Park

  • Enjoy traversing the second largest among all the Romania National Parks that has also been designated a biosphere reservation by virtue of the flora and fauna found here.
  • You can witness over a thousand different species of flora many of which are endemic to this region.
  • Head to the scenic waterfall here called the Cascada Cailor that falls down the sides of nearly 40 metres high steps and see the crystal clear Iezer Lake.

Location: Located in Northern Romania, in the Rodna Mountains

Timing: open 24 hours. Some trails however, may be closed during the winters
10

Ceahlau National Park

  • Visit one of the most popular mountains for hikers and go up to a height of almost 2,000 metres to the highest peak called the Ocolasul Mare.
  • Home to some very special plants like the lady’s slipper orchid, the edelweiss, the bog rosemary,  and many more, this is on the list of top Romania National Parks.
  • Enjoy watching a huge population of birds such as the Black stork or the European roller, all of which gather at the clear mountain lakes.

Location: Located on the northern side of Eastern Carpathians in the Neamt county

People Also Ask About Romania

  1. Which is the best national park in Romania?

    One of the best Romania National Parks is the Domogled – Valea Cernei National Park that is located close to the border with Serbia. The park features a number of different terrains and beautiful waterfalls along with some of the most scenic trails.
  2. How many national parks are in Romania?

    There are around 14 National Parks in Romania stretching from the Bigar Waterfall in the west to the Danube Delta in the east. Each of these parks are unique in nature and have something spectacular to offer.
  3. What is special about Piatra Craiului National Park?

    The Piatra Craiului National Park is quite popular for featuring the longest and highest limestone ridge in the country that stretches almost 15 miles. It stretches from the northern end of the park to the southern and offers some of the most spectacular views from here.
  4. What is the best time to visit Romania?

    The best time to visit Romania is during the months of September and October when the temperatures are much milder. This is ideal for all the outdoor and sightseeing activities that the country has to offer. 
  5. How many days do you need to explore Romania?

    You should have around 14 days to explore Romania in its entirety. This will give you ample time to visit its various national parks, castles, monasteries, and other places of interest. 
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