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How to get to Vatra Dornei? What can I see?

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By car:

From Bucharest: DN 2 Bucharest - Urziceni – Buzău – Focşani – Adjud – Bacău – Roman – Spătăreşti – following DN 2E - Cornu Luncii – Gura Humorului, C-lung Moldovenesc – Vatra Dornei), about 7 hours

From Cluj Napoca: DN 17 Cluj Napoca – Dej – Beclean – Salva – Năsăud – Sângeorz Băi – Vatra Dornei about 4 hours

By train:

There is a direct connection from Bucharest – Vatra Dornei or the train can be changed in Suceava. The estimated time for travel is about 8 hours.

By plane:

There are internal flights to Suceava, Salcea Airport, and transfers can be made by car or by train to Vatra Dornei. 

Tourism Sights in Vatra Dornei and the surrounding area  

The Ethnographic Museum of Bucovina, located in the City hall precinct – the town museum, founded in 1954 and is divided into three sections: contemporary art, sciences and cynegetics. The art section is laid out in the impressive building of the City hall, erected in 1896-1897.

Other attractions in Vatra Dornei: The Equestrian centre at the bottom of the Park Slope, the Hunting and Earth Sciences Museum, the skating ring in the park, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, etc

The flora reserve at Poiana Stampei, lies at 18 km from Vatra Dornei and shelters a rich peat composite in the everglade of the Dorna river. The flora includes rare, protected species of which, one carnivorous plant, the Dew of the Sky, is officially declared a natural heritage. The mud from Poiana Stampei is transported to the resort and used for balneal treatment.

Cheia Zugrenilor – lies at 20 km from Vatra Dornei and was declared a geological and flora reserve. The dreary rocks create a spectacular landscape. The rocky habitat has its specific flora, such as the edelweiss. The ligneous vegetation includes spruce, sycamore, elm, linden, aspen, etc.

Călimani National Park lies at about 25 km from Vatra Dornei and is considered unique in Europe and anywhere in the world for its atypical climate, relief, landscape, flora and fauna. Its uniqueness is given by the presence of the largest volcanic mountain in Romania, with a crater of 10 km in diameter. Volcanic mountains cover about 90% of the park area. The park also shelters the geological reserve called “12 Apostles”, a unique ensemble of anthropomorphic geological formations.

Dracula Castle is an outstanding medieval edifice, located in the Piatra Fântânele village, on the Tihuta pass, 40 km away from Vatra Dornei.

The world famous monasteries of Bucovina, Putna, Suceviţa, Moldoviţa, Voroneţ, Humor, are within a few kilometres from Vatra Dornei. These monasteries are all unique monuments of the Romanian feudal art, exhibiting mural paintings on the inner and outer walls, many of them being a part of the UNESCO world heritage.  
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2009 08:39 )