5 things to do in Piatra Neamt, Romania

Piatra Neamț, located in the Neamț county in the eastern part of Romania, is one of the most postcard-ready cities in the country. Why? It is surrounded by the eastern part of the glorious Carpathian mountains. Perhaps that why it's named Piatra, which means rock in English. Or they just wanted to name it that way and I'm totally making up this connection.

To reach Piatra Neamt, if you're coming from the capital city of Bucharest, you can drive all the way for 5 to 6 hours, or you can take a train with a minimum travel time of 6 hours. So what will reward you once you finish this long journey? Here are some of them.

1. Go back in time whilst in the Plaza

Platforma Centrală Curtea Domnească, Foursquare.com

Platforma Centrală Curtea Domnească, Foursquare.com

The Princely Court or the Curta Domneasca of Piatra Neamt has been in existence since 1498. The court consists of a church, a bell tower, a cellar which is a museum today, and the Muzeul Curții Domnești or the official museum.

Name:
Platforma Centrală Curtea Domnească
Address:
Piața Libertății, Piatra Neamț, Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. See the charms of an old train station

From author's photos

From author's photos

From author's photos

I don't know about you, but there's something captivating with old train stations. Though this place looks old, and even the trains look old as well, they still run in good condition. If you're coming from Bucharest via train, this is where you will be arriving.

Name:
Gara Piatra Neamt
Address:
str. Garii, Piatra Neamţ, Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Immerse yourself in the history of Piatra Niamt

Muzeul de Istorie și Arheologie, Foursquare.com

Muzeul de Istorie și Arheologie, Foursquare.com

If you would like to take a closer look at how the city came to be, this museum has it all for you. From the period where they used clay and the slow progression to the medieval period, they have all the artifacts here.

Name:
Muzeul de Istorie și Arheologie
Address:
Str. Mihai Eminescu nr. 10, Piatra Neamț, Romania
TEL:
+40 233 217 496
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Get a bird's eye view of the city

Telegondolă, Foursquare.com

Telegondolă, Foursquare.com

For only 20 RON ($5) per person, you will be able to get a bird's eye view of the city. The telegondola is located near the train station. And in between the full ride is a landing. It's on top of a mountain where you can eat, chill, or take photos of the city.
This mountain stop also doubles as a ski slope during the winter. If you don't mind trekking all the way down and finding yourself in the opposite direction of the starting point of the telegondola, you're also welcome.

Name:
Telegondolă
Address:
Piatra Neamț, Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Breathe fresh air by the lake

Barajul Izvorul Muntelui, Foursquare.com

Barajul Izvorul Muntelui, Foursquare.com

Don't let the hustle and bustle of city life get to you. Lake Bicaz, or Izvorul Muntelui, is located within Piatra Neamt. This is a storage lake, so you'd see walls that make up a dam. This dam is about 60 year old and the water stored here is used for the hydroelectric power plant operation in Bicaz.

You can chill here by the lake and inhale the freshest air you can find in the city.

Name:
Barajul Izvorul Muntelui
Address:
DN15, Bicaz, Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Piatra Neamt is no Bucharest nor Brasov. And since it's located in the eastern part of Romania, traveling to this destination might take some time. But if you're a historical enthusiast and you're always up for a challenge or to tick off a city in your bucket list, then by all means, travel to Piatra Neamt.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?