This urban gem hidden in the Carpathian Mountains, Piatra Neamţ is a place where the natural landscape, the architectural beauty of the historical center and the modernism of the city blend together perfectly. While Curtea Domnească will open your appetite for discovery, you will be able to explore the city’s millennial history by visiting the Eneolithic Cucuteni Art Museum.
You will be treated to a beautiful panorama of the city from the top of the Cozla Mountain, also accessible with a cable car.
Regardless if you are a fan of winter sports or just like to enjoy the cool mountain air in the summer, Piatra Neamţ will delight you in any season.
Situated where the Bistriţa river exits the Carpathians, Piatra Neamţ is one of the oldest urban centers of Moldavia, with a history spanning over two millennia. The prehistoric artifacts found in the area belong to the Cucuteni culture, one of Europe’s oldest civilizations (c. 5 200 to 3 500 BCE). The Geto-Dacian civilization has also left its mark in the form of multiple artifacts and strongholds. But the glory days of the city were during the Middle Ages, under the rule of Stephen the Great, who built his Princely Court here. Today, Piatra Neamţ has a population of over 85,000, and is a special tourist destination in the Moldavian region.
Piatra Neamţ is often dubbed “the pearl of Moldavia” owing to the beauty and elegance of its historic buildings and the natural landscape surrounding this city located at the foot of Pietricica peak.
One of its priceless jewels is without a doubt the former Princely Court, located in the heart of the city, that includes St. Princely John Church, the Bell-Tower and the Princely Court Museum; all of the monuments are easily recognizable due to the Moldavian architectural style in which they are built into.
Don’t leave the center of the city without visiting the Cucuteni Eneolithic Art Museum, one of Romania’s most interesting museums. Here you will find over 300 artifacts belonging to the fascinating Cucuteni civilization (c. 5 200 to 3 500 BCE). The ceramic artifacts exhibited here are unique in the world.
The city is rich in interesting museums and that means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new things while visiting them. Some of these are the Ethnographic Museum, the Art Museum, or the History and Archaeology Museum.
Religious edifices can be found all over the area of Neamţ, Piatra Neamţ being no exception. These are places that offer moments of peace and tranquility, some of the most beautiful being Schimbarea la Faţă wooden Church in the Văleni district, Schitul Draga or Baal Sem Tov Synagogue.
A hike on Bâtca Doamnei Mountain will reward you with a outstanding panorama of the city and the Bistriţa Valley. You also have the opportunity to visit the ruins of the Dacian Petrodava stronghold here. Don’t miss climbing Cozla Mountain with the cable car for another great view. Once here, you have multiple recreation opportunities: hikes in a beautiful mountain landscape, cycling or various winter sports.
- A trip with a kayak on Bâtca Doamnei Lake. You can rent one at the Ceahlău Sports Center, not far from the Tineretului Pool on Eroilor Street.
- Discover the historic center by taking a horse carriage ride on the route recommended and organized by Arena „Col. Virgil Barbuceanu“.
- Take the cable car up to Cozla Mountain from the base of the Pietricica Peak, at 7 Gării Square. Schedule: Monday-Wednesday 11:00-19:00, Thursday- Sunday 10:00-20:00.
Good to know
- Piatra Neamţ is connected via route DN15 to Bacău, Iaşi, Suceava etc.
- By train you can get here from Bucharest or Iaşi. The train station is at 1 Piaţa Gării Street.
- The closest airport is in Bacău or Iaşi.
- The tourist information center is located in the city center, in Petrodava Square. Schedule: Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:00.
- The Post Office is on Decebal Blvd. Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00-19:00, Saturday 9:00- 13:00.