Location: Norteastern Romania (County: Suceava)
Size: 20 sq. miles (52 sq. kilometers)
Elevation: 1070 - 1120 ft. (325 - 340 meters)
First documented: 1388 AD
Once the capital of Moldova (from 1388 until 1565), Suceava is an excellent starting point for trips to the many historical, cultural and natural attractions travelers can enjoy in the Bucovina region. Suceava is also the gateway to visiting the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina.
The town has some noteworthy attractions of its own, including Saint George's Church, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Bucovina Ethnographic Museum, with its valuable folk costumes collection and traditional items exhibits, and Suceava's main tourist site, the remains of the Princely Court.
Other sights in Suceava include the 14th century Mirauti Church, the Zamca Monastery and the Bucovina Village Museum, dedicated to the woodcraft, ethnography, history and folk art of the region. The Bucovina History Museum displays medieval armor, coins, weaponry, tools and ancient documents. Visit these archeological and historic gems before heading to the painted monasteries area.
Address: Str. Ioan Voda Viteazul 2
Open: Mon. – Sun. 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Commisioned by Moldova's ruler Bogdan the 3rd and his son, Stefanita Voda, and completed in 1552, Saint George's Church served as the Metropolitan Church of Moldavia. Saint John the New Monastery is nowadays the seat of the Archbishop of Suceava and Radauti.
St. George Church houses the relics of Saint John the New, brought to Moldavia by Alexandru cel Bun in 1415. The relics are placed in a silver casket, richly decorated with scenes from the saint's life. The outstanding exterior frescoes of the church, illustrating scenes from the Old and New Testament, were completed in 1534 during the reign of Petru Rares, a glorious time in the era of religious murals.
The style of St. George's frescoes resembles those at Moldovita and Humor. Although only some parts of the Hymn of the Dead, the Tree of Jesse and the legend of the Prodigal Son can still be seen on the southern wall, the church is nonetheless impressive, especially due to its mosaic roof and belfry tower.
Located at the west end of town, this fine architectural complex was founded by Armenians exiled in Moldavia. The church dates from the 17th century.
According to an inscription, the bell-tower was built in 1606.
One of the earliest sites of Jewish settlement in the region, Suceava was already home to an established community at the beginning of the 16th century. Some 18 synagogues and small Hasidic prayer rooms were in use before World War II, the majority of them taken down during the 1950s' communist 'urban renewal' period. Only one synagogue still stands today, beautifully preserved, along with two Jewish cemeteries.
Impressive tombs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries can be seen in the newer Jewish Cemetery (located at Str. Parcului 6). The Old Jewish Cemetery (located on Str. Stefan Tomsa) with its elaborately carved tombs bearing traditional Jewish symbols, dates back to the 16th century, making it one of the oldest in Moldavia.
Address: Str. Dimitrie Onciul 7
Richly decorated on the interior with symbolic representations of the Tribes of Israel and views of Jerusalem, this is the only remaining synagogue still in use in Suceava.
Address: Str. Armeneasca 8
Telephone: (+4) 0230 213.084
Location: 5 miles north of Suceava
Access: car, bus from Suceava
Nearest train stations: Darmanesti, Suceava
Built in 1487 and dedicated
to the Holy Cross, monastery Pătrăuți is the oldest surviving religious site founded by Stephen the Great. The original mural paitings, dating from around 1550, can still be admired on the west façade. In 1775, soon after Bucovina (northern Moldova) was annexed to the Habsburg Empire, the monastery became a parish church. The church and a wooden bell tower are the only structures, part of the original monastic complex, still standing.
Patrauti Church info
Built between 1602 and 1609 in a rather austere style, the church's exterior favored a practical stone façade rather than frescoes. Due to the increase in attacks by the Ottoman Turks, the religious architecture at the time was focused more on protection than decoration. The structure is impressive through its sheer size, featuring the tallest fortified walls in Bucovina. Visitors can choose to spend the night inside the walls of monastery.
Monastery Dragomirna info
Where: 26 miles east of Suceava, 18 miles north of Gura Humorului
Access: car, bus
The UNESCO World Heritate Painted Monasteries of Bucovina are located a short drive east of Suceava.
The easiest way to reach the monasteries is by car; a 30-minute drive (or less) separates one from another.
Excursions and day trips are available from Suceava and Gura Humorului.
The village of Marginea, 7 miles northeast of Sucevita Monastery, is renowned for the black clay pottery crafted here, said to preserve a centuries-old Gaeto-Dacian technique, passed on from generation to generation.
Location: 44 miles southwest of Suceava
Nearest train station: Câmpulung Moldovenesc
The small but picturescque 14th century logging town of Câmpulung Moldovenesc offers excellent access to Rarau Mountains hiking trails and cross-country ski trails.
A rare colection of over 5,000 wooden spoons, from allover the world,
is on display at Muzeul Lingurilor de Lemn housed in the residence of Ioan Mateescu, located at:
Str. Gheorghe Popovici 3
Open: Tue. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
More info (please scroll-down for English)
Another interesting, small, Câmpulung Moldovenesc museum worth visiting is
the Wood Carving Museum ( Muzeul Arta Lemnului
Address: Calea Transilvaniei 10
Open: Tue. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Telephone: (+4) 0230 311.378
Location: 49 miles west of Suceava
Nearest train station: Campulung Moldovenesc
Village Fundu Moldovei, located just 6 miles west of Campulung Moldovenesc, is home to several woodcarving artisans and icons painted on glass workshops.
Location: 65 miles southwest of Suceava
Nearest train station: Vatra Dornei
A fashionable spa town during Habsburg times, today Vatra Dornei is a year-round destination featuring medical spa treatments as well as summer and winter activities.
Located in the small village of Cotnari, the Cotnari vineyards are famous for their delicious sweet white wines made of grapes rich in sugar and harvested in late autumn following the first frost. The quality of these wines relies on a combination of rich soil, the late harvest and the presence of a special mold (Botritis cinerea). The winery's most popular wines include Francusa (dry), Catalina (semisweet) and the sweet, golden Grasa and Tamaioasa dessert wines. The most popular brand, "Grasa de Cotnari," is an excellent white wine often referred to as the "golden nectar."
Over 6 million liters of wine are being aged in oak-barrels in the 14-th Century Cotnari cellars.
Cotnary winery produces up to 6 million bottles a year and boasts a collection of more than 800,000 bottles.
Every year on September 14, wine connoisseurs celebrate the grape harvest ar Cotnari.
Location: 85 miles southeast of Suceava
Iași is Romania's second-largest city, the capital cultural of the region of Moldova and one of the country's leadig university centres. Outstanding architecture and numerous interesting museums make Iași a must-visit destination.
Airlines with service to Suceava include Romania's national airline:
[Direct flights from/to: Bucharest (OTP)]
Suceava - Burdujeni Train Station
Address: Str. Nicoale Iorga 7
Telephone: (+4) 0230 517.117
Daily service from/ to Bacau, Brasov, Campulung Moldovenesc, Cluj, Constanta, Gura Humorului, Putna, Timisoara, Vatra Dornei, Vatra Moldovitei, and several other cities in Romania.
There is daily Intercity (Express) service from/to Bucharest (approximate travel time: 6 hours).
To check schedules for domestic and international trains from/ to Suceava please visit our
SNCFR's Advance Booking Office
Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR Suceava)
Address: Str. Balcescu 8
Telephone: (+4) 0230 214.335
Open: Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Train travel information and advance reservations 30 days to 24 hours before travel.
Tickets for same-day travel can only be purchased at the station.
Suceava Bus Terminal
Address: Str. Vasile Alecsandri 2
Daily domestic bus service from/to:
Arad, Bacau, Botosani, Brasov, Bucharest, Campulung Moldovenesc, Constanta, Falticeni, Gura Humorului, Iasi, Piatra Neamt, Putna, Radauti, Siret, Solca, Timisoara, Vatra Dornei
The fastest route from Bucharest to Suceava is via E85:
Bucuresti – Urziceni – Buzau – Focsani – Bacau – Roman – Falticeni - Suceava
The scenic route from Bucharest to Suceava is via E60 - E 578 – 12C – 15C:
Bucuresti –Sinaia – Brasov – Miercurea Ciuc – Gheorghieni – Piatra Neamt – Targu Neamt – Suceava
The fastest route from Cluj Napoca to Suceava is via E 576 – E 58:
Cluj Napoca – Bistrita – Vatra Dornei – Campulung Moldovenesc – Gura Humorului - Suceava
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Several bus, trolleybus and maxi taxi routes connect Suceava's main areas and tourist attractions.
Alyoda: 0230 533.333
Cristaxi: 0230 522.222
Eurotaxi: 0230 511.116
Telephone: (+4) 0741 644.169
Selected Suceava accommodations.
Address: Str. Oituz 15
Telephone: (+4) 0330 803.124
Mon. – Thu.: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fri.: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Suceava Tourist Information Center provides maps, brochures and information on accommodations, restaurants and transportation.
Post offices display a postal horn symbol and the word Posta.Main Post Office
Address: Str. Dimitrie Onciu 1
Telephone: (+4) 0230 512.222
Telephoning Suceava from Abroad
International Access Code +40 (country code) + 230 or 330 (area code) + telephone number
Suceava - Useful Telephone Numbers
Suceava Area Code (Prefix Suceava) 230 & 330
General Emergency: 112
Suceava City Hall
Telephone: (+4) 0230 212.696
Better Business Bureau
(Oficiul pentru Protectia Consumatorilor - Suceava)
Telephone: (+4) 0230 530.876
Suceava Emergency Hospital
(Spitalul Judetean de Urgență - Suceava)
Telephone: (+4) 0787 290.580
Address: Blvd. 1 Decembrie 1918, nr. 21