Suceava Romania

Suceava General Information

Fast Facts

Location: Norteastern Romania (County: Suceava)
Size: 20 sq. miles (52 sq. kilometers)
Elevation: 1070 - 1120 ft. (325 - 340 meters)
Population: 105,000
First documented: 1388 AD

Suceava - City Highlights

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.

City Landmarks

Mirauti Church (Biserica Mirauti)

Address: Str. Mirautilor 17
The oldest church in Suceava, Mirauti Church was founded by Petru I Musat in 1375. Until 1522 it served as the Moldavian coronation church. It was here where Stephen the Great was crowned Prince of Moldavia in 1457 after receiving the bishop's blessing. The church was restored between 1898 and 1901, preserving the original design.

Suceava Princely Court (Cetatea de Scaun a Sucevei)

Address: Dealul Cetatii
Open: Mon. – Sun. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (summertime);
Mon. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (wintertime)
Admission charge
Website
Built by Petru Musat at the end of the 14th century, the fortress was later enlarged and strengthened by Alexandru cel Bun to hold off invading Ottoman Turks. Stephan the Great (1457 – 1504) added the moat, 105-foot-tall defensive walls, and defensive towers that enabled it to withstand the artillery of Mehmmed II, conqueror of Constantinople. The fortress was finally blown up by the Turks in 1675. Today, visitors can tour the remains of the impressive fortifications and take in a great view of the city.

Suceava (Burdujeni) trains station is easily recognizable by its polished red brick façade, featuring French Eclectic style elements and elaborate cast ironwork.
In early 1900s, the spectacular Baroque Grand Hall of Suceava train station was 'the venue' for all regional balls and other major events.

Suceava Princely Inn (Hanul Domnesc)

Address: Str. Ciprian Porumbescu 5
One of the oldest buildings in Suceava, featuring thick stonewalls and vaulted ceilings, the inn served for a long time a favorite meeting point for the noble court as they returned from hunting in the thick forests of Suceava; hence its name, the Princely Inn. The ground floor dates from the beginning of the 17th century, while the second floor dates from the 19th century when it served as a hunting lodge during the period of Hapsburg rule. Today, the Princely Inn is home to the Bucovina Ethnographic Museum.

Saint George Church and The Monastery of Saint John the New

Biserica Sf. Gheorghe / Manastirea Sf. Ioan cel Nou
Address: Str. Ioan Voda Viteazul 2
Open: Mon. – Sun. 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Admission charge
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.

In 1691, moats were dug around the protective walls on a star-shaped plan by the order of King Jan Sobieski of Poland, giving the complex its name. Zamca means fortified place in Polish.

Zamca Monastic Complex

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.

Historic Churches

Saint Demetrius Church (Biserica Sf. Dumitru)

Address: Str. Stefan cel Mare 1
Commisioned by prince Petru Rares and completed in 1535, this church built from stone blocks is quite large by local standards and features beautiful interior frescoes, dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. The church serves as resting place for Bogdan, the son of prince Petru Rares, and a series of important Moldavian boyars.

The belfry tower of St. Demetrius Church, dating from 1560, was for a while the tallest structure in the city, serving as a firefighter tower in the 19th century.

Jewish Suceava

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.

Gah Synagogue ("Gmilut Hasadim" Synagogue)

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.

Suceava Jewish Community

Comunitatea Evreilor din Suceava
Address: Str. Armeneasca 8
Telephone: (+4) 0230 213.084

Museums

Bucovina Ethnography Museum (Muzeul de Etnografie "Hanul Domnesc")

Address: Str. Ciprian Porumbescu 5
Telephone: (+4) 0230 516.439
Open: Tue. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission charge
Website
Housed in the 16th century Princely Inn (Hanul Domnesc), the museum features a comprehensive collection of folk costumes, domestic tools, crafts and other traditional items from several regions of Bucovina.

Bucovina History Museum (Muzeul de Istorie al Bucovinei)

Address: Str. Stefan cel Mare 33
Telephone: (+4) 0230 516.439
Open: Tue. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission charge
Website
Medieval armor, coins, tools and ancient documents are on display at the museum.
The Hall of the Throne is a re-creation of Stephen the Great's court with original furniture, weapons and costumes.

Bucovina Village Museum (Muzeul Satului Bucovinean)

Address: Platoul Cetatii, Suceava
Open: Tue. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission charge
Website
Located nearby Suceava Princely Court, Bucovina Village Museum features a collection of 80 buildings representing the history and rural architecture of Bucovina (the northern part of the region of Moldova). One of the oldest structures of the museum are a small 18th century church from Vama and a water mill from Gura Humorului.

Attractions near Suceava

Pătrăuti Church

Location: 5 miles north of Suceava
Access: car, bus from Suceava
Nearest train stations: Darmanesti, Suceava

Pătrăuti is the only convent founded by Moldova's greatest ruler: Stephen the Great (Ștefan cel Mare.

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

Dragomirna Monastery

Location: 6 miles north of Suceava
Address: DJ 208U 1, Dragomirna
Telephone: (+4) 0230 533.839
E-mail
Access: car, bus from Suceava to Mitocu Dragomirnei
Nearest train station: Suceava

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

Cacica Salt Mine

Where: 26 miles east of Suceava, 18 miles north of Gura Humorului
Access: car, bus
Website

Day Trips

The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

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.

Arbore Church
Location: 20 miles northwest of Suceava
Access: car, bus (from Gura Humorului or Radauti)
Arbore Church info

Humor Monastery
Location: 25 miles west of Suceava
Access: car, bus, train
Humor Monastery info

Moldovita Monastery
Location: 45 miles northwest of Suceava
Access: car, train (from Suceava to Vama, 1 ¼ hours, and from Vama to Vatra Moldovitei, 35min)
Moldovita Monastery info

Probota Church
Location: 32 miles southeast of Suceava
Access: car
Probota Monastery info

Sucevita Monastery
Location: 31 miles northwest of Suceava
Access: car, bus (from Radauti)
Sucevita Monastery info

Voronet Monastery
Location: 20 miles west of Suceava
Access: car, bus (from Gura Humorului), 3 ½-mile walk from Gura Humorului
Voronet Monastery info

Marginea Black Pottery Center
Location: 32 miles northwest of Suceava
Nearest train station: Radauti
Telephone: (+4) 0744 892538
E-mail
Website

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.

Town of Câmpulung Moldovenesc
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.
Admission Charge
Wooden Spoon Museum 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.
Admission Charge
Telephone: (+4) 0230 311.378
Website

Fundu' Moldovei
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.

Vatra Dornei Medical Spa town
Location: 65 miles southwest of Suceava
Nearest train station: Vatra Dornei
Website

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.

Cotnari Winery
Podgorile Cotnari
Location: 65 miles southeast of Suceava
Nearest train station: Cotnari
Telephone: (+4) 0232 730.296
E-mail
Website

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."

Moldova is the leading wine-producing region in Romania.
Grasa de Cotnari (white) wine was awarded the gold medal at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris.

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.

City of Iasi
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.
Iasi info

CITY ESSENTIALS

Suceava Transportation

Air transportation to / from Suceava

Suceava "Stefan cel Mare" International Airport (SCV)
Aeroportul International Suceava
Address: km 12 E58, Salcea;
Suceava airport is located 9 miles east of the city centre.
Telephone: (+4) 0230 529.999
E-mail
Website

Airlines with service to Suceava include Romania's national airline:
Tarom
RyaAir

Trains to / from Suceava

Suceava - Burdujeni Train Station
Gara Suceava
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
RomaniaTourism Transportation section.

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 Intercity Bus

Suceava Bus Terminal
Autogara Suceava
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

Travel to / from Suceava by car

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

Distance from Suceava to:
Bucharest — 282 miles
Arad — 355 miles
Belgrade (Serbia) — 470 miles
Bistrita — 110 miles
Brasov — 190 miles
Budapest (Hungary) — 450 miles
Cluj-Napoca — 200 miles
Constanta — 329
Iasi — 85 miles
Oradea — 285 miles
Piatra Neamt — 60 miles
Prague (Czech Republic) — 735 miles
Satu Mare — 190 miles
Sibiu — 214 miles
Sighetu Marmatiei — 140 miles
Sighisoara — 160 miles
Timisoara — 345 miles
Targu Mures — 220 miles
Tulcea — 370 miles
Vatra Dornei — 70 miles
Vienna (Austria) — 600

Public Transportation

Suceava local transport authorities operates a fleet of buses and minibuses (microbuz) that serve 16 routes connecting Suceava's main areas and tourist attractions.

Suceava Taxi companies

Cristaxi: 0230 522.222
Eurotaxi: 0749 151.515
Taxi SCV: 0749 030.303
Tin Taxi: 0752 522.222

Car rental

Autonom
Address: Str. Nicolae Balcescu 2 and Suceava Airport   Telephone: (+4) 0230 521.101 or (+4) 0748 295.660
E-mail   Website

EuroCars Romania
Address: km 12 E58, Salcea (Suceava Airport)
Tel: (+4) 0727 37 37 99   E-mail   Website

Rent a Car Suceava
Telephone: (+4) 0741 644.169   Website

Rent City Car
Telephone: (+4) 0742 958.031   E-mail   Website

Sixt
Address: "Stefan cel Mare" International Airport   Tel: (+4) 021 94.00 (this is valid short phone #)
E-mail   Website

Cepema Rent a Car
Address: Str. Ana Ipatescu 4   E-mail   Website

Accommodations

Selected Suceava accommodations.

Villa Alice - Four Star Accommodation in Suceava, Romania

Tourist Info

Suceava Tourist Information Centre
Centrul Judetean de Informare Turistica - InfoTurism Suceava

Address: Str. Oituz 15
Telephone: (+4) 0330 803.124
E-mail
Website
Open:
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.

APT Bucovina Information Center
Asociatia pentru Turism Bucovina

Address: Str. Universitatii 15-17; Room 10
Telephone: (+4) 0230 531.977
E-mail
Website

Other Tourist Information Centres in Suceava County:

Gura Humorului Tourist Information Centre

Address: Piata Republicii 14, Gura Humorului
Telephone: (+4) 0230 235.051
E-mail
Website

Cârlibaba Information Centre
Address: Sat Cârlibaba Noua nr. 83
Telephone: (+4) 0230 575.802
E-mail
Website

Ciocănești Tourist Information Centre
Address: Strada Principală 39, Ciocănești
Telephone: (+4) 0230 578.135
E-mail
Website

Vatra Dornei Tourist Information Centre
Address: Str. Mihai Eminescu 17, Vatra Dornei
Telephone: (+4) 0230 375.229
E-mail
Website

Postal Service & Telephone

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 +4 (country code) + 0230 or 0330 (area code) + six-digit telephone number

Suceava - Useful Telephone Numbers

General Emergency (Ambulance, Police, Firefighters): 112

Suceava County Archives
Direcţia Judeţeană Suceava a Arhivelor Naţionale
Telephone: (+4) 0230 203.726
Address: Str. Alexandru cel Bun 45, Suceava
E-mail
Website

Suceava City Hall
Primaria Suceava
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
Website

Maps

Suceava City Map (Harta orasului Suceava)
Romania Maps (Harta Romaniei)