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.
Built by Bogdan the 3rd and his son, Stefanita Voda, between 1514 and 1552 to serve as the Metropolitan Church of Moldavia, St. 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.
Address: Str. Armeneasca 8
Telephone: 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, the monastery of Patrauti is the oldest surviving religious site founded by Stephen the Great. Murals, dating from around 1550, can still be admired on the west façade. In 1775, soon after Bucovina was annexed to the Habsburg Empire, the monastery was turned into a parish church. Today, only the church and a wooden bell tower are still standing from the original monastic complex.
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Location: 6 miles north of Suceava
Telephone: 0230 533.839
Access: car, bus from Suceava to Mitocu Dragorinei
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.
Where: 26 miles east of Suceava, 18 miles north of Gura Humorului
Access: car, bus
Access: The easiest way to visit the Painted Monasteries is by car; a 30-minute drive (or less) separates one from another.
Excursions and day trips are also available from Suceava and Gura Humorului.
Independent travelers who prefer not to rent a car or hire a private guide can take a 'guaranteed departure' tour of the Painted Monasteries offered by local tour operator Hello Bucovina.
The village of Marginea, located just 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: Campulung Moldovenesc
The small 14th century logging town of Campulung Moldovenesc offers good access to hiking trails in the Rarau Mountains during summertime, as well as cross-country ski trails in wintertime. Here, you can also visit the unusual Wooden Spoons Museum (Str. Gheorghe Popovici 3; Open Tue. – Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Admission Charge) as well as the Wood Carving Museum (Calea Transilvaniei 10; Open Tue. – Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Admission Charge).
Location: 49 miles west of Suceava
Nearest train station: Campulung Moldovenesc
The village, located just 6 miles west of Campulung Moldovenesc, is home to several woodcarving artisans and a workshop for painting icons on glass.
Location: 65 miles southwest of Suceava
Nearest train station: Vatra Dornei
A fashionable spa resort during Habsburg times, today Vatra Dornei is a year-round destination featuring 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."
Apart from wine tasting, visitors can tour Cotnari's other attractions, such as cellars dating back to the time of Stephen the Great (1457-1504), where over 6 million liters of wine are aged in oaken barrels. The winemaking plant produces 4 to 6 million bottles a year and boasts a collection of more than 800,000 bottles.
Cotnari winery offers wine-tasting sessions and tours of the cellars and factory. Every year on September 14, wine connoisseurs celebrate the harvest here.
Location: 85 miles southeast of Suceava
Airlines with service to Suceava:
Direct flights from/to: Bucharest (OTP)
For flight schedules and fares please visit: www.tarom.ro
Suceava Station - Burdujeni (Gara Suceava)
Address: Str. Nicoale Iorga 7
Telephone: 0230 517.117
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:
SNCFR's Advance Booking Office (Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR Suceava)
Address: Str. Balcescu 8
Tel: 0230 214.335
Open: Mon. - Fri. 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Closed Sat. & Sun.
You can get train schedule information and make reservations up to 24 hours in advance at this office. Tickets for same-day travel can only be purchased at the station.
Suceava Main Bus Station (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
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: 0741 644.169
Address: Str. Stefan cel Mare 36
Telephone: 0230 551.241
Open: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Closed Sat. & Sun.
The Tourist Information Center provides maps, brochures and information on accommodations, restaurants and transportation.
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Post offices display a postal horn symbol and the word Posta.
Address: Str. Dimitrie Onciu 1
Telephone: 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
Ambulance (Ambulanta) – 112
Police(Politia) – 112
Fire Department (Pompierii) – 112
Local & County Archives (Arhivele locale) – 0230 203.726, Address: Str. Stefan cel Mare 33 Suceava 720023
City Hall (Primaria) – 0230 212.696
Better Business Bureau (Oficiul pentru Protectia Consumatorilor) – 0230 530.876
Suceava Emergency Hospital(Spitalul Judetean de Urgenta) – 0230 222.098, Address: Blvd. 1 Decembrie 1918, nr. 21