Piatra Neamt is considered to be one of the most picturesque cities in Romania and is said to be the pearl of Moldova region.
The city is surrounded by mountains that add to the beauty of the place. We arrived very tired after our last trips so we decided to start with a break. You might know by now that Romanians really like starting everything with a break....;)
Snack something @Nenea Iancu
Medieval views: Royal Court
"The freestanding entrance tower located to the northwest of the church and nicknamed Stephen's Tower. Its main purpose was and is a bell tower, but it also played a secondary role as observation tower, allowing guards to watch over the BistriÈa River and the roads leading to the Neamt Citadel and Roman, picking out enemies and seeking refuge from them."(Source)
"The Nativity of St. John the Baptist Church located at Piata Libertatii, Piatra Neamt City, Romania, is a Romanian Orthodox church. Established by Prince Stephen the Great of Moldavia, it was built in 1497-1498 as part of his royal court in the town [...] The church is entered through a Gothic-style stone portal that combines common elements with new concepts. (Source)
Saint Joseph Catholic church strikes with an very hard to realize architecture design. The church is done out of wooden arcades which do not have any supporting piles under them, the architect Razvan Fodor is considered one of the best ones in the area.
Breakfast @Crepes d'Art
Before getting on the cable car, what about breakfast @Crepes d'Art? Seriously, excellent pancakes, great service and perfect way to start your day.
Take the cable car
You can take it from next to the station and it will bring you up on Cozia mountains at 650m offering a great view over Piatra Neamt
and here the view from the cable car :)
Once up, you can get a nice view over the Batca Doamnei lake (see picture at top), and you can buy souvenirs or just enjoy some local food.
We only had a few hours in Piatra Neamt so hopefully we can go there back again. Make sure you plan more time to enjoy this lovely city.