Suceava Romania

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

A former capital of the region of Moldova (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 (northeastern Romania). Suceava is also the gateway to visiting the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina - UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Town of Suceava has some noteworthy attractions of its own: the Saint George's Church (UNESCO World Heritage), Bucovina Ethnography Museum (hoe to an impressive collection of folk costumes and traditional tools and household objects as well as the remains of Suceava Princely Court. Other sights of interest, 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.

Suceava Sights and 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
Built during the reign of voivode Petru Musat, at the end of the 14th century, Suceava fortress was later enlarged and strengthened by Alexandru cel Bun to hold off invading Ottoman Turks. Voivode Stephan the Great (1457 – 1504) added the moat, 105-foot-tall defensive walls, and defensive towers that enabled the fortress it to withstand the artillery of Mehmmed II, conqueror of Constantinople. The fortress was destroyed by the Ottomans 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, Hanul Domnesc (inn) served for a long time a favorite meeting point for the Moldovian princes and noblemen court as they returned from hunting in the thick forests near Suceava; hence its name, the Princely Inn. The ground floor dates from the beginning of the 17th century. The second floor was added at the beginning of the 19th century when the inn served as a hunting lodge of the Hapsburg rulers. Today, the Princely Inn is home to the Bucovina Ethnograpy 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: daily 8 a.m. to 8 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.
St. George church's frescoes resembles those at monasteries 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 beginning of the 17th century. According to an inscription, the bell-tower was built in 1606.

Saint Demetrius Church

Biserica Sfantul 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 voivode 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 watch/ 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)

Sinagoga Gah
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


Suceava 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
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
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
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 si Sfant). Stephen defeated a large invading Ottoman army in the Battle of Vaslui, in 1475. His long resistance to Ottoman Turks made Pope Sixtus IV to referr to Stephen the Great as Athleta Christi ("Champion of Christ").;br /: The years following Stephen's wars against the Ottoman Empire have been described as the era of "cultural policies" and "great architectural upsurge"; more than a dozen stone churches were erected at Stephen's initiative after 1487.

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
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

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

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

Fundu' Moldovei
Location: 50 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

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

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

Trip Planning Info

Suceava Transportation

Air transportation to / from Suceava

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

Airlines with service to Suceava include:
Air Connect

International airports located not very far from Suceava include:
Iasi (IAS) - 95 miles southeast of Suceava
Bacău (BCM) - 90 miles south of Suceava.

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 4
Telephone: (+4) 0330 100.359
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 Inter-city Bus

Suceava Bus Terminals

Autogara TASA - Suceava
Address: Str. Traian Vuia 7
Telephone: (+4) 0230 524.340 Website

Autogara InterTrans - Suceava
Address: Str. Ion Creangă 2
Telephone: (+4) 0752 311.144

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

An alternative, scenic route, from Bucharest to Suceava is via E60 - E 578 – 12C – 15C:
Bucuresti –Sinaia – Brasov – Miercurea Ciuc – Gheorghieni – Piatra Neamt – Targu Neamt – Suceava

To reach Suceava from Cluj Napoca to Suceava take route E 576 then E 58:
Cluj Napoca –- Bistrita –- Vatra Dornei -- Campulung Moldovenesc -- Gura Humorului -- Suceava

Road Distance from/to Suceava:
City Distance
Bucharest 285 miles
Arad 355 miles
Baia Mare 185 miles
Brasov 190 miles
Budapest (Hungary) 450 miles
Cluj-Napoca 210 miles
Constanta 340 miles
Iasi 85 miles
Oradea 285 miles
Satu Mare 230 miles
Sibiu 220 miles
Sighisoara 190 miles
Targu Mures 220 miles
Timisoara 345 miles
Vienna (Austria) 590 miles


Suceava Public Transportation

Suceava local transport authority (SC Transport Public Local SA) operates 8 bus and 11 minibus (microbuz) routes that connect Suceava's main areas and tourist attractions. Tickets can be purchased on-boad. Cost of one ticket/ trip is the equivalent of 0.45 $ US.

Suceava Taxi

Suceava Taxi Companies
NamePhone #
Cristaxi (+4) 0230 522.222
Eurotaxi(+4) 0749 151.515
Taxi SCV (+4) 0749 030.303
Tin Taxi (+4) 0752 522.222

Car rental

Suceava Airport - km 12 E58, Salcea and Suceava city centre, Str. Nicolae Balcescu 2
Telephone: (+4) 0230 521.101 or (+4) 0748 295.660

Cepema Rent a Car
Address: Str. Ana Ipatescu 4
Cepema also offers car and driver service / Bucovina Monasteries tours with private car and driver.

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

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

Rent City Car
Telephone: (+4) 0742 958.031

Suceava International Airport
Tel: (+4) 021 94.00 (this is valid short phone #)


Suceava Accommodations

Accommodations in Suceava include:

Hotel Name Class Location
Vila Alice boutique / upper-midscale town centre
Continental three-star / midscale town centre
Sonnehof four-star / upper-midscale 1.5 miles southwest of Suceava town centre
Mandachi four-star / upper-midscale 2 miles southwest of Suceava town centre
Rezidenz three-star / midscale 3.5 miles northeast of Suceava town centre
Conacul Domnesc three-star / midscale 2.5 miles north of Suceava town centre
Zamca three-star / midscale one mile north of town centre


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
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

Other Tourist Information Centres in Suceava County:

Gura Humorului Tourist Information Centre

Address: Piata Republicii 14, Gura Humorului
Telephone: (+4) 0230 235.051

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

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

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

Postal Service & Telephone

Post offices display a postal horn symbol and the word Posta.

Suceava Main Post Office
Oficiul Postal Suceava
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 General Emergency (Ambulance, Police, Firefighters): 112

Suceava Local Auhorities

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

Suceava Town Hall
Primaria Suceava
Telephone: (+4) 0230 212.696

Suceava Consumer Protection Agency
Comisariatul Judeţean pentru Protecţia Consumatorilor Suceava
Address: Bd. George Enescu 2, bloc 7
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


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