Iasi is blessed with centuries-old monasteries, cathedrals and palaces, which complement its wealth of engaging museums and central gardens and parks. The lively university city also boasts contemporary flair with its large shopping malls, theatres and thriving nightlife.
Things to do in Iaşi
The 365-roomed Palace of Culture is the hub of history and culture within Iasi and features four museums. Visit the Art Museum to witness over 8,700 works by notable artists, such as Paolo Veronese, Pietro Liberi and Carlo Dolci. Enter Moldavia's History Museum to admire a 70,000-year-old mammoth skull and Roman artefacts, before seeing traditional fishing and hunting implements in the Ethnographic Museum of Moldavia. Don’t miss the energetics, sound and computer exhibits at the Science and Technology Museum.
If you prefer to spend your time surrounded by nature, head to the Iași Botanical Garden to enjoy its scenic walking trails, tranquil duck pond and seasonal flowers. It’s next door to the Iași Exhibition Park, where you can see manicured hedges and native trees.
You can’t miss the iconic Metropolitan Cathedral in the centre of Iasi, which showcases 19th-century Italian-Renaissance architecture and intricate mosaics. Afterwards, venture over to the Ion Creanga Museum, where you can learn more about the famous Romanian writer, Ion Creanga, while seeing his original documents and photographs in a 19th-century house.
Need some retail therapy? Browse the European fashion retailers and jewellers at Iulius Mall, which also features a cinema. The city’s historic centre also boasts a range of local and international dining options, from beer and hearty British fare at London Pub to delicious Italian cuisine at El Barin.
Getting around Iaşi
Iasi is about six kilometres from Iasi International Airport and has regular train and bus connections to Bucharest. You can easily explore the city using buses, trams, taxis or hire cars. Walking is ideal in certain parts of the city.