No other region in Romania has more churches than Bukovina. But today I want to talk about some other attractions from Bukovina that are sometimes overlooked.
If you like hiking, then this is the perfect place for you. And if you don’t, then don’t despair because you can drive up to an altitude of 1520 m. The sight is spectacular. The only people you will see here are other tourists and shepherds. During the evening if you are lucky you can hear the shepherd calling his sheep so he can milk them. But I won’t tell you how. I will let you discover yourself.
The wooden spoons collection “Ioan Tugui”
Some people collect stamps, some napkins, and some coins. Well, after you see the Rarau you could go to Campulung Moldovenesc where there is an unusual museum: for wooden spoons. There are more than 5000 spoons and each one has its own history. And not all spoons are from Romania. The collector found and placed in the museum spoons from the United States of America, Mexico, Japan, China, New Zeeland, or Pakistan. Also, you won’t just see some spoons, but also the tools for carving them.
Lucia Condrea Egg Museum
Another unique collection is found in Moldovita. A very beautiful Romanian custom is that of painting eggs during Eastern. But the people from Moldovita use a different technique (not just paint, but also wax). In this village live the Hutsuls, an ethnic group that created this technique in order for their eggs to be as colorful as their life. At Lucia Condrea’s museum, you can see how to paint an egg using this technique, eggs painted by Lucia Condrea, old painted eggs collected from the village, and (my favorite part of the exhibitions) eggs painted by foreigners. Painted is a loose term. Some of them are carved, and some of them represent Christmas and not Eastern. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful part of the exhibition.
A trip with the steam train
After you finish seeing the egg museum, then you could fulfill your childhood dream of riding an old train and feel like you are in a period movie. During the trip, you will see the amazing Bukovina with its beautiful forests and the old houses near the railroad. Also, the locals are very friendly, and they would wave their hands while the train passes.
Another unique attraction from Bukovina is a statue of a palm. Imagine this: you are driving on a road from Bukovina, there are trees on the right and on the left of the road and suddenly you see a huge statue of a palm. You should stop and take in the place. Firstly, the view is amazing: you are 1000 meters above sea level. This is the perfect place for resting before you go to see the rest of Bukovina.
But why is there a statue of a palm there? In the past, a team was hired to make the road that you drive. As I mentioned, it is very high, and the conditions were harsh. The team split into two: one crew started from Sadova and the other from Radauti and when they met they high-fived. It was decided that a statue should be put in the place where they had met in order to thank them for their work.
Marginea Black Ceramics
The best advice I can give to you is that you must go here on workdays so you can see the potters work. They are very patient and explain their history (this place is unique in Europe), and how they make the vases, mugs, plates. And you can also buy their masterpieces!
If you aren’t the religious type and avoided Bukovina because you believed that there are only churches here, then I hope that I proved to you just how many beautiful places this region hides. And this is a shortlist.