This Snagov Church and Mogosoaia Palace Tour is a great half-day trip from Bucharest that includes two of the most beautiful monuments around Bucharest.
This tour is the ideal option if you're looking for a shorter day trip from Bucharest while discovering two of the must-see attractions around the capital, both of great importance for the history of Southern Romania from the past centuries.
We'll visit one of the most important Orthodox churches in Romania, Snagov Church, famous for its impressive fresco paintings, among the most valuable in the country.
We continue with a tour of Mogosoaia Palace, the best civil example of the original architectural style that appeared in the late 17th century, during the time of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu.
Dating from more than three centuries ago, the palace of Mogosoaia was one of his many residences built in this unique architectural mix of local, Oriental and Occidental influences. Today, the palace is one of the few monuments that still exist from the time of his reign.
Snagov Church and Mogosoaia Palace Tour is available from Tuesday to Sunday.
Tour also suited for seniors.
This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.
We visit first Snagov Church and afterward the Mogosoaia Palace tour. Optional trip to the Palace of Potlogi upon request.
First mentioned in the 14th century, only the church survives today from the Monastery of Snagov that was once one of the richest in Southern Romania, empowered by local princes with villages and significant donations.
One of these princes was the famous Vlad the Impaler who over centuries inspired the myth of Dracula. During his reign, the monastery was surrounded by fortification walls, and a bridge was built to connect it to the mainland as the church is located on a small island in the middle of Snagov Lake.
The monument suffered numerous changes throughout the years and including the monastery precincts disappeared. The belfry, the fountain and the actual church are the only surviving elements. Inside the first room of the church, the narthex, you can still observe the original paintings from the 16th century. In the past years, the church became famous as the burial place of Vlad the Impaler although this claim was never supported by historical proof.
Built by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu in 1702, half-way through his time as ruler of Southern Romania, the Palace of Mogosoaia was one of the most luxurious residences of the time, a symbol of his economic power and love of art, a true masterpiece from the vast fortune of the prince the Ottomans called ‘Altan Bey’ (the Prince of Gold).
The best civil example of the architectural style he developed and inspired, the palace was destined to be the residence of his second son. Nonetheless, he never got to use it as the glamorous residence, with rock-carved loggias, painted walls and luxurious decorations was devastated by the Turks after the prince’s beheading in 1714.
The monument only found its glory in the first decades of the 20th century when one of the most original aristocrats of the time, Princess Martha Bibescu invest her fortune and energy into bringing the ruined palace back to life.
Like Mogosoaia Palace, Potlogi was also built by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, this time for his first-born son. The palace was inaugurated in 1699 when he became the first prince appointed for life by the Ottoman Empire.
Half-way between Bucharest and Targoviste, the two official princely residences, Potlogi Palace had a strategic location in the plans of Constantin Brancoveanu. Similar to Mogosoaia, the palace from Potlogi is also a representative monument for the ‘Brancovenesc’ style.
We include the visit to Potlogi Palace in the itinerary only upon request.Back to top
Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.
Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.
Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes
Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.
Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.
High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.
Total: All about culture.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.
High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.
Total: All about history.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.
High: Most activities take place in nature.
Total: All about nature.
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Snagov Church, Mogosoaia Palace, Potlogi Palace (optional)
Discount rates for children
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Our tour with Uncover Romania was great. Diana, our tour guide, was very professional, courteous & knowledgeable about Romanian history, culture & the places we visited. I would definitely recommend Uncover Romania for your next tour.Read more
Strengthened in the medieval time by Prince Vlad the Impaler, the monastery of Snagov is one of the most important religious monuments in Southern Romania.