Our next stop was the capital city of the historical region of Western Moldavia, in northeastern Romania. Because of its privileged location in the Eastern Carpathian Mountains, Piatra-Neamƫ is considered one of the most picturesque cities in Romania. It lies in the valley of the Bistriƫa River and is surrounded by mountains. It is first documented in the 14th century as Piatra lui Crăciun, or Camena, a market town where fairs were held. Stephen the Great of Moldavia built the Church of St. John there in 1497–98, a classic example of ornate Moldavian architecture. The Bistriƫa Monastery, founded at the beginning of the 15th century by Prince Alexander the Good and rebuilt in 1554 by Prince Alexander Lăpuşneanu, is 8 km west of Piatra-Neamƫ. In the afternoon we took a cable car (30 ROL) to ski resort Pârtia de schi Cozla from where we got a great view of the city.

Parking location – Piatra Neamț: 46.929784N 26.361075E (🚻)