Turnu Severin

Medieval fortress of Drobeta Turnu Severin
Medieval fortress of Drobeta Turnu Severin

Situated on the left bank of the Danube, Drobeta-Turnu Severin – shortened to Severin in conversation – is situated close to the spectacular Iron Gates. The stunning Iron Gates gorge is part of a nature park offering opportunities for bird watching and visiting caves, or awe-inspiring views to experiences as part of a cruise on the Danube River.

The modern area of Turnu Severin was established in the 19th century, but its history dates back as far as Roman times. This can be seen in the ruins of Trajan’s Bridge, a segmental arch erected over the lower Danube that’s considered one of the main achievements of Roman engineering. Also not to be missed is the Medieval Fortress, refurbished in recent times and now used for events in the city.

Take a journey to the top of the Water Tower, built at the start of the 20th century from reinforced concrete. The city’s tallest building, it was used as an observation point in the First World War, but now hosts exhibitions, a museum and is a superb vantage point for admiring the city below.