"A little history on Ploiesti" Top 5 Page for this destination Ploiesti by DSwede

Ploiesti Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 52 photos


Ploiesti is one of the larger cities of Romania, and can claim among other things to be the birth place of gasoline/petrol industry for Europe. Ploeisti is not as developed as Bucharesti, but is not far behind.

Part of the reason that Ploeisti still requires improvements, besides the local economic situation, is because the city was nearly destroyed in WWII. The town of Campina, which is just to the north, has the world?s oldest commercial petroleum refinery, and Ploiesti took suit and became one of the worlds largest and advanced refinery areas. The Germans sought to control this area in order to have fuel to drive their army. The Allies knew this and therefore relentlessly bombed and air-raided the city. It was the furthest south bombing run that the Allies performed because this city was the longest run the planes could make from their bases without running out of fuel.

Ploiesti as Base Camp

I lived here in Ploiesti for several months, and used this a base camp to explore the areas. Brasov, Bran, Sinaia, Busteni and Bucharesti are relatively close. I made a few longer road trips to go out and see Constansta, Hunedoara, Sighisoara and Slanic.

Take a look at some of my general observations of Romania.

(for more pictures, feel free to visit my Romania Gallery. If you enjoy the pictures, please leave a comment.)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Central location makes for day trips quite possible.
  • Cons:You may run out of things to do in a couple of days.
  • In a nutshell:A blue collar city, with a long rich history and some of the more educated population.
  • Intro Updated Apr 5, 2011
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Good info! The glass ware looks rather interesting, perhaps unique to Romania?

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    Dave, another interesting page about Romania here. We only passed Ploiesti by train on the way from Bucharest to Brasov.

  • Delia_Madalina's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    I can't believe you wrote about the kidnapping of the bride. :)) It's the local habit all around Romania. It seams you fully integrated while you were here.

  • edvin_br's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Hey! amazing sunset picture... how you did it?! :) finally i see a Ploiesti page that i like... nice

  • BarryAir's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    I wonder if there may be a lot of WW2 aircraft remains in the area? It would be fun finding stuff like that. Barry in Louisiana...

  • was_the_beav's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    I love your opening rainy sunset photo...what a lovely place. I can't imagine reception being rude to you...I could talk with you for hours. xo

  • codrutz's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2006 at 8:05 AM

    Pizza Jinx? :)))) lol .. did you have bad luck after eating there? :)) Now, seriously, please tell me what camera do you use!!


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