Transylvania

 

There must be something with Transylvania… something that attracts so much… Hollywood has made movies in and about Transylvania, authors have written famous books about it, tourist guides all over the world promote it, and personalities visit it. Why does Transylvania attract though?

The famous New York Times wrote once about a mythical Transylvania with medieval buildings so well-preserved over the centuries; The Toronto Star described Transylvania as a charming land; The Telegraph describes it as “the land beyond the forests”, a mystical and magical place; Le Figaro called it the “living heart of Europe” and, more recently, the famous Lonely Planet nominated Transylvania as the travel region #1 for 2016!

Transylvania is so beautiful that it captivated even the Prince of Whales who often comes here to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Saxon villages. The famous Top Gear show cast was astounded by the most spectacular road in Transylvania – Transfagarasan.

We invite you to join us and discover Transylvania; it will be an unforgettable experience!

SIBIU

Little Square, Sibiu

Sibiu means history, culture, traditions, architectural patrimony, events, gastronomy, legends with barons and knights, witches, villains, heroes, artists, personalities or simple people.

During 825 years of existence in these places, the dwellers of Sibiu, be they Saxons, Romanias, Armenians, Greeks or Hungarians have worked very hard and contributed to the development of the nowadays town. The Large Square, the Little Square, the Huet Square, the Goldsmiths’ Square, the Schiller Square, all of these differentiate themselves through the diversity of elements that connect them: passages, narrow tunnels and even a bridge.

Sibiu was European Capital of Culture in 2007 and yes, we are proud of this! There were more than 2000 cultural and sports events organized in Sibiu and almost 1 milion tourists. This was a crucial year for us; Sibiu became more visible world wide and it totally changed its image.  The Green Michelin Guide awarded Sibiu 3 stars and tourist magazines all over the world talk about a surprising Sibiu.

Things won’t stop here… There are many other surprises left for our guests:). In 2019 Sibiu is European Region of Gastronomy – a great event dedicated to the local cuisine.

 

BRASOV

Council Square, Brasov

 

The Saxons built the Brasovia fortress, at the bottom of the Tampa massif, at the end of the 12th century. The Teutons enforced the fortress around 1211. A walk through the historic center of Braşov is like a travelling in time. We shall visit the old defensive walls at the feet of Tâmpa massif, the Weavers’ Bastion, the Graft bastion, the Blacksmiths’ tower the Black and the White Tower, the Ecatherina Gate and the Schei Gate.

Quite impressive is, of course, the Black Church. Bearing a tumultuous history through harsh times, today it is known as the greatest Gothic monument in South-East Transylvania. If you come to Braşov you shouldn’t miss the “Rope Street”. Yes, indeed, it is the most narrow street in Romania!

In Piata Sfatului (the Council Square) you will be captivated by the warm and diversified hue of the buildings and the architectural mix.

A city rich in history like Braşov has so many legends to reveal; the story of the trumpeter in the watch tower, Apollina Hirscher’s story, the conflicts Dracula had with the Saxon tradesmen, the legend of the apprentice from the Black Church…all of them give flavor to your visit in Braşov

 

SIGHISOARA

Dracula’s House, Sighisoara

The oldest medieval fortress still lived nowadays…

UNESCO heritage monument, the citadel of Sighisoara is just amazing. The medieval atmosphere welcomes you everywhere, its an exercise of imagination. The cobbled streets join you along the fortified walls till the covered stairs. 175 steps must be climbed to reach above the citadel, on the hill. There is the evangelical church, the old Saxon graveyard, the place where the ghost stories are born, the place haunted by Dracula’s spirit at midnight…

The fortress was built by the Saxon colonists in the 13th century; the community here developed quickly and guilds were formed. The guilds built walls and towers. That’s why, today, all of these towers bear the name of a guild.

But Sighisoara is famous for something else… Who hasn’t heard of Vlad Tepes or Dracula? It is said that he was born in Sighisoara and he spent his childhood years here. It will be the perfect place to discover who Dracula really was…

ALBA IULIA

Alba Iulia

The fortress of Alba Iulia is, most probably, the biggest and most beautiful fortress in Romania. It has all the reasons… It has always been the bone of contention desired by the Romans, by the Saxon colonists, by Romanians, by Austro-Hungarians…The fortress was brought into light during the 18th century – “La Belle Epoque” when a striking Vauban ensemble was built here. Built at the request of Carol VI, the emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the fortress was really imposing: seven bastions, six entrance gates, all of them linked by strong defensive walls and bridges.

Our visit includes the tour of the three fortification lines, the entrance gates, changing the guard, the artillery, the bastions, the weapon hall, the prisons and the torture place, the Romano-Catholic Church, the Orthodox Cathedral and the Union Hall.

 

 

 


CASTLES AND CHURCHES

 

The BRAN CASTLE

Bran Castle

Thousands of tourists visit it every year… It is one of the most famous castles in Europe, the place always associated to…Dracula. Is it a myth or reality? Nobody knows exactly.

History says that this castle has no link with Vlad Tepes (the Impeller)… The legends say something else; the castle is identical to the one described by Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula.

The story of the castle is really complicated; it is a story about Teutonic knights, Saxons tradesmen, kings and emperors, a story about important names in history, among them Queen Mary of Romania… and Dracula.

 

 

 

 

The CORVINI CASTLE

One of the most beautiful medieval castles in Europe. It belonged to one of the most famous Hungarian princes in Transylvania, Iancu de Hunedoara. Its story is full of great legends and mysteries and it will definitely impress you by its size and fortifications.

During our tour we’ll learn more about its former owners, we’ll visit the prison, the torture room, its Knights’ room, the Prince’s room, different towers, the castles well (which has a great story) and even the enclosure where the prisoners were given to the bears:). Check-in and see why Lonely Planet included it on the “must-see” list.

 

 The PELES and PELISOR CASTLES (Sinaia)

Peles Castle

Started by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls.

  • Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electrical current. The electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant.
  • The first movie projection in Romania took place in 1906 in the castle’s Theater Room.

Over 4,000 European and Oriental pieces dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries are on display in the armories.

 

Pelisor Castle

King Ferdinand, who succeeded Carol I, commissioned the smaller, art nouveau-style Pelisor Castle nearby. Pelisor’s 70 rooms feature a unique collection of turn-of-the century Viennese furniture and Tiffany and Lalique glassware.

These are, by far, the most astonishing castles in Romania!

 

 

The FAGARAS CASTLE

Located between Sibiu and Brasov the Fagaras Castle is among the best preserved ten medieval castles in Europe according to Hufffington Post! It’s a great place built by the former Hungarian-Transylvanian Prices as a defensive castle and residence. Unfortunately, history can, sometimes, be so cruel. Life in Transylvania wasn’t very easy-going in the Medieval times and the castle was a vulnerable target for the invaders.

In the Communist times the castles was sent to ruin… It became a terrible prison for the opponents of the regime. After many years in which it was totally abandoned the castle was restored and open, again, for the public. It’s a wonderful place which really deserves a visit!

 

The fortified church in PREJMER

Prejmer fortress

The church from Prejmer is one of the most important tourist attractions in Transylvania; it is a UNESCO heritage monument and it has been awarded 3 stars in the Green

Michelin Guide Book.

It is said that the church and the citadel that surrounds it have been built by the Teutonic knights somewhere around the 18th century. Being always in the way of the intruders, Sigismund de Luxembourg has ordered its fortification in the 15th century. They built thick walls, bastions, iron gates, mobile bridges and a water ditch.

 

 

The fortified church in HARMAN

Herman

The town and the church have been mentioned in documents in 1240. The story of the church in Harman resembles the one in Prejmer. The Teutonic knights were the ones that put its basis. The church was reinforced in the 15th century and it was transformed into a real citadel with thick walls, towers and bulwarks. It was invincible in front of the attacks of the enemies…just the pests, the fires

and floods were stronger. See you in Harman to learn why

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fortified church in VISCRI

Who hasn’t heard of the fortified church in Viscri? Its German name Weisskirch talks about a “white church”. The tradition has been kept because the walls of the church are still white. The citadel in Viscri is the oldest fortified church in Transylvania, a UNESCO monument that has been restored by the foundation led by Prince Charles of Great Britain.

 

The fortress from RASNOV

Rasnov fortress

You will be certainly impressed by the fortress in Rasnov…Built in the 15th century, the fortress resisted so well in front of the enemies. Its 5m tall walls and 8 bastions were unbeatable. Inside the fortress the community was so well organized; there was an inner garden, barns for animals, rooms for people, warehouses and a well…there are so many stories about this well…

 

 

 

 


The fortified church in BIERTAN

One of the best defended churches in Transylvania and a UNESCO monument. These are just a few reasons to visit Biertan. They are not the only ones, nevertheless; you come to Biertan in order to see the old sacristy door with its 17 lockers, the beautiful aisle, the massive walls, the guild flags, the marital prison, the Bacon Tower, the covered stairs…

 

 

 

Other amazing castles and fortresses on the “must-see” list in Transylvania!

  • The great fortresses in Rupea and Feldioara
  • The fortified church of Cristian;
  • The fortified church of Calnic;
  • The church from Malancrav;
  • The former Cistercian Abbey in Cârta and the story of the Cistercian Monks from the beginning of the XIIIth century who came from France to build an abbey in Transylvania;
  • The church from Crit;
  • The fortified church in Hosman and the Old Mill;
  • The fortified church in Cisnadie – where you’ll see the first lightening rod in Transylvania;
  • The citadel in Cisnadioara: the fortress on the St. Michael Hill, hidden in the woods. Thick stone walls and a former abandoned church…
  • The fortified churches in Alma Vii and Mosna;
  • The fortified church in Saschiz and the delicious jams in the village.

Now, you have plenty of them to choose!:)