Dear travelers, we invite you to join us in a fun and revealing UNESCO tour Sibiu – Sighisoara – Viscri! Several settlements in South-East Transylvania are known for their their Saxon and Flemish heritage. Built in the 13-14th century, some of tthem are now part of UNESCO patrimony due to their well preserved architectural beauty. For example, Sighisoara Citadel is a ‘must see’ sight, along with villages like Biertan and Viscri.
The countryside region between the towns of Sibiu, Sighisoara and Brasov is know as the Transylvanian Highlands – the Europe’s last medieval landscape. In consequence, it is such a diversified region with amazing cultural and natural patrimony: old oak tree forests, colorful pastures and meadows, rich fauna, but also fairytale fortified churches and villages.
Most of these places were built hundreds of years ago by the Saxon colonists. Nonetheless, they still preserve their old architectural charm: big houses spread along the main road, large cobbled streets, tall wooden front gates, shady gardens with vineyards and fruit trees. Consequantly, walking through these villages is pure mindful therapy! The whole area is famous for its landscape – no wonder HRH King Charles of England loves it and he comes to visit every year! Moreover, in Viscri, King Charles owns a lovely old Saxon household that can be visited and where guests discover a lot of interesting things about his activity in the region,
It is one of my favorite tours as we spend a lot of time outdoors, we visit idyllic villages, meet local people and enjoy great views. As I grew up among Saxon and Hungarian people, I am fond of multicultural life and sustainable tourism so this tour is a great opportunity to talk more about ethnic tolerance and local civilisation.
This day tour normally starts and ends up in Sibiu. Certainly, we can easily customize it, with departure and/ or arrival also in Brasov. The start hour and the meeting location are always set together with our guests.
The meeting location and the departure are set according to our guests’ requests.
This is a UNESCO day tour Sibiu – Sighisoara – Biertan including the fortified Saxon villages of Transylvania with a customizable itinerary. The tour includes the visit in Viscri and Sighisoara. This will be a road trip in the beautiful countryside of Transylvania, thus you will see local life and pass through many traditional villages, enjoy idyllic landscape.
The exact route and time spent in each location depends on your preference, weather and traffic conditions. In Viscri, we’ll have a relaxing stroll through the village and its gardens, visit the fortified church and pass by King Charles house. Obviously, we’ll talk about HRH activitity in TRansylvania and his close relationship with the local communities.
There are only a few restaurant options in Sighisoara, therefore, for a more authentic experience, you can try a traditional Transylvanian – home-cooked lunch in Viscri or Crit village, at a local family! (extra 20 Euro/person; min. 2 people required).
The UNESCO Sighisoara Citadel is Europe’s best preserved and still inhabited medieval fortress. Built on top of a hill overlooking Transylvania’s hills, Saxon influences are still so visible. I will show you colorful houses, details and stories so you can see the charm of Sighisoara!
During our walk, we’ll follow cobbled, narrow streets, talk about Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) and his amazing life story, visit the famous old graveyard and the Evangelical Church on the top of the hill. We’ll explore the citadel and the former walls and fortification towers. At the end of the tour, you can take a lunch or coffee break in the main square with a great view.
Main places to visit:
– the Evangelical Church on the hill (Europa Nostra Award for restoration)
– the old Saxon cemetery
– the Furriers’ Tower and bastion
– the famous Clock Tower
– the Iron Tower and its local exhibition
– the Catholic Church
– the Evangelical Church, former monastery
– the Maps and Guns Museum
… and the House on the Rock, a great palce for good coffee and delicious cakes!
How was it possible for a tiny village hidden in the Transylvanian Highlands to win King Charles heart?
To answer this question, we invite you to a lovely walk through the village where we’ll talk about the village and its community, the amazing story of how it became so popular and how a few people totally transformed it.
With a population of about 450 people, it is arguably the most popular village in Transylvania. Not only is it a Unesco World Heritage site but HRH King Charles has owned a traditional farmhouse here since 2006.
The King fell for the area’s historic beauty more than two decades ago. For years he has helped develop schemes to preserve heritage architecture and what his local foundation describes as a “way of life unchanged for hundreds of years”, a place that has preserved its old identity, the simple architecture and a rich flora and fauna.
What we’ll do?
– stroll through the village and its gardens
– visit the fortified church
– visit local artisans and craftsmen
– visit King Charles House
– have lunch with a local family (optional*)
Read more about Viscri village!
This is a day trip which starts in and ends up in Sibiu. But, we can customize it and start the tour or finish the tour in Brasov, according to our guests’ program.
It is quite a long day so we included only Sighisoara and Viscri to visit. An extra short visit might include the UNESCO fortified churches in Biertan and / or in Saschiz.