General description for 7 days round trip in Transilvania:
Day 1: CLUJ-NAPOCA
Cluj-Napoca is a vibrant cultural and educational city. The six state and several private universities located here also make Cluj Napoca the city with the largest percentage of student population in Romania.
The main square, resplendent with 18th and 19th century buildings and home to many shops and restaurants, is dominated by the 15th century St. Michael’s Church, one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Romania. The square also claims the 18-th century baroque Banffy Palace, housing the weaponry and Romanian art collections of the Art Museum. Visitors who want to learn more about the region should pay a visit to the open-air section of the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania, a true display of folk architecture. For entertainment, spend an enjoyable evening at the Opera or attend a classical music concert offered by the Cluj Philharmonic.
Accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.
Day 2: CLUJ- NAPOCA – BEARS’ CAVE – DEVA – HUNEDOARA 320 km ~6 h
Bears’s Cave from Chiscau is a masterpiece of nature, unique in Europe. The name of the cave is due to the numerous bear fossils, which were found there, so therefore it represented a favorable place for shelter for the animals that used to live there 15000 years ago. Cave bears were impressively big: about 4 feet tall in 2 feet and a weight of 1000 kg.
Deva Citadel is considered one of the most important fortifications in Transylvania.The fortress was built probably between 1250 and 1260, later becoming a strong fortification, especially after the restauration work of the Habsburgs in the eighteenth century.
Hunyadi Castle in Hunedoara is a building restored and turned into a museum.
Hunyadi Castle or Corvinesti Castle, was built in the fifteenth century by Iancu de Hunedoara. It is an imposing building with high roofs, towers, windows and adorned balconies. Accommodation in Hunedoara.
Day 3: HUNEDOARA- ALBA –IULIA – SEBES – SIBIU 150 km~3 h
Another pearl of Transylvania, which reopened its gates after years of restoration, is the Alba Iulia Citadel. With its seven bastions, guarded by six beautiful gates, the Citadel is the most impressive and visible fortification, built by using the Vauban military architectural system – the largest of this kind in Southeastern Europe.
Every stone of the Fortress breathes in the rhythm of two thousand years of history and offers the visitors the opportunity to travel through the vestiges of three fortifications of three different eras, built successively on the same location, starting from 106 AD until the year 1735.
The ceremonial exchange of the guards in the Citadel, gather every day, but especially on Saturdays, when the ceremony is more spectacular, dozens of tourists, enthusiasts to see a unique show, meant to bring life within the hundreds of years old walls.
The Evangelical Church of Sebes has the highest altar of all churches in Transylvania. Richly decorated with paintings and sculptures, the wooden altar was designed between 1518 and 1526, marking the transition from Gothic to Renaissance.
Sibiu is another spectacular city. It was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels built in the 12th century by the Saxons. Sibiu’s Old Town retains the grandeur of its earlier days: The Large square, existing since 1366 when the third fortification belt of the city was finalized; the Small square, which slopes under the Bridge of Lies towards the Lower Town; The Evangelic Church, the oldest church in Sibiu, dominates The Huet square.
Accommodation in Sibiu.
Day 4: SIBIU – FAGARAS – BRAN 140km ~ 2 h 30 min
Fagaras Fortress – built in the XVth century, was the royal residence of Michael the Brave, who lived here from 1599 to 1600. Fagaras Fortress is from where, the legend says, Negru Voda left to found Wallachia.
The famous castle – Bran, was built in the mid-1300s on the edge of the Bran Pass, considered to be the legendary home of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula.
Stoker’s story is based on the life of Vlad Ţepeş/Vlad the Impaler (1431-1476). Known as one of the Turks’ most feared enemies, he started enforcing the law, by introducing death penalty and impaling all those he considered to be a threat to the state’s security. In reality he was afraid that somebody would try to replace him, such as his step brother, Vlad the Monk or his cousin Dan the Young. People say he was Count Dracula because he used to sign with his father’s name, Dracul “The Devil”, the word alone carrying magic and mystery.
Accommodation in Bran.
Day 5: BRAN – SINAIA – RASNOV – BRASOV 110 km ~2 h 30 min
Few people know that Sinaia, located in a beautiful mountainous region, Prahova Valley, was named after Mount Sinai in Egypt. It is one of the oldest and most famous mountain resorts, often referred to as “The Pearl of the Carpathians”.
Peleș Castle, with its fairytale turrets and pointed towers, was built as a summer residence by Romania’s longest serving monarch, King Carol I, who died and was buried here in 1914, just months after the castle’s completion.
The construction of Peleș took 8 years and the king himself supervised all of the works. That is why the castle exhibits so many German Neo-Renaissance elements, both on the exterior and the interior, with sharp lines, irregular shapes and asymmetrical building wings.
After you have visited the castle and the area, you will understand why the royal couple, Carol I and Elisabeth fell in love with the place and its landscape.
Image: Peles Castle
Cetatea medievala Rasnov, datand din secolul 13, își întâmpină oaspeții cu legende și artefacte menite să readucă la viață vremurile de glorie ale fortăreței de pe stânci.
Rasnov Medieval Fortress, dating from 13th century, welcomes its guests with legends and artifacts meant to revive the glory days of the fortress on the cliffs.
Day 6: BRASOV –SIGHISOARA 120 km ~ 2 h
Braşov is surrounded on three sides by mountains, being a perfect choice for a medieval settlement. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211, the old city is one of the best preserved in all of Europe.
Lined with beautiful red-roofed merchant houses, The Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului), situated in the heart of the old medieval Braşov and known to the Saxon population as the Marktplatz, is one of the finest in the country. The Black Church represents another important landmark of the city, and towers over The Council Square as the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul.
The Saxons settled in Transylvania in the early 11th century. They started to build fortified cities while the people in the villages fortified their churches against migratory tribes. The city of Sighisoara is probably one of the most representative among the over 500 German fortifications, of which only a few are now listed by UNESCO.
This perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for in magic atmosphere. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Ţepeş (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula.
Year after year, on the last weekend of July, Sighişoara is hosting the Medieval Arts and Crafts festival, when the air is filled with a medieval atmosphere more then ever. This event is the perfect occasion to immerse oneself in the lore and legends of medieval Transylvania, enjoying troubadour music, exhibitions, costume parades, handicraft displays, open-air concerts and medieval ceremonies.
Accommodation in Sighisoara.
Day 7: SIGHISOARA – TG MURES- TURDA – CLUJ-NAPOCA 170 km~3 h 30 min
In Targu Mures we suggest visiting: The Palace of culture. The building was originally conceived with two floors, but City Council insisted to add further levels, increasing the space for conservatory, art museum and Art Gallery.
The construction of the palace was assured of brothers Grünwald and company’s plans Komor Marcell Schiffer after and Dezso Jakab. The long hall is 45 meters longer find statues of G. Enescu and L. von Beethoven. The sides of the hall are closed Venetian mirrors.
Turda Salt mine covers an area of approximately 45 km2, and the average thickness of the salt it is around 250 m. Modernization works took place in 2010: an amphitheater was built for concerts and musical auditions; golf course, sports field. The mine was equipped with an elevator, which provides a panoramic view of the mine.
Prices and Dates
Price: 430 Eur/person (valid for minimum of 4 participants)
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