With its lush forests and surreal landscapes, Transylvania is definitely among Romania’s top attractions. It’s a defining part of the region’s cultural identity and with this, you would inevitably start thinking about Dracula’s Legend.
However, behind the thick forest fog of Transylvania, attractions go far more than the vampire legend.
If time is of the essence, then you have come to the right place. We have put together a list of 4 landmarks you shouldn’t miss during your trip to Transylvania and you only need 2 days to visit them all.
Boasting the title of being the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe, Sighisoara holds a high place in the eyes of every Romanian. Its atmosphere and beauty still have an authentic presence that rivals that from any medieval movie.
The citadel itself is a UNESCO Monument and many efforts are made to maintain its allure as it was back in the day in olden Transylvania.
Attractions include all the elements you would expect in a gothic novel from the previous centuries and they range from walls, towers, narrow pavements and the iconic clock tower!
Prepare for battle!
This is what Rasnov Fortress inspires to each tourist who gets to sit on its walls and takes a view of the splendid panorama of the entire valley of Transylvania.
Attractions go far beyond physical experience – imagine the entire valley would be the site of numerous battles. There, armies would often face off against each other right at the base of the fortress.
While nowadays the fortress only serves as a tourist attraction, the warlike atmosphere and breathtaking views still remain.
Inside, you will get to see stalls and shops where smiths were practicing their craft. A museum of feudal art that curates many weapons, tools, armors, and memorabilia from the fortress’ past.
3. Peles Castle
If there are words to describe the Peles Castle, then “the Pearl of the Carpathians” definitely does it justice.
It is one of Romania’s main tourist objectives and a big reason why Sinaia, the town in central Romania, is receiving a lot of attention throughout the year!
The castle was built at the initiative of the first king of Romania, Carol I. And it’s a masterful work of Germanic architecture and boasts the title of being the first castle in Europe to have centralized heating and electricity.
4. Bran Castle
No piece of writing about Transylvania is complete without mentioning the legendary Dracula’s Castle.
The castle atop a hill, the gloomy forest landmass behind it overnight on a full moon, elements which are definitely a great testament to the mythical status of the count’s seat of power.
Bram Stoker’s novel did much to cement the castle’s reputation as a fabled Halloween attraction.
However, the castle’s walls definitely have their own story to tell, as throughout the ages it has seen numerous defining moments in the country’s history.
See These Transylvania Attractions in No Time
We hope you enjoyed our suggestions for a wonderful trip around Transylvania.
However, the good news does not end here. If you’re short on time, we offer tour options that take around 1 or 2 days and are convenient for short visits.
You can get the chance to see both Bran and Peles in our Two Castles in One-Day tour.
Or go for the entire Transylvania Break experience and get to see all the attractions mentioned in this article in just 2 days.
If you are interested in finding out more, do not hesitate to contact us!