Are you planning a vacation in Romania and want to get the most out of it?
You’ve surely heard about Transylvania. But did you know there’s more to see than just Dracula?
The Saxon villages and their fortified churches are, for certain, one of the biggest highlights of Transylvania. They give you a unique feeling of traveling back in time to the 12th century.
If that’s the case, read on to find all the information you need, including how you can book such a vacation in Romania.
Viscri – One of the Most Popular Highlights of Transylvania
There are two important facts which make Viscri one of the most popular destination in Romania.
The first fact is that even Charles, Prince of Wales, enjoys the village. He even bought one of the houses in Viscri, dating back from 1875, which was then restored.
The second fact is the highly-fortified church, built sometime in the 12th century, which is now part of UNESCO World Heritage.
The actual church of Viscri is a Romanesque chapel enlarged in the early 16th century to form a single-nave church. It also has a fortified storey resting on semicircular arches supported by massive buttresses.
The Saxon village of Viscri is situated close to Sighisoara.
Saschiz’s Beautiful Gothic Church
Another impressive Saxon village you should visit is called Saschiz. Only 20 kilometers away from Sighisoara, Saschiz dates back ever since the 14th century. It is included in UNESCO World Heritage.
The village has a very important support from abroad, as a foundation connected to Charles, Prince of Wales, has invested in several cultural projects for historical preservation.
Besides the impressive Saxon houses, Saschiz offers an impressive number of highlights of Transylvania for any tourist. Taking a vacation in this village will amaze you thanks to:
- The Evangelic Church – built between 1493 and 1496, with great proportions, like huge arches, massive buttress and decorative elements.
- The Clock Tower – a marvelous piece of architecture built in the 15th century, marking the very center of Saschiz.
- The Saxon Fortress – built in the 14th century two kilometers away from Saschiz’s center, on a hill, to protect the inhabitants.
Highlights of Transylvania: Biertan
Built towards the end of the 13th century, it was and still is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania. In fact, the Biertan fortified church was the residence of the Evangelic Diocese between 1572 and 1867.
The fortified church of Biertan was built in the 15th century and impresses both by its late-gothic style and its sheer size.
The architectural masterpiece is situated on a hilltop in the center of the village. It has been preserved very well, so you can still see the impressive Medieval details.
Want to Book a Vacation?
If you’d like to enjoy the highlights of Transylvania mentioned above – and more – you’ll need more than just one day. The starting point for a tour which takes you throughout Transylvania is Bucharest.
Romania starts where the asphalt ends.
So, if you want to step back in time for three days in the mysterious land of Transylvania and the Saxon’s heritage, you’ll want this tour.
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