Main cities of Transylvania
Transylvania is a region located in the center of Romania, best known for its medieval towns and fortified churches, most of them part of UNESCO heritage. Sighisoara, Brasov, Cluj, and Sibiu are some of the most beautiful and popular cities you can visit in Transylvania, which will amaze you with their rich heritage, history, and architecture.
In Sighisoara, you can find the best-preserved inhabited medieval citadel in Europe, the UNESCO World Heritage site. The Clock Tower, Vlad Dracula’s House, or the Covered stairs are must-see sights to be visited. But beyond these, people love to just stroll across the citadel and feel its magical atmosphere.
Located right in the heart of the country, Brasov is the perfect blend between monumental landmarks, breathtaking views, and a relaxed atmosphere. A walk into the Old Centre of Brasov will reveal the century-old walls of the former Medieval Citadel, the biggest Gothic church in Eastern Europe, the Black Church, and the narrowest street in Europe, the Rope Street. You can start your journey by watching this video about Brasov.
Sibiu is known as the city where houses have eyes. A medieval city with several beautiful squares, including the Great Square, surrounded by little streets with colorful houses, impressive palaces such as the Brukenthal Palace, and by religious constructions, including the Catholic Cathedral. For a better idea, here is a video about Sibiu.
Cluj Napoca, another charming city, actually one of the oldest cities in Romania and which in 2015 enjoyed being the European Capital of Youth. One can admire the Matthias statue, the imposing Catholic Cathedral, the main squares, and the beautiful architecture of the buildings.
The city is known for its rich cultural life and one of the most attended-to music festivals in Eastern Europe. We’re talking about the Untold Festival, which is held right in the city center and Electric Castle Festival which can be enjoyed near the picturesque walls of Bánffy Palace.
These tours are designed for those who want to experience Transylvania. You will enjoy the typical food and meet wonderful people as the Transylvanians are famous for their kindness and hospitality.
Saxon Villages and Fortified Churches in Transylvania
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 that Viscri fortified church was built sometime in the 12th century, and is now part of UNESCO World Heritage.
The actual fortified church of Viscri is a Romanesque chapel enlarged in the early 16th century to form a single-nave church.
Biertan Village and its Fortified Church
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. 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.
Saschiz 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 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, The Clock Tower, The Saxon Fortress.
Discover more enchanting UNESCO sites in Romania, read more here.
Medieval castles and fortresses
Bran Castle, also knows as Dracula’s Castle
Bran Castle is the most visited castle in Romania. With a constantly increasing number of visitors from all over the world, the castle has an intriguing story related to the Transylvanian Saxons, the royal family of Romania, and of course, the legend of Count Dracula. Nowadays, Bran is a private castle belonging to the successors of Queen Marie of Romania and despite its being over 600 years old, it is a very active castle with many cultural events, the most important and entertaining being the annual Halloween party.
Peles Castle, the most beautiful castle in Romania
Although not strictly located in Transylvania, it is very close to the former border between Transylvania and Wallachia, and it is one of the most beautiful castles of Romania. Peles Castle is the former summer residence of the Romania Royal family and it is located in Sinaia, a splendid mountain resort in the Carpathian Mountains.
Located about 20 minutes drive from Bran Castle. It is one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses and was built by peasants. Thanks to some great preservation, Rasnov fortress was chosen to be the setting for many historical Romanian and foreign movies.
Corvin Castle, Hunedoara
Corvin Castle, the Gothic masterpiece of Transylvania, one of the most impressive Gothic castles of Eastern and Central Europe, who was home to several movies and film festivals, Corvin Castle or Hunyadi castle. While visiting you’ll get to see: the castle interior with the Golden Chamber, The prison of the castle, where it is believed that Vlad the Impaler was kept, the knights’ hall, the interior courtyard, the Capistrano Tower, the Painted Tower, the Catholic Church.
Alba Iulia Carolina Citadel
Located in the city of Alba Iulia, a precious symbol of Romania as almost 100 years ago, it was here where the Great Unification took place on the 1st of December. The city boasts one of the largest and most spectacular medieval citadels in the country, and it can be visited by choosing one of several tours, each with a theme of its own.
Transylvania is definitely a one of a kind place, one that offers truly memorable experiences. If you are interested in visiting it, we can help you plan your activities while you’re here, to enrich your experience. Just send us an email at [email protected] or give us a call at +40 735 525 710.