Located in the heart of the country, Transylvania is one of the most beautiful region of Romania. It has mountains, many traditional village, medieval castles, untamed nature and nice people! What other reasons you need to visit Transylvania in no time ?!
There are so many places to see and so many things to do in this area that you cannot imagine. Thematic tours of Transylvania are a good option if you want to be sure that you get a real good sense of Transylvanian life.
Traditions play a very important role in Transylvania. It is a place where you have the feeling that time has stopped and people live after other priorities than the rest of the country.
No matter where you go and what are you looking for, you will always find nice and warm people in Transylvania; there will always be somebody to guide you and help you if needed. Especially in the countryside, people share their meal with you…that welcoming they are! Visit Romania to discover the real sense of kindness!
I would say that a week is not enough to visit Transylvania!
Choose what you want to visit and plan your trip accordingly. To help plan your trip I would like to make some suggestions for your itinerary. I chose the most beautiful places of Transylvania which should be included on your list.
Let me tell you a few words about each of them.
Brasov is an emblematic city located near the Carpathian Mountains with beautiful landscapes and many things to see around when you visit Transylvania if you have time. I would recommend you to book a few nights in a hotel in Brasov and from there to visit the neighbourhood. Start with a tour of Brasov which must include Tampa Mountain, Black Church and the narrowest street in Europe. After that, you can rent a car or book daily tours to the spots and mountain resorts around the city. Also, bear in mind that on the way to Sibiu you can visit the Dracula Castle also called Bran Castle.
Bran Castle – Dracula Castle
I am sure that you heard about dracula and its vampire legends and you want to find more about this when visit Transylvania for dracula. Consider visiting Bran Castle located in Bran town, a village like city where time stood still. You can even find a good hotel in this area, though it might be advisable to avoid staying in Bran because you can find better accommodation for less anywhere outside Bran, even in Brasov. Bran Castle is a representative place and a good point to start to discover the real face of Dracula. The Castle is located close to Brasov city, so it is a good option for a daily trip. Bran Castle is just 30 km away from Brasov. The castle itself is charming and located in a beautiful area and it’s worth visiting it.
There are a lot of fortresses in Romania. Rasnov is one of the most beautiful and well-restored place! The fortress was built in the 13th century and is located near the village on a high rock very close to Brasov. Due to recent restoration which keep the medieval elements, tourists who visit Romania and visit Transylvania can have a clear image of how a medieval Romanian fortress looked like!
Viscri is the place where Prince Charles has a house! It is located on the road between Brasov to Sighisoara. The place is representative for the village life! Medieval houses with unpaved roads full of domestic animals are iconic for this village. Sleeping in a traditional house and eating organic food directly from local farms are some of the things you should include on your to-do list when visit Romania.
The medieval city of Sighisoara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Traditional houses with narrow streets are representative for this city. It is a truly hidden gem! If you visit Transylvania for dracula take some time for visiting Sighisoara the birthplace of dracula and vampire stories. Don’t miss the Clock Tower that measures time precisely with medieval technology, the Covered Stairs and the old town fortress! From the fortress you have a wonderful panorama over the city so it worth the effort to climb the stairs up there!
Did you know that Sighisoara is the birthplace of Count Dracula? Yes, it is! If you are a fan of vampires you definitely have to visit this place!
Located close to Sighisoara you should definitely consider visiting the Biertan village when you visit Transylvania. It is important for the Transylvania region because of its Fortified Church. In this town you find one of the best-preserved churches of this kind from the region and one of the oldest village in Transylvania. Information about Biertan was found in documents dated the 13th century. Let me tell you an interesting fact! Near the walls of the church, there is a matrimonial prison. Couples who wanted to divorce were locked in this prison and forced to spend time together to be sure they want to end their marriage. So, think twice before you want to divorce! Hi-hi!
Another German settlement which should be included on your list when visit Transylvania is Sibiu city and near village. The city center still has the medieval walls, that resisted the test of time, walls which surrounded the area hundreds of years ago. The city was built on two levels: Upper Town and Lower Town connected by a metal bridge. The central town square with its medieval buildings made Sibiu a must-see destination. It is easy to find a hotel near the old town – we chose to stay at Ramada Sibiu Hotel – read our full review of Ramada Sibiu Hotel here. If you pass around, don’t miss the village Museum in Sibiu ! It is exactly what you need to see in order to understand how Romanian people used to live and work a long time ago.
Turda Salt Mine ( Salina Turda)
A medical cure with salt air is good for everybody! But when you can visit new places and get medical treatment at the same time is just perfect! Around Transylvania there are salt mines, but the most representative one is Turda Salt Mine. The wow factor of the mine is that it is split in two: part of the mine is an amusement park and the other part is a museum. In the mine you can take a rowboat on the underground lake or play bowling. What a nice way to spend your time!
Alba Iulia Citadel
Alba Iulia Citadel was the capital of the province between 1541 and 1690. It is a great Vauban fortification very nice restored and maintained which you should see while visit Transylvania. Knights and princesses are still walking around the area and a medieval air surrounds the place!
One of the most important and modern cities of Romania, Cluj Napoca is located in the heart of the region. Botanic Garden, Mathias Statue and Central Square are just some of the places you should visit in the city. In the last years one of the most important music festivals took place in the city. Yes! I am talking about Untold! Everybody heard about it and want to book a ticket to it! Visit Transylvania and be part of the festival’s history by visiting Cluj Napoca! Don’t forget to book your hotel from time because it gets really crowded during the festival time and hard to find a booking.
Transfagarasan Road and Balea Lake
Transfagaran is an alpine road built by Ceausescu in late 80’s. The views are just breathtaking! The highest altitude of the road is 2032 m and has around 100 km. When you drive along this road you feel like you are on top of the World. On top of the road there is a glacier lake called Balea Lake. From the lake there are a lot of mountain tracks.
Protected species of animals and plants could be seen on the wild paths which start from this road. Romanian Mountains are wild and untamed. There are no roads or pedestrian alleys arranged for tourists along the Carpathian Mountains. These mountains are unique in Europe; they preserve very well the wild spirit! You should be prepared for wild experiences if you want to visit this area.
When I drove along Transfagaran I saw black goats on top of a peak and Carpathian bear few meters away from the main road! Trust me! My heart began to beat faster and I felt very unsafe even though I was in a car! What an intense experience!
Apuseni is another beautiful region of the country. When visit Transylvania visit a village and spend few days to Apuseni. You will find a beautiful old village and old towns spread on the hills of the Apuseni Mountains. Lush vegetation with hidden caves are characteristic for the area. Bear Cave, Scarisoara Ice Cave with its Glacier are just two of the many caves from the area.
The list can continue on and on. As you could see by reading this article there are attractions for all tastes. You can choose from a mixt tour concentrated on a special area or on a specific tour which follows the spots around Transylvania.
I recommend you to rent a car and drive along the region. The area is very beautiful and well preserved, in some parts almost untamed. This is the best way to visit the area!
Let me give you some suggestions regarding accommodation! You can choose to book a hotel for more nights in big cities like Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj, Alba Iulia and Sighisoara and make daily trips or you can choose a tour and sleep in different places each night. What I can tell you for sure is that you have to sleep at least one night in a medieval castle and in a traditional house in the village when visit Transylvania instead of a hotel. You should also check by yourself and find out if the vampire story of dracula is true or not.
I have been to many countries around the world but Romania is a special destination for me. Go and visit this wild country from Balkan Peninsula and you will have the opportunity to discover a home away from home. Once you visit Romania you will want to come back and discover more of its hidden gems.