Transylvania is a historical region in the central part of Romania. Bounded on the east and south by the Carpathian mountain range. This region is a place with abundant history and multicultural convergence. Transylvania is rich in myth and misty medieval sites: there about 100 castles and fortresses and about 70 fortified churches. Romania's greatest and best preserved castles and fortresses are to be found here. As Transylvania is circled by the Carpathian mountains there are a lot of mountain forests and hiking or climbing possibilities. It is one of the most visited places of Romania thanks to a wealth of medieval buildings, churches, monuments and natural beauties. In distant regions, Transylvania is also often associated with Dracula.
Transylvania is actually known as one of the most beautiful natural regions in Europe dotted with picturesque, medieval fortress towns and monasteries and lively cities with stunning baroque architecture which offer modern tourism services at a price far below that of, say, Germany or France. You can find here some of the most developed cities from Romania, but also old villages where people are living as they did one hundred years ago.
There are so many amazing and fun things to do in Transylvania, Romania. And if you need help deciding what to do on your vacation, check-out some of our favorite attractions and activities.
Bran Castle, Brasov : Dracula's Castle
Bran Castle is an overpowering structure which lies on top of a hill overlooking the small village of Bran which is closely located to Brasov.
Many legends are connected with Bran Castle. It is said the castle belonged to Count Dracula (Vlad Tepes), Vlad Tepes lived only for a short time in the castle and only as a guest. What is really true is that Bran Castle conjures up the perfect Gothic fairy-tale image of a Transylvanian castle and as a result draws crowds of tourists from far and wide.
Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler is in Top Ten Must-Do Adventures
Clock Tower, Sighisoara
Begin your tour at the Clock Tower which houses a natural history museum - worth a look if you are interested in Bronze age to medieval tools - but also to climb the tower to see the inner workings of the Glockenspiel clock and the magnificent views of the city from the tower top. Then, walk the streets to see the remaining fortified wall and towers which were guarded by the various guilds of the city.
Palamari's Cultural Center, Brasov
Palamari's Cultural Center is a permanent exhibition of a traditional architectural complex in Transylvania. The center can be visited every day and consists of two wooden houses and an orthodox church originated from Maramures.
Palamari's Cultural Center offers accommodation in traditional wooden houses, Romanian souvenirs shop and organizes on request a wide range of activities for all ages: trekking, photo hunting, arts and crafts workshops and local cuisine.
Trip to Barsa Land
Prejmer (Tartlau in German) is the largest and most eastern fortified church, not only of the Bârsa Land, but of Transilvania as a whole.
A point of interest in the Old City of Brasov is the Old City Hall on the Central Square, now Museum of History of the city.
The Teleki Library, founded at the end of the 18th century contains a large collection of first editions and important manuscripts documenting Transylvanian history.
Bolyai Museum is dedicated to Târgu Mures, sons Farks and János, 19th century mathematicians and excellers in non-Euclidian geometry
The Medieval Castle Church (Templul de la Cetatea Medievala)
The Medieval Castle brings us the past times alive, its history and all the feelings created by the castle makes it so unique and definitely a must-see. Most of the castle's buildings have never been rebuilt and they are in their original states and looks even today.
Astra National Museum Complex
"ASTRA" National Museum Complex is a museum complex in Sibiu, Romania
Palace of Culture.
The Palace of Culture is one of the most significant buildings in the city centre. It has been built by Dr. Bernady Gyorgy who was the mayor of Targu Mures at the beginning of the 20th century. While this man was the man in charge, he really did great things and we can say he rebuilt the city, making it significant in all of Transylvania, today part of Romania. In The Palace of Culture (Palatul Culturii) you should definitely visit famous rooms like the Mirror Hall. You will be delighted to listen to any symphonic music show presented sometimes by famous artists that only come to this palace to honor listeners with their presence and art of controlling the way they play music.
Brukenthal National Museum
It is a complex of six museums, which, without being separate administrative entities, are situated in different locations around the city and have their own distinct cultural programmes.
Balea Waterfall and Balea Glacial Lake
Balea Waterfall, located in the Fagaras Mountains, is one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania, Balea Glacial Lake is a real monument of nature. It is accessible by car during the summer, and the rest of the year by a cable car from the “Balea Cascada” chalet.
Transfagarasan is the most famous road in Romania, with differences of altitude and many curves that represent a challenge for both cars and drivers.
Big Square (Piata Mare), Sibiu
Big Square is Sibiu’s historical centre, where there are important historical monuments, many of which are part of the UNESCO patrimony.
Rasnov Castle, Romania
Rasnov Castle is a 14th century fortress built to withstand invasion from Turks and Tartars. The view from fortress to valley and mountains is absolutly amasing. This castle has a dippest well in Europe. It is about 140 meters
Black Church (Biserica Neagra)
The high arches and the slowly growing light intensity as you advance towards the altar transpose you into piety, really inspiring. The Ottoman (Anatolian) rugs collection (one of the largest in Europe) is indeed impressive.
The Carpathian Mountains
The Carpathian Mountains or the Carpathians are a range of mountains forming an arc roughly 1,500 km (932 mi) long across Central and Eastern Europe, making them the second longest mountain range in Europe. Around 50% of Carpathian region is located within Romania. The Romanian Carpathians are divided into three groups: Eastern Carpathians, Southern Carpathians and Western Carpathians. The highest peaks are in the Southern Carpathians. The Carpathians can be a great experience. And let's not forget about the large range of opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing and winter sports
Targu Mures and its famous places to visit
Targu Mures (Tirgu Mures) is one of the biggest cities is Romania and is the seat of Mures, County in the north-central part of Romania. It lies in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania.
Named literally for a 'market' on the Mures River and known as the city of roses, Targu Mures (Marosvásárhely in Hungarian ~ Neumarkt am Mieresch in German) enjoys the best of both Romanian and Hungarian cultures. Numerous vestiges attest the presence of Neolithic cultures and those of the Bronze and Metal Ages in this area.
Targu Mures's main attraction include
The Roses' Square (Piata Trandafirilor)
The Roses' Square represents the heart of the city and it is situated in the centre and gives tourists an unforgettable view that cannot be compared with other city centers.
Baroque and Art Nouveau church
Saint John the Baptist Church is a typical baroque catholic church in the city center of Târgu Mures. The inside of the church is luxurious, with liturgical objects that are true works of art.
Other interesting places to see
However some people don't really enjoy crowd and stress so they might want to check some other places like lakes, caves or other natural wonders. Fortunately Transylvania has plenty of lakes and other breathtakingly beautiful places both in the Carpathian Mountains and the Carpathian Basin itself.
Saint Ana Lake
One of the most special lakes ever is the Saint Ana Lake (Lacul Sfanta Ana). This lake's formation is related to a legend about Saint Ana, a slave of a greedy prince from a palace built in that place. The lake is amazingly surrounded by a group of mountains covered by pine forests. Walking around the lake takes more than a half of an hour, since it is a huge territory, but the sights you'll see due to a simple walk will definitely be unforgettable.
On the other side of the mountains surrounding the lake you can enjoy the peace of a small town, called Baile Tusnad. You can accommodate yourself and even the group of people you came with in several 2 to 5 star hotels. Tusnad also has a camping zone which is located very close to a river near the mountains.
Transylvania also has its "Grand Canyon". Its grand canyon is called the Bicaz Canyon (Cheile Bicazului). You should visit that wonderful place since it'll give you a sight you've never seen before in your entire life. Going by car is even more special and the road goes round and round between the mountains and cliffs surrounding this wonderful canyon.
You will also be happy to know that not so far from the Bicaz Canyon you can also visit the Red Lake (Lacul Rosu) or mot-a-mot translation "Killer Lake" (Lacul Ucigasul). The lake is surrounded by a group of mountains different than those found near the Saint Ana Lake, but it surely is a wonderful experience if you take a day and climb up to the mountaintop (you can do that without special equipment).
Old Prefecture Building (Cladirea Vechii Prefecturi)
Prefecture Building (Palatul Prefecturii)
St. Michael Wooden Orthodox Church
All over Transylvania the cohabitation of Romanians, Hungarians, Saxons and Rromas is the leading theme.