Romanian highlights by bike
The trip starts at the Romanian-Hungarian border. Your first stop is Oradea, a city shaped by the Art Nouveau style. The next day you drive to Cluj Napoca in Transylvania. Your journey continues towards Baia Mare. In this region you have the opportunity to visit the unique “Merry Cemetery”. Your next goal is Sighetu Marmatiei. Afterwards, you drive to Moldavia. This region gathers a significant number of painted monasteries and many UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. The most famous are included in your trip. You continue your bike trip to Murderer’s Lake (Lacu Rosu), where the guide lets you know why this lake carries such a strange name. Further, you reach Brasov, where you visit the Black Church, the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. The next day you leave Brasov behind. You cycle towards Sibiu to Hunedoara. The Hungarian border is the end of your bike journey in Romania.
Your local tour guide welcomes you at the Hungarian border. Together you drive to Oradea, where you spend your first night in Romania. Before dinner you discover Oradea during a sightseeing tour, a city marked by the Art Nouveau style.
Right after the breakfast you cycle towards the heart of Transilvania. You drive through villages with lovely small houses, along the corn fields and vinyards. You reach Cluj Napoca for a city tour. The highlights of the city are the gothic St. Michael Church and the Banffy Art Museum. Drive to Baia Mare.
Today you drive through the Maramures region, a living open air museum. You cycle to the worldwide unique “Merry Cemetery”. On the blue painted wooden crosses you can read funny poems about the life of the deceased. You drive to Sighetu Marmatiei. Here you can visit the “Museum of the Victims of Communism” or the open air museum. You can cycle to visit the wonderful painted wooden churches. You drive over the mountains to the Moldavia region. Arrival in Campulung.
Moldavia is the region with some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. Its cultural heritage is being protected by the UNESCO. Discover by bike this unique part with its mountains and hills, monasteries and medieval villages. Today you visit the monasteries of Moldovita, Sucevita and Voronet, but also the workshop for black ceramics in Marginea. You have the opportunity to talk to the locals, and to discover their daily life. A nun guides you in the monasteries. This day is certainly the highlight of the entire trip.
You continue your bike trip towards Murderer’s Lake (Lacu Rosu). You cycle through Moldavia towards the Carpathians. Allow yourself to be surprised by the scenic landscapes. On your way you may stop to admire the view.
Right after the breakfast, you cycle through Transylvania to Brasov, one of the most important cities in Romania. Here you visit the famous fortified churches. These churches played for several centuries an important role in defending the region against the Turkish and Tatar attacks. The fortified churches of Prejmer and Harman are two of the largest churches of their kind in the entire country. The city tour begins at the City Hall Square, located in the old city center. The emblem of the city is the Black Church with its 87 high towers. It is the largest Gothic church between Istanbul and Vienna. In the evening, you are invited in a local restaurant for a festive dinner.
You leave Brasov to cycle along the Carpathians. On your way, you can admire the charming landscape, with small lovely villages. While you cycle through the villages, you will discover the daily life of the Romanian peasants. You might have the feeling that you went back in time when you see the hard working farmers and so many horse carts. You reach Sibiu, where you visit the old city center with its Big and Small Square, the Huet Square and the Evangelical Church. Next, you cycle to Hunedoara, another wonderful city.
In the morning you visit the Hunyadi Castle, then you drive to the Hungarian border.
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