Brasov – the cultural heritage of Transylvania
A city tour in the heart of Romania may be the best travel choice for Romania. Brasov is one of the most beautiful cities of Romania with a well-preserved medieval city center. From Brasov you can discover some of the most beautiful Romanian cities: Sibiu, Sighisoara and Bucharest. If you prefer, you can extend your trip with a few nights in Bucharest, Constanta or the Danube Delta.
At the border of Nadlac you meet your local tour guide, who accompanies you during your whole trip. You continue your journey to Hunedoara.
Start your second day in Romania with a visit to the Hunyadi Castle, one of the most important Gothic buildings of Transylvania built in the 15th century. At noon, it is scheduled a tour of the 2007 European Capital of Culture, Sibiu. Here you can admire the Big and the Small Square, where you can also find the Brukenthal Museum, the Catholic Church and the Liar’s Bridge. Your sightseeing tour ends with the visit of the Protestant Church built in the 15th century. Afterwards, you drive to Brasov. Dinner at the hotel.
Brasov was the most important economic, political and cultural center of Transylvania during the Middle Ages. The Black Church, the largest Gothic church between the Ural Mountains and Vienna, is a must see. Interesting are also the Town Hall Square, where the Old Town Hall was built in the 15th century and the hidden Orthodox Church. Thanks to its defence system, the city has never been conquered. Some of these towers, like the White and the Black Tower are now opened for tourists. After the city tour, you have to check once again to see if you have garlic with you. The reason? You drive to the famous Dracula’s Castle. For lunch, you travel to Moeciu where you also enjoy a ride with horse drawn-carriage. Here, you discover why the traditional Romanian cuisine is famous. Further, you drive to see two of the most famous fortified churches of Transylvania. The fortified churches that spread in the whole country, had a vital role: to protect the villagers against the Turkish or Tatars attacks. Brasov, the capital of the region is not an exception. A festive dinner with folklore music in Poiana Brasov is the perfect way to end this long day.
Today you discover the capital of Romania. Before arriving in Bucharest, you visit the Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the Romanian kings. Bucharest is a city of contrasts. In the center you can admire constructions built in the 15th century, while the northern part of the city is filled with modern buildings, recently built. Nicolae Ceausescu, the famous communist ruler, was the one who shaped the whole city. The Palace of Parliament is testimony for his targets. We can consider that he succeeded to erect an impressive “giant” building because it is the second largest and the most expensive building in the world. The Patriarchal Church and the Orthodox Church are other places of interest during the sightseeing tour. The Village Museum is among the first open-air museums in Europe. You return in Brasov.
While you drive to Sighisoara, you have the opportunity to admire the picturesque landscape of Transylvania. Sighisoara is one of the very few medieval fortresses still inhabited. The main attraction is the Clock Tower, the oldest entrance to the city where you find the History Museum. The tower is known due to the clock mechanism built in the 17th century. You can also see Dracula’s birthplace and the Church on the Hill. Next you travel to Biertan, where you can see the largest fortified church in the country. In the afternoon, you taste the best wines of the region in the wine cellar from Seuca. Further, you drive to Targu Mures.
Today, time to see the Orthodox Cathedral with the largest painted area in the country, the Palace of Culture and the Greek Catholic Church. Furthermore, you drive to Cluj Napoca, the largest city in Transylvania. It was founded by the Romans and although it is a modern town, it still retains some medieval features. You visit the Catholic St. Michael Church, the most important Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Transylvania and the statue of the famous Hungarian king Mathias Corvinus. Drive to Oradea and then to the border, where you say “La revedere!” (Goodbye!) to Romania and to your guide.
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