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Discover the secrets of the mystical Transylvania and the legend of Count Dracula

Transylvania has always been an engaging travel destination. It is a mountain part of Romania featuring tick Carpathian forests and fascinating landscapes beautiful in every season with picturesque villages and towns that still cherish the tradition and old customs.  Hidden in green Carpathian woods far away from public eyes, one can see magnificent Transylvanian casteless.

Some are lavish with royal tales like Peles Castle built at the end of the 19th century and some dark and mysterious with a legendary story about Vlad Tepes, better known as Count Dracula, imprisoned in the Bran Castle in the 13th century. Peles Castle, built on the slopes of the Southern Carpathians in the period from 1873 to 1914, served as the summer residence of the first royal couple of the Kingdom of Romania, Carol I, and Elisabeth Hohenzollern. It is considered the most beautiful castle in Romania, visited by millions of tourists every year. Its dazzling interior features beautiful carving decorations, made of wood with elegant richly decorated crystal chandeliers and mirrors. 

If your way leads you to this beautiful and engaging part of the world, visit the Medieval picturesque Sighisoara town, known as Count Dracula’s birthplace, where you can visit Count Dracula’s birth house, converted to a beautiful restaurant.   Sighisoara is an ideal place for exploration, to discover the past and the way people lived in the middle ages. So if you an adrenaline addict and want to show your adventurous spirit, this place is just for you. Walk its colorful streets adorned with vivid, bright colors, and very soon you will be enchanted with this positive ambient, despite the legends of a notorious Vlad Tepes, who was Romanian noble, famous for his bad temper, and cruelty. After almost six centuries, from his birth, just mysterious legends left, to stimulate our curiosity and excitement.

120 km from Sighișoara, there is the charming city of Brasov, one of the most beautiful cities in  Transylvania, with a very distinctive Saxon influence. It was established in the Middle Ages, and traces of this period are still clearly visible in almost every place in town. Around the city, there are stone walls, that defended the city from the many enemies during its turbulent history. During the Brasov sightseeing tour, one can notice its cobbled streets with different architectural style buildings, which are very old and also carry an impressive centuries-old history.  The beautiful core of the old town is lined with cobblestone, and old buildings, medieval towers, walls, numerous churches, and synagogues.

Brasov’s city squares distinguish an intensive life from morning to night. The old heart of Brasov makes the central Piaţa Sfatului square that since 1364 was known as the gathering place of traders from both home and abroad. They have exchanged their goods here once a year. Today, this spot is known for organizing Christmas Market. The central place in the square belongs to the Casa Sfatului old townhouse, which was turned into a historical museum of the city in 1950. 

On the hill, as reminders of some ancient, medieval times, the fifteenth century Black Tower (Turnul Negru) and the White Tower (Turnul Alb), stand proudly. They are both the defense type towers built to prevent the penetration of the enemy in the city. They used to be linked by bridges with the city walls, and there are only traces reminded as a witness of long ago led battles. In the distance, down the street, one can see another hill with the Cetățuia de pe Strajă fortress on its top. The fortress consists of four watchtowers and bastion. Like the towers, it was also destroyed and restored over the centuries. There is a fascinating view of Brasov from this place. On the right,  of the townhouse dominates the Tamp hill, with the famous Brasov inscription. On Tamp hill, one can find many brown bears, wolves, and lynxes.

The whole ambient dominates the 14th-century Black Church, a mysterious Gothic-style construction. It was declared the largest church not only in Romania but at the time of its building was considered the most sizeable church between Vienna and Istanbul. It was seriously damaged by fire in 1689 when its walls burned and blackened, whereas this is the reason why the church got its name.

Walk  Strada Republicii Street, known as the city’s main pedestrian area. At the end of the street, there is the gate, after the street is known as the Street of the Gate among locals. In the past, it was a gathering place of many artisans, primarily blacksmiths. Today there are no blacksmiths and any other traces of past times. Nowadays, it is a  busy street full of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. Here, you can buy things at very reasonable prices, as well as rest and try some of the traditional dishes of the varied Romanian cuisine in numerous restaurants offering authentic atmosphere typical of this region.

Brasov is a city of contrasts where the modern and traditional complements.  All this makes it a special place and an unavoidable destination in your journey through the picturesque Transylvania.

Travel to Transylvania, cannot be imagined without a visit to Sibiu, a charming Romanian town that has a lot to offer. Take a walk to its old town, which bears the traditional title of ”open-air museum’’ because of its attractions of different artistic styles. On the Sibiu Great Square, there are the 18th-century Brukental Palace, built in the Austrian Baroque style, as well as Roman Catholic and Jesuit Church constructed several decades earlier.

On your way through Transylvania, you will encounter with rich vegetation, and beautiful nature, unique in its beauty. With autumn when Carpathian forests are painted with divine autumn colors, sparkling in the sun, the whole ambiance becomes irresistibly beautiful and breath-taking. Many think that Transylvania is the most beautiful just at this time of the year.

 

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