Transylvania or “The land beyond the forest” is one of the best preserved regions in Romania: rich in forests, mountains, beautiful landscapes, as well as medieval architecture, wonderful castles and traditional villages.
The landscape is diverse – from the high mountains all around Transylvania to foothills and rolling hills that go from one village to another. Transylvania is ideal for good cultural, cookery and walking tours.
The Saxons colonised the south-eastern part of Transylvania in the 13th century and they left here a unique, well preserved architecture with medieval towns (e.g. Sighisoara, Brasov, Sibiu) and villages with fortified churches. You can easily walk, bike or explore from village to well preserved village containing over 300 fortified churches, not to mention the rich biodiversity of wildflowers, butterflies and wild life.
In addition to the remote hamlets, a walking tour in the Western Carpathians can take you to hidden caves and magnificent waterfalls.
The eastern part of Transylvania is the home of the Szekely, a Hungarian minority who played a key role in the defense of the Kingdom of Hungary against the Ottomans in their position as guards of the eastern border. The Prince of Wales has a nicely restored property here in a remote valley. Bookings are possible, subject to availability.
HIGHLIGHTS IN TRANSYLVANIA:
- Medieval towns: Sighişoara, Braşov, Sibiu
- Fortified churches: Viscri, Malancrav, Biertan, Richiş, Crit, Prejmer, etc.
- Walking from village to village on rolling hills;
- Walking to and visiting Bran Castle
- Bio cheese at Schuster farm