Mini guide to Transylvania @ Lonely Planet


Lonely Planet a publicat prin intermediulk BBC un mini ghid de calatorie in Transilvania.

Name-checked in literature since Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1897, the word Transylvania conjures up images of moonlit Gothic castles and lost-in-time villages. Unexplained puncture wounds to the neck notwithstanding, Transylvania is all that and more.

Backed by the Bucegi Mountains, Sinaia is the star of the Prahova Valley. The town combines centuries-old castles with some of Romania’s best hiking and biking in the mountains above. King Carol I’s Peles Castle, a 19th-century fairy-tale summer residence, is a highlight (+40 244 310 205;; Str Pelesului, 2; 11am-5pm Tues, 9am-4.15pm Wed-Sun; £4).

With its fortified churches, Saxon Land offers a glimpse of the Romanian countryside and an ancient way of life. The best of the churches is Biertan, the region’s grandest double-walled church. Second is the Unesco listed fortified church at Viscri.

Designated European Capital of Culture in 2007, the medieval city of Sibiu with its unique „eyelid” rooftop windows winking from pastel-coloured facades is a wonderfully serene place to spend a day or two.

The Transfagarasan Road (the 7C) is Romania’s highest road and is open between July and October. Driving its length past sheer rock faces and cinematic Lake Balea is an unforgettable experience. At the road’s end is Poienari Citadel, known as the „real” Dracula’s castle (Poienari, Wallachia; 50p).

The flamboyant Culture Palace in Targu Mures is unlike anything in Translyvania. A Secessionist-style building, inside its glittering, tiled roofs are ornate hallways, rooms and museums (+40 265 267 629; cnr Piata Trandafirilor & Str Enescu; 9am-6pm Tue-Sun; £2).

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