7 absolutely amazing places to visit whilst in Transylvania

Day Trips Transylvania

Transylvania is one of the main tourist destinations in Romania, being considered a land full of mystery, ancient legends and medieval castles. It is a truly beautiful region, with an enviable natural setting and mountain villages offering a picturesque atmosphere.

We invite you to discover 7 special places in Transylvania for an authentic experience. We also organize tours called “Day Trips Transylvania” where you can visit the beautiful places accompanied by a professional English speaking guide.

1. The village of Biertan

This village is one of the first German Saxon settlements in Transylvania, documented in 1283, in a document together with Mediaș and Moșna –
It is located in Sibiu County, only 20 kilometres away from Sighisoara and is a tourist destination worth visiting. In the heart of the village there is a 15th century fortified church surrounded by hills, built in the form of a late Gothic hall-church. It has preserved its appearance to the present day.

One of the most interesting buildings in the whole complex is the divorce chamber or ‘marriage prison’, a place where couples who wanted to divorce were forced to spend a few weeks together, sharing only a room, a chair, a set of crockery and a bed.

2. The village of Viscri

Viscri is a village in the commune of Bunești in Brasov County and is among the most visited villages in Romania.

Viscri is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the seven villages with fortified churches included in this list of protected sites. The fortified church, built during the 13th century, is surrounded by a fortress with defensive walls, two bastions and two towers. In addition to the church itself, you can also climb the tower, from where you can admire the village from above.

3. The Bazalt Columns and the Racoș Volcano

The village of Racoș is about an hour from Brasov (68 km) and has in its immediate vicinity a natural monument, the Basalt Columns, which form a protected area of national interest with an area of 1.10 ha. These are columnar basalt massifs with a geology characterised by the presence of lava flows. They are 30 metres long and up to 15 metres high and are structured in 3 eruptive phases.

Nearby is the extinct volcano, in an area with poorer, reddish vegetation. In the past, volcanic slag was mined here. Now it is no longer exploited because it has been declared a protected area and reserve (Perșani Geopark).

4. Alma Vii fortified church

The village of Alma Vii is located in the commune of Moșna, Sibiu County and is situated in a spectacular natural setting, attracting visitors both by the beauty of nature and by the traditional architecture, which has remained almost intact over the centuries.

The fortified evangelical church of Alma Vii is an ensemble of historical monuments and is situated on the slope of a hill overlooking the commune.
The church is surrounded by four defensive towers, symbolizing the four cardinal points.

5. Prejmer village

It is the village of residence of the commune of the same name in Brasov County. It is famous all over the world for its fortified church included in the UNESCO world heritage. The complex of the fortified church of Prejmer is undoubtedly an undisputed testimony to the tradition of the Transylvanian Saxons, being the largest and most imposing fortified church in south-eastern Europe.

6. The peasant fortress of Câlnic

The Câlnic Fortress – Kelling in German – is located just three kilometres from the motorway between Sebeș and Sibiu, in the middle of a charmingly situated village in the Podișul Secașelor.

It is one of the most interesting architectural monuments in Romania. The specificity of the place lies in the combination of the noble residence and the fortification of the free village community.

The Câlnic Fortress is currently used as a cultural centre where exhibitions, documentary and art film presentations, numerous symposiums, conferences and classical music concerts are held.

It is the only Transylvanian monument included in the UNESCO World Heritage List that was not built around a church.

7. Old Sinca

The monastic complex of Șinca Veche is located 45 km from Brașov and 22 km from Făgăraș and is included in the list of the oldest Romanian feudal monuments.

Historians say that the rock monastery was dug out in the 1700s, when the persecution of Orthodox Christians in Transylvania began.

Șinca Veche was a border town, and people were forced to switch to the Romanian Church United with Rome by order of Empress Maria Terezia.

Christians say that this is the place where wishes come true, others call it the “Temple of the Chosen Ones”.

If you want to go for sure and visit as much as you can of this wonderful area, Transylvania, we welcome you to contact us. We offer tours and excursions of one or more days (Day Trips Transylvania), 100% customizable. We can also accommodate larger groups. Contact us now.

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