Transylvania – 5 Amazing treasures you need to visit in & around the region

Brasov

A country home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and historic castles on the planet, there is a whole lot more to Romania than mere spooky lore that has spread around the world.

1. Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Inspiration for Dracula’s castle in Bram Stroker’s novel, Bran Castle is an essential visit whilst in Romania.

Dating back to the 12th century, the castle has a long history full of intrigue and mystery.

Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad The Impaler and thought to be the inspiration for Dracula, is often associated with the castle although it is not known if he was once claimed the castle for himself during a conquest.

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2. Brasov

Brasov

One of Romania’s major cities, Brasov can be found tucked away within Transylvania.

Surrounded by the stunning Carpathian mountains, the city is home to a number of classical medieval features.

Key landmarks range from impressive Saxon walls, a towering Gothic church and a beautiful Old Town quarter.

Standing out immediately across the town’s skyline, the Black Church is one of biggest buildings of its kind found on the entire continent.

Dating back to the 14th century, the church became known as the Black Church after a massive fire swept through the town and blackened the church’s walls.

Scarred and discoloured from the event, the church has since undergone restoration work, returning it back to its former glory.

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3. Bucharest

Bucharest

Romania’s capital, Bucharest is an impressive place to visit.

Key places to experience include the massive Palace of Parliament, the Romanian Athenaeum and the relaxing King Michael I Park.

Often referred to as ‘Little Paris‘, the capital is known around the world for its stylish buildings.

Essential city locations to visit include Bucharest’s Old Town and perhaps the country’s most famous avenue, Calea Victoriei.

The perfect route to follow to gain a sense of the city, the avenue heads north travelling past some classical buildings before leading on to the Royal Palace and Revolution Square.

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4. Harman

Harman

In Harman, the striking fortified church is another of country’s great treasures.

Hugely important, the church is one of 25 UNESCO-listed Heritage Sites found within the country.

First built by the Saxons, the church has undergone a number of changes throughout the centuries.

Protected by circular walls, huge towers are some of the newer features added to this glorious landmark.

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5. Sighisoara

Castle

The beautiful city of Sighisoara is a deeply historic and an essential Transylvanian treasure to visit.

Appearing almost as something lifted straight out of the pages of a fairy tale novel, the city is home to a wide selection of pastel-coloured buildings that line winding cobbled streets ideal for exploration should you decide to go out in search of further authentic experiences during time spent in the area.

Extremely well-preserved, Sighisoara was notably the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler who ruled the former region of Walachia back in the 15th century.

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