Don’t miss my Halloween special blog post: The Castle with the Darkest Secrets: Dracula’s Castle comes out on Monday 😀
Unfortunately no vampires here…instead, you can find some important historical monuments, medieval castles and wild places. In Latin, Transilvania means “the land beyond the forest”, because it is placed right in the centre of the country and it is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. One of the main attractions is the Gothic structure built in the 14th Century, Bran Castle, where the medieval ruler Vlad Tepes lived, who is often associated with Bram Stoker’s character, Dracula.
1. One of the main attractions is the Gothic structure built in the 14th Century, Bran Castle, where the medieval ruler Vlad Tepes lived, who is often associated with Bram Stoker’s character, Dracula.
2. Another famous destination for this part of the country, is Sighisoara, a medieval town which is famous for its secret passageways and a 14th century clock tower.Also, Sighisoara will charm you through the peaceful atmosphere and the joy brought by the annual festival named “Medieval Sighisoara” which takes place in the last week of July. You will see how people used to have fun in the medieval ages and you get the chance to try traditional food, listen to folk music and see authentic medieval costumes and the traditional dance.
3. The Apuseni Mountains, also located in Transilvania, are rich in the number of caves, over 400, formed in millions of years.
4. Scarisoara Cave is one of the biggest ice caves in Romania, it is 105m deep and 720m tall. It was formed during the glaciations, 3500 years ago. The cave is divided into “rooms” and tourists can visit “The Big Hall” and “The Church”, from where they can see the glacier, which has a volume of 75000 cubic meters and it is 26m high! The temperature in the cave gets up to +1 degrees Celsius in summer and -7 degrees in winter.
This means that whenever you visit the cave, you will have to wear your winter coat if you do not want to end up with a cold. So, even in the middle of summer when it is hot outside, in 15 minutes of walking through the cave you will get to a place where the temperature is close to 0- it feels like walking into a fridge!
4.Another famous cave from this area is Chiscau Bear’s Cave, which gets its name from the great number of fossils which belong to the cave bear, a species which leaved here 15000 years ago. Before this bear species became history, there used to be a great number of bears in here, but during an earthquake or avalanche, the rocks blocked the entrance and the bears got trapped in the cave and died of starvation. It feels amazing to walk through those old natural museums, not only because the cave was once home for animals which are nowadays extinct, but also because the whole cave with its structures was created by water in millions of years. In the cave you may also see fossils from a black goat species, the cave lion and the cave hyena, species which no longer exist.
5. Some of the most popular activities around this area are: biking, camping, horse riding, caving, climbing, fishing, hiking, nature walks, rafting, skiing, wildlife and bird watching.