Transylvania is certainly also known to you as the home of the vampire
Dracula. But where is this mythical area actually? I tell you: as part of a
Romania vacation you can explore it, because it is located right in the
center of the country. A trip to Transylvania, Romania, as Transylvania
is called in German, is definitely still a secret. Perfect for those who like
authentic life, activities in unspoilt nature, medieval towns and mysterious
Among the different regions of Romania, holidays
to transylvania is certainly one of the most exciting areas. Not only because
you walk in the footsteps of Dracula and a somewhat scary feeling – especially
in remote forests – always travel with you. Here it is still in part gorgeous
originally, especially in the villages. For example, you can see Gypsies (Roma)
with their colourful skirts and hats even today still ride on old horse carts
as a means of transport. Modern technology for field work has not yet arrived
here, because most of it lacks the money.
Targu Mures Romania
Târgu Mureș: photogenic center of
Târgu Mureș is the center of Transylvania
Romania, so it is a good idea to start your Transylvania holidays there.
It is the capital of Mureș, one of the counties of Transilvania with the small,
international Transilvania Airport and hotels in transylvania. Brasov is
one of the best cities in Romania
Already from the outside, these two buildings
draw all eyes on themselves. A small, pretty garden leads to the entrance of
the town hall (Primăria). Inside, elaborate Details and pretty arches in the
Romanian Brâncoveanu style decorate the ceilings and walls. I’d move in right
now! You can climb the Tower between the town hall and the palace of culture
during the day and enjoy a unique view over Târgu Mureș.
The art Nouveau Palace next door dates
back to the beginning of the 20th century and is probably the most impressive
building in the city. Bay windows,
mosaics and a pompous mirror room with colourful stained-glass windows from
Lead Glass have repeatedly elicited an inner Wow. The Philharmonie, for which
the majority of the palace’s 18 kilograms of Gold has been used, still hosts
concerts, which are really affordable and beautiful with only 10 euros per
ticket. Admission to the Palatul Culturii costs 12 Lei (2.50 Euro).
Wine-growing in Romania
transylvania?! Wouldn’t you guess, would you? But there are
indeed some wineries here in the district of Mureș, which are dedicated
to the cultivation of fine drops, such as the winery Villa Vinèa. From the road
behind the vines, the sea is already recognizable, a large iron gate adorns the
In particular, local white wines are
cultivated in the Region, such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and
Chardonnay. With 175,000 bottles per year, this winery is
one of the smaller, but has been able to clear away many prices. A wine tasting
will take you through the treasures of Villa Vinèa, but you should register in
Transylvania restaurant tip: Local a cool
Restaurant that you would not expect in Târgu Mureș is Petry Bistro Grill &
Wine. Hidden and with a pretty courtyard meat specialties from the Grill are on
the menu, but the cheese plate and the baked sweet potato are highly
Holidays in Transylvania
In Sighișoara or Schäßburg, as the city is called in German, I quickly
fell in love. The recipe is simple, you take narrow streets with colourful
houses, nice cafes to stop for a meal, impressive views and a Portion of
history, and I am already enchanted. The picturesque town of Sighișoara meets
Convince yourself of Dracula’s existence
The only medieval fortress in Europe still
inhabited today is the centre of Transylvania Sighișoara. It was built in the
12th century and is a World Heritage Site. Within the walls you will find all
the attractions of the city. Stroll through the cobblestone streets past
pastel-coloured, slanting houses, and walk in the footsteps of Dracula, because
of the blood-sucking vampire, was born here in 1431. Ok, probably more of Vlad
Tepes (Vlad III Drăculea), served the Irish writer Bram Stoker as the
Inspiration for the character Dracula.
The old bell tower, whose four towers stand for
blood justice, is the connection of old and new city and visible from a
distance. Every hour, the characters he looks down change. If you pass it on
the left, you will enjoy a fantastic view of the rooftops of the city as well
as the castle behind you.
The old school staircase made of dark wood also
promises a beautiful panoramic view, this time also to the fortress. It was
built in 1642 with a canopy to protect pupils and parents from snow and ice in
Holiday to transylvania: Rhédey Castle
& Bezidu Nou Lake experience
On the way to Sighisoara, the Rhédey Palace,
where the great mother of Queen Mary and great-great-grandmother of Elizabeth
II grew up. The building itself is – frankly – not very impressive, the
exhibition about the history of the village Bezidu Nou is worth a visit.
Because how this village was wiped out only 30 years ago is really cruel and
Since the Vision of the former Romanian
dictator Ceausescu did for his country, only large cities and not small
villages, he had a dam to build, and the village then, fortunately, with
advance warning, flood. Until a few years ago, the old church tower stood out
from the water, but it is now – as well as the entire village – under water. A
depressing idea that there has been such a tragedy here, where now a turquoise
lake experience you to bathe.
Restaurant tip: in Dracula Danes Restaurant,
not far from Sighișoara, various Dracula specialties are on the menu. The
typical Mici (sausage) and Polenta with cheese I have tasted and can highly
Sovata is the green oasis of the Region and
popular as a spa resort. The saline Bear Lake is an attraction that attracts
many locals and tourists every day during their holidays to romania. But the
surrounding area also invites you to go on wild, original nature trips. In the
village itself there is a small Promenade with shops, Hotels and Restaurants in
some decidedly pretty houses.
The idyllic Park above the lake occasionally
hosts concerts. Some Kürtőskalács (tree stair) providers have also settled
here. A specialty, whose sinful-sweet scent you should necessarily decay and
let you get tempted to buy.
All right, floate might be a little exaggerated, because the salt content of
the Dead Sea is not that of the Ursu Lake. 100 grams per Liter, it is on the
surface, the deeper it goes down to the salt deposits in the soil, the higher
the proportion is increasing. Nevertheless, the buoyancy is noticeable and the
skin is already feeling softer in the water. However, if you expect
refreshment, you are wrong, because due to the Heliothermie the temperatures
here are between 30 and 50 degrees. Sometimes even more – especially in the
depths. This is because the salt retains the sun’s heat intensified.
Already in the 19th century Sovata became
famous because of the Ursu Lake, which is now the largest solar thermal Lake
in Europe. During this time, the
extraordinary Lake was created as a result of fractures and landslides (salt
karst). Nowadays, bathing in Lake Bärensee is allowed between June and
September, but only accessible via a paid bath. Admission costs 30 Lei. On
weekends it can be quite beautiful, both in the water and on the wooden
terraces, which serve as the deck surface. A part of the lake is separated,
because there the healing mud is removed and used for various health-promoting
A maximum of 30 minutes is recommended for a
bath in the lake in order to fully develop the therapeutic effect.
Whether gynaecological, rheumatic or dermatological diseases, the healing salt
water should help with a variety of ailments.
Sovata is the ideal starting point for shorter
walks or longer hiking transylvania tour. Especially around the Bear Lake, many
paths lead through beautiful forests and to other lakes such as the Tivoli
Lake, where you can rent a boat or let off steam in the high ropes course.
Even bears, you can meet here!
A particularly atmospheric ending of the
evening is a 15-minute walk to the Belvedere Tower. There is probably
hardly a nicer place where you want to be at sunset in Transylvania Romania.
While the evening sun bathes the dense fir forests and peaceful dormant houses
in golden light, the thoughts wander into the distance. The wonderful
tranquility here also contributes to this. On the way to the tower you will
also pass fascinating salt formations, which are drawn like works of art on the
The surroundings of the small village of Campu
Cetatii are also ideal for a break in nature. Unfortunately, the steam
engine, which commutes here Daily from Sovata at my time of travel, was broken,
so we had to travel by car. A small hike to the lake, and the many curious tree
Égerfás tó is well worth the stumps in any case. And when you get a little
hungry back to the village, you can catch your own fish at Han Pescaresc
and then have them prepared by the restaurant’s chefs.