Let’s be honest… When most people hear the word ‘Transylvania’ they instantly enjoy fond memories of their favourite Dracula movies, or even dressing up as the titular horror character for Halloween when they were a child.
Transylvania has become so engrossed and interlinked with the story of the world’s most famous member of the undead, almost any other facts, figures or traits of the Romanian region are utterly lost in the fog.
However, Transylvania is home to so much more than blood-sucking ghouls of the night (not literally!). In fact, many people seeking an incredible walking or cycling holiday often pick Romania, or Transylvania specifically, as their location of choice!
Why? Let’s break it down:
First and foremost, anyone who has actually been to Romania or Transylvania knows it is the unsung hero of unmistakable views of any place in Europe.
Wide-open plains, glistening rivers and pools, and towering hills and mountains are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things you might see that will take your breath away in Transylvania.
There are countless spectacular Transylvanian sights to speak of, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the world-famous sight that is the Transfargarasan Highway.
It’s a real mouthful to say out loud, which is why it’s appropriate that the highway itself is a complex, twisty-turny road that would make even the most experienced of drivers turn their heads in surprise!
Surrounded by mountains on all sides, you can be sure you’ll have one heck of a good view as you make your way up and down this glorious route, by car or by bike.
Due to the unstable nature of cross-culture relations in the middle ages, many regions and countries in Eastern Europe would find themselves embroiled in conflict with their neighbours or other invading forces.
Romania and Transylvania were no different. So much so that many of the buildings scattered in and around Transylvania once held positions of great significance when it came to defending from potential invaders.
The Citadel of Sighișoara and the Saxon Villages of Transylvania, for example, are both recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their role in defending locals.
However, with over 150 of these similar sites to be found throughout Transylvania, you’ll never be too far away from a true piece of Eastern European history.
Unmissable Architecture and Castles
Like many other countries with a rich history, Romania is home to countless castles and remnants of centuries gone by.
Many of these magnificent structures have been impeccably preserved over time, so they can still be enjoyed by the tourists of today.
One such castle we must mention is the classic Bran Castle. Also known as the ‘Dracula Castle’ (for all the wrong reasons) it draws hundreds and thousands of tourists each and every year for its infamous link with the popular vampire tale.
However, despite all the talk of Bran Castle being intertwined with Dracula, neither the fictional Count nor his real-life inspiration Vlad the Impaler were ever permanent residents there!
Instead, the castle has earned its nickname and reputation thanks to its appearance in several Dracula-related published works, including books, TV shows, movies, and more.
But this doesn’t change the fact the castle is still an architectural marvel, with hillside views that need to be seen to be believed.
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