Transylvania is a destination rich in history, with beautiful scenery, ancient traditions, quaint villages and enchanting castles. Widely known as the home of Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula, travellers will be delighted with the adorable medieval towns of Brasov and Sighisoara, surrounded by the soaring Carpathian Mountains and the charming Transylvania hotels offering hospitable accommodation in stunning natural scenery.
Travellers coming to Transylvania will be captivated by ancient rural lifestyle of Romania and the folklore and traditions that have been practiced for hundreds of years!
Transylvania is one of the most picturesque natural regions in Europe, though some people may only relate to it in terms of stories of blood thirsty vampires. It houses medieval fortress towns, monasteries and historical cities with spectacular baroque architecture. These cities offer contemporary tourist services and Transylvania hotels at rates far cheaper than those in other European destinations. Developed cities co-exist with old villages where people live as they did a century ago and are ideal for exploring on an exciting Transylvania tour.
Transylvania – the region that lies beyond (trans) the woods (sylvania). The major towns and cities in this province are Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara. Transylvania is distinct as it is the product of many cultures living together, intermingling and surviving through hard times. The Hungarians/Seklers, Saxons from Karinthia, Protestants from Salzkammergut, Romanians, Armenians, Jewish/Yiddish and the French – all played a role in building the culture of this land, and many of these early settlers brought fame to the region. The varied influence of all these people can be seen in the architecture of the province.
Transylvania is replete with legends and misty medieval sites and there is a lot to see and do. There are around 100 castles and fortresses and about 70 fortified churches. The best and greatest of the preserved castles and fortresses in Romania are found here. Since Transylvania is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, there are several mountain forests where you can go hiking and climbing. You can also take a tour in Transylvania of the national parks in the mountains.
A much loved tourist attraction is Bran Castle, allegedly the home of Prince Vlad Tepes, who gave rise to the legend of Dracula. Some of Europe’s most beautiful cities are to be found in Transylvania, as well as one of the best medieval villages that remain in the world, Sighisoara. Transylvania is a good place to visit all year round as it offers trekking in the summer and skiing during winter – in Poiana Brasov and Sinaia. Maramures is a village in north-western Transylvania where the villagers live according to traditions that have been passed down through centuries. They dress in colourful outfits and their culture is full of festivals and myths.
Transylvania boasts of good infrastructure and a good range of Transylvania hotels as well, so you can expect all the amenities as your explore the region. You can even use our Transylvania map to choose your hotel in Transylvania based on its location.
Transylvania is circled by the Carpathian Mountains and you can find almost extinct fauna (bears, wolves) and flora (such as orchids) here. Tourism and the strong capitalist tradition before World War II has resulted in Transylvania becoming the most developed province in Romania. Germans and Hungarians present in Transylvania have been the reason for a Western influence in the province after 1989. The Saxon culture prevails in the south and south-east while the east and north-west are dominated by Hungarian culture. Make sure you take a Transylvania tour to visit a few of the old villages in the region, as the people will welcome you with good cheer.
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