Transylvania — the mysterious land of bloodthirsty vampires and howling wolves. I’ve listed 5 awesome places I visited last summer you need to visit too! Read also the article 10 things you need to know before going to Transylvania.
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Last summer me and my boyfriend Laurenz were traveling around Transylvania for one month. We are fascinated by the wilderness and beauty of this part in Romania and that’s the reason I love my birth country so much. We’re always having such a good time in Romania. ♡
Here are some places we’ve visited and loved.
1. Balea Lac | Transfăgărășan road
The Transfăgărășan mountain road is rated as one of the most spectacular roads in the world according to Top Gear. It’s 90 km long and runs through the Făgărăș mountains. This national road numbered 7C in uniting the regions of Muntenia with Transylvania.
The Transfagarasan rises to a height of 2134 meter and has sharp narrow turns, a real challenge for driving. The road is often closed from October till June due to the snow that is blocking the road.
It was such a foggy day when we arrived at the Bâlea lake the landscape was all covered in white, dense clouds.
I told Laurenz he needs to see the lake but when we arrived there it looked like this:
Disappointed by the fact that the fog was covering the whole place so Laurenz couldn’t see a thing we decided to drive back.
On the way down we noticed that the fog and clouds were slowly disappearing from the top. So we decided to turn around and drive back to the lake. When we arrived the second time it looked like this:
Be prepared for freezing temperatures up there!
Road back down
2. Castelul de Lut | Valea Zanelor
This “castle” is called the clay castle and is situated in the valley of the fairies. What a wonderful name to build something like this, isn’t it?
The clay castle is as it’s name says made out of clay. Only recycled and natural materials were used to build it. Not only does it look good, but it’s also sustainable. That’s why I love this place so much. So simple and yet so special.
We met the owner of the castle who was sitting outside in the garden with his dog. A handsome man with a beautiful vision of life. He told us that this place will be opened as an hotel next year and we can’t wait to check in a room. ♡
3. Dracula’s Castle | Bran, Brașov
Bohooo, the home of Dracula. When I tell people I’m from Romania, Transylvania the first thing they say is aaah, Dracula. You probably know what I mean if you’re living abroad and are from too Transylvania. This castle became known abroad owing to the Irish writer Dracula novel Bram Stoker. The name Dracula comes from the surnames of Vlad the Impaler’s father, the Dracul, he was the member of the Dragon Order.
This summer I visited the castle after 14 years again. Meaning I was there at the age of 9 as far as I remember. I had the castle much bigger in memory haha. Nevertheless it is still imposing.
Vlas Tepes was known for his cruelty and that he impaled his enemies.
4. Peleș Castle | Sinaia
Located at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe.
Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art. Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electrical current. The electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant.
Wild camping is still legal in Romania. One HUGE reason more to travel to Romania! Enjoy, don’t leave trash and be aware of the bears.
5. Bucegi Mountains
The Bucegi Mountains are a wonderful natural attraction in Romania. The peak, Omu, rises 2505 meters above sea level. Since 1935, the valley has been considered a national park and is included on Romania’s protected areas list.
Bucegi have become newsworthy not because of their picturesque peaks or abundant wildlife but rather because of fantastical claims of alien occupiers and international conspiracies. This place and it’s history are truly mysterious.
One of the must-see attractions in the Bucegi National Park is the Romanian Sphinx and the Babele. The rock formations were formed by erosion. The Sphinx stone is called like this because it looks like the Egyptian Sphinx of Giza, Bagdad.
The Babele (meaning old women) stones are shaped like mushrooms. Some believe that they are a signal of an extraterrestrial presence on Earth.
They are truly mystic because in the flat plateau there aren’t many huge stones but them which have really crazy formations. But don’t ask me because I’m pretty much into supernatural places, energies and aliens. Nevertheless the energy up there is truly special and mystic. See for yourself when you are there.
Theorists believe that in Bucegi there are underground tunnels with huge rooms, with huge tables and stone chairs for people much, much taller than us”. Going still further, the theory suggests that “These rooms were created 50,000 years ago and each is connected to each other, protected by an energy source which actives all as one is activated. The locations are: near the Sphinx in Egypt, Baghdad, Mount Kailash in Tibet and the Bucegi Mountains in Romania. The inner tunnels lead to a secret World under the Gobi Plateau in Mongolia and to Antarctica.” (Day, 2013)