5 Places To Visit In Transylvania

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. ♡

King of the cas­tle
Entry to one of the apart­ments

Have a sit out­side in the fairy gar­den

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.

Vlad Tepes aka Drac­u­la

 

 

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.

After vis­it­ing Peles cas­tle you can go wild camp­ing and start a hike to Buce­gi moun­tains on the next day:
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)

Those are the top 5 places to visit, even though there are 1000 amazing places to visit in Transylvania. I can say I love almost every piece of nature there. That because a lot of parts are sill very wild and untouched. Proud to call this my home country. ♡

Have a safe trip & enjoy the magic of Transylvania.

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