Medieval Bran Castle

Transylvania – medieval, misterious, secluded

What do you know about Transylvania?

The mythical land of Transylvania is a mysterious region in Romania known for medieval towns, mountainous borders and castles like Bran Castle, a Gothic fortress associated with the legend of Dracula.

But we are not going to talk about Dracula from Bram Stoker’s famous novel here, even though Transylvania is home to so many mysterious legends and places that could easily inspire new novels and movies.

Instead, we are going to focus on the less known about Transylvania, this Romanian region blessed with a rich culture, an old and intriguing history and amazing natural beauty but also home to quite a few spooky places that would give you chills only by thinking about them.

The Transylvania you most likely do NOT know .... just yet :)

Hunted Hoia Baciu Forest near Cluj
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Hoia-Baciu Forest

Transylvania is harboring one of the most haunted and spookiest forests on the planet, a sinister woodland full of all kind of unexplained phenomena and home to bizarre, unexplainable events. We are talking about the Hoia-Baciu Forest which lies in the very proximity of the city of Cluj-Napoca and is known as “The Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania.”

It is said that electronic equipment is prone to malfunction here, that the place was home to some UFO sightings and that visitors to the forest are prone to inexplicably intense feelings of unease.

Banffy Castle in Transylvania
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Banffy Castle

The Banffy Castle in Botinda, not far from Cluj-Napoca and one of the major Baroque attractions in Romania,  is considered by some to be the most haunted place in the country.

Known as Versailles of Transylvania, the castle suffered a fire at the hands of retreating Nazi soldiers in WWII, fire that destroyed its rich interiors and left it in ruins. These ruins of the Banffy Castle were said to be hunted by ghosts, the castle receiving even a visit from the team of Ghost Hunters International. If the famous ghosts are still there after the Castle's restoration - well, that's up to you to find out during your trip and visit to the place.

Hunted Hoia Baciu Forest near Cluj
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Dacian Fortresses in Sarmizegetusa Regia - the Romanian Stonehenge

Thousands of years before Christ, the Tracians and afterwords the Dacians were the first recorded people to live in Transylvania.

Their particular belief in immortality gave birth to a complex mythology that turned them into a famous, powerful civilization, mentioned by Herodotus and other famous historians of the time.

Sarmizegetusa was the Dacian capital city, an icon of a developed ancient nation. The most enigmatic construction at the site is by far the large circular sanctuary.

Visitors to the site find similarities between the Andesite Sun within Sarmizegetusa Regia and  Stonehenge. While the layout of the timber settings resembles the Stonehenge monument, the “Andesite Sun” was likely used as a sundial. The proportions of the Sanctuary are related to the number 1,618 also known as the golden ratio; the golden number, the golden section, and the golden triangle dominate the entire structure of the temple.

There are so many mysteries around the area famous for its legends about the energetic fields and the alleged hidden Dacic treasures so that it became a pilgrimage site for paranormal believers .

Balea Lake on Transfagarasan - Impressive surrounding landscape and a great spot for hiking, ice climbing, cycling or (if you are pro) even skiing – this is how one can best attempt to describe the famous Balea Lake in the Fagaras mountains. Reachable by car (or bike) in the summer and by cable car in the winter, this old glacier lake …

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A Castle and a Glass of Wine ([year]) - This 16th century once hunting residence turned into a symbol for Jidvei, one of Romania's premier white wines wineries. Mix culture and pleasure by visiting the Bethlen Haller Castle in Cetatea de Balta, Transylvania.
Oldest Underground Glacier at Scarisoara Ice Cave in the Apuseni - Scarisoara Ice Cave in the Apuseni Mountains houses the largest underground glacier in Europe and second largest in the world.  It is considered a show cave and one of the natural wonders of Romania. Ice samples extracted from the Scarisoara Cave Glacier offer evidence of how winter climate in Europe has fluctuated over the last 10,000 years.
By Bogdan Toderas, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7793487 Prometheus Statue overseeing the Vidraru Dam - An engineering jewel between Frunţii Mountains and Ghiţu mountains, the Vidraru Dam is basically where Transfagarasan starts ... From here, you'll follow the road through tunnels and slopes up to Balea Cascada (Balea Waterfall) and Balea Lake.
Lake Saint Anna Lake Sfânta Ana (lake Saint Anne) - Surrounded by an amazing landscape, the only crater lake in Romania has the purest water and is said to do miracles. Ready for a visit?