You won’t find any vampires in Transylvania, but you’ll discover a world of secluded medieval castles, Saxon fortresses, misterious, sometimes spooky ruins but also rustic countryside, tree-covered mountains and cozy small towns.
Bordered to the east by the Carpathian Mountains, ‘the land beyond the forest’ still needs to be discovered. While the Romans called it Trans-Sylvania, the name is Ardeal in Romanian, Erdely in Hungarian and Siebenbürgen in German.
Historically and culturally linked to both Central Europe and Southeastern Europe, its culture and customs reflect all those influences.
With four national parks, two biosphere reserves and three of Romania’s five natural parks, Transylvania one of the best places for fauna in Europe.
Here are some of the most unforgettable destinations you should not miss in Transylvania:
Salina Turda, one of the oldest salt mines in the world located in Turda, Romania, has been converted into an incredible amusement park. The mine which dates back to the Middle Ages now serves as a veritable history museum of salt mining. As far as the history goes, salt extraction on the surface started in antiquity, with the work expandeding underground during the Roman occupation of Dacia. (images credit By Gabriel Tocu – CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43374217) The Turda Salt Mine – History Museum of Salt Mining & Amusement Park was last modified: May 9th, 2018 by Travel GuruRead more
One of the most spectacular roads in the world, the Transfagarasan runs trough the spectacular, rocky Fagaras mountains, the highest mountains in Romania with the Moldoveanu peak reaching 2544 meters. Spooky tunnels and amazing views are awaiting the curious tourist!Read more
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.Read more
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 .Read more