Is Transylvania really the land where blood suckers suck blood in a bloodsucking coldbloodedness? Or the land of bears and magical castles? Or a travel back in time?
If you are asking yourself this questions or if Transylvania is on your bucket list but you can’t decide and make that first crucial step towards it, than this blog post is for you! Pack your garlic and get ready for the adventure of your lifetime!
Travelling around Transylvania, described as “the last truly medieval landscape in Europe”, definitely feels like a travel back in time, like if you’ve gone back 100 years. If you feel like an old soul and you long for peace and harmony this is the perfect place for you!
Do you want to let the wind blow through your hair? Or you want to breath the fresh village air? In Transylvania you can do both by riding a horse-drawn cart!
Better than vodka, palinca contains double distilled plum and is sort of a plum brandy. If you want to taste this unique drink, you need to have a drink with the locals in the picturesque Transylvania!
Mael, who stayed with us, said that “The magic touch of palinca is that it never tastes the same. Either you feel like a dragon and your mouth is one fire, either it’s like drinking milk. But in both cases: ANOTHER ONE PLEASE!” .
With stunning mountain scenery and breathtaking lakes, it’s no wonder the TRANSFĂGĂRĂȘAN was named the best road in the world! It is a 150 km long road that crosses the Fagaras Mountains, the highest in Romania. Do you have the guts to drive it?
The wild landscape and utter beauty of the Apuseni is breathtaking. Find peace of mind in the Mountains of The Sunset (their literary translation), in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains!
TRUTH OR LEGEND? Discover Transylvania beyond Dracula! The land where folk tales and magical creatures foster the region’s storytelling tradition.
Mountains are Romania’s greatest natural gift. Therefore, the fertile valleys of the Transylvanian Plateau near the Apuseni Mountains make for great wine growing conditions!
We’d recommend you to try: Corcova, Cramele Recaș, Tămâioasă Românească, Jidvei, Avincis & Terra Romana.
Did you know that Romania has the largest brown bear population in Europe? In Transylvania bears regularly descend from the Carpathian foothills to nearby towns looking for food!
What do you think about a quick bear-watching trip through Transylvanian mountains?
We, Romanians, even have a famous expression including bears: “plimbă ursul” (literary “go walk the bear”) which means “go away” or “leave us alone”. So, say “plimbă ursul” to all of your mundane problems and come to Transylvania to find the ultimate truth, about yourself and about life!
The most striking thing about our culture is the strong folk traditions which have survived to this day due to the rural character of the Romanian communities. From embroidery to woodcarvings, Transylvanian crafts rank high up in the arts and crafts of Europe!
Universal literature found valuable sources of inspirations in some of Romania’s castles, so that now we can enjoy the famous “Dracula” by Bram Stoker and “The Castle in the Carpathians” by Jules Verne.
Our collection of castles and fortresses perhaps best illustrates the rich medieval heritage of the country, and so, we’d recommend: Bran , Peleș, Castelul Corvinilor & Jidvei Castle.
This and tones of other things are expecting you here, in the picturesque and medieval Transylvania. Get beyond the stereotypes and come explore it yourself!
by Eva Bunici for Transylvania Hostel