Transylvania is a historical region which is located in central Romania. Bound on the east and south by its natural borders, the Carpathian mountain range, historical Transylvania extended westward to the Apuseni Mountains.
The region of Transylvania is known for the scenery of its Carpathian landscape and its rich history. It also contains major cities such as Alba Iulia, Bistrita, Brasov, Cluj Napoca, Medias, Miercurea Ciuc, Sebes, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Targu Mures.
Some facts about Transylvania
Transylvania is best known as the mysterious land of Dracula and howling wolves. Some think it’s entirely fictional, but this central Romanian region is a real place. Bram Stoker’s infamous Dracula provides Transylvania with a wealth of tourists who come to visit these amazing castles related to Vlad Tepes life. Similarly, Nosferatu- this 1922 classic film– helped to put this unknown region on the map .
Best of Transylvania
- Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle
- The medieval cities of Alba Iulia, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Târgu Mureș and Sighișoara (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- The city of Brașov and the nearby Poiana Brașov ski resort
- The city of Hunedoara with the 14th century Corvin Castle
- The citadel and the Art Nouveau city centre of Oradea
- The Dacian Fortresses of the Orăştie Mountains, including Sarmizegetusa Regia (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- The Red Lake
- The Turda Gorge natural reserve
- The Râșnov Citadel in Râșnov
- The Saxon fortified churches (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Romanian traditions and folk culture, ASTRA National Museum Complex, Sibiu
- The Salina Turda Salt Mine: according to Business Insider—one of the ten “coolest underground places in the world”.
If you come to Transylvania, here’s what you cannot miss!
Brasov is at the foot of Mount Tampa, being a city surrounded by a vibrant green. You can take the cable car up and down and enjoy the absolutely stunning views from the Hollywood style Brasov sign. The city view from the top is truly spectacular and there is a viewing platform for those with no fear of heights.
Good to Know
Visa in not needed for EU citizens. Everyone else need a visa.
12 Must Try Foods in Transylvania
- Romanian Beef Tripe Soup – Ciorbă de burtă ardelenească
- Pork-and-Rice Meatball Soup- Ciorbă De Perisoare
- Cabbage Rolls – Sarmale
- Grilled Minced Meat Rolls – Mici
- Cluj-style Cabbage – Varza a la Cluj
- Polenta with Cheese and Sour Cream – Mamaliga cu branza si smantana
- Honoring the pig – Pomana porcului
- Greaves with Onions – Jumari cu ceapa
- Beans with Hocks – Iahnie cu ciolan
- Smoked Bacon with paprika – Slaninuta afumata cu boia
- Fermented Plum Brandy – Palinka
Quirky Places In Transylvania You Had No Idea Even Existed
Strada Sforii (“Rope Street”), German is the narrowest street in the city of Brașov, Romania. It is believed to be one of the narrowest streets in Europe. It is situated near Șchei Gate and it is perpendicular to Strada Cerbului (Stag Street). It was initially built as a corridor that firemen could use, and it is first mentioned in 17th century documents. Strada Sforii is now a tourist attraction and meeting spot. Its width varies between 111 and 135 centimetres (44 and 53 in), and it is 80 metres (260 ft) long.