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Transylvania Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary
Ideas of places to visit in Transylvania
If you’re on the hunt for places to visit in Transylvania, sit down with a pen and paper and start taking notes. These Transylvania attractions are the best spots to add to your travel itinerary. All of the attractions below are listed in order of their appearance in the video and will take you on a full loop of the very best destinations in the region.
(2:15 in the video) One of the first attractions to pencil in to your list of things to do in Transylvania is the Sibiu Council Tower. As you climb the stairs to the lookout, examine the intricate clock mechanism. When you reach the top, gaze out from the observation deck and see the city of Sibiu span out before you.
(2:31 in the video) As you step out from the Sibiu Council Tower, you will already be in your next itinerary destination. Welcome to Piata Mare, Sibiu’s central square. A great spot to kick off some local sightseeing, this square was once a small grain market, and today it is surrounded by some of the city’s best local cafés, shops and restaurants. This central area is also a great pick if you’re looking for places to stay.
(2:49 in the video) The next stop on your Transylvania adventure awaits in the city of Hunedoara. Hunedoara Castle (or Corvin Castle) is a medieval treasure that has been wonderfully preserved since its construction in the 14th century. This is one of the region’s most celebrated attractions and if you’re planning a trip to Transylvania, it is well worth adding to your itinerary. Be sure to watch the video to see some inspirational footage of this landmark.
(4:22 in the video) If you’re the kind of traveler who can’t resist a thrill, the Hoia Baciu Forest should be on your Transylvania bucket list. This lush forest is world famous for alleged paranormal happenings and spooky UFO sightings. These reports have earned the Hoia the title of “the world’s most haunted forest.” Whether you believe in ghosts and aliens or not, this woodland is an enchanting example of Transylvania’s natural wonders. The forest is very close to the city of Cluj Napoca, which is home to Cluj-Napoca International Airport, the region’s largest airport.
(4:52 in the video) Next up on your vacation itinerary is the beautiful city of Targu Mures. One of the most famous landmarks here is the Cultural Palace. Adorned with intricate gold mosaics, this extraordinary building houses a public library, a concert hall, a history museum and an art museum. If you’re looking for things to do in Targu Mures, the Cultural Palace is the perfect place to spend a day.
(5:37 in the video) What’s a vacation without a good old road trip? Hit the road again and travel to the fairytale city of Sighisoara. Its tiny old town is a mishmash of cute and colorful buildings. Watching over the entrance to the old town is the ancient Clock Tower. Another of Transylvania’s must-see attractions, the Clock Tower offers superb views of the town and beyond to the forests of the Tarnava Valley. It also houses a museum, where you can learn more about the unique story of the area.
(7:02 in the video) Any Transylvania vacation itinerary would be incomplete without a visit to Rasnov Fortress. The vast medieval citadel was built to defend Rasnov’s citizens from Turkish and Tartar invasion, and quickly became more than just a fortress. Step back through time as you explore this fortified citadel, which was once home to gardens, homes, a school and a chapel.
(7:44 in the video) The perfect finale to an unforgettable vacation to Transylvania, Bran Castle is the region’s most famous attraction. Renowned for being the inspiration for the lair of Bram Stocker’s Dracula, this fortress lures thousands of visitors each year. If you’re planning a trip to Transylvania, you can’t miss this iconic place to visit.
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