Few can think of Transylvania without imagining Count Dracula, Bram Stoker’s famous vampire. While the imposing Bran Castle may have been the inspiration for the tale, there is more to the region than this mighty Gothic fortification. Discover a landscape studded with medieval towns and bucolic villages nestled amid the towering, verdant Carpathian Mountains.
Many people start their Transylvania explorations in the irrepressibly pretty town of Braşov, the gateway to the region. Cobbled streets, Old Saxon architecture and charming little cafés create opportunities for a delightful stay. Visit other medieval towns as well. In Sibiu see pastel-colored houses and Brukenthal Palace art museum. Shop for handmade products in the tiny stores of Sighișoara. Tour the Saxon fortified churches at Hărman. These include the largest church of this kind in southeastern Europe, Prejmer.
Bran Castle might be the most famous castle in the region, but it most certainly isn’t the only one. Visit the romantic Corvin Castle, which dates from the 14th century and is located near Hunedoara. Spend several hours at Râșnov Fortress, once used by the Teutonic Knights.
Transylvania is a wild place, where the villages are nestled in the abundant greenery, peaks and valleys of the mountains. Get out and explore wildflower-filled meadows and hardwood forests. Discover the secrets and legends of the region. Wildlife abounds, so watch for brown bears and wolves. Hike in the Apuseni Mountains in the western Carpathians to view some astounding scenery. The Scărișoara Glacier is one of the largest underground glaciers on the continent and is well worth a visit. The area is also pocked with caves, such as Chiscau Bears' Cave and Vartop Cave.
Catch one of the flights arriving at Transylvania’s Cluj International Airport or fly into Bucharest and travel to Transylvania from there. Trains are an efficient way of getting around within Romania. Take advantage of the excellent guided tours that set off from the larger towns, as these include many of Transylvania’s key sights.
Located in Sibiu Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Radu Stanca National Theater and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Brukenthal National Museum and Piata Mare are also within 10 minutes. Sibiu Station is 17 minutes by foot.
Located in Cluj-Napoca City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pharmacy Museum, Unirii Square and Avram Iancu Square. St. Michael's Church is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) away. Cluj-Napoca Station is 24 minutes by foot.
Located in the heart of Sibiu, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Radu Stanca National Theater, Brukenthal National Museum and Piata Mare. History Museum and Liar's Bridge are also within 15 minutes. Sibiu Station is 20 minutes by foot.
Located near the slopes, this Brasov Old Town hotel is situated in the city centre, within 1 mile (2 km) of Piata Sfatului and Black Church, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Mount Tampa and First Romanian School Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km). Brasov Station is 29 minutes by foot.
Located in the heart of Sighisoara, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clock Tower and History Museum. Sighisoara Citadel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away. Sighisoara Station is 11 minutes by foot.
Situated in Sibiu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Radu Stanca National Theater and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Brukenthal National Museum and Piata Mare are also within 15 minutes. Sibiu Station is 21 minutes by foot.
Situated in Brasov, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Black Church, Piata Sfatului and Saint Nicholas Church. First Romanian School Museum and Mount Tampa are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Palace of Justice, Avram Iancu Square and Unirii Square. St. Michael's Church is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.