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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.
Situated in Oradea, this hotel is close to Cris Museum, Fortress of Oradea and Ady Endre Museum. Also nearby are State Theatre and Vulturul Negru.
This family-friendly hotel is located in Brasov, close to Mount Tampa, Piata Sfatului and Black Church. Local attractions also include Saint Nicholas Church and First Romanian School Museum.
Situated in Predeal, this spa hotel is close to Predeal Ski Resort. Area attractions also include Poiana Brasov Ski Resort.
This family-friendly hotel is located in Poiana Brasov, close to Poiana Brasov Ski Resort. Area attractions also include Predeal Ski Resort and Saint Nicholas Church.
Situated in Sibiu, this hotel is close to Evangelical Cathedral, Liar's Bridge and History Museum. Also nearby are Council Tower and Brukenthal National Museum.
Situated in Cluj-Napoca, this luxury hotel is close to Palace of Justice, Avram Iancu Square and Unirii Square. Also nearby are St. Michael's Church and National Theatre.
Located in the heart of Cluj-Napoca, this hotel is within walking distance of Pharmacy Museum, Avram Iancu Square and Unirii Square. Also nearby are St. Michael's Church and National Museum of Art.
Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Brasov hotel is in the city centre, near Piata Sfatului winter activities, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Also nearby are Black Church and Mount Tampa.