5 Things to See and Do in Transylvania

5 Things to See and Do in Transylvania

Transylvania is one of Eastern Europe’s most captivating regions and although it is often known as the land of bloodthirsty vampires and wolves, it is in fact loaded with incredible things to see and do, all without the fear of being bitten by a vampire. It is here where visitors will experience lush countrysides, undiscovered forests and lost-in-time villages. The birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, a man-made road that will have driving enthusiasts cheering and an abundance of wildlife that will have you snapping more photos than you ever thought await visitors here in the beautiful region.

5. Bran Castle

It wouldn’t be a visit to Transylvania without visiting the castle that actually fits Bram Stoker’s description of Dracula’s Castle. It is open almost every day of the year and costs a mere 6 euros to enter. Visitors here will find a beautiful mix of culture, art and architecture and recently the castle underwent an extensive renovation. For the full Dracula experience make sure to take a ride in the glass elevator that lets you experience Dracula’s escape route. All year round there are music festivals, food fairs and children’s activities that draw over half a million visitors each year. Of course the most popular time to visit is around Halloween where the really spooky stuff comes out and night tours are offered throughout the castle.

Bran Castle

4. Trek the Carpathians

A whole hidden world of hiking awaits those looking to get outdoors in Transylvania and renowned hikers from around the world come to trek through the Carpathians. First time hikers won’t want to miss The Heroes Cross at the top of Caraiman peak, a memorial built to honor the First World War. This magnificent sight is truly one of a kind. Another great place for hikers to explore here is the Piatra Craiului National Park, also known as King’s Rock. The park is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals including thousands of bears, wolves and lynx that are a part of the Large Carnivore Project. Spend some time here with your camera capturing wildlife at every turn.

Piatra Craiului National Park
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