Bram Stocker made Transylvania famous in his novel “Dracula”. People who came here after reading the novel discovered a land of rich woods, green fields and wild animals, not a scary place, like the one in the novel. They found a fairy tale region with castles, fortresses, tasty food and friendly people. That is why the list with 7 things to do in Transylvania it’s the minimum you can experience when visiting this wonder land:
1. Admire the fortresses
Transylvania was a border region in the past and that is why you can still find plenty of fortresses to admire. They were built to defend the country at that time. Some of them are just ruins now, but the others are prepared to receive their visitors.
2. Wander through the medieval cities
Sibiu and Brasov are two of the most important medieval cities in Transylvania. Their narrow streets, old buildings, large markets and tiled roofs invite you to explore them. It’s better to get lost so you can feel their romantic atmosphere.
3. Enjoy the countryside landscapes – maybe the best of the things to do in Transylvania
Transylvania means “the land beyond the forest”. In conclusion, expect to find here a lot of green: green woods, green hills and meadows, farm animals and idyllic sceneries. They form the main part of Transylvania. It’s a place where people can relax and rest their eyes on beautiful views. That is why I think this should be your number 1 in the list of things to do in Transylvania.
4. Visit Dracula
Dracula is the best known character in the region, so why not to pay him a visit if you are around? If Dracula is not at home, you can still see his beautiful castle, Bran castle, the one said to be his residence.
5. Explore the fortified churches
In the past people needed protection against invaders so every village built a fortified church, like a small fortress. They stored food and water inside and they used church’s bell tower to supervise the area. When invaders attacked, the church bell rang. This way all the villagers came inside the church and closed the gate.
Today, these old jewelries can be explored and the views from the bell tower are amazing.
6. Taste the traditional food
Sour soups, vegetable dishes, meat plates and fruity deserts form the traditional Transylvanian menu. Potato bread, polenta with cheese and sour cream, noodle soup and plum dumplings are only some of the traditional transylvanian food courses. They are so tasty that you will want to try all of them!
7. Enjoy an unique cultural experience – a theater play
The famous theater play “Faust” by Goethe is uniquely directed by a romanian Director. Dozens of actors, special effects and a Mefisto that will haunt you forever are only a few elements that make from this play such a success! The Observer wrote about it: ”So ravishing that you’re almost prepared to sell your soul to the devil to keep the succession of lush images coming”. This “Faust” is not a theater play, it’s an experience for all your senses.
These are only the most important things to do in Transylvania. You can enjoy all of them in an unique tour “Best of Transylvania in theatre” organized only on 20th-21st June 2015! Use this opportunity and experience Transylvania at its best!