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Transilvanian Citadels (2 days)
  • Transilvanian  Citadels ( 2 days tour, 4 meals, entrence fee to museum & one night accommodation at a **** hotel included)

1-st day

Sinaia (Sinaia Monastery, Peles Castle)

Sighisoara (the oldest european medieval town still inhabited) The Sighisoara Medieval Citadel and the Biertan Fortified Church are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and serve as living monuments to more than eight centuries of Saxon history.  Enter Sighisoara’s iconic Clock Tower, which boasts a pyramidal roof crowned by a spire and offers magnificent panoramas of the citadel. See primitive instruments of persecution in Sighisoara’s Torture Room and learn about the dark prince of Wallachia that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Church of Biertan is the most eminent of all the area’s fortified Saxon churches. Step inside a tiny room where couples pondering divorce were held prisoners until they resolved their differences. See the gravestones of the Lutheran bishops who used the church as their residence for more than 300 years.


2-nd day

Bran Castle- The first documentary attestation of Bran Castle is the letter written in 1377 by the Hungarian Ludovic I D’Anjou, giving the inhabitants of Brasov some privileges.
At the end of the 14th century, king Sigismund gave up the leadership of Bran Fortress in favor of Mircea cel Batran. The royal domain had been given to the Hungarian aristocracy, while the Fortress passed under the rule of Mircea’s faithful boyards. Few years later, the Hungarian king got back the Fortress. Bran Fortress was subordinated to the authority of Szeklers Committee.
The Fortress had an essential part in protecting the Hungarian king from the Ottomans and Tartars’ invasion, coming from Tara Romaneasca through Rucar Pass. That’s the reason why the inhabitants of Brasov built the Castle on their own work and expenses.
Iancu de Hunedoara fortified Transylvania’s borders and also the towers of the Bran Castle. He made sure the rights of the paysans were respected by the boyards who ruled the Fortress. However, there were frequent fights between merchants and boyards.
In 1498 the Fortress passed under the merchant’s possession and it was used mainly for treading. You should also know that it was a time when in charge of the leadership was a judge called “Judele Brasovului”. Responsible for the defense of the Castle was the permanent garrison: 2 guards and 10 – 20 archers and ballisters.
The boyards had the right to collect fees from visitors and paysans. The Fortress had an extra income from: selling cheese, milk and muttons and manufacturing wood. The paysans fought against the aristocracy for several times. In 1514 they refused to take action against Gheorghe Doja.
Bran Castle is now the property of the Romanian State and belongs to Brasov. Hungary does no longer rule Transylvania. The history changed, but we should remember that in the 18th century the Fortress was the house of the Austrians frontier guards. In 1836 Bran became the official border and the defense role of the fortress was no longer a priority. In 1920, the Brasov Town council donated Bran Castle to Queen Maria of Great Romania, who lived there with the royal family till 1947. Since 1947 the Castle is opened as museum.
(Source: www.brasovtravelguide.ro)

Rasnov is one of the best preserved peasant citadels in Transylvania. It was built in the 13th century by the inhabitants in Rasnov to protect themselves against the Turks and Tatars who invaded the country. The citadel is located 15 kilometers from Brasov and 15 kilometers from Bran. It stands on a big hill, so the view from the top is worth while.  In the Rasnov locality itself you can see old Saxon houses, as well as other sights, such as the Old Evanghelic Church, the Old Orthodox Church and Rasnoavei Gorges

known artifacts is a skeleton buried below a glass floor.

Brasov is the seventh largest city in the country. It has a medieval town center surrounded by scenic green hills, and nearby Southern Carpathian mountains offer plenty of outdoor activities around the year. The main touristic sight is the medieval old town with the famous black Gothic church ( Black Church), built in 1477, cobblestone pedestrian streets, old city gates and restaurants and cafés, as well as buildings representing several centuries and architectural styles, situated around the main square, Piata Sfatului. there are also a couple of museums, including the Town Museum and an art museum. The Tâmpa mountain close to the old city center offers beautiful views over Brasov, and can be reached by walking or by cable car. There is also an old citadel from the 16th century that is now home to many outdoor restaurants and bars. Outside the fortress, you can find the oldest part of the city, called the Schei district.

Price per person – minimum 2 persons
2-3 persons                –   280 EUR

>4 persons                  –   250 EUR