Top 5 Things to Do in Transylvania
Home to Dracula and a whole lot of Halloween fun, Transylvania is worth a visit just for its frights. But this region in Romania boasts way more than just that, featuring stunning natural beauty, medieval towns, gorgeous architecture, and even an epic highway that puts new meaning on a scenic drive.
There are plenty of castles and frights to be had in Transylvania, but there are other great things to do when in the area for a visit. Here are our top five.
Also known as Dracula’s Castle, no visit to Transylvania should go without a tour of this legendarily creepy place. The most iconic castle in the region, it was home of Vlad the Impaler—who would be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, a world-recognized icon and the origin for vampires everywhere, from literature to the big screen. The town of Bran is largely dedicated to all things Dracula, from haunted houses to themed hotels to Dracula tours. This is a must-visit for those looking for some history and a little spook.
Medieval City of Brasov
There’s so much to do in this historically-rich city, but the musts include Rope Street and Catherine’s Gate. Rope Street was originally used as an access route for firefighters and is considered the slenderest street in Europe. Fire trucks would have a hard time getting through it today! Catherine’s Gate was built in 1559 and is the only remaining piece from the demolished original building. The gate acted as the main entrance to the walled medieval city, so there’s plenty of history and stories behind it. Tampa Mountain is another must-see in Brasov, great for hikes and famous for being the location for the attack of Vlad the Impaler over Brasov in the 15th century—so Dracula fans also have reason to visit this fascinating town!
Another gorgeous medieval town, Sighisoara has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, featuring steep stairways, cobbled roads, colorful architecture, and huge towers offering breathtaking views over the city. Most notably, the 14th century Clock Tower acts as a true symbol for the 700-year-old town. Dracula fans are also in luck again; when in Sighisoara you can visit the actual birthplace of Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler.
Salina Turda Salt Mine
Part salt mine, part amusement park, Salina Turda is one-of-a-kind. Set almost 400 feet below the Earth’s surface, you can explore one of the oldest salt mines in the world, plus have some modern-day fun. Closed in 1932, the mine acted as a bomb shelter during World War II and even as a warehouse for cheese later on. Today you can explore the museum and enjoy the amphitheater, Ferris wheel, spa, bowling alley, mini golf, table tennis and even row a boat along an underground lake.
A fright in its own right, the second highest road in Romania offers alpine terrains and alpine views, so rent a car and ride around the majestic Carpathian Mountains. Over 60 miles long and the highest point being well over 6,000 feet high, the word epic just doesn’t do it justice. Huge curves and big drop-offs without barriers make this a scary but exhilarating ride. Drive safe and take turns so everyone can take in the stunning sights.
Home to adventure, natural beauty, surreal experiences, and, of course, Dracula, Transylvania is a truly unique getaway perfect for a scare or just an amazing vacation. Talk to your Liberty Travel consultant to get started, who’ll offer end-to-end travel planning for every kind of trip, no matter where you’re going or what you’re doing.