Sibiu – Transfagarasan – Cincu – Brasov – Bran Castle – Peles Castle
Accomodation with breakfast at Brasov . We will enjoy our meals at one of the many restaurants and guesthouses in the areas visited depending on the guest culinary preferences.
Discover old town of Sibiu in a enjoyable walk thrue the streets filled with charm and history. Let us show you why Sibiu has been voted in top 10 places to visit in Europe and why we are so proud to be part of the Sibiu city present life. Sibiu has so much to offer to his visitors and we are shore you will keep Sibiu in your list of places to return.
After that we will start our trip towards Brasov. We will drive along the Fagaras Mountains and beautiful scenery of the medieval villages and forest. We will enter in the heart of the Fagaras Mountains by driving on to the Transfagarasan mountain road, one of the most spectacular roads in the world.
The Transfagarasan was built between 1970 and 1974 by military forces. After the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviets, Nicolae Ceausescu had it built as a strategic military route to cross the mountains in the event the Soviets attempted a similar move into Romania. The builders used 6000 tons of dynamite to clear a path for the road on the northern side of the mountains (this is the most spectacular) and on the tunnel. 40 soldiers lost their lives during construction.
On the top of the mountain we will stop to admire the Balea Lake situated at 2034 metres altitude. Here every winter The Hotel of Ice is (re)built every year using four-feet long ‘bricks’ made from ice from the nearby Balea Lake. Every year this unique hotel features a new design.
The ice church near the hotel completes the ice complex.. The altar is decorated with ice sculptures in high-relief. The most comfortable way to get to the Hotel of Ice in winter is the cable car, due to the rough weather conditions and to the amount of snow falling in Fagaras Mountains.
After this we will relax in a much warmer temperature and athmosphere at Cincu village where whe can gave a coffee or we can taste the authentique saxon food at Cincu guesthouse. The Former Evangelical School, together with the Former Parish House and the Fortified Church in Cincsor, form a historic ensemble that is typical for the former Transylvanian Saxon villages. The church, school, parish house and community represent the core of spirituality and Saxon culture.
After this we will head towards city of Brasov. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance .
Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania.
Stroll around the old Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului) where you can admire colorfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures. Take a peek inside the Black Church (Biserica Neagra), the largest gothic church in Romania. Its name derives from damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689, when flames and smoke blackened its walls. The interior is impressive and well-kept and houses one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe.
From here the guest will continue the visit to Bran Castle or Peles Castle.
The Bran Castle was built in the 14th century for military purposes and has been altered many times along the ages. In 1920, Queen Mary of Romania receives the construction from the authorities of Brasov. It was given to her as a sign of gratitude for her contribution to the Great Union of 1918. Queen Mary turns the building into the fairytale castle we know today. The construction still has a lot of elements of medieval gothic architecture which give the castle a mysterious and fascinating flavor.
The Bran Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Romania. The legend saying that the castle was the famous Count Dracula’s home is definitely the reason why so many tourists visit the castle. Bran is also one of the best conserved and impressive medieval castles in Romania and it served as a regal home .
The magnificent Peles Castles, with its fairytale turrets and pointed towers rising above acres of green meadows sprinkled with haystacks, was built as a summer residence by Romania’s longest serving monarch, King Carol I, who died and was buried here in 1914, just months after the castle’s completion.