Transylvania is home to some of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, most notably Brasov, featuring Old Saxon architecture and citadel ruins and Sibiu with its cobblestone streets and pastel-colored houses.
Visitors to Transylvania will also encounter stunning castles such Bran, near Brasov, - a Gothic fairy-tale structure, often associated with 15th century Walachian Prince Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. While the connection with Vlad is tenuous, the deep bond of local villagers with the legend is not.
Transylvania's multi-ethnic heritage (including German and Hungarian) is delightfully apparent in the folk costumes, architecture, cuisine, music and festivals.
Colorful centuries-old traditions are alive and well in the small villages of Transylvania. People here still make a living at such time-honored occupations as shepherds, weavers, blacksmiths and carpenters.
Day 1 Bucharest-Bran-Brasov.
Bran: Castle of Dracula. Brasov: Black Church, Citadel of Brasov, Ecaterina's Gate, White Tower, Black Tower, The Blacksmiths Bastion, The Weavers Bastion, The Ropemakers Bastion, The Drapers Bastion.
Day 2 Brasov-Sibiu.
Evangelical Church, The Bridge of Lies, Historical Center, The Stairs Passage, Brukenthal Museum, Towers and Bastions.
Day 3 Sibiu-Biertan-Sighisoara.
Evangelical Church of Biertan. Sighisoara: The Clock Tower, The Church on the Hill, House of Dracula, The pupils roofed stairways.
Day 4 Sighisoara-Prejmer-Harman-Bucharest.
Fortified church of Prejmer. Fortified church of Harman.
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