Romania (part III) – Bran Castle, Sibiu, Biertan & Sighișoara

Exploring medieval Sibiu
Exploring medieval Sibiu

After stopping in Bucharest, Sinaia and Brașov, we set off to explore the most famous spots in Transylvania including Dracula’s castle!

Our next stop in the road trip was Bran Castle. Although you might not have heard this name, I’m pretty sure you know about Count Dracula. This character was created in 1897 by the Irish writer Sam Broker and inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, Vlad Dracula, nicknamed Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), who was the ruler of the region of Walachia at various times from 1456 to 1462. Despite our high expectations, we didn’t like this castle that much. The whole area surrounding it was full of tourists and the place itself wasn’t that breathtaking or even scary.

We arrived to Sibiu at night but still went for a walk around a festival being held next to the Evangelical Cathedral. On the next day, we explored this very well preserved medieval city, including the Huet, Great (Piata Mare) and Little  (Piata Mica) squares, the Bridge of Lies and the imposing Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral. We finished our tour at a local market in Piata Cibin, located in the Lower town.

On our way from Sibiu to Sighișoara, we stopped in Biertan. This small village hosts one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. We loved visiting this fortress and especially the magnificent view to the green hills from above!

We arrived to Sighișoara late in the evening. Unfortunately, shortly after checking in, it started raining so hard, we stayed in for quite some time. After it was over, we went out for a night walk but didn’t get to see much. Besides, we had to leave early the next morning since we had to drive back to Bucharest and catch our flight to Spain, so I guess we’ll visit this beautiful town some other time!

Trip details

Sibiu

Accommodation: we stayed at Pensiunea Chic, ideally situated in the very heart of Sibiu, on the Huet Square.

Restaurants: we had a good breakfast at Café Wien, close to our hotel.

Sighișoara

Accommodation:  at the guesthouse Casa Savri, located in the oldest building in town. 

Bars & restaurants: we had a late dinner at Concordia. 

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