01 Natural Reservation – „Secular oak trees from Breite Sighişoara”.
The old trees with ages between 400 and 600 years and diameters up to 1.8 m are waiting for you on the plateau near Sighisoara, in the largest and best preserved pastureland full of centuries-old hornbeams and oaks in Central and Eastern Europe. Here, in the middle of the forest, on just 133 hectares, you find 10% of the plants known at national level. A favorite place for mushroom pickers (30 edible species), during summer there are dozens of playful butterflies, and the atmosphere is from another world. In the winter, you will surely find traces of wolves, brown bears or wild cats.
Intriguing and silent, they draw your attention with their appearance of mounds or ridges of earth, arranged in groups. You can find them all over the place, but the most beautiful you can see at Apold, Saschiz (near Sighisoara) or Movile (20 km from Agnita). They are special thanks to the floral biodiversity, being an attraction for geomorphologists.
03 The Pyramids from Sona
At the exit of the village located 8 km from Fagaras, you will find 8 mysterious mounds, placed in order of magnitude, on two parallel strings – the highest one is 30 meters high. Archaeologists have not determined who built them and what their purpose was – biologists think they are part of the family of the above mentioned slopes, but they could be Scythian tombs or date from pre-Dacian times.
04 The Mihăileni Canyon
For the lovers of adventurous trails, the view on Brot Ravine, the name of the geological reservation dating back to the Pliocene era, is amazing. 17 km from the road between Mediaş and Sibiu (via Şeica Mare), the canyon (500-600 m long and 25 m height of the walls) is hidden behind a vegetative „barrier”, being known to the locals by the legends that speak about the manor of the wolves here.
05 Small spotted eagle
Called Acvilla pomurina by the scientists, this migratory predator prefers the Transylvanian Highlands because of the old forests, where they make their nests. You have a good chance of spotting at least one of the 128 pairs we know about – it is the most significant population in Romania.
06 The Lakes in Bradeni
25 km from Sighisoara, on the way to Agnita, there are popular fishing areas, but few know that they are home to more than 15% of all species of birds known at national level. The lakes are a favorite nesting place for the migratory birds coming to the area. Surrounded by a massive reed bed (3-4 m), it provides a perfect place for the „maternity” of these species.
07 The fluffy oak
In Criş (Daneş) or around the Beclean commune (Dosul Fănăţului and Purcăretului Hill), look for a short tree with a wide crown and a sinuous trunk and with young fluffy shoots. They form clusters or hedges in the plain and silvicultural area in almost all the regions of the country. In Transylvania, it is rarely present, so it is a special feature in this area.
Plants with a specific smell that you hate or adore, but which cannot leave you indifferent. The first community of cultivators in Romania, the Saxons, brought them here in the Middle Ages, in the village of Hoghilag (or Halvelagen), just 16 kilometers from Sighisoara. The pretentious „cypress” bloom once every three years and are a symbol of sensuality. The best time to visit a tuberose plantation is from July to August. The inhabitants of Hoghilag have also devoted a festival to these flowers.
09 The Olt Meadow
Also called the Olt Delta, the southern boundary of the destination is an important stage of one of the three European bird migration corridors for the species heading north each spring, coming from the warm continents. You can spot dozens of species nesting here, species you would expect to see only in the area where the Danube spills into the sea.
10 Orthodox churches painted by the Grecu brothers
In the Hârtibaciului Valley, you can visit a number of Orthodox churches, painted by two brothers with a special story – simple peasants, painters and craftsmen, who have made their original mark with the unique interior paintings of 12 churches on the Olt bank – four of them are in the Transylvanian Highlands:
„Assumption of the Virgin Mary” church in Săsăuş. For visiting the church contact the priest (+40 742 003402) – Languages spoken: Romanian – Entrance fee: donation.
The church „St. Vasile cel Mare” in Fofeldea. For visiting the church contact the priest (+40 757 584033) – Languages spoken: Romanian – Entrance fee: donation.
The „St. Paraschiva” church in Tichindeal.
Orthodox church with paintings – Ilimbav.
11 Wooden churches
Discover authentic Romanian folk monuments in this region colonized for centuries by Germans and Hungarians. Some such testimonies can be found in the villages where Romanians have always had important communities such as Ilimbav, Marpod (17th century), Netus, Iacobeni (19th century) or Săsăuş, Chirpăr (18th century).
12 The Armenian Church of St. Elizabeth in Dumbrăveni
A sign of multiculturalism specific to Transylvania, the church built by the Armenian community in Dumbrăveni is the most impressive monument of the city, which attracts the eye of the passer-by through its unusual appearance: it lacks the dome of one of the towers. You will find out why, as well as other mystery stories if you come to visit.
Program: Daily 9:00-17:00, Contact: +40 269 866058, +40 745 257524, Fee: donation,
Spoken languages: Romanian, Hungarian.
13 UNESCO Heritage
Here you will find four of the most famous UNESCO monuments dating from the medieval period: the fortified churches of Saschiz and the Viilor Valley, the Viscri rural site, but also the Biertan site with the fortified church and part of the settlement. To these we add the medieval fortress of Sighisoara, as the main entrance gate to the destination.
14 The Apafi Manor in Malancrav
Transylvania was a place where properties were divided among no fewer than 100 noble families. Of Hungarian, French, Croatian, Jewish or Czech origin, the medieval castle owners left behind a lot of stories and legends. The manor at Malancrav, built over 600 years ago by the Apafi royal family, can accommodate you overnight. Languages spoken: Romanian, German, English.
Contact: +40 724 000350. We recommend the announcement of the visit at least 24 hours in advance.
15 Bethlen Castle in Criş
Elevated by one of the great families of Transylvanian Magyar Counts, this magnificent 14th century Renaissance castle has inspired poets and artists alike. Some even say you can meet ghosts and not ones of any kind: brides in search of their lost love.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Entrance fee: donation.
Spoken languages: Romanian, Hungarian.
16 The Peasant Fortress of Saschiz
Also called the Citadel of the 7 villages, it was,built on the site of a Neolithic fortress and sheltered, in times of danger and wars, Saschiz, Archita, Criţ, Cloaşterf, Daia and Adamsdorf (a small village that disappeared in time, placed between Saschiz and Daia), Diavaldia and Abzen (small villages, now no longer existing, between Saschiz and Cloasterf).
Information on the access route can be obtained from the two Saschiz information centers.
17 Rupea Fortress
Documentary attested in 1324, when the Saxons revolted against King Carol Robert of Hungary fled inside this fortress. The ancient name, that of Castrum Kuholom, takes its name from the type of rock that predominates in the area: the basalt.
Opening hours: April 1 – August 31: 09:00 – 20:00, rest of the year: 09:00 – 17:00.
Rates: 10 lei – adults. Contact: +40 268 260555.
Languages spoken: Romanian, English
18 Brukenthal summer residence in Avrig
Inspired by the Viennese Baroque, the palace is particularly special because of the park and the surrounding gardens. Take a few moments to stroll through the beautiful alleys with Mediterranean shrubs and imagine your glorious times when here you found an orange orchard, a pheasant garden, and varied species of the most exotic birds.
Park visiting program: daily, between 10:00 and 22:00.
Contact: +40 726 234417.
Languages spoken: Romanian, English, German
19 The Cincşor Visitors’ Center
Pass the threshold of the first such center open in the Transylvanian Highlands, right inside the fortified church in the town located 10 km from Fagaras. Prepare for a special multisensory experience that will reveal small secrets from the local history and culture, as well as information on biodiversity and nature protection.
Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00.
Fees: donation of 8 lei.
Contact: +40 740 980209, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Languages spoken: English, Romanian.
Dedicated application available on Google Play, since 01.08.2017: The hills of Transylvania
20n Center for the interpretation of traditional Alma Vii culture
Feel the living multi-culture in the Transylvanian Highlands, through a visit to the Fortified Evangelical Church, almost 20 Km from Mediaş. The four towers and the access building accommodate specific exhibits for the multi ethnic (Romanian, Saxon and Roma) traditional values in Transylvania.
Program: 10:00 – 13:00, 15: 00-18: 00.
Rates: adults 10 lei, children 5 lei.
Contact: +40 269 862552.
Spoken languages: English, Romanian.
Dedicated application available on AppStore and Google Play: Alma Vii
21 Cistercian Monastery of Cârţa
Hidden from the eyes of the hurried tourist, the former Cistercian abbey has resisted and remained mysterious since the 13th century, as the last eastern bastion of the Cistercian order, with origins in
France. An inspirational muse for the beginnings of medieval architecture in southern Transylvania, a source of legends that speak of ghosts, the monastery welcomes guests with the following phrase: „The gate is open, the heart even more.”
Program: Monday – Saturday 9.00-18.00,
Sunday: 11.00 – 18.00.
Contact: +40 743 168839.
Entrance fees: 5 lei.
Spoken languages: Romanian, German
22 Cornăţel School Farm
Besides the panel above the gate, nothing tells you that in less than 10 m, a child, and not only, you find yourself in the paradise of the games in the middle of nature: The Hood, the adventure circuit, the climbing panels, the trailer, the carriage, the animals which are very friendly and much more. A playful and educational center like no other in the area, a story of a beautiful family and a lot of soul.
The visit should be programmed, for groups of at least 10 people.
Contact: +40 743 005500,
Spoken Languages: Romanian, English, Spanish.
We recommend that you announce the visit at least 48 hours in advance.
23 The interethnic museum of the Hârtibaci Valley in Alţâna, Sibiu County
Come and see the over 1,000 objects gathered by the Vaida family over 12 years, from 25 localities on the Hârtibaciului Valley, from ethnic Romanians, Saxons, Hungarians and Roma. It now has furniture items, traditional clothes, technical and folk art, ceramics and cult objects.
Contact: +40 742 236557 (Ştefan Vaida), +40 746 319869 (Eugen Vaida).
We recommend booking at least 24 hours in advance.
Languages spoken: English, German, Romanian
24 Old Mill of Hosman
At about 30 km from Sibiu, you can observe the craftsmen in the village, working in the building where the old mill of the village functioned, today, a historical monument. Steal their secrets and enjoy the results of their work: potato bread, bread with tasty seeds or pies. The Moara Veche Complex includes, next to the mill, a bakery, a blacksmith’s shop highly sought after by the locals, but also a „cultural barn” and a local grocery store.
Opening hours: May to September, Monday to Saturday, between 12:00 and 16:00.
Address: str. Crucii, no. 211.
Contact: +40 740 959389.
Languages spoken: Romanian, German, English, Hungarian.
We recommend that you announce the visit at least 48 hours in advance.
25 History Museum Valea Hârtibaciului Agnita
A collection of over 5,000 ethnographic, archeological, historical, of decorative art or photographs. Do not miss the collection of traditional costumes, nor the section dedicated to a habit that defines the region: The Lole’s Flee.
Program: Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 16:00.
Rates: 6 lei.
Contact: +40 269 512759.
Spoken languages: Romanian
26 The Museum Collection at Seliştat
Find the house with number 60 and visit one of the most special private museum collections in Romania, that of Erich Lukas. You can find the owner in the house with number 26 and he’ll guide you into the mini-museum set up in the house, cellar, courtyard and even in the barn. Over 1,600 surprising exhibits, gathered in over 50 years of passion for storytelling, are waiting for you to discover
them. Entrance is free, but donations are welcome. Other village and town museums can be visited at Avrig.
Program: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday – 10: 00-13: 00,
Contact: +40 748 120970), Cincu.