Rimetea: White Beauty and Love for Heritage

If you’d like to explore Rimetea and more nearby attractions, try a tailor-made tour from www.uncover-romania-tours.com

Rimetea is one of those special places you’d return to over and over again whether to go paragliding or hiking in the breathtaking scenery of Trascau Mountains, to admire the rich architectural patrimony, to soak in the overwhelming calm of this world unique village or simply to relax for a few days far away from the crazy life of big cities.

Rimetea

Best-known for its traditional white houses with green windows, Rimetea is one of the best conserved and most beautiful cultural attractions in Romania. It’s also the first village in the country that was granted the Europa Nostra award for the successful preservation of its architectural patrimony.

Unique patrimony and centuries old history

Known as Torocko in Hungarian and Eeisenburg in German, Rimetea has been inhabited for more than eight centuries, and was first mentioned in a written document in the second part of the 13th century although it was populated since the Roman time. It was for hundreds of years an important mining and blacksmiths’ center, witnessing both flourishing times as a commercial city and decay as a simple medieval village.

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The local cultural heritage is utterly determined by the traditions of the Hungarian community – that represents the major part of the population – , but also by the legacy of the Austrian mine workers that came to the village centuries ago. The most visible and particular element of this unique cultural mix is the architecture of the houses that resembles more to Central Europe. The white houses, most of them built after the devastating fire from 1870, have tall rock walls, solid wooden gates, colored window shutters and facades decorated with stucco sculptures. Over half of the 300 houses of the village share these unique architectural features, most of them located on the upper street that once belonged to the rich iron merchants.

From extreme sports to pure recreation

Enjoying a magnificent location in Trascaului Mountains, surrounded by peaks over 1,000 meters that create the illusion of the sun rising two times in a day, the village is the perfect destination for an adventure vacation. From rock climbing and paragliding to easy hikes from Rimetea to Piatra Secuiului and the fortress of Coltesti, Rimetea has something amazing to offer even if you’re looking for a bit of adrenaline.

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If you’re more interested in cultural discoveries, you’re also in the right place. The Unitarian church from the end of the 17th century, the water mill – the oldest in the region – and the Ethnographic Museum that has over 11,000 exhibits are must-see attractions. Plus, you can always add a bit of history to your day, searching for the ruins of the medieval fortresses from Piatra Secuiului and Coltesti.

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Photo by Laurentiu Pop

One of the dream destinations of Romania, Rimetea is a fascinating village, one where locals made from the conservation of their world unique patrimony a priority. In the chaotic and often unsustainable development landscape of Romania, this is a rare image, one you’ll remember forever.

Travel tips

The village is less than 50 km from Alba Iulia and 60 from Cluj-Napoca, both great weekend break destinations.

Save one day for an adventure itinerary in Rimetului Gorges, located 50 km away, or for rock climbing in the nearby Valisoarei Gorges.

Visit the medieval fortress from Aiud.

If you’d like to explore Rimetea and more nearby attractions, try a tailor-made tour from www.uncover-romania-tours.com

About the author

Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer, focusing on sustainable tourism practices and destinations. You can find Diana Condrea on Twitter and Google+

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