Rimetea Village: White Beauty and Love for Heritage

Diana Condrea
Diana Condrea
Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer. You can find Diana on LinkedIn

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

Best-known for its traditional white houses with green windows, Rimetea is one of the best-conserved and most beautiful rural 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.

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View over the village

Unique patrimony and centuries-old history

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

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Traditional house in Rimetea

The local cultural heritage is influenced by the traditions of the Hungarian community, the largest part of the population, and by the legacy of the Austrian mineworkers who 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 European villages.

The white houses, most of them built after the devastating fire from 1870, have high walls with solid wooden gates, green-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 being located on the upper street that once was occupied by the rich iron merchants.

From extreme sports to pure recreation

Enjoying a magnificent location in the Trascaului Mountains, surrounded by peaks over 1,000 meters that create the illusion of the sun rising twice 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 if you’re looking for a bit of adrenaline.

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Walking to Piatra Secuiului

If you’re more interested in cultural discoveries, you’re also in the right place. The Unitarian church that dates from the 17th century, the watermill, 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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Piatra Secuiului

Photo credits Laurentiu Pop

One of the dream destinations of Romania, Rimetea is a fascinating village, one where locals made the conservation of their unique patrimony a priority. It’s one of those special places you’d return to over and over again to relax for a few days, far away from the crazy life of big cities.

Travel tips

The village is less than 50 km from Alba Iulia and 60 km 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

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