Five Ideas for Your Dream Holidays to Transylvania

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

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Transylvania is a destination of almost mythical dimensions. Located inside the Carpathian arc, the region has a rich history and multicultural heritage. You can visit countless fortresses and castles, and for many, this is the first destination to explore in Romania.

To make the most of your time, check our five hand-picked ideas for your dream holidays to Transylvania, from hiking to city tours.

Read also our detailed guide to the best things to do in Transylvania.

1. Tour the fortified churches

Even if you choose an adventure vacation, make time for at least one fortified church during your vacation in Transylvania. Unique architectural masterpieces, these monuments share the memory of medieval centuries when villagers fortified local churches to survive Ottoman attacks.

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Viscri Fortified Church

Hundreds of fortified churches were built in Transylvania and most are still standing today. To visit the highlights, take a tour of the UNESCO Heritage Sites from Prejmer, Viscri, Saschiz, Biertan, Darjiu, Valea Viilor, and Calnic.

Add more UNESCO landmarks to your trips to Transylvania.

2. Hike in the wild Carpathians

Transylvania is the number 1 region in Romania when it comes to its many spectacular hiking trails. Whether you’re looking for challenging hikes or easier itineraries, the Carpathians offer so many options that you’ll find it hard to choose one.

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Caltun Lake, Fagaras Mountains

For the experienced hikers, we recommend Fagaras Mountains and Retezat National Park, two areas with tens of peaks over 2,500 meters. Piatra Craiului National Park is the best option if you’re based in Brasov. Its trails take you on the longest and highest limestone ridge in the Carpathians, but beginners also have many routes to try.

If your time is limited, choose a day hike to an easily accessible mountain destination.

Discover also or ideas for easy Family Hikes in the Carpathians

3. Urban discoveries

Visit at least one of the region’s oldest cities, Sibiu, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, or Alba Iulia, during your holidays to Transylvania. All these cities have enough landmarks to keep you busy visiting for at least two days. Plus, Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca have international airports if you’d like to fly directly to Transylvania.

Alba Iulia Citadel

Alba Iulia Citadel

4. Walking and cycling in Transylvania’s villages

This destination offers an abundance of choices if you opt for an active vacation. The villages from its southeast are connected by many cycling trails, some short and easy, others longer and more difficult. All you have to do is find the one that fits best with your plans, and book nearby accommodation.

Cycling in Transylvania

Cycling in Transylvania

You can also walk from village to village, often the best way to uncover the authentic lifestyle of these small communities. The Tarnavelor Plateau, Bran Valley, and the low-altitude Apuseni Mountains have great walking routes for the entire family.

5. Take one-day trips to Transylvania

If you plan at least five days for your holidays to Transylvania, the best option is to stay in Brasov, Sighisoara, or Sibiu. You can drive to famous attractions like Bran Castle or the Transfagarasan but also to smaller places like Alma Vii and Malancrav. Even Bucharest will do as a starting point, especially if you want to visit Brasov.

Rupea Fortress Snail

Rupea Fortress

Continue reading more about day tours options from Sibiu and Brasov.

Given its diverse landscapes and cultural heritage, Transylvania is one of the best places in Europe for your vacation. There are so many things to do and so many places to see that for sure you’ll want to come back.

Make the most of your vacation in Transylvania.

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