What makes Romania a destination that attacks millions of tourists each year is the wide gap between urban & rural space, Modern alongside villages that seems to have frozen in time. True, in Bucharest the capital you won’t see mountains and a lot of green spaces, but once you get in the car and head to Transylvania one of the largest and most significant touristic area in the country, you will get the abundance of nature scenery & rich history. Among the mountains & breathtaking hills you definitely must stop and see the authentic villages of Romania.
viscri village & fortified heritage church
The Postal Village is a great starting for a visit to Transylvania, when it comes to the exceptional preserved houses and the famous Viscri Fortified church which is one of the most interesting Saxon Churches located in the village of Viscri, origin of the name is (Weisskirch in German) meaning White Church and it is one of the 25 UNESCO world heritage Sites in Romania.
Its looks like an old painting, with smiling & warm residents. In the center of those villages stands the ancient fortified church which was also declared as UNESCO world Heritage Heritage. The visit is worth it to see the awesome front door lock of the church, the village itself is authentic and you can enjoy walking and taking pictures.
So resplendent are Sighişoara’s pastel-coloured buildings, stony lanes and medieval towers, you’ll rub your eyes in disbelief. Fortified walls encircle Sighişoara’s lustrous merchant houses, now harbouring cafes, hotels and craft shops. Lurking behind the gingerbread roofs and turrets of the Unesco-protected old town is the history of Vlad Ţepeş, the bloodthirsty, 15th-century Wallachian prince. He was allegedly born here, in a house that is visitable to this day. Ţepeş is best remembered as Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula, fuelling a local industry of vampire-themed souvenirs. Allow time & Romania 360 to take you for a journey to Sighişoara’s alleys.
Săpânţa, 18km northwest of Sighetu Marmaţiei, exudes pastoral charm with vividly hued rugs hanging over walls, fields dotted with hayricks, and horses and carts trundling at a snail’s pace. The main draw of the village, however, is its unique Merry Cemetery..the church graveyard famous for the colourfully painted wooden crosses that adorn its tombstones. The crosses attract busloads of visitors who marvel at the gentle humour that created them and, curiously, villagers seem unfazed by the daily circus. Outside the church, a gauntlet of souvenir stalls hawk embroidered tablecloths, carved gewgaws and woven rugs. The Săpânţa-Peri Monastery, whose adjoining wooden church claims to be the tallest wooden structure in Europe (75m).
The rich Mineral Resources of the area have been exploited since Roman times and before, that what makes this village special containing the biggest mine in Romania with over 300 tons of Gold! The mines have hundreds of tunnels and if you by any chance visit it during summer, you can enjoy the local mine preservation festival and enjoy some local food & homemade drinks and you can watch the golden mine up closer.