Locality of Homorod is a picturesque place close to municipality of Sighisoara and Brasov. Is part of the Szekely Land and preserved its traditions and buildings.

It is for the first time attested when settlers from Flanders established close to the village of Homoror in the 11th century. They had German origin and they named the locality “Petersdorf” after Saint Peter, who was also the church patron.

This locality has a spa which contains carbonated and healthy mineral waters. Homorod is located on Homorodul Mare River and Bailor Creek. Here are 12 springs very appreciated for its water that is still consumed. It is still considered that this water was used in the Roman occupation times.

Homorod is a place where tourists can discover the Fortified Evangelic Church Homorod, a medieval fortified church that was never conquered. The “Hamerodia” name appears for the first time in the 15th century in Rupea ecclesiastical register. This thing explained that initially the church was situated in the east of the commune. The locality of Homorod is hosting of the limited Romanesque Church Wage from the 13th century.

This edifice contains a closed choir, a semicircular arch in a small room and frescoes paintings. The church has the first rectangular enclosure and is surrounding with corner towers. On the west tourist can see a small Gate Tower that guards the entrance. On the south, there is a spiral staircase that goes in the attic from where travelers can see the beautiful landscape.

The real defense of the Homorod Church is the donjon tower. Is situated above the chit and is built from stone blocks and has walls of 3 meters. On the inside of the church mature men usually stay in the tribune on the north side, elders on the ground floor hall and women in the center of the edifice. The downy of the church has an organ, furniture and worship that are made on Baroque style and candlesticks and the pews, with a Transylvanian influence. Close to Homorod village, visitors can see Roman fortification ruins from around the 2th century. Foldvar Ruins are two remains that are now archaeological reserves registered as monuments of the city of Harghita.

Locality of Homorod is full of tranquility and is perfect for a truly relaxing break.

Mila 23 Village is the place from where tourist can start their unique visit around Danube Delta. Located in Tulcea district, Dobrogea region, the place wins a lot of attention because of its central position in the Delta.

People from Mila 23 are Lipovan Russians. Old people from the village say that first citizens that came and settled here ran out from Russia. In old times, Mila 23 was a very important navigation point and rest area for ships and boats that came from Sulina and Tulcea. The name of the village comes from the Mila 23 (English: Mile 23) a navigation point. Mila 23 is located halfway way between Tulcea and Sulina, so people that usually go to Tulcea, spend the night here.

Even that Danube Delta is the youngest Romanian portion of land, archaeological excavations find out artifacts from 4.400 – 4.300 before Christ. Using the artifacts they discover that residences from this place practiced agriculture and livestock.

With a unique charm, Mila 23 has old houses made in Lipovan style. Houses are built using natural materials and painted with traditional Lipovans colors white and blue. Believers say that the blue color also known as “siniliu” (English: bluish) came from sky color and closeness to God. Locals from this place say that this bluish color is perfect to keep away mosquitoes. Because fishing is the primary occupations of people from Mila 23, they are known as the most talented fishermen from Danube Delta area.

The fame of Mila 23 Village expands abroad with the help of canoeist Ivan Patzaichin, canoeist Sergei Covalinov, kayaker Agaphia Buhaev and Culina Popov. They bring home a remarkable number of world, Olympic, and European medals.  Because these athletes have relatives in Mila 23, tourists that come here can discover interesting stories from their childhood.

Mila 23 Village provides a magical place to visit Danube Delta far away from cosmopolitan cities and cars. For those who enjoy bird watching or photography, they can discover close to the village a pelican colony from Rosca – Buhaiova. These birds offer a great show when they fly under the village and surroundings.  Also here, tourists need to visit the canals and ponds from Mila 23 area. For those who want to learn how to fish, locals can teach them the art of fishing in just a few days.

Discover a unique and traditional place located in the heart of Danube Delta.

Calinesti village is one of the precious places of Maramures region because of its traditions and natural beauty. This lovely parish offers wooden churches, houses and gates in Maramures style with a local culture based on a healthy lifestyle.

Legend of Calinesti parish name started with two brothers: Calin and Valeanu. Calin wants to make a home in a place called Hotroapa, close to Hotroapei Fount. This legend said that this parish is called after him, and Calinesti came from the Romanian name Calin. Surrounded with the typical Maramures beauty, tourists can find here important monuments such as the Wooden Church “Caieni”. It is dedicated to “Virgin Mary Birth” and was built in the 17th century. Tourists can see it on the cemetery’s hill. Made by oaken beams united by wooden peg it has an old technique of angle attachments.  This church used to have a few mural pictures dating from the 18th century, but unfortunately these were devastated.  The only ornament that the church has an engraving crosses on the door baffle. The interior floor is made by wooden ply and travelers can discover classical icons and mural paints that every church had.

Being placed in Maramures region, Calineste has wooden gates carved by local craftsmen. The Wooden churches of Maramures are a group of almost one hundred Orthodox churches, part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and this village has his on craftsmen. The oldest wooden gates have ancestral symbols, but the new ones are more massive, robust, and have ostentatious ornaments.  On the wooden gates travelers can find reliefs with diverse versification, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic themes, traditional ears of corn, vine garlands, braided rope, sun and much more.

Another wonderful edifice situated here is the Wooden Church “Susani”. Assembled in the 18th century have a triconc plan, which has a Moldavian influence. Its decorations consist in vine and a cross on the door threshold. The interior is painted with murals applied on textile pieces, but just a small piece of murals remains. This church has rare themes on this area, such as: Abel killed by Cain, Archangel Michael and the four Evangelists.

On the church wall is build a commemorative plaque dedicated to soldiers that deceased in The Second World War.The alley with Maramuresan houses, old well-preserved edifices and the nature that surrounds this fairy-tale area provides a nice and relaxing trip for tourists. A day in this nice place make travelers feel like they live in the grandma’s village.

Miclosoara is a village located in Covasna district and is an appreciated place by Prince of Wales for its traditions. District of Covasna, known as the “Land of Three Seats”, is proud to have Miclosoara as an interesting tourist attraction. This locality was for the first time mentioned in a document in the 13th century as an administrative part of Baraolt city. Nowadays, in this place travelers can find Castle of Kalnoky, the property of Tibor Kalnoky.
There is a legend about Kalnoky family in which it is said that a long time ago, around 800 years ago, Hungarian king from that times went hunting in this places. A bear attacked him, but the king was saved by the arch of one of his companions. The Hungarian king was saved and he gave to his protector domains in Miclososara and the count title. The savior was a Szekler that had the name Kalnoky. Family Kalnoky became the richest one from that area and the bear killed by an arch remained the family’s emblem. Kalnoky members had important functions in those times. Some of them were vice royal judges and count Grof Kalnoky Denes (1814-1888) was the regal judge of Covasna.
Kalnoky Castle dates from the 14th century and was used as a haunting residence. Its style combines Neoclassical, Baroque and Renaissance and is composed by 12 rooms. Just like other castles, this one was taken by communist supporters and used as a communal house and a stable.
Descendants of Kalnoky noble family came back in the village and opened a pension to attract the tourists. As a tradition of this place is a carnival on witch locals used masks and walks through streets. A carload was used to pledge two straw dolls, one dress in a man and one in women.
Tibor Kalnoky, descendant of a Kalnoky family opened the gates of this castle for all tourists. Now, Kalnoky Castle is a museum where visitors can discover how people from those times lived. Tourists can also found Szekler’s crafts and traditions. Count Tibor Kalnoky offers to all travelers two professional binoculars for bird watching. Tourists can see rare species of birds and can read more about ornithology in the library.
Miclosoara village transformed all tourists in guests and showed all history that this place had. Without technology, this place was made to remind people about the communion between nature and human.

The village of Malancrav is a small place where traditions are still preserved and tourists don’t feel the need of modern activities. It is situated in Sibiu County at 25 km from Sighisoara.

Malancrav is home to Prince Charles’s “Mihai Eminescu Foundation”, and has one of the largest Saxon populations in the Transylvanian village. It was first mentioned for the first time in the 14th century, as Apafi royal family’s property. In the documents this place appears as a stock-man’s village under Apafi family. Two members from this royal family ruled Transylvania in 17th century.  Malancrav is a Saxon settlement that was offered by Hungarian emperor to his nobles. Thru a Royal Decree from 18th century, Apafi’s properties enter in the Bethlen noble family possession.

This village has a beautiful church that travelers can discover only if they decide to visit it. Saint Mary Church was built by the villages lead by Apafi laird in the 15th century. It has a Romanic style and 20 meters of fresco in central nave which is the biggest fresco from the entire church. Frescoes from the central nave and choir are beautiful and well-preserved and can be discovered and enjoyed by all visitors.

Today, visitors can see the Apafi Mansion, the house where Apafi family leaved. Unfortunately, they didn’t have heirs, and in the end the Bethlen noble family takes this mansion. During time suffered different changes and remakes about form, but in the 20th century the edifice becomes a Saxon property. Since 2000, it’s a guest’s house composed by five rooms, a library, a balcony and a wonderful garden with artesian well.

Also, Malancrav provides a great landscape, traditional buildings and organic juice and famous apple-based soup, and is a destination tourists should see at least once. Besides edifices that take travelers in other dimensions, Malancrav has also ecological apples and natural juice for energy recovery. On these soils grow old varieties of apples that are made in the factory from Malancrav orchard.

Tourists are invited to sleep in one of the four traditional guest’s houses. Because a successful trip is when tourists see and learn new things, the locals from the village of Malancrav offers a workshop per day. For example, in a day travelers can see how its make baskets from twigs, in another day people can see how the homemade bread or homemade liquor is made. The culture of Malancrav manifested in its traditions, language, handicrafts, ethics, arts and lifestyle delivers a unique experience.

 

The village of Biertan was part of   “the Land of wine” and is situated in Sibiu County, in the region of Transylvania. This marvelous village is considered an “unreal place”, because of its panorama and edifices.

Cosmopolitan Magazine mentioned Biertan in a top of “22 unreal destinations” from all over the world. The village was occupying the 9th place, before Phi Phi Islands from Thailand, Santorini, Bora Bora. Also, during time it was compared with cities from Disney movies, because of its unique fairy tale sights.

The village of Biertan was named “the Land of Wine” because of its good and willing soil. This picturesque village was made by Saxon colonist in the 13th century. It has experienced a rapid development in the Middle-Ages and became an agricultural center, besides wine center. Here was placed Evangelical Episcopal headquarters Seat so it became the spiritual center of the Transylvanian Saxons.

Biertan village hosts beautiful Saxon houses built in a Transylvanian Baroque style. Tourists can find a lot of vineyards decorations specific to its old good times. Nowadays, excursionists could visit workshops of traditional fabrics and embroideries, because Biertan was also an important craft space.  Besides all these, other fascinating stuffs that travelers needed to visit are the Feed mill, the old chemist shop and carpentry workshop.

One of the most beautiful edifices located in this village is the unique Fortified Church, built as a defense fortress for the locals. Biertan Fortified Church is sited high on a hill right in the center of the village, in the center of the transverse valleys boarded by vineyards, maize cultures and plantations. The current church is embellished by walls decorated in the 16th century. It can still be detected the paintings from this epoch on the Southern tower of the inner wall as well as the gravestones of the Saxon bishops, located in the Mausoleum tower. The Fortified Church from Biertan is part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, since 1993.

Here visitors will discover the Clock Tower, Weavers Tower, Bacon Tower, Catholic Tower and Gate Tower. This mysterious attraction has a legend about three underground tunnels. One of the tunnels was named the Death Tunnel; the other one was the Spy Tunnel and the last one was the Supply Tower. Like its names, first was used for carrying dead people in the cemetery, the second for spy’s infiltration in the middle of enemies and the last one for food transportation.

Biertan village has a funny legend that said that married people that quarrels and want to divorce were closed in the fortress. There they had to live with just a fork, one spoon, one table, one bad and one chair. The consequence of this action was that the village had just one divorce.

Zalan Valley village is located in the county of Covasna, Transylvania region. Loved by Prince Charles, this traditional village gained recognition using its simplicity and naturalness.

Ethnically identity of this village consists in Szeklers that are proud to show Zalan Valley to all foreigners from the country and from the outside. History of Zalan Valley started in 17th century when Tibor Kalnoky, Count of Transylvania, built a glass factory. Born in Germany, he discovered his Romanian roots by reading his grandfather’s letters. This factory was close to Zalan River so it had much sand and wood to create products needed. Because things went well and people had the opportunity to work, in this place was formed Zalan Valley village. Heavy work conditions stared dissatisfying workers and they destroy the factory in 19th century. With no other factories near to this place, the peasant uses agriculture and livestock as a manner of living.

Being visited by Prince Wales, this beloved place re birthed under the eyes of the locals. Tourists can visit and sleep in Prince’s properties and enjoy what this village offers. Prince Charles bought three houses, one of them had five rooms and its interior is arranged with old traditional objects.

Here travelers can find old glass object dated from the glass fabric’s day. Prince’s properties and Kalnoky’s domains offers furniture and materials date from antiquity that will enjoy curious eyes. Houses from this region let all tourist to stay and sleep in homemade sheets unique for Zalan Valley.

With a medieval imprint, this space proved a perfect fusion with nature, because is concealed by modernity. Since the village emerged from anonymity, locals had permanent places of work and resources and local crafts are revealed.

Considered a treasure of Transylvania, this small village has values ​​that went through time and still conserved harmony between man and nature. For people who love the tranquility of a village, want to eat good and natural food and want to enjoy a spectacular view then village of Zalan Valley is the right choice. Visitors can spend a night in the house of Prince Charles and eat his favorite meal. A trip or holiday in this place can clear the excursionist’s mind and remind the importance of simple things.  If silence, nature and simplicity sound good for you and your family, it is time to take a vacation in Zalan Village.

Prejmer is located in Brasov County, in the heart of Romania. The exact foundation date and settlement origin are unknown.

The Slavic origin of Romanian and Hungarian name of the village allows the assumption that the current village was proceeded by on older Slavic settlement.

The only certainty is that first document of the city dates back to 1240, when King Bela Iv of Hungary (1235-1270) gives the church in Prejmer “with all its rights”  to Citeaux Monastery from Burgundy.

On the 1211 Hungarian King Andrew II mentions in a document addressed  Teutonic, name of the  Tarlung river, to which will increase Prejmer. The Teutonic Knights who receive rights to this territory are those who will rise up to a certain church Tartlau (Saxon name of the village). The church was built in burgundy Gothic style,  introduced  by the Cistercian at Carta village.

Like other monuments in Transylvania, Prejmer fortified church has been undergone  to many changes, but after the restoration undertaken by the Directorate of Monuments between 1960 and 1970 it obtained its original shape. Considered the best preserved and most powerful medieval fortified church in Eastern Europe.

Since 1999 the church is part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Dedicated to the patron “Holy Cross”, the church was built on a central plan in Greek cross, modified by the interventions from the sixteenth century.

Initially, the building was composed of four equal arms arranged around a square centered octagonal tower.

Each arm was composed of two spans, one square and one polygonal, the church in the center and on its right and left size two rectangular chapels.

Because Prejmer was the first village targeted by Turks coming on Buzau Pass, after King Sigismund ordered new defense systems in Barsa County, start the fortification of the church by building a tall and powerful enclosures, surrounded by a ditch filled with water.

The fortress build in circles shape, had 12 meters high and  3 – 4 meter thick walls, iron gates and drawbridges.

Besides fire holes fixed in walls, inside the fortress was an unusually weapon, the famous “Orgen Death ” , Comprising more weapons stacked together, firing all at once. She produced a large enemy panic and heavy losses. Today you can see one of the best preserved fortified churches from Transylvania here at Prejmer.

 

Discover Transylvania following the footsteps of Prince Charles in Viscri, in a tour travel in the famous little village situated in Brasov County. After visiting Romania in the year of 1998, Prince Charles of Wales fell in love with the country and arriving in Transylvania in 2002, he found a small village and was soon charmed by its old houses and green meadows and decided to buy a property.

Remotely located from the main road that links Brasov to Sighisoara, these picturesque lands represent a unique richness in Romania’s heritage. A visit in this area is like a throwback in time: old houses, some hundreds of years old, most unrenovated but with a particular charm, country roads and breathtaking scenery.

Today, Viscri is one of the 6 villages with fortified churches in Transylvania included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Viscri gets its name after the German Weisskirch, which means “White Church”, hence the white walls of the fortress.

The church is one of the fortified churches of transylvanian saxons, a Saxon fortified monument, testimony of an ancient population of the area, belonging to the 13th century.

Landscapes of rare beauty, hills and green lawns, alongside peasant homes untouched by the human hand for many years give authenticity to this place. The village is not very wealthy but it keeps the spell of forgotten times. Above the commune an imposing tower rises, the Fortified Tower of the Evangelic Church, surrounded by the walls of the Fortress.

A view from the top of the tower gives a great panorama over the village and the surrounding hills. The church, built around 1100 is the main attraction here, very well preserved, legacy of the Saxons in the area. It has numerous towers, fortifications, high walls and bastions. The interior is pretty simple and sometimes there are sermons and concerts.

Unpaved roads are leading to numerous traditional homes with colored shutters on the windows that invite tourists to get accommodation or a warm meal. Moreover, this tour travel reveals some of the inhabitants occupations, besides the prating of agriculture. So, by the end of the ’90s a project came to life, the making of socks from natural wool, initiated by two Germans established there.
Crocheted from old sweaters, the socks are made with love by dozens of women in the village. It’s a specificity of the place, the doors decorated with thick wool socks form a nice view. In addition, no matter if it is summer or winter, hats, sweaters, gloves or slippers are sold by locals.

This tour travel puts you in contact with the life in the countryside, filled with traditional customs, the typical cuisine of the place and the charming accommodations in historical houses. With a population that reaches almost 1000 inhabitants, Viscri receives thousands of tourists every year.

Discover Transylvania in a unique matter, in the heart of Romania, with lands forgotten by the passing of time. A small village turned, with the help of Prince Charles, in a perfect getaway from the stir of today’s world, where you can recharge your batteries.