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.

Prince Charles of Wales was born November 14th 1948 and is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and the heir of the throne of Great Britain.

The Prince of Wales is currently the oldest person in British history that’s next in line to the throne. In his early years he was educated in different schools and even attended the campus of an Australian school. After that, he got a bachelor in arts at the Trinity College, Cambridge. As any male member of a royal family he served the country by working in the army, more precisely in the Royal Navy.

Prince Charles was married to the famous Diana Spencer, known as Lady D. and together they have two boys: Prince William, born in 1982, and Prince Harry, in 1984. The two had a marriage that was always under the media coverage and in 1996 they divorced. The following year was marked by the tragic death of Lady D. in a car crash in Paris. During 2005 he married Camilla Parker Bowles.

He is very socially active and has a humanitarian agenda of activities that are well anchored in social problems and has founded different charity funds. Over the years his interest was channeled towards confronting the issue of climate change and preserving nature. He also has an extensive interest in architecture and is a patron of conserving such historical values.

One of his particular passions that follow the interests mentioned above is Transylvania’s countryside beauty. It all started in 1998, when he made his first trip to the Romanian region. He was amazed by the Carpathian Mountains and its display of untouched nature. That was the first time he ever saw this part of the world and its “extraordinary biodiversity”, more exactly, the wildflower meadows, to which English people weren’t that familiar. The traditions, the architecture of the typical Transylvanian village, the traditional cuisine and the wild landscapes made Charles of Wales fall in love with Transylvania. What might’ve attracted Prince Charles to come to Romania is also the fact that he is related to the last king of Romania, Mihai I, great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and a third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. It is said that Charles is also a descendant of Vlad the Impaler.

Charles was so smitten with Transylvania that in 2006 he bought and restored a rustic house from the 18th century in Viscri, a village located in the county of Brasov. The domain was after declared a World Heritage site. Moreover, he purchased another property in 2010, this time a large-dimension judge’s house in the village of Zalanpatak, in Covasna County. These two domains and their villages have since come across a thriving tourism. So much that they are now available for tourists to rent when the Prince isn’t visiting. In addition to his boosting the tourism, Charles has also been dedicated to making sure locals understand the heritage which surrounds them.

The Prince pays a yearly visit to his to properties. When he is away, his good friend and delegate, Count Kalkony, takes care of these domains and is in a continuous search for new ones, as well as for spotless natural lands.

Prince Charles has also established a foundation to help maintain the historic landscape as well as the traditional methods of Romanian farming, such as scything. Also, with the wildflower meadows as inspiration, he created his own at one of his homes in the UK, using seeds that he gathered from the Carpathians. Ever since, he has started such trend in his country that his charity Plantlife can’t keep up with the demand from people to see and plant their own gardens.

People who visit the houses of Viscri and Zalanpatak can have a realistic experience of the past and of the traditional Romanian way of life, which is why Charles has invested so much hope and time into his love for Transylvania.

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.