Since mid-12th century, Transylvania is inhabited by Romanians, Saxons, Hungarians, but also by other nations. The Hungarians were, for the most part, nobles. In some extent, they owned entire villages. This is why there are so many houses of nobles in these villages. Most of them were built off the main roads, so they did not suffer major damages and are still standing in our days.
After our arrival in Bucharest, we first go on a detailed city tour. Most sights are from the transition period between the 19th and 20th centuries – and many of them make us think of Paris. That is also the reason why Bucharest used to be called the “Paris of the East”.
After breakfast, we leave Bucharest. Our first destination is the Horezu monastery. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most visited monasteries in the country. In Horezu, we can also see the famous coloured pottery – an art that is practiced in this area by many families. In the afternoon, we arrive at “Conacul lui Maldăr “. In this idyllic setting, we spend our evening and the night in a house that used to belong to nobles.
In the morning we leave Wallachia. We get over the Carpathians to Sibiu. The city founded by Transylvanian Saxons was restored in a large scale in the recent years. Some of the sights include the Evangelical Church, the Bridge of Lies and the main squares. In the afternoon, the fortified church of Biertan is on the agenda. But our main objective is the remote but beautiful village Mălâncrav. Here, we stay overnight in the house of the Transylvanian noble Apafi family. Prince Charles is a regular guest of the village. The manager of the house is telling us why. Dinner and accommodation at the Apafi House.
After we visit the Maranclav Castle Church, our journey continues to Sighişoara. In the birthplace of Count Dracula, whose real name is Vlad Țepes, we take a tour of the city. In the early afternoon we get to Viscri. In this place, Prince Charles bought a house and makes every year a private visit. Caroline Fernolend, the President of the Mihai Eminescu Trust, will tell us how this happened. In the evening we arrive in Micloșoara. We are accommodated here for the next two days.
In the Micloșoara resort, the Kalnocky noble family bought several houses and restored them in a laborious way. Today we will take a look at a mansion that is being restored and will get an overview of the village. The afternoon is at your leisure.
After breakfast, which we enjoy outdoors, we leave the idyllic village. At noon we reach Brasov, a city that was founded in the 13th century by Teutonic Knights. The imposing Black Church is one of the largest Gothic buildings in Romania and hosts a mechanical organ that, with its nearly 4,000 pipes, makes every musician’s heart beat faster. In the afternoon, we arrive at the last mansion scheduled on our trip, Zabola. Here we have dinner and stay overnight.