Week-end de poveste in inima Transilvaniei: Viscri, Sighisoara, Rupea

After many successful trips and wonderful places visited outside the country, this autumn we wanted to rediscover the beautiful locations in our country and to try to look at them with different eyes, those of a tourist arriving for the first time in Romania.

We therefore chose to spend a sunny October weekend in the heart of Transylvania, visiting some of the most famous points of attraction in this area of the country, which are also well known among foreign tourists: the traditional village of Viscri, the medieval fortress of Sighisoara and the main landmarks near the city of Rupea.

In this article I will present you our itinerary for a weekend in the middle of Transylvania, a weekend spent in nature, in traditional places, far from the daily hustle and bustle.

About Transylvania

Transylvania is one of the historical regions of Romania, geographically located inside the Carpathian arc. Transylvania has a rich history, being in the past under the leadership of several peoples, such as the Hungarian Kingdom, the Austrian Empire, etc.

View from Rupea Fortress
View from Rupea Fortress

The wonderful landscapes, the remarkable cities and the cultural diversity have created from Transylvania a real touristic symbol of Romania, known among tourists from all over the world.

Thus, Transylvania offers a lot of activities that you can experience:

  • You can explore the lands and admire the picturesque landscapes, with its mountains, hills, forests and rivers. There are different hikes you can do here, and if you have no idea where to start, I recommend you check the routes of Via Transilvanica in this area. 
  • Visit beautiful cities, such as Sibiu, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Sighisoara, etc.
Sighisoara
Sighisoara
  • Enjoy the authentic, simple, country life. Discover a traditional village or relax for a few days at a guesthouse somewhere in nature, far from all the hustle and bustle of the cities.
  • Visit the main tourist attractions in Transylvania: Bran Castle, Peles Castle, Turda Saltworks, Corvinilor Castle, etc.
  • You can enjoy the dishes of the local gastronomy. Being a place where communities of different ethnicities (Romanians, Hungarians, Saxons) live together, the influences brought by each community can be felt in the traditional cuisine, and the results are delicious.

What to do on a weekend in Transylvania?

Transylvania is a region the size of a country, so it is impossible to discover all its beauties in a few days. But here I present you an itinerary idea focused on the places to visit in the Brasov-Mures-Harghita area.

We traveled by car, but if you don't have a car, you should know that there are different day trips to these locations, departing from Brasov:

Where we stayed in Transylvania

On Friday afternoon, we drove to the place of our accommodation, from the city of Lupeni, Harghita county. We stayed at the Pensiunea Kotyogo, a beautiful, elegant guesthouse with a restaurant, where we also had access to the indoor pool. The high marks and good reviews on Booking.com and Google convinced us to spend the weekend here and to make this place the starting point for the surrounding landmarks.

Saturday

We started the day with a lot of good cheer, and with a tasty breakfast served at the guesthouse where we stayed. We then drove to some of the reamrkable places in the area: the Heart of Jesus Statue, the village of Viscri, the Citadel of Rupea and the Geological Complex of Racos.

Kotyogo

The Heart of Jesus Statue

One of the most imposing statues in Romania is located in Harghita county, on Gordon hill, near the town of Odorheiu Secuiesc, and it represents Christ. The Heart of Jesus Statue is one of the most impressive monuments that I have seen in Romania, and it seems that it is a place not many people found out about yet. The statue was built in 2011 and has a height of 22 meters.

In order to get here, from the main road you have to cross a few kilometers on a gravel road to the base of the statue, but it goes quite well and easily.

Here you have a wonderful view of the hills and villages in the area. And if your physical condition allows, I advise you to climb to the top of the statue (for free). I assure you that the image seen here will take your breath away!

The Heart of Jesus Statue

After a few moments of recreation and contemplation in this special place, with great divine significance, we set off for the most famous village in Romania, namely the village of Viscri.

Viscri

Viscri is, I could say, the most authentic and well-preserved traditional village in Transylvania and Romania. It is a Saxon village, which became so famous also thanks to King Charles III of the United Kingdom, who used to periodically visit his vacation home here.

We spent a few beautiful hours here, we admired and walked the streets of the village, we visited the house of King Charles and the fortified church in the center of the village, we had lunch at a local gastronomic point and we enjoyed the peace and quiet that this place was giving us.

If you want to know more about Viscri village, I invite you to read this article: What to do one day in Viscri, the most authentic village in Romania.

From Viscri we left to Rupea, to visit the Rupea Citadel and the Racos Geological Complex.

Rupea Medieval Fortress

The Rupea Fortress is one of the most famous medieval fortifications in Transylvania, dating back over 6 centuries.

The fortress can be visited, and an entrance ticket costs 15 lei / person. Inside the fortress you will find a museum with information about the history and importance of this place.

The panoramic view from here is spectacular, you can admire the city of Rupea, and in the distance, the Carpathian Mountains.

The Rupea Fortress

Racos Geological Complex

Near Rupea there is a special place, which, personally, I didn't know much about until I researched the tourist attractions in the area of Brasov and Harghita.

Racos Geological Complex is a geological area of national interest, open to the public to discover the natural wonders that can be found here.

Racos

The Complex can be reached by car from the village of Racos, and at the entrance you will pay a ticket of 20 lei / person.

The complex includes three large landmarks that can be explored, and the distances between them are quite small and can be visited on foot, in a wonderful natural setting: The Extinct Volcano, Emerald Lake and Basalt Columns.

The Extinct Volcano
Racos
Emerald Lake
Racos
Basalt Columns
Racos

After such a full day, we returned to the accommodation in the evening, for a good dinner and a relaxing swim at the guesthouse pool.

Sunday

The next morning we woke up again fresh and joyful, because we planned to visit other beautiful places, before leaving for home.

Mini Transylvania Park

In Odorheiu Secuiesc there is a surprisingly beautiful theme park, inspired by other such parks in Europe, such as Mini-Europe in Brussels.

In Mini Transylvania Park over 100 models of historical towns or medieval fortresses from Transylvania are exhibited. It is a park suitable for both children and adults, through the information provided here about the important places in Transylvania.

An entrance ticket costs 35 lei / adult, respectively 20 lei / children over 3 years old.

From here we then started for Sighisoara, our last stop in this short weekend trip.

Sighisoara

Sighisoara is a city that I have passed dozens of times on my way to the south of the country, but which, I admit, I have only now managed to visit. And what I found here impressed me and convinced me that Romania also has beautiful places, to be appreciated and promoted.

We found an elegant, renovated fortress of Sighisoara, with authentic elements, similar to a german city. With a medieval atmosphere, Sighisoara is a place that currently attracts a lot of tourists, both Romanian and foreign. It is a remarkable place, with colorful buildings, cobbled streets, many souvenir shops and chic places to eat.

Known here is the Clock Tower, which can be visited, and the Covered Staircase., with its 176 steps.

These were the places that we managed to visit in a warm autumn weekend, they are wonderful locations, which I hope I convinced you to put on your list of future trips!

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