You feel like spending your last weekend of freedom in a new Destination? Why won’t you chose Romania. I believe for many of you Romania sounds exotic. Believe me, by choosing a pre-wedding party in Romania, especially outdoor or country side, you will have an amazing surprise. There is much to explore, besides Dracula myth, which can be you party theme, you surely enjoy a beautiful scenery, an authentic country life and surprising beautiful medieval old towns across the entire country.
Plenty of adventures to chose from, incredible scenery!
Ideas for His Party: Bachelor Party
Wine tasting party
Ideas for Her Party: Bachelorette Party
Dinner in Castle
Professional photo session
Professional Make over
Wine tasting party
You can chose one or have it all or at least a combination of most of them. You tell us your budget, the activities preferred by the person that you arrange the party for and I come with the proposal for your last escape as a not –married person.
Recently I wrote about Brasov, one of the seven inhabited citadels in Romania. Today I am going to write about another one, Sibiu, also one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. Considered by Forbs in top eight as one of the most idyllic cities to live in, Sibiu is a beautiful cities in Transylvania, but also Sibiu can be also an important cultural experience while you are visiting Romania. Just to confirm the authentic lovely and romantic air of the city, during last November, the Bollywood Salamn Khan shot part of a video for his coming up movie in Sibiu and Sighisoara.
Sibiu, also known as Hermannstadt in German was built around 12th century by Transylvanian Saxons. Sibiu was also known as the richest and flourishing citadels built by German dwellers. The wealth of the inhabitants of Sibiu was reflected in majestic buildings and strong fortification built for defense. The two main squares are still bringing the air of authenticity of Medieval times, imbued with Saxon architecture, in a Romanian setting. Narrow little streets contract with sumptuous buildings around the Old town.
The grandeur of Sibiu was enhanced by the influenced by the erudite Samuel von Brunkethal, governor of Transylvania, but also an art lover and virtuoso. He also was the founder of Museum in Sibiu, the oldest museum in Romania. Another Samuel, Samuel von Hahnemann was to write history in Sibiu as was the first to open homeopathic laboratory at the beginning of 18th century.
It is something more about Sibiu. It has that “visit me!” magnet and from cobbled streets to imposing constructions, all are inviting the tourist to go ahead and enjoy the city. The division Upper and Lower town does not draw a line between Old and new how it happens in other cities. Upper town involves a promenade on the alleys with sumptuous and historical buildings, while Lower town makes you feel like a handicraftsman or merchant in the Medieval town. The Big, the Small and Huet Square are the main places where one should start wandering around. Pass through Stairs Passage, cross the Bridge of Lies, visit Brukenthal Museum and you will fall in love with Sibiu forever.
What to visit: Great Square, Huet Square, the beautiful Stairs Passage connection between upper town and lower town, the Bridge of Lies, Goldsmiths’ Square and the Small Square. And do not miss Brukenthal National Museum and Astra Open Air Museum!
We made a top of 10 places to visit in Romania. This is not an official top, but it is rather our recommendation starting from our subjective point of view. Our preferences is not necessarily in this order and we excluded Bran Castle – a main attraction in Romania- as everybody knows about “Dracula Castle” and there are plenty of information all over the internet. Actually, the castle is not quite connected with Vlad the Impaller, the one who inspired the novel fictional character. In fact, Bran Castle is more connected to the Royal family who had this castle starting with 1920.
Sarmizegetusa Regia – it is the cradle of Romania, the ancient land of Romanian ancestors, Dacians. If you want to see the true roots of Romanians this is the place one should visit.
Sarmizegetusa Regia was the capital of Dacia, the place where military, religious and political decisions were taken. The fortress was built on Orastie Mountains at an altitude of 1.200 m, as measure of defensive strategy against invaders. If the fortress walls are massive, the temple area is impressive and enigmatic. The “Andesite Sun” is a proof that locals were familiar with geometry and astronomy, the large circle in the sanctuary area makes one consider a resemblance with Stone Hedge constructed in timber posts.
Maramures and Sapanta Peri
Maramures is the core of Romanian traditions and Romanism. The rural side, unveils its beauty and people with their customs for centuries are an integral part of this amazing beauty.
Sapanta – Merry Cemetery is widely known for its funeral monuments with naïve paintings and the charades describing the life of the person buried there. Sapanta-Peri Monastery is the highest wooden monastery placed in a beautiful landscape.
I might be subjective about as I have plenty of memories connected with the Sfinx, memories about beautiful people met in an amazing setting. There are stories about energies surrounding the Sfinx. I cannot measure those, but I can confirm the monumental feeling you have being there.
The Sfinx ( read like Sphinx) in Carpathians, a rock monument watching over Bucegi mountains, is a reason of controversy. While natural science researchers say is natural monument created by erosion, spiritual people consider this monument as made by evolved people, like Marchausi ones, being an energetic place used for developed creatures.
The fact is the Sfinx, situated at 2216 m altitude, resembles with the Sphinx of Giza and has similar size. It is 8 m long and 12 m height, the Sfinx mysteriously watches over the Bucegi mountains.
This is a place where I always come back with pleasure. It does not matter if it is hot like staying in bread oven or freezing that I shiver in my own boots, Sighisoara gives that feeling of belonging. Sighisoara seems universal and timeless.
This beautiful citadel situated in Mures county, aside Tarnava Mare River, brings back the colorful life of medieval times. It is one of the few inhabited citadels in Europe and also the place where Vlad the Impaller was born. Vlad the Impaller is the 15-th century Wallachian ruler who inspired Bram Stocker character of Dracula, even if fiction has little to do with the real figure.
The citadel used to be inhabited by merchants and the aspect of the narrow streets send you back in centuries and really imagine how this beautiful citadel once looked like. The Clock Tower watching over the town leaves you under impression the time stood still over Sighisoara.
Other places to visit in Sighisoara? You don’t get bored here, I insure you: there are still 8 other towers to see ( excluding the Clock tower), all of them after merchant names: Goldsmiths’, Tins’ tower, Rope makers’ tower… Then one cannot miss The New School places majestically on the top of a 400 m hill, edifice that can be reached by climbing 300 flights staircase, cover in wood ( this stairs were build in 1642).
There are more to say and to do in Sighisoara, but we will stop about here.
It is mainly know as former European capital in 2007. What people know less about this amazing city is that Top Forbes considered it in top 10 most idyllic places to live in or the fact that Samuel von Brukenthal was initiator of complex development and erudition in that part of Transylvania.
Besides the two beautiful Squares sending you back to Medieval times, the Lier bridge or Catholic Church, the former capital of Transylvania offers a grandiose scenery to Fagaras mountains. Astra- Dumbrava Village Museum is a proof of Romanian rural development and uniqueness.
I would start with the feeling the castle left over my senses. It was as if I was seeing a fairy tale movie and I was expecting Prince charming to appear on the bridge. Actually, numerous prince charming and princesses, dressed in medieval clothes animate the Castle, so my expectations or any other tourist’s aren’t futile.
Initially it was a fortress that John’s Corvinus father received from Sigismund, the king of Hungary. It was John ( Ioan/ Iancu) who transformed the fortress into a beautiful castle in 1446. The drawbridge welcomes tourists today, but it is obvious the defense purposes for which it firstly was designed for. The double fortified walls also indicate turbulent history and requirement for supplementary protection measures.
In spite of all these, the Castle is charming. The combines style, mainly gothic with subtitle Renaissance add on, the colorful top and stone carvings around adorned balconies or myriad windows bring a sense of gentleness on this massive building. The towers, either circular or squared, survey over Zlasti river. Some of this towers were used as dungeons, most likely in one of these towers Vlad the Impaller was imprisoned.
Sinaia and Peles Castle– Named also “the Perl of Carpathians”, Sinaia is a treasure itself. Placed like 120 km away from Bucharest, Sinaia offers to the tourist a beautiful view and loads of mountain sports activities, from hiking during summer to downhill skiing as winter sport.
If you get there, don’t you miss Peles Castle, a summer residence commissioned by Carol I st, one of the most beautiful Castles of Europe.
Visit also Franz Joseph and Saint Anne Cliffs for a beautiful view of Prahova Valley.
Also visit George Enescu Memorial house (Vila Luminis), place where our great composer chose to create his unique pieces of art.
Just 10 km away, there is Busteni where you can take trip to the Sfinx.
Even if the Pottery of Horezu was included in UNESCO intangible heritage last year, the traditional pottery is a Romanian heritage for generations of mastery. The regional painted cock is a landmark on every single piece of pottery and natural colors are secrets kept within the community.
Pottery is not the only attraction in this. Horezu is a small town placed close to Capataniimountains ( Translated as Skull Mountains). People enjoying caving can explore around 25 km away Polovragi and Pestera Muierii ( Women cave); just in the next commune tourist remains amazed in front of growing stones; the old boyar houses in Maldaresti give the tourist of contemplation and history, the monasteries around ( including Hurezi- UNESCO heritage) a reason for spiritual meditation.
Just a short drive away is also Buila – Vanturarita natural reservation a reason for trekking and admiring the beautiful nature of Oltenia.
My fist encounter with Danube Delta it was during my teenage period. My child eyes opened widely at those beautiful sunsets when only a rare bird could only disturb the red sun. My eyes are still wide opened and my words are not enough when it comes to speak about Danube Delta ( UNESCO Heritage).
The wilderness around it, the countless number of species of birds, fish, insects or plants; even the villages where modern times are far away, but most of it the amazing setting.
Transfagarasan – Named by the Jeremy Clarkson as “the most beautiful road in the world”, competing with Stelvio or other famous roads, Transfagarasan is modern time monument and, no doubt, one of the most enjoyable roads in the world to drive on
Also known as DN 7C , starting from Arefu in Wallachia ending in Cartisoara, the road sums up 91 km, 830 bridges, 27 viaducts and there were used about 6500 tones of dynamite.
Brukenthal National Museum- Sibiu- Baroc and Illuminism
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New Trends in traditional Brukenthal Museum: Upcycling
The Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, announces opening its gates for visitor with a new Exhibition, Upcycled. The opening will be on 25th April and it will be on between 25.04 – 26.05.2013.
The exhibition is governed by the motto “Small deeds can transform the world” and it is the result of an experiment. Thus, the exhibitors tried to show that by means of creativity, wastes or useless materials can be transformed into products of higher quality or high value for the environment, that useless thing becoming decorative.
The term “upcycling” was first time used in 1994, in the discourse of Reiner Pilz as the opposite term for reusing, recycling. While downcycling transforms materials in ones of lower quality, upcycling means that products are transformed into an improved object, better than the initial one that the object was made of.
The experiment Upcycled is addressed mainly to the women and it is an invitation to a new approach in recycling in the housekeeping. The movement is a challenge for modern women to keep up with their time, to be creative and free.
Usually around the world Romania is associated with vampires and Count Dracula, the Bram Stoker’s fictional character. In order to draw a line between fiction and history we invite you on a tour following the footsteps of Vlad the Impaler, the Romanian prince of Wallachia who ruled in three different stages, ending with his violent death (November / December 1431 – died in December 1476). He was called the Impaler as he used to impal his enemies.
He was born in Sighisoara and grew as an educated man as his father Vlad Draculea , a strong character involved in ruling Wallachia, took care of his three sons. Between Draculesti family (the name is due to heraldic dragon) and Danesti there was a permanent war for whom should rule Wallachia, one similar to the War of roses. He had never lived in Bran Castle, he only passed by and had arguments with the rich owners of the castle. The Hunedoara Castel is closed to him as th Hunyad Castle was built and inhabited by Mateius Corvin, the one who helped, also fought Vlad the Impaler.
Vlad Tepes was a ruler who achieved independence Wallachia from the Ottomans. At the same time because his enemies impaled and was pulling very hard, merchants from Brasov (Brasov) gave the ruler of Wallachia demon-like features. Life drives him on placed like the city of Targoviste, while he ruled Wallahia, he fought Turks in Giurgiu area and then he had a castle at Poienari – Arges, castle built by his boyars. Vlad was killed in 1474 and most likely his body is Comana Monastery – close to Bucharest founded by him.
Day 1 Bucharest – Peles Castle – Brasov tour -Bran Castle – Bran –Viscri – Saschiz Fortified Church. Sighisoara.
in Sighisoara the place where Vlad the Impaller was bor – also a UNESCO site and one of the few inhabited citadels in Europe. Saschiz (also Unesco Heritage) fortified Church, Cloasterf and Viscri ( UNESCO heritage) – this is a place where Prince Charles owns a house. If you fancy you can have dinner in the house where Vlad the Impaller (the ruler who inspired the fictional character of Dracula) was born, today a restaurant in Sighisoara. (300 km)
Accommodation 1 night in Sighisoara ***
Day 2: Sighisoara tour of the old citadel. Set off to Sibiu. Medias Fortified Church, Mosna Fortified Gothic.
Accommodation in Sibiu.
Accommodation in Sibiu – 3* Hotel
Day 3: . Sibiu old town tour. Sibiu was European Cultural Capital. Visit Brukenthal Palace. Set off to Horezu ( UNESCO HERITAGE), visit Hurezi Monastery – also UNESCO site. Overnight in Ramnicu Valcea.
Overnight in Valcea
Day 4: Valcea- Poienari Castle – The only castle built by Vlad The Impaller ( the character who inspired the fictional character of Dracula). Poienari Bucharest. City tour in in the evening. For the evening we recommend you to enjoy the night life of city.
Day 5: visit at palace of Parliament . Time to pack and say good bye.
4 Nights accommodation in 3* and 4* Hotels
– Itinerary as per description
– Half Board
– English (or other language speaking) Guide all during all your trip
Rate does not include :
Flights to and from Bucharest
Meals not described
Tips and souvenirs
Entrance fees at Palaces ( 20 lei Peles, Bran Palace Of Parliament, Brukenthal / gallery, 5-10 lei Biertan, Viscri, Saschiz)