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Sibiu – idyllic and cultural

Sibiu – idyllic and cultural

 

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!

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Brasov – gate to Transylvania

Brasov  –  gate to Transylvania

When it comes to Romania, most of the tourists associate Romania to Transylvania.

Brasov is the closest Transylvanian city, situated at  around 200 km away from the Romanian capital- Bucharest.  The city has always been flourishing, along centuries being a referral of trade and crafts, mainly due to its position, on the border of Wallachia and close to Moldavia as well as an important trade gate in Transylvania.  Corona, Kronstadt, Brasso or Brasov, as the city was named along centuries, has always been an important strategic point as the residence of Barsa County.  Besides, being placed  at the base of Tampa Mountains, in the Carpathians, Brasov it is charming regardless the season or even the centuries.

The city seems to date back to Dacian times, some archeological indices being found at Solomon stones and close to Mayor Hall Square.

Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on previously Dacian location, as previously mentioned, and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, along with Sibiu, Cluj, Sighisoara, Medias and Bistrita.

More proofs about the existence of the city at Tampa are found around  14th century when the town of those days had nucleus around St Mary Church ( presently Black Church).

Attractions in Brasov:

The Council Square: Placed in  the heart of old medieval Brasov among red-roofed merchant houses, the Council Square is a lovely  rest place for the tourist.

Old Town Hall (1420 – now it shelters  Brasov’s History Museum),  it is situated close to another famous attraction of the city:  Black Church.  Merchant’s House (Cerbul Carpatin restaurant) built  in the Renaissance style is placed close to it.

Black  Church:  Impressive by its size ( known as the biggest church between Vienna and Istanbul), the building got its name as a consequence of the big fire in 1689, when most of the town burnt. During this fire, the wall of the edifice blacken and the damages were  repaired in 100 years of restoration. During restorations, the  gothic aspect of the interior tended to the baroque style mostly seen today. The church also shelters 119 Anatolian Carpets( being the biggest collection of this type in Europe) and also a big attraction is the sound 4,000-pipe organ.

Defensive Fortifications:  The fortification was built  by Saxons as a consequence to the repeated attacks of Mongols and  Turks starting since 12th century.

They were originally built between 1440 and 1650 and  a small part of the historical fortification can be seen today. From the 7 initially bastions today can still be seen : Graft Bastion, White tower, Black Tower, Blacksmiths’ Bastion, Weavers’ Bastion, Brasov fortress, Catherine’s Gate, Schei Gate.

Facts: the 3rd narrowest street in Europe is Rope Street ( strada Sforii) and it measures from 111 to 135 cm and it is 80 m long.

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Story like city: Cluj Napoca

Story like city: Cluj Napoca

Cosmopolite, colorful, historical, University-based, relaxed, cultural, joyful ,  these are some of the attributes I find for Cluj Napoca.  They are not few, but still not enough to describe this Northern Transylvanian city.

Places on Feleacu Hill, Cluj Napoca is always an attraction for any type of tourist. Even a this late November day , this city  was sunny and shinning.  The glow came from inside, the sun was  friendly with Cluj Napoca, even if over all Romania was  announced and winter to start its role. The enormous gothic church, St. Michael ( the second biggest in Transylvania) surveys the Union Square of Cluj. Built between 14-15 century, the building still dominates the big city of 21 century. Its dimensions impresses the people passing by, regardless their religious opinion. To have an idea: It is 80 m tall and  70 m long!

Saint Michael Church - Cluj Napoca
Saint Michael Church – Cluj Napoca
 
Cluj Napoca- city Theatre

On the pedestrian area, people of all ages walk calm on the paved alley. Romanian flags fly on buildings  as a manifestation of happiness.  Restaurants, coffee shops and bars  welcome clients along the street. Places for all budgets and tastes: from doner kebab shop or pizzeria to traditional cabbage restaurant where you can have  tasty  local meal “varza a la Cluj” ( cabbage as in Cluj).

Cluj is Universitar city and Universities of every type are spread  here and there with their specific: arts, installations, medicine, technology  and… many students- young happy faces. The most known is Babes Bolay, University building of an eclectic architectural style, shelters over 50.000 students yearly.

Cluj Napoca- city Theatre
Cluj Napoca- city Theatre

On Avram Iancu Square The Orthodox church  watches over the city and over Avram Iancu statue. The grandness of the  Cathedral  overwhelms you and seems to have impresses even the statue in front of it. Built between 1923 -1933 in Romanian style, the 18 derricks of the church  watches over the Theater, the Theology University, the Metropolitan Palace.

The Cluj City Theatre faces the Orthodox Cathedral- proud  shows off its eclectic -colorful arcade style. Inaugurated in 1919, the building is in 2000’s a representative house of culture, beauty and grandeur.

I hope I teased you enough  to visit it.

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New Year 2014 in Sighisoara

New Year 2014 in Sighisoara

Hotel Korona ****

30.12.201 3 – ​​4 02.01.201 (3 nights & HB)

Located:                 in Sighisoara, the Medieval Citadel – the most beautiful inhabited fortress in South East   Europe.

 

Equipment:                 40 rooms, Restaurant VIP Saloon, Engine Bar, Conference room, terrace, garden, swimming pool, pool, fitness center, SPA center, shopping area.

 

Services:               wireless internet, 24 hour medical assistance, car rental, transportation to / from airport ,  massage, excursions in the city and surrounding areas.

 

Rooms:               are equipped with a luxury solid oak furniture, color TV SAT, direct telephone line,  minibar, bathrooms with shower or bathtub, hair dryer.

 Rate:

 

30 .12.2013-02.01.2014

Room type Rate/ person euro
Double standard 226
Double executive 246
Single room 328

 

* For children under 12 years have free accommodation (room with parents without extra bed) and New Year’s Eve menu (seat at table) rate is 60 Euro / child (optional).

 

Payment:               50% when booking your stay, 50% 10 days prior arrival

Package includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • half board
  •  free fitness and sauna,
  • New Year’s Eve Party and many other surprises!

 

30 .12. 2014  

  • Check – in after 14 ˚ ˚
  • Welcome drink
  •  Dinner in MOS CLUB starting at 19 ˚ ˚ – Swedish buffet, DJ music

31.12. 2013

Breakfast

  • Tour in the Medieval Citadel
  • New Year Gala Dinner in VIP Saloon Restaurant – Music DJ, open bar

 

01.01. 2014

  •  Breakfast
  • Carnival  in VIP Saloon Restaurant
  • Romanian Traditional Dinner, tombola with presents

 

02.01. 2014  

  • Breakfast
  • Check – out

Optional: – to extend your stay at promotional rates of accommodation: February 23 euro / person / night standard double, 26 euro / person / night – double room business

– Relaxing massage in the spa of the hotel (limited reservations).

 

 

Pets are forbidden in the hotel.

 

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Colorful Autumn in Romania

Colorful Autumn in Romania

 

When it comes about seasons, it is difficult to chose a favorite.  I enjoy every season, with better and worse. Lucky us,  Romanians have four seasons so weather diversity enchants us every ( approximately, as there is no season like other:)) three months.

Cold white winters  are so pure, the air is so fresh and the sense of BIG celebration around is jolly. The image white snow shining combines with the smell of burned wood on the country side in an unique, smells like Romania. In case you just “lose yourself” in a mountains chalet, you might imagine yourself in fairy tale location. And that is without changing the scenery around you.

Springs are enchanting with that pure fresh green, the threes in white and cherry blossom, the birds singing happily while returning from their migration. Sky is blue, rivers are inpatient and thriving to carry all the snow melt into water.

Summers are hot ans sun always shines. The flowers are  an explosion of color, the mountains are shades of green from base to the top, till the rock  betrays the vivid color into a  gray rock.

Now it comes autumn.  This is the year’s special. The rain and sun play sick and hide, usually sun is stronger. After rainy days, sun shines pleasantly, just touching and warm.

The colors. The colors are incredible.  The forest seems dressed colorfully, expecting the white winter.  The forests travel From the green of pin trees, the forest transforms into a red-copper  leaves cover to golden leaves.  The colors spread all over the trees, underneath them, on the ground, on the road… almost everywhere.  Late quince fruits stay braves into the trees and seem to salute the grapes ( which by now are already fermented as  wine : ) )

Hay stacks bend down like paying tribute to the remaining yellow grass.

Would you guess which season I enjoy more? Happy to find out that A luxury Travel blog  shares  my opinion about beautiful autumn colors in Romania.  

Autumn colors
Autumn colors

 

Rural autumn colors
Rural autumn colors

 

 

 

 

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Business and leisure at House of Dracula 4*

Business and leisure at House of Dracula 4*

(Poiana Brasov, Brasov County)

 

In period 01.10 – 30.11.2013, House of Dracula 4* special offer for groups:

 

 

Accommodation structure  of Hotel – House of Dracula 4* :

5 single
8 double
3 suite
2 suite

Note:
1.  All rooms have single bed, but  double rooms and facilities.

2. The hotel has 6 double twin rooms and two matrimonial beds.
3. The apartments have a bedroom with double bed and living room with sofa.
4. Suite apartment staircase, upstairs bedroom and living room with sofa bed downstairs. Features -2 bathrooms.

2.  Conference room -Free

3.  Coffee break – 5 euro / person

4. Lunch / dinner – from 12 euro / person

 

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RHUBARB CELEBRATION IN TRANSYLVANIA

RHUBARB CELEBRATION IN TRANSYLVANIA

RHUBARB CELEBRATION IN SASCHIZ

(second edition)

Association promoting  Tarnavelor Valley invites you on September 7th, to Saschiz , 20 km away from Sighisoara in  Mures county for a day of joy, contests with prizes , food, drink and plenty of rhubarb. The event will take place  between 11.00 to 15.00 at the “Hanul Cetatii”, situated on European road E 60.

 

There are various  contests: find  the treasure of Saschiz Fortress,  compete (on line) for the  most original rhubarb meal recipe, compete for the best and good looking rhubarb pie or the most original painting or decorative object made ​​from rhubarb, or try your speed and stomach at rhubarb cake eating contest.

Vote the largest rhubarb plant cultivated by local farmers and take part  in  any other competition with prizes in money and objects. Taste and buy local products prepared from natural ingredients, following the recipe for hundreds of years, such as jams, juices, pickles, spices, teas, honey and others that have brought fame  to Tarnavelor Valley local producers, both in Romania and abroad. Come and enjoy a day full of fun, joy and surprises in Saschiz Rhubarb Celebration, in the heart of Transylvania!

The organizers invite you to check Rhubarb Festival program and sign up free for the festival and competitions in which you are interested via email. The email saschizrubarbarfestival@gmail.com

Saschiz fortress

You’re welcome in Saschiz on September 7, 2013, between 11.00-15.00, inside the  Hanul Cetatii(Inn Castle), strada Principala No. 157 ( E 60).

Main sponsors: Mures County, Tarnavelor Valley Association,  Pension Cartref, Hanul Cetatii, Pivnita bunicii-Transylvania Food Company.

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Halloween at House of Dracula

Halloween at House of Dracula

 

Romania  is mostly known as country of Dracula, even if it does not deserve this name. This time, we are proposing a Halloween Party at “House of Dracula ”  4 * hotel placed in Poiana Brasov. The curiosity of this hotel is that it looks like a proper castle, at the same time offering comfort conditions in a magnificent place: Poiana Brasov in a vampire like athmosphere.

 

Bran Castle is less than 40 minutes drive away and you have the chance for Halloween in Transylvania!

 

Rates: 82 euro/ person

period November 1st – November 3rd 2013

 

Rate includes:

2 nights accommodation based on double sharing

2 Breakfasts

1 Halloween Dinner

 

Does not include:

flights to and from Bucharest ( just ask us !)

transfers to and from Airport- hotel ( available upon request)

Insurances

Meals not mentioned

Souvenirs/ Tips

 

 

Notes:

Apartment supplement 10% on

Children:

0-4 yrs old – 100% sharing parents bed

4-7 yrs old – 30% reduction from adult’s rate

7-12 yrs old – 50% off from  adult’s rate

 

Also, do not hesitate to contact us for optional trips in Bran, Sighisoara or  tour of UNESCO Heritage in Transylvania.

Want to?  Drop us a line !

 

For estimative of flights, rent a car or transfer visit : http://iexploreromania.com/booking-online-2/  or just tell us your story and we will be glad to help.

 

 

 

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National Museum of the History of Romania recovered 49 silver coins stolen from Dacian Sarmizegetusa

National Museum of the History of Romania  recovered  49 silver coins stolen from Dacian Sarmizegetusa

National Museum of History will soon exhibit Dacian 49 silver coins were recovered in the U.S.A.  following collaboration between U.S. and Romanian authorities. The coins were discovered in 2003 as part of a great treasure, they left the national territory illegally and were then detected in 2011, at international trade in antiquities, explained in a statement the museum.

The 49 coins are part of Dacian silver unique emission,  bearing on reverse a legend written in Greek letters, mentioning the name of the ruler who ordered their minting- Koson. They were beaten in the cash shop Sarmizegetusa around 44-29 BC. These pieces come from a great treasure, discovered after 2003, following the detection of illegal activities and excavations carried out by members of criminal networks who worked in the Sarmizegetusa Regia, the last capital of free Dacia.

Recovery and repatriation of currencies is because international judicial cooperation between Romanian and American authorities, the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and experts from the National Museum of Romanian History.

 

Source: http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-cultura-15079836-muzeul-national-istorie-recuperat-din-sua-49-monede-dacice-furate-sarmizegetusa.htm

 

Sarmizegetusa Regia is the Dacians’ cradle, a Stonehenge of Romania. Erected on top of a 1,200 metre high mountain, the fortress was the core of the strategic defensive system in the Orăştie Mountains (in present-day Romania), comprising six citadels. Sarmizegetusa Regia was the capital of Dacia prior to the wars with the Roman Empire.

Sarmizegetusa Regia contained a citadel and living areas with dwellings and workshops, but it also contained a sacred zone.