3 Wonder Places to Visit in Transylvania

Looking for wonderful places to visit in Romania during your vacation or short escapes for weekends? Have you ever heard about Transylvania, that mysterious place somewhere in Eastern Europe?
places to visit in Transylvania

If your answer is yes, you’re possibly associating Transylvania with a mystical territory of Dracula, with vampires hiding in medieval castles that are surrounded by dramatic landscapes. We want to tell you that Transylvania is real, and is so much more than that.

Transylvania is one of the most popular regions in Romania and it deserves its popularity well. The number of tourists who take a trip to Transylvania is continually increasing year over year. Transylvania is a charming part of Romania where tourists can enjoy beautiful medieval towns, well preserved fortified churches, amazing castles and find out more about local culture and traditions. Also, you can put on your list some natural attractions such as volcanic lakes and ice caves. Yes, you got that right! It is amazing, isn’t it, to get to visit such wonderful places!

3 Wonder places to visit in Transylvania

If you are eager and interested for places to visit in Transylvania during one of your vacation escapes, in this article we collected for you a list of the must-see 3 places, that you should add to your itinerary.


“Piața Sfatului” – central square in Brașov (click on image to see in full size)

Brașov represents one of the most visited cities in Romania and definitely one of the most interesting places to visit in Transylvania. The city is also known by its German name Kronstadt, that means “City of the Crown”. When you’ll get to the center of Brașov, you’ll surely understand why Brașov has that royal name. The great views, 500 year-old local architecture, and the numerous museums you can visit will certainly impress you.

Brașov’s history is as layered as the city itself, with every cobblestone, alley, and edifice telling a story of medieval grandeur, Saxon craftsmanship, and Romanian resilience. The city’s German name, “Kronstadt,” is not just a title but a testament to its historical significance and beauty.

The center of Brașov, with its 500-year-old architecture, is where the past and present converge, offering visitors a tangible sense of history. The Black Church stands as a monumental testament to Gothic architecture and resilience, surviving fires and wars to remain one of Eastern Europe’s most significant religious landmarks.

Brașov is a city at the foot of the Mount Tâmpa. You can also walk to the top of Tâmpa Mountain, which is a great endeavor for those who like hiking. In the top you will enjoy an amazing view of the medieval town. By foot you can get to the top in about one hour, and in few minutes by cable car. At the top of the mountain there is a “Brașov” sign, inspired by the famous Hollywood one.

The architectural and natural splendors of Brașov

Brașov also offers an unparalleled blend of natural beauty and architectural wonder. The journey to the summit of Tâmpa Mountain is a highlight, offering hikers and cable car passengers alike breathtaking views of the medieval town below. This panoramic vista, crowned with the “Brașov” sign, offers a moment of reflection on the city’s charm and the natural beauty that surrounds it.

The city’s layout, with its blend of Baroque, Renaissance, and Gothic structures, invites exploration and discovery. The old Town Hall Square is a bustling hub of activity, where history, culture, and gastronomy meet. The narrow, winding Rope Street (Strada Sforii) offers a unique stroll through one of Europe’s most slender pathways, a reminder of the city’s medieval past.

So, the city’s main attractions include: the old Town Hall Square, the Black Church (the largest Gothic church in Eastern Europe!), The Rope Street (one of the narrowest streets in Europe), Tâmpa Mountain, The White Tower and Weavers Bastion. Since there is a lot to be seen, you may want to get accommodation for at least 3 nights. Enjoy your stay!

Read also: The citadel of Brașov – best and must-see sights

Bran Castle

Panoramic photo of Bran castle, during autumn (click on image to see in full size)

Next on our list of places to visit in Transylvania is Bran Castle. Of course, we could’t have missed it out! There is no doubt that, if you choose to travel to Transylvania, then you don’t want to miss visiting Bran Castle. Bran Castle is the most famous castle in Transylvania, being known by most people as Dracula’s Castle. Most people visit it because it was apparently Vlad Țepeș’ home, the Count of Dracula. Dracula is a fictional character, invented by Bram Stoker, who placed his story in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.

Bran Castle was built more than 600 years ago, as a strategic fortress that was meant to defend the valley against The Ottoman Empire.

Bran Castle impresses through its medieval and wonderful architectural elements, and also through art collections housed within. It’s built on a high rock, positioned in a strategical location, with dramatic landscapes. The Castle is situated 30 km from Brașov, and can be easily visited on a one day trip. Of course, if you want to enjoy more of the surroundings, we definitely recommend getting accommodation overnight. There are plenty of hotels and villas where you can lodge.

Read also: 3 of the most beautiful castles in Romania to visit this summer


On streets of citadel of Sighișoara

Sighișoara is a charming medieval town that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sighișoara stands on its own merits thanks to its unique location and history, even if it’s just a small town.

Sighișoara has one of the best preserved medieval citadels in the world, and is worth visiting. The medieval towers, steep stairways, the cobbled streets, and colorful houses create a magical atmosphere. All these things will bring you back centuries ago and give you that nice feeling of a small medieval town frozen in time.

A true symbol for Sighișoara is the Clock Tower, and is something you shouldn’t miss because of the majestic view of the old city center. The climb is surely worth it. There are also a lot of sights not to be missed in this medieval town such as:  the Weapons Museum and the Covered Staircase,  the Church on the Hill (located at the end of Covered Staircase).

If you are interested in visiting Transylvania, then check out the places described above. They will offer you a truly memorable experience and the occasion to witness a great historic legacy.Transylvania has a lot of amazing places and you should visit as many as possible, because each one has its own special charm. If you love history or just want to enjoy a relaxing vacation, then you should visit Transylvania. It’s for sure a one of a kind place that we truly recommend.

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Robert Vergeer

I am a photographer and travel blogger, born in the Netherlands, but currently living in Romania. I love photography, traveling and exploring new places and promoting them online. I am also passionate about writing.

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