Lonely Planet has recently released the “Best in Travel 2016” travel guide, with Transylvania ranking first in the top 10 worth visiting regions this year.
“Put the crucifix away and discard that bulb of garlic – you won’t be needing them in today’s Transylvania, which blows away stereotypes faster than the flapping wings of a bat out of hell. Yes, horses and carts still rumble through the wooded countryside, but they’ll soon share the roads with Uber cabs ferrying visitors to chic Airbnb lodgings. Look past the ‘Count Drankula’ T-shirts and you’ll notice an ever-increasing number of art galleries, good value ski resorts and epic nature tours,” reads the Lonely Planet review of the exquisite Romanian region.
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Transylvania is home to some of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, most notably Brașov, featuring Old Saxon architecture and citadel ruins; Sibiu with its cobblestone streets and pastel-colored houses, and Sighișoara, adorned with a hilltop citadel, secret passageways and a 14th century clock tower.
The region is also famous for its stunning castles such Bran Castle, near Brasov, – a Gothic fairy-tale structure, often associated with 15th century Walachian Prince Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the 15th-century Corvin Castle or Râșnov fortress.
The fortified churches at Harman, with its massive 13th Saxon towers, and Prejmer, the largest fortified church in Southeastern Europe can also be found in beautiful Transylvania region.
Transylvania’s multi-ethnic heritage (including German and Hungarian ) can be t5acked down across the festivals taking place here, modern events or ancient folk festivals displaying unique folk customs, architecture, cuisine music or dances.
Last but not the least, nature is going off here in Transylvania. Apuseni Mountains display an amazing landscape, housing rare species of wildlife, along with 4,000 caves. Scărișoara Glacier, a national monument, shelters the second largest underground glacier on the continent.