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Travel back in time, medieval time, to the 12th -15th century, when knights, settlers, kings roam around, everyone trying to gain someone’s favor for land, money and privileges. What we’re left with today are castles, citadels and fortresses, some in ruins, some intact, history facts, legends and myths, some scary, other funny, few nottobementioned, cities build on top of ruins, settlers, invasions and strong willed population. Exposed history at its best!
In the morning
Stop At: Alba Iulia citadel
Alba Carolina, a Vauban star shaped fortress build in 18th century, one of the most impressive of its kind in S-E of Europe. Also known as Karlzburg after the Austrian-Hungarian king, Karol the VIth, the fortress holds inside its walls the main touristic attractions of Alba-Iulia, one of which stands out: St. Michael cathedral, a valuable architectural monument in Transylvania, with the same age as its sister in Paris, the Notre Dame.
Stop At: Deva fortress
A 13th century fortress build to face Mongolian invasions. From its still standing towers, administrative, housing and defense buildings, you get a panoramic views of Deva city, the landscape and Apuseni mountains.
Stop At: Hunedoara’s Castle or Hunyadi or Corvin Castel
A gothic-renaissance fairytale castle build on a cliff in 15th century, the biggest medieval building with civil and military functions. The French inspired castle still reflects the greatness of an illustrious family, the Hunedoresti or Corvin family, who were once in charge of Transylvania.
Stop At: Sibiu old city
A Saxon build city, Europe’s cultural capital in 2007, the 8th most idyllic city of Europe by Forbes magazine and a must see for any traveler who comes to Transylvania. If you are interested in culture, this is the place for you: Brukenthal Palace, Astra village museum, the Lutheran cathedral, you’ll be surrounded and submerged in history. Bring comfortable shoes for its narrow rock paved streets.
I have a excellent day!