24 DAYS TOUR OF ROMANIA
Bucharest – Transfagarasan – Sibiu – Transylvania Saxon villages – Sighisoara – Maramures – Bucovina – Transylvania Saxon villages – Brasov – Snagov – Danube Delta – Constanta – Bucharest
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 TRANSYLVANIAN VILLAGES
10:00 – 11:00 Traditional delicacies tasting
In a 14th century Saxon village – UNESCO heritage
Lunch on the way
Saxon fortified church
Dinner & overnight in one of the villages where Prince Charles has properties
WHERE TO STAY
WHERE TO DINE
Transylvanian ensemble of military architecture, Rupea fortress has been documentary attested in 1342 as place of refuge for the Saxons revolted against King Charles Robert of Anjou of Hungary. Located atop of the Cohalm Hill, this is one of the most beautiful citadels in Transylvania. With 7 towers, guarded by thick strong walls, it offers to the traveler’s eye breathtaking views of green surroundings. Historians believe that the fortress was built on the old ruins of a very important Dacian settlement and that it is here where Decebal – the last King of Dacians – after long exhausting battles, cut his throat to not fall prisoner to the Romans led by Emperor Trajan. In the 15th century the Turks conquered and robbed the fortress.
2 centuries later it was burned down. Finally in the 18th century, following a strong storm that flew away the roofs, it was forever abandoned. But now, despite its troubled past you feel so peaceful here. And the mountain air is so refreshing. You can easily spend more than half day taking strolls along the stoned paths and trying to imagine how over 400 people lived within these walls. Visit the cottages where the inhabitants of the villages around took refuge in during hard times. Pass through the Middle Fortress Gate and look for the Military Storeroom… The Servants, Pentagonal and Gate Towers or the Chapel and the Fountain are equally appealing !
Saxon Fortified Church
Built around 1100, the unique gothic church in Viscri village, part of UNESCO World Heritage, definitely worth to pay a visit if you are in the area. Exploring its recesses you will find out that the eastern section was rebuilt in the 14th century. And while the first fortification walls with towers were added around 1525, the second defensive wall was added only in 18th century. If the classic 19th century altar featuring a Blessing of the Children centerpiece by the painter J. Paukratz from Rupea is not fully catching your attention try the inside peasant items museum where you can admire inclusively a very old passport from the times when it was needed to pass the mountains. Before leaving don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the green surroundings from the traditional terrace.
Traditional delicacies tasting
Guided visit of the household and family processing workshop accompanied by home made cake, coffee, water and open jars of jams, confitures and pickles; optional shopping) – EUR …
Booking on request
This Saxon village – with a XIV century fortress listed in UNESCO patrimony – keeps little secrets for unsuspected pleasures. Here an old barn have been transformed in a processing center for the local farmers which use traditional recipes and who were instructed through a course of the Royal Society of Public Health. Under the logo Saxon Village Preserves the members of the Foodstuff Barn – inaugurated in 2009 by Prince Charles of Wales – are selling (especially to clients from Great Britain, inclusively to the royal family): jams, pickles, salamis, sausages, fine chesses with noble mold, products made of plants, cakes, bread, drinks and oils. The highlights seem to be the:
* Elder syrup,
* Transylvania spring honey
* and Rhubarb jam (Rheum rhabarbarum – a refreshing and slightly sour Saxon delicacy which is safer to buy directly from a Saxon housewife than to cook it yourself at home. The parts of the plant must be carefully chosen as the leaves contain toxic oxalates. It probably reached in Transylvania due to the Saxon merchants to whom it has been brought around the middle of the 16th century most probably from Asia)
* Meals (between EUR … – … per meal depending on the area, how fancy is the restaurant and chosen menu; the average price is EUR … excluding wine)
* Car – from EUR … per day for Dacia Logan. Inclusive of unlimited kms, full casco insurance, compulsory civil insurance, road fee. Delivered with full tank, the car has to be returned under the same conditions. Car warranty: EUR … (it shall be returned at the car delivery under the same conditions in which it was taken.
* Gas (about EUR … per 100 km; estimated number of km – …)
* Parking fees (about EUR … per 100 km)
* Entrance fees (about EUR … per day per guest)