Waking up at our new location in Brasov, we warmly invite you to eat a bit of breakfast before embarking again on what the day has in store for us:
One of the most significant trans-Carpathian routes, the Bran Gorge, has a colorful past. The two main elements of its history have been the commerce routes that passed through its crossroads and the repeated military incursions that made use of them.
Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracul, was a Wallachian prince with a now-destroyed castle in the Principality of Wallachia. He is frequently mistaken for Dracula. Bran Castle is referred to as Dracula’s Castle across the world since it is the only castle in all of Transylvania that genuinely corresponds to Bram Stoker’s description of Dracula’s Castle.
One of the first strongholds in Romania, the Rupea Citadel has walls, towers, and courtyards covering roughly 11 acres.
Edinburgh Castle, the national monument of Scotland, is a comparable structure. But in this case, we’re talking about the fact that both structures are perched on basalt rocks, not how they both look.
Despite speculation by various authors, it is certain that its surface was used in prehistory but not in antiquity by the Dacians or Romans. It is equally certain that it represents a medieval creation, a major architectural complex, with levels resulting from five centuries of operation.
Lunch at Viscri 32
After so much visiting, we bet you definitely feel hungry by now. How does traditional Romanian food in a traditional setting sound like? All of that but in reimagined in a new way. We’ll be stopping at Viscri 32: White Barn and Blue House. A little village, where time seemed to stay in place, with a white citadel on a hill, friendly shepherds, 300 cows, horses, goats, hedgehogs and a lot more sheep and we can keep count. The setting of their story is Viscri, right in the middle of said village. It is a house with four walls and windows that aim towards the morning sun, and remained empty for 15 years. This is the house of Johann Dootz from the number 32, where two young boys decided to move, without very much thought, in the snowy winter in 2016. They decided to refurbish the entire house, with materials and techniques used by the local smiths and they managed to recreate the beauty of the original two rooms, at the same time combining them with contemporary comfort and a romantic atmosphere. They traveled up and down through Transylvania searching for old decorations and furniture, they restored furniture, windows, walls, everything the eye can see and they also built and painted terracotta stoves. Not to mention the food contain ingredients gathered from local cultivating families and the Transylvanian recipes are cooked exactly how our grandma used to cook them. There is plenty more to talk about, but you’ll be able to see for yourself and ask all the questions when we stop there to have our bellies filled for lunch.
In Sighisoara, we advise you to join a guided city tour because the beauty and charm of this location cannot be properly captured in pictures.
You can explore the pastel-colored buildings, cobblestoned streets, and medieval towers over the course of a magical day. The luxurious merchant houses in Sighisoara, which contain cafes, hotels, and art galleries, are surrounded by fortified walls. The legend of Vlad Tepes, a Wallachian prince who is supposed to have been born here in the 15th century, lurks behind the roofs and towers of the UNESCO-protected old town, inspiring a local industry for souvenirs with vampire-related themes.