2 DAYS MEDIEVAL SIGHTSEEINGS TOUR
Peles Castle, Pelisor Castle: Peles Castle was King Carol I of Hohenzollern's favorite residence. Built between 1873-1915, it distinguishes itself by its particular architecture, comparable to the most famous palaces in the world. It holds impressive plastic and decorative art collection. In 1899 King Carol I built a castle for heirs Ferdinand and Mary, the Pelisor Castle, the most expressive Art Nouveau style monument of Romania. The collections includes Romanian and European painting masters, furniture and decorative art pieces. www.peles.ro, www.romaniatourism.com/castles.html, www.draculascastle.com/html/pelesint.html (125km;9.30h-11.30h)
Bran Castle, Dracula's Horror House, Gifts Market, Ethnographic Park: Located between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains, was imposed by strategic and economic reasons at the end of the XIV century as fortress. Here Vlad Dracul (Dracula) stayed few years of his adventurous life. Between 1920-1947, as Royal Residence, the castle suffered a series of architectural renovations, lead by the Czech architect Karel Liman, who also worked at the castles Peles and Pelisor. Two towers for stairs were added, the bulwarks and the shooting gaps became windows, the stoves and the hearths became modern fireplaces. www.brancastlemuseum.ro, www.brancastlemuseum.ro (55km;12.30h-14.30h)
Rasnov Medieval Citadel: It is an old peasant refuge fortress unique for its style and position with its first documentary attestation from 1331. The fortress is very impressive due to its position among several mountains. The fortress was built by the Teutonic Knights on a calcareous rock 150 m high. Inside the fortress there is a well 143 m deep. The outer walls were 5 m tall and the fountain inside the walls is 98 m deep and took 15 years to dig. Entrance is made through a massively fortified tower, an outpost half-round Bastion provided with numerous firing outlets and arrow loops and with a wall-walk for the defenders. The Saxon villagers would take shelter there during sieges. www.primariarasnov.ro/content/html/istoric_en.php (15km;14.45h-15.30h)
Brasov, the Medieval City: In the centre of Romania, Brasov is an old medieval burg, a city surrounded by the most famous mountain resorts, a great place for relaxation so hard to find in other great urban agglomerations. The Citadel of Brasov, one of the strongest citadels in Transylvania, hosts arround "Piata Sfatului"-"Townhall Square" the most representative Gothic monument in Romania, the Black Church, built around 1380, partially destroyed by the great fire in 1689, with the largest organ of 4000 pipes in South-East Europe, and also the first Romanian school, churches and cathedrals, museums, medieval weapons collection and restaurants with traditional cuisine. www.brasovtravelguide.ro/en/ (20km;16.00h-19.30h)
Poiana Brasov Mountain Resort: All seasons resort, it is well known as one of the best budget ski resort on the Central-Eastern Europe. The resort altitude is 1030m, the highest peak Postavarul is at the altitude of 1803m. Poiana Brasov has 12 ski slopes of various difficulty degrees, 11 lifts (3 cable-cars, 8 ski-lifts) and very good multi-language ski trainers. In the center of the resort there is a lake surrounded by very nice hotels. The area offers many choices for lunch or dining. www.poiana-brasov.com, www.brasovtravelguide.ro/en/ (15km;20.00h)
Accommodation at 3*** Liat Villas in Poiana Brasov - Double bed room.
Sighisoara, the Medieval Town, Dracula's House: This gorgeous town with its history of thousands of years is the home of Saxons, Romanian and Hungarians. The beautiful middle age town of Sighisoara, built on a hill in Tarnava Valley, is the best preserved medieval old town with inhabitants in Central Europe. You can also find the house were Vlad Dracul (Dracula) stayed few years of his adventurous life. www.cetatea-sighisoara.com/uk/ (140km;11.30h-14.00h)
Sibiu, the Medieval City, 2007 European Cultural Capital: The Citadel of Sibiu was for centuries one of the largest and best fortified in Europe. The city has two easily walk able levels: the "lower town" which contains most of Sibiu's historic sights, and a charming aggregation of old houses and cobbled squares, and the "upper town", the citadel with its walls and towers from 15th and 16th centuries : Harquebusiers Tower, Potter Tower, Carpenter Tower , Thick Tower, Gunpowder Tower, Tanner Tower. The Citadel was surrounded by walls and defense towers, some of these are still very well preserved and give us a clue of how they looked like hundreds of years ago. www.sibiu.ro/index_en.php (60km;15.00h-18.30h)
Return in Bucharest: (285km;23.00h).
Price: 240 EUR (1person), 270 EUR(2 persons), 330 EUR(3 persons), 360 EUR(4 persons)
Guide, driver, new car and all tickets included. Starting hour: 07.00h