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Everybody has heard about Transylvania at least once. And, yes it is a real place! This article is all about showing the world a few glimpses of the wonders ahead. Here are the top 10 attractions & must-see sights of Transylvania.

It might be that vampires, and especially Bram Staker’s Dracula, made it worldly famous but, even without the legends, it is a truly enchanted place. Just as curiosity the name of this captivating region means “The land beyond the forest.” The rich history and especially the stunning landscapes make Transylvania the fairytale land that it is! 

From the fabled Bran Castle and the Transylvanian Fortresses to the breathtaking views of the Transfagarasan road and the idyllic Saxon villages, Transylvania beckons travelers with its diverse sights and experiences. Join Framey’s captivating journey through this mesmerizing land, as we explore the best attractions that will make your visit to Transylvania genuinely unforgettable.

🧛 1. Bran Castle – Must-See Sights of Transylvania

You can not visit Transylvania and skip the enigmatic allure of Bran Castle, forever linked to the legendary Dracula. Perched dramatically atop a hill near Bran, the imposing fortress stirs the imagination to a world of Gothic splendor. 

Some of you might find it a bit too gosh. Still, it is certainly worth taking a moment to uncover the fascinating connections between the imposing castle and the iconic vampire figure, Dracula. Take your time and roam the castle’s labyrinthine corridors, adorned with medieval artifacts and breathtaking views of the Carpathian Mountains. 

Now, whether you choose to believe Bram Staker’s version of events or you resonate more with the Romanian explanation of why Vlad the Impaler was a hero here, it is all up to you! And then you see garlic in plain sight, everywhere. So you can’t stop but wonder if there is some truth to the legends, after all!

Website: Bran Castle

🏰 2. Peles Castle 


Peleș Castle

Peleș Castle – Photo by alexabizon

Put aside for a moment Bran Castle and its mysteries and focus on some other incredible sights. Transylvania is home to a myriad of castles and fortresses that showcase the region’s rich historical legacy.

Let your imagination run wild from the gothic of Bran to a more royal one: Peles Castle. You can find it nestled amidst the enchanting town of Sinaia. Next, just marvel at its fairytale-like beauty, adorned with turrets, spires, and intricate detailing. Stepping into the opulent interior, you will discover art treasures, lavish furnishings, and regal elegance. And don’t forget about the nearby, Pelisor Castle. This one is a sample of Art Nouveau charm offering an intimate atmosphere that beckons you to immerse yourself in a bygone era.

Website: Peles Castle

⚔️ 3. Corvin Castle – Must-See Sights of Transylvania

Let the tales of knights and medieval intrigue echo in your imagination as you explore another architectural gem. We are talking about the gothic-Renaissance masterpiece: Corvin Castle (Hunyadi), located in the city of Hunedoara. 

This imposing fortress, steeped in history, is surrounded by a captivating aura. As you approach the castle’s grand gates, you’ll feel transported to a realm of knights and noble aspirations. Its vast courtyard, adorned with intricate stone carvings will make your imagination run wild within the castle’s towers and secret chambers. Like so many other mentioned sights it is also linked to Vlad the Impaler.

For sure we can agree that Corvin Castle is a testament to architectural brilliance and a must-visit for history enthusiasts and romantics alike.

Website: Corvin Castle

🛡️ 4. Sighisoara Citadel

Continue your Transylvanian castle exploration in Sighisoara. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an incredibly well-preserved citadel. Nestled amidst rolling hills, Sighisoara is a gem that transports you back to the medieval era. Sighisoara welcomes you with cobblestoned streets, vibrant houses, and a palpable sense of history. This citadel is to this day the only Eastern European medieval citadel still being inhabited. 

Let the medieval charm and rich history of Sighisoara captivate your imagination. Climb the iconic Clock Tower for panoramic views, explore the Torture Room Museum, and visit the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. As you wander through this enchanting city, you’ll be captivated by its charm, folklore, delicious culinary traditions, and the feeling of stepping into a fairy tale. Especially if you are there during the Medieval Festival of Sighisoara.

Ps: My very favorite spot in Sighisoara? The Covered Stairway. They were built centuries ago simply to protect the kids from bad weather while they went to school! How cool is that?

Website: Sighisoara Citadel

👑 5. Viscri Fortified Church – Must-See Sights of Transylvania

Viscri Fortified Church - Must-See Sights of Transylvania

Viscri Fortified Church – Photo by @bokehm0n

Speaking about UNESCO World Heritage sites, Transylvania is also home to a collection of stunning fortified churches. You will feel transported back to medieval times while roaming rural charming places. 

These churches, scattered throughout the region, stand as testaments to the ingenuity and resilience of the Saxon community. Marvel at the architectural beauty and the unique fusion of Gothic, Romanesque, and Byzantine influences. Each church tells a story of medieval fortifications and religious devotion, creating a picturesque backdrop against the Transylvanian landscape. 

You can visit Biertan and its fortified church, a UNESCO World Heritage site symbolizing unity and strength. Lose yourself in Viscri’s quaint streets, admiring traditional houses and the well-preserved fortified church that transports you back in time. There must be something special here as King Charles of Great Britain has come to realize it.

Website: Viscri Fortified Church

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🛣️ 6. Transfagarasan Road

Embark on an epic adventure along the Transfagarasan road, a scenic marvel that traverses the majestic Carpathian Mountains. The Road that Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear declared to be the Greatest Driving road in the world!

This winding route offers awe-inspiring views of lush valleys, towering peaks, and cascading waterfalls. So, whether you’re a nature enthusiast or an adrenaline junkie, the Transfagarasan Road promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of Transylvania.

Website: Transfagarasan Road

🤤 7. Transylvanian Traditional Cuisine – Must-See Sights of Transylvania

It is time now to take a moment and enjoy the traditional hospitality of the region. Indulge your taste buds in the flavors of Transylvania’s traditional cuisine. 

What should you try? Start with the traditional sarmale: which are cabbage rolls filled with flavorful meats and rice. And let’s not forget the “mici” (grilled minced meat rolls served with mustard and fresh bread). Treat yourself to mouthwatering Transylvanian desserts, including papanași- fried doughnuts, and cozonac which is sweet bread with nuts and raisins. And don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of tuica (usually plum brandy), sample the local wines, and immerse yourself in the region’s culinary delights.

🌇 8. Brukenthal National Museum 

Talking about a vibrant and enchanting atmosphere, here comes Sibiu, a city that seamlessly blends history, culture, and modern charm. Wander through the narrow streets of the old town where colorful buildings and picturesque squares await! You will for sure notice the unique calling card of Sibiu: “the eyes of the buildings“. They seem to watch over the city’s streets, adding a touch of whimsy to the architectural beauty.

Explore the Brukenthal National Museum, housing an impressive collection of art spanning centuries. Whether you search for tranquility or a city vibe you are in luck. Sibiu boosts in romantic parks, squares, and alleys as well as renowned festivals that bring the city to life. Sibiu International Theatre Festival is just the most famous of them all. 

It’s fair to say that Sibiu is indeed a cultural hub that captivates all your senses and leaves you with lasting memories.

Website: Brukenthal National Museum

🏛️ 9. Astra Museum – Must-See Sights of Transylvania

We are still in Sibiu and for good reason. This particular sight is, in my book, one of the most representative spots not just of Transylvania but of Romania: the Astra National Museum Complex. It captures the essence of Romania. And it shows you all from the fish-themed seaside part to the wine & hills of Muntenia to the wooden traditional houses of Maramures. Expect this open-air museum complex to showcase traditional architecture, crafts, and customs in a picturesque setting. 

You get to wander through charming villages, admire the wooden churches, and witness demonstrations of traditional crafts, all in one spot. You know, it feels very much like experiencing the daily life of generations past while gaining a deeper appreciation for the region’s cultural tapestry. And, if you want to experience the very best of what the museum has to offer, check in advance for the pagan day of Sanziene. It is usually around mid-June on the Internation day of IE (The traditional Romanian costume) when everybody comes dressed with one. You won’t regret the experience! 

Website: Astra Museum

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🏺 10. Sarmizegetusa Regia

Now, this particular sight will show you the ancient world with pagan rituals, and riches! Sarmizegetusa Regia is the capital of the ancient Dacian civilization so it will grant you a sneak peek into time. Nestled in the breathtaking Orastie Mountains, this archaeological site offers a glimpse into a bygone era.

As you explore the ruins, you’ll be awestruck by the grandeur of the temples, fortifications, and imposing circular sanctuary. Imagine the bustling life that once thrived within these walls and marvel at the advanced engineering skills of the Dacian people. Sarmisegetuza Regia is a place of wonder and mystery, where history comes alive, and the spirit of the past can still be felt.

Website: Sarmizegetusa Regia

Final words on The 10 Must-See Sights of Transylvania

With its wealth of captivating sights, Transylvania beckons travelers to embark on a journey of discovery. This incredible spot has it all: from ancient temples to cultural vibrant cities, castles, and legends wrapped up with a nice bow! Expect people to be friendly and the cuisine delicious! 

So, it doesn’t really matter if you are in search of a rural haven to retreat to, or simply looking to uncover architectural gems, as you are sure to be fascinated and impressed by all that Transylvania has to offer! If you liked this collection be sure to check Framey’s selection of incredible sights for you to discover!