Isn’t it interesting how certain regions gain more fame than a country? And, in fact, while the borders and names of countries change, many of these regions–especially in Europe–have remained the same for generations. Bavaria, Bohemia, Tuscany…these are just a few regions that have more history than the countries they are in currently.
One of these famed regions is Transylvania, currently located in the central mountains of Romania. Transylvania is famous, in part, as the home of Dracula.
But it is so much more than that!
I can see how the inspiration for Dracula came about in Transylvania, though–even in the height of summer, the region, nicknamed “The Land Beyond the Forest,” holds an air of spooky mystery and intrigue, full of contrasts around every corner. Visiting Transylvania feels like going back in time-until you use the insanely fast internet and see the occasional shiny car zooming by a horse-drawn cart on the highway.
Today I’m giving you a few photos that will surely inspire you to add the beguiling, beautiful Transylvania–a land of dangerous fairy tales–to your list.
Sibiu rooftopsSibiu Sibiu at sunset This little dog in Sibiu killed me! That face! In the village!Romanian spirits (tuicā, or plum brandy) at our Airbnb Mountain views Wildflowers galore Bran Castle Romanian doughnuts, gogosiVistas everywhere Rasnov fortress in the rearview Our friendly neighborhood cow Country roads Piatra Craiului National Park Bran Castle, again Peles Castle Pelisor Castle More Peles One of the fortified churches famous in Transylvania Lively Brasov Brasov…or Hollywood? The Black Church in Brasov Charming alleys And charming corners Random ruins on the road Sighisoara! Colorful, colorful. My favorite one (of course) Sighisoara from above Lucky with blue skies A common sight on the roads
Well, have I convinced you to visit yet??
Linking up with Wanderlust Wednesday.