There are a few places in the world that are better known for the fictional characters that inhabited them than for real historic figures. Without any doubts, one of them is Transylvania. Thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a story of a Transylvanian count who turns out to be a vampire, the region acquired an almost instantaneous notoriety. Countless vampire movies and stories set in the region became an indelible part of modern pop culture. Interestingly, Stoker had actually never visited neither Transylvania nor Eastern Europe in general. You, on the other hand, can spend a truly unique honeymoon!
So, what makes a honeymoon in Transylvania such a special getaway? Is it the great landscape and wildlife? Or maybe it is the region’s rich history? Transylvania is a central region of Romania nestling among the Carpathian Mountains, a place that is unbelievably atmospheric and beautiful. Its magnificent landscapes won’t leave you indifferent! Transylvania is considered to be a nature sanctuary with its unspoiled meadows, incredible mountains and dense forests. Your honeymoon vacation will become a fairytale because the richness of the nature is brilliantly complemented by the legends, customs and traditions.
There are a lot of medieval cities – Alba Iulia, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu (the European Capital Of Culture in 2007), Târgu Mureş and Sighişoara; castles – Bran Castle or Hunyadi Castle; and other sights, like the Saxon fortified churches or the Wooden Churches of Maramureş. By the way, modern and vibrant large cities are in a colourful contrast with the old castles and traditional villages located in more remote areas. Rent a car and discover the countryside while enjoying hospitality and comfort of B&Bs and small, but cozy hotels. Many people prefer customized packages, choosing an itinerary most appropriate for their taste and budget.
And there is a special proposal for honeymooners who want to tickle their nerves – you can stay in a former hunting lodge of summer manor of the Kalnoky family, one of the oldest clans in Transylvania. You will be injected with a healthy doze of positive emotions enhanced by modern amenities, fine dining and fun activities. Hiking, bear watching, rides by horse and carriage or sledge… There are so many things to do… And don’t forget about local fests and holidays! If your honeymoon travel concur with one of them (for example, Halloween), you would get a perfect opportunity to get better knowledge of local culture.
All in all, with its rich mix of culture, history, and nature, Transylvania is the country that will steal your heart!