This beautiful Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe and one of the Seven Wonders of Romania. I found out of this place after not being able to travel abroad this summer. Sometimes when you live close to a place you don’t appreciate it as much. On my bucket list there are many places abroad, but none from my home country. This trip made me appreciate the beauty of my country so much more. What are some places in your home country that you wish to visit?
Corvin’s Castle is the most beautiful castle I have been to. The fortified castle is nicely restored. We enjoyed exploring the castle.The view is fantastic from both ground and the castle’s balcony. It was just out of a fairytale.
I heard of Bran Castle (known as Dracula’s Castle) as being the most spectacular and exciting castle in Romania, it’s the castle that everyone knows. But because I set my expectations high from home, when I actually visited it, I thought it was overrated because my expectations did not meet the reality, If I didn’t have these expectations beforehand the castle would have been really nice. But because I had a view in my mind of how it will be, it made my reality not so interesting because instead of focusing on the present moment I focused on comparing it with what I have seen online. When in reality, it was a really nice castle.
When visiting Sibiu, I was tempted to cram many places to visit. But I quickly realised that in order to have a relaxed day, I can only see one. I chose to see the ASTRA Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization.The museum hosts original monuments representative for the values of the Romanian village. Some of the most spectacular buildings are a group of windmills. a few water-mills, a wooden ferry, and a fishery. Also there are houses of shepherds, pottery workshops, iron workshops and others.ASTRA Museum is the largest open air museum from Europe and the most complete. It hosts monuments, traditional houses, windmills and we even saw a cow and its calf. It has over 400 buildings of wood, stone, brick reconstructed in the museum to illustrate the everyday/ daily life of the ancestors who lived in villages of Romania. Diversity, multicultural and tradition preserved and relived in The Open Air Museum
It was so tranquil, relaxing and peaceful that we decided to stay all afternoon. I took long walks in nature with Puffy (my 12 year old bichon mix) and imagined how the daily life of my ancestors was.
A spontaneous place we went was Turda Saline which is an underground amusement theme park built deep inside a salt mine. This was a place I visited unexpectedly on my last day of the trip. But because it was unplanned I did not have the appropriate clothing and it was cold , around 10 C (50 F) . Outside it was a really hot day 37 C ( 99F). But even though I was shivering at times, I made the most of it and it ended up being the most memorable place I went on that trip. I didn’t focu on that and I focused on the spectacular views. The atmosphere, the lighting and formation of stalactites and ice crystals were incredible. I even went on a boat inside a saline. The most unique thing from my trip was paddling on an underground lake.
We were walking around the city center of Brasov when we saw the letters on the mountain and we decided to see it from the top. Even though the cable car was closed when I arrived, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and hike even though I was wearing sandals. I have never hiked on a mountain before but that didn’t stop me from enjoying my journey. I enjoyed te hike even more and I am glad it turned out tha way.
The route we chose took us about 2 hours, we took breaks for Puffy to rest and at times we even carried her.
The breaks were really nice to look at our surrounding for birds and butterflies as the mountain is declared a nature reserve, due to the rare animal and plant species
The view from the summit was spectacular at 960 m. elevation. I admired the picturesque panoramic view of the city. The Brasov letters were really nice to see from the drone.
When hiking down it was getting dark and it became impossible to see the trail without a flashlight. I was really proud of myself for finishing the hike and I was rewarded with a lovely and romantic view of the city lights.