Romania: Transylvania travel guide. Fourth edition. Holiday information and tourist tips including Brasov, Dracula legends, Bran Castle and national parks. Also features trekking routes in the Carpathaina mountains, bear and wolf tracking, Turda Gorge, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Biertan, Corvin Castle, Saxon villages, Sarmizetgetusa ruins and Zarnesti.
Size: 135 X 216 mm
Number of pages: 352
About this book
This new, fourth edition of Bradt’s Romania: Transylvania remains the only standalone, full-length, English-language travel guidebook to Transylvania – the legendary, enchanting and increasingly popular region of Romania. Co-authored by former British Ambassador to Romania, Paul Brummell, Romania: Transylvania has been thoroughly updated by prolific travel writer Tim Burford, who wrote his first Romania guide in 1991.
Transylvania (the ‘land beyond the forest’) is a wild, wooded, intensely romantic region, filled with mountains and gorges, myths and legends, dragons, bears, wolves – and vampires. Bram Stoker called it ‘one of the wildest and least-known parts of Europe’, a description remaining true today. Comprehensive chapter-per-county coverage caters for the diverse range of interests, from city breaks to rural escapes, skiing to wildlife-watching.
One of the most beautiful regions in central Europe and home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Transylvania preserves its cultural and artistic treasures in a landscape bordered on three sides by the Carpathian Mountains, home to Romania’s finest skiing and hiking destinations. Hay meadows in the lower Carpathians form a grassland ecosystem of extraordinary natural diversity, offering beautiful displays of wildflowers. The Carpathians are home too to lynx, wild boar and one of Europe’s largest populations of brown bear. Other natural phenomena include the Scarisoara ice cave in the Apuseni Mountains and the Sf?nta Ana volcanic crater lake in Harghita.
Transylvania’s cultural riches include the Dacian fortresses of the Orastie Mountains, including Sarmisegetusa Regia, conquered by the Roman Emperor Trajan in AD106. Historic Sighisoara is a picture-perfect medieval hill town. The fortified churches of southern Transylvania are testament to the perils of life in medieval Saxon communities, subject to frequent attacks from Ottoman raiders. The historic cities of Cluj, Sibiu and Brasov are rightly fêted (and host internationally renowned film, electronic music and theatre festivals). At Turda’s salt mine, you can ride the Big Wheel in an underground amusement park. And, inspired by the Hotel Transylvania or Twilight films, why not follow the Dracula trail, visiting sites linked to Bram Stoker’s novel? Whatever your interests, with Bradt’s Romania: Transylvania, you can discover the region’s many and varied attractions.
About the Author
Born and educated in the UK, the late Lucy Mallows worked for 12 years in Budapest as a reporter. She first visited Transylvania in 1997, but her links with Romania go back to the late 1980s when she worked as a volunteer for Operation Romanian Villages, and to an early childhood fairytale The Lost Princess, written in 1924 by Queen Marie of Romania. As a travel writer and journalist, she contributed regularly to many international dailies and magazines, and wrote guidebooks and articles on countries from Iceland to Portugal. An expert on Central European culture, she spoke six foreign languages including Hungarian, Czech and Russian. Lucy Mallows was also the author of the Bradt guides to Bratislava and Slovakia. She died in 2018.
Paul Brummell is presently British Ambassador to Latvia, having been the British Ambassador to Romania (2014-18). A career diplomat, he joined the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in 1987. He has also served as British Ambassador to Turkmenistan and to Kazakhstan (as well as non-resident Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan) and High Commissioner to the countries of the eastern Caribbean, based in Barbados. In 2016, he was awarded the CMG for services to British foreign policy. He is the author of Bradt guides to Transylvania, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. He has also written Diplomatic Gifts: a history in fifty presents.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
Chapter 1 Background Information
Chapter 2 Practical Information
PART 2 THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Brasov County
Chapter 4 Covasna County
Chapter 5 Harghita County
Chapter 6 Mures County
Chapter 7 Sibiu County
Chapter 8 Hunedoara County
Chapter 9 Alba County
Chapter 10 Cluj County
Chapter 11Bistrita-Nasaud County
Chapter 12 Salaj County