A Honeymoon In Transylvania | Bride Guide
Transylvania is often assumed to be fictional following the association with Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula and subsequent film adaptations. However Transylvania is a real historical region in the central part of Romania, bounded on the east and south by the Carpathian mountain range.
It is known for its scenic beauty and ancient history. The real Transylvania consists of breathtaking countryside, ancient villages, Saxon churches and (inevitably!) ancient castle ruins. All of which make a honeymoon in Transylvania well worth considering!
This region, three times the size of Wales, is located right in the heart of one of the EU’s newest members.
Travel To Transylvania
The only direct flights from the UK to Transylvania are on Wizz Air between Luton and Cluj-Napoca. Alternatively, the best route is to Bucharest’s Otopeni airport from Heathrow on British Airways or via Budapest with a train ride into Transylvania. Rail services are the cheapest in Europe.
Bran Castle, close to the city of Brasov, is always advertised as “Dracula’s Castle”. The museum opens 9am-4pm daily except Monday in winter, and 9am-6pm daily (Mondays from noon) in summer; admission 12 lei (£3). The castle is ringed with stalls offering Dracula souvenirs. There are plenty of other creepy castles, elegant palaces and crumbling ruins you might be brave enough to explore!
Nature lovers will feel they have stepped into an unspoilt medieval landscape of undulating hills and ancient oak forests.There are four national parks and Retezat National Park protects more than 300 species of flora and 50 species of mammal including brown bear, wolves, lynx, foxes, deer and chamois. The rare monk eagle has also been spotted.
Transylvania also boasts the only intact volcanic lake in Europe; nearby are rare peat bogs and sulphur caves.
Prince Charles liked Transylvania so much he bought a property in Viscri, and he is a frequent visitor. The house was sensitively restored by another noble, Count Tibor Kalnoky, and you can book HRH’s property through the count’s company.
When To Go
If you are contemplating a winter honeymoon in Transalvania, you may want to head for Poiana Brasov, the best-equipped ski resort in Romania. The slopes suit beginners and intermediates and there are also excellent nursery slopes.
The Romanian Tourist Office is a good source of information for potential visitors.
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