Transylvania hidden countryside
Biertan and Malancrav
- Visit the stongest Fortified Church of Transylvania in Biertan
- See Prince`s Charles Manor where Kate Middleton and Prince William spent a part of their honeymoon
- Discover medieval frescas dating from 1350 in the church of Malancrav
- Visit the most beautiful horse riding stables in Transylvania
- A light walk in an ancient oak trees natural reservation, see the oldest tree in Transylvania aged over 800 years
5 hours/115 km
Price: 59 euro/person*
* minimum 2 pax
– Pick up / drop off at your hotel
– Comfortable Executive AC car
– Entrance – Photo & Video fees
– Local fully licensed, English speaking guide
– Interactive participation encouraged
– Overview of Romanian History and Culture
– Countless stops for photos
Biertan and Malancrav are two representative villages for Transylvania hidden countryside. Your day tour begins with the pickup from your hotel lobby in or near Sighisoara.
We will proceed to Biertan formerly known as Birthälm, a pittoresque village placed in the heart of Wine Region of Transylvania listed by UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. The Church of Biertan was the see of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishops of Transylvania between 1572 and 1867 and maybe this was the reason why Saxons built here the strongest fortified church of Transylvania. Beautifully restored it boasts today the largest polyptych wooden altar of Eastern Europe along with the first world`s first multi locking mechanism which contains a series of 14 locks in one mounted on the door of the Vestry, built by a local locksmiths in 1515 perfectly working till today. Imagine how innovative and vanguardist this mechanism was since 400 hundred years later it won the invention first prize at the Paris World Expo in 1901. Also Biertan is also that place in the world where marital couples therapy was first applied in the 16th century based on a unique local Marital Prison which you will also visit.
The second stop will be in Danes for a visit to most beautiful horse riding stables in Transylvania where you can admire some of the best riding horses in Romania representative for the breeds like: Friesian, Andalusian, Lipizzan, Arabian horse and others, all in total over 25 exquisite horses. Also here children and not only can enjoy a visit o a small but very interesting zoo garden.
The next stop will be in Malancrav, a beautiful Saxon village centered on a timeless atmosphere – the natural beauty, the peace and the unique vernacular architecture made Prince Charles to fell in love with this place and to come back here at least twice a year. We will visit the local Saxon Fortified Church dating back since 1350, the only one in Transylvania to still preserve it`s intact original medieval frescoes inside. The next highlight will be Apafi Manor a famous noble house of Transylvania built by the Hungarian princely family, Apafi, probably in the 15th century, nowadays in the property of Mihai Eminescu Trust patronized by Prince`s Charles. It is rumored that William and Kate spent a short holiday here.
We will end this day tour with visit of Braite Plateau, the biggest woodpasture of Europe,maybe the last example of a culturally modified forest on the continent, home of over 600 ancient oaks, many of them over 700 years old. Here you will see the oldest tree in Transylvania, aged over 800 years old.
In the end I will give you some general and some customized tips as I don’t want you to enjoy just the time we spend together, but your entire stay in Transylvania.