We will depart early from Bucharest, leaving “Little Paris” behind. Bucharest received this nickname sometime between 1900 and 1930 when it was considered one of the most beautiful and modern cities of Europe. We will head north, where we will visit one of the most stunning castles in Romania.
Our first stop is in Sinaia, where we will visit Peles Castle, built between 1873 and 1914. Initially the residence of the Romanian Royal Family, Peles Castle is today home to the Peles National Museum. This is one of the most important historic constructions in Romania, being unique through its historic and artistic value, and it is one of the most important monuments of its kind in 19th century Europe.
We will then discover the legends of Dracula with a tour of Bran Castle. Although there is no known connection between the castle and the infamous Vlad the Impaler, Bran Castle is oftentimes associated with him.
The “Castle of Dracula” was initially built as a fortress by the Teutonic Knights in 1212. Known under the name of Dietrichstein, it was conquered by Saxons at the end of the 18th century in order to protect the city of Brasov, which was at the time an important commercial center.
After lunch, we will visit the historic center of Brasov.
The main symbol of the city, The Black Church, is only a few minutes away from the Council Square. This is the patriarchal church of the Romanian Evangelical Church, and it is one of the most representative monuments of Gothic architecture in the country. The church was partially destroyed by a fire in 1689, hence its name.
In the evening we will reach Sighisoara.
Overnight in Sighisoara.