This one day tour is more of a fascinating history lesson across various centuries, including many stories of attacks, sieges, and survival in medieval Transylvania.
The itinerary of this one day Transylvania tour includes guided visits to the top medieval fortresses from this iconic region of Romania, the one that best preserves these impressive monuments. The visited landmarks – Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Rupea Fortress, and Saschiz Fortress – offer a great perspective on the tumultuous past of the 'land beyond the forest'.
The Medieval Fortresses of Transylvania Tour is available in English, from Tuesday to Sunday.
The tour is also suited for seniors.
This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.
If the tour starts from Bucharest, it’s important we leave as early as possible. The order of the attractions is the same for both options, departures from Bucharest or Brasov. The last landmark of the itinerary, Saschiz Fortress, is only included if the tour starts from Brasov.
A castle of mythical dimensions because of its false connections to the myth of Dracula, Bran Castle actually became a castle after Queen Maria received the old medieval fortress as a gift after the First World War.
Famous for her passion for architecture and arts in general, Queen Maria turned the 14th-century fortress into a spectacular royal castle, conserving nonetheless its medieval look.
The former medieval custom fortress became one of her favorite residences, inherited by her beloved daughter, Princess Ileana. She continued in Bran, until 1948, the humanitarian work of her mother, as a war nurse in the hospital she built close to the castle.
The large fortress from Rasnov is one of the best examples of medieval military architecture from the historical Country of Barsa, today the area of Brasov.
First mentioned in 1335 as surviving the Tatar invasion that destroyed the region, the fortress was originally built on the ruins of an ancient site by the Teutonic Knights between 1211 and 1225. The fortress was later enlarged and fortified by the local Saxon community who owned it until the mid-18th century.
Located half-way between Brasov and Sighisoara, the fortress of Rupea was first mentioned in 1324.
By the early 17th century, the fortress of Rupea was inhabited by hundreds of people from the local Saxon community, life in the fortress having all the prerequisites of the time: a chapel, a parish, a local market, a fountain, a place for carriages, military tower,s and even a bacon tower where the meat reserves were stored.
Only the ruins of this peasant fortress survive today on a hill from the village of Saschiz. Built by the local Saxon community in the 14th century, the fortress was used for shelter in case of attacks but also to conserve food and other goods for longer periods of time.
The walk to the ruins offers a splendid view of the village and its fortified church, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Back to top
Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.
Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.
Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes
Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.
Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.
High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.
Total: All about culture.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.
High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.
Total: All about history.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.
High: Most activities take place in nature.
Total: All about nature.
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The price below is per person. Discount rates for children.
Group of 2 persons: €105 per person
Group of 3 persons: €75 per person
Group of 4 persons: €70 per person
Group of 5 persons: €60 per person
Group of 6 persons: €55 per person
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Contact us if you’d like to get a price quotation for larger or smaller groups or a shorter/longer version of this tour.
Bucharest or Brasov
Bucharest or Brasov
Around 500 (from Bucharest)
Car or minivan
Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Rupea Fortress, Saschiz Fortress
Discount rates for children
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