Trip Report

Exploring the wonders of Transylvania

9 days road trip through mystical Transylvania - from castles to medieval towns

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EuropeRomania9 days / August 2019

Highs & Lows

Dracula's Castle is a must visit, but don't miss the spectacular Peles Castle

The roads in Romania are very bad and there are few portions of highways, so getting around is slower that you'd expect

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    The road trip was quite tiring since we covered 1000km in little over a week. There are many sights we wanted to tick off but it would have been nice to spend more time in certain locations like around Sinaia and Bran. We would recommend to extend this to at least 2-3 weeks to pace yourself.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Even though we stayed just a few minutes away from Bran Castle, we didn't book tickets in advance and we got there at 10am when the queue was already very long so we had to wait in line for 2 hours.

  • How was the food?

    Food in Romania is cheap, diverse and delicious, so you can't go wrong with local restaurants. In Timisoara don't miss Fabrica de Bere or Curtea Berarilor restaurants for an authentic experience and local beers. The restaurant at Conacul Bratescu where we stayed in Bran was very good, though may be hard to find. In Bucharest, Carul cu Bere is an insitution and a must try!

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Hire local guides wherever available, they are usually very well informed and passionate about the local culture and sights. You'll learn a lot from them and maybe even see things off the beaten path.

  • Packing tips?

    Pack for all seasons! Even if you plan to travel during the summer, make sure to pack several layers especially if you are going in the mountains. The weather can change quickly and drop 10 degrees from one day to another.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Driving is the most practical way to get around the country so you don't depend on unreliable train schedules. But it's also a dangerous journey since there are very few highways and the roads are often poorly maintained. Alternatively, you can use the trains but don't expect timeliness or cleanliness.

  • Any surprises?

    The food is very cheap! We paid on average 40 euros for 4 persons at a meal, including drinks!

  • Booking details?

    We booked everything directly through booking.com

Lodging

  • Gasthof Clara Hotel

  • Hotel Codrisor is a small 3 star hotel next to the river and the public pool. Don't expect luxury but it's decent and within 10 minutes walk of the town center. There's a good restaurant in the hotel serving traditional Romanian dishes.

  • Conacul Bratescu, a beautiful mansion with traditional architecture but modern comfort, that is only 10 minutes walk away from Bran Castle.

  • We stayed at an airbnb apartment in Union Square