When the fairy godmother waved her magic wand, she created Transylvania – a mystical and beautiful land of turreted castles, medieval town squares, and tall church steeples against a backdrop of the Carpathian mountains. The region is the centre of the country and her cultural core.
To understand the ethnic mix of the region today we have to know who her conquerors were. The fortified churches are a testimony to the Saxon colonisation in the Middle Ages. Saxon merchants arrived in the 12th Century to help fortify and defend the eastern borders of the region, which at that time were controlled by the Hungarian Kingdom.
Take a shot of home-made Palinca for “courage!” Transylvania is full of gory legends and myths that are vividly retold. The story of Vlad Tepes (The Impaler), who was immortalized as Dracula, is only one such incredible tale of a 15th century nobleman. Stuck in a time warp, one truly feels as if one is standing at Europe’s last historic frontier. Go 'beyond the forest' with Exeter International.
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