Stay 13 : A charming Romania journey

Stay 13 : A charming Romania journey.

Occidentale Route

Stage 13/35 - 347 kms

0 km Durau

174 kms Targu Mures

54 kms Sighisoara

119 kms Brasov

carte Durau a Brasov

A Romania journey from Durau : A natural resort 

Located 100 km from Piatra Neamt and at 6 km south-east of the village of Ceahlău, the complex of Durau is located in a mountainous area frequented since the 18th century. It is a natural resort and is ideal for the treatment of asthenique neurosis, anemia, mental or intellectual effort recovery. Among the natural factors specific to air, dust and allergens, an ozonized environment is the main element favouring natural cures. In a small church, Durău was painted by the famous Romanian painter Nicolae Tonitza. On one of the ascent routes to the Ceahlau Mountain, in the region of Duruito, tourists can admire the waterfall at a height of 25 meters, with an impressive stream of water. It is possible to go on a trip in Ceahlău and to widely practice winter sports such as skiing. A Romania journey begins from here !

Targu Mures named roses city : offering lots of relics testimonies

Targu Mures Roumanie

Targu Mures Romania
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Targu Mures is in the north-central part of Romania. Literally named “market” on the Mures river and known as the city of roses, Targu Mures enjoys the best of both Romanian and Hungarian cultures. Many relics testify to the presence of cultures from the Neolithic Period, as well as from the Bronze and the Metal Ages in this area. Archaeological digs have identified Gallo-Roman light vestiges in the surrounding towns. Today, its central location Piata Trandafirilor is lined with modern cafés and restaurants sur rue, churches and monuments. The best attraction of Targu Mures is located at the southern end of the square : the Palace of Culture, a city hall from the 20th century, with a flamboyant beginning, a hall with an exceptional stained-glass window, which houses some of the main local museums.

Sighisoara : History and legend

Circuit Roumanie Sighisoara

Sighisoara Romania
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Sighisoara is a town located on the Târnava River in Romania. The city is one of the 7 Saxon Transylvanian fortified cities. According to the legend, the lost children of Hamelin emerged from the “Almasch”, a cave in Transylvania. They were drawn in the cave by the magical melody of a flute player. The reality is that the Transylvanian cities and fortified villages were created at the 12th century by settlers from the region of the Moselle, locally called the "Saxons". They were drawn to Transylvania through favorable market rights by the Hungarian leaders who wanted to protect the mountain against the Tatars and the Ottoman raiders. They created 'Transylvania”, the seven fortified cities, while in the villages they built fortified churches where they could hide themselves during times of siege. The UNESCO has designated the medieval citadel of Sighisoara and many of these villages to the world heritage.

Historic centre of Sighisoara : Citadel and towers

The historic centre of Sighisoara is well preserved and was built by Saxon settlers. It was placed strategically on a hill to protect against the Tatars and other invaders from the eastern steppes. The city played an important commercial role due to its corporations of craftsmen and its position on the trade routes between Central Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Sighisoara, an example of a small fortified town, between the Latin culture oriented towards Central Europe, and the Orthodox byzantine culture of Southeastern Europe, is a testament of the prompt disappearance of the culture of the Transylvanian Saxons. The historic centre of Sighisoara is composed of a fortified site spread over a steep sloped plateau and dominated by the Hill City and the lower town with its wooded slope below. These two sectors constitute an indissociable group corresponding to historical borders of the medieval town.

Fortified churches of Transylvania

The Transylvanian villages with fortified churches give a vivid picture of the cultural landscape of South Transylvania. They are characterized by the specific land use system, the regulation and organization of the family farmhouse units, preserved from the end of the Middle Ages. In the 13th century, the kings of Hungary encouraged the colonization of the sub-Carpathian region in Transylvania by a German-speaking population such as craftsmen, farmers and merchants, mainly from the Rhineland. Known as the Transylvanian Saxons, they enjoyed special privileges from the Hungarian Crown, especially in the period preceding the creation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Although they live in a country where the majority of the population was of Hungarian or Romanian origin, the Transylvanian Saxons have managed to preserve their language and their customs intact through the centuries. Their ethnic solidarity is clearly illustrated by their colonies, which remained resistant to external influences.

Brasov : A popular ski resort

Braşov is a city in Romania, about 166 km north of Bucharest and 380 km from the Black Sea. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians, and is part of the region of Transylvania. The city is known for being the cradle of the national anthem of Romania and for having hosted the Golden Stag, the international music festival. Thanks to its central location, Braşov is an appropriate place to explore Romania and the distances for several tourist destinations, including the Black Sea resorts, the monasteries in northern Moldavia and the wooden churches of Maramures. It is also the largest city in an area of mountain resorts.

The old town is very well preserved and is best observed by taking the cable car to the top of the Tampa Mountain. The temperatures fluctuate around 23° C from May to September. Brasov benefits from a winter tourism season centered on winter sports and other activities. Poiana Brasov is the most popular Romanian ski resort and remains an important tourist center. It is the favorite one for many tourists from other European states. The city also has several restaurants serving local gastronomy and international dishes. Some of them are located in the city centre.

Practical services

Târgu-Mureş : Luxe Stay

Târgu-Mureş : Plaza V Hotel

Târgu-Mureş : Hilcon Apartments

Târgu-Mureş : Hotel Arena

Sighisoara : Hotel Korona

Sighisoara : Hotel Central Park Sighisoara

Sighisoara : Panorama Guesthouse

Sighisoara : Hotel Bulevard Sighisoara

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