There are plenty of summer holiday destinations to choose from and tourists are spoiled for choice. However, for history and culture-lovers and those of you who love to go sightseeing, Transylvania is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the top summer destinations!
My boyfriend and I decided on the spur of the moment to go on a city break and picked some of the most renowned places in Transylvania and went ahead and booked a night at Ibis Hotel in Sibiu and a second one at a small, lovely pension - Citadela Pension in Sighisoara. To our delight, the pictures of the pension posted on the website heralded not only an impressive interior design of the pension, but also the atmosphere and the feel of the 1820s. Indeed the owner went to great lengths to preserve that old feel through the vintage furniture and details. We highly recommend the pension, perched high in the medieval citadel of Sighisoara. The view from the attic window was spectacular and we loved everything about it.
The Traditional Museum ASTRA is another piece of jewelry that is a must-see. I am ashamed to admit that though I've traveled abroad extensively, this is the first time I've visited this place and that's a pity! It is mesmerizing, with acres and acres of land and small houses depicting simple life of fishermen, peasants, woodcutters etc. Here's what their website says:
'Situated in the natural reservation of Dumbrava Sibiului, on the road to Rasinari village and to
Paltinis ski resort, 8 kilometers away from the city centre, the Open Air Museum spreads across a
96 ha area of which an area of 40
open air ethnographic exhibition in Europe.
Inaugurated in 1963 under the name of the Museum of Folk Technics, the museum currently has
over 400 monuments of folk architecture and technique as well as an impressive collection of
ethnographic heritage objects. The collection of mills, the wooden churches, and the traditional
homesteads are very popular and very much appreciated.
The museum is divided in 6 thematic sectors, 36 thematic groups and subgroups.
Conceived as a living museum, it hosts many traditional events such as: traditional fairs, folk
festivals, workshops, performances and much more. The traditional function is kept for the wooden
churches where all religious ceremonies specific to Romanian tradition are regularly performed.
The exceptional natural landscape makes the open air museum adequate during both summer and
winter, for educational visits, relaxing walks, drives by carriage, sleigh or sailing, according to
The museum has its own traditional inns, spaces suitable for practical lessons, a lake, a
playground, over 400 parkingwww.muzeulastra.ro