Itinerary: Sighisoara – Copsa Mare – Biertan – Richis – Sighisoara.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart for Copsa Mare, an entirely Romanian village that was once dominated by Saxons (German-speaking settlers). The people are specialized in performing different crafts or cuisine or activities: felt making objects by Elias Iordan, organic food, jams and syrups, buffalo cheese and yogurt, horse cart rides.
We see the workshop of Elias Iordan, the place where according to ancient methods, he massages the wool with water and homemade soap for hours until the felt is formed, from which it then creates hats, boots, slippers, and bags of all kinds.
After leaving Copsa Mare, across the hill to the west we reach Biertan village. Included in the 90s in the UNESCO World Heritage, along with six other Transylvanian localities, due to the way that the Saxon architecture was preserved, but above that, thanks to the charm of its fortified church existing since the Middle Ages, Biertan became an attraction for foreigners, being visited by tourists from all over the world. Visit the fortified church.
In recent years, more and more foreigners bought old Saxon houses and moved to the villages of Transylvania, fascinated by the simplicity and picturesqueness of these old medieval places. A good example is Richis village. Today, Richiş is the village with the greatest cultural diversity in Romania: 12 nationalities in a locality with only 700 souls. Here we see two craftsmen.
Christian Rummel, a German from Bavaria, a traveling journeyman, who became the most sought carpenter in the area. He restores and reconditions solid wood doors and windows for which even the hinges are handmade. Christian also makes monumental Saxon gates, carriage wheels, and even carriages in which kings and queens used to walk.
Stefan Walter, the head of the Journeyman House from Sibiu is another inhabitant of Richis and pleased to offer his skillful techniques of ironwork to the visitors.
Visit the workshops and then return to the hotel with wonderful memories but also with nice souvenirs from Transylvania!