Breakfast at the B&B. We leave the country-side area of Transylvania, moving back to Bucharest, across the Carpathians. At first, we have a break at Prejmer village. Like many of the villages in the region, it has survived with its traditional layout and architecture intact, due to the Saxon’s formidable ethnic solidarity. Here we visit the fortified church (UNESCO), the largest in southeastern Europe, built by Teutonic knights in 1212-1213. Access to the building was through a 100-foot-long arched passage fortified with two rows of gates. Each village family had a designated room for shelter in case of an attack. The red-roofed wall accommodated 272 rooms, stacked over four stories and linked by wooden staircases. The place was endowed with bastions, drawbridges, and a secret, subterranean passage through which food supplies could be transported.
We move then to Bran. Here we shall see the most visited touristic site from Romania, the Bran Castle. Known improperly as “Dracula’s Castle”, the castle represents an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to its beauty and the surrounding landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. Built in 1377, the castle’s fame came first from Dracula’s legend, then from the affiliation with the Royal Family who received it in 1920, as a symbol of gratitude for Queen Marie of Great Romania contribution to the achievement of the Great Union from 1918.
Drive to Bucharest. Overnight.