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“Saxon Villages from Transylvania: a hidden treasure” 5 of 5 stars
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Villages with Fortified Churches
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Ranked #109 of 318 Attractions in Transylvania
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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“Saxon Villages from Transylvania: a hidden treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Old Transylvania Saxon Villages are a real treasure of Romania. A past that remind us of the great saxon heritage. No wonder that Prince of Wales fall in love with this amazing place of Romania. Brasov - Sighisoara - Sibiu represents a triangle full of Saxon villages with fortified churches and fortresses. Viscri, Malancrav, Saschiz, Floresti, Mesendorf, Bunesti or Crit are only few of them. There are not easy to reach, but i think maybe this is why they resisted trough centuries. For any questions, feel free to ask. Enjoy Romania!

Visited April 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Places with history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We saw several fortified churches in Transylvania. When visiting the castle-church of Heltau/Cisnadie we got a tour guide, who gave detailed information about the castle church. Apparently this fortified structure gave great security to few families (around 150) in the area. The church still has a Sunday service and also occasional concerts. When we climbed the tower of the church --through narrow dark passages-- we had great views of Heltau. One could have a close view of the sonorous bells and also could hear the ticking of the huge Swiss-made clock, that still functions accurately.

We visited another church called Michelsberg castle on a hill. It required climbing up many stairs, which gave us very good exercise. This church was in a state of disrepair. The local community had set up a way to charge an entrance fee to the church, but it seemed to require bigger funds to completely renovate the place. UNESCO apparently supports some fortified churches, but not this one.

It is always helpful to find a guide (who are available there) to get the best out of the fortified church visit.

Visited June 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“wonderful land”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Transylvania has very interesting and beautiful villages, wonderful forests, cute houses with interesting windows. I visited 10 countries until now. But Romania (especially Transylvania) is my favorite. If you visit Romania, you don't stay in Bucaresti only, but also you should go to Transylvania. Because it is not similar to Bucaresti or any other city. Rent a car (or by train)and go to Sinaia and visit Peleş and Pelişor castles in the forest. They are wonderful. and go on towards Bran castle. Visit Dracula:) and go to Brasov,Sibiu and Sighisoara. If you visit only Bucaresti it is not Romania all. You will understand if you go to Transylvania.

Visited May 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“culture, history and relaxation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

An extensive area to visit with multiple Saxon villages and fortifies churches to visit.

There are a couple of events you can attend, but you must go to one of the brunches they organize every last weekend of the month (in the summer time) - you will meet a lot of people and eat great food.

Some places are to be consolidated, some have great accommodation in peasants houses, and the local food is to die for (for as good as it as and both for as greasy at it is). And you must try the cycle tours.

Visited June 2012
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“Viscri, a very old village with a well preserved Fortified Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Viscri is a small village, in Brasov county, which can be reached if you travel from Brasov towards Sighisoara, on the E60 European road - 7km from the European road.
This village, as many others in this region in Romania, was inhabited by german-routed people, who gradually, after the 1989 revolution, fleed the village and returned to Germany.

Most of the houses which they left behind, built in the very specific German-style - have been recently re-constructed, preserving fully their initial architecture and look. The result is that the village has regained its ancient look yet giving its remaining inhabitans the comfort of leaving in proper accomodations.

The village has also a fortified church - the Viscri Fortified Church - built in the 12th century and situated up on a small hill, with an excellent view on the surrounding pastoral-like area. The church has also been recently re-constructed and it can be visited daily, until 6pm (this hour is valid for the summer time, in winter they may have shorter opening times).

The trip to Viscri is definatly worth your while, especially if you would like to see very interesting, genuine old places which are still "alive" in the country.

Visited July 2012
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