Explore the medieval history of Transylvania on this full-day tour from Brasov. Visit the impressive fortified churches and fortresses while learning about their unique role in Transylvanian history.
The journey begins in Prejmer, with a visit to the largest Fortified church in Southeastern Europe. Endowed by the Teutonic Knights that built it with bastions, drawbridges and a secret subterranean passage, and besieged over 50 times in its 500 years of existence, Prejmer Fortified Church was only captured once. Find out who did it and lots of other stories from our experienced guide.
Next stop in our tour is Harman Fortified Church which is located in the heart of Harman (Honigburg in German, meaning Honey Castle) village, this fortified church dates back to the 13th century when Saxons built the original structure. The huge system of fortifications that surrounds Harman church, with strong walls, bulwarks and massive towers, now only protects the beautiful 15th century frescoes from its two chapels.
From here we travel to Feldioara where we visit the ruins of the largest fortresses built by the Teutonic Knights in Transylvania, which was also the capital of Barsa Land until Brasov became the major settlement. Situated on a hill and surrounded on three sides by Olt River, it has a great view over Barsa Lands.
We go further in our trip passing the natural reservation Padurea Bogatii and arrive at Rupea Medieval Castle. Situated on a basalt massive, near the important road linking Transylvania and Moldova with Wallachia trough southeast passes, Rupea fortified castle was over time a place of refuge for people from surrounding villages running from the Turks and Tartars.