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Venture into Dracula’s lair, a wild landscape fringed by towering mountains and dotted with medieval villages, lush pastures and Gothic castles. 

Few can think of Transylvania without imagining Count Dracula, Bram Stoker’s famous vampire. While the imposing Bran Castle may have been the inspiration for the tale, there is more to the region than this mighty Gothic fortification. Discover a landscape studded with medieval towns and bucolic villages nestled amid the towering, verdant Carpathian Mountains.

Many people start their Transylvania explorations in the irrepressibly pretty town of Braşov, the gateway to the region. Cobbled streets, Old Saxon architecture and charming little cafés create opportunities for a delightful stay. Visit other medieval towns as well. In Sibiu see pastel-colored houses and Brukenthal Palace art museum. Shop for handmade products in the tiny stores of Sighișoara. Tour the Saxon fortified churches at Hărman. These include the largest church of this kind in southeastern Europe, Prejmer.

Bran Castle might be the most famous castle in the region, but it most certainly isn’t the only one. Visit the romantic Corvin Castle, which dates from the 14th century and is located near Hunedoara. Spend several hours at Râșnov Fortress, once used by the Teutonic Knights.

Transylvania is a wild place, where the villages are nestled in the abundant greenery, peaks and valleys of the mountains. Get out and explore wildflower-filled meadows and hardwood forests. Discover the secrets and legends of the region. Wildlife abounds, so watch for brown bears and wolves. Hike in the Apuseni Mountains in the western Carpathians to view some astounding scenery. The Scărișoara Glacier is one of the largest underground glaciers on the continent and is well worth a visit. The area is also pocked with caves, such as Chiscau Bears' Cave and Vartop Cave.

Catch one of the flights arriving at Transylvania’s Cluj International Airport or fly into Bucharest and travel to Transylvania from there. Trains are an efficient way of getting around within Romania. Take advantage of the excellent guided tours that set off from the larger towns, as these include many of Transylvania’s key sights.

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Top Hotels in Transylvania

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor
Hotel Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor
4 out of 5
25 Poiana lui Neagoe, Poiana Brasov, Brasov
The price is $86 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Situated in Poiana Brasov, this spa hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Poiana Brasov Ski Resort and within 6 mi (10 km) of Dino Parc Rasnov and Rasnov Fortress. Council ...

4.4/5Excellent! (66 reviews)

"It was a perfect weekend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Hotel Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor
Casa Kiraly Vendeghaz
Casa Kiraly Vendeghaz
3 out of 5
Str. Principala No. 173A, Rimetea, Alba County

Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is within 20 mi (32 km) of Turda Municipal Park, Orthodox Cathedral, and Turda History Museum. Turda Gorge is 18.7 ...

Casa Kiraly Vendeghaz
Hotel Platinia
Hotel Platinia
5 out of 5
Calea Manastur, 2-6, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj Napoca
The price is $122 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Situated in Cluj-Napoca, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of Gold Casino and Casino Parcul Central. Matthias Corvinus House and Botanical Garden ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (73 reviews)

"Huge beautiful rooms, friendly staff and great breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Hotel Platinia

Vacation Rentals in Transylvania

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Plaza 35
Plaza 35
3.5 out of 5
Strada Oituz 35D, Sibiu
The price is $56 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated in Sibiu, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and Radu Stanca National Theater. Holy Trinity Cathedral ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)

"New hotel with nice rooms. It is a bit confusing in that the desk is on the fourth floor, and the elevator lobby at ground level isn't obvious when you first approach the building."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Plaza 35
Gaudi Accommodation
Gaudi Accommodation
3 out of 5
Strada Antonio Gaudi Nr. 47, Cluj-Napoca, CJ
The price is $52 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

Situated in Cluj-Napoca, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Iulius Mall Cluj, Avram Iancu Square, and Palace of Justice. National Theatre and Dormition ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)

"Super clean and new! You would find anything you need in the apartment! I highly recommend!!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

Gaudi Accommodation
Kanopian Penthouse Hotel
Kanopian Penthouse Hotel
3.5 out of 5
6 Strada Zaharia Stancu, Brasov
The price is $113 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

Located in Tractorul, this aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Paradisul Acvatic and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Black Church. Mount Tampa and Parc Aventura Brasov are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)

"I recommend, it is a perfect location for business trips. At the same time you come with your family for a mini-vacation in the mountains or in the citybreack. You have a superb view and all the facilities nearby. The aquagym and the mall across the road are an important advantage."…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Kanopian Penthouse Hotel

Popular places to visit in Transylvania

Bran Castle
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Bran Castle

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Discover the mysteries of one of Romania’s top attractions, a 14th-century fortification nicknamed Dracula’s Castle.

Balea Glacier Lake
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Balea Glacier Lake

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Balea Glacier Lake during your travels in Cartisoara. Take in the museums while you're in the area.

Statiunea Straja
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Statiunea Straja

You can learn about the history of Lupeni when you stop by Statiunea Straja. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the casinos while you're in the area.

Salt Mine
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Salt Mine

5/5(6 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Salt Mine during your travels in Turda. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

Dumbrava Sibiului Natural Park
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Dumbrava Sibiului Natural Park

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Dumbrava Sibiului Natural Park, a lovely green space in Sibiu. While in the area, you can find time to visit its spas.

Hunedoara Castle
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Hunedoara Castle

5/5(1 review)

Explore this mysterious Gothic castle and discover the eerie stories connected to its long history.

Top things to do in Transylvania

Exclusive Tour of Draculas Castle and Brasov in Transylvania
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Exclusive Tour of Draculas Castle and Brasov in Transylvania

$73
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Brasov candlelight tour
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Brasov candlelight tour

$13
Per adult
Bears Sanctuary+Rasnov Fortress+Bran Castle tour from Brasov
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Bears Sanctuary+Rasnov Fortress+Bran Castle tour from Brasov

$60
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Rasnov Fortress, Peles and Bran Castles Day Tour from Brasov
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Rasnov Fortress, Peles and Bran Castles Day Tour from Brasov

$142
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
One day trip Turda salt Mine from Brasov
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One day trip Turda salt Mine from Brasov

$90
Per adult
Airport Transfer Bucharest -Brasov and Brasov - Bucharest
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Airport Transfer Bucharest -Brasov and Brasov - Bucharest

$229
Per adult

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