Spotlight on Transylvania

                Transylvania, a region in the central part of Romania, offers charming Eastern European villages without the hordes of travelers to compete with, as well as excellent mountains to hike or ski.  The Bucegi Mountains provide the hiking and skiing.  Some of the best villages include Sinaia, which has Peles Castle, one of Romania’s finest, Brasov, with its beautiful central square (Piata Sfatului), lined with baroque buildings and restaurants, Bran, with its world-famous Bran Castle, reputed (although unlikely) home of Dracula, Vlad Tepes, a ruling Prince of Wallachia in the 15th century who gained the nickname, “the Impaler” because of his method of execution, Rasnov, with its own castle in impressive ruin, Prejmer, Harman, a walled Medieval gem, Sighisoara, with its many towers, and Sibiu, with its well-preserved Old Town. 


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