Not everyone knows that Romania and Transylvania in particular have so beautiful castles waiting for you to visit them and enjoy. One we all know is Dracula Castle in Bran. But there is so many lovely castles in amazing area called Transylvania.
Transylvania is mountainous region in central Romania. region rich with history and tradition , nature and beauty. This part of Romania is also known for medieval look , lot of castles and fortresses. I fall in love in this region since the first moment when i went there to play on a trance festival near Sibiu back in 2007..
I was amaze from the beauty i saw, next year i come again and again and…. again … Every year at least once per year in period from 2007 -2012 i was visiting Transylvania and every each of my visits was different. Today i was thinking what to write about and decide to bring Transylvania memories back.
Here is my list of 5 best castles in Transylvania…
I would start with one of the most beautiful castles out there. I visit this place twice , 2008 and 2011. Is place in amazing location in the middle of the forest. Peleș Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883.
It’s not just a simple beautiful castle, it is the first fully electrified in Europe and also, the first in the world to have central heating through walls and floors. Built as a summer residence by the first Romanian King, Carol Ist, the castle gives the impression that he’s still waiting his former owners to return, as all the furniture stands exactly where the royal family wanted the first place.
I visit this one back in 2009 , with the way how is build and history behind this castles has a notorious reputation. This castle in Transylvania is also famous for imprisoning the hero Vlad The Impeller by the Hungarian kings. With his true gothic look build in 14 century Hunyadi castle as is also called was rank by Lonely Planet as one of the most spookies castles in Europe.But from my experience there is nothing to afraid from. The look of Corvin castle is amazing , maybe scary but still will leave you speechless.
Bethlen Castle – Transylvania
The Bethlen Castle was built in the 16th century in the French Renaissance style and restored in the 17th and 18th centuries when Baroque elements were added.
The Reformed Church, situated next to the Castle, is a 13th century structure.
The Jidvei (Bethlen-Haller) castle, with its eclectic combination of architectural styles, is located on the outskirts of Cetatea de Balta and it ofers its guests with quaint views of the village. Jidvei, one of Romania’s premier white wines wineries is a five-minute drive from Cetatea de Balta.
Jidvei ((Bethlen-Haller) features 14 guest rooms and four luxurious suites decorated in a variety of styles, several meeting and event spaces and a beautiful garden with panoramic views.
Bran castle- Transylvania
Having an article about castles in Transylvania and not writing about the best of the best is like you dont write at all… Bran Castle… The legendary castle that is famous for Dracula story. and in many sites and documentaries is listed as one of the most beautiful in the world.. And yes thats true. I visit the castle several times and every time is special. Stood with huge proud on the top of the hill, surrounded with some breathtaking scenery and amazing forest in the middle of the Transylvania alps . Bran castle is a place where legends and real history meet, offering you an experience never to forget. Its uniqueness also brought Bran a well-deserved place 9 in top 10 most beautiful castles in the world conducted be the American television CNN
Banffy Castle – Cluj/ Transyvania
Banffy Castle is considered to be the most haunted place in Romania. It is the largest castle in Transylvania, one of the major Baroque attractions of Romania. Banffy Castle in Bontida, also known as the Versailles of Transylvania or Electric Castle has a background history going back seven centuries and is attested from the early fourteenth century. The great architectural monument is situated in Bontida village, less than 30 kilometers from the city Cluj-Napoca, on the road leading to Baia Mare. The castle is on of the scariest in the world, next to Bodelwyddan Castle (Wales), Predjama (Slovenia), Flossenburg (Germany) or Miranda (Belgium), according to Adevarul.
Between 1437 and 1543, the Banffy family built the castle near Somesul Mic River, a castle with four towers, where its members lived until 1944, when they were evacuated by the Germans, who wanted to turn the castle into a military hospital. The palace operated as a military hospital until after the war.
Between 1740 and 1750 by an order of Denes Banffy the castle has changed, being rebuilt in Baroque style adding a gallery of statues, mandatory for an aristocratic residence at the time. Among the new buildings are numbered in the manege, some stables and dwellings for servants.