Saxon villages in Transylvania

ROMANIA
28/4 - 1/5, 2017

Hiking among the saxon villages of southern Transylvania. This was Simon's very first trip abroad, and his very first proper hiking trip.

The villages in this area were built in the middle ages and have preserved a medieval atmosphere, both in architecture and the surrounding landscape. They are famous for their fortified medieval churches that are surrounded by walls and towers to defend them from invaders. Today there are very few saxons (Germans) left, but we actually met some in most villages and towns that we visited.




Day 0 (27/5): Medias  

Our trip started with a flight from Malmö to Cluj, where we had time for a lunch
at the restaurant Samsara - a superb vegetarian restaurant.
We had many very nice meals on the trip, but this very first meal was never exceeded :)

Next, we went by train to the cosy town Medias.
It had a nicely renovated old town, and we stayed in
an apartment overlooking the main park and the cathedral.

The view from our bedroom in Medias

 
 
Day 1 (28/5): Copsa Mare - Biertan  

We took a taxi to Copsa Mare village.

We started by visiting the fortified saxon church.

 
 

At the entrance of the village there is a bus stop, alimentary shop and a playground. We had a picknick by the playground, and within minutes it was filled with kids from the village. Finn played with the kids, and Simon found himself a fan :)

 
 



The hike starts

 
 

Ingmar said: "Finn is sleeping like a log"

 
 

View of Copsa Mare.

 
 

The fortified chuch

 
 

 
 

Sand lizard

 
 

Nice path through the beech forest

 
 

 

At the edge of the forest, with glimpses of Biertan in the distance.

 
 

The fortified church of Biertan.

 

 

The church in Biertan again

 
 

A retro water pump at the square in Biertan

 
 

 

 
 

Our accommodation, next to the triple defensive wall.

 
 

Practical solution, with good ventilation too...

 
 

Some guys hanging out in the field

 
 

Horse and carts are still quite common in Romania

 
 
 
 



Typical saxon village architecture

 
 

The restaurant of our B&B served us an excellent meal in the evening.

 
 
Day 2 (29/5): Biertan - Dupus - Atel  



There is always something interesting for the kids.

 
 

Leaving the town for nature trails

 
 

Typical nature of the area

 
 

Picknick with animal spotting.

 
 



Biodiversity

 
 

European green lizard (Lacerta viridis)

 
 

Watching geese in Dupus village

 
 

Trying out the playground near the church in Dupus.

 
 

Locals in Dupus

 
 

The police house of the village.

 
 

Locals.

 
 

Walking a hollow way through the forest, out of Dupus.

 
 

Getting close to Atel village.

 
 

Simon happy to be on the ground for a while.

 
 

Sara & Simon.

 
 

Corn storage in Atel

 
 

Finn feeding a donkey.

 
 

Atel church.
View from the garden above the house we stayed in.

 
 

Our hosts brought us milk - still warm, freshly milked.
We also received fresh eggs, home-made jams and Zacusca.

 
 
Day 3 (30/5): Atel - Brateiu  



Our street in Atel.

 
 

New styles on the houses.

 
 

A school bus jeep.

 
 
Cow shepherds.
 
 

It had rained during the night, so the paths were very muddy.
We left the road and walked in the forest instead.

 
 

Cow skull.

 
 

Brateiu in the distance.

 
 

The church in Brateiu

 
 

Brothers!

 
 

A few concrete blocks on the ground is the
only clue that this is where the train stops...

We took the train to Sighisoara, where we made a
day-hike to the Breite nature reserve, but more
about that in the next photo album :)