Saxon villages in Transylvania

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.




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.




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




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 :)