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Evangelical Lutheran Tradition in Transylvania
- Bus Tour
- 8 Days
- Perfect for small or middle groups
The church history of the Saxons begins with their colonisation of Transylvania. Among the numerous rights they had, was also the right to establish their own church. The Saxons built many churches and some of them were fortified in order to protect the cities from oncoming attacks. In 1550, the Saxons embraced Martin Luther’s ideology and the Evangelical Church has played an important role in their social life since then. The Saxons lost their political privileges in 1876, and after WWII, the communists confiscated all the possessions of their church. The Evangelical Church survived the communist regime and established its center in Sibiu.
Day 1: Flight to Sibiu
Arrival in Sibiu. Meeting with the tour guide. Transfer to the hotel in the heart of Sibiu. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Sibiu
We begin our day with a tour of the old city of Sibiu, the cultural capital of the Saxons and headquarters of the Evangelical Church. We visit the most important tourist attractions: the Evangelical Church, the Council Tower, the Large and the Small Square, the Liars’ Bridge, the Peasants’ Market etc. At the end of the day, we visit the ASTRA ethnographic museum. Dinner in Dumbrava. Overnight stay in Sibiu.
Day 3: Sibiu and Surroundings
Our day begins by visiting the fortified church in Cristian. Next, we go to Sibiel, a typical Romanian peasant village with a unique stained glass museum. Our trip takes us next to Cisnădie and Cisnădioara. The latter is seen as a typical Saxon settlement. We visit its Evangelical Church and the medieval fortification.
Day 4: The Hârtibaciu Valley
The first part of the trip takes us to Avrig where we visit the former summer residence of Baron Samuel von Brukenthal. The next stop will be a delight for ruins enthusiasts. The village of Cârța hides the ruins of a Cistercian monastery built in 1202 in early Gothic style. We travel further through small Saxon villages; most of them have a fortified church built in the center. Drive through Cincu, Dealu Frumos and Agnita.
Day 5: Biertan and Sighișoara
On our way to Sighișoara, Mediaș is our first stop. The city’s fortification and church hide a winged altar. Our next stop is Biertan whose impressive Saxon fortified church is under UNESCO protection. Arrival in Sighișoara. The fortified city is very well preserved. We visit the main attractions and discover the hidden secrets of the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Sighișoara.
Day 6: Drive to Brașov
Hărman and Prejmer are two short stops before Brașov, today’s main destination. Brașov is a very important city in Romania with a strong industry and an impressive cultural background. The Saxons see this city as their second capital. Overnight stay and dinner in Brașov.
Day 7: Brașov and Surroundings
Drive to Bran where we visit Dracula’s Castle. The museum is located on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. This castle is known as the homestead of Vlad Țepeș (Vlad the Impaler) and is the most visited attraction in Romania. The writer Bram Stoker brought the fame of the Dracula myth in our country at the beginning of the 20th century. Our next stop is Sinaia where we see Peleș Castle, the summer residence of the former Romanian royal family.
Day 8: Return trip
– All 7 overnight stays with halfboard;
– All entry fees;
– Transport with bus according to the programm;
– English speaking tour guide;