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Romania: Transylvania

byLucy Mallows

Paperback | January 1, 2018

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This new, third edition of Bradt's Romania: Transylvania remains the only standalone English language guide to this legendary and enchanting region. Comprehensive chapter-per-county coverage is offered, including details to cater for the diverse range of travelers to the region, from city breaks to rural escapes, ski enthusiasts to charity volunteers. Thoroughly updated, this new edition reflects all the changes of the past few years, from improved transport infrastructure (in particular the regional airports at Cluj, Sibiu and Târgu Mureş) to the completion of new motorway routes, such as that between Sibiu and Deva. Also covered are a number of striking new accommodation options: for example the sustainable guesthouse in Valea ZÄlanului owned by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and the mountaintop retreat of Raven's Nest in the Apuseni Mountains. More attractions have opened up, such as Baroque palaces formerly owned by Hungarian aristocrats, seized under the Communist regime and now being restored by the descendants of their original owners. And the region is developing its offer for new types of tourism, such as summer rock festivals, notably the Untold Festival at Cluj and Electric Castle Festival at BonÅ£ida. Transylvania, literally the 'land beyond the forest', is a wild, wooded, intensely romantic region, filled with mountains, gorges and valleys, myths and legends, dragons, bears, wolves - and vampires. Bram Stoker called it 'one of the wildest and least-known parts of Europe' a description which remains true today. One of the most beautiful regions in central Europe and home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Transylvania preserves its cultural and artistic treasures in a unique landscape, bordered on three sides by the Carpathian Mountains. The hay meadows of the lower Carpathians form a man-made, high nature-value grassland ecosystem of extraordinary diversity, offering a beautiful display of wild flowers. The Carpathians are home too to lynx, wild boar, and one of Europe's largest populations of brown bear. Other natural phenomena include the ScÄrişoara ice cave in the Apuseni Mountains and the Sfanta Ana volcanic crater lake in Harghita. Whatever your interests, with Bradt's Romania: Transylvania you can discover all of the region's many and varied attractions.
Born and educated in the UK, Lucy Mallows worked for 12 years in Budapest as a reporter. She first visited Transylvania in 1997, but her links with Romania go back to the late 1980s when she worked as a volunteer for Operation Romanian Villages, and to an early childhood fairytale The Lost Princess, written in 1924 by Queen Marie of Ro...
Title:Romania: TransylvaniaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.39 × 5.5 × 0.61 inPublished:January 1, 2018Publisher:Bradt Travel GuidesLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATIONChapter 1 Background Information Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, CultureChapter 2 Practical InformationWhen to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Tourist offices, Red Tape, Embassies and consulates, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Women travellers, Travelling with children, Travelling with a disability, Gay and lesbian travellers, What to take, Electricity, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Cultural attractions, Sports and activities , Media and communications, Maps, Business, Buying property, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively PART TWO THE GUIDEChapter 3 Brasov CountyBrasov, Places to visit en route from Bucharest to Brasov, Entering Brasov County and Transylvania Chapter 4 Covasna CountySfântu Gheorghe, Around Sfântu GheorgheChapter 5 Harghita CountyMiercurea-Ciuc, Heading south and west, Heading northChapter 6 Mures CountyTârgu Mures, Heading east, Heading north, Sighisoara , Around SighisoaraChapter 7 Sibiu CountySibiu, Heading south and west, Heading north, Heading eastChapter 8 Hunedoara CountyDeva, Other sights in Hunedoara CountyChapter 9 Alba CountyAlba Iulia, Heading south, The Apuseni Mountains, Heading north from Alba IuliaChapter 10 Cluj CountyCluj-Napoca, Heading west, Heading north, Heading southeastChapter 11 Bistrita-Nasaud CountyBistrita, Other sights in Bistrita-Nasaud CountyChapter 12 Salaj CountyZalau, Other sights in Salaj County Appendix 1 Language Appendix 2 Further Information Index

Editorial Reviews

If there is one word, which characterises this guide to Transylvania it has to be 'enthusiasm'. Lucy Mallows' passion for the place shines through the pages of her guide, generating interest and curiosity on the part of the reader.