The Fortified Church from Cisnădioara

The old Fortified Church or the citadel from Cisnădioara is a popular landmark located in the historical region of Transylvania, near the city of Sibiu. To be more precise, it’s about 10 km away from Sibiu and about 2 km away from the nearby city of Cisnădie.

Towards the Fortified Church

The old Fortified Church is located on top of a larger hill, actually you can spot this church from a great distance, so if plan to visit this place you cannot miss it. After we left our car near the town center, we headed towards the main entrance which can be found on Sub Cetate street. After paying 8 lei for a ticket, which is approximately 2 USD, we started the long walk through the forest up to the Fortified Church from Cisnădioara. As you will walk up to the Fortified Church, you will spot the old Lutheran Church as well.

The Lutheran Church in Cisnădioara.
The Lutheran Church in Cisnădioara

Inside the Fortified Church

After the long walk up to the church, we started to explore this magnificent place. To our luck, the place wasn’t very crowded, there were only a couple of tourists exploring the Fortified Church.

Now let me tell you a few words about the Fortified Church from Cisnădioara. It was built approximately 800 years ago and as you can see in the photos below, they built it out of stone. The entire church is actually surrounded by thick defense walls which was used to protect the church in case of an enemy attack.

Inside the church, behind the altar you will find some commemorative plaques which belonged to the fallen German soldier who fought in the First World War near Sibiu. These plaques were actually displaced in 1940 from Gușterița cemetery.

The main entrance into the Fortified Church.
The main entrance into the Fortified Church from Cisnădioara
The church inside the fortified walls.
The church inside the fortified walls
The interior of the church
The interior of the church with the altar and the commemorative plaques
Large wooden door which belongs to the Fortified Church in Cisnădioara.
Large wooden church door
The fortified walls and a large wooden door.
The fortified walls and a large wooden door
A part of Cisnădioara

What else to visit in the area:

Sibiu – I highly recommend you to visit this beautiful Transylvanian city, especially the old part of the city where you will find a lot of interesting objectives that you can visit, among those I can mention the Lutheran Cathedral, the Lesser and Great Squares.

Popular waterfall in the Făgărăș Mountains

The Bâlea Waterfall or Cascada Bâlea in Romanian, is a popular waterfall located in the Făgăraș Mountains at an altitude over 1200 m. In order to reach this place, you will have to drive on the famous Transfăgărășan road until Hotel Bâlea Cascada which is about 45 km away from the village of Cârțișoara, this village is actually the last one before the Făgăraș Mountains .

Once you will arrive to Hotel Bâlea Cascada, you will find a marked trail which will take you next to the waterfall. Usually this hike will take you approximately 50 minutes.

Besides Bâlea Waterfall, you can visit Bâlea lake as well which is located at an altitude of over 2000 m. In order to visit the lake, you have two options:

  • You can drive on the Transfăgărășan road up until the lake. Keep in mind that the road has many curves but in exchange the scenery is truly breathtaking.
  • You can take the cable car from hotel Bâlea Waterfall. The ride takes about 12 minutes until the final destination. Keep in mind, the cable care is not working in bad weather conditions.
Transfăgărășan road sign at Bâlea Waterfall.
The scenery near hotel Bâlea Cascada.
Cable car near hotel Bâlea Cascada.
Tourists heading towards the waterfall.
The Făgărăș Mountains.
Mountain stream in the forest.
The Bâlea waterfall.
The Bâlea waterfall in the Făgăraș Mountains.

Bezid Memorial Park in the heart of Transylvania

The Bezid Memorial Park is located close to lake Bezid in Mureş County, Romania. It was built in memory of the former village of Bezidu Nou which currently lies under the lake’s water. The sad history of this Transylvanian village starts in 1975 when the construction of the nearby dam has started. Mainly, the dam was constructed to prevent flooding in the area but in exchange, the village of Bezidu Nou had to be evicted. The construction was stopped in 1977 but unfortunately it was resumed in 1984.

In 1985 the villagers were evicted because the dam was finished and the water level started slowly to rise. In 1994 the two churches from the village were covered entirely by water.

In 1995 a former inhabitant built a memorial park on the outskirts of the former village of Bezidu Nou. Inside the small memorial park you will find a collapsed wall. Next to the wall, you will find funeray pillars which actually is a map of the former village. You will also find some older images of the village before and after it was covered by the water.

Collapsed wall in the Bezid Memorial Park.
Funeral pillars in the memorial park.
A small part of lake Bezid in the background.
Lake Bezid in the summer.

Transluncani, a spectacular road which was built in the mountain

The Transluncani is a spectacular road which was built in the mountains and you will find it near the village of Luncanii de Jos, Timiș County. The construction of this road was finished in 2019 and it was built mainly to facilitate the access to the plateau where the locals have their lands. The plateau is at an altitude of around 700 meters. On the Translucani you will find many steep hairpin turns and sharp descents. The highest gradient is around 20%. It’s recommended to drive slowly and carefully because the road is very narrow and two cars can barely fit.

The Transluncani road is a smaller version of Transalpina or Transfăgărășan which currently are the most popular mountain passes in Romania.

Transluncani road.
The road at different altitudes.
The Transluncani road in the summer.
The mountains surrounding the Transluncani road.
Road drainage.
Sharp turn with the forest in the background.
The mountains which surrounds the Transluncani road.

Other things to visit in the area:

  • Valea lui Liman – This is a popular touristic complex which has a nice restaurant and a hotel. It’s only about 7 km away from Transluncani.
  • Sopot waterfall – This is another popular attraction in the area that you must visit.