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Exploring The Transylvanian Village Of Viscri

Exploring The Transylvanian Village Of Viscri

This summer we finally decided to make a trip from Sighisoara to Viscri. Since we never been there, we decided to take a shorter route which meant that we had to take a right turn in the village of Bunesti and follow the 104L road towards Viscri. Unfortunately the road from Bunesti was very awful, it was packed with medium to large size craters. After more then 30 minutes of driving we finally arrived there.

Now a few words about this amazing Transylvanian village,  His Royal Highness Prince Charles made Viscri popular throughout his multiple visits to this charming place.  He even helped to renovate some old traditional houses and the fortified church through his foundation. As I heard from the locals, he even bought a traditional house in the village where you can find accommodation if you plan to stay a longer period in this truly unique Transylvanian village.

Towards the fortified church

If you walk up on this street, you will reach the entrance of the old Lutheran fortified church. On your way there, you can stop at some hoses to purchase various traditional cloths, socks and many other interesting hand made objects from the locals. When we visited this place, we found two places from where you buy hand made objects from the locals, those houses were located on the right side as you walk towards the church.

Street which leads to the fortified church

Popular landmark in Viscri

The most important and popular building is Viscri is the old Lutheran fortified church which was built by ethnic Transylvanian Saxons back in the 13th century.  If you plan to visit the interior of the church you have to buy a ticket which I believe it was 10 lei per person.

Viscri fortified church

Near the entrance intro to church

Another must for the tourists is to go up in the Lutheran church’s tower because from there, you can actually see the entire rural scenery which surrounds the village of Viscri. Basically this is the highest point in the village. You can even take a short brake up there and admire the Transylvanian rural landscape.

Arial view of the village of Viscri

Old traditional houses

Almost all the houses in this village are well maintained probably because nowadays this is a very popular tourist destination. Back when we were there, we saw a lot of cars parked on the main road and some of them were from other countries including from United Kingdom.

Old traditional houses in Viscri

Blue traditional house

Parang Mountains

Parang Mountains

At the beginning of May, we made a road trip to Hotel Rusu which basically is located on the footsteps of the Parang mountains at an altitude of over 1100 meters. If you plan to visit this place then you should know that it’s only 12 km away from the city of Petrosani. Once you’ve reached to hotel, you can admire the beautiful alpine scenery which surrounds the hotel. In my opinion, this would be the perfect place to escape from the summer heat.

Also not far from here is one of the most beautiful and renowned mountain roads in Romania, the Transalpina which crosses the southern section of the Carpathian mountains.

The Chairlift to the sky slope

This is one of the two chairlifts which will take you to the sky slopes on the Parang mountains. One of the chairlifts was built right next to the Rusu hotel and the other one is located not far from this place. This shot of the mountains was taken from Cabana Rusu.

Chairlift to the mountain

Snow on the peaks

Unfortunately that day, some clouds covered the mountain peak which was covered with snow, but I’ve managed to capture some spots where the snow is still visible.

Snow spots on the peak of the mountain

The Jiu valley

From Hotel Rush, almost the entire Jiu valley is visible including the city of Petrosani which is almost 10 km  away from the place from where this picture was taken. In the background of this image, you can actually see the former mining town Vulcan. On the right side you can see the Retezat mountains and on the left side, there are the Valcan mountains.

The Jiu Valley in Romania

Snow of the peaks of Sureanu mountains

In the distance, those mountains are the Sureanu mountains and as you can see, there are some snow spots of the peak of the mountains.

Sureanu mountains
After admiring the beautiful alpine scenery we decided to drive towards our second objective which was the former Petrila coal mine.