Top things to do in Fortified Saxon Villages

Church in Biertan

Fortified Church

Biertan’s late-Gothic church, ringed by concentric walls and flanked by towers, is among the largest and most impressive in Transylvania. The triple-naved church was built between 1493 and 1522, housing superbly pre…
Museum in Viscri

Fortified Church

The whitewashed and tile-roofed fortified church in Viscri is a splendidly restored feat of medieval engineering. Its outbuildings display decorated furniture and agricultural tools, alongside village ceramics, and …
Church in Fortified Saxon Villages

Alma Vii Fortified Church

In September 2016 the ribbon was cut on fresh restoration works in Alma Vii, and this charismatic village and centrepiece fortified church have never looked finer. The stocky sanctuary dates to the 16th century, tho…
Church in Fortified Saxon Villages

St Margaret's Church

The Gothic spire above Mediaș sprouts from 1488-built St Margaret's Church, which guards 15th-century frescoes and Romania’s second-largest collection of Anatolian carpets within its buttercream walls. Note the two-…
Church in Fortified Saxon Villages

Moşna Fortified Church

One of the finest fortifications in the region around Mediaș, Moşna’s 14th-century church was rebuilt over subsequent centuries, with impressive defence towers and high walls. There are a few displays of regional hi…
Romanian in Fortified Saxon Villages

Hanul Greweln

Serving Romanian hunter's fare like boar and venison, this restaurant with vampy red curtains and lofty wooden beams is a relaxing detour between Mediaș and the churches of Bazna and Băgaciu. Pint-sized travellers c…
Romanian in Biertan

Unglerus Medieval Restaurant

Steps away from the guesthouse of the same name, Unglerus Restaurant instantly evokes time-worn grandeur with its high-backed chairs, wood-beamed ceilings, ornately carved banisters and oil paintings of knights and …
Church in Fortified Saxon Villages

Valea Viilor Fortified Church

Standing proud in the whisper-quiet village of Valea Viilor is an 18th-century church with weighty protective walls. It’s necessary to call a caretaker to get inside (phone number posted outside). Once in, you can c…
Film in Biertan

Lună Plină Film Festival

It's impossible to imagine a more perfect location for a festival of horror and fantasy film than the Gothic fortress of Biertan. International and Romanian films are screened at various locations. Book accommodatio…
Cafe in Viscri

Cafe Artizanat

Enjoy chilled elderflower cordial and forkfuls of homemade cake at this shady courtyard cafe. It's south of the fortified church, on a street west of the church's entrance.