North of the Carpathian Mountains roll the immortal villages of Saxon Land. For many travellers, this area of golden cornfields and fortified churches is the ‘real Transylvania’. Rattling along the dirt roads of a Saxon village, past blue-and-white houses and the odd horse and cart, is a guaranteed highlight – particularly if journey’s end is a haunting castle or fortified church.
Most popular is vampire tourist spot Sighişoara, though the poised city of Sibiu increasingly pulls crowds for its festivals and gastronomy. The most memorable journeys revolve around fortified Saxon villages, like Viscri and Alma Vii, for thriving handicrafts, homespun Transylvanian food, and guesthouses tucked inside authentic Saxon homes.