Step off the beaten path and get acquainted with the Székely heritage and culture in the surroundings of Baile Tusnad. This Hungarian speaking minority of Transylvania was once the defensive outpost of both the Hungarian Kingdom and Medieval Europe. Visit the Székely town called as the City of Guilds. Discover the rich ethnographic collection of the Haszmann-Pál Museum and learn about the traditional Székely motifs and symbols used in wood carving and furniture painting. Soak up the interesting stories and myths linked to the profession of the miller as you observe the functioning of an old watermill. Immerse yourself in beautiful natural environment as you explore the unique attractions of the Land of Volcanoes. Optionally, extend your tour with bear watching in the wild or visiting a local brewery just 20 min drive from Baile Tusnad.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Wellness Tusnad, Baile Tusnad, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaYour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Baile Tusnad or in Miercurea Ciuc.Stop At: Nyerges-tetőThe first destination is the Székely Memorial complex at the top of the Nyerges Pass where your guide will relate you the historical context and events of the Revolutionary and Independence War of 1848-1849. Here, about 200 Székely soldiers fought in the Hungarian revolutionary army against the imperial Tsarist and Austrian armies and met their end in 1849. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Primăria Târgu SecuiescNext we visit Targu Secuiesc, also known as the City of Guilds. Here the traditions of the guild were preserved up until 1947, while the peculiar construction of the courtyards in the historical center still remind us to their important role in the city’s history. After a short walk in the center, we can visit the local museum of the guilds or stop by a local restaurant for lunch. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Haszmann Museum PálThe next stop is Cernat village with its old mansions and traditional watermills. Here we visit one of the biggest open-air ethnographic museum of the region, the Haszmann Pal Museum, which displays a few thousand items from the 17th — 19th centuries. The museum hosts a wood carving and furniture painting crafts school where you can learn more about these old crafts of Székely Land. Our next stop is at a a still operating 200 years old watermill where you can observe the whole process of grinding wheat into flour in the traditional way. At the end of the tour you can buy some of the local delicacies (pastry, jams, pickles, etc) prepared by the locals.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Balvanyos Fortress, Balvanyos, Covasna County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaFrom Cernat we head to the so-called Land of Volcanoes and explore unique natural attractions of Székely Land. In Balvanyos Resort you will find a wide variety of mineral water springs, baths and gas emanations. The inhabitants of the area have used these natural resources in curative purposes for hundreds of years. We hike up to the Sulphurous Cave, which is Europe’s largest hydrogen sulfide mofetta emanating daily 3000‒6000 m3 gas. On a forest trail we go down to the Apor Daughters Bath, where you will find various natural feet soaks and baths which are very fizzy, like a jacuzzi. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Saint Anna Lake, Baile Tusnad, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaNext we drive 10 km to Central Europe`s only volcanic lake, the enchanting Saint Anne Lake. Its charm for tourists has the roots in the legends surrounding this place, the beautiful landscape, the healing properties and into the fact that it is also a great place to get in touch with nature.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Mohos Peat-Bog, Baile Tusnad, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAfter a walk on the shore of the lake, a guided tour in the special nature reserve Mohos Peat-Bog follows where you can admire unique plant rarities like carnivore plants.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Wellness Tusnad, Baile Tusnad, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAfter exploring these attractions you can optionally go bear watching in the wild at dusk or join a tasting tour at a local brewery, before dropping off at your accommodation in Baile Tusnad or Miercurea Ciuc