With a medieval fortification at its heart and bucolic meadows in its surrounds, Viscri epitomises the romance of rural Transylvania. Flowing from Viscri’s medieval fortified church are cobbled lanes flanked by rows of cornflower-blue houses. The only sounds are the rattle of horse-drawn carts and the clank of a blacksmith’s workshop.

The Saxon population may have thinned to around a dozen, but this remains one of the best-preserved Saxon villages in Romania. Transformative investment from the Mihai Eminescu Foundation has turned traditional buildings into guesthouses and established sustainable, informative ways to experience local crafts such as hand-stitched felt.