Due to its central position Mediaş is a perfect point to start for day trips in Transilvania. Several points of interest are situated within a short driving. We will follow the footsteps of Transylvanian Saxons through the villages and towns of southern Transylvania or drive on the most spectacular road in Romania crossing the Carpathian Mountains, the „Transfăgărăşan” or take a light hiking trip to the little villages with fortified churches situated in the hilly suroundings of Mediaş.
The following are just some of our suggestions:
Day trip 1: Biertan – Sighişoara – Mălâncrav
We will start our day trip by visiting the fortified church of Biertan, one of the most important fortified churches in Transylvania. The whole contruction impresses by its size but also by the treasures inside.
From Biertan we go to Sighişoara, a pearl of Transylvania, located on the course of the Great Târnava river. The citadel on top of a hill is one of the best-kept middle age architectural complexes in Transylvania, being named by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999. During a walk we will discover the walls and towers of the fortification systms, the narrow streets, the covered wooden stairs dating from the 17th century, leading up to the school and to the church on top of the the hill, a good example of Transylvanian Gothic architecture.
At the end of the day we will visit the little village of Mălâncrav, one of the few villages in Transylvania with both a castle of a Hungarian aristocrat and a fortified saxon church. Mălâncrav was the residence of the Apafy family, one of the leading aristocratic families of Transylvania. After visiting the castle, we can try the Organic Juice directly from the source, a little farm which has started production a few years ago.
Day trip 2: Axente Sever – Valea Viilor – Moşna
Today’s trip starts with a bus ride to the village of Axente Sever, where the fortified church is situated right on the side of the main road to Sibiu. It is one of the few fortified churches of this region equipped which storage rooms built along the wall inside the fortification. We will also see a small, but interesting museum which presents the history of the Saxons in Frauendorf (German name of the village). Our next destination is Valea Viilor, a village with around 2000 inhabitants. The fortified church here, built in the 14th century, was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in the year 1999. From here we go to the village of Moşna where we will enjoy a meal in what was once the priest’s house, where lived, amongst others, Stephan Ludwig Roth, the well known priest and revolutionit of 1848. Afterwards, we will have a look at the Evangelic church there. We will also have the possibility to visit a farm in Moşna where organic dairy products are made.
Day trip 3: Cisnădioara – Sibiu – Cârţa
During this trip we follow the footsteps of the Order of Cistercians. In Cisnădioara (German name: Michelsberg) we will visit the Evangelic Church which once was a Cistercian Monastery. The church is one of the oldest and most representative basilikas in romanic style in Transylvania. From Cisnădioara we will go to Sibiu, European Culture Capital of 2007. The well-restored city center awaits you with a combination of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. During the city walk you will see the Grand Square (Piaţa Mare), the Lesser Square (Piaţa Mică), the Evangelic Church and the Orthodox Cathedral. In the afternoon you will be visiting the former Monastery Cârţa. It is the farthest Cistercian Monastery in Southeast Europe (inside Europe, not counting Turkey and Greece).