A visit to picturesque Transylvania is akin to mystic extravaganza that takes place in reality. But laymen rarely know for sure what to visit in Romania aside from the famous Bran Castle, residence of Count Dracula. OUTLOOK solves the problem and offers an opportunity to personally choose an exciting route – its history may not just surprise but also stir your blood. For your attention here come TOP-5 most amazing and mysterious places in Romania that you must see with your own eyes.
Black Church, Brașov
Being one of Transylvania’s major landmarks and considered a true giant of the country, the construction harbors history of seven centuries and makes every visitor feel breath of those times. Initially the church was named after Saint Mary and it acquired its current title during Great Turkish War when its major part collapsed under merciless attacks of Austrian troops. After living through numerous reconstructions and having combined trends of various architecture styles over years, nowadays the erection features a synthesis of gothic and baroque motives. While being a true treasure for aesthetic gourmands, the temple curdles blood with events that took place there. The word is that when it was under construction a German boy was bugging workmen and kept repeating that one of the walls of the future building was inclined. Unable to handle incessant reproaches, one of the builders decided to throw the child off a tower and later, to cover the tracks of the deed, immured the breathless body into the wall. Who knows, may be, the spirit of the boy still wanders corridors of the construction seeking either peace or revenge?...
Bridge of Lies, Sibiu
If you, like baron Munchausen, tend to embellish ambient reality, you should not go to the Bridge of Lies situated in Sibiu. Local legend has it that any lie can turn out a disaster for a traveler and a bridge will collapse under magic impact of untruth. The place used to be a retreat for impostors who would conclude dubious deals at nights – all that induced the name that has been preserved for 150 years.
The castle fascinates the eye with its exquisite exterior. Located not far from cities of Sinaia and Brașov, it glorifies the name of local Peleș River and is rightfully considered a Pearl of the Carpathians. The construction does not hide a scary mystery in its grandeur, nor is it doomed due to ancient curses but it still evokes fabulous interest. The castle fits in fascinating image of the locality. It was there where in 1883 a power plant emerged to provide a palace of this kind with light for the first time and to give monarchs an opportunity to become first possessors of own elevator and cinema – and this only enhanced magnetism of the spot. Today it is one of Romania’s major landmarks. Every willing one can take a plunge into the atmosphere of royal luxury and enjoy refined apartments and interiors for merely 20 lei (5$).
Dracula House, Sighişoara
Everyone has, probably, heard of Barn Castle, a place where Vlad Țepeș III a prototype of the famous Dracula, only spent one night to throw luster on the location for centuries. Magnetism of the spot has substantial grounds beneath it because according to the legend it was there where a woman gave the world the Lord of the Dark. Nowadays mystic spirit of the dweller isn’t so acutely sensed. On the first floor a restaurant is situated where one can explore local cuisine and on the second floor there is a small weapons museum. However uniqueness of the spot is that it is there where the world’s only fresco of Dracula is situated; it was made when he was still alive consequently it resembles the Count’s real appearance best. All wrapped in mystery, Dracula House attracts endless amount of visitors with its puzzles. Do you venture sensing indescribable energy of the place that lures people’s hearts from all over the globe?
Salt Mine, Praid
Those who love subterranean kingdoms will be impressed with the scale of Praid’s salt mine. Upon covering 120 meters depthward you will be illuminated with fascinating glitter of the rocks and will take a lungful of local curative air. Thousand years of the mine’s existence turned it into a recreational facility that not only offers its guests amazing sightseeing tours but also medicates away respiratory diseases. And even if you don’t need salt treatment, you shouldn’t deny yourself a pleasure of visiting the place! Contemplation of localities may become your personal Elysium.
Once upon the time, Pygmy peoples lived on the west coast of Africa. They did not have any conflicts with anyone. When they were hungry, they went hunting, picked up nuts and bananas. Then the Mpongwé and the Fang tribes came. After them, the Portuguese arrived and named these lands Gabon. They were followed by the French who acquired the land and declared it as their colony. Only in the middle of the past century, when Pygmies were very few, Gabon gained independence from foreigners…
Formidable waves rise up like soldiers on guard, then beat against the rocky coastline, lay down their arms and meekly retreating, crumble into a foam. Wind freely runs over lavender fields and eucalyptus groves hiding sleepy koalas in bushland. Twilight is ready to cover every living creature with a dark bucket, and the bustling nocturnal life spreads its wings. This is not a fictional world of fairy tales but everyday life of Kangaroo Island, a booming destination for wilderness and wildlife fans.
We write a lot about travelling and offbeat tourism, tell our readers about the most exotic destinations and how to put 10 dollars to good use in the cities around the world. However, we rarely think that mass tourism has the other side. Today we decided to look at the crowds of tourists through the eyes of local residents and to tell our readers about issues that face the world most visited cities.
Beaches, forests, deserts are not enough to say that you have already visited many parts of the earth. Definitely, you wanna something extraordinarily special? Why not! Humanity has flown into space a long time ago! Frankly speaking, the journey to Mars will seem too expensive even for a millionaire. After all, a trip outside the Earth costs the budget of a personal island. It does not matter: on our beloved planet there are absolutely stunning and truly cosmic landscapes!
The rich and famous first started talking about Saint-Tropez when at the end of the 19th century Guy de Maupassant paid a visit there. French author, famous for his non-judgmental realism, wrote about the warm beauty of Saint-Tropez, mentioning ‘sardine scales glistening like pearls on the cobblestones’...
Located on low hills, this country hides in tropical rainforest in the very center of Latin America. There are no beaches and modern concert halls yet it amazes with its access to wild nature. Some come to Paraguay to explore territory of the Indies, others – to get excited with ancient colonial erections, some – for shopping.
Tibet… what are you mulling over while articulating this name, drawing it in your mind mentioning the concept involved in the mild space of clouds?Tibet… There are mountains that seem to be speaking with the heaven. Here everything is penetrated with the religion and different beliefs such as culture, art, folk traditions and customs.
The Senegalese capital of Dakar is not only the most important city of West Africa, but also a city of extremes, a fascinating introduction if purpose of the trip is to "get acquainted with the Black Continent, but gently and smoothly". In addition to many civilizational and habitual to modern people attributes of life, every moment you feel spirit of Africa, at once both intimidating, romantic, off-beat and deeply alluring.
American Detroit was until recently known as the automotive capital. But nowadays it is more often than not mentioned in the context of decline and population outflow. Outlook decided to figure out why ghost cities emerge.
Incheon is considered to be sea and air gateway to South Korea since it has one of the country's largest seaports and the most spacious, world-class airport in the region. The city is growing rapidly: within just a hundred years it developed from a modest port settlement to an ultramodern industrial and tourist hub.
Among tourists, especially those from Europe, it is difficult to find people who have not enjoyed vacation in sunny and hospitable Turkey at least once, so the prices at holiday destinations are more or less known. However, what awaits those who opted for "another Turkey" and went to see the magnificent Istanbul, we would like toexplainwith the example of 10 dollars.
A function of UNESCO World Heritage Committee is to work in the most careful manner year after year on studying objects that constitute outstanding culture civilizations and are unique in their origins. Under number 569 of an impressive list of the organization city of Gjirokastër, the one from the south of Albania, is located – it is it we are going to study today through the length and breadth.
They become the place for the coolest parties, source of extraordinary ideas and unpredictable discoveries. Nowadays whole houses, temples, gardens, pools and stadiums reach peaks of their popularity – all of them on tops of buildings.
Should we have a look at notes of those who plan their trips to Spain, next to the darling of all hearts, Barcelona, Montserrat is bound to rank second. Also, the mountain of the abbey is a must-visit spot for local dwellers, too – they believe it necessary to visit Catalonia’s religious heart at least once a year.
Today in our review dedicated to the most interesting streets of the planet we are going to talk about Brivibas. The old city of Riga is truly magnificent and finely preserved part of Latvian capital. Verily here there are more tourists and less local citizens, however, 350-400 years ago around it there was nothing and city resembled inaccessible medieval fortress in semi-Scandinavian and semi-European style. All of its population could place here…
Judging by the reviews of the majority of tourists who visited Istanbul, many of them did not reach Asian part of the main Turkish metropolis, or did not have a proper walk there. The best case, they just saw SabihaGökçen International Airport and ferry docks, a destination of leisure cruses from Europe, where on the way one can feed with bread seagulls swooping overhead. For you to have morecomprehensive and diverse picture of this incredible city, we would like to tell our readers about the unique corners of its Asian part, as it is a crime to miss them.
Only an abandoned artificial archipelago with traces of extinct civilizations can better than a deserted island! Cadent splash of oars that plows blue dreams of the Pacific Ocean quells drumroll of ecstasy in your temples while preparing will and mind to the meeting with the greatest mystery of Micronesia. Nan Madol lies empty for more than one hundred years; mighty walls are gnawed away by sea salt but even in thrall of oblivion the forbidden city doesn’t lose its greatness.
Ancient Greece began with Mycenae and Crete, and the country's new history starts its record with Kalamata. It was the city where Turkish shackles were dumped for the first time, thus making way for independence. Kalamata is a place with its own temper. Within less than 200 years, it was rebuilt twice, and both times revival followed.
...The virtuoso chisel inhaled the heat of a living soul in a cold stone block and created a khachkar - an inspired narrative about the spiritual search and longing for a lost paradise, unhurriedly unfolding tenacious rings of ancient mysteries in the curls of mystical ornaments.
Even being adults, sometimes we are able to bring to life the children’s fantasies, see the stories from childish dreams, and embody what has seemed to be the fairytale. Have you ever dreamt of being in the whale’s chaps? Just imagine that you were swollen by the giant fish, and you were living there for a long time, looked at it inside, settled down there, swam and dived there?