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?...Photo archdesignfoto.com
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.Photo files.wordpress.com
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$).Photo win-tour.com
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 (cover photo)
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. Photo ic.pics.livejournal.com
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…
If what they show in cinematograph is true than a typical samurai appears to be austere, taciturn and even slightly unsociable person. But this image in actual fact doesn’t get in line with reality... You don’t believe it? Our journalist Elena Rasenko suggests you make sure of it for yourself.
For many tourists France is mainly Paris with long queues to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, as well as neighbouring sights with royal chic, or Mediterranean resorts. But OUTLOOK author while travelling through the country decided to go to the north, to Normandy! Our readers are welcome to read series of travel essays about a journey to the Atlantic Ocean by Kornei Gritsyuk...
In the world there is an unusual place where the biggest number of twins are born. Although at first glance it looks like a mystical coincidence, statistics makes you believe in miracles. The Indian state of Kerala can boast of a village where unusual things happen. Kodhini is the place with more twins than anywhere else in the world. Actually, there is almost no explanation for this.
It is just as hard to imagine a Japanese who doesn’t eat fish as to picture a Scott who doesn’t drink whiskey. OUTLOOK journalist Elena Rasenko will tell you about a unique place where successors of samurai purchase fine seafood for their tables.
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.
Green slopes covered with heather moorland, deserted suburban roads, narrow streets with small cottages and gardens emitting heady fragrance - it seems that British villages are unchangeable through the passage of time. Like stilled scenery for heroic fantasy fiction, each of them has its own story about great battles, brave warriors and legendary artefacts.
I was heading to this Caucasian state all by myself to completely strange people. Prior to the trip all my friends and relatives warned me more than a dozen times about harsh temper of the hillmen and painted a vivid picture of what kind of difficulties were expecting me, a young woman travelling alone.
Spiegelgasse is originated from German collocation ‘Mirror street’ or ‘Mirror alley’. However, it is not the biggest and the most important street in Zurich. Moreover, it is vice versa, incredibly short and narrow… Well, being situated in the quiet nooks of the old city in such a way that no tourists could see it.
OUTLOOK journalist Elena Rasenko came back from Japan and launches a special series of articles devoted to this country. Warning for very sensitive readers: Beware! After reading, you will get a keen desire to break away, buy a ticket and fly to such a marvelous and fascinating Land of the Rising Sun!
Travelling around the globe lure increasingly every other year and it is so upsetting when all kinds of obstacles arise on the way of undertaking trips. OUTLOOK offers you not to get desperate if you cant set on a journey. Today we suggest you get inspired with movies in which one city or another plays equal part to actors ones. Well tell you about five films that, alongside having artistic merits, educate as good as habitual tour guides do.
Having taken the passport and good mood, go to the so-called "Near Abroad" - Bulgaria - the country where ancient architecture is successfully combined with a relaxing sea breeze. Do not you believe? But OUTLOOK is sure that Pavel Khomenskyi through his photos will be able to convince you! Bright and in its own way majestic Sofia - this is a must see! Let's go with us!
This amazing African country strikes tourists by odd mixture of cultures. There isn’t a thing you cannot see in Senegal! Retro cars of French origin; cows idly walking along the road; horse-drawn carts... Yet, there are more than enough surprises it its historical and cultural capital city of Saint-Louis.
It is hard to imagine more different nations than citizens of Turkey and Poland. Their variety is reflected in everything, from religion to culinary traditions. Nevertheless, they get on well during more than 150 years in the suburbs of Istambul. We would like to talk about this unique neighbourhood in the rubric 'ghetto in the world'.
Hospitality of locals – that’s what strikes right off the bat at Fiji, especially taking into account that they all are offspring of cannibals. Luckily, cooking delights of human meat has been out of practice for several centuries. However, they are not at all above dishes made of, say, fried bat, and are willing to share recipes with tourists.
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.
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.
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’...
The city where Alexander the Great was foretold conquest of the world. The city where Cleopatra used to go only to wash in warm healing springs to. The city that is hard to find on a map today without some fine optics. Siwa. In the heart of Sakhara in 560 kilometers away from Cairo small village with incommensurably big history is cunningly hidden awaiting “its” zetetic visitor.
Destined to be a port, Rotterdam became the most non-Dutch city of the country. It is the only city in the Netherlands headed by Muslim mayor, it is also a home for the largest Caribbean diaspora and even has its own China Town. Innate inhabitants and comers are almost equally numbered here. But if we look seven centuries back, we will see only a modest settlement on the Rotte River protected by dam from floods.