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
The creative copywriter Masha Goldman travel around half a planet. The girl can compare travels with the useful drug. Masha tells that every trip, even the shortest and least far gives her complete renewal of powers and it seems that the new life begins. Certainly, every new city gives her specific accomplishment. Today she shared with us the ‘raisins’ of Hungarian capital, particularly, what is worth seeing there, what should be compulsory done and what has to be eaten, for sure!
Eastern cities are hard to imagine without a huge number of the commercial places. It is in the genes of the local citizens to sell and buy regardless their age and status. Despite the fact that Istanbul is semi-European city, the metropolis has prominent oriental features. So as to know exactly where to go and what to buy, OUTLOOK talks about the most spectacular markets after returning from Istanbul.
Today we are inviting you for a walk in the oldest neighbourhood in the city of Lisbon, the famous Alfama, an emblematic quarter we often see in the movies and works of popular culture when it comes to the Portuguese capital.
In the world there are two Cartagenas. In both, their inhabitants speak Spanish, love bullfighting, and in the evenings they go to the beach to skip the mojito and breathe the salty wind. But only in one of them a rhythm of hot salsa, placers of emeralds and pearls can burst into a languid city walk, and bright, hot beauties can cross the road. And this is Colombia!
Iceland is a ‘country of ice and fire’, ‘country of thousand rivers and lakes’, countless waterfalls and geysers. There, like in a fairy tale, again and again, you feel like pinching yourself to check if you are dreaming or does it all really exist…
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.
Despite many pessimistic forecasts of urbanists of the 20th century, on-street trammanaged to stand up competition withsubways, cars and other means of public transport, and even found a second wind in modern city. The beginning of the 21stcentury, with its incredible technologies will surely become history as an era of "tram renaissance".
Croatia is dubbed the pearl of the Adriatic coast. This country in the south of Central Europe recently became a member of the European Union. Now its beauty sites are much visited: every year more than 10 million tourists come to enjoy it, that is even more than population of the country. Let’s find out what attracts travellers so much.
Many travelers just don’t want to go into all the troubles to get an American visa for some two weeks of holidays. But having glanced at pictures of Puerto Rican Mosquito Bay they’ll change their minds instantly. Dark sea slick, silence… when suddenly mysterious green glow from the depth extends the darkness to shock the public on the shore.
...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.
If you spent half a day enjoying chips with mayonnaise, herring, eel and cheese; your imagination managed to find solutions for all the riddles of the universe while waiting for hours in endless queue to the Rijksmuseum; and within a couple of hours you were almost knocked down on the road thrice, it means, no doubt, you were spending that day in Amsterdam.
There are many things that we can learn from citizens of the United States but what deserves special respect is love to their land. Patriotism of Americans manifests itself in everything, even in internal tourism - without having properly explored own country, an American would hardly travel anywhere outside its territory. Today we tell about one of the most popular internal tourism towns - about Leavenworth.
To visit three countries over one day – it is possible if you are in Aachen. Situated amid Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, small student town took in features of medieval culture that reflected in its astonishing architecture. Yelena Buravtsova visited the town for it to win her heart with its off-beat monuments, streets paved with stone blocks, cozy cafés, one of a kind printed spice cake, museums and spectacular races.
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.
Countries often flaunt their natural beauties: they invite tourists allowing them to examine closely every detail of jewellery coined by the nature. Among beauties, there are some that are the most extravagantly bright, showy and bizarre, and sometimes even wild for our eyes. African Ethiopia grabbed one of the most beautiful accessories - Dallol volcano.
Nature bestowed our planet with many sky-high peaks, which at any moment give visitors the feeling of boundless freedom. Cities build skyscrapers boasting to one another and, to satisfy high aspirations, they add observation decks at the height of the bird's flight. Travelling from continent to continent, with bated breath we will admire the world's loftiest views from the summits of supertalls.
May is the best month of year for traveling to Europe. It is not either hot or cold there. While exploring the cities you do not need to hide from the sun in the shade, you may calmly examine the ancient architecture. After 2 hours by plane you wiil find yourself in Bucharest which can offer everything mentioned above! Book your tickets - Romania is waiting!
Having taken the passport and good mood, go on May holidays 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 on these holidays! Let's go with us!
Tourists with their eyes full of tears because statuettes, shells and other stuff bought “as a souvenir” are being shaken out of their bags – is a continual occurrence at customs. For you not to become one of those tourists, OUTLOK suggests you check out a selection of (sometimes weird) objects forbidden to be exported from different countries.
People on holiday can be divided into two types: “tender creatures” and “adrenaline addicts”. Former ones will trade passive sunbathing and comfortable hotels for nothing. The letter ones prefer even cabins to annoying all inclusive and suites. “Cabins” are the conditions Guinea Bissau provides you with.