Every time, I was thinking of promoting such a lovely country, Romania, until I bumped into Saschiz, while I was heading to Brasov.
So began my adventure in Saschiz.
A fairy tale …
Firstly, let’s set its location. Saschiz, a village in the Mures county, is situated on the E60 road towards Brasov at 20 km far away from Sighisoara, another medieval jewel. While I was going to South, inevitably I passed through this impressive Saxon village.
At a first glance, I knew that I’d enjoy visiting it.
Mesmerized by its beauty, I decided to pull in at the right side of the road to discover its treasures. Its touristy character is revealed by the busses packed with tourists eagered to visit it.
My first stop was at Saschiz Tower, a 9m tall building which had an important defensive role throughout the history dating back to XVth century. It stands out due the strong resemblance with its counterpart, the Clock Tower from Sighisoara and due to a figure of Bogdan (beneath the clock) which rings the bell at every 15 minutes. My eyes fell on the glazed roof tiles which embellish this massive tower.
On the other hand, the Evanghelical church (near the tower), called St Stephan’s church, presents simplicity inside its bare walls; given by the wooden seats, an impressive chamile (with many beams) showing even the figure of its patron, the king St Stephan of Hungary.
Your visit may be enchanted by the presence of a tour guide (available on Romanian, English, French) who will show you another facade of this building. For courageous people, I suggest climbing upstairs on the attic where you’ll be awarded with a scenic panorama over the surroundings. Don’t miss it!
Another landmark is represented by the traditional and so different Saxons houses whose building style is similar to that of Frankonia.
Getting bored of this visiting, I decided to enter at the Tourist Info centre (it’s near the tower) where, to my surprise, there were many souvenirs: home-made products which are very eco.
I couldn’t stop me buying some curiosites: a marmalade made of milk and coffee, meadow honey and other bio goods: natural juices.
Saschiz meets your requirements even if you want to linger at a café. Down the principal street, on the side of the tower after 3 min of strolling, you’ll be in front of a café where it’s up to you whether you stay outside gazing at the enchanting Saxons houses, or simply get inside to feel the atmosphere of a pub. For me, knowing that I was about to setting off in a new journey accompanied by a local guide towards the Old Fortress of Saschiz, I counted on a coffee to get some more energy and to wind me down.
Arriving there took us a while because the fortress was perched on a hill and was situated at 2km far away from the village. Despite a fire and some attacks, the fortress maintained approximately its own state. I can say that it compensates with a spectacular view over the village where you can easily see the fortified church and the tower. If you opt for a bike (it’s a hire centre in the village), it would be easier for you to reach the fortress. Among what I’ve seen there, it’s a 65m deep fountain and the reminisciences of some bastions such as: the Powder Tower, the School Tower,the Princess Tower and so on.
Furthermore, Saschiz is on the UNESCO list , being rigorously restored. It was visited even by the Prince of Wales, Charles who being impressed by this country and loving the Transylvanian Saxon houses, bought a house in Viscri, one in Valea Zalanului. He even made a documentary with the Travel Channel’s support about Romania called “Wild Carpathia”.
That’s all for now. You’ll definitely enjoy Saschiz experience combining the historical sites with a trip in nature, a culinary experience and with a dose of relaxation at the café.
Have a wonderful trip!