The cycling trip is made for all ages. Daily you cycle to a different
destination. Distances are between the 30 and 70km so
that there is plenty of time left to visit the many
interesting places along your trip. Because luggage
transport would make your trip very expensive, we
provided special bags on the bicycle.
stay mainly in guestrooms, twice in a hotel room***. In remote villages
where there aren't restaurants we included full board.
Where you have the possibility to go out dining in
decent restaurants, we provided bed and
You’ll visit the very authentic Saxon villages and historical towns Sibiu
and Sighisoara with a surprising rich cultural heritage. Several of the sites you
cycle along are on the
Unesco World Heritage List. There is so much to see and to
visit during the trip that you will have to make
selections or stay extra nights if you want to see it
The trip offers
diversity, there aren't only cultural sites, there are
also several small nature reserves. Further the nature
in the region is hardly touched by chemicals so that
also nature lovers will enjoy the rich pastoral
prepared a large brochure for this trip with extensive
information about the cultural and historical
cycle on asphalted roads and we avoided as much as
possible the busy E roads.
is the name the Saxon settlers gave to the region
between Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu. They came in the
region in the early Middle Ages. The first colonists
should have been Flemish, Walloon, French and Dutch
farmers. They most likely remained behind during or
after the first crusade in the 11th century. The
Saxons came later and were the biggest group,
absorbing the others. They constructed and organized
the country. This is clearly visible in the beautiful
medieval towns Sibiu and Sighisoara. These old
medieval towns were impressive fortified bastions
against Ottoman and Tartar invasions. Even the small
villages had their fortified churches. All this can
still be seen today.
can watch a movie from the region at the following
Sibiu - Sighisoara
have also a page with more info about Sibiu at:
Highlights of the program:
town is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe.
Most of the fortification towers and wall still stand, there
is the superb clock-tower, the students stairs, the church on
the hill and the birth house of Vlad Dracula.
was once the best protected medieval town with up to 7 defense
walls. There is the famous Brukenthal museum and Sibiu was
the Cultural capital of Europe in 2007 together with the town
- Stolzenburg Fortress
and Avrig Castle
remarkable in Transylvania are the huge fortified
churches. The local people built these fortifications around
the church, rather then a separate castle or fortress.
cycle along the fortified churches of Sura
Mica, Rusi, Seica
Mosna, Nemsa, Richis, Biertan,
Mare, Valchid, Saes,
Apold, Bradeni, Soars, Rodbav, Cincu, Toarcla, Bruiu, Cisnadie,
come along the ruins of Europe's most eastern Cistercians
monastery in Cirta and you can visit the orthodox
monastery in Arpasu de Sus.
- Open air village
museum Astra. the largest in Romania and built around 3 lakes
in the Dumbrava forest. There are all kind of manifestations
and spectacles during the summer.
there are several small ethnographic museums along the road
and an icon museum in Sibiel.
- Small reserves in Sadu, Slimnic, Turnu Rosu. You stay at the base of the
Fagaras Mountains in Arpasu de Sus and you cycling along the base of the Cindrel
and Paring mountains.
and acquaintance in Gura Raului. Accommodation: guestrooms in the village. You
receive your bikes.
you travel by train, the nearest train station is
Orlat from where you will be picked up.
Cycling trip to Ocna Sibiului. You leave Gura Raului to the north and cycle along
country roads to the village Cristian, further over Sura
Mica, to Ocna Sibiului, a small health resort with
salt water lakes where you stay for the night.
an easy trip the first day, only along asphalted
roads. The main attractions are the fortified churches
from the above mentioned villages, the salt water
distance: 25km, 50m climbing Accommodation in guestrooms in Ocna
along the villages Slimnic (with ruins from the once
impressive Stolzenburg), the fortified churches of Rusi, Seica Mare, Axente Sever,
Copsa Mica to Medias. the town Medias has a very
picturesque medieval town center with several
defense towers and the Gothic Saint Margareta
church. Accommodation hotel rooms in Medias.
Distance: 52km, 100m climbing.
Trip over Mosna and Richis to Biertan.
Trip along country
roads and you'll enjoy the pastoral landscapes and
fortified churches of Mosna and Richis. You
stay in guestrooms in Biertan. Biertan was the
bishops- seat during the middle ages and has an
enormous fortified church with several ring-walls. Distance:
27km, climbing about 290m.
trip to Sighisoara over the villages Copsa
Mare – Grosskopisch, Valchid – Waldhutten to
Danes. From Danes you can make a short detour to the
beautiful renaissance castle in Cris (in restoration)
or visit the famous church of Malancrav, one of the
only Saxon churhces completely painted with frescoes
and a Unesco heritage monument..
You arrive early in Sighisoara so there is enough time
left to visit the superbly
preserved medieval town. Sighisoara is recognized as one of the best
preserved medieval towns in Europe. The old fortified
town lies on a small hill, dominating the lower town. You stay overnight
in the historic medieval town in hotel rooms.
Cycling: 30 km, 180m climbing, extra trip
to Cris about 20km on a gravel road.
Extra trip to Malancrav 26km.
Cycling trip to Soars.
a splendid trip along country roads passing the Saxon villages Saes
– Schaas, Apold – Trappold, Bradeni – Henndorf, Soars – Scharosch, all
of them with fortified churches.
distance: 46km, 380m climbing.
Cycling trip to Ohaba.
cycle to Rodbav with fortified church, and further to
the town Fagaras with its impressive castle (now
museum). It goes further over Ileni to Harseni. You
stay overnight in the village Ohaba. Distance 40km, climbing
trip to Arpasu de Sus.
cycle along the base of the Fagaras mountain ridge over Bucium, Recea, Lisa
(watermill) Sambata de Sus with impressive Brancovensc monastery from 1696,
(there are several events and festivals around 15 august in the region)
goes further over Dragus (etnographic museum) and festival around 15 august to
Vistea de Sus. You cross the industrial town Victoria and go further to Arpasu
de Jos where you stay overnight. There is in the Orthodox monastery from Arpasu an icon
52km, climbing 200m.
Cycling trip to Talmacel A trip that starts with the ruins from the
Cistercian monastery in Cirta - Kerz. Then it goes to
Avrig where Samuel Brukenthal the former governor from
Transylvania built him a castle. It goes further over
Romanian settlements and villages to Talmaciu, the
gate of the Olt valley, the most important passage
through the Carpathian Mountains. You stay overnight
Distance: 42km, 195m climbing. Extra
trip to Cirta to visit the Cistercian monastery
Trip to Cisnadioara.
The trip goes Sadu with a small nature reserve to Cisnadie - Heltau,
an old medieval town and important textile center. You
stay overnight in Cisnadioara - Michaelsberg in
guestrooms. Cisnadioara has a Romanesque medieval
monastery church high above the village on a hill.
Total distance: 22km, climbing 250m, asphalted roads
Trip to Gura Raului. A short trip to allow you to visit the largest
open air museum in the country: Astra museum. he museum is built around 3
lakes in the Dumbrava Forest and exposes houses, churches, water- and windmills
from all over Romania.
After the visit it goes over the Romanian village
Poplaca to Gura Raului where you sleep again in guestrooms
at the base of the Cindrel Mountains. Total distance:
25km, climbing 270m, gravel road 7km.
Visit Sibiu. The owner will bring you to the train station (or you go by
bike) in Orlat. (5km from Gura Raului) The train takes
you in less then 30 minutes in the heart of the
medieval town. There are several trains, at convenient
Breakfast, end of program. (On demand you can be brought back to Orlat train
You can rent one of our bicycles for
hybrid- bikes with luggage bags. Price
50 Euro for the trip.
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