10 Day Transylvania Road Trip Itinerary – with Map

Road to Retezat National Park

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Hey there, fellow wanderers! I’m Jade, an American who’s been calling Transylvania home since the chaos of March 2020. I landed in the land of Dracula and somehow never left, now having lived in three prominent Transylvanian destinations – Cluj-Napoca, Sighișoara, and Sibiu. If you’re looking to explore this region’s eclectic mix of medieval charm, fascinating history, and gorgeous landscapes, I’ve got the ultimate scoop for you, built on countless road trips and conversations over hearty Romanian dishes. Buckle up as I guide you through a 10-day Transylvania road trip itinerary.

I’m spilling all the beans on the must-see spots, the hidden gems off the tourist radar, the mesmerizing routes to drive, and even the insider whispers about places only us lucky locals know about. 

Let’s embark on this Transylvanian journey together, navigating through the well-trodden paths and the roads less traveled, with a bunch of laughs along the way. It’s time to unravel the myths, sidestep the tourist traps, and dive headfirst into the genuine Transylvanian experience. Ready? Let’s hit the road!

Table Of Contents
  1. How Much Time Do I Need in Transylvania?
  2. Car Rental Tips in Romania
  3. Transylvania Road Trip Day 1 – Cluj-Napoca
  4. Transylvania Road Trip Day 2 – Turda Salt Mine & Alba
  5. Transylvania Road Trip Day 3 – Hunedoara & Sibiu
  6. Transylvania Road Trip Day 4 – Sibiu
  7. Transylvania Road Trip Day 5 – Transfagarasan & Balea Lake
  8. Transylvania Road Trip Day 6 – Bran, Rasnov, Brasov
  9. Transylvania Itinerary Day 7 – Brasov & Libearty Bear Sanctuary
  10. Transylvania Itinerary Day 8 – Viscri, Saschiz, & Sighișoara
  11. Transylvania Road Trip Day 9 – Sighișoara & Breb
  12. Transylvania Road Trip Day 10 – Breb & Merry Cemetery
  13. Transylvania Itinerary FAQs
  14. Map
  15. Ready for Your Transylvania Road Trip?
Donkeys on the side of the road in Transylvania.

How Much Time Do I Need in Transylvania?

With a tight 5-day Transylvania itinerary, you can surely tick off the major tourist hotspots. You’ll catch the majestic castles, stroll through the ancient, cobbled streets of medieval towns, and snap those Instagram-worthy shots in front of iconic landmarks like Bran Castle. It’s a whirlwind, but you’ll get a delightful taste of Transylvania’s charm.

Allocate a solid 10 days for your Transylvania road trip itinerary, and you’re in for a treat. This window allows you to veer off the well-trodden path. Alongside the famed sites, you’ll unearth lesser-known places, those hidden gems that many tourists miss. You can relish the serenity of quaint villages, like Viscri, and embark on scenic drives along lesser-known routes, soaking in Transylvania’s captivating beauty beyond the usual tourist buzz.

If you’re someone with a penchant for truly immersive experiences, consider extending your Transylvania trip itinerary beyond 10 days. With extra time on your hands, delve deeper into the region’s heart, experiencing it as locals do. Explore the undiscovered hiking trails, engage with the warm communities, and perhaps even stumble upon a secret or two of this enchanting land.

The time you should spend in Transylvania squarely depends on what kind of traveler you are. No matter the duration, rest assured, Transylvania will captivate your heart, leaving you yearning for more. This is the allure that keeps me here, continuously exploring, and forever enchanted by this Romanian gem.

Car Rental Tips in Romania

Renting a car for your Transylvania road trip is a practical and convenient option, allowing you the flexibility to explore at your own pace. Trains are notoriously slow in Romania, with what should be a 1-hour trip sometimes taking up to 5+ hours. Here are some tips and information on car rental in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where we start our Transylvania itinerary.

Choose a Reputable Rental Company


Location: Strada Traian Vuia, Cluj-Napoca.

Advantage: Wide variety of cars, comprehensive insurance options.


Location: Cluj-Napoca International Airport.

Advantage: Convenient for air travelers, reliable service.


Location: Various locations in Cluj-Napoca, including the airport.

Advantage: Local expertise, personalized service.

Check the Rental Terms & Inspect the Vehicle

  • Make sure to thoroughly read and understand the rental terms and conditions.
  • Verify the inclusions and exclusions in the rental price.
  • Confirm the insurance coverage and consider purchasing additional coverage for peace of mind during your road trip.
  • Before driving off, inspect the rental vehicle for any damage and ensure it is noted in the rental agreement.
  • Familiarize yourself with the vehicle’s features and functions.

International Driving Permit

If you’re an American citizen, it’s advisable to have an International Driving Permit alongside your U.S. driver’s license.

Driving in Romania

  • Be cautious and adhere to the speed limits.
  • Roads in rural areas may be in varying conditions, so adjust your driving accordingly.
  • Have a GPS or a reliable navigation app to help you navigate through the Romanian roads.
  • Driving in Romania is not for the faint of heart. Be sure to check out our post before you hit the road! 

Additional Tips

  • Book your rental car in advance, especially if traveling during peak tourist season.
  • Opt for a vehicle suitable for both city driving and the rural roads of Transylvania.
  • Verify the fuel policy and ensure the tank is full when returning the vehicle.

With these car rental tips in hand, embark on your Transylvania itinerary with confidence and ease, enjoying the scenic drives and the diverse experiences that the region has to offer.

Transylvania Road Trip Day 1 – Cluj-Napoca

Alrighty folks, let’s kick off this exciting Transylvania itinerary by diving into the rhythm of Cluj-Napoca. Even in the midst of all its buzz, Cluj maintains a laid-back vibe that’s just contagious.

Botanical Garden

Large lily pads at the Cluj Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in Cluj-Napoca is a lush, green oasis, spreading over 14 hectares, offering both a tranquil retreat from the city hustle and a delightful educational experience. Established in 1920, it’s home to over 10,000 plant species from around the world, exhibited in themed sections.

  • Cost: 15 lei for adults; 7 lei for children 3+
  • Hours: Monday through Sunday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Official Website

St. Michael’s Church & Unirii Square

St. Michael's Church in Unirii Square, Cluj-Napoca

St. Michael’s Church, located in the Unirii Square in Cluj-Napoca, is an exemplary piece of Gothic architecture, dating back to the 14th century. With its towering spires and intricate details, it holds a commanding presence in the heart of the city. Unirii Square itself is a lively hub filled with historical buildings, charming cafes, and is often the venue for various events, concerts, and festivals, making it a vibrant spot to explore and soak in the local atmosphere.

  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Closed Saturdays; Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Sunday 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Central Park

Central Park, with its expansive green spaces, peaceful lake, and the Casino building, is an ideal spot for relaxation and leisurely walks in Cluj-Napoca. The park’s history traces back to the 19th century, and today it stands as a favorite locale for both locals and visitors to unwind, enjoy boat rides on the lake, or engage in outdoor activities.

I spent countless hours wandering Central Park when our youngest son, Eli, was in the neighboring Pediatrics Hospital. Needless to say, I’m glad I haven’t been there in a while! Still, it’s one of the best things to do in Cluj-Napoca and it’s a beautiful park.

Dinner at Piața Muzeului

Sparkling hanging lights in Piata Muzeului, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

As night falls, make your way to Piata Muzeului. A feast for both your eyes and tummy awaits here. The plaza springs to life with a symphony of lights, making it the perfect backdrop for a hearty dinner. 

For a traditional bite, step into Casa Veche where the local dishes will take your taste buds on a Transylvania trip of their own. 

If you’re leaning towards something more contemporary, Nativ’s got you covered with innovative dishes, all rooted in Romania’s rich bounty. They only serve Romanian products here. And yes, they serve some killer local spirits and juices.


Cap off the day with a restful sleep at Hotel Grand Italia, your haven of luxury and comfort, prepping you for the adventures in the days ahead. If you’re staying during the summer months, be sure to take advantage of their pool!

Transylvania Road Trip Day 2 – Turda Salt Mine & Alba

Today, we’ll dive into the depths of ancient salt mines, explore a picturesque Hungarian village, and traverse a star-shaped fortress. Rev up your engines, we’re hitting the road!

Breakfast at ROD

Start your day with a burst of flavors and energy at ROD, one of the best restaurants in Cluj-Napoca. Relish a hearty breakfast and plot your course for the day while sipping on slow-drip coffee or freshly squeezed juice. ROD has its own parking lot and is conveniently located en route to our first stop – Turda Salt Mine.

Turda Salt Mine

Underground park at Turda Salt Mine on your Transylvania Road trip itinerary

Just a short drive from Cluj-Napoca, this subterranean marvel will leave you awestruck. This salt mine turned museum (and amusement park!) is renowned for its eerie beauty and its underground ferris wheel. Immerse yourself in the cool, salty air as you explore the depths of the mine. Trust me, the Turda Salt Mine is a highlight that you shouldn’t miss on your Transylvania trip itinerary.

  • Driving Time Cluj-Napoca to Turda Salt Mine: 45 minutes
  • Cost: 50 lei ($11 USD) for adults on weekends
  • Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily; last admission at 6:00 PM


Beautiful village of Rimetea in Romania.

Next, journey to the idyllic village of Rimetea. Nestled between hills, it’s a picture-perfect detour, showcasing traditional Transylvanian architecture and breathtaking landscapes. Wander through the quaint streets, and admire the white houses with green windows, a trademark of the village. It’s a serene contrast after the depths of the Turda Salt Mine, making your Transylvania road trip itinerary diverse and invigorating.

Grab a bite to eat here for lunch with the stunning Piatra Secuiului in the background. If you want a more formal sit-down meal, a short drive away you’ll find Conacul Secuiesc, a picturesque hotel with an on-site restaurant.

  • Driving Time Turda Salt Mine to Rimetea: 45 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 31.7km

Alba Iulia

Alba Citadel in the center of Alba Iulia, Romania.

After the picture-perfect village of Rimetea, we’ll head to Alba County’s capital city – Alba Iulia. Known for its star-shaped Alba Carolina Fortress, this town offers a sublime blend of history, architecture, and open-air vibes. Wander around the extensive fortifications, visiting the various bastions, gates, and museums housed within. You’ll not just be walking on cobblestones but on layers of history, where the Great Union of Romania occurred.

  • Driving Time Rimetea to Alba Iulia: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 54.6km


End your day at the cozy La Maison Caroline. This comfortable guesthouse is located within the fortress walls, allowing you to soak in the historical ambiance even as you unwind from your day of exploration.

Transylvania Road Trip Day 3 – Hunedoara & Sibiu

On the third day of your Transylvania travel itinerary, prepare yourself for a journey into the past as you visit one of the largest castles in Europe and ancient Dacian fortresses, and then unwind in the cultural heart of Transylvania.

Corvin Castle

Iconic shot of Corvin Castle with bridge, moat, and towers.

Start your day with a visit to the imposing Corvin Castle, one of the largest castles in Europe. Explore the grand rooms, the imposing towers, and the well-preserved interiors that take you back to the medieval ages. It’s a photographer’s paradise and a history buff’s dream come true.

  • Driving Time from Alba Iiulia to Corvin Castle: 1 hour
  • Driving Distance: 81 km
  • Cost: 30 lei ($6.20 USD)
  • Hours: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday; Mondays 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Sarmizegetusa Regia

Dacian ruins at Sarmizegetusa Regia

Next, drive to Sarmizegetusa Regia. Traverse the remains of the Dacian fortress, amid the tranquil ambiance of the Orăștie Mountains. The ancient ruins offer a peek into the lives of the Dacians, making it a must-visit spot on your Transylvania road trip itinerary.

  • Driving Time Corvin Castle to Sarmizegetusa Regia: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 56km
  • Cost: Rates vary. Check the website for updates.
  • Hours: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Winter); 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Spring and Fall); 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Summer)

Dinner at Cafe Wien

After you’ve arrived in town, make your way to Cafe Wien, one of the best restaurants in Sibiu. Positioned in the heart of the city, this charming cafe offers a mix of Austrian and Transylvanian cuisine, providing the perfect setting to relax and recap the day’s journey.

  • Driving Time Sarmizegetusa to Sibiu: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 135 km


Tonight, I recommend staying at the historic Imparatul Romanilor Hotel, the oldest hotel in Romania. Located on the main pedestrian street in Sibiu’s Old Town, it’s the perfect base to explore the city. The hotel’s architecture and interior design transport you to a time of emperors and elegance, ensuring a memorable stay.

Transylvania Road Trip Day 4 – Sibiu

Embark on a full-day exploration in Sibiu on Day 4 of your Transylvania road trip itinerary. Filled with museums, iconic squares, and delicious dining, you’re set for a delightful and enlightening day in this cultural city. There are so many things to do in Sibiu, not to mention it’s my favorite city in Romania, so feel free to take your time here and extend your stay! 

Astra Museum Sibiu

Iconic windmill at Astra Museum in Sibiu, a great stop on a Transylvania road trip

Post breakfast, head to the Astra Museum, one of the largest open-air museums in Europe. This museum offers an expansive view of Romanian rural life, showcasing traditional houses, workshops, and much more from different regions of the country.

  • Cost: 35 lei for adults (about $7.50)
  • Hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM May to October; 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM October to April

Piata Mare & Piata Mica

Pink walls line the Goldsmith's Stair Passage in Sibiu with a little graffiti on the left wall.

Next on your Transylvania trip itinerary is a visit to the central squares of Sibiu – Piata Mare and Piata Mica. Wander around these vibrant spaces, soaking in the architectural beauty and the bustling atmosphere. My favorite thing to do here is explore the hidden tunnels and stair passageways the city is famous for. Pictured above is the Goldsmith’s passage, connecting Piata Mica with a smaller square in the lower town.

If art is your thing, don’t miss the Brukenthal Museum, located in the grand Brukenthal Palace, which houses an extensive collection of Romanian art, along with European paintings and decorative arts.

Council Tower Sunset

Views of Piata Mica in Sibiu from Council Tower.

As the day unwinds, make your way to the Council Tower. Climb to the top to catch the mesmerizing sunset over Sibiu, offering panoramic views of the city and the surrounding landscapes. It’s a tranquil and beautiful way to transition from day to evening.

  • Cost: 2 lei (a whopping $0.40 USD)
  • Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday; 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Weekends

Dinner at Ribs & Beer

Conclude your day with a hearty dinner at Ribs & Beer. Indulge in mouth-watering ribs paired with a chilled beer in a warm and rustic setting. It’s the ideal way to wrap up your day of exploration, with satisfying flavors and a relaxed atmosphere. Big shocker, my favorite dish here is the American Ribs (though the Spicy Dracula Ribs are a close second).

Transylvania Road Trip Day 5 – Transfagarasan & Balea Lake

On Day 5 of your Transylvania travel itinerary, embrace the thrill of the open road on one of the most beautiful drives in the world – the Transfagarasan Highway. End the day with the serene beauty of Bâlea Lake and look forward to a delightful dinner and a cozy night in Brasov.

Please note: Transfagarasan Highway is only an option when the road is open, generally between the months of June and early October.

Transfagarasan Highway

Transfagarasan Road at sunset

Start your day with the drive along the Transfagarasan Highway. Known as one of the most picturesque road trips in the world, the highway traverses the Carpathian Mountains, offering breathtaking views, sharp hairpin turns, and steep ascents. It’s an exhilarating drive, ensuring your Transylvania road trip is filled with adventure and natural beauty.

  • Driving Time Sibiu to Transfagarasan Road: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 118km

Balea Lake

Balea Lake in the Fagaras Mountains

Continue your journey to Bâlea Lake, a glacier lake situated at over 2,000 meters above sea level. Spend some time exploring the area, taking in the spectacular mountain scenery, and enjoying the crisp, fresh air. It’s a peaceful and refreshing contrast to the thrilling drive, offering ample opportunities for reflection and relaxation.

  • Driving Time Transfagarasan to Balea Lake: 50 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 32.4km

Dinner at La Republique

Once in Brașov, head to La Republique for dinner. This popular restaurant offers savory crepes in the stylish, contemporary setting, reflecting on the day’s adventures and the natural beauty of Transylvania. 

  • Driving Time Balea Lake to Brasov: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 133km


Conclude your day by checking into Casa Wagner, located in the heart of Brașov’s old town. This charming boutique hotel, housed in a 17th-century building, provides comfort and convenience, ensuring a restful night as you anticipate the continuation of your Transylvania itinerary.

Transylvania Road Trip Day 6 – Bran, Rasnov, Brasov

Embark on another exciting day of your Transylvania road trip itinerary as you explore the famous Bran Castle, the historic Râșnov Fortress, and the renowned Black Church in Brașov. Each destination promises rich history, stunning views, and a deeper understanding of Transylvania’s past and present.

Bran Castle

Bran Castle in Autumn; Dracula's Castle, Halloween in Transylvania

Kick-start your Day 6 by visiting the iconic Bran Castle, often referred to as Dracula’s Castle. Despite the mythical connections, it’s a stunning fortress with a rich history and incredible panoramic views of the surrounding areas. Spend your morning exploring the various rooms, secret passageways, and the lovely castle grounds on this easy day trip from Brasov.

  • Driving Time Brasov to Bran: 35 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 30.5 km
  • Cost: 45 lei ($9 USD) for adults
  • Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday; 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM Monday

Rasnov Fortress

Rasnov Fortress surrounded by hilly forests.

Next, proceed to the Râșnov Fortress. Perched on a hilltop, the fortress boasts impressive views over the Carpathian Mountains and the town below. Learn about the fortress’s history and its role in protecting the region’s inhabitants during invasions.

The Rasnov Fortress is currently undergoing restoration efforts. You will be able to visit the grounds of the magnificent structure, but you can’t currently go inside.

  • Driving Time Bran to Rasnov: 21 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 14.2 km

Black Church 

Black Church in Brasov on Transylvania Road trip itinerary

Return to Brașov to explore the Black Church, the largest Gothic church in Romania. Admire its grand architecture, antique furniture, and the collection of Oriental carpets, as you wander through the serene and spiritual space.

  • Driving Time Rasnov to Brasov: 35 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 19.5 km
  • Cost: 10 lei ($2.50 USD)
  • Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Daily

Dinner at La Ceaun

Cap off your day with a delightful dinner at La Ceaun, located in the Council Square in Brașov. Treat yourself to their array of delicious Romanian dishes, prepared using fresh, local ingredients. It’s a wonderful opportunity to indulge in the regional cuisine in a warm and welcoming setting.

Transylvania Itinerary Day 7 – Brasov & Libearty Bear Sanctuary

Day 7 of your Transylvania itinerary unfolds with a mix of nature, history, and culture. Visit the admirable Libearty Bear Sanctuary, explore the highlights of Brașov, and delve into Romania’s recent history for a well-rounded day of experiences.

Libearty Bear Sanctuary

Bear in Libearty Bear Sanctuary, Zarnesti, Brasov, Romania

Begin your day with a visit to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zărnești. This heartwarming sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates bears that have been abused or neglected, offering them a safe and natural environment to live in. It’s a beautiful experience to see these magnificent creatures enjoy their much-deserved freedom.

  • Driving Time Brasov to Zarnesti: 41 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 29 km
  • Cost: 65 to 80 lei depending on the season ($13 to $16 USD)
  • Hours: See the Official Website as hours vary often

Tampa Mountain

'Hollywood' Brasov sign seen in the trees on Tampa Mountain, Brasov with red roofs beneath the mountain.

Return to Brașov and head to Tâmpa Mountain. Take a hike or the cable car to the top for stunning panoramic views of Brașov and the surrounding Carpathian Mountains. It’s a scenic adventure that provides fantastic photo opportunities and a chance to embrace the natural beauty of the region.

Rope Street

Next, visit Rope Street, one of the narrowest streets in Europe, and explore the historic Schei District. Wander through the charming streets, discovering the unique architecture, quaint shops, and local life that add to the allure of Brașov.

Museum of Living in Communism

Communist-era living room at the Museum of Living in Communism, Brasov, Romania.

Conclude your sightseeing with a visit to the Museum of Living in Communism. Gain insight into life during the Communist era in Romania, understanding the challenges and changes the country underwent. It’s a sobering and enlightening experience, adding depth and perspective to your Transylvania travel itinerary.

  • Cost: 35 lei ($7.50 USD)
  • Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday; Closed Mondays

Transylvania Itinerary Day 8 – Viscri, Saschiz, & Sighișoara

On the eighth day of your Transylvania itinerary, journey through the picturesque villages of Viscri and Saschiz, and end your day in the medieval citadel of Sighișoara. Enjoy the rustic charm, historical landmarks, and delightful dining as you continue your exploration through Transylvania.


Aerial view of Viscri Fortified Church in Romania

Start your day with a trip to Viscri, a village that seems frozen in time. Here, explore one of the region’s many fortified churches, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wander through the village lanes, enjoying the tranquility and the well-preserved Saxon architecture. Viscri is well-known for being a favorite of King Charles of England.

  • Driving Time Brasov to Viscri: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 79 km


Fortified church of Saschiz from an aerial perspective with green trees and blue skies in the background.

Next on your Transylvania road trip itinerary is Saschiz, known for its beautiful fortified church (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and peasant fortress ruins on the hill above the village. Like Viscri, Saschiz is steeped in history and offers peaceful village vibes, making it a delightful stop on your journey.

  • Driving Time Viscri to Saschiz: 25 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 22 km

Dinner at Cafe Martini

Proceed to Sighișoara, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved inhabited citadels in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its colorful houses, cobbled streets, and rich history, it’s a feast for the eyes and the soul.

Once in Sighișoara, dine at Cafe Martini. Enjoy a variety of delicious dishes in a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The cafe is a perfect place to unwind after a day of travel, offering delightful meals and refreshing beverages. It was one of my favorite places to eat in Sighisoara when we lived there. Try the Dracula Tochitura or Ribs with Special Sauce.

It’s also where I first met our beloved adopted street dog, Bruno. Despite the fact that we didn’t last long in Sighisoara (just 7 months), I firmly believe we were meant to go just so that we could find Bruno.

  • Driving Time Saschiz to Sighisoara: 20 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 20 km


End your day by checking into Casa Georgius Krauss. This boutique hotel in the heart of the medieval citadel provides luxurious and comfortable accommodation, ensuring a restful night in a historical setting.

Transylvania Road Trip Day 9 – Sighișoara & Breb

Day 9 of your Transylvania road trip is a beautiful blend of exploration and transition from the enchanting streets of Sighișoara to the serene village life in Breb.

Breakfast at La Perla

Kick off your day with a hearty breakfast at La Perla. Savor a variety of breakfast options in a comfortable setting, fueling up for a day filled with exploration and travel.

Vlad Tepes House

After breakfast, head to the Vlad Țepeș House, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula. Learn about his life and legacy in a meticulously preserved medieval setting.

Don’t forget to pick up a kitschy souvenir at the gift shop downstairs!

  • Cost: 10 lei ($2.50 USD)
  • Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday; Closed Mondays


Next, visit the iconic Clock Tower, a symbol of the town and one of the best things to do in Sighisoara. Climb to the top for a breathtaking panoramic view of the town and the surrounding Transylvanian landscape. Imagine what life would have been like in medieval days.

  • Cost: 16 lei ($3.40 USD)
  • Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM Tuesday through Friday; 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM Saturday and Sunday

Covered Staircase & Church on the Hill

Spooky cemetery in Sighisoara, Romania.

Move on to the Covered Staircase, leading you to the Church on the Hill and the German Cemetery. Take time to explore these historical sites, soaking in the serenity and the scenic views from the hill. The stairs are deceptively steep, you should be in good physical shape to make this effort! 

Arrive in Breb

Traditional house in Breb, Romania

Post exploration, embark on a drive to Breb, a quaint and charming village. The journey is a visual treat, with the picturesque Transylvanian countryside unfolding around you.

Upon arrival, feel the pace of life slow down. Breb’s pastoral landscapes and traditional wooden houses offer a peaceful retreat from the bustling tourist routes.

  • Driving Time Sighisoara to Breb: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 268 km

Obviously, the drive to Breb is the longest in our Transylvania road trip itinerary. It’s totally optional, however, even a quick jaunt up to Maramures is highly worth it in my opinion! You can stop in Targu Mures along the way if you want to break up the journey a little.


Settle down at the Village Hotel for the night. This welcoming accommodation is owned by Penny Ridgely, a friend and a wonderful host. Penny and I met when we went, with mutual friends, over the border to Ukraine to bring supplies to help with the war in 2022. Greet her with a warm hello and feel right at home in the cozy and comfortable setting of the Village Hotel.

Transylvania Road Trip Day 10 – Breb & Merry Cemetery

Embrace the final day of your Transylvania road trip by exploring the bucolic beauty of Breb and visiting the unique Merry Cemetery of Săpânța, before making your way back to Cluj-Napoca.

Explore Breb on Foot

Begin your day with a leisurely exploration of Breb on foot. The village, with its wooden houses, rolling hills, and warm locals, offers an authentic glimpse into traditional Transylvanian life. Take this time to enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty that envelops the village.

There’s not much to do in Breb except take in the beautiful surroundings and surrender to the peace and tranquility of village life.

Merry Cemetery of Sapanta

Closeup of headstone in Romania.

Proceed to the Merry Cemetery of Săpânța, a world-renowned cemetery known for its colorful tombstones with naive paintings describing the people who are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The cemetery emanates a surprising and unique atmosphere, a far cry from the somber aura typically associated with cemeteries. It’s a visual treat that will leave you laughing, your heart full.

  • Driving Time Breb to Sapanta: 55 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 45 km
  • Cost: 4 lei ($1 USD)
  • Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Daily

Return to Cluj-Napoca

After your visit to the Merry Cemetery, embark on your journey back to Cluj-Napoca. The drive back is a time to reflect on the incredible adventure, the sites explored, and the memories made during your 10-day Transylvania road trip itinerary.

  • Driving Time Sapanta to Cluj-Napoca: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Driving Distance: 196 km

Transylvania landscape with wooden cottage on a hill in the mountains with lush green grass and cloudy skies.

Transylvania Itinerary FAQs

How many days do you need to see Transylvania?

While you can cover the main attractions in Transylvania in a minimum of 5 days, allocating 10 days for your trip allows you to explore both popular sites and hidden gems at a relaxed pace. Even with 10 days, there’s always more to see, as Transylvania’s rich history and diverse landscapes offer endless exploration opportunities.

What are the best months to visit Transylvania?

The best months to visit Transylvania are May to June and September to October. During these periods, the weather is pleasant, and the major tourist spots are less crowded. The spring blooms and autumn foliage offer breathtaking scenic beauty, enhancing your Transylvanian adventure.

If you want to sync up your itinerary with an epic Cluj music festival, such as Electric Castle or Untold, go in the summer months.

Or, if Romanian Christmas Markets and skiing in Transylvania sound more suited to you, definitely head there during the winter.

How do you explore Transylvania?

Exploring Transylvania by car is the most convenient and flexible way to see the region, especially for visiting remote attractions. Car rentals are available in major cities like Cluj-Napoca. Alternatively, public transportation and organized tours are available, offering various options to suit different travel preferences.

What is the best base in Transylvania?

This is highly subjective. It all depends on what you want to see! If you’re embarking on a Transylvanian road trip, the base won’t matter, as you won’t really have one. 

Many people base in Brasov for easy proximity to Bran Castle and Peles Castle. If you’re flying into Bucharest, it’s also the closest Transylvanian city to the Romanian capital. 

Cluj-Napoca is another good base in Transylvania. As a vibrant city with a rich history, it offers numerous accommodations, dining, and entertainment options, while its central location makes it convenient for day trips to various destinations in the region.

What is the most beautiful town in Transylvania?

Sighișoara is often hailed as the most beautiful town in Transylvania. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it boasts well-preserved medieval architecture, colorful houses, and cobblestone streets, offering a captivating journey back in time. 

As a former resident, I don’t disagree! Sibiu is a close second in terms of aesthetics. 

Do they speak English in Transylvania?

English is commonly spoken in tourist areas in Transylvania, and many locals, especially the younger generation and those working in the tourism industry, can communicate in English. Learning a few basic phrases in Romanian can enhance your travel experience.

What is the most beautiful road in Transylvania?

The Transfăgărășan Highway is renowned as the most beautiful road in Transylvania. It traverses stunning mountain landscapes, offering spectacular views and a thrilling driving experience as it winds through the Carpathian Mountains.

Is Transylvania safe for solo female travelers?

Yes, Transylvania is generally safe for solo female travelers, boasting a low crime rate and a friendly populace. However, like traveling anywhere, it’s advisable to take standard precautions, stay in well-traveled areas, and keep belongings secure.


Typical haystack in Transylvania

Ready for Your Transylvania Road Trip?

Embarking on a 10-day journey through the mysterious and charming land of Transylvania is undoubtedly a trip filled with wonders. From the vibrant streets of Cluj-Napoca to the stunning views along the Transfăgărășan Highway, every day promises a new adventure, a fresh perspective, and a closer look into the rich Transylvanian history and diverse cultures that interlace through the region’s cities and countryside.

Transylvania unfurls an array of experiences, each more captivating than the last. This carefully curated itinerary ensures you don’t miss out on the key attractions while still uncovering lesser-known gems that add a unique touch to your Transylvanian experience. Plus, I’ve included all of my personal favorites!

Traveling through Transylvania by car provides the freedom to explore at your own pace, absorbing the beauty, the lore, and the warmth of the local hospitality. Despite the extensive exploration over the 10 days, keep in mind that Transylvania always has more to offer, and a return trip is a delightful inevitability.

So pack your bags, buckle up, and get ready for a Transylvanian road trip filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, historic landmarks, and unforgettable memories. This diverse and vibrant region is ready to welcome you with open arms and reveal its many treasures, ensuring your journey is nothing short of extraordinary. Safe travels!

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