Settled by ethnic Hungarians and Germans that lived alongside the autohtone population, this is arguably the most legendary region of the country. Set on a landscape of rolling hills and forests surrounded by impressive mountains, Transylvania is dotted with many peasant fortresses, fortified churches and even towns, as well as with interesting castles and picturesque, colorful villages. While its burgs and tall churches remind one of Germany, the extensive pastures with many flocks of sheep make cheeses an appropriate matter to look into, a glass of fruit brandy aside. Notable towns include Sibiu (possibly the nicest medieval town in Transylvania), Brașov (with its impressive Black
Church and the nearby Bran Castle), Târgu Mureș and Oradea (both with their exquisite Transylvanian Secession style, grand properties) or Cluj (the proud host of Romania’s largest university), while the local charm can be best found in smaller communities such as the still inhabited fortress-town of Sighișoara, the many Saxon or Szekely villages with their fortified churches and, yes, up in the mountains with their plethora of mineral springs, caves and gorges.