Transylvania Journals

Transylvania is not just for Dracula

An August 2005 trip to Transylvania by Diplomat Diaries

Vila Zorile Photo, Transylvania, Romania More Photos
Quote: To many the traveler, Transylvania conjures up images of blood, vampires, and haunted castles. While the acclaimed fortress at Bran is a spectacular sight, the charm and beauty of Transylvania extends well beyond the legend of Dracula.

Vila Zorile

Hotel

Vila Zorile Photo, Transylvania, Romania
Quote:
Vila Zorile is a quaint 20-room bed-and-breakfast nestled among the forest trees of beautiful Poiana Brasov, a mountain resort just outside of Brasov. To pay a visit to the city Brasov and not visit Poiana Brasov would be criminal. This picturesque resort is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the stunning landscape of the southern Carpathian Mountains. Clean, unique, and spacious, the rooms at Vila Zorile are comfortable and bright. (Not to mention, this is where Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and Renee Zellweger stayed while filming the movie "Cold Mountain.") The staff speaks English and are top-notch, truly making you feel welcome. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast assortment each morning that incl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2005

Vila Zorile
In the forest at the southern end of the resort
Transylvania, Romania
0268 262 286

Coliba Haiducilor

Restaurant

Coliba Haiducilor Photo, Transylvania, Romania
Quote:
There probably isn't a more well-known restaurant in Poiana Brasov. This rustic Outlaws Hut, as it is often known, is beautifully decorated in a traditional rustic style. Folk bands gather around your table as you eat traditional Romanian food. Arrive in the fall or winter and you'll get a tour of the "pickle museum" downstairs, a wonderful collection of pickled vegetables jarred throughout the summer. It is often crowded on weekends, so reservations are advised. Keep your eyes out for well-known people. When we were there, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had just left.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

Coliba Haiducilor
Poiana Brasov
Transylvania, Romania
262 137