If you look at a map of Romania and try to point to the direct middle of the country, you’re probably pointing to the town of Fagaras. Fagaras, my home town, is most know to foreigners for giving its name to the Fagaras mountains, the range with the highest peaks in the country, and the Transfagarasean Highway, which crosses these mountains with hairpin turns at great heights.
I can recommend two more reasons to stop in Fagaras:
1. to visit the Fagaras Citadel in the center of town
2. to make it your home-base for visiting the area
I have recently discovered that Fagaras, being so central, is the perfect starting place for various day trips in the area. To the north you have got Sighisoara, to the east Brasov, to the south the Fagaras mountain range with varying options of hikes and visits and to the west Sibiu and Alba Iulia. Of course, a car is helpful, but the main train line Brasov-Sibiu passes through Fagaras, as do many buses.
In the next few posts, I’d like to let you know about the day trips we made around Fagaras with a car. Here they are in short.
Day 1: Sighisoara, the Viscri Fortified Church, and the Rupea Castle
Day 2: Alba Iulia, Sibiu
Day 3: Transfagarasean Highway (Balea Waterfall and Lake) and the Sambata Monastery
Day 4: Sinaia and the Peles Castle
But first, since it was our starting point, let me introduce you to the main attraction in Fagaras, the Citadel.