Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania

Known as "the land beyond the forest", Transylvania is historically tied up with the tale of Dracula, and remains a site of fantasy today. Along with vampires, the region's charming villages, magnificent castles and beautiful mountain landscapes quickly capture the imagination.

The city of Cluj-Napoca is one of Transylvania's historical capitals, and its cobbled streets hum with vibrant life. It is home to a number of palaces (in Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic styles) as well as chic bistros, a botanical garden, a museum of ethnography and Romania's largest university.

You can go hiking at the Turda Gorge, only 15km outside of the city. Don't miss the Baroque castle in Bonţida, the outstanding beauty of the Belis Lake or the reedbeds of Sic. Fantasy and reality meet in Transylvania - you'll want to come back for more.

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