I had no idea what to expect when I first visited Romania. Beyond the stereotypical vampire myths and legends of Transylvania, I knew shockingly little about the country.
What I found on arrival was a beautiful place with hearty food, amazing natural landscapes, and a fraction of the tourists found elsewhere in Europe. The country has a long history stretching back thousands of years. It was annexed by numerous powers over the centuries, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Holy Roman Empire, Hungary, and the Soviets.
Transylvania is a biggiest region of Romania, in the to south and east by the arc of the Carpathian mountains. Transylvania is home to some of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, most notably Brasov, featuring Old Saxon architecture, Sibiu, with its cobblestone streets and pastel-colored houses, and Sighisoara, adorned with a hilltop citadel, secret passageways and a 14th century clock tower.