Guides to Transylvania


The newest guide (as of 9 Nov 2012) is the brilliant Bradt Guide. But there are others – here are a few.

guides to Transylvania, Magura, RomaniaThe Bradt Guide to Transylvania

by Lucy Mallows  (pub Dec 2012)

Transylvania is a wild, wooded, intensely romantic region, filled with mountains, gorges, myths and legends, dragons, wolves and vampires. This new edition of the hugely popular and personal guide to the romantic Transylvania region covers a whole range of attractions from creepy castles to medieval landscapes populated by vampires, bears and wolves. Updated throughout with all the practical information that the independent traveller needs, Transylvania is an invaluable companion for anyone wanting to explore its breathtakingly beautiful nature reserves, forest reservations and parks, as well as its historic castles, medieval towns and preserved folk villages.

City Compass: Romania – Bucharest & Beyond

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by Corina Chirileasa, Volker Moser, Liam Lever  (2013 Kindle edition)

The practical feel-at-home guide for ex-pats and locals. The must-have guide to living and traveling in Romania. Written by both expats and locals – packed with practical information on living, working and traveling in Romania. The guide includes a detailed breakdown of the capital Bucharest, with everything from hotels, bars and restaurants to legal and medical services. Everything visitors need to know about how to get by and get on in Romania’s vibrant capital. Outside Bucharest, there are plenty of hints on where to go and how to get to some of Romania’s fantastically rich cultural and natural heritage. From beautifully preserved medieval cities to Europe’s wildest virgin forest and mountain landscapes, along with villages where a traditional way of life still exists.

Transylvania: A Land Beyond Fiction and Myth

by Zoltan Farkas and Judit Sos (authors), translated by Sally Loosmore and Christine Rotter  (pub 2007)

This guide to Transylvania, the first one in the English language specifically on this subject, is a classical travel book full of reliable and up-to-date information that has been independently researched in Transylvania. It successfully combines practical information regarding every aspect of travel in the region with unusually comprehensive and substantial descriptions of sights as well as their historical and cultural background. Well structured and easy to use, it is based on the most successful travel guide on this subject ever published in Hungary, which has been carefully adapted to suit the taste of UK and other foreign travellers. In addition to Historical Transylvania, the guide also covers Maramures, Crisana and the Banat. It comes complete with detailed maps of every region and sizeable town in Transylvania, 88 colour photographs and a multi-language travel dictionary.

Tim BurfordThe Rough Guide to Romania

by Darren Longley and Tim Burford (pub 2011)

The guide covers the whole of Romania and not just Transylvania, but Tim Burford knows Magura well, and the village gets a good mention.

The Rough Guide to Romania is the definitive handbook on one of Europe’s most fascinating, scenic and enigmatic countries. The full-colour introduction highlights all the unmissable sights from the wilds of the Carpathian mountains to the marvellous Delta wetlands, as well as referencing the country’s many unique festivals. Two full-colour sections describe the many outdoor activities on offer – from mountain hikes and skiing, to bear and wolf tracking – as well as the country’s extraordinary religious architecture. This comprehensive guide reviews all the top hotel and restaurant options for every taste and budget, and includes informed background on Romania’s history, wildlife, literature, music and, of course, Dracula. Accurate maps and comprehensive practical information help you get under the skin of Romania, whilst stunning photography makes this your ultimate travelling companion.

The Mountains of Romania: Walking Guidebook

by James Roberts

A definitive guidebook to walking and trekking in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, one of the wildest parts of Eastern Europe. For long isolated, Romania’s Carpathians offer some of the finest walking in Europe. There are well waymarked paths, adequate maps and a good network of mountain huts. More than just beautiful landscapes, Europe’s wildest mountains offer a chance to discover a European scene that has now disappeared further west. There is a remarkable wealth of wildlife, the region being one of the last European strongholds of the wolf and bear. This is a complete guide to exploring the Carpathian mountains, including both remote and more popular areas, such as Poiana Brasov, with detailed descriptions of main bases and ranges. It is illustrated with over 40 colour maps and colour photographs and packed with vital information on language, local sights and attractions, travel issues, skiing, mountain biking and walking. The author, James Roberts, was an enthusiastic walker and explorer from an early age. As a leading authority on walking in Romania, he guided walking groups there for several years. Sadly, although quite young, he died while this book was in the final stages of preparation.

Romania (Lonely Planet Country Guides)

by Leif Pettersen  (pub 2010)

With our 5th edition you can discover the gruesome truth about the ‘real’ Dracula at Poienari Citadel, escape to Marmures where horse-drawn carts transport you to villages steeped in local customs, or experience the spectacle of mass migration on a Danube Delta bird-watching tour.
In This Guide:
Essential color highlights show you the very best of Romania
Dedicated activities chapter pinpoints the top hiking, skiing and cycling spots
Unique Green Index to help make your travels ecofriendly.

Romania – Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

by Debbie Stowe  (pub 2008)

Culture Smart! Romania provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behaviour in Romania, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. This concise guide will tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

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