The mtb trails of Transylvania

trip report

Eva and Christian are travelling to Transylvania quite often, tracing back family roots in and around Sibiu (Hermannstadt) area. This summer they wanted to try something different so they opted for a guided mtb tour, exploring trails in the Fortified Churches area, near Viscri, and then on the foothills of Piatra Craiului and Bucegi mountains.

It was a thrilling experience: the already familiar Transylvanian landscape gained new dimensions while biking every day around 30 km of forest, pasture and alpine single tracks, covering vasts areas of unspoiled teritory.

The mountain biking experience was equally pleasant. Without a long history of mountain biking, Eva and Christian started the three days tour with high expectations tempered by the fear of the unknown. Will they be able to pedal uphill, to handle the bike downhill?

The first day spent on the specially prepared bike trails around Viscri, Bunești, Meșendorf, Criț villages was a good way to get over their fears and in the next days we were able to face tougher challenges in Piatra Craiului National Park and on the West side of Bucegi mountains, in the (in)famous Bran Country.

As always, an important part of our tours are the accommodations and the local food. We enjoyed both the classy, aristocratic service at Casa cu Zorele, in Criț, and the warm, familiar atmosphere at our traditional host in Bran area, madam Minerva.

Eva and Christian flew back home happy and with a new shopping list, bike manufacturers beware!

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