The alarm clock was ringing and we hardly noticed it. It was already time to get up… Not an easy thing to do, when you missed some sleep a day before, but when you travel and you are short in time, early wakenings are must thing to do. We skipped breakfast and eat it along the way.
Reaching a town of Turda was nothing special, even though it would be nice to stop for a while. Unfortunately we were running late and we went straight to the Salt Mine, for which the town is famous for. Did you even know that also Romania has some salt mines? It is hard for me to admit, but I did not… One of the most recognizable Romanian salt mines is the one, we have decided to visit and is called Salina Turda. It is not a working mine anymore but salt was excavated here for more than 250 years. The salt mine is now opened for visitors and if you ever travel to Romania, you have to visit it – not only to see it, but to see, what Romania tourism did with it.
In the biggest underground chamber of the salt mine people come daily to play table-tennis, mini golf, bowling and even do some boating on a lake inside of the mine. Simon and I could not believe our eyes… A second or two went by, when we realised we stand and watch with our eyes and mouth wide open. Wow… The saltmine might not be made to our liking, but it works with Romanian people and it is crowded with locals!
We rented a boat, like all the locals did, so no wonder the queue was long. It looked like this lake and boating on it is the prime attraction in the salt mine. Well, it was fun, I have to admit you that.
After rowing the boat it was time to continue with our day plan. We took a road to Sighisoara town, which is marked as one of the most picturesque Romanian town. While driving, we were impressed with each sight. Romania is really a diverse place to explore and no matter how long do you drive around, you could never get bored. Colorful houses, people, churches and horse carriages… Actually horse carriages are still very popular among local people. There are so many of them on the roads, we could say, they are one of the most recognizable attractions in Romania.
Before reaching Sighisoara, we had two more stops planned. First was a formal Saxon town Mediasch, which is not a very popular place for tourists to stop, but we liked it. Lots of cafés, nice looking old center with its wide square and most importantly – no tourists! I could stay here easily longer than we did.
Our last stop of our second day traveling around Romania was in Biertan. A small town, you could describe like a village, where one of the best known Saxon fortified churches in Romania can be found. You can already see it from the distance, as it is build right on top of a hill, in the middle of the town.
It is now one of the Romanian UNESCO sights, but once and for more than 3 centuries, the church was a seat of the Lutheran bishops. The interior is built in classic late Gothic style and it is well worth your visit – not only due to its interior, but also because of the nice view over the town.
The salt mine: 20 LEI (4,50 EUR)/pp
Renting a boat in the salt mine: 10 LEI (2,27 EUR)/20 minutes
Biertan church: 8 LEI /1,81 EUR)/pp
The salt mine: N46°35.303′ / E023°47.396′
Biertan church: Forgot about them – the town is about 8 kilometers from the main road Mediasch-Sighisoara