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Hiking, climbing and other activities in Transylvania
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Hiking, climbing and recreation in nature - or sightseeing:

Magura lays in the center and crossing point of a board of three different landscapes, in an almost infinitely large natural area.
To the north, extending right from the neighboring village of Zărneşti, to Braşov and another 20 km farther, you find a completely flat plain level.
In north-west to Sibiu and far beyond there is a low mountain range, which actually represents the typical Transylvania.
On the other side, ie in a southeasterly direction, the Bucegi mountains over 2,500 meters high, with snow-capped peaks, almost within reach.
And just to the west of Magura begins the Piatra Craiului mountain range, which is about 2,200 m high. This "King Stone" called mountain range is not only close to touch, you can really walk up there directly from the guest-house Villa Hermani.
These three completely different, but directly adjacent landscapes invite you to walking, hiking, mountain hiking, climbing or cycling for all age groups and in all degrees of difficulty.
Many excursions, tours or walkings in the surroundings can have such interesting destinations as "Dracula's castle" in Bran, old fortified churches, public swimming pools, a large cave with bats, mountain inns, climbing rocks, wolf and bear enclosure, bears in the wild, gorges, springs, several mountain cable cars etc. So you will have no trouble motivating your kids and give them a rewarding destination offer.
As an added incentive, there are many walking tours that offer the possibility of combining walking and driving by open horse-drawn carriage or by car. That means, walk to the destination on foot, and return without physical strain.
And if the weather does not cooperate or if you want no more nature, you can access and visit Bran castle or the city of Braşov and other cities directly by car.
The guesthouse Villa Hermani and CNTOURS offer you for all tours and excursions multilingual guides who are familiar with the place and nature.

Favoured excursions:
Here is an excerpt from the most popular excursions and tours in the surrounding area of Magura:
  • Day trip to Sibiu, European Capital of Culture 2007, former administrative center of Transylvania, with rich cultural treasures such as the Brukenthalmuseum, the protestant church, the Liar's Bridge and other landmarks. On the way to Sibiu, the orthodox monastery Brancoveanu at the foot of the Fagaras mountains or the Cistercian ruins can be visited in Kerz.
  • Day trip to Viscri, a Transylvanian Saxon village in the Reps country. The entire village is UNESCO world heritage site. Responsible for the preservation of the traditional architecture is the British Mihai Eminescu Trust, supported by the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles).
  • Ride over the Transfogarasch high alpine road to Curtea de Arges. The road was built by soldiers and prisoners as a political prestige project in the Ceaucescu-time. At 2010 m altitude is the highest freshwater lake in Romania, Bâlea Lac. At the destination, Curtea de Arges, the Hohenzollern kings of Romania are buried.
  • Trip to St. Anne's Lake in the Székely land. The lake is 950 m high and is the only vulcanic crater lake in eastern Europe. Nearby is a nature reserve with rare plants.
  • Day trip to Sinaia, visit the summer residence of Romania's Hohenzollern kings.
  • Hike on the Bucegi mountain range (full day trip).
You are welcome to join a tour group on the spot, and do jointly hikes in nature or day trips with visits to towns and fortified churches, or even attend multi-day tours. More about multi-day tours on the following pages.  
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