Aerial Tour of Transylvania
The reputed home of Count Dracula, Transylvania is a large province covering much of northwestern Romania. Transylvania was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, electing to join Romania after World War I. A mountainous land full of stunning medieval castles, it is home to some of the country's most amazing scenery and cultural sites. Contributor Alexgaflig used a drone to create a marvelous portrait of this magical piece of ground in the heart of Eastern Europe.
Sighisoara: On the Transylvanian Plateau
Frame Hunters Media created this epic drone video of a well preserved town in Romania's Transylvania. Sighisoara is a small city in the middle of the Great Transylvania Plateau, the flat elevated area which is mostly surrounded by various Carpathian Mountain ranges. The town was settled in the 12th century by Germans invited by the then King of Hungary, which ruled the region at the time. The extraordinarily well preserved city is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Great Transylvanian Plateau
The core of the Romania's Transylvania region is the Transylvanian Plateau, which is more or less surrounded by various groupings or divisions of the Carpathian Mountains. The mountains produce the other core feature of Transylania, a series of rivers which ultimately drain into the Danube River (Europe's second longest waterway) and thence to the Black Sea. Contributor PaulVlad's aerial video of this land shows its connection to these great mountains and rivers.
Highlights of Transylvania
The Transylvania region of Romania, located in the center of the country (on the Transylvanian Plateau) and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, may be best known as the setting of the tale of Dracula. Beyond vampires though, it is one of the richest cultural regions in Eastern Europe. In this drone video by contributor Zdroneu, you willl be treated to bird's eye views of Bran Castle (of Dracula fame), Crovin Castle, Brasnov, Rasnov, and Peleś.
Transylvania's Western Carpathians
Top contributor Lewique created this amazing drone video of the Western Carpathian Mountains in Romania's Transylvania. This range is one of several Carpathian sub-ranges which surround the Great Transylvania Plateau; the plateau and the mountains surrounding it together have historically defined the region. This sub-range, with its distinctive looking peaks, extends westward from Romania into Hungary and Slovakia. It is less continuous than the other ranges which surround Transylvania.
Retezat: Southern Carpathians
Prepare to be amazed by this drone video created by Frame Hunters Media while climbing one of the highest mountain peaks in Romania. Mt. Pelegea is the tallest mountains in the Retezat range, which forms part of the Southern Carpathian Mountains which separate Transylvania from the rest of the country. The altitude of the peak is about 2.5k meters (about 8.2 ft). It is situated in the southwest part of the country's Transylvania region.
Bran: Dracula's Castle
Transylvania is forever associated with a fictional "vampire" from the famous late 19th century novel gothic horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker . The character is loosely based on Vlad the Impaler, a medieval nobleman known for his cruelty. The castle most closely linked to the Dracula legend is Bran Castle, which is located right at the border between the regions of Wallachia and Transylvania. In this epic drone video by Fabriziob you'll get a bird's eye view of the famous Carpathian castle.
Transfagarasan: Linking Transylvania and Wallachia
One of the most well recognized sights in the Carpathian Mountain region is the Transfagarasan, a road which passes between the two highest mountains of Romania. It is one of the links between the Transylvania region and the Wallachia region to its south. Though it was only built in the 1970's, its crazy winding pattern has captured the imagination of aerial photographers. In this video, Adrian87 brings us bird's eye views of this incredible 90 km (56 mi) alpine road.
Brasov: Transylvanian City
Contributor Nikalaikarpatov used a drone to create this amazing aerial tour of Brasov, one of the two main cities of Romania's Transylvania and arguably its most well known. It is situated near the southeastern part of Transylvania, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains which more or less surround the region. With a history dating to at least the 13th century, Brasov is the seventh largest city in Romania and the second largest in Transylvania after Cluj-Napoca.
Rupea: Romanian Fortress
Contributor Alin Constantin used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this stunning aerial video of the Rupea Citadel, a Romanian fort and the site of some of the oldest archaelogical remains in Europe. It's in the southeastern corner of Transylvania, near a pass in the Carpathian Mountains that define the eastern and southern boundaries of the Transylvanian Plateau. While the fortress dates to Roman times, artifacts excavated at the site date to as long ago as 5500 BC.
Corvin Castle: Prison of Vlad the Impaler
Contributor duminciucbogdan used his quadcopter to create this spectacular aerial video of a famous Transylvanian castle. Corvin Castle, sometimes known as Hunyadi Castle, was built in the 14th century. It is considered one of the crown jewels of Romania, of which Transylvania became part in the early 20th century. Corvin Castle is believed to have been a place where Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the character Count Dracula, was imprisoned for a time by a Hungarian noble.
Transylvania Road Trip
Let's Fly Productions traveled 2k km (about 1.2k mi) through Romania to create this stunning drone video, most of which was shot in the Transylvania region. Take in the marvelous views of this ancient and mysterious region with bird's eye perspectives of the Transfagarasan and Transalpina roads, Bran Castle, Brasov, Cluj Napoja (the region's largest city), Fagaras, Hunedoara, Ranca, Rasnov, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Sinaïa, and Turda.
Transylvania: Home of Dracula
A couple's trip to Romania with a DJI Phantom 4 drone yielded this amazing video, much of which was shot in the Transylvania region which occupies much of the northern part of the country. Specific spots covered in and around Transylvania include Transfagarasan, the outskirts of Bran, Bran Castle, Rasnov, Sibiu, Rasnov Citadel, Peles Castle, and Balea Lake. Watch it and you'll see why this corner of Southeastern Europe is becoming much more popular as a tourist destination.
Western Romania's Rodna Mountains
The Romanian region of Transylvania is mostly defined by the mountains which surround it and in effect constitute its physical boundaries. All of the mountains are part of the Carpathian range, the great chain of mountains which runs across much of Romania. The northern boundaries of Transylvania are defined by the Rodna Mountains in the in the Maramureș region. Contributor Alin Constantin used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create an aerial view of this magnificent alpine region.
Transylvania's Clay Castle
While Transylvania has many castles which are centuries old, one of the hottest tourist spots in the Romanian region is a very recently built castle made of clay. The Castelul de lut Valea Zanelor ("Clay Castle of the Valley of Fairies") was built by an ecologically-minded couple who sold their home in Bucharest. Located a half hour's drive from Sibiu, its construction is 100% organic material. Get a bird's eye view of this unique landmark, compliments of contributor Florin Vintila.
Harghita County: Red Lake
Out of tragedy can come great beauty. That's the lesson of Romania's Lacu Rosu (Red Lake). It was created by a landslide caused by a large earthquake in 1838. The lake is located in Harghita County, in the Transylvania region. Actually, we don't know the extent of injuries or fatalities caused by the earthquake, due to the sparse population and poor recordkeeping at the time. Check out this beautiful lake from a bird's eye perspective, compliments of contributor and drone pilot ChrisCross.
Apuseni's: Western Carpathians
Romania's Apuseni Mountains are a strange lot. Unlike other sections of the Carpathian Mountain chain which help to define the Transylvania region, the Apuseni's (sometimes called the Western Carpathians) aren't arranged as a imposing range which prohibits movement between regions. Rather, they are peaks of lower altitude (the highest, Mt. Cucurbăta Mare, has an altitude of 1.8k meters or just over 6k ft.) with many low passes. Check them out from an aerial perspective in this drone video by Andreea Cîra.
Cluj Napoca: Transylvania's Largest City
Check out this drone video of the city of Cluj-Napoca in Romania, compliments of contributor Stefan Studio. Cluj is the primary city of the Transylvania region, and (depending on what is being measured) somewhere between #2-#4 (inclusive) in terms of its overall population ranking within the country. It's home to Romania's largest university (Babeș-Bolyai University) and is an important cultural center. The city, which is sometimes known by its German name Klausenburg, was settled in Roman times.
Retezat Mountains: Southern Carpathians
Check out these amazing aerial views of Romania's Retezat Mountains, compliments of contributor ChrisCross. They sit at the western end of the Southern Carpathians, the chain which serves as the boundary between Romania's Transylvania and Wallachia (Muntenia) regions. The Retezat are home to the highest peaks in the country, led by Peleaga (altitude: 2.5k meters, just over 8.2k ft.). The most popular part of the range is in Retezat National Park, the country's first national park.
Romania's Gigantic Vidaru Dam
Check out this drone video of Romania's gigantic Vidraru Dam, compliments of contributor Guydrory. The dam on the Argeș River in Transylvania was completed in 1966. It has a height of just over 160 meters (around 550 ft.) With a capacity of 220 MW, the dam generates over 400 GW per year, a bit less than 1% of Romania's total electricity demand. The dam took about five years to build, in the process of which nearby Lake Vidaru was created as a reservoir.
Fundata: Rural Transylvania
For a magnificent aerial view of rural Romania, check out this drone video by top contributor BearSkillz. The video was shot in the region of Fundata, in the southeast corner of Romania's Transylvania region. It's near the city of Brasov, the main urban concentration in this part of Transylvania. It's surrounded by two sub-ranges of the Southern Carpathians - the Piatra Craiului Mountains and the Bucegi. It's near the Rucăr-Bran mountain pass, which affords some of the most spectacular views in the country.