Calnic is an absolute must stop for the traveler between Sibiu and Alba Iulia. You can easily reach the village after a short 8 km side road from the main road. When we parked our car near the fortress, immediately a woman appeared to show us in the fortress. All the preservation works of this place are done by Ars Transsilvanie, an association made up of four members. They are mainly counting of the visitors entrance fees and donations. Given the little financial support, they do a wonderful job, since you can feel their passion for this place and their desire to preserve the old heritage. Your visit is accompanied by old monastic music, played from inside the church (recorded music, but nonetheless it induces a magic feeling). The woman was very attentive and explained to us the history of the place. You can climb the bell tower and see how the locals keep their bacon, meats, lard hanged in the tower (it is the best place to preserve them! You will keep finding this habit in towers of old fortified churches in Transylvania). What we found extremely interesting is that they have arranged two rooms inside the fortress where the travellers can sleep over the night (they have said they even have showers in rooms). The price per person per night is 50 lei (around 12 EUR). You can plan staying a night in the fortress and enjoy the charm of the place !
Don’t miss visiting this place !
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