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These holidays support the
valuable work of the
Mihai Eminescu Trust
in the conservation and
regeneration of 'Saxon'
villages & communities


HIGHLIGHTS


Cisnadie (Heltau)
Cisnadioara (Michelsberg)
Cristian (Grossau)
Sibiel Glass Icons
Seica Mica (Kleinschelken)
Valea Viilor (Würmloch)
Mosna (Meschen)
Biertan (Bïrthälm)
Medias (Mediasch)
Bagaciu (Bogeschdorf)
Crit (Deutschkreuz),
Cloasterf (Klosdorf),
Malâncrav (Malmkrog)
Viscri (Deutschweisskirch)
Homorod (Hamruden)

Sibiu (Hermannstadt)
Bruckental Museum
Astra Village Museum
Piatra Mare
Liars Bridge
Railway Museum
Sighisoara (Schässburg)
Clock Tower & Museum
Walls & Fortifications
Covered Staircase
Church on the Hill
Vlad Dracula House



TRAVEL


Recommended Flight Schedules

Malev to Târgu Mures
Heathrow 07:50-Budapest 11:20/
Budapest13:10-Targu Mures 15:05
Târgu Mures 15:50-Budapest 15:50/
Budapest 18:50-Heathrow 20:35


Tarom now fly direct from
Gatwick to Cluj twice weekly
and three times per week
from Heathrow to Sibiu, and twice weekly
from Heathrow to Târgu Mures,
both via Bucharest Otopeni.

Carpatair fly from Stuttgart & Treviso
via Timisoara to Sibiu;
Tarom fly from Munich to Sibiu

Frequent trains from Bucharest to
Sighisoara & Sibiu (5 hours);
it is possible to connect with
some flights at Bucharest.

Trains from Budapest & Vienna call at
Sighisoara; frequent trains from Cluj to Sighisoara, and Brasov to
Sibiu & Sighisoara





Read Mark Rowe's
excellent feature about the
villages of Saxon Transylvania
in the
Independent on Sunday

(15.05.2005)



Holidays in Malâncrav Manor, Saxon Transylvania
Mihai Eminescu Trust

The beautiful Hungarian Manor House at Malâncrav had been restored by the Mihai Eminescu Trust
to provide guest accommodation for small groups from 2008

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Holidays in traditional village houses in Saxon Transylvania VILLAGE HOLIDAYS

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SAXON TRANSYLVANIA "SIEBENBURGEN"

According to legend the lost children of Hamelin emerged from the ‘Almasch’ (Varghis) cave into Transylvania - just to the north of Baraolt. This is the 'romantic'explanation for what was, for many centuries a strange phenomenon: the presence of blond-haired, blue-eyed, German-speakers following ancient customs, yet isolated by hundreds of miles from Germany. The reality is that the fortified towns and villages of Transylvania were established in the 12th Century by settlers from the Moselle region, referred to locally as 'Saxons'. They were tempted to Transylvania by favourable market rights by the Hungarian rulers who wanted them there to guard the mountain passes against Tatar and Ottoman raiders. They created the 'Siebenbürgen', the seven fortified cities, while in villages they constructed fortified churches in which they could shelter during times of siege. Some of these churches are massive structures. The villages are often remote and although vestiges of the original populations may remain, clinging on to age-old traditions, many of them are in serious danger of losing their character as churches crumble. Various restoration projects have been initiated to rebuild the communities and to attract back some of the original inhabitants - many fled during the Communist years whilst after the 1989 Revolution the open door extended by Germany attracted many more to leave their way of life for the bright lights of the West. UNESCO has designated several of these villages and the mediaeval citadel of Sighisoara as Heritage Sites.


RESTORATION OF THE SAXON VILLAGES OF TRANSYLVANIA


Of considerable importance is the tireless work carried out by the Mihai Eminescu Trust. The Trust is dedicated to the conservation and regeneration of villages and communes in Transylvania and the Maramures, and has been concentrating on a project to restore life to the the Saxon villages in Transylvania since 1995 . The aim of their Whole Village Project is to keep this fascinating, but often crumbling, legacy for future generations, helping local craftsman to re-learn forgotten skills and showing the villagers how to combine their heritage with a more modern approach. The Trust's first Whole Village Projects are in the Saxon villages in the area bounded by Sibiu-Medias-Sighisoara-Brasov, where the unique architecture of the houses and churches and the social cohesion of the villages are both under immediate threat owing to the emigration of the majority of Saxons.   These villages are often remote and although vestiges of the original population remain, clinging on to age-old traditions, many of them are in serious danger of losing their character as churches and dwellings fall into disrepair or are targetted by art thieves. Besides repair and conservation, theTrust is helping with sympathetic economic development, believing that the future of these villages should be intimately linked with their past.

The Trust is at present concentrating on two areas - the villages close to Viscri and close to Malancrav - approximately 40 miles apart which can be reached on foot or horseback, following cart tracks through the forest and valleys, and intervening villages. These are outlined below, for further information including restoration progress reports please refer to the excellent Mihai Eminescu Trust website:
www.mihaieminescutrust.org


XAPAFI MANOR HOUSE, MALÂNCRAV



Responsible Travel Awards 2004

The Mihai Eminescu Trust (MET), a British charity working
in the beautiful Saxon villages of Transylvania, won
the 2004 Responsible Tourism Award for Innovation,
given by responsibletravel.com in association with
The Times, World Travel Market and Geographical Magazine.
The awards were presented on10th November, 2004
at the World Travel Market.
The MET’s original approach to cultural conservation
and tourism, embodied in its Whole Village Project,
was recognised by a panel of judges as the most innovative
responsible tourism policy of the year, out of a
total of 700 nominees and 180 short-listed organisations.



THE MIHAI EMINESCU TRUST
63 Hillgate Place, London W8 7SS
T: 020 7229 7618; F: 020 7792 9998
www.mihaieminescutrust.org


Malâncrav (Malmkrog)
Malancrav is particularily interesting for several reasons. It has the highest proportion of Saxons remaining in any village in Transylvania, 170 out of an original population (before the general exodus) of 900. There are also a high proportion of Saxon children in the village and even a resident Evangelical priest, Father Joachim Lorenz, a young and dynamic East German, who moved to Malancrav nine years ago with his family.
The church contains 15th century frescoes and the oldest complete altarpiece still in its original location in Transylvania, c.1520. Malâncrav has also retained very well preserved houses owing to its isolation down 13 km of unsurfaced road. In addition there is a Hungarian princely Manor House, which the former owners, the Evangelical community, sold to the Mihai Eminescu Trust in 2000 because it was unable to save the building, which was in danger. The Manor House is adjoined by an ancient orchard, which had been taken by the Communist state farm but which the trust has now bought. There are many traditional varieties of apples, pears and plums in the 200 acre orchard, and following the donation of juice making equipment by the British Embassy, the MET are now producing organic apple juice for sale throughout Romania.

The Manor House has now been restored as near as possible to its 18th century layout and is ideal as a venue for weddings in addition to it being availble to rent out as accommodation for small groups on a weekly basis. There are also several other houses which have been restored and three of them are available to tourists.



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"Fortresses of Faith" by Alan Ogden
A Pictorial hstory of the Fortified Saxon Churches of Romania This is a superb photographic record.

Available from:
John Sandoe (Books) Ltd, 10 Blacklands Terrace,
Chelsea, London SW3 2RB; Tel. 020 7589 9473






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