The Saxon village of Viscri is a unique place where time seems to stand still and people continue to live outside the modern world. The Saxons arrived in Romania somewhere in the 12th century, settling or establishing new villages, most of them having beautiful fortified churches in the middle. Viscri has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage sites.

A visit to Viscri is an authentic is one of the oldest in Brasov County and all of Transylvania. The Saxon colonists came to this area of experience of traveling through time, of returning to a more pure way of life, far away from civilization. The village’s unpaved roads service those who walk on two, on four – primarily cows and horses and very few vehicles.

In 2006, The Prince of Wales bought and restored an 18th Century Saxon houses in Viscri to help protect the unique way of life and promote sustainable tourism. The village feels secluded and remote, and the church doesn’t appear to have changed in hundreds of years. This place felt like the “real Europe” and one can quickly imagine what life was like here hundreds of years ago.

The village population consists of a few Saxons and mainly Roma (Gypsy), many of them sitting outside their homes in the early afternoon hours having little chit-chats with their neighbors.  Many of the women are knitting woolen socks as well as other woolen items (hats, gloves and others) which are later sold to tourists visiting the village.

Not unlike other villagers in Romania many are involved in professions we no longer have a chance to see in the West such as blacksmith welders, coal makers, and brick makers.  The village life appears so authentic thus raising some very deep nostalgic feelings. Really – it is very unique in its tranquillity.

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