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The climate in Transylvania is that of continental Europe. The summers are generally hot; however, the temperature can drop during the night, so pack a warm jumper.  In the winter, warm, waterproof clothing and boots is a must, especially for those wishing to leave the fireside and venture forth into the forest! 

Walking boots and a rucksack are essential if you intend to explore the surrounding countryside or participate in more adventurous activities.  Hikers might want to bring along their own compass (maps can be provided).  Be prepared for hot weather by packing a hat, as well as a good sunscreen.  Insect repellent is also useful in certain areas.   A good waterproof jacket (and possibly trousers) is also useful for unexpected rain showers.  Those with an interest in wildlife should bring along their binoculars, as well as nature guides to help with the identification of birds, plants, mushrooms, and animal tracks.  A handy torch is advised, as the village is poorly lit during the night (and there is also the occasional electricity cut). 

Since Miklósvár is a Szekler Hungarian village, the local population speak Hungarian, so feel free to include a phrasebook.  Your efforts are most appreciated by the locals!

Finally, you should bring along an open mind.

Ahnenland, by Boris Kálnoky, in German.

Ahnenland ist nicht nur ein Familienepos und Zeugnis einer verschlungenen Heimatsuche, sondern das literarisch kraftvolle Panorama mitteleuropäischer Geschichte.“

“Auf diese Reise geht man gerne mit – spannend und informativ, ein Lesevergnügen erster Art. Und man bekommt Sehnsucht – einmal nach Kálnokys Ahnenland, aber auch nach seinem eigenen.


Harmony by HRH The Prince of Wales.

A practical guide to what we have lost in the modern world, why we have lost it and how easily it is to rediscover. Harmony is a blueprint for a more balanced, sustainable world that the human race must create to survive.




Along the Enchanted Way by William Blacker

A Story of Love and Life in Romania



Transylvanian Trilogy, by Count Miklós Bánffy, translated by Patrick Thursfield:

They Were Counted


Between the Woods and the Water
by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania
by Stefano Ionescu

Winds of Sorrow: Travels In and Around Transylvania
by Alan Ogden

Adventure Hotel Stories
by Francisca Matteoli




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