Sibiu and the Turda Salt Mine in Transylvania

Part of my motivation for this blog has been my curiosity about interesting places to go. With the tools which you will learn, while subscribing to this blog or the other wonderful blogs which will soon appear on my blogroll, you'll soon have more miles than you can easily spend for 'normal' travel. How to solve this problem before miles expire or seriously devalue? Find inspirational travel destinations and ways to get there!

Now Romania shapes up as an interesting travel destination as mentioned today in a really good TOP 10 off-the-beaten-path list published by Reuters.

With exploring Eastern Europe becoming more mainstream, Romania is rapidly turning out to be a great destination for budget-conscious travelers. Bordering Hungary, the Ukraine, and the Black Sea, Romania contains some of Europe's most well-preserved medieval towns. VirtualTourist members will be hosting their annual member meeting this June in Sibiu, a township in historic Transylvania, with plans to explore the Old Saxon architecture of Brasov and the hilltop citadel of nearby Sighisoara. While staying in Sibiu, visitors should see the Bruckental Museum, the region's finest art museum, which has been operating since 1790. And yes, this is the land of Dracula, or at least the origin and inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel can be traced back here. Two castles that should not be missed are Bran, a Gothic fairytale structure near Brasov, and Corvinesti Castle, located in nearby Hunedoara. Multiple members are also planning on traveling south to visit Bucharest, Romania's capital, or seeing more of Eastern Europe, like Moldova, Budapest, or Slovakia.

What even more peaked my interested is the Turda salt mine in Transylvania. It's only about 2 hours driving from Sibiu.

There isn't a lot of information there yet but it sure looks spectacular!

Apparently it has been a salt mine for a long time and has been converted into a museum & spa.

Thanks to Daniel Gheorghita for bringing this to my attention!