If you are a fan of fairytale castles, make sure to pass by Predjama Castle in Slovenia. The medieval castle is built within rocks and apparently has a network of secret tunnels into the rocks. Too bad there was only one path to the rocks on the top of the castle that was public to visitors. I would have really liked to explore the not-so-public areas..

Apart from getting a real medieval vibe while walking through the different rooms of the castle and making your way further into the rock, the views from the castle are also stunning. Set in this scenery, it’s easy to travel back in time for a few hundred years..

Apart from visiting the castle, also pass by the cave system which is really pretty, too. For part of the tour you can take a little train into the cave.

And whilst you are in the area, also spend a day or two in Lake Bled (also a fairytale castle, just in a slightly more ‘happy’ fairytale style..).

Strolling through Piaţa Sfatului in Brasov’s Old Town

After we finally found a shelter for baby Rokiu (if you haven’t read the post about him: I’m talking about a puppy, not a baby human), we stopped for coffee in Brasov.

Brasov is around 30-40 mins from Bran Castle, so a perfect stop along the journey through Transilvania.

Brasov is known for its Gothic-stye Black Church and cafes. Make sure to walk through the the market square Piaţa Sfatului in the old town. It’s super pretty with its cobbled streets and surrounded by colorful baroque buildings.

The first stop of the Romania road trip was Peles Castle which is located within 2 hours by car from Bucharest. Make sure you arrive by early afternoon so that you can still enter the castle.

And now over to the cutest puppy ever..

While we were walking up to Peles Castle we heard some whining noises and suddenly cutiepie Rokiu (that’s how we called him later) showed up.

He was wet, freezing and trembling and wouldn’t stop crying. It was so heartbreaking that we wrapped him up in my scarf and took him with us. First of all to visit the castle.. at the castle we only focused on the puppy anyway and decided to cut our castle visit short and instead get Rokiu into the warm trunk of the car and find some food and water for him.