As you head towards Sighișoara leaving Brașov behind, at the 75th kilometer you will find a village called Viscri, described by Prince Charles as the land of fairy-tales. The secluded location explains why it was mentioned in historic documents rather late. Viscri is home to one of the most spectacular Saxon fortified churches, part of a group of six such monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage. The church was built in the 13th century on the grounds of a former Roman temple, and is surrounded by defense walls, two tours and two bulwarks.
This village of 500 people became famous in 1996, when Prince Charles bought a house here and started talking about the uniqueness of the place. It consists in an authentic lifestyle, against the backdrop of a picturesque scenery.
The beauty of the place drew the attention of Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation, operating under the auspices of Prince Charles, which renovated the church and a few houses in the village, restoring their medieval aesthetic. Viscri is also known for its signature wild berry confiture. In 2012, a few locals launched the product in Paris, for the price is Eur 365 per jar. It is sold with a silver spoon and a satchel, and the recipe is a well-guarded secret.
Another iconic product coming from Viscri is natural wool socks. This project, initiated by two German citizens who settled here, provides employment for 125 women in the village who knit approximately 10,000 pairs of socks, gloves, hats, sweaters and felt slippers. The products are all shipped to the central storage facility in Naumburg, Germany, and then distributed throughout the country.
Therefore, if your travels take you to Viscri, do not miss the fortified church, take in the scenery and walk around the little streets, admiring the calm and the beauty of the place. The village is known all over Europe and is visited annually by approximately 15,000 tourists, most of them foreign. Viscri is featured on the world map of traditional villages, included in the UNESCO world heritage and its plethora of inns and restaurants await their guests.